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Announcing the winners of the May 100 Club draw.

The 100 Club is a major fundraiser for the club if you would like to be part of the monthly draw please contact Alan Skinner at


Chairman’s update

Dear Members,

As we reach the end of a fantastic season there are lots of things worthy of note and hence I wanted to share some of them with you. Enjoy the read and have a great summer. Hope to see you all very soon,

Club Chairman

Future of the club

This is the part of the club that looks to ensure we remain a vibrant community sports club for many decades to come. Steve Daly who looks after this has had lots to work on this year and remains focussed on ensuring the club has the best facilities possible. Our priorities remain: Pitch improvements to increase availability or sport at St Marks; Parking improvements to reduce down our impact on our neighbours and make a better arrival experience to our members/guests; and Clubhouse improvements to allow us to accommodate our increasing diversity of membership and create a bigger social space. This year we have progressed our planning application to a stage where it is now submitted and awaiting a decision. The support of the RFU, ECB, Sport England and Strutt’s has been incredibly helpful. The option to re-locate fell away due to a challenge releasing legacy restrictions on our land. This year we invested further into our pitches (£40k), into our gym (£10k), and into our storage options to make more room in the club room. (£7k).Thank you to all involved to this point especially Richard Bains. If we are successful we will need to raise a few £ to pay for it all….


This is our main reason for being running our club to ensure Ladies, Men, Boys, Girls can use St Marks to enjoy rugby, cricket, fitness, interaction and socialising.

Stuart Montgomery is our chair of playing and is omnipresent at St Marks out of his pure dedication for our Club. He is well supported by our Director of Men’s Rugby Simon Jervis. The seniors have had a cracking season with the 1sts successfully achieving a comfortable mid-table position where they beat all sides above them. The squad was strengthened in numbers and ability and were well coached by the great team of Chaz, Mike, Stretts and Ben. This also resulted in a strong 2nd XV who won their league. It also meant the social side were not called upon to bolster the 2nd XV and could get some good team spirit and momentum. Numbers were great and Andy steered them to 1st place in the league. The Vets played rugby and socialised well. All teams were officiated by Lino in exemplary fashion. One new aspect that has grown and grown over the past two years is ‘touch tuesday’ where we welcome all for fun, exercise and socials. Come and give it a go!

So in short for Adult Men’s: One solid Mid-table performance and 2 table topping champion teams.

This year also saw our first league outing for the TWRFC Ladies team. This was a magical moment for our Director of Ladies rugby Simon Parsons who achieved a multi-year ambition. Awesome. During the year the Ladies grew in numbers; grew in spirit; grew in technical skills and the result was of course improving results.  I loved watching this team get stronger and stronger. BRILLIANT.

In the youth section we hit another milestone as the proposition we offer just gets better and better. Laurence Taylor our Youth Chairman, for over a decade, has (with his 100’s of volunteers) created a youth section that is one of the strongest in our region. The passion of the coaches, the organisation on a weekly basis, the investment in training/equipment are all testament o his leadership. As Laurence stands down from his role as his kids Josh and Ollie progress to adult rugby we say THANK YOU. Enjoy relaxing on Sunday mornings Sir, you deserve it.

Some achievements this year:

  • The TWRFC Academy re-established in 2023, this summer we add the Ladies academy to the set up. Well organised, professionally coached, focussed on delivering strong, confident and able adults.
  • Youth membership remains stable at well over 700 for third year running (almost at capacity with our pitches)
  • The Mini’s section is looking really strong and means we now have 10 age groups with over 50 kids in them.
  • Ladies section is now so close to 100 members.
  • Too much success to list but we have age group County champions, lots of County selections, and several progressed to professional academies.

Replacing Laurence as our Youth Chairman are two people:

  • Simon Hughes will be Youth Chair
  • Suzanne George will be Deputy Youth Chair
  • Alex Nicholson remains as Mini’s chair

It is worth me pausing for a second to reference someone who is synonymous with the playing part of our club: Bruce Elliot. Bruce has covered every game (home and away) for as long as we can remember. The images are engaging, descriptive and for many who can’t make the game keep them in touch with our club. Bruce is stepping back a bit next season and will cover a few less games. Those games you are not there Bruce, you will be sorely missed.    

