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YOUR LOC AL MULTI-AWARD WINNING SP ORT AND WELLBEING MAG A ZINE

ISSUE 41, DECEMBER 2020

A very safe and merry Christmas to one and all!

Keep fit this side of the New Year

Sevenoaks sporting hero says goodbye

Staying in your Christmas comfort zone

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Dear reader, ow are you doing? Are you well? I do hope so! I know the world still feels like it’s falling apart but we are nearly at the end of what has been a terrible year for many, so sit back, relax and grab a cuppa (or something stronger if you like, well it is Christmas). It’s been a bit of a funny period the last six weeks, everyone back at school and work, but non-essential shopping prohibited in November and many sports postponed during the same period and beyond into January. This month we bring you the gift that keeps giving, Georgina Burnett, with her guide to Christmas wreath making (page 10). West Kent Mind get us to stay in our comfort zone this Christmas (page 20) whilst The Better Body Group ask us to start our fitness regime early this year! We have a heart-pulling obituary and tribute to life-long Sevenoaks sporting stalwart, Philip ‘Pip’ Burrows, who sadly passed away recently, with words from Frank Baldwin, Chris Tavaré and Willy Stewart starting on page 12.

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It’s not too late to make yourself a beautiful Christmas wreath for your front door. ITV’s This Morning presenter Georgina Burnett tells you all you need to know on page 10.

I for one am pleased to see 2021 fast approaching - with the promise of vaccines and all things getting back to normal, it looks possible that we should be able to take part in all forms of sport once again. And like so many other people, we wait to see what will be; a pint in the clubhouse cheering on the Mighty Oaks; remembering the factor-50 and a hat as we head down to the vine for an afternoon of cricket; getting all steamed up as we cheer on our swimmers at the gala; or for some, getting that three

hours break and a bit of peace on a Saturday afternoon. Whatever it is you are looking forward to, I sincerely hope that it finds you, as you have been waiting far too long. Happy Christmas and take care of yourself and those around you. See you in 2021.

Steve

Publishing Editor, Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing

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ISSUE 41, DECEMBER 2020

A very safe and merry Christmas to one and all!

Keep fit this side of the New Year

Sevenoaks sporting hero says goodbye

Staying in your Christmas comfort zone

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CONTENTS Issue 41 - December 2020 News Welcome message from the Editor New Beacon named in top 50 cricketing schools Ex-England player appointed Head of Girls Cricket The day Strictly Come Golfing came to Knole Park GC Swanley is levelling up the playing fields Make your own Christmas wreaths with Georgina Burnett

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TRIBUTE: ‘Pip’ Burrows, a stalwart of local sport, passes away - but his legacy lives on and will never be forgotten p12 Round up of governing bodies and local league decisions p15 Suns record big victory in their opening game of season p19

‘Pip’ says final farewell

Christmas comforts

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Share a sporting passion We love sport and we’re proud of what our boys achieve from team to more individual sports – fitness, fun and for all. Many compete at county and national level with four former pupils currently representing England or GB. We offer a wide range of sports to enjoy with great coaching and outstanding facilities: all-weather pitch, playing fields, sports hall and swimming pool. Something for everyone!

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Christmas fitness

Clean eating?

End of year league tables

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The final league tables of 2020, or November as the case may be! Stay in your Christmas comfort zone

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West Kent Mind say Christmas can be a difficult time for many 10 things that require zero talent, are you sure?

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Working with Parents in Sport investigate

How to stay in shape over Christmas 2020

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The Better Body Group ask us to start early Is “Clean eating” really that healthy?

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Our nutritional expert helps us cut through the myth Healthy recipes with Magdalena

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Stuffed cabbage rolls, a seasonal favourite

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New Beacon named in top 50 cricketing schools The Cricketer magazine has published its Schools Guide 2021, featuring the top 50 junior schools including The New Beacon in Sevenoaks. It follows an exhaustive process which saw a record number of schools submit entries to be included in the guide, despite the ongoing pandemic. All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, which included a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching. The Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes said: “This year’s Schools Guide is particularly important in showcasing our schools who have kept the game alive through a very challenging summer. Whether it has been remote video sessions, drills in the garden or even Zoom quizzes, schools cricket has emerged resolutely from this pandemic and the appetite to get back out on the playing fields is palpable. “There should be deserved praise for all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have put in so much hard work, in the most difficult of circumstances, to preserve a love of the game among the next generation. The New Beacon School, Sevenoaks, has a long, strong, fine cricketing heritage. An archive photograph shows Siegfried and Hamo Sassoon in the 1st XI after they won the West Kent Prep Schools League Cup in 1901. More recently the school has won regional and national competitions. The U11 XI has reached the final of the Kent Summers

Cup every year this century emerging triumphant for the last nine consecutive years (bar 2020 with no play!). The U12 team regularly wins regional tournaments taking the team through to national competition at 13+ often playing against grammar schools selecting from at least four times as many players. The 1st XI were national champions in the Jet competition in 2007 and finalists in 2011. This past summer has also seen two former New Beacon pupils hitting the headlines playing for Kent County Cricket Club and England. Sam Billings left The New Beacon in 2004 moving to Haileybury College with an all-rounder scholarship. He played regularly for Kent from 2014 and was made captain in 2018. Sam was called to play his first ODI and Twenty20 games for England against New Zealand in 2015. He made his first international ODI century this summer against Australia finding more success with the bat and is a wicketkeeper in waiting for England. Sam visited The New Beacon four years ago to give an inspiring coaching session to the boys and to present a bat to one of our pupils who had scored a century in a 1st XI match. Zak Crawley left The New Beacon in 2011, moving to that famous cricketing school, Tonbridge, with a Cowdrey sports scholarship. He had captained The New Beacon side which was runner up to Millfield in the national final in 2011. He played for Kent from age 13 and made his senior debut in 2017, just three years ago. At The New Beacon, Zak was known for

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his precision and focus on technique with the bat, something which has clearly catapulted him to top of the order in the England test team. A highlight this summer for all cricket lovers was witnessing Zak’s 267 against Pakistan – the second highest maiden test century ever for England. While we have these extraordinarily talented former pupils competing at international level, cricket is enjoyed by all at The New Beacon. The school often fields four or five teams in each year group. 58 boys (9-13 years of age) are members of local cricket clubs, notably Holmesdale and Sevenoaks Vine. 20 are playing district cricket with two at Invicta and one on the Kent pathway. As with everything at The New Beacon, expectations are high. Coaching is both rigorous and progressive. Once the basics have been mastered with the bat and with a solid grounding, boys are taught more modern techniques with the higher back lift, faster hands and playing such strokes as the reverse sweep, hitting to different areas of the ground. Sadly, this summer term not a ball was bowled – by a team which had the potential to reach the national finals once again. In the absence of cricket, the original 1900 pavilion was refurbished in preparation for next season. • To enquire about The New Beacon please contact Alison Harrison on 01732 452131 or email ahn@newbeacon.org.uk.

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Ex-England player appointed Head of Girls Cricket Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club (SVCC) have announced that ex-England and current Kent cricketer Susie Rowe, will take up the position of Head of Girls Cricket with immediate effect. In a statement on Twitter, SVCC said: “We are extremely excited to announce Susie Rowe, former England Women, current Kent Women and Sevenoaks Hockey Ladies 1st XI player, as our new Head of Girls cricket!”. The right-handed batter has to juggle cricket with playing for Sevenoaks in the England Hockey League Women’s Division One and a full-time job as a PE teacher at Radnor House in Sevenoaks, but she had time to talk to Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing, saying: “Providing opportunities for girls to play cricket is something I’m passionate about and find really rewarding, so I’m looking forward to joining Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club to help drive the club’s ambition to develop their ever-growing girls section. “I’ve recently relocated to Sevenoaks following my new role as Head of Cricket at Radnor House so I’m looking forward to immersing myself further in the Sevenoaks community. I have strong links to the Vine already having been a member

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of Sevenoaks Hockey Club for several years, so I know the clubhouse well and I am looking forward to spending more time at such a great club and working with the many talented girls in the area.” Andy Richardson, SVCC’s Chairman commented on Susie’s appointment by saying: “The development of girls cricket in Sevenoaks has been a primary objective of my time in the Chair at the Vine and is a core element of the club’s strategic plan. Under Jen Hamer’s stewardship of the Vine girls we were meeting our targets in this regard however with Jen leaving for Australia, we had not managed to replace her, and the impact of COVID our plans stalled somewhat in 2020. “Hence we are extremely excited that Susie Rowe is joining the team as Head of girl’s cricket. Her cricket CV speaks for itself and having spoken with her I know she is as excited as we are at the prospects of developing the girls cricket proposition at the Vine. To grow numbers and provide competitive cricket, both soft and hard ball, and ultimately a senior ladies team are the goals and we shall be investing time, energy, and funds to achieve them. To that end we are actively seeking a sponsor for our girls as I want

the Vine to be the first choice in Sevenoaks for girls who want to play the great game of cricket. The appointment of Susie to oversee that is a massive step in the right direction.” If you would like to get involved in cricket at Sevenoaks Vine then please contact them directly via their website.

