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60th Anniversary/Reunion Dinner Friday October 3rd 2014, saw the reunion of players from Rubery Owen and players from Wulfrun & Old Oaks to celebrated 60 years since the formation of Rubery Owen. Below is the Rubery Owen team of 1974 and in the photo at the bottom of the page are players old and new from Rubery Owen, Wulfrun, Essington & Old Oaks. How many can you name??

CHRISTMAS PARTY Sort out your Christmas jumpers! Get into the festive spirit! Saturday 20th December 2014 4:30-6pm children’s party visit from SANTA FREE to club members and children 6pm onwards family party – Christmas jumpers to be worn by all! £6.50 each includes Buffet

THOUGHTS WITH BIRTY Neil Birt, first team player, took a shoulder to the face during the Chaddersley Corbett match. This has left him with a fractured eye socket and cheek bone He will be having difficult operation on Tuesday 2nd December – All the best

HYLTON CLAN In the merit table game against Bloxwich, there was 8 players associated with the ‘Hylton’ clan. Can you better this? PRESENTATION Also at the Dinner the Staffs President, Iain Hayley and RFU Representative, Richard Nadin, presented Dave Brawn with a plaque celebrating 50 years of the Staffordshire CB

Essington won the game convincingly 74-12, with 3 tries from Mason, 5 from Kip and 1 try each from Si, Lee and Liam.


FREE MEAL If you work behind the bar for 5 events at the club before the beginning of May 2015, you get a free ticket to the dinner/dance. If you are willing to offer your services can you please contact Mike Chandler. Thanks to Joe Brewin for taking up the challenge!!!

Have you paid your membership yet??? Mr Neil Birt is now distributing membership forms and collecting money for this season. All the money received is ploughed back into the club. It also means that you will only pay £5 for weekly subs instead of £10 if you are not a paid up member.

Ladies Rugby


Since the last newsletter the ladies have had a couple of outings- the first was in the Cup against Derby. This was a game of two halves, with Essington wining the second half with a try from Maz Grieve, but losing overall 17-5.

We have had notification that we have been awarded £10,000 matched grant (we have to put £10,000 as well) for the RFU Lead up & Legacy program. This will tie-in with the Inspired Facilities award from Sports England, as part of plans to improve the club and enabling us to refurbish the bar, create a soft furnishing relaxation area, repaint the main hall, new entrance doors and provide a disabled toilet. The Manangement met with the Sports England Project Manager on Friday 28th Nov with a view to moving the project forward.

The second game was against Dudley Kingswinford which saw them win, with 2 tries from Danii & Chick and 1 try each from Mary, Maz and Mel – who was returning from injury after a year out

BONFIRE NIGHT - THE FINAL COSTINGS VICE PRESIDENTS DINNER Takings Food Hot Drinks Collection Buckets Total Cost Food Fireworks Hot Drinks Total

310.00 45.00 178.00 533.50

105.71 550.00 (includes £100 donation) 11.00 566.71 loss of £33.21

Bar Takings 810.00

of which £365.00 is profit

So profit for the evening is £331.79

HAGGIS WITH NEEPS & TATTIES Keep 23rd January 2015 free –it’s the famous Essington Burns night celebration! More information to follow!

Eight Vice Presidents ate a splendid 5 course dinner before watching the 1st team play Birmingham Barbarians. The highlight was being joined for pudding course by Barbarians supporter John Ross. John played against many of the Vice Presidents in the 1960's and 70's when the fixture was between the works teams old Rubery Owen and IMI Kynock. As always, the VP's were grateful for the way they were looked after by Gina, Sammie, Judith and Rosalyn. The lunch was slightly quieter than usual because most of the VP's (particularly the President) were suffering hangovers following the celebrations at Doug Hydens’ 70 Birthday Dinner the night before!!!! This week the VP's have received the sad news that prop forward Big Les Johnson has passed away with cancer. Les played for Rubery Owen in the 1970's and our thoughts go out to his family


The Essington Committee would like to wish everyone a

WIFI By the time you get this we should have wi-fi at the club!

TRAINING Men’s training 7.15pm EVERY Wednesday, rain, hail or sunshine! Ladies training 7.00pm every Thursday TRAIN AS A TEAM – PLAY AS A TEAM

Contact Sammie Blake Gift vouchers available – the perfect Christmas gift of relaxation WANT TO ADVERTISE If you want to advertise your business in this newsletter please contact Helen Chandler, £10 for members & £20 for non members.

Any players that are keen In getting involved in helping with the club web page and ensuring that the information is kept up to date and relevant; we are looking for players to take on looking after the team pages. We have first, second and ladies pages; so if you’re interested have a word with Gerwyn.

CORE VALUES TEAMWORK- Teamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives SPORTSMANSHIP - Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. RESPECT- Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept our decisions. ENJOYMENT- Enjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family. DISCIPLINE- Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global game. This is what makes rugby different from other sports, it’s what makes people come down to watch. Rugby at Essington is a family affair. Please remember these Core Values whether you are playing or whether you spectating.

Essington RUFC December Newsletter 2  
Essington RUFC December Newsletter 2