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Blues Fixtures for 2017/18

The Blues fixtures for 2017/18 have been released! Click on the image to enlarge or – click here >>


Boobs vs Balls Event

Join us for the 5th Boobs vs Balls Event on Sunday 28th May at MRUFC, Priory Park. Events start at 1pm with the final match at 4pm.

All proceeds for the day split equally between:

  • East Cheshire Hospice
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Prostate Cancer UK

If you don’t fancy playing please come along to support the day and enjoy a great funfilled day. – read more >>


Cheshire v East Midlands

Well done to all our boys that represented Cheshire in the Bill Beaumont trophy this year. No visit to Twickenham this year but still a good performance all round.

Lancashire will take on Cornwall in the final this Sunday 28th May.


Cycle Saturday

On Saturday 1st July from 10am-2pm, Macclesfield Town Council will launch their 5 brand new cycle route leaflets with their very first Cycle Saturday event. Also the first day of the Tour de France, Macclesfield Market Place will host its very own ‘Grand Depart’ with two guided cycle rides setting off from the Market Place.

On offer will be a 4.5mile junior route for those aged over 12 as well as a challenging 14-mile adult route guided by volunteers from local cycling group, Macclesfield Wheelers. Registration for these rides is free but essential as places are limited. You can book a place on a ride by replying to this email.

Registration closes on Friday 16th June.

People who come along to the event will have the opportunity to pick up the new cycle route leaflets, talk to a Bike Doctor about any bike issues, take part in a static cycling challenge, learn about first aid for cyclists from St John Ambulance, receive cycling safely advice from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and take part in some cycling themed interactive activities. All activities at the event are free to take part in.

Earlier this year, Macclesfield Council launched their new initiative ‘MaccTivity’ designed to inspire local people to increase their physical activity each day. Macclesfield is the perfect start and finish location for a day’s cycling and the new printed cycle routes will encourage people to make the most of the wonderful reception that the Town has to offer, at the start and end of any ride.

Paul Anders Johnson from Ride and Repair on Gunco Lane in Macclesfield, and Darren Allgood from Allgood Cycling who are also members of local cycling group Macclesfield Wheelers, are supporting the event by providing advice, support and bike maintenance on the day. Darren Allgood who manages cycle events all across Europe commented that ‘We are very happy to be part of an event encouraging cycling in Macclesfield. It is great to see such local enthusiasm for the sport’

It would be fantastic if you would like to be involved with the event either by taking part in one of the cycle rides, coming along on the day or helping to spread the word about the initiative.


England Counties

Congratulations to Tom Mantell on his selection for the England Counties tour of Spain next week.


Macclesfield Half Marathon

The Macc half marathon will be taking place on Sunday 24th September 2017. Click on the image to enlarge.


2017 Macclesfield Rugby Club Golf Day, Macclesfield Golf Club, Macclesfield

Last Friday 65 Golfers who are friends and members of the Rugby Club played in the annual Golf Day, once again the date was agreed around Micky Jones’s holiday and on the assumption that Dids Jones would be back from one of his extended European Rugby tours, never easy to confirm!!

The weather was kind on the day, although the sight of Ian “Bogsey” Roberts, Oli Wilson & Danny Avery’s in shorts nearly caused the competition to be postponed, next year can someone buy Bogeys a belt as we spent most of the afternoon looking at his exposed behind, perhaps that why his team played so well????

Anyway, to the golf, the pre-tournament favourites – Micky Jones (28 and off the red tees) Dids claiming to still be a junior golfer off 36, Mike “The best No 15 Macc have ever had” Hall and the ever-dependable Paul “Bernie” Manning all caught the eye of Ladbrokes and were heavily backed. I believe the pressure of the day got to them and they all crumbled finishing within the pack. Their round was spoiled by an incident on the 18th by Paul Manning conning an OAP out of a Golden Ticket, you better ask him about this. – read more >>


Mug Shots

The Chairman always enjoys a breakfast pint of Holts IPA before he starts work selling deck chairs on Blackpool beach.


