Hi and welcome back folks to the latest update with just 6 weeks until the first game of the season. That is less than 2 months before we get to enjoy our rugby season all over again, when we welcome Weston Super Mare to our hallowed turf. Of course, there is plenty going on between then and now, including pre-season friendlies memberships, where I will give you a full update, including a new exciting scheme that is going to be offered including discounts for rugby club members at certain local businesses, so your membership is going to be worth even more, but more on that later. We also have the Buccs and Colts fixtures up on the website and there is a little international tournament taking place as well as you all know, the Rugby World Cup and we will be letting you know what games will be shown live in the clubhouse and what unique offers will be on offer. Finally before we get into the blog itself Barnstaple Rugby would like to express its utmost appreciation and thanks to the Barnstaple old boys Secondary Modern school reunion and its organisers Gerald Thorne, Tony Freeman and Derek Parnell, who have raised over £350 for the club during their annual school reunion which took place in June this year.
We begin today with the unfortunate news that due to tragic circumstances Stourbridge will not be visiting Barnstaple on the 5th of August for a club wide festival of rugby. With the terrible news from Stourbridge of the loss of two of their valued members. Iain Hughes aged 42 who went missing attempting to swim the English Channel and Jake Morris who passed away recently after a sudden illness aged just 30, it is understandable that Stourbridge would want to take the time to heal from such losses. Barnstaple Rugby’s thoughts and sympathies are with their respective families, friends and the wider Stourbridge rugby community during this sad time.
The new memberships for 2023/24 season are now live and ready for you to grab with eager anticipation for the coming season and we have some exciting news on that front. Firstly, to make it a more streamlined membership we have decided to remove several layers and there is now just one membership plan for Barnstaple rugby which is simply a FULL MEMBERSHIP and will last from 1st August 2023 to 31st July 2024. We have also introduced a heavily discounted Married Couples Membership. The prices are as follows:
- Full Membership – £100 (£90 for over 65s)
- Married Couples Membership (2 x Full Memberships) – £170
- Senior Player Membership (Full Membership and eligible for selection) – £130
In addition to the usual benefits we always have, there is also a Barnstaple Members Scheme which on producing your card a certain local business you will get a discount on your purchases. So far these are the businesses that have signed up to the scheme and we are incredibly pleased to welcome them to our rugby community
- The Lemon Tree Café at 10 Holland Walk– 10% off when you spend over £5 on production of a valid Barnstaple RFC Membership Card.
- BeerMatters at 7 Tuly Street – Ask (Simon or his team) for discount when you are there.
- Harrys Café at 3 Bear Street – 10% off on production of a valid Barnstaple RFC Membership Card.
There are more hopefully on the way but a great start to the Scheme and I’m sure will grow stronger with each season. Don’t forget the other benefits of becoming a member with the following.
- The prestige of being a member of the Premier sports club in North Devon.
- Be a shareholder of the Club with a right to vote at the AGM.
- Discounted entry to games for Spouse (£9).
- Free entry to all league matches.
- Free Parking and Match Day program.
- 25% discount for club hire.
- Be eligible to apply to enter a ballot for international tickets (Note: due to restricted numbers of ticket allocations, not every application will be successful).
So what are you waiting for don’t hesitate, jump right in, and prepare yourself for a fantastic season.
For full details and the link to the membership form click this link 2023/24 MEMBERSHIP
As we approach August, Barnstaple Rugby currently has two dates for the squad to get into shape, a visit to Plymouth Albion on August 12th which will be a treat for many of you. Kick off according to the Plymouth website, is 3pm and its only £5 entry with U16’s free, a great opportunity for many of you to visit the south.
Then it is a full day of rugby for the 19th August at Pottington Road as we welcome both Cullompton and Hornets to Barnstaple rugby with a full day of games. The squad will be kicking off against Cullompton at 12pm with the Hornets second team giving Athletic a workout at 1.30pm. Then to round off a great day The Chiefs v Hornets 1st XV kicks off at 3pm.
Then it’s back to the clubhouse which will be showing live a cracking England warm up fixture as they travel to Ireland in the last of their pre world cup matches, kick off will be 5.30pm. Check with the bar for any specials they may have on the beer for this one and do make sure you have your loose change ready.
On the mention of the world cup here are the first of the World Cup matches the Clubhouse have confirmed they are definitely showing.
So not long to go now everyone see you all soon