News for September

The upcoming August Bank Holiday and the inevitable deluge of rain, signals the beginning of another hockey season. Most teams will have dipped their toes into some gentle training already but for some, the start of September means not just time to dust off the sticks and dry out the gloves and boots but …


This will take place on Saturday 5th September – 13:00 – 16:00 All welcome.  We’re hoping to follow this year’s afternoon of hockey with a social event. Details to follow.

MENS Section

Sadly the men will only be fielding one team this year. It’s a sad move but we simply don’t have the players available regularly. Please can all all club members support Chris Aldridge to develop a strong first team squad, including the teenagers we do have, which will compete well in the Conference North league.

Club Development Officer

The club is looking to appoint a part-time Club Development Officer for the 2015/16 season. Initially for a 35 week contract, remuneration will be at £12.00 per hour for up to 12 hours per week.

The job will entail supporting existing officers and enabling the club to maximise its potential by supporting and organising coaching & training for adults and juniors and developing the Club’s local and national profile, marketing and communications.

A full job description and person specification is available from the Chairman, Andy Lord – e-mail

Closing date for applications is 28th August 2015. Applications are invited in your own style, by email.

Goalkeeper Coaching at Newent for 2nd and 3rd team Keepers

Simon Mason ( 3 time Olympian with 74 GB and 120 England caps) is coming to Newent HC on Sunday 13th September to run an “improvers” session for goalkeepers between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

If you are a 2nd, 3rd or indeed 4th team goalkeeper (male or female) looking to improve your performance this is the event for you. All Simon’s tuition will be conducted on the Newent school astro with 5 goals being used to ensure that all those attending get maximum practical exposure to his ideas and experience. The session will comprise a range of drills and demonstration with all those attending having ample opportunity to improve their skills. The specific skills to be covered will be

1. Kicking and leg saves.
2. Hand saves.
3. Smothers
4. Clearances.
5. Ones v Ones.

After the end of the session there will be the opportunity to ask further questions in the bar and we may also be able to have a look at Simon demonstrating his skills on some videos.

Please note that this event is not open to either 1st team keepers or juniors (under 16) who may be eligible for County-organised training.

Places are restricted to 20 and will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis, the cost is £40 payable in advance to the organiser Malcolm Green. To reserve a place please send an email to

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End of Season Award Dinner

Saturday 6th June 2015
Bells Golf Club

Please download and send your completed forms with your menu choices to Amy Biddle or Lucy Aldridge by the 16th May.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting – 2015

This year the AGM will be held at

The Annexe in Lydney


Friday 24th April from 7pm

Please make every effort to attend and have a say in the running of your club.

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Ladies IIIs play to win the League

This Saturday 11th April sees the Ladies IIIs play their last game of the season. Equal on points with Pucklechurch in the Berkeley Division II, they need one point to finish as Champions.

Please come down to Forest Leisure at 10.30 to lend your support and make some noise !

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Summer League 2015

Message to all Lydney Ladies !

I’m happy to organise the Ladies entry into some sort of Summer League Competition this year, mainly for selfish reasons. If I stop playing during the summer, I’ll never be able to start again.

I’ll be looking into venues – maybe Thornbury again as it’s so convenient, or possibly Coombe Dingle or even Newent – open to any suggestions.

I’ll create a facebook group that you have to join if you’re interested. It will probably be a closed group so that I know who has joined but everyone will be able to see it. If you don’t do facebook, no problem, contact me direct.

In the past, the summer league has been a great opportunity to mix up all of the Ladies teams and to meet new players who may be keen to join us or return to hockey.

Please let me know if you’d like to help in any way.



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Season 2014 – 2015

The sea is still 17 degrees and the sun has been shining since the Arctic August Bank holiday but today is the first day of autumn so our thoughts turn immediately to paying our hockey subs.

Please make sure you get your cash to Amy Biddle by 30th September.

Adults pay £90, Youth £65 and Academy £32 per term.

Membership forms, Fixtures and Pitch Start times can be downloaded from the downloads section to the right of this post.

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Badger Baiting

Lydney 2nds 1 – Badgers 1

11th Jan 2014

Lydney: D. Legg, K. Alexander, J. Box, A. Bannister, E. Matthews, G. Cox, J. Samuel, M. Royle, E. Richards, K. Macakill, L. Black, S. Mitchell (Captain)

This friendly friendly was a much needed opportunity to dust off the Christmas cobwebs and run off a few mincepies. After Sarah’s Magical Mystery Tour of Gloucester’s hockey pitches (including the happy discovery of a Fun Factory) there was little time left for a warm-up but the team started the game with a positive attitude.

Unfortunately the Oxstalls pitch turned out to be 50% astro turf and 50% ice rink resulting in a few bruised bottoms. However, Lydney persevered and drew blood first with a neat goal by Grace Cox that was cooly worked round the keeper with the assistance of her teammates in and around the ‘D’ (but not before the ball had come up an opposition stick and contentiously bounced off her shoulder though).

Fast on the break and dangerous when they got loose, Badgers retaliated, capitalising on a moment of indecision at the last minute by Lydney keeper, Karen Alexander,  resulting in an equalising goal.

Both teams fought on hard to scrape a win but neither were successful. Jess was heartly wiped-out at one point but continued to play well earning her Man of the Match by a sweeping number of votes.

Things of Note:

  • Number of pitches visited: 2
  • Number of Lydney players who landed on their backside: 3 (Meg of course, Liz and Jess)
  • Variety of economy versions of well-known chocolate snacks provided in the ‘picnic-style’ teas: 3 (See below. Can you guess what they are?)




Picnic anyone? :0)


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