New Season Welcome

Welcome to you all to the new season.

This year’s WHC focus will be on player development and attracting new players into the Club.  We will be increasing the number of coaches available at training sessions and also encouraging people to undertake some formal coaching qualifications.  If you would like to do this please let us know.  We are also looking to put in place a further training session on Thursday evenings although this may not be at Angmering. We will keep you updated on developments.  Training dates at Angmering remain unchanged with Ladies from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, Wolves training from 6-7 pm on Wednesday and Men’s from 7-9 pm on Wednesday.  The Men’s training from 7-9 pm will now be for all team.  There will be some unused pitch time from 6-7 pm on Wednesday which members are welcome to use informally. 

We will also be moving to the new kit for all teams from the start of this season.  It is important that we all play in the same colour and design of shirt – so please go onto the Club Shop (via website) and order your shirt.  You should have a Club number which you can get from Carol membership@worthinghockey.co.uk or Josh events@worthinghockey.co.uk.

We have also entered a U16 Girls team (Llamas) this year into the Sussex Development League and this will create a sensible development structure enabling our younger players to play against a similar age group and also a team for the players moving up from the Comets. Please volunteer if you would like to help us run this team.

There are some administrative changes this year and you may already have seen some of them.  We will be moving to an electronic system for collecting match fees for all teams using the “Teamo” app.  This was used successfully by one team last year and we have decided that this is a better way forward so that you don’t have to find cash each week.  This is quite straightforward using a smartphone but your team captain will let you know how this works and what you need to do.

One further option is to provide teas centrally for all teams rather than each team providing its own.  We are still waiting for more feedback on this idea but we will make a decision over the next month.  If we did this there would be a small increase to match fees to cover the costs.  Development of the social side to the Club last year was impressive for a first season at a new venue.  We need to build on this – so please use the Clubhouse as much as you can and if you have a big social event please consider whether this will be suitable.

Finally, to continue to move the Club forward – we still need more volunteers to help in a number of areas.  There are things we would like to do this year but they can only be achieved with more help and support.  If you would like to get involved please let us know and get involved in helping us achieve our goals.

Don’t forget that your subscriptions are now due.

John Herbert
WHC Chairman

A Glorious Golf Day Cheque Presentation

 

Andie’s Golf Day last month was a huge success, not just in enjoyment had on the day but in the amount of money we were able to raise for St Barnabas House. 

Last Saturday we were privileged to be able to let the Chambers family know that we successfully raised over £730 and to be with them to officially present the cheque to St Barnabas House. 

We would like to share with all WHC members the wonderful thank you letter we received from the hospice and what our donation can be used for; 

“Dear Rob and all the lovely members of Worthing Hockey Club, 

You are all amazing! Your golf day raised a wonderful £731.46 in memory of your dear friend Andie Chambers. We feel so privileged to have such wonderful people like yourselves in our community who support the hospice, allowing our care teams to reach more patients in need of end of life care. 

To put your donation into context, it could, for example, help to pay for one of the following:

  • A 24 hour stay at the In Patient Unit for a patient, where they receive round-the-clock care from our dedicated Nursing Team
  • Three people to attend the Day Hospice for one day, where they can enjoy activities such as art, cooking and gardening
  • Tow hours of all care services provided by St Barnabas House

As you can see, your donation really does make a big different to the care that we’re able to provide our patients and their families. 

Thank you again for your wonderful donation, it really does mean the world to us.”

Thank you to everyone who came along on the day to play, support and donate. 

Glastonbury Party Day

Join us this summer for our Glastonbury Party Day!

This summer we are hosting a family fun day at our new clubhouse to celebrate this year’s Glastonbury festival. 

DATE: Saturday 29 June 2019

TIME: 11am to 11pm

VENUE: Worthing Hockey Club Clubhouse

Andie's Golf Day 2019

This year’s annual Worthing Hockey Club charity golf day, renamed Andie’s Golf Day after our good friend and fellow member Andie Chambers, saw over 60 players tee-off at Hill Barn Golf Club on Saturday 8th June 2019. 