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The day Strictly Come Golfing came to Knole In late October, Knole Park Golf Club hosted their first Strictly Come Golfing event and what a great day their guests had. The weather stayed dry and the atmosphere in the clubhouse was fantastic. The event, organised by Variety Golf, who is captained by local celebrity Len Goodman, managed to raise in excess of £17,000 through an auction. Variety Golf also presented a Sunshine Coach on the day to the Brooklands

School (who are based in Reigate). Their headteacher, Debbie, made a lovely and emotional speech and said how much the coach would mean to their students who suffer with severe or profound multiple learning difficulties, including Autism. The winning team on the day was Roger de Courcey, Tony Negal, Saleem Chaudhry & Anthony Trafford with 91 points winning by a single point and beating Liam Brady & his guests into

second place with 90 points, and with 89 points and claiming third place was Steve Coppell, David Harris, John Griffin & Alan Robinson. Knole hit the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding. Knole Park Golf Club recently achieved the SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf, demonstrating the clubs commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf. Club Secretary Neil Statham, who led the club’s push to SafeGolf, said: “Knole Park is a great club, it’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure here and that we understand about beginner golfers. We’re very proud of our Junior section and this award is a great recognition of our commitment to encouraging the next generation into golf.” Regular coaching is run by their team of PGA qualified professionals, led by their Head PGA Andrew Butterfield, a former member of the European Tour. Everybody is welcome from beginners and juniors from the age of six upwards. For more information on Knole Park Golf Club please visit their website www.knoleparkgolfclub.co.uk.

Swanley is levelling up the playing fields In late November, a team of councillors including the District’s Commissioner of the Public Realm, Cllr Roddy Hogarth, and Swanley Town Council’s Parks and Open Spaces Director, Ryan Hayman, recently met with the skate park community at the Recreation Ground in Swanley to discuss how the Town Council can support them. The group had a number of ideas which could be implemented in the shortterm as well as some longer-term aspirations. Hayman commented: “The community have been tasked

with the objective of coming up with proposed designs which could be potentially used for a future new skate park. However, they are aware that to obtain the relevant funding they would need to work closely together. The skating group are also designing artwork proposals for repainting the current skate park. “This will help give a sense of ownership to the community and ensure it looks revitalised for the next few year, while we work towards a new skate park. Sevenoaks District Council

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have offered their time and connections to help fund the final design and painting of the park.” Parks for all Swanley Town Council is levelling up on its sporting provisions with extra pitches being marked up on previously underutilised Town Council land and a new fullsized youth pitch has been created on the land directly opposite The Olympic, which will become the home of Swanley Rangers FC. Ryan Hayman added: “In addition, a new mini pitch has

been marked out at the Recreation Ground on the land adjacent to the Clocktower Pavilion. This pitch will home Swanley FC and has already proven extremely popular. These extra pitches have reduced the dependency on our two regular full-sized football pitches at the Recreation Ground. “This provides us with the opportunity to turn the pitch nearest to the Civic Centre into a full-sized rugby pitch and means Swanley RFU can once again play in Swanley.”

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Make your own Christmas wreaths with This Morning’s Georgina Burnett Get your Christmas going as Sevenoaks resident and ITV’s This Morning regular, Georgina Burnett, shows us easy ways to make your own Christmas wreaths using many items you’ll already have at home. Plus there’s a special Christmas scene jar you can make too! You can keep up to date with Georgina on Twitter at @georginaburnett.

The Pom Pom one… 1. Cut a ring out of a piece of cardboard 2. Cover it by gluing large pom-poms over it 3. Fill in any gaps with smaller ones 4. Add a ribbon to hang it

The Gold fern one… 1. Cut a thin ring from cardboard 2. Tie string to hang it 3. Glue pieces of fern to the ring and trim any excess in the middle 4. Add smaller pieces of fern on top to cover the cardboard ring 5. Spray paint the fern gold

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The Peg one… 1. Cut a ring from cardboard 2. Add a ribbon to hang it 3. Paint the pegs or add festive tape to cover them 4. Clip pegs around the ring

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The Reindeer one… 1. Cut out a cardboard ring 2. Add red ribbon to hang it 3. Stick fir cones around it 4. Glue pipe clean antlers, red noses and eyes to the fir cones to turn them into reindeer

The Gold leaf one… 1. Cut a thin ring from cardboard 2. Tie string to hang it 3. Glue leaves to the ring 4. Spray paint the leaves gold

The Rainbow ribbon one… 1. Cut out a cardboard ring 2. Add ribbon to hang it 3. Glue a ring of stuffing fabric to the cardboard ring 4. Glue different coloured ribbon around the rings until it’s all covered 5. Cut out a ribbon shape from coloured card, write Merry Christmas on it and stick in the middle

The Cork one… 1. Glue the ends of 2 corks at an angle 2. Glue a foam berry in between the 2 corks 3. Continue, making a circle shape 4. Add a ribbon to hang it and some holly to decorate

The Bicycle wheel one… 1. Clean a bike wheel with sugar soap 2. Wrap a ribbon around it 3. Weave foliage to one side 4. Tie a bow in place

The Christmas Scene jar one... 1. Glue a cake topper Christmas tree to the inside of a jar lid 2. Fill a quarter of the jar with biodegradable fake snow 3. Put the lid on and stand the jar upside down 4. You can add a wooden chip or tag with a Christmas message or just leave it as it is

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‘Pip’ Burrows, a stalwart of local sport, passes away – but his legacy lives on and will never be forgotten Frank Baldwin, ex-Editor of the Sevenoaks Chronicle and long time friend of Pip Burrows, writes... ne of the true stalwarts of both football and cricket in the Sevenoaks area sadly passed away in November. Phillip ‘Pip’ Burrows managed St Lawrence (Stone Street) FC getting on for nearly 50 years. During that time his teams have won an impressive list of trophies in cup competitions and several league championships. Last season St Lawrence finally won the one trophy that had so far eluded Pip – the Sevenoaks & District Football premier league champions’ cup. It is standing in the sitting room of his Sevenoaks home, but the other trophy that made him even prouder is the one that stands beside it. It is the Sevenoaks & District Football League fair play trophy which his ‘Saints’ have won three times in the last four seasons. As well as being a football manager – and occasional player, particularly when one of the teams were short – Pip was

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also a qualified football referee and a minor counties cricket umpire. Cricket was another sport he loved and as a pupil at Sevenoaks School was in the same year as eventual Kent and England players Paul Downton (who Pip also persuaded to play football for St Lawrence) and Chris Tavare. He joked that with such talent already ahead of him in the batting line up he was better off becoming an umpire. In later life he still found time to don the whites to play for St Lawrence cricket club whose ground is right next door to the football pitch in Stone Street. In the summer of 2020, he umpired a first team match at Sevenoaks School which marked 50 years of him umpiring there. Pip’s association with local football started when, not long after he left school, he managed a team that played on a former pitch located within the Otford chalk pit in the early 70s. Many of the players were former Sevenoaks School mates and they formed the nucleus of the squad that Pip eventually united with St Lawrence in the mid 70s. In those days the St Lawrence

