Chesterfield Hockey Club was founded in 1899, shortly after our Chesterfield Golf Club - and by the same families - Edmonds (proprietors of the Derbyshire Times) and Jeudwine (a local Land Agent) - who were instrumental in the early days of the Golf Club.
All field hockey (as against ice-hockey) is now played on artificial turf, either sand-filled, or water based and Chesterfield Hockey Club jointly owns such a sand-filled pitch with St. Mary's School in Newbold.
The turf is layed on top of a shock pad (rubberised compound) which itself is layed on top of a firm base (in the case of St. Mary's - Tarmac).
At the time the Chesterfield pitch was laid, the turf had a design life of a minimum of 8 years for hockey. It's now been down 14 and is in need of replacement. However, the "old" turf is still highly suitable for re-use, in particular for pathways (and, hopefully, temporary tees) and should give many, many more years of useful life.
Three of our (veteran) golf club members, Gary McCormick, Nick Roberts and Bob Battye, are also senior members of the Hockey Club (Nick for 50 years this year) and have facilitated the provision of both the astroturf and the shock pad to our Golf Club in the hope that it can be re-used and to great effect.
You may notice some disruption in the car park which is being used as a temporary staging post for the large truck bringing rolls of turf and shock pad as it's offloaded to a smaller vehicle for transport down to the compound. Another Club friend, John Wildgoose, is kindly providing the smaller vehicle for transporting the rolls to the compound.
The astroturf will be used, starting with this year’s winter maintenance programme, to replace the ‘shale’ paths around the course. It will be a long job but, in the long term, will save the Club a considerable amount in not having to replace the shale every time the rain washes it away and will also significantly improve the appearance.
Our sincere thanks go to everyone concerned and in particular, the Chesterfield Hockey Club and its members.