Julia Ritchie, former club member, lost her fight against pancreatic cancer. Julia lived and worked in Kent in the late 80s and 90s becoming a regular player in the ladies' and mixed teams.
Julia was from a farming family in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. She moved back to Wales some 15 years ago to set up her ceramics studio and holiday rental property on the farm in a beautiful part of the country.
Julia was a regular mixed team player and socialite at the club. She organised and participated in mixed team tours and even set up a tour to Pembrokeshire organising matches against their local teams. The "Wispy Winger", as she was affectionately called, will be remembered with many fond memories and amusing stories. She was a lovely lady with a great enthusiasm for life and making friends. She will be greatly missed by all her friends at Maidstone Hockey Club.