The Clubhouse

The hub of our club, where we celebrate great wins and tell stories of lucky oppositions over food and refreshment.

A big step forward this year saw Simon Prince come in as General Manager. Simon has had a huge impact on lots of aspects of the club: Providing food after training, ensuring we are fully stocked, keeping on top of maintenance jobs, overseeing our investments, booking external events and managing our team of weekend staff. What a shift, thank you.

We also have Jude ensuring all our Saturday guests are hosted expertly and made to feel very welcome. The lunches have been a huge success this year.

The result of these is that the turnover through the bar/café/catering has risen nicely reflecting people have enjoyed our club and choose to be here.

The administrators

Saving the best to last. The team of volunteers who just make it all run smoothly and help out across all aspects of the above. Be that Pitches (Roger), Commercial (Simon), Membership (Martin), Treasury (Don), Marketing (Drew), Secretarial (Michelle), Safeguarding (Dawn), H&G (Nick), President (Jimmy), VP Liaison (Fran), Kit (Charlie), Disciplinary (Mark) First Aid (Oliver), etc etc I am sure I missed lots of but you have all ensured we kept straight and tidy this year. Thank you, you are the unsung heroes of our club.

It is worth singling out one person this year: Michelle has been supporting the Senior squad for at least the last 7 years, liaising with the opposition, with our league secretariat, with Kent RFU. She knows rugby inside out and has been a great assistance to me personally. If you want something done, ask Michelle!! Michelle is stepping back from her fixture and senior club role to focus on the Club Secretary role. Thank you Michelle for making everything happen so smoothly

A few amends to roles as we transition through the summer:

  • Youth Chairman: Laurence Taylor steps aside and hands to Simon Hughes
  • Deputy Youth Chair: New role taken by Suzanne George
  • Commercial Director: Simon Hughes hands to Nick Van O (Nick takes responsibility for all non-rugby operations/income)

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME: As you can see this club is run with many hands helping out. It is remarkably rewarding and quite a lot of fun as well. If you have a spare hour or two then please do get in contact and we’d love to have you as part of our team. Please contact Mike……

Planning Update


I wanted to drop you a quick line with an update on our planning permission to build an Alternative Grass Pitch (AGP) at St Marks.

After two years of significant hard work we now have a date for both Tunbridge Wells and Wealden Planning Committees to hear our application. We will first visit the TWBC Planning committee next Wednesday 17th May and then we will take the trip down the road to Wealden on the 15th June.

There has been a tremendous amount of hard work to get to this point and so many people have put significant effort in. The Board and I appreciate all of your efforts as well as having everything crossed for two positive meetings.

We will keep you posted on all mediums as to how we get on and as always please do let me know any questions that you have.



MATCH REPORT: TWRFC 1XV (17) – Sudbury 1XV (21)

Match Reporter: Fran Colangelo

With the pitches at St Marks unplayable Saturdays game against Sudbury was switched to the 4G at Boys Grammar and a good crowd turned up to watch Wells first home game of 2023.
The opening exchanges saw Wells show early promise with ball in hand and a penalty to the corner after 4 minutes put Wells in prime position for an early score. Sadly the ball was overthrown and Sudbury attacked from deep showing they threat the possessed.
With the rain having stopped this was going to be a quick game on the artificial surface and it was a good bounce off a line out that saw the Sudbury 8 go clean through unopposed to score under the posts – with the 10 converting for a 0 – 7 lead. Wells came straight back with Nick Doherty charging upfield. Sudbury were penalised and Monty took the 3 to reduce the gap after 15 minutes.
The next 15 minutes was all about defence, with Wells defending their line as the visitors looked to add to their lead. Jason Lord was at the heart of the defensive effort putting in some huge hits. An injury to skipper Mike Doherty saw a break in play of 5 minutes and time to catch their breath. This seemed to energise the home side and the next 10 were all Wells. Attack after attack hit a wall of Sudbury defence but they started to infringe and it wasn’t long before a yellow was issued. Wells opted for the scrum but it didn’t go to plan and Sudbury cleared. Wells came back, picking and driving closer to the line and with it more penalties against Sudbury. It was the last play of the game when Wells finally got reward for their efforts and a quick tap penalty was sent out wide to Max Hobbs who got over in the corner. Monty slotted a great conversion and Wells went in 10-7 at half time.