Planning Application

The application was submitted jointly by MRUFC and Jones Homes in December, validated on the 26th January and initially was given a target determination date of the 27th April. The application as submitted was for 76 dwellings and the extensive upgrades and improvements to the playing facilities including the replacement of the existing clubhouse, the provision of a new 4th generation artificial playing surface and the re-orientation and re-laying of the all pitches other than the vets pitch. The relaying of the grass pitches includes new drainage and the use of harder wearing grass surfaces. The full details can be seen either through the Cheshire East website using the application number 16/6237M or through the Emery Planning website.

At present, there have been following responses to the Council’s formal consultation:-

  • 82  letters/emails of support – from the general public/members and 1 from the RFU.
  • 17  letters/emails of objection – 14 from neighbours/members of the public and 1 from Prestbury Amenity Society, 1 from Macclesfield Civic Society and 1 from Fallibroome Academy. This latter objection related primarily to concerns about the level of traffic an activity that will be generated by both ours and the now approved Kings Proposals in the general location
  • 6  emails which made “general observations” on the scheme. 

The application team has met with the planning officers on a number of occasions the most recent being on the 28th April to review progress with the application. Officers have confirmed that they understand and accept the principle of the proposals and have asked for further detail and justification on the level of investment needed in the Club related to the amount of housing development proposed. In summary, as the proposals would normally be unacceptable in a Green Belt Location such as this we need to have clear justification for the development to overcome the presumption against. The team are confident the case presented shows this and the additional work that is being done at present relates to adding more detail to the viability case rather than altering or reducing what has been submitted.

One very positive note is that the Council’s Highways Officers have not objected to the proposals subject to assisting with improvements to the Priory Lane/Prestbury Road junction that will be carried out as part of the recently approved Kings School proposals. In the absence of that development going ahead our proposals would still not cause unacceptable problems in their own right.

You will note from the summary of comments above that the support for the proposals far outweighs the negatives, however, the objections will have a strong voice and therefore it is imperative that everyone on the Club, anyone associated with it and the wider community who will also benefit from the ability to use these facilities continue to express their support through commenting on the Cheshire East website and convincing the local community of the benefits of the proposals.

At present the current revised determination period is that officers were hoping to take the application to planning committee on the 28th June and comments can still be made through the website until at least the 12th June and thereafter anything received in writing will still be reported to Planning committee. There is still some doubt as to whether the application will go to the 28th June committee as we are working towards ensuring that when the application is presented it is done so with all areas of concern addressed and we hope with a recommendation of approval by officers. Even if that is the case we do then need to convince the local politicians and that is where ensuring that the proposals have been put at the top of the local community and councillor’s minds is important. The objections that have been submitted can and have been addressed in planning terms however we all need to continue to work hard to ensure that the objections have been addressed in the minds of those who will make the decision and those who will object for their own reasons.

We will provide a further update once the committee date has been confirmed and also advise how people can further engage nearer the time in supporting the proposals at that time. With a positive outcome the intention is that the development would commence on site as soon as possible with the application ensuring that the provision of the playing facilities is never compromised and the residential element is phased to ensure this.


Player Awards

A good night was had by all as we celebrated the achievements of some outstanding players and members.

The following winners could not attend the evening:

  • Bruce Lacey – 2nd team most improved player
  • Oli Wilson – 3rd team player of the year
  • Josh Burke – Colts joint most improver player

1st team player of the year – Sam Moss. Presented by Pete Harper – Chairman
1st team player’s player of the year – Tom Mantell. Presented by Mike Finnemore – Team Captain
Tom Eaton – 200 1st team appearances. Cap presented by Pete Harper – Chairman
2nd Team player of the year – Harry Blackwell. Presented by Pete Harper – Chairman
3rd team most improved player – Jack Caswell. Presented by Nick Smith – 3rd team Captain
4th team player of the year – Ryan Brown. Presented by Pete Harper – Chairman
4th team most improved player – Matt Price. Presented by Elliot Lee – 4th team Captain.
Colts player of the year – Sam Bailey. Presented by Tim Peakman
Colts most improved player – Dan Salt. Presented by Pete Harper – Chairman
‘Club Man’ – George Edwards. Presented by David Rutley
The ‘Bert Ashley’ award – Mike Keeling. Presented by John Webster – President
Cheshire RFU Volunteer of the Year – Derek Laidlaw. Presented by Pete Harper – Chairman


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