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Outdoor Deck & Bar – Reserve your table via email or FB Messenger

Our planned opening times for this weekend are as follows::

  • Thursday: 5pm through to 8pm
  • Friday: 2pm through to 8pm
  • Saturday: 12 through to 8pm
  • Sunday: 12 through to 8pm

You can reserve a table by emailing functions@blaydonrfc.co.uk,  or via FB Messenger to Blaydon RFC

Blaydon RFC is a public bar and we would love to welcome you to join us.

 

Below are some important matters that will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time:

  • Please note, in line with government guidance we are providing table service only so when you arrive, simply report to one of our staff and they will show you to a table. For your safety our staff will be cleaning tables regularly throughout the day.

 

  • We are opening our indoor, downstairs toilets for your use. To adhere to government guidance, please remember to bring your mask, which must be worn on entering the building and at all times until you leave.

 

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Blaydon RFC

Walking Rugby sessions extended, now also available at 6pm on Tuesday night, starting next Tuesday 27th April:

As the interest in walking rugby grows we’ve introduced an evening session with the Blaydon Racers to cater for those who can’t fit in a day time session. Some of the team are taking part in this extra session to ensure its runs smoothly.

It’s great exercise, you’ll put more into it than you think, great craic with like-minded rugby players (you’re never an Ex player really)  or those who want to get involved who haven’t played before. All of the fun of the game without the impacts, come along and get involved

 

Follow Blaydon Walking Rugby Facebook page to get involved

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OPENING WEEKEND: – NEW Outdoor Deck & Bar Area

Blaydon Rugby Club is proud to announce the opening-of not one but two brand new facilities available to members, visitors and guests. At 2pm on Friday 16th April we will be unveiling our extensive, high quality outdoor seating area serviced by its very own ‘Crow’s Nest’ Bar.
Our planned opening times for this first weekend are as follows, these will be flexible/extendable based on weather conditions as not all of the outdoor space is covered:
• Friday: 2pm through to 8pm
• Saturday: 12 through to 8pm
• Sunday: 12 through to 8pm
We would love to welcome you – so here are some important matters that will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time. You can pre-register and book a table with us via the following link https://forms.gle/Lv9VW91EpJiCbScdA. If you haven’t pre-registered with us, please use your NHS Covid 19 App to check in at the club entrance. Alternatively, a paper based system for recording visitor contact details will be in place at the club door entrance to the outdoor space.
Please note, in line with government guidance we are providing table service only so when you arrive, simply report to one of our staff and they will show you to your pre-booked table. If you haven’t pre-booked then they will show you to the next available table. For your safety our staff will be cleaning tables regularly throughout the day.
Should you wish to make use of our beautiful grounds by bringing your own tables and chairs etc. Please feel free to do so, just don’t forget the table.
We are opening our indoor, downstairs toilets for your use. To adhere to government guidance, please remember to bring your mask, which must be worn on entering the building and at all times until you leave.
Smoking – please note the new raised decking area is strictly no smoking – a designated smoking area will be signposted for your use.
We hope you enjoy your stay.
Blaydon RFC
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Club Announcements:

Following what has been an unprecedented period, with government guidelines keeping our club closed, it has undoubtedly been the most difficult period for everyone involved in hospitality and although the government has a route map to recover, there is still a level of uncertainty for things fully returning to normal. As a result of this we unfortunately have to announce the end of an era with two key changes for the club:

 

House Manager at Blaydon RFC

 

After many years at Blaydon RFC, as House Manager, it is with regret we announce Sharon has decided to make a career change and leave her role at Blaydon RFC.

 

Sharon is one of the most dedicate, committed employees you could have. She has been at the centre of day to day operation of the club, organising many aspects, working tirelessly to develop a very successful functions capability, which helped generate much needed revenue for the club.

 

Sharon is working with the people who have functions booked to ensure the success of each event and she will work with her replacement (interim or permanent) during her notice period to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities to the new House Manager.

