Club Reports from the November Meeting:

Havering Athletics Club

- The successful track & field season ended in September with the club U13s & U15s team competing in the National Youth Development League Final in Birmingham, finishing in a creditable seventh place nationally, while the U13s, U15s & U17s finished runners up in the Eastern Young Athletes League Final.  - The winter season started strongly when the U17 girls team won silver in the South of England Road Relay Championships at Crystal Palace.  The club hosted the Essex County Cross Country relays at Stubbers on 7th October winning four of the nine gold medals with victories for the U13 girls, U17 women, the senior men and the senior mixed teams, plus winning two other medals. The Essex Cross Country league also got off to a good start with team wins in three age groups, plus two individual victories in the first of the five fixtures.The club is taking part in the England Athletics pilot Games Changer volunteering scheme which sees eight young volunteers aged 14 or 15 recruited and trained to support club volunteers in officiating at competitions. 

Havering 90 Joggers/Parkrun- The club was disappointed that despite reaching 200 members it was still only eligible for 2 places rather than 3 in the Virgin London Marathon ballot so there were many disappointed club members.

Upminster Hockey Club- .All teams have played 10 games, with only two more to come before the Christmas break. - The Club is currently turning out 5 Men's and 6 Ladies' teams. In addition this season we have over 150 boys / girls“ juniors and colts aged 8 to 16 -attending training sessions mid-week and on Sunday mornings. - Results, the Men's 1s to 3s and the Ladies 1-5s are all in the top half of their respective divisions, with only the Men's 4s and 5s and Ladies' 6s residing towards the bottom of their Leagues.

 Upminster Bowls Club- We are currently in the ˜closed' period following a successful outdoor season in which 2 further members, John Morgan and Colin Coe, gained their County Badges.  - The new Golf Club Course Contractors have begun working on the Bowling Green as part of a planned programme of improvement over the coming years. - Activities continue to be organised during the winter months. Members are invited to join monthly walks.  The ladies also meet monthly for a social afternoon and there is a weekly session for short mat bowls at Cranham Community Centre.

SYM Sailing Club- Our main competitive event, the Walter Chignell Trophy, was held in November with 12 races over 3 Sundays.The winners were Richard Thomas and his daughter Mara on 12 points - ahead of Matthew Turnpenny and Darren Knight, both on 17 points.- Sailing has now finished until March. Winter Sundays will be spent catching up on maintenance.

Havering Tennis Club- Winter training will be held until the end of April.- A recent presentation evening at the Noak Hill Centre was well attended with excellent support from the staff.- Licence application at Noak Hill has been delayed by lack of a rate banding.

LBH Sports development- The Chairman thanked Danial Alleyn for all he has done during his time at LBH and wished him success for the future. His successor has been appointed with a possible start date in January .- LYG cross country took place on 18th November with the team in 3rd place out of 32. - Michelle working on para sport festivals with Everyone Active at Hornchcurch Sports Centre.- Working with Everyone Active to deliver indoor athletics at Hornchurch Sports Centre- walking for health growing with 300 plus people walking every week.- Cllr Wallace noted that the Noak Hill Centre was opened the previous weekend by Cllr Roger Ramsey.

 Everyone Active- Apologies were given for the lack of prior information fed through to clubs regarding the Noak Hill opening. It was a successful day with 2 new junior members and adults for tennis.- Work on the new Romford Sport Centre is ahead of schedule and due to open 3rd February. An invitation for HSC members to have tour prior to opening was requested and the Chairman will be emailed regarding dates.- A publicity campaign regarding the opening is now in full swing. - Funding has been secured for athletics sessions for 75 children in the borough in school years 3-4.

 HDSA/Broxhill Archers - 1st winter league match took place where the Juniors had a bye. In response to a query from the Chairman, it was noted that the disability transport provision ends this month with no replacement facilities available.  

Hornchurch Cricket Club- AGM will take place on 10th December- Work to enlarge the changing rooms will start in January.

 Havering-atte-Bower Cricket Club - The club held its first murder mystery evening on 11th November and raised £300 plus bar takings.- AGM to take place on the following Sunday.

 Thames Chase- 2 serious incidences of fly tipping have occurred recently which have been very upsetting and expensive

 Romford Rifle and Pistol Club - In the NSRA Nationals competition (prone 50m and 100yds combined) the clubs A  team won the top division 1 for the third year running and retain the Twining Cup. It was, however, by the narrowest margin. - Our entries for the NSRA winter competitions was lost in the post, unfortunately we have no winter comps to do.