Bonfire Night Extravaganza 2017 – see dedicate webpage: click here.
Bonfire Night Extravaganza 2017 – see dedicate webpage: click here.
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:
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
Carboot will be on Sunday and Next Wednesday as normal
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 email@example.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:
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?
Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you over the BIG Blaydon RFC weekend!
Game will be shown at Blaydon RFC tonight from 8pm as ex-Blaydon and current Falcons player; Mark makes a well deserved debut for England at 6 tonight against Argentina.
Our best wishes go to Mark
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.
DON’T JUST HAVE A LIE IN ON SATURDAY 8TH JULY! …..come and enjoy breakfast and watch the 3rd and final test between The New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions live at Blaydon Rugby Club (KO 8.35am)
We have been fortunate enough to be selected as one of the clubs to be supported by NATWEST RUGBY FORCE. This is a take on the well-known TV series ‘Ground Force’ and means that we have been given a small grant to enable us to tidy and smarten up our club with volunteers lending their skills and time and the money being used to buy materials, paint etc. Basically, lots of painting and a few other jobs as well … plenty to do for both young and old!
We plan to run a BBQ lunch and hopefully run some rugby fun activities for the youngsters as well. Details will be confirmed soon. No doubt the day will run on for some ………!
On Sunday we will reconvene around lunchtime (after car boot sale finished) to complete anything left to do and relax with a few beers afterwards. Again details to be confirmed.
Crow Trees, Hexham Road,
Swalwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Tel: 0191 4200505