As the new season approaches we now have all of the fixtures confirmed for the forthcoming year – well the first half anyway! Eastern Counties have yet again restructured the leagues and as such our Swaffham 1st XV will now be in the Eastern Counties Division 1 Northern league.
We currently only have fixtures up to and including 13th January 2018, as
post this date each of the area EC1 leagues will then be split into new leagues in a sort of play off finale for the remainder of the season. Therefore, we will only be able to confirm the 2018 fixtures once the first part of the season is concluded. I will of course let you all know
as soon as I know!
In comparison, our Swaffham 2nd XV have all of their fixtures confirmed and will be in the Eastern Counties Division 3 Northern league. All of the fixtures will be on the club Pitchero website for your viewing.
Once again my more intelligent, athletic and better looking assistant, Mr Eric Nye, and I have agreed to carry on and host the Vice President’s lunches for 2017/2018. We are looking to host Five Lunches throughout the campaign, each designed to support the club in a fun filled manner, whilst raising much needed funds for the ongoing provision of our club to the
local community and beyond.
Both Eric and I are fully refreshed having had a summer full of bird watching, although I may add that mine has not been at Rutland Water with a zoom lens . . . . . .
The cost for the five 2017-18 lunches will be maintained at a minimum donation of £80 and as always we are eternally grateful for those who are able to donate a little more for the cause. Our Honorary and Life Members are invited to join us free of charge as per previous years. Any amounts you personally donate can be gift aided, or if via a business can be
invoiced for corporation tax savings purposes.
If you have not been a Vice President member previously the day consists of a three-course meal, cheese & biscuits, Port & coffee, free table wine, a raffle, an auction and a completely voluntary theme for the day to add a little humour to the occasion – all this prior to watching some first class local rugby on one of Norfolk’s finest pitches.
I personally was extremely pleased to see the number of new VP’s present last year and this is something we would like to expand on for the forthcoming season as we promote our true family environment.
The lunches we have confirmed so far this season are:
Saturday 7th October 2017 – 1st XV v Beccles & 2nd XV v Wymondham III
Saturday 25th November 2017 – 1st XV v Diss II & 2nd XV v Crusaders II
Saturday 16th December 2017 – 1st XV v Fakenham & 2nd XV Medics II
followed by Club Xmas party evening
Saturday January 2018 – 1st XV v TBC
Saturday March 2018 – 1st XV v TBC
Having both teams at home for the first three matches will undoubtedly add to the occasions, with support from the travelling teams as well as our home fans.
I hope you are able to both support the club and join us for what is undoubtedly a superb way to raise funds, meet like-minded individuals and enjoy yourselves on a Saturday afternoon. If you would like any further information please feel free to contact me directly via the details provided below.
Swaffham RUFC VP Secretary
Tel: 07917 118114