Flyer drop Tuesday 17th April

Dear all,

Please try to spare an hour to help distribute flyers to promote the beer festival. We are meeting at the club on Tuesday 17th April at 6pm. If you can’t make it but still want to help, feel free to pick up some flyers (if available) from the club to distribute in your own time.

Please try to support the beer festival this weekend and continue spreading the word to friends and family.

Buka

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU: Bag Pack this Weekend

Dear all,

This is a huge plea for some help! We have managed to secure a bag packing event at ASDA this Sunday 25th March 10am – 3pm.

This is to help fundraise for the new pitch and we are hoping for as much help as possible. Please try and make yourself free for an hour or two and come down to help wearing some Stafford HC kit.

If you’ve never really got involved with the club then this is a perfect opportunity to start. Every pair of hands helping out with fundraising honestly makes a huge difference and we need everyone on board to be able to accomplish our ambitious goal of building a pitch.

So… PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come and help if you can. Carl Franklin and others have put in a huge amount of effort in fundraising so far – please support them and celebrate the end of the season with this fun, family event.

Buka

Reminder: Club AGM 1st March

Dear all,

This is a reminder that the whole club AGM is tomorrow night, Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm, in the clubhouse. This is a good opportunity to get to grips with the running of the club, to understand the finances, and to have a say in the club’s vision and strategy moving forwards.

Hope to see you there

Richard Buka
Secretary, Hockey Section
Stafford Cricket & Hockey Club

Do you want a club tie? | Clubmark achieved | Outcome of open leagues vote

Dear all,

  1. If you would like a club tie, please can you email Tony Milner (chairman@staffordhc.co.uk). They will be between £8 and £12 depending on how many are ordered. They are dark green with the club emblem embroidered.
  2. Stafford HC (Men’s) has been awarded Sport England’s Clubmark accreditation. Clubmark recognises that the club operates to a set of core criteria consistent with good practices to ensure that we can deliver quality hockey in sustainable and vibrant club environment.
  3. Midlands clubs have voted to adopt an open leagues system from next season. This means that the current league structure to a more fluid system that allows 1st, 2nd, 3rd teams etc… to play in the same leagues according to ability. It is hoped that this will make every week a competitive game, prevent blank fixtures, and prevent smaller clubs folding, bringing the Midlands into line with the rest of the country.

 

Push on Tokens in ASDA & Tesco

Hi all,

We are still one of the chosen good causes for ASDA and Tesco so please can everyone do their best to support the club’s fundraising when shopping – grab some tokens and put them in our box. Please encourage all your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks

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CrazyBird Comedy Night at Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club

The CrazyBird bring their ever popular Comedy Club to Stafford Hockey & Cricket Club on Friday 9th February 2018 for a night of stunning Stand Up comedy, consisting of four professional comedians from the UK and International circuit.

The night will be hosted by MC Jon Wagstaffe “A naturally sharp & funny comedian, fresh like everything from Tewkesbury.” – Patrick Monahan, who will regale you with stories of his weekend, complete with raucous detours, unfinished sentences (not that it meant you couldn’t follow) and inappropriately mixed metaphors!

Opening the show will be Kiwi Sully O’Sullivan “had the audience showing their appreciation with fits of laughter and applause” channel4.com. Sully O’Sullivan’s been declared a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival by The NZ Herald, a highlight of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival by The Scotsman, featured on Australian TV’s ‘The Comedy Channel’, hosted a sell-out stand-up tour of Croatia, won Canada’s annual ‘Improvaganza’ Tournament, and in 2012 completed a 50 date UK tour alongside cult Aussie Comic Steve Hughes.

Blasting through the middle section will be Gavin Pond who will be treating you to his style of stand up that include a mixture of songs with his trusty guitar and story based anecdotes. Accompanying Gavin is our favourite German ‘Marti’. Marti loves to mock British local customs, language and habits. His naïve observational content and attempt at British wordplay give his storytelling a broad and entertaining appeal.

Closing the show we are delighted to have the superb Alex Boardman “…a rare mixture of wit and charm” The Guardian. Alex is now one of the most sought after acts in the country due to his ability to interact with any audience and to seemingly conjure something out of nothing. His free flowing style and natural charm breeze through in performances. His unique brand of “Flattery and abuse” is done with a lack of malice and a big sense of fun. Alex’s pedigree is of good stock having written material for John Bishop’s recent Stand Up tour, live material for Jason Manford on 8 Out of 10 Cats as well as warming up audiences for numerous household comedians.