 

We would like to thank Sharon for everything she has done for Blaydon RFC, wish her every success in the future and look forward to welcoming her on the other side of the bar at Blaydon RFC in future.

 

Blaydon RFC will be looking for new House Manager, anyone interested in the role should contact us via email:  contact@blaydonrfc.co.uk

 

 

Catering at Blaydon RFC

 

With the club being unable to offer Functions requiring Catering at Blaydon RFC for such a long period, AMOW Catering have re-assessed their business and decided to withdraw from the ongoing Catering Contact with Blaydon RFC.

 

AMOW Catering Ltd. have been a long serving valued Catering Partner of Blaydon RFC and it is with regret we announce this, whilst we also understand this has been a very difficult period for companies providing services around hospitality. We would like to thank Andy (AMOW) for his service and wish him every success in the future.

 

To ensure functions at Blaydon RFC are not impacted, AMOW Catering have agreed to continue to provide function catering until end of June, to allow the club to appoint a new catering partner.

 

Blaydon RFC will be looking for new Catering Partner, to ensure we are able to continue to offer the same high standards of catering. Interest from companies in the first instance should be registered via email:  contact@blaydonrfc.co.uk

 

 

Bruce on behalf of

Blaydon RFC Executive

 

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that one of the Blaydon Rugby Football Club family: Robin Walker passed away overnight following a period of illness.

Thursday 11th March 2021

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that one of the Blaydon Rugby Football Club family: Robin Walker passed away overnight following a period of illness.

Robin was a true club man and represented Blaydon Rugby Club superbly in many ways…

  • As a player, he played at all levels in the club moving down the teams to continue to play as years rolled on and then returned as a physio, such was his love of the his club and the game that is rugby. Couple of headlines:
      •  Came out of 1st team retirement to help club out when needed and played tight head against Ian McLauchlan (Mighty Mouse) versus Jordon Hill
      •  He started as a winger at Durham School
  • As a physio – keeping many of the older Bricks players on the park far longer than they should have been there
  • As a volunteer – arranging carnivals, groups and other events to help fund raising
  • As Blaydon RFC Santa, for many years bringing joy to the children’s parties of the members at Blaydon RFC

Robin was a lovely man and a great bloke.

Our thoughts at this time are with Christine and his family, RIP Robin, You will be greatly missed and long remembered by all who knew you!

Further information and details will be posted as they become available.

Blaydon Car Boot Sale

TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR FIVE PLOTS FOR 2021 CARBOOT SEASON

TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR THE FOLLOWING FIVE PLOTS:

  • 2 Plots for hot food and beverages
  • Plot for ice cream
  • Plot for fruit
  • Plot for sweets

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT NO PLOT WILL BE ALLOWED TO SELL WHAT IS ALREADY FRANCHISED OUT.

 

Download Tender form:   Car Boot 2021 Tender Form

Tenders must be submitted on the form provided BEFORE 12 NOON ON SUNDAY 14th March 2021 and all parties will be notified BY TUESDAY 16th MARCH 2021 of the outcome.

Selection will be made purely on the written responses provided and the Selection Committee will include members of Blaydon Rugby Football Club’s Executive Committee and the Car Boot Management Team.

The main factor in the decision will be remuneration offered, but the club will take into account how the companies tendering are willing to support the wider entity that is Blaydon Rugby Football Club.

 

Further details available: www.blaydonrfc.co.uk/club/car-boot/

 

It is the intention of Blaydon Rugby Football Club to formalise the approach to allocating the above-listed plots for this year’s Car Boot Sales.   The Car Boot Sale is held 39 Sundays each year from the beginning of March until the end of November and in addition, to the maximum number of stalls – 400 – the attendance can be as high as 4,000 people, obviously depending upon the time of year and the weather.

 

The 2021 Car Boot season, will have a delayed start due to COVID.  We are not expecting any fee for the affected weeks.

 

It is the responsibility of the tenderer to ensure that the opportunity is fully understood and the club cannot guarantee any attendance or expected takings values for the plots.  It should be noted that the sale of chocolate is excluded from all vans, this being allotted to sweet vans.