With Sudbury still down to 14 men Wells attacked from the off as the second half started, 5 minutes of possession as Wells used the pick and drive again eventually scrum half Finn White saw a gap and sped over the line – Monty converted and Wells extended their lead to 17-7. It was all Wells at this stage and Wells came so close to another score as Monty found some space but the last pass went to ground and Sudbury cleared. Then against the run of play Sudbury found some space and their hard running 8 and 12 created space for a fine try converted to reduce the Wells lead to 17-14. Sudbury were now in the ascendency and everything was going their way with their 8 at the centre of everything. It wasn’t long before they took the lead with another try as Wells ran out of defenders. The conversion went over and Sudbury had the lead 17-21. They looked a different side to what we had seen for most of the game and nothing was going right for Wells. Great defence held up what looked a certain try for Sudbury and Wells cleared. Sadly Wells line out was not functioning as it should and some key positions were lost.

With 10 to go both sides attacked at every opportunity but Wells could not find that magic touch to grab a victory at the death. Sudbury held on and were good for their victory. Wells will feel this was one that slipped away with the chances they had. They rebuild for the Kent Derby match against Medway away on 21st Jan – 2pm KO. MOM for Sudbury was 8 H Cowling with their 12 J Summer a close second. For Wells Finn White took the mom award.

TWRFC Ladies 1XV at Edenbridge Development Festival

18 players of the Ladies 1XV played a mix of Edenbridge & East Grinstead in their first proper run out since early December.

The festival started with joint training covering Tackles, Rucking & Mauling, with 1XV John Petty lending Simon & Hannah a hand as his sister Emilia was trying rugby for her first time.

After the training, a 40min game ensued with Wells down 14-0 at HT having spent a lot of time on the attack, losing ball and points to well worked break away tries. We did cross the line, but alas Emma McGreivy learnt that marching over the line on her knees isn’t allowed….everyday’s a school day 😊

Wells continues in fine attacking form but failing to cross the line during a tiring 2nd half.

With the result looking at 28-0, Tammy Samuel finished her first full(ish) game for the club with a Head-Down charge, scoring for our pride!!

It stayed 28-5 as Simon forgot to unload the T from the car a mile away, meaning a drop goal bounced of the post as the whistle went.

A strong showing from the Tunbridge Wells players which was only marred by not being able to convert all their time in the opposition 22 into points, but that is something the coaches will work on.

Congratulations to Fiona Horne in getting the Player of the Match nomination, given to her and her opposite number for playing their first game of full contact.

Next week we are away to Sheppey and look forward to our progression

B: Emilia, Emma, Tammy, Tilly, Nicole, Georgie, Kathy, Suzanne (c), Mel, Sophie C.
F: Laura, Sophie W, Jessie (vc), Anya, Peri, Sandy, Amanda, Fiona (PoM)
No10 & VC Jessie Anderson in attack with Captain Suzanne Robinson & No9 Sandy Sian in support
Part of the TWRFC Ladies Original Coaching Team, Tammy Samuel looking to off load to Jessie with Laura Pérez Fernández & debutante Emilia Petty behind.

MATCH REPORT: TWRFC 2XV (45) – Sevenoaks 3XV (7)

Match Reporter: Fran Colangelo

On a blustery afternoon at St Marks where the crosswind was so strong it almost blew the supporters away, what was arguably the best 2s side Wells have fielded in a very long time took to the field against local rivals Sevenoaks.

