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We have to be positive now we are in 2021. There is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccination program in place. I have never looked forward to a jab as much as I have for the vaccine for Covid19! The  lockdown had to happen, at the time of writing this message I am in hibernation, with online deliveries for food.

The Association managed to hold several events in 2020, at one point we were unsure that any competitions would be possible. With several of the competitions being oversubscribed we realised the members were pleased to be playing golf again and supporting our events.

It would be great if in 2021 all our league matches, competitions, County Match Week and the Thomlinson’s were to be played at the present time these all seem possible. 

I must thank my Executive Committee and Committee members, our last physical meeting was at the beginning of March 2020. Since that meeting all meetings have been held by Zoom. It is amazing how in a short time you can change the way you operate, it does save time travelling to and from meetings! The Executive Committee have worked so hard, it has been so good having their support when making such tough decisions.

Wishing all the very best for 2021. Good golfing but more important stay healthy.

Chris Pascall

Captain's Charity 2021

County Captain's Charity 2021

For 2021 I have chosen to support "Domestic Abuse" as my charity. I hope you will help me raise funds for this worthy cause. We are fortunate we have a local service that is based in Hartlepool called  Harbour Support Services. They have been established since 1974 and offer a 24 hour telephone service, 365 days of the year. Domestic Abuse has increased by 20% during lockdown and I'm sure that many of us will have heard some dreadful stories of women in abusive relationships. 

Harbour Support Services offer refuge space for those escaping domestic abuse and have refuges and dispersed properties in Hartlepool, Stockton, Peterlee, and Durham helping around 5000 families a year.

They have refuges with 6-9 units and also safe houses. In the main Harbour Support Services help and support people who have recently left an abusive relationship or sometimes those still in an abusive relationship but all parties want support to do better, and to be better.

A large amount of work which they do is within the community offering outreach support to those who are in their own homes who mostly need emotional and safety advice as well as empowerment to change the pattern of behaviours.

Their children’s service is excellent, working with children as young as three in play therapy, group sessions using arts, crafts and play to offer emotional support as well as one to one support. Harbour Support Services deliver Children’s services in refuges, in the community and also in schools. They feel the early years are vital to help support children who have experienced domestic abuse in order to break the cycle.

They offer counselling, recovering, preventions, empowerment and court support but mostly emotional and safety advice. Domestic abuse has no status, and they support all walks of life, a variety of ages and cultures and they are open to support everyone with no judgement.

Denise Gilhespy of Harbour Support Services told me "Even raising awareness for our organisation to your Association is brilliant as you may in turn reach out to someone who needs help but is unsure where to seek it"

Chris Pascall