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changing room was a small old wooden cow shed with a mud floor in the corner of the ground. It had a sink with one cold tap and no electricity which made trying to get dressed after a match on a cold dark winter’s evening a voyage of discovery. Eventually, and not before time, the football club started sharing the cricket club’s changing room. There is nothing left of the old cow shed, but if you search in the bushes you’ll find remnants of the old sink. Despite these basic facilities, Pip still managed to attract talented players to the club and the teams he started to put together soon became a force to be reckoned with. Visiting clubs who thought they could turn up and ‘turn over’ this small village club were in for a shock. In the 70s and 80s Pip’s teams won a host of trophies. Nick Cobb, one of Pip’s ‘signings’ from his Sevenoaks School days, once scored more than 80 goals in one season in all competitions. An incredible feat. While some village clubs were forced to close because of lack of interest and players, St Lawrence, under Pip’s

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management, went on to form a reserve side which is still playing in the Sevenoaks & District League. The amount of organisation and admin work Pip carried out – particularly phoning all the players in the days before email etc and even marking out the pitch himself – was quite extraordinary. However, what many of the players are not aware of is the other work Pip did behind the scenes, not only generating income for the club through things like shirt sponsorship but also giving up his time to serve on the Sevenoaks & District Football League committee where, according to other members, Pip did a tremendous job representing the interests of St Lawrence and its players. In the early days of his management St Lawrence team meetings were held at the former Rose & Crown pub in Stone Street and ‘training’ – this word is used in the loosest sense – was held in the car park. When the pub was turned into the Snail Restaurant, the club moved down the road into The Padwell Arms which was the scene of many a victory celebration. Sadly, this also closed down and so over the years other team HQs were set up by Pip in The Bucks Head, The Five Bells in Seal, and the former Golding Hop in Plaxtol. A few years ago, Pip was diagnosed with cancer. Despite this battle, and with the help of Jonny Herbert who stepped into the first team manager’s role, Pip remained the driving force behind St Lawrence FC. Even when his treatment left him very weak Pip would still turn up on match days. Right up until the end Pip could be found watching his teams play while sitting in his car. Pip’s achievements with St Lawrence will always remain on record but there is an unseen legacy which cannot be overlooked. I was lucky enough to be part of the early days of Pip’s management when he brought amazing success to the club. He created what can only be described as a ‘community feel’ within St Lawrence that still exists today. The people I started playing with more than 40 years ago still remain good friends to this day and we have Pip to thank for these enduring friendships and the fond memories we all have. The pandemic means St Lawrence players, supporters and his other connections in local sport, cannot give

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Phillip ‘Pip’ Burrows the send-off he truly deserves, but plans are already being discussed to organise a get together in his honour when Covid conditions allow in order that his amazing contribution to local sport can be celebrated. Sevenoaks School friend and England International Cricketer, Chris Tavaré reflects on Pip’s life “Pip started umpiring for Sevenoaks School in 1971 as a year 11 student. He started by standing in 1st XI matches against adult teams and then school matches once he had left. Despite the loss of this summer term’s cricket fixtures due to COVID, Pip finally registered his 50th year of umpiring for the school in the 1st XI v Leavers match in September. Pip was a regular during that time. He loved coming to the Solefields ground where he liked to encourage young cricketers whether they be in the home or away teams. He would invariably give the master in charge nervous moments wondering whether he had remembered he was due to umpire, but unfailingly a cloud of dust trailing behind his car would be seen 5 minutes before the start as he drove up the track. He also enjoyed a good tea which often lasted more than the official 20 minutes. One day Pip rang up a recent master in charge to ask for directions to a school he had not been to before. After five minutes of looking for the details the MIC returned to the phone to find he was still talking. Pip then umpired for the Vine in Premier League matches and eventually progressed up the ranks to Minor County and Kent 2nd XI. Paul Farbrace, the then Kent Academy coach and future England Assistant Coach, rated his umpiring very

Even when his treatment left him very weak Pip would still turn up on match days. Right up until the end Pip could be found watching his teams play while sitting in his car.

highly. Fair and consistent was his judgment, more Dickie Bird than trigger happy. This was so important when young cricketers were looking to secure contracts and 1st XI selection with their counties. When Pip wasn’t umpiring he played for Seal St Lawrence on a Sunday. He opened the batting and was never happier than being 20 to 30 not out at tea. Not a believer in the single, quick or otherwise, many a partner was run out trying to get on strike. In the field he would always stand at first slip where he took some good sharp catches, as long as the ball came straight to him. Pip has given so much to the Sevenoaks and wider cricketing community during the last 50 years. A man passionate about the game and helping others, he will be much missed by us all.”

Pip was given a guard of honour when he walked out to umpire a Sevenoaks School 1st X1 cricket match this year as 2020 marked his 50 years of umpiring at the Solefields ground. Pip is himself a former Sevenoaks School pupil

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Willy Stewart, the football clubs highest ever goal scorer pays tribute to Mr St Lawrence “It was in the mid 1970s when I was a teenager that I, together with a few school friends, was asked through Pip to play for a local village football team called St. Lawrence, ‘the Saints’, one Saturday afternoon. It was a bit of a shock to the system; middle of nowhere, cowshed with no electricity for a changing room, bobbly pitch, eggshaped centre circle and a few fellow teammates older than my dad. I even remember one of the players wore a bobble hat throughout the game and only took it off to head the ball, then put it back on! For many youngsters, one game would have been enough but somehow Pip managed to persuade some of us to stay involved, got other local youngsters to join and pretty soon we had a new squad and a village club saved from the brink. Pip took it upon himself to organise the football club and manage the team. For a club with limited resources we had a lot of success in those years, and I was lucky enough to carry on playing continuously for the team for over 25 seasons. More recently, the club has been on an upward trend again. As I write, the first team is currently top of the Sevenoaks and District League Premier Division. This is some achievement for a village club. This is thanks to Pip, John Herbert and other

dedicated members, not to mention of course some very talented players. For many years, the social side of the football club revolved around the two local village pubs, The Padwell and the Rose and Crown which were both frequented on a regular basis. Many lifelong friendships were made on the pitch and off it. Sadly, both pubs have shut their doors, but thankfully the football club survives. Throughout his forty plus years involvement with the club, Pip has managed not only to keep the club going but also thriving whilst many other local village clubs have folded. It is even more remarkable that the club still manages to run a first and a reserve team every week. This is all down to Pip’s sheer determination and persistence, not to mention his considerable administrative skills. Pip has a remarkable ability to recruit new players, often spending many hours on the phone using his powers of persuasion to get players to take the first step to joining. It is a credit to the Pip, the club and its membership that so many players, having taken that first step, continue to play for the club for many years. Some ex-players’ sons, including my own, now play for the club which is great to see. Many things have changed with the club over the years – I would say almost all for the better – but one thing has never changed and that is Pip’s dedication. Over

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Pip umpired for Sevenoaks Vine in Premier League matches and eventually progressed up the ranks to minor County and Kent 2nd XI matches. the years, and despite his serious health problems, Pip still manages to make it to the touchline every Saturday come rain or shine, and his good humour and good spirit has always remained. In short, Phillip Burrows is St. Lawrence Football Club. Without him, the club would probably have disappeared years ago and hundreds of players past and present would not have had the great times nor made the friends they have. This is down to Pip’s hard work and self-sacrifice. Pip has dedicated much of his life to the club and has put his heart and soul into it for the benefit of others. He should be very proud of his achievement. A lot of people, including myself, owe him a debt of gratitude. Finally, it should be pointed out that in addition to his overall running of the club, Pip has been instrumental in raising much needed funds and has also, at times, helped the club with finance personally when money was tight. I understand that there are financial challenges coming up again, as the club’s changing room facilities are now required to be greatly upgraded due to current requirements. It would be a terrible shame if the club, which has been such an important part of the local community for such a long time, and which has given so much pleasure to so many people, were to go under solely as a result of not being able to finance these upgrades. We all wish the club to be able to continue to prosper and continue to be the valuable asset that it is.”