After a hearty breakfast in the golf club dining room teams took in some practice shots before all heading out for 18 holes Texas Scramble. While the sun blessed them the winds whipped round the 75 year old South Downs course adding an extra element to the technical fairways. 

By mid afternoon all teams were back, all be it a little wind blown, with big smiles having enjoyed a great day of golf, some friendly competition and an Avalanche Cocktail on the 11th hole – Andie’s celebration drink where she had her hole-in-one. 

Golf Day Winners 

1st place  SLAGGS team;  Ian Penny, Ant Fuest, Gave Green , Gordon Starks Winners of the day and of the Trophy Shield!
2nd place  YORKIES; Rex Fuller, Matt Sephton, Steve Bird, Tony May 
3rd place Direct Blinds;  John Massie, Simon Keys, Matt Ansell, Jeff Bond
4th place Nuggets `V` team;  Graham Vaughan, Jon Fricker, Alan Price , Bob Catlow

Longest Drive Winners

Ladies; Kelly Stevens
Men’s;  Bob Catlow

Nearest the Pin Winners

5th hole – Simon Keys
8th hole  Alan Price
11th hole.  Matt Foggett who is now the proud winner of the Andie’s Hole in One trophy
17th hole  Alex Ballamy

The wooden spoon goes to Nuggets `A` team;  John Adams, Sara Carter, John Edwards and David Turner who won some head torches…to find their balls in the bushes!

Thank you to everyone who took part, played, donated a raffle prize and helped organise a hugely successful golf day remembering our dear friend. 

 

 

 

End of Season Celebrations

After a day of fun, 7-a-side hockey games and BBQ members are then invited to come back in the evening to celebrate together the memories of the season. Get your tickets now!

End of Season 7-a-side Tournament

The WHC End of Season Party is a little different this year as we are embracing our new pitch and brand new clubhouse!

Everyone is welcome to join us all day for the fun 7-a-side tournament, bar will be open and BBQ available.

7-A-Side Tournament

During the day of Saturday 11 May there will be day-time games happening. Everyone is welcome, games are open to all. The BBQ will be on from 2 – 4pm with food available to purchase. 

10am Clubhouse will open and the kettle will be on!
12 – 5pm Adult games
2 – 3pm Junior games

Our Official Opening Day

On Saturday 16 March 2019 Worthing Hockey Club (WHC), one of the founder members of Sussex County Hockey Association since 1889, was proud to welcome players, members and over 50 guests and friends to officially open the new clubhouse at The Angmering School.

WHC representative, and part of the build team who spent many hours and time building the clubhouse, Steven Bird kicked off proceedings addressing all of the guests and thanking all for attending.

Past WHC President and player Robin Carr took the time to thank the fantastic support of the club sponsors; Heaton House, Direct Blinds, Flude Commercial, Block Wealth Management, Dennis Watkins, Charles Kirk, Charterhouse, HD Tribe Ltd, Noori’s, Michael Jones & Co, Regatta, Frontier Pitt, The Argus and Sussex Hockey. He welcomed special guests Councillor John Oldfield, Lyle Acott of The Argus, Rt. Hon. Nick Herbert MP, Simon Liley Headmaster of The Angmering School with Luke Taylor, England and GB hockey player to mark the occasion. 

He was joined by Councillor John Oldfield, Lyle Acott of The Argus, Rt. Hon. Nick Herbert MP and Simon Liley Headmaster of The Angmering School to cut the ribbon and mark the occasion before all heading back inside the clubhouse to enjoy a buffet lunch. 

Grand Opening

The official opening of our brand new clubhouse will start at 1230 on Saturday with lots of friends, members, players, family and special guests. 

Past WHC President, Robin Carr will be joined by Councillor John Oldfield, Lyle Acott of The Argus, Rt. Hon. Nick Herbert MP and Simon Liley Headmaster of The Angmering School to cut the ribbon and mark the occasion. 

Shortly after, the Men’s first XI team, who are scheduled to play their match at 1pm, will be joined by the special guests and England and Great Britain player, Luke Taylor to present their new team shirts.

