Claire joined the club when she was 13 and we were running 5 ladies teams on a regular basis
Initially, living in Saffron Walden, relying on her Dad for transport, we were fortunate that she got to love the club and her team mates (mostly). We were also fortunate that she kept her allegiance to the hockey club as she was a keen very able footballer playing county level for Essex on a regular basis.
Claire started in the 3rd XI and gradually progressed to play 1st XI hockey. A valuable team member, reliable, loyal, enthusiastic and she was versatile in that she could play both up front or midfield.
Her nickname “Thumper”yes she got that as you might guess with the name. An opposing player was very stroppy, lashing out with her fist, Claire managed to defend her teammate beautifully and none of us let her forget it.
Her 3 children Lily, Megan and Jack, with husband Mark and the shift work laterly at Stansted Airport called for a lot of juggling to enable her to play regularly and Claire managed this very successfully.
On her fun and humour side, socially she scored a 10/10. She was a top tourer.
Always up for whatever was going on. A cheeky mischievous smile always able to bring fun to the game or a social event.
Claire’s membership spanned 31 years.
Everybody loved Claire she mixed well with all players and whomever she met.
We already miss her.