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Oliver Ore-Oluwa Joof Jones passed away peacefully on 9th December, aged 86 years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Anne Jones, loving father of Yevette, Yvonne, Oliver and Eleanor, also grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Oliver worked as a Senior Nurse Manager at St James' Hospital, Leeds.

The funeral took place on Thursday 3rd January at 9.30am at St Michael and All Angels Church,
Headingley.

 
Oliver ran and coached at St James’ Judo club producing very good recreational and competitive Judo player. He was very active in refereeing for the Yorkshire and Humberside Area. He coached the West Yorkshire County squad and was always of assistance to the West Yorkshire County committee.

Oliver welcomed everyone to his club and would also help members in their personal life as needed.

An inspiration to a generation of young people always instilling the philosophies of Kano and will be sadly missed.

This year has ended in disappointment because again we have had to cancel competitions. I understand this is happening in other Areas also. We have to have a closing date for entries for each competition and if there are not enough competitors to make it viable we have to give notice in due time to avoid venue expenses, first aid costs and to allow those that have entered and also competition officials sufficient notice to cancel their preparations.

In the past we have asked for volunteers to become officials without success and I appreciate the effort now needed to qualify and revalidate. We are likely to lose existing officials because the average increase in age and if we do not have any competitions there will be no facility for revalidation.

This situation was predicted some years ago and now it is upon us. We seem to have gone back some 40 years when there were few competitions in the Area but for some reason the demand grew and maybe we need to understand why.

If the majority of feeling is that we need competitions, a new strategy is required which may have to be piloted with the help of one of the counties and if successful extended across the Area. Input will be required from the counties rather than just from the Area committee.

I WOULD SINCERELY LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE CARRIED OUT THEIR ROLES TO ASSIST THE AREA AND THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OUR EFFORTS OVER THIS LAST YEAR.

Area Chairman

C Cleavin

Unfortunately the entry for this event is too low for it to be a viable event as things stand on our entry closing date.
 
Both the sports centre and the medical team need 2 weeks notice should we need to cancel to avoid having to pay the full booking fee.
 
As such the decision to cancel was taken rather than leave entries open in hope and risk a significant loss to area funds that could be better utilised supporting activities/players in the area.
 
Hopefully taking the decision now will mean fewer people are likely to lose money in booked travel costs.
 
All payments will be refunded over the next few days direct to your Paypal accounts / bank accounts.
 
If you sent a postal form with cheque, these will be destroyed unless we get a request for their return.