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Funeral Arrangements for Frank Hubber

Frank's funeral will take place on Monday 15th December, 12.30pm at Gloucester Crematorium, GL4 4PA and afterwards at Walls Social Club, Hammond Way, Gloucester, GL4 3HG.

Would all those intending to attend please either email Mark Windsor at or telephone him on 01452 538926/07769 773905.

David Lillywhite - Chairman

Posted: 05 December 2014

Frank Hubber

It is with regret that we have to advise that Frank Hubber passed away on Saturday 29 November.

Those of you who knew Frank will know just how much he put into umpiring over a great many years, not just for HGW but for Combined Services, The West and NPUA. For those of you who did not know Frank, lets just say a lot!!!

Arrangements for Frank's funeral will be posted as soon as they are known.

Our sincere condolences to Frank's family.

David Lillywhite - Chairman

Posted: 02 December 2014

West Kickstart Initiative

West Hockey Umpires in conjunction with several County Hockey Associations and County Hockey Umpire Associations have jointly funded an initiative to develop umpiring at all levels across the West by offering a financial incentive for over 150 aspiring umpires to complete the EH Level 1 Umpire course, but to then umpire away from their own club before becoming a Level 1 assessed Umpire. After further consultation, the details of the initiative have now been amended and can be viewed by clicking the document below.

All enquiries to Graham Woolcock, the Kickstart Administrator.

Kickstart FAQs and Application Form

Updated: 19 November 2014

Posted: 19 November 2014

Level 1 Umpire Course - December 2014

The Level 1 Umpire Course on 7 December 2014 is now fully booked.

For those of you who have missed out this time, we will look at the possibility of organising another course in the spring if there is sufficient demand.

David Lillywhite - Chairman

Posted: 10 November 2014

Level 1 Umpire Course - December 2014

HGWHUA have arranged for a Level 1 Umpire Course to be held at Balcarras School, Cheltenham on Sunday 7 December. The course will run from 9.00am until 4.30pm and candidates must attend for the whole duration of the course.

Those wishing to participate must register, pay the £50 course fee and complete a rules test through the England Hockey website. I am unable to confirm when the course will be available on the England Hockey website for bookings but would advise that places are allocated on a first come first served basis and can not be reserved any other way than through England hockey.


I am pleased to say that the course is now on the England Hockey website and available for bookings...
http://englandhockey.co.uk/courses.asp (currently page 2).

The deadline for making bookings is Wednesday 26th November or until full. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online.

David Lillywhite - Chairman

Posted: 13 October 2014 | Updated: 16 October 2014

Rules of Hockey - Own Goals

Text from Stephen Barlow of England Hockey:

I would like draw your attention to the story on our website about the “Own Goal” rule. In short this will be withdrawn in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League and Investec Women’s Hockey League with effect from 1 February. However the rule will remain in place for the rest of the game through until the end of the season.

Posted: 23 December 2013