Conditions were not easy in the wind and the early exchanges saw a few wild passes and knock ons from both sides. The big boot of George Spice kept Oaks pinned in their own half and both defences put in some solid D. It was clear though the Wells pack with all but 2 having started 1s this season had a point to prove. On 20 minutes the pressure eventually told and Toby Talbot crossed for the first try, the conversion from Spice  holding up in the wind. A few minutes later Wells applied the pressure again and a solid scrum 5 out saw Spice see the gap open and go over from short range. He converted his own try for a 12-0 lead.

With the players getting accustomed to the conditions the backs started to shift the ball and make some ground. Harvey Colangelo was on the receiving end of a great move and charged to the try line but for a great tackle from the Oaks 6 on the line. The Wells pack applied the pressure again and it wasnt long before Lucas Scully took a pass from Ben Isbell at 8 to cross over with Spice converting 19-0.

With a few minutes to go in the half Spice having a great game made a break and found Joey Toole on the wing who took his chance as he sped over into the corner, Spice added the touchline conversion and Wells were 26-0 as half time loomed.

The thing about this Sevenoaks side is Wells had to work for everything, they were a good unit and in the last few minutes camped on Wells line only to be held up as Wells D stood strong.

Both sides made changes in the second half with the agreed 5 subs each and this led to a slow start of the second half. Oaks had the better of the opening phases and got to Wells 22. Wells were penalised for a series of offences and after 15 mins they went over for a well deserved try converted to reduce the gap to 26 – 7. This was the kickstart Wells needed and the forwards pick and go with Jake Smith off the bench in support of Talbot led to Innes Woodhouse also off the bench to go over in the corner. Wells led 31 – 7. Soon after the backs made good ground and Colangelo found the gap to go over under the posts. Sam Seymour converted for 38-7.

The last play of the game saw Wells straight back on the attack and MOM Toby Talbot went over for his second converted by Seymour for a final score of 45 – 7. Coach Jarrod Taylor was pleased to get the side out for the first time in 6 weeks and remain top of Kent Invicta still unbeaten this season.

Match Report – TWRFC 1XV (9) v Sidcup 1XV (18)

Match Reporter: Tim McCabe

A small post-Christmas crowd gathered at Sidcup for a match that was on the surface, always going to be a grubby and greasy affair.

Wells, with the wind in their faces and javelin rain darting down by the bucket load, started the half with their backs to the opposition club house. Sidcup were up for revenge from their earlier season thumping.

With very difficult conditions, the teams were evenly matched and both needed a solid set of kicking skills and ball handling.

The first try was handed to Sidcup. A retiring Harrison Chapman, the totem Wells no5, caught the ball in an offside position, so was carded in the Wells 22. Sidcup then pressured. And then playing with a penalty advantage, crashed over for the first try. The conversion was missed, which was no surprise given the wind. Score 5-0.

Wells retaliated and followed with some hard yards, then started to make some headway up the field.

Sadly, with 10 minutes left of the half, the Wells 6, Jono Hilton, went off as a precaution, having hit the deck hard. Replaced by Charley Smith. The last action from came from the Sidcup boot, with 3 points kicked. The half ended 8-0. 

At this point the general mood and prediction (within the Wells stalwart supporters) was that they had done enough facing the storm. And with the new change of direction and elements they knew they would turn the tide. 

As with such wishful foresight, the second half started, and the wind and rain had subsided, along with the Wells’s potential added advantage. 

Five minuets in, the Golden booted boy, George Montgomery, kicks a penalty for 3 points. Score now 8-3.

Then with 13 minutes played, after much pressure, The ‘Cup’ come off their feet. It’s the home sides time to see yellow and the offender seeks cover allowing them to dry off in the bin!

The penalty is once again straight through the sticks, by Montgomery. 

Score now 8-6

The next 20 minutes brings heavy pressure from Sidcup on the Tunbridge Wells line. 

Eventually Sidcup get over for the five points on the left hand side of the pitch.

With their try converted, the score is now 15-6.
With the clock ticking down, there is time for an attempted drop goal from Montgomery, but the kick goes agonisingly close. 

