Exciting clubhouse and ground developments
I am delighted to announce that the Club’s Board has agreed to further improvements in our facilities. As well as the already announced upgrade of the floodlights on both pitches (in June) the clubhouse balcony and stairs will be replaced in iroko hardwood in early August in addition to the building of a disabled toilet under the balcony and the installation of a stairlift on the main outside staircase. The main staircase is badly in need of replacement and with the balcony and side staircase also showing their age the opportunity is being taken to replace the entire structure thereby saving money in the long run. The stairlift and toilet will plug serious gaps in our facilities and the latter will also include a baby changing shelf – a facility I hope I will not be called upon to use!
The season is nearly over – after more than 8 months! There is just one more event to look forward to in what has been another busy and eventful season for the Club and that is the national mixed trophy in which our team plays Staines in their semi-final at Old Loughtonians HC on Saturday 9 June (1.30pm) and, hopefully, Ipswich or Phoenix the next day in the final. I wish our team well in their bid to repeat their triumph of 2004.
The penultimate event for the Club was the Girls U18 round-robin national finals held at the University of Birmingham and our squad acquitted themselves well despite 1-0 defeats at the hands of Belper (eventual champions) and Chelmsford before an excellent 2-0 win over Trojans to give coach Nick McAllen a boost on his 60th birthday!
I’ve commented on the various highs and lows of the season in previous “Chats” but for the benefit of non- online readers I summarise some of the “highs” as follows while forgetting about the “lows”!
* Four teams in national finals (Girls U18s Indoor and Outdoor, Girls U16 Indoor and Men’s Veterans).
* Winning Division 2 of the men’s national indoor league.
* Men’s 2nds gaining promotion.
* More encouraging performances by our U11/U13 boys and girls minis.
* Carl Sitch playing for England 18s.
I take this opportunity to thank all officers and officials of the Club for their hard work over the months.
Annual General Meetings
I hope as many members as possible will be able to get to the AGM at 8.00pm on Thursday 21 June 2007. This is your chance to raise matters of interest to you or to express some words of praise for the officers and officials who work so hard to keep the Club running!
Sunday 1 July 2007 12 noon
I hope you will be able to support this event which this year is being very kindly hosted by David and Wendy Green at Gawdy Hall, Redenhall.
Tickets (including a drink) are £10 (adults), £5 (children 7 to 12) with children under 7 free.
Daphne Beckett (07850 709297)
or David Alexander (01508 530237).
Thursday 23 August 2007 – Bungay GC
If you would like to enter a team of four (men, women or mixed) for 18 holes of golf, luncheon and the chance of prizes please contact me (Mike Denham)
on 01603 506925.
SUMMER MIXED HOCKEY
For regular league players
Mondays 4 & 18 June and 2 & 16 July 7.30pm
Please bring white and coloured shirt
and £3 match fee!
We are indebted to all the sponsors who have supported the Club this season. Without them the Club would be much the poorer.
ginger tom & the GOcats
(Rock, Pop cover, 60’s to present day)
This band which includes Magpies’ members Tracy Baker (vocals), Roy Goodwin (vocals & guitar) and Neville Chubbock (drums) will be playing at The Black Swan, Homersfield on Friday 15 June at 9.00pm. Worth a look and listen I suggest!
WAVENEY VALLEY BLOG
For a wide range of information about Diss, Harleston, Bungay, Beccles, Lowestoft, Halesworth, Loddon and Southwold and surrounding villages I recommend you have a look at this very entertaining and informative blog which includes videos, local features, business editorials, advertisements etc, etc.
Please access the blog via www.WaveneyValleyBlog.com or via the link on the Home Page of the Club’s website.
EuroHockey Nations Championship – 18-26 August 2007 (Belle Vue, Manchester)
Have you considered supporting England Women and Men in their quest for the European crown and British Olympic qualification? With the top three sides in each event gaining automatic qualification for Beijing these championships are even more important than ever. If the England teams fail to qualify via Manchester they will have to try again in the early months of 2008 in one of three further qualification events (in Chile, Japan or New Zealand for the men and Azerbaijan, Canada or Russia for the women) in which only the top team from these events will qualify for the 2008 Olympics. Olympic qualification is getting harder and harder as the FIH seeks to give more countries a chance.
Tickets are now on sale for Manchester and are priced from just £5.00. Please buy online from www.eurohockeymanchester2007.com or call 0871 230 9842.
300 CLUB – congratulations to the following winners!
£20 Dick Rout, Keith Phillips
£15 Rosemary Redmond, Christine Longe, Vera Wharton, Joyce Day
£20 Tristan Baynes, Paula Higgins
£15 Helen Alexander, Mrs B Howes, Janet Seaman, Kevin Ridley
£20 John Slade, Charles Whipps
£15 Sue Williams, Angela Howlett, Gill Hipwell, Richard Rusted
£20 Philip Banha, Lyndsey Boatman
£15 Jon Perris, Sue Prior, Pat Hall, Debbie McAllen
£20 Helen Farrar, Gordon Thorburn
£15 Iain Wylie, Pam Mayhew, Ann Cunningham, Keith Alexander
£20 Christine Longe, Michael West
£15 John Slade, Cynthia Philips, Peter Dolton, Mrs B Howes
£20 Sophie Podd, Frank Whiteman
£15 Roy Whipps, Mark Legg, Keith Philips, John Farrar
£20 Vera Wharton, Mr E Clark
£15 Margaret Greenacre, Pat Hall, Roger Laurie, Lyndsey Boatman
£20 Rosemary Steggles, Gordon Thorburn
£15 Angela Howlett, Janet Reader, Ann Cunningham, John Renault
£20 Janet Hall, Colin Ridley
£15 A Yates, David Edwards, J Neep, Tracy Baker
£20 Janet Hall, Norman Hart
£15 Phil Alexander, Michael Dye, Pat Daniels, Vera Wharton
£20 Roy Whipps, Linda Hunter
£15 Rosemary Redmond, Peter Dolton, Philip Banham, Mrs B Howes
The Club is extremely grateful to all members of the 300 Club for the invaluable support they give to HMHC.
New members are very welcome!
Please contact Angie Wheelhouse at 26 Association Way, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0TQ.
I wish all members, supporters and friends of the Club an enjoyable summer.
Mike Denham (Chairman)
Tel: 01603 506925
1 June 2007