On 5th November, 93 members, guests and sponsors gathered in the clubhouse to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Sidmouth Rugby Club in the company of guest-of-honour Bill Beaumont CBE, chairman of the RFU. Another notable guest was Exeter Chiefs and England back row forward Thomas Waldrom. It proved to be a most enjoyable occasion, which raised more than £2,000 for the clubhouse refurbishment fund.


 Exeter Chiefs and England back row forward Thomas Waldrom with Tristan Beavis of Canterbury

An excellent four course meal was served by Duncan Woods and his team. Following the meal, chairman Lester Willmington outlined the valuable support the club had received from the RFU before proposing a toast to the governing body. Bill Beaumont responded with an most interesting and amusing speech in which he drew on his experiences in the game as an administrator and particularly as a former captain of both England and the British and Irish Lions. He concluded by proposing a toast to Sidmouth RFC.


Kate Stamp of Everys solicitors with Bill Beaumont

Before and after the meal, Bill Beaumont mixed freely with all present, answering questions and sharing anecdotes. The following morning he paid a visit to Sidford to inspect the important developments the club is making there.


 Jay Thorne of Harrison-Lavers & Potburys with Bill Beaumont


Mark Seward of Sidmouth Hotels and former Chairman of Sidmouth RFC

with Bill Beaumont

Bill Beaumont also visited the Sidford pitches to have look at how the developments are coming on for the junior section of the club.


Terry OBrien talks to Bill about how the Prettyjohn pitch has played a vital roll in enabling the club to push forward with the referbishment of the other Sidford pitches.