 

It is the responsibility of the vendor to ensure that the catering van is kept in adequate condition and furthermore can be, and is, moved on request of Blaydon Rugby Football club with adequate notice.

 

It must be accepted and understood that certain months will have different attendance to others, but the club requests that the tenderer submit a fixed offer per month for the nine month operational period.

 

These payments will be settled on the first Sunday of each month and all tenders are for the full nine month period.

 

The process will be one of sealed tenders submitted in the envelopes to the Secretary of Blaydon RFC, with four pieces of information provided:

  • Monthly value offered.
  • Details of willingness to be /or current involvement with the rest of the club/sponsorship.
  • Other influencing factors, e.g. previous experience of working with Blaydon RFC

 

Please complete question on Mid-Week Car Boot Sale on tender doc.

 

Please download form or email the ‘Contact’ email and tender form will be emailed to you. All completed forms to be submitted to following email address: contact@blaydonrfc.co.uk

 

 

 

 

BRFC 100 Club Winnings Update

Evening All,

BRFC’s very own Master of the Ball Bag, Stan (Peter Hails) has been in touch indicating that the 100 Club draws for the period over Lockdown have been completed, the results are detailed below.
A reminder, the prize breakdown is £100, £75, £50 and £25.

May 2020
59. T Appleton
88. Linda B
50. Pat H
19. B Strickland

June 2020
61. B Anderson
28. B Sweeney
08. P Vinnicombe
39. H Redpath

July 2020
69. M Ward
43. S Little
34. R Thompson
85. R Kilbraer

August 2020
26. Lisa L.J.
91. Howie G
57. Johnny C
02. R Bartle

Sept 2020
31. T Davidson
17. A Savoury
72. K Robinson
09. L Hogarth

October 2020
24. M Rowley
15. D Strachan
07. D Miller
78. T Guilfoyle

November 2020
32. Bob Elliot Roy
70. C Snowdon
53. T Barclay
51. R Jackson

December 2020
30. J Punton
69. M Ward
90. Barracudas
93. Mrs Huxley

Any monies due are subtracted from the winnings, surplus paid as prize. Once things return to normal the draws will be done at the club on a Thursday night monthly. Clearly it will be easier for the winnings to be paid out when the club reopens, but if you need the money beforehand i am sure something can be arranged.
If anyone wants to start taking part in the 100 Club Draw then drop me a message.
Regards
Jonathan

Support BRFC through the 100 Club

The 100 Club

Many members and supporters may not be aware that for some years the Club has held a monthly draw in support of the Club funds

This originated through the active membership of the Crows (a volunteer Group of past players and supporters who raise monies to aid all aspects of Rugby at Blaydon RFC) but has been supported by many members over the years. Cash prizes are drawn every month and winners are normally able to collect their winnings at the Club

Since the closure of the Club no draws or winnings have been provided but are held within the bank account.  This will be rectified as we are moving the draw to an online virtual draw, away from the dependence on the club machine. Draw results will be published on social media and our website   http://www.blaydonrfc.co.uk/100-club-blaydon-rfc/

In the last 2 years funds have been used to contribute towards:

Junior Section Rugby via Chairman of Youth

Decoration of Club Hall and Atrium

Recovering of Clubhouse seating

Support Ongoing Club and grounds maintenance

Financial Sponsorship of  teams where funds are available

The purpose of this message is to confirm the situation to existing members, and invite new members to join.

Membership is via a Direct Debit of £5.00 per month to a separate Club bank account

Details are as follows:

Account :  Blaydon Rugby Club Treasurer Acc

A/C No  01442681

Sort Code 30-93-43

Please mail  stanhails@hotmail.com who will help get you enrolled and ensure you are entered into future draws:

  • Provide a list of numbers available and temporarily allocate you a free number
  • Once you’ve confirm that your DD/monthly transfer has been arranged with your Bank, on receipt of your first payment he will enter you into the draw

In these difficult times for the Club this is an excellent way to show your ongoing support by a small monthly contribution and the opportunity to win up to £100 on a monthly basis. We would encourage all members to join