Wells then kick three (now 15-9) but this is then cancelled out with a penalty for Sidcup. They get their 3 and with minutes left, both sides settle for an 18-9 ending. 

Next week, Wells play home to Sudbury (at their St Marks ground), who shouldn’t be underestimated. 

Once again the elements look to play a key role in the shape and style of output. Predictions of an ‘up the jumper’ as opposed to the ‘fast and wide’ approach. May not suit them, but as we know, not every prediction goes to plan! 

MATCH REPORT: TWRFC 1XV (14) v Hertford RFC 1XV (3)

Match Reporter: Stuart Montgomery

It was a damp, relatively cold Saturday afternoon with a mild wind coming from the east and across the pitch. The first 10-15 minutes was an untidy and scrappy start with the referee trying to decide the reasons for awarding and resetting scrums. Losing patience he penalised the TW front row for the first kicking opportunity of the half. 35 metres out on the right hand side was found to be too difficult and the kick was pulled into the wind and comfortably missed the right post.
The remainder of the first half was predominantly played in the Hertford half with TW applying pressure with some accurate kicking by George Montgomery who 3 times hit touch 5 metres from the Hertford line. Twice the line out was won taken forward to with inches of the Hertford line but adjudged to be lost in contact or held up and Hertford scrums on their own 5 metres were awarded penalties for various different reasons – Ben Mutch, the hooker and captain on the day, worked hard with the referee to understand the breaches.
On 2 occasions TW had excellent chances to score, firstly after a clean take from Harrison Chapman, moved to the centre and creation of second and 3rd phases and then quick hands to the left wing, Max Hobbs, to go over only for the last pass to be given as forward. The second chance was after huge pressure to the Hertford line with Charley Smith hitting a fantastic line and brushing the first tackle aside and straight over a defender before the the last man standing in the way played the ball on the floor for a TW penalty just 5 metre out. George Montgomery tapped and was immediately tackled from feet away and the play was deemed to have been held up over the Hertford line. The Hertford centre was shown a Yellow card but the penalty try did not seem to be considered. John Petty came off with injured (ribs) and Jake Thompson came off the bench allowing Charley Smith to move to prop. After 2 further TW penalties and scrummages within 5 metres of the line TW were penalised at the set piece and the half was ended 0-0.
The second half saw the same number of penalties awarded and both sides were becoming very frustrated. Hertford were frequently kicking straight into touch from hand by not factoring the wind but hitting touch from the penalty kicks to pressure the TW 22. After 10 minutes within the TW 22 the first points went to Hertford,0-3, after an offside right in front of the posts 10 metres out. As part of that play Max Douch was yellow carded for a high tackle out wide on the left hand side.
TW brought on the rest of the bench with FIn White replacing Sam Seymour and Luke Hawkins replacing Ben Mutch. In the TW 22 a Hertford player had deemed to have committed an offence worthy of a YC and pressure was relieved. 3 consecutive penalties saw a line out 10 metres from Hertford line, good line out and move to the halves channels drew another penalty to TW. George Montgomery saw the opportunity, tapped and went over at mid point between posts and touchline – extra point duly taken 07-03 TW.
With both sides favouring the kicking game this played into TW’s hands as they won many yards with a better kick/chase game and also threatened the Hertford line before being called back for an offside.
With 10 minutes remaining TW found themselves pressing for some comfort and another score. From good second phase ball George Montgomery chipped over the rushing defence, regathered and scored the try to the right 20 metres from the touch line – another conversion and the score moved to 14-03.
The last 7 minutes saw Hertford attacking to try and get something, even a losing bonus point, from this game. Charley Smith was given a yellow card for an over aggressive tackle and the Hertford winger also saw yellow after some misdemeanours on the floor in the fading light.
It wasn’t a flowing game at all and with continual stoppages it was a tense and frustrating game. The result was the right one on the day as the TW defence was immense and their kicking game was superior. TW remain in 4th place and look forward to CS Stags away next week with the league leaders Westcombe Park at home on the 17th.