About Tree Fellas
In September 2015 past Chairman of Eastbourne Round Table Barry Cheshire passed away after an all too brief fight with cancer. As well as being a Tabler for many years Barry had been a significant part of youth football with Ratton Rangers, a regular footballer himself and a loving Dad, he was also my best mate. In fact he was a great friend to many as demonstrated when over 600 mourners turned up at his funeral.
In memory of Barry and his footballing links his family suggested maybe a football match in his memory would be a fitting tribute. I thought, I think we can do a lot better than that! and we have.
Tree Fellas took its name from the 'three f''s' of RoundTable, fun, fellowship and fundraising and poking a little fun at Barry's inability to say the word three with his Irish brogue. He was always referring to people as 'Fella' so the TreeFellas name was born, and pulled together some members of Eastbourne RoundTable, 41 Club and some footballing friends. We even have our own logo!
We have held three 6-a-side seniors football tournaments at Eastbourne Borough (we were the last to use the grass pitch at Priory Lane), had over 100 players each year in 2016, 2017 and 2018, making up a dozen teams - all linked to Barry in some way, and raised over £13,000 for charity (Tirteen!). Please see our Facebook page and follow it for more details. Barry's daughter Holly said her Dad would have described these as 'Phenomenal Days'.
Since some of the 'senior' footballers are getting towards 'OAP' status we've now hung up the boots after 'tree' tournaments.
2019 is a massive departure as we've become concert promoters!
Some of you will know David Ford for his music, and some for his football. He's been on the winning team for the last two years and won the golden boot for 2018! Barry was an avid Ford fan and it seemed appropriate to ask Dave if he'd play a concert for us at the Royal Hippodrome with all money going to charity under the TreeFellas banner. Obviously he said yes otherwise I wouldn't be typing this..........please support the event, take a look at David's music, his wikipedia page, youtube etc, he's a massive talent and he's going to give us a 'Phenomenal Night' on the 18th May 2019.
- Geoff Fillery
TreeFella, Past Chairman Eastbourne 41Club,
Past President Eastbourne RoundTable