Information to Members - Board Meeting Oct


 Information to members resulting from 12 October 2015 Board meeting.

There were 9 Directors present

A wide range of topics was covered – these included;

A rabbit proof fence for the Sidford pitches was approved in principle subject to financial contributions from EDC

A Grounds and Buildings risk register is to be refreshed and recompiled

Consideration was to be given to an application to the Rugby Foundation when eligible at the end of October

The Grandstand at the Blackmore will be inspected to ensure longevity

Car parking on the Blackmore will be subject to closer scrutiny in future in an attempt to preserve the condition of the ground

The Club Board has been successful in recruiting a replacement for the post of Director of Finance and Administration.

Further work is in hand with the Morrison Bell Trustees relating to the use of the Blackmore

The refurbished bar at the Blackmore was officially opened on 30 September by Bill Beaumont CBE, Chairman of RFU who presented a gold award for the work

Jason Leonard, President of the RFU will speak at a dinner on 25 November and celebrate all the work funded by the RFU by inspecting the pitches at Sidford on 26 November

The date for the next meeting of the Board is Monday 9 November.






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On Wednesday 25th November 80 members, sponsors and guests attended a dinner in the Sidmouth rugby clubhouse to celebrate the completion of a five year plan to develop the clubs facilities and to recognise the great support provided by the Rugby Football Union in bringing the plans to fruition.


The guest of honour for the occasion was Jason Leonard OBE, the RFU president and England rugby legend.


Earlier in the day Jason Leonard visited the Sidford ground to inspect the facilities, watch junior teams training and speaking to the youngsters. Autographs were signed and photographs taken.     


After enjoying a four course meal, the club chairman Lester Willmington, in proposing a toast to the RFU, outlined the transformation to the club’s facilities. A pavilion has been built at the Sidford ground and the parking area extended. A new pitch has been added at Sidford and the existing pitches have been levelled and drainage installed. Meanwhile, the main clubhouse at the Blackmore Field has been refurbished to provide a modern bar and social space.


The chairman thanked the RFU for grants received from the Rugby Football Foundatrion and the Lead up and Legacy Fund. He also paid tribute to the RFU staff for their invaluable help and guidance along the way.


Jason Leonard replied on behalf of the governing body. After recounting several amusing anecdotes about his rugby career, he congratulated the club on its achievements and proposed a toast to the Sidmouth RFC. After the formalities, Jason Leonard spent the remaining time talking to the dinner guests, signing autographs and being photographed.






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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.