Blaydon Executive  Committee

 

New Year message from the Chairman

No one could have predicted the unprecedented year we’ve just experienced. This time last year we had everything rugby; we were playing rugby, watching rugby and enjoying each other’s company socially, before, during and after games. We were looking forward to our First XV challenging for the league; our Ladies & Girls sections were continuing to grow; our Academy was proving a great success; our senior teams were looking forward to the cup competitions, in which we have been so successful; we’d developed one of the most successful O2 Touch setups; established a growing Walking Rugby family and our Youth/Age Grade rugby were continuing to go from strength to strength; Blaydon RFC and our ‘One Team Blaydon’ (OTB) ethos was in full swing, then lockdown and rugby was suspended.

12 months on and it feels surreal. No rugby for over 9 months.  The club house is closed and we have just moved into Tier 4, with no short term expectation of those things changing. This has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years for me as your Chairman but at the same time, one of my proudest, as people from the Blaydon rugby family rally round to support the club. That continued support will be key in helping our recovery and growth, once this virus is beaten, which it will be!

My thoughts are with club members and their families who have experienced first-hand the hardships of this past year, be that ill health, economic challenges or general frustrations with lockdown. I also sympathise with the many business owners who have supported the club, who are now suffering an extended period of financial concern.

My sincere thanks go to the Club’s Committee and Management who, whilst being frustrated that rugby has been suspended, continue to work hard to ensure that the club is ready for a return to rugby and our other business activities that enable us to support rugby at Blaydon RFC. As a committee we’ve had to make some tough decisions this year, financially the club is in a sound position, we’ve reduced costs where we can, we’ve taken advantage of a number of lines of support in the form of various grants/loans and received a magnificent response during the Members’ Appeal earlier this year. We are consuming some funds that could have otherwise been used for important improvement projects, but we’ll have to look for alternative options to fund those at a later time.

I can’t thank enough the efforts of the volunteers who always put so much into the club with many helping to keep the club running through these difficult times, including the fantastic work during the summer to tidy up the grounds, cut the hedges, maintain the trees and flower beds.

Finally, I want to thank the players in all of the disciplines/teams at the Club. Your endurance and determination to be ready for return to rugby is greatly appreciated. When we get back to competition I am confident Blaydon RFC will continue to grow and triumph. Please stay as fit as you possibly can to be ready for that day. Until then I ask you check on your teammates and ensure they are getting through this period and let us know if you have any concerns we could help with.

When this is all over, we will bring our Blaydon Rugby family together to celebrate our return, quite how, we’ve still to work out, any suggestions greatly appreciated.  Meanwhile I wish you all a happy New Year and all my best wishes to you and your families for 2021 and hope that all our lives will return to normality in the near future.

Stay safe

Bruce

Tier 4 – Suspension of Rugby at Blaydon RFC

As you will all be aware we are now in Tier 4, which comes with following guidance:

  • Government guidelines are to ‘Stay at Home’ but U18s sport can continue
  • RFU guidelines say – All Senior involvement in rugby has to stop, but Age grade rugby can continue, although on their website the RFU have suggested suspending all rugby until further guidance is available.

 

As a club we want to encourage rugby, however, we don’t see how we can conform to the government guidelines to ‘Stay at Home’ if we were to allow age grade rugby to continue. As a committee we don’t see how we can ask our volunteers to put themselves and their family at risk by taking training. Therefore for now, we have made the decision to suspend all rugby, track what is decided on schooling, as well as testing in schools and await further guidance from the RFU.

 

The current guidance also prevents anyone from a Northumberland County Council Region travelling into a DCC Region, so not all of our players would be allowed to train at Blaydon anyway!               Find out the coronavirus restrictions in your local area – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

This is about being socially responsible, we will continue to review the situation as government and RFU guidance develop, providing updates as soon as we can, on when we believe it would be safer to return to training.

 

Stay safe, any questions please email: contact@blaydonrfc.co.uk

From the Executive Committee at Blaydon RFC