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FOOTBALL ISTHMIAN LEAGUE - SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Hastings United VCD Athletic East Grinstead Town Whyteleafe Sevenoaks Town Faversham Town Whitstable Town Hythe Town Ramsgate Herne Bay Ashford United Cray Valley PM Three Bridges Chichester City Phoenix Sports Whitehawk Haywards Heath Town Sittingbourne Burgess Hill Town Guernsey

KENT COUNTY LEAGUE - DIVISION THREE WEST

P W D L F A D Pts 7 5 2 0 13 3 10 17 8 5 1 2 18 7 11 16 6 4 2 0 16 6 10 14 6 4 1 1 15 7 8 13 8 3 4 1 14 10 4 13 6 3 3 0 8 3 5 12 9 3 2 4 12 20 -8 11 6 3 1 2 14 12 2 10 6 2 1 3 10 10 0 7 6 2 1 3 9 9 0 7 6 2 1 3 9 11 -2 7 5 1 3 1 6 6 0 6 6 2 0 4 11 15 -4 6 5 2 0 3 7 11 -4 6 7 2 0 5 7 16 -9 6 6 1 2 3 7 9 -2 5 7 1 2 4 11 19 -8 5 5 1 1 3 8 12 -4 4 7 1 1 5 5 14 -9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SOUTHERN COUNTIES EAST - PREMIER DIVISION 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Chatham Town Corinthian Tunbridge Wells Sheppey United Beckenham Town Balham Hollands & Blair Erith Town Glebe Deal Town Bearsted Fisher Welling Town Punjab United Crowborough Ath Canterbury City Erith & Belvedere AFC Croydon Ath Lordswood K Sports Tower Hamlets

P 11 11 12 9 13 12 11 12 12 11 13 11 11 12 11 12 11 12 13 11 13

W 10 10 8 8 7 6 6 6 5 4 5 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 1 0

D L F A D Pts 0 1 60 18 42 30 0 1 38 16 22 30 2 2 24 14 10 26 1 0 28 14 14 25 3 3 33 18 15 24 3 3 18 13 5 21 3 2 15 12 3 21 2 4 26 20 6 20 2 5 23 22 1 17 4 3 14 11 3 16 1 7 28 39 -11 16 3 4 15 15 0 15 1 6 18 25 -7 13 1 7 20 29 -9 13 3 5 14 20 -6 12 1 8 17 34 -17 10 3 6 18 23 -5 9 3 7 14 27 -13 9 2 9 13 29 -16 8 4 6 10 18 -8 7 2 11 17 46 -29 2

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Halstead United Greenways Aces Long Lane Reserves South East Athletic Reserves Bridon Ropes Reserves Farnborough Old Boys Guild Res. Welling Town Reserves AFC Lewisham Metrogas Reserves Bexley Reserves Bromleians Reserves Danson Sports Reserves

P W D L F A D Pts 8 7 0 1 28 6 22 21 7 6 1 0 16 8 8 19 9 5 1 3 27 20 7 16 8 5 0 3 17 20 -3 15 7 4 2 1 16 5 11 14 7 4 0 3 18 13 5 12 8 3 1 4 20 23 -3 10 7 2 1 4 7 14 -7 7 7 2 0 5 10 13 -3 6 8 2 0 6 11 18 -7 6 7 1 1 5 6 14 -8 4 7 0 1 6 13 35 -22 1

KENT COUNTY LEAGUE - DIVISION THREE CENTRAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Minster FC Reserves Hildenborough Athletic Aylesford Gillingham Town Ide Hill Reserves Dartford Celtic Tankerton Lokomotiv Canterbury Tenterden Town Reserves Paddock Wood Pilgrims New Romney Reserves Canterbury City University

P W D 9 7 0 8 5 1 7 5 1 7 5 1 8 5 1 7 4 2 9 3 2 8 3 1 6 2 1 8 2 0 9 2 1 7 0 2 7 0 1

L 2 2 1 1 2 1 4 4 3 6 6 5 6

F 33 36 26 26 20 17 20 16 13 9 14 7 9

A 15 13 12 16 11 12 19 18 15 27 34 22 32

D Pts 18 21 23 16 14 16 10 16 9 16 5 14 1 11 -2 10 -2 7 -18 6 -20 4* -15 2 -23 1

SEVENOAKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE - PREMIER DIVISION 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Nomads Potters Kemsing United West Kingsdown St Lawrence FC Revo Southborough Halls AFC Reserves Hawkenbury Blackham & Ashurst Saracens

P W D L F A D Pts 8 4 3 1 23 12 11 15 6 4 2 0 20 7 13 14 8 3 3 2 17 16 1 12 8 3 1 4 18 15 3 10 6 3 1 2 13 10 3 10 6 3 1 2 9 6 3 10 7 3 0 4 9 11 -2 9 8 2 2 4 12 13 -1 8 8 2 2 4 8 17 -9 8 9 1 3 5 8 30 -22 6

SEVENOAKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE - DIVISION ONE KENT COUNTY LEAGUE - PREMIER DIVISION 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Kings Hill New Romney Farnborough Old Boys Guild Hawkinge Town Fleetdown United Peckham Town Borden Village Tudor Sports Staplehurst Monarchs United K Sports Reserves Stansfeld (Oxford & Bermondsey) Bromleians Otford United Ide Hill Faversham Strike Force Seniors Crockenhill

P 9 9 8 9 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 8 10 6 8 9

W 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1

D 0 0 2 1 1 2 2 1 3 0 0 2 2 0 2 2

L 2 3 1 3 2 2 2 3 2 6 6 4 6 4 5 6

F 27 14 22 22 14 16 9 14 19 18 10 10 17 12 8 14

A 13 10 6 20 12 12 10 13 13 25 20 13 23 12 18 26

D 14 4 16 2 2 4 -1 1 6 -7 -10 -3 -6 0 -10 -12

Pts 21 18 17 16 16 14 14 13 12 9 9 8 8 6 5 5

KENT COUNTY LEAGUE - DIVISION ONE WEST 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

HFSP & Ten-Em-Bee Halls AFC Red Velvet Welling Park Metrogas Chipstead AFC Mottingham Belvedere South East Athletic Sutton Athletic Reserves Bexley Club Langley

P W D 7 6 0 9 5 2 7 5 1 8 5 0 7 4 1 7 3 1 6 3 0 6 2 1 8 1 2 8 1 2 8 2 1 5 0 1

L 1 2 1 3 2 3 3 3 5 5 5 4

F 21 14 22 17 13 15 6 6 10 10 7 3

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D 14 5 13 6 8 4 -4 -5 -9 -11 -6 -15

Pts 18 17 16 15 13 10 9 7 5 5 4* 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Ightham Otford United Reserves Westerham Malgo Swanley Oaks Leigh Seal First Eynsford Fleetdown United A Hildenborough Athletic Reserves

P W D L F A D Pts 9 6 1 2 28 18 10 19 9 6 1 2 29 21 8 19 9 6 0 3 33 14 19 18 7 5 2 0 25 11 14 17 9 4 1 4 20 22 -2 13 9 3 2 4 26 30 -4 11 8 2 3 3 14 21 -7 9 8 2 1 5 17 20 -3 7 9 1 4 4 14 20 -6 7 9 0 1 8 6 35 -29 1

SEVENOAKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE - DIVISION TWO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Penshurst Park Roselands Ide Hill 3rd Rusthall Development Pembury Kings Hill Reserves Larkfield & NH Wanderers Reserves Hildenborough Athletic 3rd Dartford Celtic Reserves

P W D L F A D Pts 8 6 1 1 23 9 14 19 6 4 2 0 8 4 4 14 7 3 2 2 16 12 4 11 7 3 1 3 13 12 1 10 7 3 1 3 10 14 -4 10 7 2 2 3 12 15 -3 8 7 1 4 2 8 9 -1 7 6 0 3 3 10 15 -5 3 7 0 2 5 5 15 -10 2

SEVENOAKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE - DIVISION THREE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Green St Green Rovers West Farleigh Reserves Kemsing United Reserves Five Oak Green Horsmonden TJFC Seniors West Kingsdown Reserves Tatsfield Rovers First Kings Hill Development Wilderpark

P W D L 7 4 2 1 6 4 1 1 6 4 1 1 7 3 3 1 6 3 1 2 8 3 1 4 7 3 0 4 7 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 6

F 22 15 18 19 17 12 18 14 0 9

A 10 6 12 13 11 15 20 27 0 30

D 12 9 6 6 6 -3 -2 -13 0 -21

Pts 14 13 13 12 10 10 9 4 0 0

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FOOTBALL/HOCKEY SEVENOAKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE - DIVISION FOUR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

