Jun 272014

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Pru Bryant (left, with Patrick Moore) on 14th June 2014.  Although she was not a chess player, Pru was for a long time in charge of ticket sales for the Hastings Premier Tournament.  Her bright personality and conversation made her a favourite with many visitors to the event. Pru was a keen traveller and visited many parts of the globe. In recent years her mobility was seriously impaired by arthritis and she became largely housebound. Pru was the mother of Marc Bryant, former member of Hastings Chess Congress Committee and long-term associate of and participant in the event. Our sympathy goes to Marc who had looked after his mother in the last years.
Pru’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 1st July 2014 at Hastings Crematorium at 11.00am.  Enquiries and flowers to Towners, Norman Road, St. Leonards Tel 01424 436386

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Jun 272014

LUCY WALSH (nee Egan), mother of Gerry Walsh born 28 February 1920, died 19 June 2014

Her funeral is on Tuesday 1 July at 11 45 a.m. in St Peter’s Catholic Church South Bank Middlesbrough prior to burial in Eston cemetery.
Gerry Walsh’s mam was not a chessplayer but she always enjoyed her visits to chess events. I first met her in Malta in 1980 when she was part of the administrative team organising the Olympiad. She was always a breath of fresh air in chess.
Gerry says, ‘We were watching the football match Thursday 19 June and toward the end she took hold of my hand and passed away. She had not been ill and we were intending to take the dogs for a walk when the game finished. The Coroner’s office advised that Mam’s heart just stopped beating rather than a heart attack.’
Our condolences to the family; besides Gerry, there are two brothers and a sister.

- Stewart Reuben

Mar 042014

At a meeting of the Hastings International Chess Congress, held in Hastings on 1 March 2014, it was confirmed that Hastings Borough Council has agreed to support the next Congress which will take place at Horntye Park Sports Complex from Monday 29th December 2014 to Tuesday 6th January 2015. Full details will appear on this site in the near future.

In the meantime we thank Hastings Borough council for their support and look forward to welcoming players from near and far in December.

 Posted by at 4:40 pm