“Playing competitive hockey with like-minded individuals is enjoyable enough but making new friends and getting to know other club members better is what makes these kind of events so special”.  The feeling expressed by one member and echoed by all who gathered for the LX Lakes Tour in July 2021. 

And so it was wonderful to finally meet up as LXers from all regions with our partners again, and to welcome new members and greet old friends from the Border Reivers and Scottish Thistles. This would be the first major social event since the December 2019 Xmas gathering, Dawlish January 2020 and Lille March 2020.  

We all fought our way through a surprising amount of holiday traffic to meet up in Cockermouth, at hotels including the Trout and various campsites, to play hockey. The first thing we did Friday night was watch the Euro 2020 football clash between England Scotland wherever we were. It was lively in the Trout with some mixed allegiances but the quality, pace and lack of entertainment on the pitch soon calmed that down.  It could not however dampen the enthusiasm of people meeting up once again.

On Saturday the hockey started in brilliant sunshine. As a record of the times there were to be no changing rooms and no organised social events this year. Social distancing was the order of the weekend at the pitch side and when dining out, including the use of masks when necessary. But nobody was going to stop Sue Danson, Sue Hayes and Anne Holden from providing the customary beverages and home baked goodies – that would have been unthinkable.  LX 60s beat Border Reivers, LX 70s lost to the Thistles and the LX 65s drew with Chairman’s XI, so honours even in the end. 

Sunday started off with the early departure of 29 walkers – obviously couldn’t face the hockey or maybe because the weather forecast had changed from rain to another bright sunny day !  The hockey was interrupted by a Red Arrows fly past, a singing bird being mistaken for a whistle and a combine harvester interrupting a Thistles team talk. There were a number of claims for the fly pass; birthdays, wedding anniversaries, organizer privilege or maybe they were just out for a spin. We also had a visit from Northern royalty in the form of Bill (ex England) and Gill Warrender. The matches were both competitive and skillful with plenty of goals; Reivers ended up as overall winners, followed by LX Whites, LX Reds, Thistles and LX Blues and everyone with very tired legs.

At the end all our thanks were said to the; umpires for the weekend, Graham George, Darren Illedge, Ian Blamire, Robin Wilson, Carol Davidson and Steve Hemm; guests Scottish Thistles and Reivers.  Charity donations for the weekend came to: £xxxx to St Oswald’s Hospice in memory of Ted Hayes and £321.81 to MND LX charity 2021.  

I would like to personally thank you, the L X Hockey Club and everyone involved for raising an amazing  £321.81 from  selling Coffee, Cakes and giving donations at the Lakes Tour Weekend on 19th & 20th June 2021.  We really appreciate all of your efforts to support St Oswald’s Hospice.

Your donation is very precious to us, and we want you to know that it is making a huge difference to the lives of our many patients and their families. We can’t thank you enough for allowing us to be there for the people in our region who need us most. 

It has been a particularly challenging 12 months for everyone, including our charity. It is truly inspiring and comforting to all those affiliated with St Oswald’s, that you are still willing to help at this moment by making your donation.

I wish you all the best for the rest of the year ahead and beyond.

Stay Safe and Best Wishes,

Linda Hill

Top thanks to Mike and Dot for organising it all – yet again.  As another LXer put it, ‘what an absolute delight it was to play, walk, swim and talk (again) in the incredible surroundings of the Lakes.’

Alternative wild water swimming in the Lake District.