St Lawrence Reserves Woodlands Southborough Reserves AFC Green Court Cudham United Hawkenbury Reserves Swanley Pembury Reserves Weald Wolves Westerham Reserves Ide Hill 4th

P W D L F A D Pts 7 5 2 0 18 5 13 17 7 5 0 2 19 12 7 15 6 4 2 0 20 8 12 14 7 4 2 1 23 12 11 14 8 4 0 4 24 15 9 12 8 3 2 3 19 21 -2 11 8 2 2 4 15 21 -6 8 7 2 1 4 15 19 -4 7 8 2 0 6 11 23 -12 6 8 1 2 5 15 34 -19 5 4 0 1 3 6 15 -9 1

SOUTH HOCKEY LEAGUE - PREMIER DIVISION 2E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Old Williamsonians Blackheath & Elthamians Old Georgians 2nd Lewes Canterbury 2nd Purley Walcountians Eastbourne Sevenoaks 2nd London Academicals Epsom Old Bordenians

P W D L F A D Pts 5 5 0 0 28 10 18 15 5 5 0 0 22 7 15 15 6 4 2 0 21 6 15 14 6 3 1 2 18 16 2 10 6 2 2 2 22 16 6 8 6 2 1 3 13 20 -7 7 7 2 0 5 19 26 -7 6 5 2 0 3 8 17 -9 6 6 1 1 4 6 16 -10 4 6 0 3 3 11 20 -9 3 6 1 0 5 13 27 -14 3

SOUTH EAST COUNTIES WOMENS - KENT DIVISION ONE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Castle Colts Dartford Reserves Canterbury City Sevenoaks Town Mersham Sports Club Diamond United Gravesham Junior Reds Anchorians United Maidstone United Development

P W D L F A D Pts 6 5 1 0 22 8 14 16 7 5 0 2 23 9 14 15 7 5 0 2 25 17 8 15 7 4 0 3 32 21 11 12 7 3 0 4 24 19 5 9 6 3 0 3 12 24 -12 9 6 2 2 2 7 8 -1 8 6 1 2 3 18 22 -4 5 7 1 1 5 12 24 -12 4 7 0 2 5 14 37 -23 2

SOUTHERN VETERANS LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

P W D L F A D Pts 5 5 0 0 19 4 15 15 6 4 1 1 16 12 4 13 5 3 1 1 19 9 10 10 4 3 0 1 17 8 9 9 6 2 2 2 14 17 -3 8 5 2 0 3 11 12 -1 6 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4 4 1 1 2 8 15 -7 4 6 1 1 4 7 15 -8 4 5 0 3 2 6 9 -3 2* 5 0 0 5 3 19 -16 0

Warlingham B Hayden Youth New Park 2000 Fleetdown United South East Athletic Warren Athletic Crayford Arrows New Sevenoaks Town Danson Sports Blue ASIRU Chipstead

SOUTHERN VETERANS LEAGUE DIVISION FIVE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Swanscombe Tigers Cudham United Reserves Long Lane Clapham Old Xaverians D-United London South United Seniors Westerham Slade Green Knights AFC Green Court Crayford Arrows 2010

P W D L F A D Pts 5 4 1 0 21 6 15 13 6 4 1 1 13 9 4 13 5 3 1 1 14 6 8 10 5 3 1 1 20 14 6 10 3 2 0 1 11 10 1 6 6 1 1 4 12 23 -11 4 5 1 0 4 11 16 -5 3 4 1 0 3 5 13 -8 3 3 0 2 1 2 6 -4 2 4 0 1 3 6 12 -6 1

SOUTHERN VETERANS LEAGUE DIVISION SIX 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Bromleians 2nd Orpington Petts Wood Longlands Athletic Catford Wanderers Old Boys Hoo Veterans Seymour Villa FC London South United SuperVets Warlingham Super Vets Bow Street Runners 2nd Sevenoaks Town Super Vets

P W D L F A D Pts 5 5 0 0 30 9 21 15 4 4 0 0 18 3 15 12 6 2 1 3 12 32 -20 7 4 2 0 2 16 10 6 6 2 2 0 0 7 1 6 6 5 2 0 3 14 9 5 6 5 2 0 3 8 11 -3 6 5 2 0 3 11 16 -5 6 4 1 2 1 11 13 -2 5 4 0 2 2 9 14 -5 2 6 0 1 5 6 24 -18 1

SOUTH HOCKEY LEAGUE - KENT AREA DIVISION 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Ashford 2nd Cliftonville Old Williamsonians 2nd Gillingham Anchorians Tunbridge Wells 2nd K Sports Sevenoaks 3rd Canterbury [5] 4th Folkestone 2nd Maidstone 2nd Gore Court 2nd Herne Bay 2nd

P W D L F A D Pts 6 5 1 0 19 8 11 16 6 5 0 1 25 7 18 15 5 4 0 1 20 5 15 12 5 4 0 1 17 9 8 12 6 3 0 3 15 16 -1 9 6 3 0 3 16 24 -8 9 6 2 2 2 20 16 4 8 6 2 1 3 20 27 -7 7 6 2 0 4 11 21 -10 6 6 1 2 3 16 22 -6 5 6 1 0 5 21 28 -7 3 6 0 0 6 11 28 -17 0

SOUTH HOCKEY LEAGUE - KENT AREA DIVISION 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Old Bordenians 2nd Blackheath & Elthamians 3rd Sevenoaks 4th Holcombe 4th Marden Russets 2nd Burnt Ash 2nd New Beccehamians Deal Canterbury [6] Millers Tunbridge Wells 3rd Sutton Valence Gore Court 3rd

P W D L F A D Pts 6 5 0 1 26 10 16 15 6 3 3 0 21 10 11 12 6 3 2 1 15 6 9 11 5 3 0 2 14 11 3 9 6 2 3 1 17 15 2 9 6 3 0 3 11 13 -2 9 4 2 2 0 18 7 11 8 6 2 2 2 14 18 -4 8 5 1 1 3 13 18 -5 4 6 1 1 4 11 35 -24 4 4 1 0 3 14 17 -3 3 6 0 0 6 7 21 -14 0

KENT OPEN PREMIER A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Gravesham & Wellcome Ashford 3rd Sevenoaks 5th Holcombe 5th University of Kent Bexleyheath & Belvedere 2nd Old Bordenian 3rd Tunbridge Wells Vets Burnt Ash 3rd Blackheath & Elthamians Heathens Gillingham Anchorians 2nd Maidstone 3rd

P W D L F A D Pts 5 5 0 0 18 9 9 15 6 4 1 1 17 10 7 13 6 4 1 1 16 11 5 13 6 4 0 2 34 9 25 12 5 3 1 1 20 9 11 10 6 3 0 3 13 13 0 9 6 2 1 3 11 13 -2 7 6 2 1 3 11 18 -7 7 6 2 0 4 13 14 -1 6 6 1 2 3 11 15 -4 5 6 1 1 4 10 17 -7 4 6 0 0 6 6 42 -36 0

KENT OPEN PREMIER B MENS HOCKEY LEAGUE - DIVISION ONE SOUTH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Teddington Reading Sevenoaks Southgate Canterbury Oxford Hawks Brighton & Hove Team Bath Buccaneers Old Cranleighans Havant

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Herne Bay 3rd Knole Park Sutton Valence 2nd Folkestone Optimist 3rd Canterbury Griffins Ashford 4th Old Williamsonians 3rd Marden Russets 2A Sevenoaks 6th Burnt Ash 4th Canterbury 5th Holcombe 6th

P W D 6 5 0 6 4 0 6 4 0 6 4 0 6 3 1 5 2 2 6 2 2 5 2 1 6 1 1 6 1 1 6 0 3 6 0 3

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A 9 20 14 10 11 7 12 12 15 27 14 16

D 15 14 5 3 1 3 2 1 -7 -18 -8 -11

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HOCKEY INVESTEC WOMENS HOCKEY - DIVISION ONE SOUTH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

P W D L F A D Pts 6 4 2 0 14 8 6 14 5 3 1 1 8 5 3 10 6 3 1 2 9 8 1 10 5 2 3 0 9 7 2 9 6 2 2 2 9 7 2 8 5 2 2 1 5 4 1 8 6 2 0 4 6 9 -3 6 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 6 0 2 4 5 11 -6 2 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 1

