Eric, for many years now an Honorary Life Member of Haslemere Hockey Club, was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List for voluntary service to sport in Haslemere. This is recognition for the huge amount of work that Eric has done, often behind the scenes, to establish many of the fantastic sporting facilities that we have at Woolmer Hill Sports Ground. The list of projects is long, but includes the sports pavilion, both astro turf pitches, The Edge, and the athletics track. Eric was also key in bringing the sports clubs together to establish Woolmer Hill Sports Association who manage the pavilion on behalf of the clubs.

I am delighted that Eric has finally been recognised for his enormous contribution to sport in the community at Haslemere. I trust a few glasses of red wine will be flowing in the pavilion to join Eric in celebrating his new honour.

Happy New Year to you all

Neil Francis