WELCOME TO SEASON 2016 – 2017
On behalf of everyone at Macclesfield RUFC, a very warm welcome to another exciting new season at Priory Park. To all our members & regular supporters, players at all levels and ages, wives, parents, coaches, refs, medical teams, grounds staff, ball boys, gate gang, bar staff, catering staff, committee members and all the other volunteers we rely on, thanks for the efforts you put in, and hopefully we can call on you all again this season to get behind YOUR club. Also, a special THANKS to all our sponsors and partners for supporting our club.
We couldn’t survive without each and every one of you.
The last Saturday before the season starts in earnest, saw The Blues take on a very strong and physical Sheffield Tigers side at Priory Park, and The Lions took on Sandbach in the Quarter Final of the Cheshire Cup. Neither side got the result they wanted, but Giles and his team have taken a lot of positives from the weekend and will be raring to commence the League campaign.
SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER
Following what was arguably, the clubs most successful season on the pitch, this Saturday brings around the start of a new season which sees The Blues competing in National League 1, The Lions defend their Cotton Traders Premier League title, the 3rds will be playing in the Standish Media Services Div 1, the 4ths are competing in Freshlet Division 4 South, and the Colts will contest the Raging Bull N/W Colts Senior League C.
The Blues kick off the season with a tough away trip to Esher, The Lions entertain old rivals Sedgley Park and the 3rds host Austin Healey’s old club, Birkenhead Park. The 4ths have another week to recover from the excesses of the summer break and the Colts are at home against Rochdale on Sunday. As far as I know, all kick offs are at 3.00pm.
Good luck to all our teams for the coming season!
FAMILY FUN DAY
Saturday 10th September sees the 3rd Annual Family Fun Day at priory Park when The Blues host Fylde. The day kicks off at 12.00pm and entry is FREE to all who arrive before 2.00pm so come along and bring the family, friends, neighbours and enjoy the fun! So far we have;
- A Golf display from members of Macclesfield Golf Club
- A Fire Engine & crew from Macclesfield Fire Station
- Bouncy Castle
- Silk FM Disco
- Several trade stall including; East Cheshire Hospice Charity, Jewellery Stall, Pilates
- Ice Cream van
- Barry’s BBQ’d Burgers
Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club
For the year ending 30th June 2016
In accordance with the rules of Macclesfield RUFC Ltd members are advised of, and invited to attend, this meeting which will be held in the President’s suite at the clubhouse, Priory Park, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4AF on Thursday 29th September 2016 at 7.30pm.
- Apologies for absence.
- To approve minutes of the Financial General Meeting held at the Club House on Monday 29th September 2015.
- Welcome by Chairman – Peter Harper.
- To receive and approve a Financial Statement for the preceding Financial Year ending 30th June 2016 – presented by the Director of Finance, Peter White.
- Treasurer to respond to questions raised by members – by permission of the chairman.
- To consider and vote on a special resolution relating to life memberships (see below)
- Any other business relevant to this meeting – by permission of the chairman.
Secretary, Macclesfield R.U.F.C. Ltd
If you’re taking your pint outside during the season (starting Saturday), you will be asked to pay a £1.00 deposit on a re usable plastic pint pot. Your deposit is reclaimable once you hand back your pot, or you can keep it as a souvenir. The idea was trialled over the last 2 last Saturdays and received a very positive reaction – the idea is 3 fold;
- To make drinking your pint a more pleasurable experience (it won’t crumple in your hand),
- To save money by not having to pay for disposable glasses
- To minimize the amount of litter we have to clear up after a game.
- These pots have been sponsored by Claphams Landscapes and we are now looking for a sponsor to cover the costs of 1/2 pint pots (which will also be used for wine etc) If you can help, please contact Jonathan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBSCRIPTIONS – PLEASE READ
To clarify any doubts, your Membership is due BEFORE you play rugby, not halfway through the season (or not at all!) and membership runs from September 1st to August 31st. After all, you wouldn’t expect to turn up at Prestbury Golf Club and be allowed to play before paying?! Those paying by 30th September are entitled to 1 Season Ticket which can be used to allow wives, girlfriends etc to come and watch you play when the Blues are at home – no season ticket and they will be charged.
For you to claim your 10% Members discount, you will be asked to produce your Membership Card each time you purchase drinks from the bar, so please don’t be offended when asked – the girls are following instructions from management.
As we seem to have a culture of people thinking its OK not to pay their subs, we have enlisted the help of Steve Branch (former Vets Captain) to ensure each and everyone pays in full. Steve is working on a robust system which will mean everyone pays their way, making it fair on all those who do and have paid their subs. I’m sure you will all give Steve your full support in his efforts needed revenue is raised for the club.
The Annual Financial Meeting is due by the end of September, and for you to be able to attend, you will have to be a member, which means, your subs must be paid before then, whether it be as a playing or a social member.
For those Social members amongst you, may I remind you of the Silk Club membership offer?
See the club website for details of how to join this exclusive club
NOTE FROM PHIL MASON
This summer saw a number of mini and junior coaches attended a level 1 referee’s course held at the club. The course introduces coaches to the art of refereeing the laws of the game and how they apply to junior rugby as well as looking safety and coaching through refereeing. Although there appeared to be a lot of cheating whilst going through the arts of applying the laws at scrum time, there was much learned and it will mean Macclesfield coaches will be more effective referees in their respective age groups.
Many thanks to Julian Gilding from the RFU for delivering the course, Paul Jackobowski for organising the course and to the coaches for giving up their summer evening.