Reading Sevenoaks Wimbledon Cambridge City Slough Canterbury Trojans Harleston Magpies Surbiton Isca

WOMENS KENT OPEN - PREMIER DIVISION 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Bexleyheath & Belvedere Marden Russets Ashford 2nd Blackheath & Elthamians 2nd Sevenoaks Acorns Folkestone Optimist 2nd Old Bordenian Sevenoaks 4th Cliftonville Kings Alleyns 2nd Maidstone 2nd Old Williamsonians

P W D L F A D Pts 6 6 0 0 17 1 16 18 6 4 2 0 17 4 13 14 5 3 1 1 11 6 5 10 6 3 1 2 6 9 -3 10 6 2 3 1 14 10 4 9 6 2 2 2 6 9 -3 8 6 2 1 3 10 17 -7 7 6 1 2 3 8 10 -2 5 5 1 2 2 5 7 -2 5 6 1 1 4 4 10 -6 4 6 1 1 4 8 15 -7 4 6 0 2 4 2 10 -8 2

EAST REGION HOCKEY LEAGUE - LADIES DIV 1S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

P W D L F A D Pts 6 5 1 0 16 3 13 16 6 5 0 1 18 8 10 15 5 4 0 1 17 6 11 12 5 4 0 1 13 7 6 12 5 3 2 0 12 8 4 11 6 3 1 2 12 10 2 10 6 2 0 4 11 19 -8 6 4 1 1 2 8 10 -2 4 5 1 0 4 9 15 -6 3 6 1 0 5 8 16 -8 3 5 0 1 4 3 16 -13 1 5 0 0 5 5 14 -9 0

Sevenoaks 2nd Letchworth Upminster West Herts Bedford 2nd St Albans 3rd Wapping 2nd Maidstone Holcombe 1A Kings and Alleyns East London 2nd Chelmsford 2nd

WOMENS KENT OPEN - DIVISION ONE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Gillingham Anchorians Holcombe 2nd Bromley and Beckenham 3rd Herne Bay New Beccehamian Tunbridge Wells 2nd Gravesend Canterbury 3rd Burnt Ash 2nd Meopham Edenbridge Sevenoaks 5th

P W D L F A D Pts 6 5 1 0 22 8 14 16 6 5 0 1 21 7 14 15 6 4 1 1 24 9 15 13 6 4 1 1 15 12 3 13 6 3 1 2 15 7 8 10 6 3 0 3 7 11 -4 9 6 2 2 2 7 8 -1 8 6 2 0 4 16 13 3 6 6 2 0 4 8 12 -4 6 6 1 0 5 8 24 -16 3 6 0 2 4 4 15 -11 2 6 0 2 4 4 25 -21 2

EAST REGION HOCKEY LEAGUE - LADIES DIV 2SE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

P W D L F A D Pts 6 5 1 0 24 8 16 16 6 4 2 0 20 6 14 14 6 3 2 1 18 8 10 11 6 3 2 1 16 9 7 11 5 2 2 1 11 10 1 8 6 2 3 1 11 4 7 9 6 3 0 3 12 12 0 9 6 3 0 3 10 15 -5 9 6 2 2 2 9 8 1 8 6 2 2 2 14 16 -2 8 6 1 2 3 3 14 -11 5 6 1 1 4 4 10 -6 4 5 0 1 4 1 8 -7 1 6 0 0 6 5 30 -25 0

Folkestone Tunbridge Wells Havering Bromley & Beckenham 2nd Burnt Ash Canterbury 2A Basildon Southend Blackheath & Elthamians Ashford Sevenoaks 3rd Gore Court East London 3rd Chelmsford 3rd

WOMENS KENT OPEN - DIVISION TWO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Knole Park Marden Russets 2nd Gore Court 2nd Herne Bay 2nd Holcombe 3rd Burnt Ash 3rd Ashford 3rd Blackheath & Elthamians 3rd Bexleyheath & Belvedere 2nd Dartford Old Williamsonians 2nd Deal

P W D L F A D Pts 5 5 0 0 90 1 89 15 6 4 1 1 24 15 9 13 6 3 3 0 15 7 8 12 6 3 1 2 14 24 -10 10 6 2 3 1 18 9 9 9 6 2 1 3 4 11 -7 7 5 2 0 3 10 13 -3 6 5 2 0 3 8 26 -18 6 5 1 3 1 7 31 -24 6 6 0 4 2 7 11 -4 4 6 1 0 5 3 30 -27 3 6 0 2 4 5 27 -22 2

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Suns record big victory in their opening game of the WBBL Championship after securing Cup final spot Sevenoaks Suns enjoyed a comfortable win in December in their first game of the WBBL Championship, as the Newcastle Eagles were humbled by their opponents. Newcastle Eagles were dismantled 47-75 at home by Sevenoaks Suns, largely thanks to a dominating 22point performance from Cat Carr, who was just two assists away from a double-double and five rebounds from a triple-double. Irene Garrido-Perez and Ta’Yani Clark also put up

double-digit scoring performances for the Suns, while Eagles sub Mante Kvederaviciute was the only player from the home side to reach double-digits in scoring, putting up an impressive 12 points in just under 14 minutes of gametime. The result sees the Suns head to the top of the table, but after just three games played overall in the WBBL Championship so far this season, all can change at the summit of the table.

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2021 Cup final awaits The 2020 WBBL Cup champions Sevenoaks Suns will be defending their title against 2020 Trophy champions Leicester Riders come January 2021, as both teams confirmed their place following their respective semi-finals. Sevenoaks Suns managed to pick up a dramatic 69-67 victory after visitors Nottingham Wildcats came agonisingly close to forcing the current Cup champions into overtime. The away side found themselves leading the champions by five points at the half, but Suns came out firing on all cylinders knocking down a pair of layups and a three pointer to put them ahead and keep the lead heading into the final period. With under three minutes

remaining in the final quarter, Suns led by 10, with a Cup Final appearance seeming increasingly likely, but Wildcats weren’t determined to go down without a fight and managed to cut that lead in half less than 25 seconds remaining. Tia Freeman managed to throw up a three-pointer with 16 left on the clock and the Wildcats team clenched their teeth as with five seconds remaining, Suns turned over the ball and Chelsey Shumpert threw up a twopoint jump shot, only to see it bounce off the rim and into the hands of Renee Busch, who led her team with 23 points, before the final buzzer sounded. MVP Cat Carr was also a big influence in the Suns win, picking up a double-double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

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Stay in your Christmas comfort zone WEST KENT MIND SAY THAT CHRISTMAS CAN BE A TOUGH TIME FOR MANY BUT THAT WE SHOULD NOT APPLY ANY UNWANTED PRESSURE.

his year Christmas will feel very different for everyone. While many will be welcoming the eased rules for the five day Christmas period, others will be anxious about what this will mean for further spread of the virus and subsequent tightening of lockdowns in January. Everyone has their own individual circumstances to consider and everyone’s comfort levels and risk appetite will be different. Crucial for us is to be mindful of the impact of the restrictions are having on your mental health and how the plethora of mixed messages in the media can affect our wellbeing. Christmas for many is a time for celebration and families but this always comes with extra stress in the form of pressure to socialise, temptation to overindulge and financial strain. On the flip side, Christmas can be a time of increased isolation for many, for example the elderly or someone who has recently been bereaved. This year, all of these factors have been exacerbated and the focus has shifted for many. It is hugely important to stay within our comfort

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zones and not to apply pressure to ourselves, or others, to do anything they are not comfortable with. It is an important time to revisit a tool that we can all benefit from. We base many of our therapeutic services around the South London Maudsley NHS Trust’s “Six Ways to Wellbeing”. The aim of this initiative is to improve moods, reduce the risk of depression and strengthen relationships through easy steps that we can all take in our everyday lives. As a reminder, the six ways are: Be Active, Keep Learning, Give, Connect, Take Notice and Care (for more information see: www.wheelofwellbeing.org). Selfcare has to be a priority, now more than ever, and these simple actions can be adapted to what suits you as an individual and can help introduce small punctuations into your day that can keep your wellbeing at the forefront. 1. Connect - There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. It’s clear

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awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your wellbeing and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations. This is also crucial in being able to recognise when our mental health is taking a dip and being able to bring in protective factors and ask for support.

