Hello darlings.

I hope you're all finding ways to cope with lockdown. At least Barry and the PDC are doing a great job getting darts on the TV, albeit with no live audiences, well done. 

It is with great sadness I have to report the deaths of two giants of our beloved sport. At the tail end of the year we lost Sheila Busby and at the beginning of this year Sam Hawkins left us. Sheila was a true stalwart of Essex Darts. Following her County debut in 1982 she played at least 244 games for Essex alone. Sheila was a Chairlady of Essex Ladies Superleague and won many competition around the country. A prolific and loyal supporter of The Heart of Darts, Sheila will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing this exceptional lady.

Sam was a BDO Chairmen and well known to all who participated in BDO and County competition. He was a true gentleman, honest, kind, humorous and always ready to help whether a project or individual. To say he will be missed by the darting fraternity is an understatement. 

Our world of darts will suffer with the passing of these two legends. We wish their families comfort in their loss. I do hope our sport will do something to perpetuate their memories, maybe a competition trophy? 

Very sadly we will all have been hearing of tragic losses to Covid and our hearts here go out to everyone who suffers the consequences of this terrible disease.

As previously reported the Charity has suffered more then most comparatively as we rely entirely on donations from the darting fraternity. In spite of our finances being the lowest ever we are still managing to fulfil the most needy cases. Some very kind folk are aware and have sent In donations from £3 to £100 for which we are so grateful. It all mounts up to help brighten someone's life, bless you. No amount Is too small and you know every penny goes to help.

I am so sorry that our website is not bursting with information, but obviously we have no news to report due to the restrictions that are affecting us all. Let us all pray that things will relax soon.

That's all for now, folks! Hope I have good news when I write again. Meantime, stay safe, well and tell those that are precious to you how very much they mean in your life. Believe me, sweeties, it is important to say it, especially in these uncertain and worrying times. 

As always eternal thanks, love 'n' hugs from your slightly nutty chairman and friend 



Speaking of lockdown -- 

Here we are, another day, loads to do, both work and play. 

Do some weeding, tidy the yard, watch TV -- the choice is hard.

I could mend that chair's broken arm, washing the car wouldn't do any harm.

Is it tea or a tipple to quench my thirst? Trouble Is I'll have to get out of bed first.

​To prove a point about our Charity having no International boundaries --  


Chairman's Chat

TELE : 020 8508 0751

EMAIL: heartofdartsianw@aol.co.uk

address : 71 Valley Hill Loughton Essex IG10 3AT

 Reg Charity number : 1100678