Be quick folks as tickets are selling quicker than fidget spinners!

Door & Bar open at 6.30pm
Show starts at 8pm
Tickets – £13.50 – available from:
Matt Jefferson – 07737 833572
www.seetickets.com
Nick Bird – crazybirdcomedy@gmail.com or 07967 214477

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Dennis Charles Wall

Dennis Charles Wall

19th March 1928 – 31st December 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Club President, Dennis.

He will be so greatly missed by us all.

The funeral service will take place on Monday 15th January 2018, 2pm at The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford followed by cremation at Stafford Crematorium and afterwards all are welcome to join the family to further celebrate his life at his beloved Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club. Any donations may be given in his memory to Katharine House Hospice who cared for him so well during the last few days.

Training starting this Tuesday 2nd January

Dear all,

Training for the entire club will start this Tuesday 2nd January normal time:

Junior training: 7-8pm
1s, 2s, and GKs: 7-9pm
Club training: 8-9pm

Ladies training is also on on Wednesday.

Sunday junior training is starting from 7th January indoors at Beaconside – 10am-12pm.

Happy new year to you all!

Buka

Green tokens at Asda

Dear all,

Happy New Year in advance of next week. 2018 is going to be pivotal year for the club and our quest for a new pitch at Riverway. Your undivided support is going to be crucial and we are lucky enough to have been chosen by Asda for their green token scheme. If you are doing your supermarket shop, please use Asda in town. You will be given some green tokens at the checkout and then please just drop them into the Stafford HC box on the way out – simple!

The scheme will be running throughout January.

We are also planning a charity bag pack at Asda in January and will be asking you for your support of this in due course.

Cheers

The Hockey Committee & Pitch Fundraising Committee

Christmas shopping? You can raise free cash for the pitch!

READ THIS BEFORE YOU DO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING OR MAKE ANY BIG PURCHASES.

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The club is now registered as a cause on www.easyfundraising.org.uk, a website that works with retailers to support good causes through the donation of a percentage of sales or a fixed fee per purchase to your nominated good cause. The retailers involved are wide-ranging including Amazon and John Lewis as well as companies selling holidays, flights, train tickets, insurance and foreign currency.

This does not cost you anything and your financial information is not used by the site or sold on to other companies.

Here are the simple steps that you need to take to start effortlessly raising funds for the club:

  1. Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk 
  2. Search for “Stafford Men’s Hockey Club” (or click here)
  3. Click “Join Us”
  4. Create a personal account using your email address and a password.
  5. Every time you want to buy something online, log in to your account and then search for the retailer through easyfundraising. If the retailer is listed, click on them and this will take you to the website as normal. Because you went to the retailer’s website through easyfundraising, your purchase will be recorded.
  6. Buy whatever you were going to buy as normal.
  7. You will receive an email the next day to confirm that your purchase has lead to a donation.
  8. Tell all your friends and family to do the same!

You can also install the donation reminder in your browser which will cause a pop-up window to appear at times when you are on retailers’ websites to remind you to go through easyfundraising.

Similarly there are phone apps available on iPhone and Android through AppStore and GooglePlay.

 

URGENT: VERY IMPORTANT Club Shirt Amnesty

Dear all,
We seem to have a distinct shortage of club shirts. The first team white shirts bag currently has six shirts and the second team bag is in a similar state.
Please can I emplore, that if you do have any club shirts at home please give them back to the club by handing them into your captains, any committee member, or in the club.
This will save the club a large amount of money that can go into keeping subs low, and building a new pitch.
Thanks
Buka

Fireworks – helpers needed

Hi all,

The club fireworks night is next Sunday 5th November. We are in massive need of volunteers to help the event run smoothly – we need helpers on the gate, barbeque, hot drinks, parking etc…

If you can help please email me (richardbuka@gmail.com) or text me (07891017606).

This is a major event for the club and helps keeps the costs of playing hockey down for all of us. We need all the help we can get so if you’re free, please come down and give us a hand – don’t leave it to someone else.

Buka