A Rucking and Jackling clinic has been organised for 7th September at the club, where coaches will be practicing and learning how to develop these skills. These events are part of the clubs commitment to develop our coaches, ensuring we have qualified coaches and refs in all the mini and junior age groups.
MEETER & GREETER
Many of you will recall Bill Stafford, meeting & greeting at the clubhouse entrance for more years than I can remember. Well, you will be aware, Bill retired from this role at Christmas and we are looking for a reliable replacement to take on the role. If you fancy doing your bit when The Blues are at home, then please contact Jonathan (you`ll get to watch the first team free!)
There are numerous other jobs, so if you would like to assist your club, in any way, please contact Jonathan Marsh email@example.com and offer your services…there’s a job for everyone!
A few months ago, I asked for volunteers to come forward and do some research on our clubs history. I was delighted when former 1st xv Captain and long standing member, Bob Jenner stepped up to the plate and took on this project. Below are a few words from Bob to give you an insight into what he is doing and where we are with this. If you can assist Bob with information, artefacts etc. I’m sure he’ll be pleased to accept.
“Sometime ago our revered Chairman observed that our Club when compared to most of our peers lacked a decent ‘history’ section on the website. In his inimitable style he asked if anyone could fill the gap and as has happened too often in the past I found myself stood alone! So I took up the challenge. This is the first of a few articles I’ll write over the course of the season laying out how we have developed the Club’s history section and giving a bit of historical detail on specific times and events. But first I want to set the scene because history is not only about the past, about old people, about things that don’t matter, it is literally His Story, stories from days past and that’s the approach I want to take because the Club’s culture is embedded in its history. The Club’s history is its members, it is made by its members and is made today as well as yesterday – just witness the playing success of so many of the teams last season, that’s historic!
So going forward the ‘history section’ on the website is now entitled “About our Club and History” (under The Club on the website). My first task is to build the collection of artefacts from the Club’s past. This small but growing collection includes all manner of things. We have a ticket to an Annual Dance at the now defunct Stanley Hall, a programme from a war-time game played to raise funds for the war effort and a letter confirming the lease of the Club’s first ever ground on Congleton Road. The artefacts are being gathered into safe storage and stored at the Club and in due course there will be a list on the website of what is available. If you have anything to add to this list please let me know, all items will be returned. Some of the artefacts are being displayed at the Club. Many are being scanned and copied into the “History of MRUFC” document that will soon be available via the website. This document is slowly and continuously being updated as information becomes available. Again if you have any ‘history’ you would like to add to the document please let me know.”
“Every club member past and present, young and old is part of the history of MRUFC. Our story is less about the games won and lost and more about the deeds of derring-do, of tours, of dances, of club dinners. It is the story of young players graduating from Mini, though Junior and Colts into Senior and Vets rugby before being able to regale all and sundry in the Lounge about how much better “we were in our day”. To this end I have started a series of videos in collaboration with Fallibroome School. The first editions will shortly be available via the website and BluesTV. Seven of the Club’s oldest members were captured on video discussing their memories of rugby and social events through the 50s and 60s first at the London Road and then at Tytherington. More recently an equally distinguished group but less venerable members have been filmed by Fallibroome School discussing their memories of times at Tytherington and Priory Park. These videos will be developed during the next school year and hopefully become available to the Club for a MRUFC Oscars Evening early in 2017.
The Living History theme is being developed with recorded conversations with various club members the contents of which will be included in the History document. Also, during this season I hope to record conversations with all team captains (from 1st XV to under eights) to be included in the Club’s audio history. These will be supplemented with short video clips of club members talking about various historical artefacts such as shirts that are hung around the Club, plaques that have been given to the Club and so forth. Finally, the History document is being constantly updated, please have a look at it and if you want to contribute then please get in touch via the Club.”
Almost 12 months ago, Tim Peakman asked me if we had a Memorial Board at the club, to commemorate those members who had lost their lives while serving our country. After much searching of the club cupboards and questioning of some of our more senior members, it transpired that we don’t. Tim then decided he would put the wheels in motion to ensure this very important `oversight` was rectified. Tim enlisted the help of Bob Jenner and in turn, Bob has worked with a chap named Harry Carlisle, who has worked tirelessly to research and find out the names and history of those who lost their lives. Below is an update from Bob.
“Earlier in the year I told you that the Club intended to reinstate a Roll of Honour board to commemorate club members who have lost their lives whilst serving in the armed forces. A long-standing club member has generously offered to buy the board so we are now planning for a service of dedication to be held at the Clubhouse at 10:45 on Friday 11th November.
At this time those to be commemorated on the Roll are; Fred Bloss (died 1943), John Brazier (1944), Norman Brocklehurst (1944), Peter Gibbs (1944), Peter Harrison (1942), Charles Hyde (1944), David Jennison MC (1944), Oswald Parker (1942), Jack Rowson (1941), Harry Slingsby (1945), George Stephens (1940), Richard Sutton (1943), Edward Warrington (1945). We would like to invite surviving relatives of those to be commemorated to the service. If you know of any please let me know via the Club.
Finally, it is a sad fact of modern life that these 13 are probably not the only former members to have lost their lives whilst in the services. We would like the board to be a complete record of appreciation of the sacrifice of former members so if you know of anyone again please let me know via the Club.”
At this point, I’d personally like to thank Bob, Tim & Harry for their valuable time and efforts in ensuring this very important project is completed.
If anyone out there has some rugby related news they’d like to see in the next Newsletter, please e-mail to Jonathan Marsh; firstname.lastname@example.org.