Chris Swan

It saddens me to report that Chris Swan died after a short illness last Saturday (01 Oct).

On behalf of Bromley & Beckenham HC and especially those Bromley members who remember the endless hours and effort Chris sacrificed to the development of the junior section at Bromley, I offer our condolences to Sandra (his wife) and Chris' two sons, Jon and Matt, both ex-first team at Bromley.

Chris played in his early years at Holcombe HC (Kent) before relocating to London where he joined Bromley offering a real enthusiasm to help rejuvenate the junior programme there. He quickly grew the section not just in volume and quality but most impressively, drove the introduction of girls junior hockey at the club.

I remember Chris most vividly from my early years as the guy who simply blew the air horn at junior festivals but little did I know he was to be so integral in my own hockey development. I know for sure, I am not alone in this sentiment and there will be so many of my peers shocked by this sad news.

He was one of a kind, offering so much and asking for so little. Chris remained supportive of the merged club and was an avid 'Friend' who would offer levelled and sound feedback to many a first team performance, good or bad.

A great man has been lost to our sport. I currently do not have any details of the funeral and must respect the wishes of his family. That said, the Club are keen to commemorate Chris' efforts and organise a commemorative fixture to be played nearer to Christmas. More details to follow

Nick Bluett
Director of Hockey, BromBecks HC

Christmas Pudding Fundraiser

As the Christmas decorations start creeping into the shops and the festive season edges nearer, we are keen to introduce a little Club fundraiser that aims to raise some much needed funds for our junior section and bring a little festive fun to all.

 

We are working in partnership with the ‘Ultimate Plum Pudding Company’ to create a selection of festive Puddings that are emblazoned with ‘BromBeck’ character. With 3 different choices of Pudding and a couple of luscious butter sauces to accompany the desserts, we invite you to join in the festive spirit and help us raise a little money.

The Ultimate Plum Pudding Company has over 30 years experience of making great tasting puddings, supplying to stores like Fortnum & Mason and Lakeland. Their range of splendid sponge puddings are ambient with an average 6 month shelf life, so purchases don’t have to be just for Christmas.

We have secured a four week ordering window to get all orders back in time before Christmas. The deadline for final orders is Wednesday 15th November, with orders ready for collection 3 weeks later. We will advise once orders are ready for collection. You’ll find a list of the puddings & sauces on offer, as well as a price list. The more puddings we order the more discounts we receive; so don’t hold back when ordering!

Place your individual orders by emailing fundraising@brombeckhc.co.uk, specifying your exact requirements from the list below. We will invoice you individually on receipt of your order, providing online account details to credit.

 

Pudding & Sauce Options

Christmas Pudding - The Ultimate Plum Pudding

The award winning Ultimate Plum Pudding is available in 3 sizes and in both No Gluten and Alcohol Free versions. There’s a good balance of ingredients so flavours don't fight or dominate each other. The result is a light, sweet (but not too sweet), luxuriously delicious, celebratory pudding. 

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Our incredibly popular Sticky Toffee Pudding is really gorgeous pud with a lusciously squidgy top. A touch of salt in the caramel sauce prevents over-sweetness. Like all sponges it keeps for 6-8 months.

Triple Chocolate Pudding

Our Triple Chocolate is made with lots of melted Belgian chocolate and fine dark French cocoa powder. Coupled with Chocolate chips and a chocolate liqueur to give it that real finishing touch!

Brandy and Rum Butters

We also offer a luscious brandy butter to melt over your scrumptious pudding. Made with unsalted sweet cream butter, icing sugar, a little coarser sugar for a hint of crunch, a hint of lemon and nutmeg and as much brandy as it will take without splitting. Our brandy butter comes in 190g jars.

Also available is a classic rum butter. A cumbrian classic - darker sugar, a little orange and lots of dark rum.

Luxury Sauces

Sticky Toffee pudding - Developed for those who can’t get enough of our Sticky Toffee puddings; spectacularly creamy but not too sweet. It has a fudge like texture when cold - perfect for decorating cakes.

Luxury Chocolate Sauce - The gorgeously rich Chocolate Sauce is packed with cocoa mass, real Belgian melted chocolate, further boosted with fine French full flavoured cocoa powder.

 
 

On behalf of the fundraising committee, we’d like to thank our members and parents for their continued support. We wish you a great festive period and continued success throughout the season.

 

Gentlemans Dinner 2017

LANGLEY PARK GOLF CLUB (Barnfield Wood Road BR3 6SZ)
THURSDAY 9th November 2017
7.00pm for 7.30pm dinner

Dear Member and/or Friend of Bromley and Beckenham Hockey Club,

We are again pleased to announce this years Gentleman’s dinner for the benefit of both members and Friends of Bromley and Beckenham Hockey Club.

The venue will be the same with the usual three-course meal plus coffee and a couple of short informal speeches. Thanks to LPGF room hire fees and meal costs are the same as last year so cost stays at £30 per head. Dress is lounge suits and ties.

