From the Chair



We are kicking off the season on Saturday 6th September with a good old fashioned “Family Fun Day” for the visit of the famous Richmond Rugby Club.

  • Fun Day start time – 12 o’clock (mid-day).
  • Entrance is FREE for everybody until 2pm (after 2pm normal entrance fee applies).
  • Kick off for rugby is 3.00 pm – v Richmond.
  • From around 12.30pm we will have mini/junior touch rugby and football from several age groups. Finish around 2pm.
  • Football demonstrations – beat the goalie etc.
  • World famous Bosley Wood Treatment Tug of War club will be demonstrating – and who knows – maybe there is a chance for you to take them on!
  • Bouncy castle, slide and obstacle course.
  • Face painting
  • Balloon modelling
  • Ice cream van
  • Brass Band
  • Appearance from Sale Sharks (subject to availability) players plus auction prizes.
  • BBQ Start at 12pm until late
  • Boot Camp demo
  • The Saffron Room will be serving tasters (don`t forget, club members receive 10% discount on food – exc. Takeaways)
  • Halliwell Jones BMW Wilmslow will have several vehicles for you to view
  • Chance to meet the Blues & Lions Squads including several new faces.

Clearly we are going to need some assistance in organising and running this event, so if you are able to help in any way (before the day, on the day, suggestions to add to schedule etc.) please advise Bill and leave your details.

As mentioned, if you arrive before 2.00 entry to the Fun Day is free and you can then stay on and watch the big game. Bring your neighbours, Aunties, Uncles, Grannies or someone from the pub……the more the merrier!!


Thanks to the 6 – 7 people who have very kindly offered their time and energy for this project – we now need some more and a few folk who know what they’re doing in order to get this project under way. So, if you have any skills, knowledge regarding flagging, paving, please advise ASAP.

This will make a huge difference to the impression of the club and hopefully, attract more users, which in turn means more income.

The existing paving to the front and sides of the club house has been down for almost 35 years and over this time has sunk in places and has become uneven, which could potentially make it a Health & Safety issue, and will require lifting and re-laying very soon.

You are probably aware of the 2 shrub beds, (one at the front of the clubhouse and one opposite the gable end of the building) which are looking tired and require maintaining. We are looking at removing these shrubs and replacing with paving, thus extending the paved area allowing space for picnic tables for people to sit outside and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink before or after a game and for parents on Sunday mornings. The area could also be used by any of our sponsors for product placement etc.

Clearly there will be costs involved in these works, so we are asking for volunteers to assist in ripping out the shrubs etc. together with anyone who has experience in laying paving. We are also looking for people who aren`t experts but are happy to lend a hand fetching & carrying or making cups of tea! Also if you have a contact who can supply materials (hard core, sand, paving flags) that would be appreciated.

We will be asking Garden Centres to sponsor a couple of picnic tables and maybe some planters to make the area attractive as this area is the first thing visitors to Priory Park see on arrival at the ground.

If you can assist in any way, please contact me at your earliest opportunity – the more volunteers, the less work for everyone!

tim-peakmanTIM PEAKMAN

I`m sure you would all like to join me in congratulating our Secretary, Dr Tim Peakman, who was honoured in The Queen`s Birthday Honours List with an O.B.E. in recognition of his services to Medical Research. Well done Tim!

Doctor Timothy Peakman OBE has promised to buy all his friends at Macc Rugby Club, a pint in celebration of his award……………..What a Great Guy!


Please see below, an article from Colin Joyce regarding a Charity Bike Ride in aid of East Cheshire Hospice. If interested, please contact Joycey;

“As is usual at this time of year I try to organise a charity bike ride for the benefit of those who like to take in a bit of bicycle exercise once or twice a year, or less. A couple of hours on the pedals in the morning is followed by butties and beer at an appropriate pub. A bit more cycling in the afternoon is followed by a couple more liveners and a bite to eat and then home for a well earned bath (ice of course). As if that is not exciting enough you get to donate £20 per head to East Cheshire Hospice, or a preferred charity of your choice. A cheque made out to the charity with your name and address on the back so that they can reclaim the tax is your ticket to a great day out. I’ll even collect them from you on the day and deliver them for you within the next few days. You don’t have to do anything, except bust your gut!

Now if you’re really clever you’ll make sure your good lady comes along as well, which, yes, I know is another £20 but instead of busting your gut at the front with the other alpha males you’ll be able to coast along comfortably with your good lady giving her every encouragement along the way to get to the end of the road. She’ll love you for all the attention you’ll have lavished on her. Not rocket science is it?

I’ll let you know the venue a little nearer the time but aim to start at 10.30am. The morning will be 10 to 15 leisurely miles. Lunch is open ended and the afternoon is a different 10 to 15 mile circuit. Please let me know numbers beforehand.”

Cheers, Joycey

PS Kids go free and they qualify if they are living at home, pay no rent and make no contribution to harmony within the household. There is, however, an age limit …….they must be less than 65 on the “Glorious 10th”!!


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Frankie Barker has put together a framed shirt, signed by the Blues Squad immediately after the Darlington match (which of course ensured that Macc. won the League) along with some photos from the fantastic 2013-14 season. We`d like to keep the shirt in the club house but also need to raise money from the sale of the shirt.

With that in mind, the shirt is being sold to raise money to improve the gym/fitness facilities at the club and we have so far had offers totalling £200.

We`d really like to reach £350. If you are able to donate some money to keep the shirt at Priory Park, please e-mail me. Otherwise we may have to auction at a lunch to raise the money. Every contribution will help, so please donate if you can and let`s keep the shirt on the wall at the club where it belongs.


Please feel free to e mail any news, items etc. related to the Rugby Club to; ( and if appropriate, I`ll be happy to add to this column.

All The Best,


Peter Harper
Chairman Macclesfield RUFC


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