HAMPSHIRE REMEMBERS It is with a terrible sadness that we acknowledge with the utmost respect to all involved the recent loss of special friends who their own ways contributed so much to the Sport of darts in Hampshire and beyond.
RHODA HARBY Rhoda was a pioneer in Ladies Darts and her successes in the sport are legendary.
Rhoda was Hampshire’s first Ladies England International Player and together with other talented players she was instrumental in helping to set standards within the Hampshire Ladies Teams that have been their strength leading to so many successes over so many years and still apply to the present day.
Rhoda made 147 appearances for Hampshire in a darts career that spanned some 25 years which included a period when she played for the West of England.
During her playing career Rhoda reached No 4 in the World Rankings and No 2 in Great Britain Rankings – a superb record that showcases her outstanding talent and consistency.
After their inception into the BDO system Rhoda was also the first Hampshire Ladies player to qualify for The British Gold Cup and the World Masters and reached the Final of the Gold Cup Ladies Singles in 1987 and reached the Semi-Finals of the World Masters in 1982.
Rhoda was a very popular player, always willing to give advice and with a personality to match, loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed by all that were privileged to have known her.
Now safely back in the arms of her husband Brian we can only thank Rhoda for her friendship and for being such an inspiration to so many.
Our commiserations and deepest sympathies go to Shane, Mel and all of the family at this very sad time.
RICK COUSINS Those that met Rick will know that words alone will not be enough to pay tribute to this true gentleman who devoted so much of his time and energy in ensuring that the exponents of the sport of darts were able to give of their best and who was taken from us all so suddenly.
Rick was for many years an Official for Hampshire County Darts Organisation acting as Senior MC at Inter county matches, Hampshire Opens, Youth Events and for some 16 x years was a key member of the Mill Rythe team of Officials at the Hayling Island Darts weekends where with like-minded personnel he worked so hard to ensure that professional presentation and fair play were paramount.
Without fail Rick would arrive at Hayling on the Thursday morning and work tirelessly at whatever needed to be done until the very last dart was thrown in the Sunday afternoon Finals and the final piece of equipment was stored away.
Away from the dartboards Rick was a devoted husband to Sandra and an extremely proud family man who took great pleasure in speaking enthusiastically of his family life and of the of the happy celebrations they all shared in worldwide locations.
Rick stood for everything that is good and honest in both the sport he loved so much and life in general and he leaves us all with so many happy memories plus a long and lasting legacy that will never be forgotten.
Sleep well Rick we will all miss you
Our condolences go to all of Rick’s family at this very sad and difficult time
From Frank Branscombe and all at Hampshire County Darts Organisation
At the Annual General Meeting of Hampshire County Darts Organisation a Ballot was taken of those members present with the following results: United Kingdom Darts Association = 20 x votes British Darts Organisation = 1 x vote Tri-Nations Darts Alliance = 0 x votes Therefore a Membership Application has been submitted to UKDA confirming the above For more information contact HCDO-UKDA Chairman: PAUL SIMMONDS Tel: 07990 583540 Here’s wishing The Hampshire Blue Army every success in their new endeavours
Whilst not competing for the rights to own the county system another credible Darts Body waiting in the wings is: Modern Amateur Darts [MAD]
This organisation will revolutionise the way the Sport of Darts in this country is structured and is a very exciting prospect – its simplicity and scope for all players is extraordinary and provides many of the answers most players are looking for
Running the Hampshire and Surrounding area [Invaders] will be some extraordinary darting talent in: Stefan Evrard, Mike Gillet, Mike Symes and bringing in the MAD element isSam Rooney!!! All experts in their fields within the sport of Darts
These are joined by Aaron Turner, Graham Hardy, Darren Oakley, James Bishop and others as organisers in the Invaders region Hampshire area
Below are links to more information i.e. A summary of MAD’s profile and ambitions plus details of the MAD Areas and contact details with specific information on the INVADER Region which includes Hampshire
The Maps and Contacts Document also includes a link to a very informative interview given by Stefan Evrard – Please click on links below MAD – SUMMARY MAD – Maps and Contacts
Dear Friends I have now had official notification that the remaining Mill Rythe Darts weekends have now been cancelled with immediate effect It is therefore with much sadness and regret that I have to inform you all that as per a call received today there will be no more Hampshire Darts Weekends at Mill Rythe .Reason given is simply that with the uncertainty surrounding the immediate and short term future of events such as this with large gatherings still very much ongoing it has been the decision of Away Resorts Management that they will bring forward their plans to change the Mill Rythe site into self-catering holidays and residential accommodation only. This is extremely sad news and brings an early end what has been a fantastic 33 years of enjoyment in the company of so many equally fantastic people. On a personal note I have had the honour of presiding over all of the 50 weekends held so they have been a massive and most enjoyable part of my life I can only thank you all for the support you have given and for the friendships we have made and treasured Frank Branscombe on behalf of all Hampshire Officials
BOOKING REFUNDS Full refunds on bookings made are available FREE HOLIDAY VOUCHERS As the vouchers as presented to the respective Winners were only applicable to darts weekends and as stated on the vouchers there is no available refund for these Neither are they transferable to other Away Resort parks as they were only valid for the Darts events at Mill Rythe.
To reclaim payments Phone booking office to confirm 023 9246 0044 Mill Rythe Report -16-6-2020 Above is a letter received from the site Management