We start this update by reporting the sad news of the death of Joyce Hopper. Joyce was the wife of our late treasurer Mike Hopper. Joyce was also the person who came up with the name Help The Hatters back 2007. As a tribute to Joyce and Mike it is our intention to have their names emblazoned on the back of the Ball boys tracksuits, a photos of them in the museum and a brick on the back of the Cheadle End. Thanks goes out to Joyce’ brother in law, Malcolm for his donation to HTH.
One of our volunteers Keith Lee, has recently made a great recovered after a serious illness and a long stay in hospital. Keith is now back helping Mike O’Brien with pitch maintenance.
On a brighter note, one of our members Anne Hall was recently awarded, The Vanarama volunteer of the month award for August. We all feel the award is very well deserved for her efforts in going beyond the call of duty. Anne has been in the ground most days redecorating the boardroom corridor, reception area and staircase.
Over the summer HTH volunteers were in Edgeley Park , cleaning and painting all sides of the ground. (you can see some of the work that was going on in our last update here). The complete revamp of the away changing room; turning it into the home changing room was managed by Ralph Burgess, and was assisted by Terry Arnold and our manager Jim Gannon. The work consisted of re-plastering walls and ceiling, heating and lighting, new showers and tiling… and a complete re-paint.
The Home and Away dugouts have been completely remodelled and as out ongoing project, we will be laying astro turf in the managers technical areas, as well as supplying a Turf Doctor and pitch maintenance to assist our volunteer groundsman Mike O’Brien. New flags are also soon to be raised in the Railway End.
After a good year of Car Boots, we unfortunately had to cancel the last car boot of the year due to the threat of inclement weather. Big thank you to Angela Moore and her voluntary team for raising a lot of funds throughout the year. We may have to look for a new venue for future car boots but we will inform you of this in due course.
HTH have, over the summer, replaced all the furniture in the museum. This includes 5 new leather sofas and 7 new leather tub chairs.
We have agreed to sponsor 2 players for the 2018/19 season, Paul Turnbull and Nyal Bell. HTH may be sponsoring a third player in the coming weeks. HTH are also, once again, main kit sponsors for the youth academy. This season HTH have also spent £1500 toward Player Tek. You can find out more about Player Tek here.
The Bungalow, which has been our pre-match hub for the last 4 years, has closed its doors. HTH were able to remove all our memorabilia before the bungalow closed. The Bungalow did raise a significant amount for the Players Fund, however HTH are now looking for a alternative venue, to enable us to continue raising funds for the Players Fund and looking after our supporters pre-match. We will keep you updated once a new venue has been sought.
If you would like to lend a hand, HTH will be in Edgeley Park on Monday mornings at 10am following every home game for am clean up… and if you’d like, you can stay for a brew and a chat in our fantastic museum. Alternatively if you cant make it on a Monday but you wish to contribute you can Donate to Help The Hatters directly.
To all our supporters and subscribers, to enable us to continue with our financial support for the club. To assist our own fundraising efforts, and donations would be very welcome.
To donate directly to Help The Hatters
Send a cheque made payable to “Help The Hatters”
Post to :
1 Brian Avenue
Alternatively you can make a bank transfer, donation to:
Help The Hatters
Sort Code: 089299
Account Number: 65333220