Pictured in the above team, Jack Hatch is a name interwoven in the fabric of Wivenhoe Rangers Football Club and indeed the local community as a whole. As an Inside Forward he played for the club until he was well into his 40’s and went on to become Chairman, then President, and was eventually granted Life Membership, during all of which time he saw Wivenhoe rise from local park football in the Brightlingsea & District Junior League to the Isthmian League Premier Division (which, at the time, was the Division directly below the Conference League). During the Depression of the 1930’s he was one of a number of Wivenhoe men who, unable to find work locally, helped construct Abberton Reservoir. He was persuaded to play for Abberton & Langenhoe Football Club while he was working there and made his debut for them against Wivenhoe Rangers. His beloved Rangers lost as Jack scored a hat-trick against them. He was described as “inconsolable” afterwards !!.
Wivenhoe born, he devoted his life to his home town and community and for much of his working life was the local postman. He was elected to the Wivenhoe Urban District Council in 1956 and was it’s Chairman in 1971/72. Jack was a Governor of Broomgrove School for many years and a member of the Board Of Trustees of Feedham’s Charity and for his services to the community he was recognised with Jack Hatch Way being named in his honour. Jack passed away in October 1993 at the age of 80.
We also found this cutting where Jack wrote to the local newspaper about an incident involving one of his sons prior to a Wivenhoe Rangers match.