Welcome to the January 2020 Pewsheet
Welcome to the January edition of the Pewsheet, the third of the 2019-20 season. A happy New year to all our readers. Please, remember it’s your news so please contact me to include any information you want to share with the rest of the club members. If you know anyone who is not getting the sheet and is part of the club please get them to forward their email address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Club Needs You – a shout out for Volunteers
The club can only run if people are prepared to put in some time on volunteering to help out. Firstly we welcome Sandra Mansfield to the role of youth chair. Sandra has only recently joined us but has taken the step up to the role of youth chairman and we welcome her onto the main committee of the club.
Sandra needs some help and is looking for volunteers to run the club shop on Sundays. Don’t worry if you haven’t done anything like that before, its straight forward and full training will be given. It’s a great excuse to stay in in the warm these cold winter mornings.
Cath Burley is looking to step down as membership secretary and we thank her for her time and commitment. This is an important role to manage our membership and ensure compliance to a number of RFU regulations including child safety. This role needs a couple of hours a month and full training is available. Please let any of the committee know if you want to be included.
Peter Duke is stepping down as club secretary, one of the most important roles in the club, involving internal and external communications as well as managing all the administration and attending all committee meeting. Again, full training will be given and we do need someone to step up to the plate in the next few weeks to ensure a smooth handover for the next season
Finally, we are looking for someone to join the social section of the committee. This person would ideally come from our youth group and come with ideas to expand our social activities. The group meet monthly under the chair of Elaine Haynes and among other things arrange the club ball, family day and other events such as the fools and horse night on the 29th February.
Please don’t be shy we need new faces and new ideas to keep the club running and growing
On the Pitch
The first team lost narrowly to Colerne if a league and cup match before Christmas. Since the Christmas break we have had two good home wins against Amesbury and Swindon II, the team immediately above us, and run Westbury the league leader the closest they have been taken in a tough match at Westbury. Third place in the league looks like it has been consolidated. It is particularly pleasing to see so many players making themselves available including several new players. We still have three home games left for the season the next being 1st February.
The youth group continue to grow in numbers and skills. A recent visit to Marlborough saw the club perform well and a number of possible new recruits showed interest. The club successfully hosted Westbury on sSunday 19th and have two mores sessions at home before travelling to Devizes.
A reminder to all parents, we do expect at least one parent to stay behind whilst your child or children train. This is essential to ensure a presence for the child if they are injured or taken ill.
Can we also ask all first aiders to wear their armbands so we know who to go to in the case of accidents or injuries? If anyone would like to train to be a first aider, the RFU run courses and the club would be happy to pay the fees of anyone prepared to give up their time to train.
Two key parts of the clubhouse project have now been completed. We now have heating and proper flush toilets both for men and women. The bar and kitchen facilities are now largely complete. Sadly we have had some problems with the flooring which is taking some time to rectify. Many thanks to Peter Duke and Nicola Sutherland who between them have completed a project to reclaim a significant sum of VAT paid by the club. This money has now been paid into the club which together with the grant received for the CO-OP means the club can confidently proceed on the completion of the clubhouse.
We do need volunteers to helps us complete the work and to prevent unnecessary expenditure on work the club can do itself. Many thanks to Sandra, Vicky, Ben, Charlie and Matt from the Youth group who completed the first coat of paint in the visitors changing room on Sunday 19th February.
Efforts are now focussed in the training rooms and showers with the hope of completing the work in the next couple of months.
Prior to Amesbury game on the 4th January the club hosted members of the Pewsey Parish Council who were showed round the facility and left highly pleased that the club his making the best use of the loan the council made to us.
The club will soon host is first match sponsors. The club is putting together a generous food and drinks package together with an invitation to watch the game. Ideal for small business or groups of friends wanting to celebrate. Contact Steve Park or Peter Curle for more information
Having enjoyed a golden phase articles for the web-site have recently dried up. Please keep your articles, match reports pictures and anecdotes coming in to ensure the web-site remains up to date and current.
The club ball was well attended and was a great success both for a social and financial view point. Huge thanks to Eline Haynes, Jan and Dave Jones, and Peter and Lynn Curle who worked tirelessly to make a great night.
There are a few tickets priced £45.00 for the 29th February “Fools and Horses” dinner at the Bouverie Hall still available. The price includes a 3-course meal, entertainment by the trotters and a disco. Contact Elaine Haynes for tickets. One not to be missed.
If you have ideas for social events to be staged then contact Elaine and she will ensure the Social committee get behind whatever looks popular.
Many thanks to Nicola Sutherland who has set the Club up on the easyfundraising platform.
Easy Fundraising has got off to a slow start we really need people to sign up and provide a simple stream of income into the club.
As a reminder Easyfundraising is really easy way for people to raise money for their nominated cause through their every-day online shopping. A large number of retailers participate in the scheme (for example Amazon and Marks and Spencer), and donate a percentage of your shop to your nominated cause.
All you have to do is visit your retailer via easyfundraising so that they can register your shop. There are a number of additional ways that people can give their support, including by downloading the easyfundraising Donation Reminder tool, referring friends, advertising their support on social media and adding something to the bottom of email signature blocks etc. And we can ask local businesses who make regular business purchases to sign up to support our cause.
Please use this link https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pewseyvalerugbyfootballclub
Advance Notice of AGM
Following the success of last years combined youth prize giving and club AGM the plan is to repeat the event this year. The provisional date is Saturday 25th April, please reserve the date in your diary.
Enjoy your Rugby