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4. Learn - Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression. This could be as simple as reading a book on a new subject, watching a documentary or taking an online course, all things we can do in our own homes.

that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and protecting our mental health and resilience. Connections have taken on a new meaning this year and through new mediums. Christmas will look very different for many but try to keep those connections going in a way that feels comfortable. 2. Be active – we are all aware that regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting wellbeing. But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise. With a winter of restrictions ahead of us, getting outside in nature has never been more important. 3. Take notice - Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden

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5. Give - Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a sixweek period is associated with an increase in wellbeing. 6. Care for the Planet - look after your community and the world. Make small changes to your life that will reduce your energy use, recycle more, leave the car at home, use low energy light bulbs, small steps to a greener life can make a difference. Human connection is vital for our health and wellbeing and lack of social contact and isolation often have an adverse effect on mental health and physical wellbeing. This has undoubtedly been a hugely challenging year for everyone and we want to ensure you that support is available if you need it. West Kent Mind are here to help and we also have a comprehensive list of support resources available at www.westkentmind.org.uk. Stay safe this festive season and be kind to yourself.

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10 things that require zero talent are you sure about that?

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effectively nurturing by parents, teachers and coaches and are supported by the environments that they create for young people. No one can doubt that all of these are extremely valuable skills that we would all want our children to have and would allow young people to thrive in whichever walk of life they choose to go and are vital in performance programmes to ensure that we are creating multi-faceted individuals. Our initial reaction when reading the list as parents or coaches is that this makes sense, but do they require talent? Of course, they do. Anything learned is a skill both physically and mentally and if people think they are easy to learn, why does everyone not possess these traits? Neil Warnock the Middlesbrough manager yesterday in the press when discussing bright hopeful Djed Spence said, ‘Djed could end up playing at the top of the Premier League or in nonleague.’ He says the full-back has “all the tools” to play at the top, but “application and dedication” will determine how Spence’s career plays out. Yet we expect

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t a variety of points over the last few years this subject continues to do the rounds on social media, used by coaches to get certain messages across to parents and others and passed on to children as though they should all be able to do it. My guess is that the original message was very much based around 10 things that we perhaps have a greater control over than some of the things that we can’t control. In many of our workshops we talk to parents about investing our energy on things that we can really control and not on those things that we are not in control of. We cannot control if our children are going to become professional sportsmen or women as there are too many factors so far out of our control. Both parents and children are not really in control of injuries, selections, genetics, how we go through puberty, peer pressure within a group to name but a few but can perhaps control the environments that nurture some of the skills that have been listed above. The problem is that all of these skills that so call require ‘zero talent’ need


young players to just instantly possess these traits. We would all like to see young people with a great attitude but what does that mean to them? Have we ever spoken to them about it. Sport undoubtedly provides one of the safest and best opportunities for a lot of these skills to be developed if the emphasis is also being placed on them by coaches and reinforced by positive messages around them coming from home. Many of these skills may fall by the wayside if everything is too results focussed and not enough time is invested in the processes making up the performance. ‘First ask how much passion and perseverance you have for your own life goals. Then ask yourself how likely it is that your approach to parenting encourages your child to emulate you. Your children will be watching you.’ (Grit by Angela Duckworth) We often talk about how parents on the whole have the biggest influence over their children and their behaviours, whilst recognising the impact that can also be made by teachers, coaches and relatives. We also know that the biggest achievements made by young children are when coach/parent or teacher/coach are working together to deliver the same consistent messages and behaviours. If this is the case, the responsibility we have as parents around our children’s sport is huge as our children will be watching and listening to us. All of the behaviours that we exhibit, what we value, what we say and how we deal with situations will be taken at face value by our children and likely repeated. How many times in sport have we heard statements come from a child’s mouth and we think, ‘you can’t have come up with that, who has put those words into your mouth?’ Children inherently take their cues from parents. We help them develop how they should feel about the world and others, the manner in which they interact, and the beliefs they carry. We shape their system of thought and action with our own. Think about what you want your child to see and hear, how you want them to behave and how you want them to perceive the world. Remember they will be watching and listening to you for their cue!

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As our children grow, become teenagers and end up in sporting environments, some in performance pathways or in the professional game then we would hope to see a lot of these traits on a regular basis. However, even then it can be more complicated than that as we will not see it from everyone every day. ‘Don’t you know these things require zero talent? How dare you not adhere to this list every day. How dare you experience low mood, anxiety, a drop in confidence, selfconsciousness, perfectionism, vulnerability, frustration, doubt, worry, confusion…come on, you MUST do these! You can certainly expect them but due to their complexity you won’t see them every time. You’ll see them more when players develop the skills (eg. life and mental skills) that improve their ability to demonstrate them.’ (Dan Abrahams) We are often asked by parents, ‘how do I know if it has all been worth it?’ Well we have finally come up with the answer that if our children are equipped with the following set of skills and that is our focus as parents during the sporting experience, we will have certainly raised some very well-rounded individuals. Of course in our workshops we discuss how we can help support these skills as a parent and that is a blog for another day but the reality is that as parents as we watch a week of training and a performance in a competitive situation that if we see these skills more often than not there is a good chance that their performance will have been of a really good level regardless of the outcome. I challenges parents, coaches and teachers that the next time you see this list ‘10 things that require zero talent’ and think children should just have them to spend some time and explain what they are, what it means for them in their context and how by developing these skills it may have a positive impact on their life, well-being and what they go on to achieve. Most importantly, model these behaviours on a regular basis and when you see your children or the people you coach display them, reinforce and celebrate them from the rooftops! These young children will then know that these ‘talents’ are important and that you truly value them and see their importance as a key part of any sporting experience.

We have finally come up with the answer that if our children are equipped with a set of skills, and that is our focus as parents during the sporting experience, we will have certainly raised some very well-rounded individuals.

Gordon MacLelland is the CEO and founder of Working with Parents in Sport, which supports parents and coaches in working together to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences. To find out more about their work please visit www.parentsinsport.co.uk.

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How to stay in shape over Christmas 2020

THE BETTER BODY GROUP OWNER CHRIS WHARTON

ASKS US NOT TO POSTPONE OUR FITNESS GOALS TO THE NEW YEAR.

ith the weirdest and perhaps most challenging year a lot of us have had to date, you’d be forgiven for wanting to see the back of 2020 and start over on January 1st. The past 10 months have challenged all of us in one way or another, and sadly, lots of us are suffering from worse physical and/or mental health than we were this time last year. As tempting as it may be to say ‘I’ll start again in January’ I implore you to head into the new year feeling fresh and energised. There’s nothing worse than overdoing it over December and feeling like you are starting from square one all over again come New Year’s Day. Right now, it’s more important than ever to be looking after your physical and mental health. If you spend the whole of December over-indulging, you are going to really struggle come Jan 1st. Without wanting to sound like a complete scrooge, here’s a number of simple tips to stick to over December and New Year to help you hit the ground running come 2021.

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1. Enjoy yourself at Christmas Re-read that. Enjoy yourself at Christmas, does not mean overdo it for the whole of December. I’ve lost count of the number of clients that tell me ‘I’ll start again in the New Year’ in the first couple of weeks of December. This is a tempting but terrible strategy. 2-3 weeks over over-indulging will make a profound difference to your mental health, fitness and your waistline compared with a more suitable 3-5 days over Christmas. We’ve all been there, one day of festivities turns into three weeks and before you know it you’ve put on a load of bundles of weight, feel completely drained, and lack any real motivation to do any exercise. Spend the run up to Christmas being mindful of how you are eating and keeping active. Set yourself a few days where you can go to town on the festivities, really go for it, then reign it back in. I typically wait until Christmas eve, then spend 3-5 days between then and New Year’s Eve eating and drinking whatever I want. Do I feel

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As tempting as it may be to say ‘I’ll start again in January’ I implore you to head into the new year feeling fresh and energised. There’s nothing worse than overdoing it over December and feeling like you are starting from square one all over again come New Year’s Day. give you a much-needed outlet for any excess calories you may have consumed and provide a great foundation of strength come January. Perhaps most undervalued is that December is a great time to get strong. A general increase in calories can provide a much-needed boost of energy to lift heavier, hit some personal bests and get stronger in the process!

