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20th MarKHA Women’s League Season Extension

KHA have extended the current women’s county league season up to and including 21 April. Would everyone who routinely takes appointments for women’s fixtures please keep their availability up to date. Re-arranged fixtures are starting to come through and there are quite a lot of them - normal county umpire pool rules continue to apply. ERHUA umpires need to keep a close eye on the ERHUA Website as well as there are a number of East games to be re-scheduled. Please let me know ASAP if you find yourself appointed to regional and county games at the same time!

14th Mar2018 AGM Timeline

The 2018 AGM will be held on 22 May 2018 (see notice on Home Page for more details). In accordance with our constitution, this means that any major item or motion that members wish to raise must be received by the Chairman/Secretary no later than midnight on 31 March 2018. The full AGM timeline is as follows:

Deadline for Members to submit Motions or Items for AGM Agenda - 31 March 2018.

Pre AGM Management Team Meeting - 16 April 2018.

All papers (e.g. Agenda, Previous Minutes, Proposals, Papers and Members Submissions etc) to be made available/sent (where essential) to all Members - by 24 April 2018.

Existing Officers standing for re-election to notify Secretary in writing - by 01 May 2018.

Nomination of members for Management Committee posts to be received by Chairman/Secretary - no later than 15th May 2018.

Please note that we already know that the post of Women's Appointments Secretary will become vacant at the end of the current season.

Chris Peart

6th MarUmpires Required - Wednesday 21st. March 2018.

Brian and I have received a request from Leigh Massdorp from Tonbridge School for some external umpires for the above IAPS National Boys U11 Finals that are being held at the school. Please note that these are not KHUA appointments.The tournament starts at about 10am and runs through until about 3pm, with Breakfast, Lunch and Match Teas provided. Games are 7-a-side half pitch so not that taxing!

If you are interested or require more information please contact Leigh direct on 01732 304111 or by email on

Thanks and regards - Malcolm Hasler KHUA.

3rd MarRe-arranged Fixtures

Clubs re-arranging fixtures as a consequence of recent poor weather (those not already notified by 2 March) should ensure that the relevant Appointments Secretary (Brian Miller for Men - Chris Peart for Women) are consulted as part of the re-arranging process to ensure that umpires are available for appointment.

23rd FebNew Member

KHUA extends a warm welcome to Jason Slater (unaffiliated) who recently achieved Club Umpire Assessed (Level 1) Accreditation and has joined our association.

12th FebAnn Merritt

We are very sorry to advise that Ann has passed away. She was a leading light in Kent Ladies, and a Vice President of Kent Hockey Association and Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club. Her funeral is on Thursday 15th February at Tunbridge Wells crematorium at 1.45pm

5th FebNew Member

KHUA extends a warm welcome to Robin Davies (Holcombe HC) who recently achieved EH Club Umpire Assessed (Level 1) accreditation and has joined our association.

3rd FebDisclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks

All KHUA appointed umpires, coaches and assessors are to have a current DBS certificate that has been approved by England Hockey by the beginning of next season. If you have yet to complete your application, please contact KHUA's Welfare Officer, Debbie Garner by email - for advice and guidance. Many of you have already completed your applications but require your documents to be verified. Get yourselves organised now whilst there are fixtures going on as this makes it so much easier to meet with a verifier. Please contact one of the 4 DBS verifiers (Debbie Garner, Jackie Gibbs, Annette Golding and Malcolm Hasler) to meet with you to check through your documentation.

22nd JanJohn Gawley MBE

It is with great sadness that we have to advise that John passed away on the 18th January. He was a huge servant to hockey and a significant inspiration to many hockey umpires throughout the country. He was best known to Kent for his work with the video camera, hence his honarary membership. John was an innovator and was probably the first to see the benefits of video and how it could help umpires improve. He videoed many of our umpires and gave them food for thought for improvement Funeral details will be advised when known.

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