 

Huge thanks goes to our fantastic sponsors and supporters; Heaton House, Direct Blinds, Flude Commercial, Block Wealth Management, Dennis Watkins, Charles Kirk, Charterhouse, HD Tribe Ltd, Noori’s, Michael Jones & Co, Regatta, Frontier Pitt, The Argus and Sussex Hockey. 

Moving to the new pitch and building the new clubhouse has only been possible through an immense amount of hours put in by friends, member and players who helped lay foundations, dig holes, build and decorate our new home.

 

If you are interested in getting back to hockey or want to know more about the Worthing Hockey Club family come and join us, everyone is welcome. Or follow the day on our social channels @worthinghc

Andie’s Golf Day 2019

Worthing Hockey Club Golf Day – Andie’s Golf Day

You are invited to this year’s Worthing Hockey Club Golf Day, now named Andie’s Golf Day. Andie was for many years in succession the Lady`s 1st team top scorer and a much loved Club member. 

This year’s event will now be in commemoration of the life of our Lady’s 1st XI team member Andrea Chambers (nee Grainger) who sadly lost her battle with cancer last Summer.

The day will be an opportunity to get together with friends and fellow WHC members for some fun, competitive golf. Proceeds from the day will be split between WHC & St.Barnabas Hospice where Andie spent her final days.

This year’s event will also include the new addition of Andie’s Celebration Cocktail which will be toasted to Andie on the short 11th hole where she had her hole-in-one!

Teams can look forward to sponsors prizes for teams & the coveted gold day trophy. If you would like to help sponsor the event, please contact Rob or Bob

Date: Saturday 8 June 2019
Venue: Hill Barn Golf Club
Cost: £45 per head, including breakfast, round of golf & astounding prizes

Format: Teams of four will take part in a Texas Scramble at Worthing’s finest golf club. 

Teams: Guests are welcome and all teams must contain a minimum of two WHC members /past members/VP`s per team please. There are available slots for 20 teams of four. 

Event Times

Breakfast will be available from 0830

First tee time is 0934, then following at seven minute intervals

Extras

Buggies are available, please book and pay for your own buggy direct with Hill Barn GC > 

Raffle Prizes.  We ask that each team provides one proxe for the raffle please

Entryannual golf day

Please RSVP asap with your team name & members…….& their dodgy handicaps!

The committee will review handicaps & may adjust if necessary!

Contact

Rob W:  07471 899169

Bob C:  07836 529133

 

 

WORTHING HOCKEY CLUB – NEW CLUBHOUSE LAUNCH

Over the last few months the new Worthing Hockey Clubhouse has been taking shape at The Angmering School next to the club’s home pitch forming a cornerstone in the next chapter of club history alongside the merger with Penguin Mens Hockey Club.

The club is now proud to announce that the club house is ready to welcome members and visiting teams to use for teas and refreshments post game from Saturday 19th January. Over the following weeks the final touches will be completed including signage, catering arrangements and bar licence. The brick fund is still open for donations to help fund this ambitious project.

The clubhouse will have a grand opening on Saturday 16th March at 12.30pm to coincide with a Men’s 1st XL league game – this will  be  conducted  by  local  dignitaries  and  The  Angmering  School  headmaster.  Invitations  will  include  all  members  past  and  present, sponsors, friends of the club, vice presidents and the local press – full details to follow. 

 

To mark this historic event in the club’s 123 years of history , a new logo is being unveiled which reflects a modern, fresh image whilst  retaining  the  traditional  values  of  the  club,  helping  to  widen  the  appeal  of  the  club  to  members,  friends  of  the  club,  sponsors and new members across social media, website and advertising within the local community.
Starting  in  February  2019,  to  coincide  with  the  opening  of  the  new  clubhouse  at  Angmering  School,  the  logo  will  change to this >

New club kit starting with the Mens 1st Xl will be phased in from March 2019 and the logo will be phased in on club kit during the 2019 / 2020 season.

More details on the grand opening day on 16th March will be issued shortly.