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HASSRA SE Golf  Society.

The 2024 golfing season teed off at Chartham Park golf club in April, a venue we have been to for a number of years. The day comprised of a 9 hole team event in the morning followed by our usual 18 hole individual stableford in the afternoon. The team event was a Texas scramble and was won by Brian Skilton, Alex Jack and Sam Armadass. In the afternoon the individual event was won by Wayne Catlin on 33 points after countback with John Tranter taking the runners up spot. Nearest the pin went to Steve Stockham and Wayne taking the nearest the pin in two prize.

May saw a return to one of our favourite courses at Hoebridge near Woking. Our individual stableford event saw 4 players all finishing on 37 points, Wayne Catlin, Brian Skilton, Gavin Hall and Paul Fuller. Wayne won the trophy after countback with Steve Stockham again claiming the nearest the pin prize and Brian the nearest the pin in two.

The June event saw us at a new club for the Society, North Downs near Guildford. This was our Regional qualifier for the national HASSRA golf event which takes place in September at Warwick. We had 12 players competing in a medal competition for the titles of scratch winner or nett winner along with the society individual stableford prize. The scratch event was won by Mark Harrop with 81 strokes and the nett event by Richard Mole on 78 strokes. Both players will go forward to represent the Region at the HASSRA nationals. The society stableford event was won by Mark Dunn with 26 points. Nearest the pin went to Sam Armadass and nearest the pin in two to Mark Cresswell.

The first half of the season finished with our annual Trew Cup event against London and East of England Regions. It was our turn to host the event which we held at Hoebridge Golf Club, we were also defending the trophy which we won in 2023. The event was made up of 10 players from each Region going out in groups of 3 with the winner of each group getting 3 points for their Region, second 2 points and third 1 point. With the weather being kind to us it was a very close competition for 2nd and 3rd places with the winners having a commanding lead. In third place on 17 points was East of England Region with ourselves as runners up on 18.5 and London Region with an excellent 24.5 points. There were also prizes for nearest the pin and best individual score for each Region. John Tranter won nearest the pin and Carlo Barbieri best score for our Region. An excellent day was had by all competitors and we look forward to renewing rivalries in East of England Region in 2025.

There are 3 further golf days to come in July, September and October.

Click HERE for more details on our Golf Society.

Southampton Strike a Pose!

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What can we say but Southampton Office is brilliant and thank you. We have been supporting Mountbatten Hampshire Hospice for 7 years now.

In the past 6 years we have raised in excess of £6500! (this is an astounding amount especially as we aren’t a business). Since the beginning of this year, 2024 we have raised an amazing £5000 plus- totalling £11,500,

But the year isn’t over yet, can we raise as much in the rest of the year as we have in the previous 6 years? Of course we can!! How have we done it?

Apart from our smaller fundraising events, 28 colleagues, friends and families took up the HASSRA April Challenge.

These wonderful people either walked, ran, swam or cycled a total of 6229.2 kilometres in April and our team came top! HASSRA awarded us a fantastic £1600. Thanks to all participants and thanks to HASSRA.

Then there was the Models for Mountbatten, sustainable fashion show, we were joined by the Lord Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Dave Shields.  What an evening, it was genuinely brilliantly enjoyable. Pauline put together the costumes and the cat walk, so professional, so much fun. Community came together. The fashion show was a great opportunity to highlight the excellent work that Mountbatten Hampshire Hospice does. It was a fun event which had members of Southampton Jobcentre, St James Road Methodist Church, Southampton City Council and the local neighbourhood coming together to do something amazing. We raised awareness of the Charity and the issue of sustainable fashion but most importantly we raised over £2800 for such a worthy cause. Too many colleagues to thank personally, the models, the volunteers on and before the day and everyone who supported the raffle or in any other way. THANK YOU.  You continue to make a difference.

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Enjoy the photos above and thanks again! Pauline and Donna, Southampton Committee.


Eastbourne take to the lanes.

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Ramsgate get rolling.

Ramsgate HASSRA Club arranged a Ten Pin Bowling Event at Bugsy’s in Margate on the 18th May using the fantastic South-East Taster Day offer!

27 HASSRA members attended, each member playing 2 games, roll on the next one! 

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Gravesend go for it.

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Eastbourne Macmillan Charity presentation

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Thank you everyone at St Annes/Grove Road Jobcentres, who came to join us for Bacon Rolls - Unfortunately we couldn't get a representative from Macmillan but we still did a small cheque presentation.

 You helped raise an amazing £650 for them - a spokesperson from Macmillan did say "We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your colleague. Please remember we are here for anyone that has been affected by cancer. You can call our team of specialist advisers, currently 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm on 0808 808 0000 or visit macmillan.­org.­uk where we have a great online community who can help.

It’s fantastic that you have held a charity auction and want to donate the funds to Macmillan in memory of your colleague. £650 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 20 hours helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. You really are making a difference to the lives of those who need us, and we can’t thank you enough."Thank you again guys - You are all Amazing! 

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