amazing by the end? No. Did I enjoy myself? Yes. Have I ruined my diet and fitness levels? Absolutely not. We all deserve to let our hair down and have a break this Christmas, just not for a whole month! 2. Get stronger I may be biased, but for me December is the best time of year to hit the gym. Firstly, they are typically much quieter than the rest of the year. Secondly, lots of us have more free time of the Xmas holidays, and thirdly, hitting the gym can give us a much-needed change of environment, especially for those working from home. Making the most of the gym in December will also keep your energy levels up and help you avoid feeling lethargic (December is notorious for hangovers, brain fog and a general lack of energy). Finding time to get some regular training in will help stimulate the release of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine the hormones responsible for regulating your mood and supressing feelings of stress and anxiety. It will also

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3. Get outside We’ve all seen the news reports about the benefits of Vitamin D regarding the severity and symptoms of COVID-19. The most efficient way of boosting Vit-D? Get out in the daylight. It doesn’t even have to be sunny, 15+ minutes of skin exposed daylight a day should be your absolute minimum target. Walk, run, cycle, whatever you can. It’s so important to carve out time in your day to get outside. Make this a non-negotiable throughout the whole of winter. 4. Drink less alcohol and more water Whilst I’m not saying pour the mulled wine down the sink, drinking less alcohol will probably have the biggest positive effect on the way you feel come NYD 2021. I’m not here to lecture anyone on how much to drink (I love a Malbec), it’s just that alcohol is treated by our bodies as a toxin, as such it will be metabolised as a priority by the liver. This is detrimental to your health for 3 reasons; • Zero fat is metabolised by the body in the presence of alcohol (it takes approx. 1 hour to metabolise 1 unit of alcohol so a bottle of wine will take over 10 hours to metabolise), meaning any excess

calories you have consumed during that period are likely to be stored as fat. • Alcohol provides lots of calories, but zero nutritional value. • No-one makes good food choices when under the influence, or hungover! My advice would be to stick to drinking during those 3-5 days you pick to indulge and try and keep it to a minimum until then. Also aim to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink to help hydrate you and improve liver function. 5. Eat more vegetables So simple it almost goes without saying. Sadly, over 80% of the UK population still eat less than 5 portions of vegetables a day, a figure that decreases even more in December. Not only are vegetables the most nutrient dense of all of the food groups, they also help you to feel more satiated with a far lower caloric impact. Put simply, they are good for you and don’t contain many calories. Aim to eat 5+ portions of veg every day over December and you are far less likely to overindulge in stodgy carbs and fats. 6. Go easy on yourself Like I said, it’s been a tough year for all of us. Wherever you may be on your health and fitness journey rest assured you can always take small achievable steps to improve, no matter what your starting point. For a free consultation to help you tackle your New Year goals please get in touch at enquiries@betterbodygroup.co.uk. Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone!

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Is ‘Clean eating’ really that healthy? MAGDALENA MARVELL, OUR RESIDENT NUTRITIONIST, HELPS US CUT THROUGH THE CLEAN EATING MYTH.

he new favourite phrase, used by many celebrities and wellness gurus. But what exactly does it mean, is it really that beneficial for all of us? “Clean eating” has widely been popularised via social media such as Instagram, food blogs and non-expert celebrities1/2. While we are bombarded with many clean eating strategies, we may not realise that sometimes it can have a negative affect on ones mental health and lead to eating disorders such as Orthorexia Nervousa.

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So what is “Clean eating”? “Clean eating” is the concept where one avoids refined and process foods, preservatives and artificial colouring. Variations of the belief may also include elimination of some foods such as dairy, gluten, grains and promote the consumption of only whole and raw foods. Although one may assume that this is a very healthy model to follow, it can also encourage obsession and exaggeration around food, leading to orthorexia nervousa. Research

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suggests that following a special diet such as organic, plant-based, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, vegan/raw, paleo, or, gluten-free) may be linked with higher rates of eating disorders3. The obstacle of dieting behaviour can be associated with the varied use of the word “diet” which can be related to a range of intermittent or chronic behaviours such as an excessive consumption of healthy foods, extreme dietary restrictions such as fasting, and other elimination diets such as limiting carbohydrate intake. This eating strategy is commonly noticed within young adults some of whom show a pathological obsession with eating healthy “pure” foods4. This can sometimes promote a fear of food and drive people to just eat local and organic foods or to follow a purely plant based diet in a belief of its “purity”. Researchers are still trying to investigate why some people pursue these types of strategies. Sociological visual content analysis of instagram posts hashtagging #cleaneating suggested that food wasn’t the main

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Variations of the “Clean Eating’ belief may also include elimination of some foods such as dairy, gluten, grains and promote the consumption of only whole and raw foods.

focus in these posts but the characterisation of “clean eating” as an “embodied endeavour” and its association with the body as a symbol of social status, health and mortality5. Can “Clean eating” negatively affect our health “Clean eating” can sometimes have negative consequences and long term health concerns which may resemble those of anorexia nervousa6. Fixation with healthy eating and omitting certain food groups without rationale (for example to alleviate food allergies or intolerances) can affect ones nutritional status, leading to starvation and deficiencies resulting in long term health concerns such as osteoporosis, bone fractures, reproductive issues, amenorrhea, irregular heart beats, difficulties concentrating and depression7. Indeed, varied reasons for pursuing “clean eating” including weight loss, improving health or overall wellbeing may tempt adherers to farfetched benefits8. People with underlying psychological

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conditions may be more potent to justify and embrace these increasingly restrictive diets. “Clean eating” puts a bad phrase around nutrition. Its proponents fail to provide scientific evidence and promote legitimate health information amongst the general population which in turn contributes to the confusion around well balanced nutrition. If you have any doubts or are affected by any of the issues mentioned in this article please speak to your health practitioner or book an appointment with Magdalena via www.persea.clinic to discuss your concerns. References: 1. doi.org/10.1016/S2468-1253(18)30277-2 2. doi.org/10.3390/nu10091266 3. doi.org/10.1016/J.APPET.2016.07.008 4. Bratman S, Knight D. Health food junkies: overcoming the obsession with healthful eating. New York: Broadway Books; 2000 5. doi.org/10.1177/1461444818777514 6. nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn/by-eatingdisorder/other/orthorexia 7. dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4709100/ Horrifying-toll-clean-eating-fad-taking-youngwomen.html 8. doi.org/10.3390/nu10091266

Magdalena Marvell is a Nutritional Practitioner and Founder of the Persea Clinic which helps support clients who want to optimise their health in areas such as gut health, hormonal balance, skin conditions, weight management, family nutrition. To find out more about her work please visit www.persea.clinic.

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Healthy recipes with Magdalena Magalena Marvell is a Nutritional Practitioner and Founder of the Persea Clinic which helps support clients who want to optimise their health in areas such as gut health, hormonal balance, skin conditions, weight management, family nutrition.

Stuffed cabbage rolls This is one of my favourite winter dishes which puts the seasonal cabbage at the centre stage. It is so easy to make and is super nourishing during these shorter winter days. Low in carbohydrates and rich in protein which makes it a perfect energy boosting snack. Stuffed cabbage rolls originate from central Europe - Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania all have their own take on it!

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Ingredients: • 1 large savoy cabbage • 150g of minced pork or chicken meat • 30g of roasted buckwheat (brown grains) • 6 mushrooms • 2 onions • salt and pepper Method: 1. Steam (not boil) the whole cabbage for approximately 5 minutes until cabbage leaves become softened and playable but still firm. Gently remove the cabbage leaves and leave flat on the side. 2. Chop onions and mushroom into small pieces and shallow fry until glazed, add the meat, mix together and fry for a bit longer until meat is cooked. Put to one side to cool. 3. Cook the buckwheat on a low heat for about 5 minutes until soft. Add buckwheat to the cooled mixture and stir to bind. 4. Tablespoon the mixture into individual cabbage leaves, roll it like a pancake or a wrap, make sure you secure the sides of the cabbage so mixture doesn’t escape. 5. Place the cabbage wraps into a big saucepan and cover with tomato sauce and season with fresh dill. Slow cook the wraps until the sauce is slightly reduced. Enjoy on it’s own hot or cold or with a side of mashed potatoes!

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