MIKE’S MUSINGS – 10 May 2016


The many friends of Vaughn will have been shocked by his death in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Sunday 8 May following his recent stroke. The condolences of the club go to his wife Kaye, son Owen, daughter Natalie and all members of the family on their great and sudden loss.

Vaughn was a very popular member of the club and in the wider hockey community with his friendly manner and enthusiasm for the game of hockey. Through his coaching at Kingston Grammar School and Bungay High School generations of pupils are indebted to Vaughn for handing down his love and extensive knowledge of our game to them.

Vaughn went to The Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone before training at St Luke’s College in Exeter. He then taught geography and PE at Kingston Grammar School and he played for Old Kingstonians in the London League as well as Wales Under 23’s.

After moving to Norfolk he played his first team hockey for Norfolk Wanderers, Norfolk and the East in the 1970s as a very skilful centre half. He then joined Magpies serving as vice-captain of the 3rds in the early 1980s and later becoming team secretary. He went on to coach at different times the Ladies’ and Men’s 1sts. He coached the Men’s 1sts in their unbeaten 1991/92 season in the East Premier league which saw them promoted to the national league and he coached them for the ensuing season. He also had successful spells coaching Ipswich Ladies in the European Cup, Ipswich HC and Ipswich & East Suffolk HC and he coached many other teams including East and Norfolk junior teams.

In recent seasons he has concentrated on umpiring and the club is indebted to him for umpiring as one of the club’s members in the Norfolk pool.

Vaughn made this enormous contribution to hockey while for years having a severe hearing loss.

Hockey has lost a devoted servant by Vaughn’s death but the far greater loss is suffered by Kaye, Owen and Natalie who have lost a loving and devoted husband and father.

Details of the funeral arrangements will be posted on the club’s website when known.

Murray Graham


It is best wishes to our U12 Boys’ team when they travel to Beeston HC in Nottingham on Saturday to compete in the national finals as East champions, the title they won in dramatic fashion when beating Old Loughtonians in the East final at Weybread in the middle of April.

On Saturday as East 1 Magpies play in Pool A against Stourport (Midlands 2) (11.00), Cheltenham (West 1) (11.50), Brooklands (North 1) (1.05) and Surbiton (South 2) (3.10).

Pool B is made up of Old Loughtonians (East 2), Rugby & East Warwickshire (Midlands 1), Alderley Edge (North 2), Canterbury (South 1) and Robinsons (West 2). There are no semi-finals so to reach the final teams have the tough task of winning their pool.

Magpies’ team: Elliott Chapman (GK), Edward Brice (captain), Elliott Cooper, Bruce Daniels, Sam Emms, Freddie Herschel-Shorland, Oliver Currie, Oliver Mayhew, Matty Nesling, Ben Waters, Mark Emms (manager), Richard Larkin (coach).


On Sunday at Weybread (1.30) Magpies entertain Khalsa (Warks) in the quarter-finals of the event they proudly won last season. So far this season Magpies have beaten Ipswich (4-1), Saffron Walden (4-1), Norwich City (5-0) and Wisbech (5-0). Khalsa are bound to be formidable opponents especially bearing in mind they have already beaten Cannock this season and I hardly need to remind our team what happened when we played Cannock two seasons ago! Best wishes to our team for what promises to be an exciting game.


Treacle Griffin has organised a few ‘pre pre-season’ fitness sessions at the club for Wednesday evenings starting at 6.30pm for one hour and she reports as follows.

Donna Dawson, company director of Elixir Coaching, has kindly agreed to come to the club to train members on all-over strength training and core strength training and also to improve our fitness levels through lactic acid threshold.

We are doing a trial during the month of May at £5 per session and would love to see as many HMHC ladies as possible. This will give us the chance to keep ticking over before pre-season starts, as well as socialising with other club members.

If you are interested please make sure you turn up a little before 6.30pm to give you time to fill out a quick Health and Safety form. Friends and family also very welcome!

The first session took place last Wednesday with a great mixture of Ladies from 1st XI to 7th XI resulting in lots of laughs and giggles and sore muscles the following day!


Please see the Home Page of the club’s website for details of the following –

i) Magpies Summer Taster Training Course (for Boys and Girls aged 6 to 12).

ii) Magpies Summer Camps (for Boys and Girls aged 9 to 14). This course is not suitable for complete beginners).

For your diary please –

i) Strawberry Luncheon – Sunday 19 June.

ii) Annual General Meeting – Thursday 23 June.

With kind regards

Mike Denham