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Saturday 16th December 2017 – Presidents Christmas lunch at Blaydon RFC

Arrive at 12:00 for 12-30 for table served 2 Course Christmas Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas Pudding and heaps of Christmas Cheer

 

Dress code – Christmas Jumpers,

the louder the better…..

 

Meal cost is £10.00 to be paid to Sharon Reed, let her know if you want to book a meal by Wednesday 13th December Please.

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1st team game against South Leicester follows, KO 2pm, entry paid separately at gate.

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Last year’s President’s lunch was an event to remember, so, for a great time to catch up with past team mates and cheer on the current Blaydon 1st team, book early!

 


October 100 Club winners announced

 

Blaydon RFC are running a monthly 100s draw with 4 prizes of £100, £75, £50 and £25 for a £5 per month.

Money raised from this draw will be used for targeted projects within the club which will be announced on this website.

We still have some numbers available for anyone who like to be in with a chance of winning, see 100 Club webpage below and contact us via Facebook or email to take up a number :

 

100 Club – Blaydon RFC

Blaydon Pre-Season well underway, with three friendlies to be played in August:

The 2017/18 season preparations are well underway for Blaydon’s North Division 2 campaign under the new leadership of Ally Hogg.

Blaydon will play three pre-season friendlies:

  • Across at Northern Rugby Club on 12th August, 2pm KO
  • Versus Glasgow Hawks which will be played on the AGP at Newcastle Falcons 19th August, 2pm KO
  • Away at Currie Rugby Club on 26th August, 2:30pm KO

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Our goal for the season is an immediate return to National Division 1, that does not mean we don’t recognise the challenge ahead of us, with some very good teams in ND2.

We also look forward to reviving old rivalries against the likes of; Otley, Tynedale and Wharfedale

The BIG weekend! – NatWest Rugby Force comes to Blaydon Rugby Club

On Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th as a club weare holding a BIG weekend of activities under the banner of NatWest Rugby Force. This means that, just like the famous TV series ‘GroundForce’, we want our club community to come together over 2 days and lend a hand to spruce up and improve our clubhouse and grounds. Gather together for a bit of work and a bit of fun – whatever your age or gender! We have won a bid for a small grant from NatWest Rugby Force to help us do this but all depends upon support from our friends and members.

There are lots of jobs we could do but the primary aims are to paint and refresh the changing rooms and ‘corridor’ areas around the changing rooms – both upstairs and downstairs in the clubhouse. Also the gym upstairs in the clubhouse. Beyond that, there are lots of other jobs that could be done – from tidying and sorting the 2 storage containers / outer buildings, digging some foundations for new 2nd team pitch dugouts and painting the white ‘stones’ in the car park to deep cleaning shower areas and a bit of gardening. You may even have spotted some other manageable jobs that need doing – if so, let us know by contacting Phil Partington (Grumpy) – by e mail philpartington@hotmail.com  or via the  Phil Partington on facebook.

The plan for the 2 days is as follows…

Saturday 8th July

8.35 ko – the 3rd and final test between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions will be shown on the big screen in the clubhouse. Details of this have already been sent out. Entry is via an discretionary £2 entry fee, for which you get free tea / coffee and a sausage sarny for breakfast. The bar will, of course, be open. Should be a great start to the weekend!

The match should finish around 10.30am and, as the room is being used straight after, we will move downstairs – outside if the weather is fine. A few people will be asked to help our bar staff tidy / sort the upstairs room as we leave.

10.30am – groups of 3 or 4 are needed to paint each changing room. The walls and floors should have been prepared by then so the rooms should be ready and waiting.  We have 6 rooms to do so that will need 24 people. Feel free to organise your own groups – again just let Grumpy know.  If we have more people (hopefully we will!) or people would prefer not to paint, we can then allocate some of the other jobs.

12.30 pm approx. – a free BBQ for the workers.  A couple of volunteers will be needed to run this as well.

Afternoon – continue with the work and hopefully finish the changing rooms so that painting can begin in the ‘corridor’ areas.

Around 4 pm – knock off and relax!

 

During the day we will also aim to have some small jobs that our younger members can join in and feel part of the club and event. We are also aiming to run some fun activities and games for youngsters and families. More detail about this later.

 

If you are between 14 and 25 taking part in the BIG Blaydon RFC weekend can count towards Young Rugby Ambassadors Awards. Details for signing up for this scheme are given below but basically you can earn rewards and exclusive YRA stash! You can certainly get a T-shirt and certificate just for a full weekend’s participation in this event and you will be on your way to much more. See the website for details:

 

http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/volunteers/young-rugby-ambassador/

 

 

 

Sunday 8th July

We will start later after the Car Boot Sale has finished. Meet at 12pm in the clubhouse.

The work schedule will be determined by how much we get done on the Saturday and what needs to be finished off but again we will look to put on a BBQ at around 4pm to finish the weekend off.

 

So… what do you need to do?

  • If at all possible let Grumpy know you will be taking part as this will help with planning and catering. However – just turn up either day, for all, or part of each day – at any time – if you can join in.
  • The first 25 people to let Grumpy know they are coming (and actually turn up!) will get a very snazzy NatWest Rugby Force t shirt. Your size not guaranteed though!
  • Turn up in work gear!
  • Bring paintbrushes / rollers etc if you have any we can use (and carrier bags to put them in afterwards!). Gardening tools also if that is a job you have let us know you would like. Donations of cleaning materials for doing the shower areas would also be appreciated.
  • We need some nice bedding plants if anyone has some they can donate.
  • If anyone has particular ‘professional standard’ skills they are willing to donate and we can use please let us know. We are, in particular, looking for someone to rub down and refurbish the upstairs bar but anything would be welcome. Even if not appropriate for this weekend it would be great to have a ‘register’ of skilled volunteers we could approach to help with all sorts of jobs and projects – business, office and ‘rugby’ based as well as to help maintain the building and grounds.
  • Finally, any other donations to help support this weekend would be really appreciated. Materials and resources, drinks for the workers, goodies for the kids – anything considered and appreciated. If you are thinking of a bigger club ‘sponsorship’ such as a board let Grumpy know and he will put you in touch with the right people to sort this out.

 

Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you over the BIG Blaydon RFC weekend!

 

 

 

 

Updated details: It is with sadness that the club announce the loss of Barry Waters on Friday 9th June

Update from his son Steven:  Barry past away after a very long fight with motor neuron disease last Friday. He got diagnosed with it in 1992, it was so bad he was given 3 months to live !!!!!!!!!!! That’s Blaydon blood for you.  At his request the will be no funeral as he donated his body to Oxford university, to assist in research of the disease, so it may help other people in the future!!!!  Oxford had done a load of tests and experiments on him over the years, such was his drive to help others!

From Blaydon RFC –  The world needs more people like Barry, RIP

Barry played for Blaydon in the later 50s or early 60s, playing regularly until he joined the parachute regiment, but returning regularly to play for Blaydon whenever he could. Barry played mainly in the 60s for the 1st team and appeared on the first ever senior side to win a trophy- the Workington 7s, a photo of which is still on display in the club.

Team photo and officials from 1968 with Barry back row, 2nd player from left

One game, for which he will always be remembered was at Bradford/Bingley, whilst playing  for Blaydon while the river next to the ground was in flood. A kick for touch went into the river and Barry swam the dangerous flood and retrieved the ball. The opposition always knew they had been in a game when Barry was playing for Blaydon.

His last game at Crowtrees was in 1990, after he went for a pint at the club and his boys pestered him to play, which he did, he had to borrow kit to play,

Update we received said, he loved his time at Blaydon RFC, he had many friends here.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.