Past students to host annual football match and social in memory of friend, and past LMS pupil, Harry Bhalla.
"On 22nd December 2008, we lost Harry Bhalla, a beloved friend, brother and son, in a road traffic accident at the age of 18. Harry was much loved by all he knew, being a popular member of the school, and involved in a variety of projects. Harry completed his Duke of Edinburgh Gold along with school colleagues and was very successful with the Young Enterprise Scheme, organising club nights for under 18’s. However, Harry’s main passion was football, as both a supporter of Arsenal and as a player, with this seeming the most suitable way of commemorating him.
"In 2009, a football match between Upper and Lower Sixth was organised as a way for us to remember Harry by doing what he loved most. The result that day was a 1-1 draw; however Harry being the competitive man he was, this wouldn’t have pleased him. In 2011, once these two year groups had left the school, it was decided between Brodie Newbury, Jamie Clark and myself to continue the football match, but with alumni competing against the current Lincoln Minster School’s 1st Team. The game was a huge success, with old friends gathering together to remember Harry becoming an annual tradition, and one that is looked forward to by all involved. Every year had been won by the 'Bhalla XI', however with an aging squad, last year ended in a victory to LMS.
"This year the 'Bhalla Game' will take place on 28th December, at the Lindum Sports Ground at 1pm. The bar will be open afterwards with some food available. I would encourage everyone to join us for both parts of the afternoon. It would be fantastic to see as many old friends as possible there to help remember Harry.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank certain people on behalf of Harry’s friends and family who have helped make this day happen every year. Firstly I’d like to thank the Lincoln Minster School players who participate every year and made the day special for us. Without them, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to remember Harry in this way and during this busy time of year they have always made themselves available which is greatly appreciated.
"Secondly I’d like to thank Mr Thomson who has incorporated the Old Minsterians’ event with the Bhalla Game this year, and hopefully will bring more people along to the event.
"Finally, I’d like to thank Mr Eves, without whom the day would not happen. He is our contact with the school and he does a lot of unseen work for the day. It was his idea to hold the game at the Lindum this year to enable us access to the clubhouse and allow time to socialise afterwards. He has also refereed the game for a number of years and although some of his decisions may have been questionable at times, he has always gone out of his way to ensure the day runs smoothly.
"Thank you and I look forward to seeing as many people as possible on 28th December." - Jake Barron - Class of 2009