As Christmas approaches, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2022 brings more cheer than 2021 did. Whether you are a player, a coach, a member, a parent or just someone who loves coming to support Barnstaple Rugby Club this can only be described as a funny old year.

Special thanks must go to all the coaches, and backroom staff, who have managed to maintain training sessions. Huge thanks must go to Paul Shaddick, and the Covid committee, for dealing with Covid related risk assessments and procedures that have been necessary to keep everyone safe.


2021 closes with our annual fixtures against Bideford. The Chiefs will be playing at Bideford at 14:30, the Colts at Bideford at 12:00 and the Athletic at Barnstaple at 11:00. For those attending the game at Barnstaple I would ask you to consider undertaking an LFT prior to leaving home and when at the club please consider maintaining social distance and undertake regular hand sanitising. It would also be appreciated if you are able, please wear a face covering. Finally, and most importantly, if you feel unwell or have any Covid symptoms we would ask that you refrain from attending the Club so as to help prevent the spread, protect others and protect our NHS. I am sure Bideford would also appreciate you undertaking these measures if attending the games there.

During this festive period, and beyond, as a rugby family, I would ask that if you know of anyone who needs any assistance during these testing times, be It collecting shopping, a lift to the doctors or just a chat on the phone and you are not in a position to help, please feel free to contact me as I am sure we have many people within the club who will be more than happy to give any assistance required.

As we head into 2022 should any Covid guidance come out from the RFU I will make every effort to ensure that everybody is put in the loop as soon as practically possible.

We are Barum and we do it the Barum way


President Barnstaple RFC

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