Mike’s first update

So it’s three weeks since the AGM and I already feel fully ensconced in the role of Chairman. I thought I would share a quick ‘Blog’ with my thoughts and what we are working on to ensure we deliver on our mandate.

So here is a whistle stop tour of what’s going on:

  • The first Board meeting was held last week in the new format. I have slightly expanded the Board to ensure it represents every aspect of our club: Seniors; Ladies; Operations; Commercial; House/Grounds; and of course the Youth. I asked each member to give an overview of their area and their aims for the year. We also had a good look at the financial budget for the year ahead and we all felt we are able to achieve good progress this year despite the loss of long terms sponsors like Axa.
  • The Board is fully focussed on our three main aims for this year:
    • Increase the number of volunteers across the club
    • Diversify and increase visibility of revenues
    • Build a development plan that is realistic and achievable
  • In terms of other news:
    • Steve Wickenden and Stuart Montgomery are settling in well to their roles of Co-Chairs of Playing. They are working smoothly alongside Jim Scully as Director of Rugby.The Seniors are back training and we are seeing good numbers enjoying the best in class coaching of Simon and Aston. The squad have welcomed a healthy number of new players and have already had the first social of the year!! Three pre-season games are arranged with a super local derby vs TJ’s on 31st August. Should be a great day up the club.
    • The Ladies section are already back training and have their Rachel Burford summer camp coming up on 14th August.
    • The Youth section is in planning mode but has the big and very enjoyable Kiwi camp coming up on 5th August. Sign up for guaranteed fun!
    • Nick Van O is full steam ahead in his House and grounds role and hopefully you will see/feel a few changes around the clubhouse soon.
    • Michelle and Martin are working hard to get us ready for the new season with Playing shirts, Kit, Membership and newsletters
    • The next big event to have in your diary is the Summer Ball, please do get this in your diary and contact Michelle for tickets. https://twrfc.com/news/twrfc-summer-ball-28th-september-2019//
    • Lastly, we are working really hard on our commercial ambitions and if you have any one we should contact for sponsorship/partnerships do let me know.

Lastly, I am enjoying the challenge of getting us ready for the new season and whilst we have come up against a few challenges we are relishing them. Can’t wait to see you up the club soon. If you feel you can help us in any way then please let us know, all volunteers are welcome.

One Club, #oneTWRFC

Mike

Primary School Tag Festival

Congratulations to all the boys and girls who took part in the slightly damp Tunbridge Wells Primary School tag festival.

Many thanks to the refs, teachers and other volunteers for helping us put on this event.

During the season,  about 550 children (from age 6 to 18) play rugby at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club each Sunday. The Rugby season restarts on September 8th and anybody who wants to give it a go is very welcome to come along for a couple of free sessions to see how much they love playing rugby at TWRFC. For any players who (entirely understandably) can’t wait that long, the club are running a summer ‘Kiwi’ rugby camp from Aug 5th-9th over the school holidays.  More details about both can be found at https://twrfc.com/youth19

TWRFC Summer Ball 28th September 2019

Join us for a fantastic evening at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club on Saturday 28th September 2019.  3 course meal, auction, raffle, dancing and a special guest MC.  Tickets £50/person.  Contact Michelle Greenall to book your place or table of 10.

Rachael Burford Academy 2019

The Rachael Burford academy is back at TWRFC.
Here is the flyer letting us know about the Early Sign Up price.
Last Year was an amazing day and we’d love to see it replicated with Rachael and her Red Rose mates.

Wooden Spoon Club Together Bike Ride

 

Tomorrow, Andy Child will be riding the  which is 100 miles around the rugby clubs of West Kent. This is a well supported bike ride organised by the Wooden Spoon to raise money for this fantastic charity and local rugby clubs. Andy is the only rider registered this year from TWRFC so would be grateful for any support. All money raised will benefit both the Wooden Spoon and TWRFC

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TunbridgeWellsRFC?utm_source=email&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage

May 100 Club Draw

The results of the 100 club draw for May are as follows:

1st Prize no. 75 Father Ed £250

2nd Prize no.15 Stuart Nicholls £100

TWRFC Ltd AGM: 24 June 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of TWRFCL will take place at 8pm on 24 June 2019 at the Clubhouse

AGENDA

1. Welcome and Apologies.

2. To approve the Minutes of the previous AGM held on 11 June 2018.

3. To receive reports on the affairs of the Club since the previous AGM.

4. To approve a Financial Statement for the 2018-19 financial year.

5. To elect Directors
Nominations by the outgoing Board
President: Alan Skinner
Chairman: — [No Board Nomination]
Secretary: Michelle Greenall
Treasurer: Don Bailey
Other Director(s): Roger Clarke, Mike Rigby, Andy Child, Laurence Taylor, Nick Van Overstraeten

6. To consider Any Other Business of which due notice has been given.

7. Any other relevant matters for consideration by the Board.

Notes for members:
1. Notice of any other business on which the AGM is being invited to vote must be received by the Secretary* by 14 June 2019
2. Any nominations for a voting member to be elected as a Director must be in the attached format and received by the Secretary* by 14 June 2019
3. Any member unable to attend the AGM may appoint a proxy using a formal Proxy Notice in the attached format, to be received by the Secretary* by 21 June 2019

(issued by authority of the Board on 29 May 2019)

Secretary: Michelle Greenall secretary@twrfc.com

AGM 2019 Notice, Nomination of Directors Form and Proxy Notice

Clubman of the year: Mav Anderson

This evening saw TWRFC’s annual Awards Dinner.

Most photos will go up much later today, but for now…

This year’s, ‘Clubman of the year’ award goes deservedly to Club stalwart Mav Anderson. The award was presented by this year’s guest speaker, John Bentley.

Congrats to Mav. He’s had an especially busy year and has still put in a ridiculous amount of time and effort to the Club, as he does every year.

W&H 7S SUCCESS FOR TWRFC LADIES

Over 370 rugby players from Kent, Sussex and Suffolk attended the open Kent Girls Sevens on 28th April, which formed part of the Whiting & Hammond Kent Sevens weekend at Tunbridge Wells RFC.

A cluster session was held for 14 Under 11 girls from several clubs. The Under 13s Girls competition was run on the “waterfall” format with the twelve sides being split into 4 groups of 3 in the afternoon session, based on the morning’s qualifying groups. The top-ranked group was won by Heathfield, with Medway Golds runners up and Horsham Green in third.

Ten sides competed in the Under 15s competition. The  Cup was won by Aylesford who were very impressive in a 31-0 win over Medway in the Final, whilst  Sudbury beat Tunbridge Wells 39-5 in the Plate Final.

Uckfield Vixens beat Medway 21-10 in the Under 18s Plate Final before the weekend’s rugby reached a fitting finale for the host club as Tunbridge Wells White defeated Sudbury 21-14 in the Under 18s Cup Final, securing victory with a length of the field try in the dying seconds. This completed a remarkable clean sweep of awards for Tunbridge Wells Ladies Under 18s this season, who now have the 2018/19 Kent League,Cup and Sevens titles in their possession.