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On Wednesday 30th September rugby legend and RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont interrupted his Rugby World Cup duties to visit Sidmouth RFC and officially open the refurbished clubhouse. He also presented club chairman Lester Willmington with an RFU Gold Award for to recognise the quality of work carried out. This is one of only five awarded nationally.

The picture shows the presentation. Also in the photo are Kerin Hamill, who was responsible for the design work, and project manager Lee Sowden, who organised the contractors and supervised the work.  

The project was assisted by an RFU Lead Up and Legacy grant, a funding scheme to boost grass roots rugby clubs for expected increase in interest generated by the Rugby World Cup.

The clubhouse has been packed with members and supporters to watch England's matches on the big screen. 



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This coming Wednesday 30th September Bill Beaumont, Chairman of the RFU and rugby legend, will be officially  opening the refurbished clubhouse and presenting a Gold Award, one of only five nationally, for the quality of the refurbishment. The opening ceremony will be followed by a cold buffet and a wine tasting session organised by St Austell Brewery.

The event is free and starts at 7.30pm with the opening ceremony at 8pm.

We would very much like you to attend as the custodians of our juniors, who will benefit from the legacy of this project together with the developments at Sidford of the pitches and the pavilion. The work you are doing with our juniors makes these legacy projects so much more important.  



More than 50 volunteers attended the Club'S Volunteers Evening held on Friday 4th September in the newly refurbished clubhouse.  The event is held annually to recognise and reward the essential work done by a large number of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the club.

After most enjoyable hot buffet provided by club caterer Duncan Woods and his team, chairman Lester Willmington outlined the important achievements and contributions during the previous season before making the following presentations for notable contributions.

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Clubman of the Year trophy – Chris Fitzhenry for his work with the junior section.

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Tug Wilson Cup – Tom Seward  as player/volunteer for his work in coaching the girls squad.

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Malcolm Barratt for 25 years’ service, firstly with the junior section and latterly as bar chairman. Also his wife Sally for her invaluable support.

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Dave Whelan, retiring vice chairman after 21 years on the committee and board.

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Jason Allen, for his work as coaching coordinator and ten years as a junior section coach.

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Carron Headon , for her work as junior registration secretary.

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Cara Monghan and Saul Vicary for successfully introducing girls’ rugby.

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Lee Sowden, for his work as project manager for the clubhouse refurbishment.

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Mike Horsnell, for his work as chairman of the committee organising events to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.


It was also noted that Robert Baugh has been recognised by Devon RFU as an “unsung hero”. He has been presented with two tickets for a Rugby World Cup game at Sandy Park.

The club is currently looking for a finance officer. If you have the necessary skills and would like to join and enthiusiastic group of volunteers, please contact chairman, Lester Willmington, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07753116297.








England V Fiji Friday 18th Sept 2015

The newly refurbished rugby clubhouse was packed with supporters for the opening event of the Rugby World Cup last Friday.

The event got underway at 4pm with a Festival of Tag Rugby for local primary schools. The enthusiasm and skills shown by the youngsters demonstrated the legacy potential of  RWC 2016.

At the 6pm close of the Festival, the focus moved to the clubhouse, where the young players enjoyed sausage and chips, while upstairs the gathering crowd of adults tucked in to a “Fijian” curry. Up to 100 people of all ages were present to watch the opening ceremony followed by Englands 35-11 win against Fiji.

On Saturday, the Chiefs match was followed by the opening games of the Pullin Cup competition with the Under 8 and Under 16 age groups. Afterwards the clubhouse remained open for Japan’s sensational victroy over the Springboks and the final game of the day between France and Italy.

Next Saturday the focus will be England’s crucial game against Wales. A Welsh lamb hotpot will be served from 6.30pm before the kick off at 8pm on the big screen. To order a meal contact Terry O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01395 577403.   



SRFC Junior Registration & Training

Sidmouth RFC Junior Section Training and Registration

Sidmouth RFC will be holding training and registration for all age groups

from Under 7s to Under 16s on Sunday 6th September.

Under 7s to Under 11s will be at the Blackmore from 10 am

Remaining older age group meeting at Sidford as follows:-

 Under 12s – 14s meet at 9 am

Under 15s – 16s meet at 10.30 am

 There will be refreshments available during and after the event for players and parents.

 Sidmouth RFC also have a very successful girls section who will be holding their event from 1.30 pm on 6th at the Blackmore.  It is intended to run Under 13s, 15s and 18s girls teams this season and all those who are interested are welcome to come along.

Coaches look forward to seeing returning players and welcoming new players and parents to kick off the 2015/2016 season in Rugby World Cup year.