11/10/23 | General

Lymm RFC Welcomes the Hutchings Family

Author: Peter Cornelia

On Sunday 8th October, Lymm welcomed Lewis and Judy Hutchings to Beechwood to celebrate the start of The James Hutchings Charity support for our Colts Academy, which comprises U16s, U17s Junior Colts and U18s Senior Colts.

James was a founder member of the Club, Life Member & Club Patron and the 3rd ever Club Captain. He set up his Charitable Trust before his death in 2021. The family and trustees considered that the Club would be an appropriate benefactor of his Charity, which would also keep his memory alive at the Club, with players and members past and present.

James Hutchings

James elder brother Lewis and his wife Judy, travelled over from their home in Anglesey. Lewis is severely, physically handicapped and wheelchair bound and could not be brought up the stairs into the main clubhouse. So the reception was held in the excellent new Tennis pavilion in the walled garden.

Relevant Club Exec personnel and their wives were present, including club friends of James from the 1960s. An added welcome was also given by the current Lymm U17s Colts prior to their match v Knutsford.

Lewis Hutchings with Lymm Junior Colts

Hutchings family pose with Lymm RFC Reception Commitee

(L to R) David Simpson, Peter Cornelia, Michael (Judy’s Cousin) Lewis Hutchings, Judy Hutchings, Will Hind, Andy Leach, Rick Johnson

With a nice buffet, provided by our Club Manager Alan and his wife Lydia the family and Club personnel enjoyed an enjoyable and informal get together, exchanging stories relating to James, his family and the Club and getting to know each other.

Informal Buffet

(L to R) Arthur Ashcroft, Karen Leach, Andy Leach, Rick Johnson, Lewis Hutchings, Judy Hutchings

Before setting off for home and in memory of James, Lewis was presented with the new Lymm Club blazer. He and Judy effectively becoming honorary Club Patrons.

Will Hind (M&J Chairman) presents Lewis with the Club Blazer

Lewis & Judy Hutchings

Michael, Lewis, Judy and Rick Johnson watching Lymm Junior Colts v Knutsford

Finally, before briefly watching the Colts match v Knutsford, a bouquet of flowers was presented to them to take to the family grave at All Saints Church in Daresbury. Peter Cornelia and Arthur Ashcroft joined them there to pay their respects on behalf of the Club.

The Hutchings Family Grave

RIP Gentleman Jim Hutchings and Thank You.

If you wish to learn more about how The James Hutchings Charity is sponsoring the Lymm Academy, you can access it on an adjacent post on this website and also read his Club Obituary.


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