If you have enjoyed the dinner in previous years, please advertise this year’s function to other Club members and “Friends” and invite them to make up a table.

Your reply as soon as possible, but please, no later than Thursday 2nd November 2017.
Please note cheque payable to “Friends of BromBeck”.

Further information here

With kind regards

Sam Druce (Men’s Club Captain) and Stuart Burton

Open Weekend 2nd-3rd September

The hockey club will be running an open hockey weekend on the 2nd 3rd September with something for everyone.

For the Juniors we are very pleased and excited to confirm that our Mens 1st eleven will run a pre-season training session for all Juniors on Sunday 3rd Sept 9.45am -11.15 at Langley Girls pitch. There is no charge for this please bring your kids along - they can bring some mates too and lets gets playing some hockey.

This is part of the Club 'Open Weekend'. The junior session will be followed by a 1st eleven match v Blackheath that everybody is welcome to stay and watch and provide lots of support.   

So if you are an existing junior members or know any other potential young hockey players amongst friends or family, bring them along and just turn up for some fun !  The session will cater for all ages and abilities.

Full details of the weekend are:

Mums and Dads see the Ladies and Mens open sessions on Saturday. If you have been thinking about picking up a stick yourself and trying it or wanting to get back into it this is your chance. The senior club have a broad range of teams which can cater for all abilities and its great fun. So please come down on Saturday kitted out for some hockey yourself if you fancy it.

Saturday 2nd September
10:30 to 12:30 = Ladies Club open morning.  Open to all abilities looking to get involved with ladies hockey in the 2017/18 season.  Minimum age 13; Maximum age = unlimited.
13:00 to 14:30 = Ladies 1st Team Exhibition game (Girls School Pitch)
13:00 to 15:30 = Men’s Club open afternoon. Open to all abilities looking to get involved with men’s hockey in the 2017/18 season.  Minimum age 13; maximum age = unlimited. Langley Park Boys School Pitch
15:00 to 16:30 = BromBeck HC M1 vs West Hampstead HC
17:00 to 18:30 = West Hampstead HC vs Blackheath and OE HC
19:30 to late = BBQ at Beckenham Sports Club (formerly Beckenham Cricket Club) open to everyone.

Sunday 3rd September
09:45 to 11:15 = Junior 'open' training session with Mens 1st eleven
10:30 to 12:00 = U14 and U16 Boys Preseason
12:00 to 13:30 = BromBeck HC M1 vs Blackheath and OE HC

Everbody is encouraged to come down and get involved with the whole weekend. All events are Langley Park Girls School unless otherwise stated.

Girls win Gold at the London Youth Games Hockey Finals

What a fantastic Hockey Journey finishing with gold medals and Bromley Borough being crowned 2017 Champions for the London Youth Games.

The girls hockey squad made up of Year 8 & 9 girls travelled to Crystal Palace on 09.07.17 for the London Youth Games Hockey finals after success at the Redbridge qualifiers held back in June.

The finals were made up of 8 London Boroughs who were all looking to take home the hockey trophy back to their respective Borough!

On a very hot morning  Bromley played some excellent hockey in the group stage securing them 2nd place in their group which guaranteed them a semi-final place where they were to meet Redbridge.  This was a very tough group but the girls battled hard and got their reward.

With the girls Improving all of the time Bromley started the semi-finals very strong going 3-0 up but after a late challenge from Redbridge the girls held onto their lead finishing 3-2 taking them into the final where they would play Richmond.

After a short welcome break the whistle blew for the start of the final.  Again Bromley started very strong and took an early 2-0 lead after playing some great hockey.  The girls continued to press Richmond and scored again only for the goal to be disallowed as the ball was deemed to be hit outside the D before hitting the backboard.  Richmond battled hard to get back into the game but Bromley defended very well and continued to attack until the final whistle blew.  What an achievement!

Bromley were the new 2017 London Borough Hockey Champions!!!

A fantastic display of hockey during our 12 week Hockey Journey.

The Bromley squad has been very professional in their attitude towards training and worked very hard indeed.  All of the girls have displayed a great team spirit and they have all worked together as team which has been great to see.  It has been hard work  but everyone has had a lot of fun along the way and the girls have all enjoyed playing their hockey and representing their Borough.

Commitment, hard work, determination, skill, team work and fun has all played a major part in achieving top spot and the girls lifting the trophy.

A brilliant effort girls.  You should all be very proud of your achievement.

We have had great support all of the way from the parents, friends and family getting their daughters to training and match days.  Their support has been fantastic and has definitely helped the squad succeed.  A massive thanks to you all.

I would also like to thank my fellow coaches Andy Willis and Andrew Pearce.  Their help, experience and support throughout has been superb and they also deserve a massive thanks!

Well done again girls and keep enjoying your Hockey.

Bromley team coaches: Matthew Butler, Andy Willis & Andrew Pearce