Rugby Notes from ‘CLUBMAN’
For ‘Clubman’ – Cricket result in New Zealand apart it was a bad weekend starting with yet another defeat for the ‘Wire’ at the hands of St Helens on Friday and then compounded on Saturday by defeats for Macclesfield up in the North East at the hands of Tynedale and England in the Six Nations over the Channel in Paris and with the final weekend of the Six Nations this weekend the game against hitherto unbeaten and already Champions Ireland it does not get any easier so watch this space for hopefully better news next week…
ERCA Level 2 Coaching Awards
As part of the clubs commitment to the Mini and Junior section a number of coaches have recently been supported to complete their ERCA Level 2 coaching courses: –
We also have other coaches attending the ERCA Level 2 and CPD Courses.
Thanks to these coaches for giving up yet more of their own time to undertake this training for the benefit of the section, and the club as a whole. As always thanks to all coaches, admins, volunteers and alikadoos who give up time week in week out to make our M&J section the thriving community it is.
Despite the best efforts of the Management Committee, club members and Jones Homes over the last few years, the planning application for the Club’s redevelopment proposals were refused by Cheshire East Council in January.
Many members attended the planning committee to show their support, and Sir Nick Winterton gave a compelling speech emphasising the value of the club as a community asset. Nevertheless, this was not deemed sufficiently persuasive.
Jones Homes have already committed significant sums and resource in the development and promotion of the project to date. Following the decision of the planning committee they have taken the advice of Emery Planning and a leading barrister in this area on the alternative ways forward.
The options available to the Club following this refusal are:
- Do nothing
- Lodge a planning appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in the hope they will overturn the decision
- Promote the site’s redevelopment proposals through Part 2 of the Local Plan.
We are pleased to tell you that Jones Homes are still able and willing to support the club in their redevelopment project; the advice they have received from Emery Planning and counsel is that the greatest chance of success is through the promotion of the site in Part 2 of the Local Plan. They will continue to fund planning advice and supporting reports from specialists to ensure the club’s redevelopment proposals can be best positioned at the Part 2 Local Plan Inquiry.
The Club is, however, is under real financial strain and were relying on a successful planning decision in January of this year to alleviate this. We have been advised the likely timeframe for the site to be allocated in the Local Plan (if successful), is winter 2020. A planning application and construction of the club’s new facilities following that it would allow the club could move into new facilities in September 2022. Therefore, we are focusing our efforts in raising funds to keep the club going for the next four years whilst this process takes place.
Jones Homes and their Public Relations and Marketing Consultants are meeting with the Management Committee at the club to help inform this vital activity. As part of this, we urgently need members to volunteer to be members of a fundraising committee that will assist in identifying and implementing money-raising projects over the next few years.
Despite the decision of the officials and councillors at Cheshire East Council, we intend to make every effort to retain a successful Rugby Club in Macclesfield Town. The Councillors’ opinion that if the club closes people would just have to go elsewhere shows a breathtaking lack of understanding and empathy for the community they serve and shows an astonishing undervaluing of this community asset.
Please continue to support your club – we will be updating you in due course regarding the projects we believe are most important to ensure the club continues to operate and provide facilities of a standard you would expect and how we can raise funds to do that.
Pre match lunches
We will be having a pie lunch before this Saturday’s match against Luctonians, only £10. Just turn up take a seat and pay Maggie. Wear something green – It’s St Patrick’s Day. We will be showing all three of the final 6 Nations matches.
The next formal lunch will be on Easter Saturday – 31st March. This will be prior to the re-arranged Sale FC match, it will be a sell out so get in there quick.
Spring vegetable soup. Bread roll & butter
Roast Lamb & mint sauce, new potatoes, chantenay carrots and Garden peas
Only £12 plus your normal entry fee.
Many thanks to Andy McLean for giving up a valuable day to perform a whole load of jobs around the club this week.
Thanks also to James Jennings whose untiring efforts have led to the painting day on Sunday.
Also thanks are due to Tim and Sam Broster for arranging to have the main pitch spiked to vastly improve the drainage.
Thanks to all who give up their time to help in any way. It truly is appreciated.
The Working Group
Many thanks to James Jennings for setting up the Macclesfield Rugby Club Working Group on facebook. We now have 170 members all desperate to help spruce up the club. The first task is to paint the Priory Suite. The preparation work will be completed this Friday afternoon by Andy Mac and James Jennings, then the fun starts on Sunday at 1.00pm. It should only take a couple of hours to throw some paint over the walls, but many hands make light work. So if you have some time spare on Sunday, put your scruffs on, grab a paint brush from the shed and come join the rest of the happy artists.
Even if you cannot make it this Sunday, please join the group.