Sidmouth played host to a Tag Rugby festival for 7-15 year olds this Sunday. We were blessed by sunshine and over 40 girls turned up to be coached in their age groups by some of Sidmouth's U18 girls and then take part in the Tag festival.

The coaching covered evasion, kicking and for the older girls, an introduction to tackling. It was then on to the main event, a series of Tag games, which would get the winning team a headstart on the last game. With 3 teams of coloured headband teams, The Champs and Cleos Team the festival got started. The younger players attracted a lot of attention, their tries scoring 2 points to the older girls one, with Maddie Russell scoring a number for her team. After a good start by the green headbands the overall winners, the aptly named Champs, soon started to pull away. This gave them a 10 second advantage on the final game to test their throwing accuracy and evasion skills - a water bomb fight!

Thanks to the girls and the parents who helped out making it a fun day when the sun thankfully shone!

Patrons Lunch


30th September 2017


 Sidmouth 1st XV - Tiverton


Dear Patron

There will be 3 patrons lunches this season

30th September V Tiverton

16th December V Kingsbridge

April 21st V St Austell

I hope that you will continue to support the Patron’s Lunches as they are a vital part of the club calendar.

Please return your reservation and cheque as soon as possible. Otherwise please email me and pay on the day.

You are welcome to bring a guest, the Cost this year will be £18.50 for 3 courses and coffee. Time 12 for 12.30.

Donations to the draw would be greatly appreciated.

The club looks forward to entertaining you on the day.

Please reply to:-

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Sally Barratt, 125 Winslade Road, Sidmouth. EX10 9EZ. 01395 51429





8 NIGHTS=£240-00 Starting Friday 3rd August  (FESTIVAL STARTS  FRIDAY )


9 NIGHTS=£270-00 Starting Thursday 2nd August


Deposits  (non returnable) of £50-00 to be paid by BACS only after November 1st 2017


All monies to be paid by BACS by 31st April 2018  -     First come first served


NO TENTS or Awnings are permitted


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Please include the following information in your email


The number of nights you wish to stay, Surname, Christian names, Address, County, Post Code, Telephone no and Vehicle Reg No. (max measurements 3 metres x 7 metres)

Your email address will be used for all subsequent contact and information.


BACS system details


SRFC Community Account


Sort code 20-87-94


Account number 33841510


In the identifier please add you initial, surname and Folk please, ie JSmithFolk




Sidmouth Rugby Football Club limited

Notice of Annual General Meeting

 Notice is hereby given that the General Meeting (Meeting) of Sidmouth Rugby Football Club Limited (Club) will be held at The Club House The Blackmore, Heydon’s Lane Sidmouth on 11th September 2017 at 7pm to transact the following business:

To consider and vote on the Minutes of the AGM which was held on 12th September 2016

To receive from the Board a report of the Club’s activities since the last AGM

To receive from the Board the Club’s Accounts

To elect six Directors, they are retiring but being eligible for re election

Lester Willmington, Mark Seward and Terry O’Brien are due to retire in accordance with Article 27.

Richard Sommers, Graham Brown and David Salter were co-opted to the Board during the course of the year and are due to retire in accordance with Article 28 and are eligible for re-election under the same Article.

It is recommended by the Board that Lester Willmington, Mark Seward, Terry O’Brien, Richard Sommers Graham Brown and David Salter be re-elected.

To consider and vote on a Resolution proposed by the Board (see below)

To elect Terry O’Brien as President as nominated and recommended by the Board provided that the Resolution is passed at the meeting

To transact any other business as may be brought before it 7 days notice in writing having been given to the Board.


By order of the Board

Richard Sommers


Sidmouth Rugby Football Club Limited

Registered Office Hertford House Southernhay Gardens Exeter EX1 1NP

23rd August 2017

Resolution by the Board

A proposed addition to the Rules:

“The President shall be elected at an annual general meeting. The election for the office of President shall be conducted in accordance with the procedure described in Article 27. A member so appointed shall hold office for a three year term but shall be eligible for re-election. For the avoidance of doubt the member who is elected President is not a director as a result of being elected as President. The member who holds the office of President is eligible for nomination as an Elected Director if not already so elected”.


In accordance with Article 48, the vote is by way of 2/3rds majority of those present and proxy votes.  


Notes to the Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Minutes of the 2016 AGM AGM MINUTES and Club Accounts to 30th April 2017 are available from the secretary whose details appear below.

To be eligible to vote you must be a member over the age of 18 and have paid your membership fee for the 2016/17 or 2017/18 season. To be a candidate for election to the Board, to propose or second a candidate all must be eligible to vote.

Candidature forms may be obtained from the secretary. All Candidature Forms should be sent by post or email to reach him by 4pm on the 4th September 2017.

For Copy Documents, Proxy Votes or a written request to transact any other business please contact the Club Secretary Richard Sommers by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Manor Park, Broadway, Sidmouth EX10 8HS or by text or phone on 07590 712212 giving your details.



 During the summer, the Club suffered the passing of both the President and the Immediate Past President. Derek Marchant and Brian Thomas were talented players, who went on to make a huge contribution to the leadership and running of the Club over the past 60 years. Both were instrumental in the growth of the Club and particularly the facilities and infrastructure.  


BRIAN THOMAS was born in Wales and came to Sidmouth aged 11. He learnt to play rugby at The King’s School and join the Rugby Club when he left. He soon made his way into the 1st Team. He went to Canada in 1957 but returned three years later and resumed his rugby career, showing the versatility to play both at full back and in the back row. He captained the 1st Team in the 1962-63 season. He retired in the mid-1960s and immediately joined the committee, where he remained a member until 1980. He returned to active duty in 1987, when he was elected President, a role he filled until 2004.


DEREK MARCHANT was born and brought up in Sidford. He was a convert from football in 1957 and picked up the skills of rugby quickly to earn a 1st Team place, where he played in the back row or at lock. A knee injury cut short his playing career but he joined the committee, where he remained until being elected as President to replace Brian in 2004. He led the junior section from 1979 to 1985 and was chairman of the committee 1985 to 1989. He helped to install the first showers in the 1970s and introduced the popular Patrons Lunches in 1986.


Brian and Derek played together in two significant matches in the 1961-62 season. Against St Luke’s College for the opening of the new clubhouse, in which Derek scored a try, and in a 3-3 draw against Plymouth Albion.