IT WAS with shock and immense sadness that I heard of the passing of Chris Hoskins. I got to know him through his indefatigable work for Horsham Cricket Club where he, as well as being a hugely popular Sunday team captain, would every year take his annual leave from his job in order to organise the ground team who set up and supported the Horsham Cricket Festival, usually doing the majority of the back-breaking work himself.
Always in great good humour with a smile upon his face, he seemed never happier and completely in his element with both young and old than in this, his natural environment - helping those people around him.
He had an enviable rapport with the youngsters at the club because their success was more important to him than to themselves and would want everyone to hear about an individual performance or that of the team.
Often unable to attend myself, my wife would find herself alone at the club at weekends and would always say that she would be very relieved to see Chris as she could guarantee a welcoming smile and friendly conversation from him, always eager to include everyone in support of the club and fundraising events off and on the field.
At the end of the day, he would say his farewells and return homeward-bound armed with a large joint of beef to cook a roast with all the trimmings for his beloved family and his love and devotion to them was obvious for all to see.
‘Hotshot’ was a uniquely irreplaceable diamond who has left a massive hole in all our lives - this year’s cricket festival will be a poignant occasion and dedicated to his much-loved memory. His star will shine very brightly.
Horsham Sports Club
Cricketfield Road, Horsham