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Kreston Reeves Vets Kent Cup

I write to thank Nick Alder and indeed the team at Kreston Reeves for the support, sponsorship and organisation of the Kreston Reeves Veterans Kent Cup over the past 30 years.  It was just beginning to become a highlight of the season for me, however I know that it has been a highlight of many Holcombe HC players before me, and one that I hope the County will continue in some format.  As Nick says below, it has always been an opportunity to catch up with old adversaries, and celebrate the slightly older generation of hockey players.  Thank you again on behalf of every Holcombe HC player that has taken part in the Kreston Reeves Kent Cup over the past thirty years.

Many thanks Jon Rye (Chairman)


The Kent Finals day the other Sunday was a most enjoyable occasion, and saw Canterbury regain the Kreston Reeves Veterans Cup, by beating Maidstone 5-2, although that does not show just how close the match was, and all present agreed it was an excellent match to finish off the competition.  I am attaching the Draw and results sheet for your information.
The firm started the competition some 30 years ago as this was one way of celebrating 21 years of the coming together of two accountancy Firms in East Kent, being Reeves & Young and Neylan & Co, who merged to become Reeves & Neylan, and our commitment to Kentish Businesses and the individuals in those business’s. Out of interest the County President in those days was Dick Laslett who accepted the proposal, and it was great to see him at the Finals day, still as active as ever at Canterbury. The Firm has grown substantially over those last 30 years, and now has clients and offices in London and all over the South East, and has changed its name and is now trading as Kreston Reeves LLP to reflect not only our increased geographic location but also our substantial international presence and we are now acknowledged as being a leading firm in the country, being in the top 25 Firms in the UK.
It is therefore with some regret, but enormous pride that having supported Kent hockey over the last 30 years, this was the last season that we will be running the Competition. Adrian and the County are aware of this decision, and I do hope that whilst it will not be the Kreston Reeves Veterans competition going forwards, that the County will keep the competition going, as it seems to always be enjoyed by the Veterans throughout the County, despite so many National competitions these days, as it is often an opportunity to catch up with old adversaries from 10-20 or so years ago.
My personal thanks to all the Clubs (34 entered in 1987/88, and most were playing on grass in those days), who have supported the competition over the years, and especially the Umpires Association (Brian Miller has been a real star for many years in this respect) who have always managed to turn out qualified officials whenever the Clubs have arranged the matches for, and I trust that I will still see many of you, when I am out and about in the County.  I am also sure that on your behalf you would like me to thank the team over the years who have organised the competition on our behalf, and in particular, Caroline, Tina and lately Ann for getting the necessary details out to all of you.
Thanks for all your support over the last 30 years.