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The Inaugural Meeting of the Club was held on 18th February 1968. Two of the founder members were Peter Davy and Jim Hawkins, both teachers at Wensleydale School. As with most Clubs, the School's changing facilities were used for home matches. The Club in 1971 were turning out two teams and the pitch was on Wensley Park. Significant matters in the early years were the Washington brothers who added to the playing side, however possibly the most significant person to join the Club was Frank Cawkill in 1970 when Frank a local Magistrate a very keen cricketer joined the Club and became Chairman. The club then turned out three senior teams. Games were stilled played in Wensley and after match entertainment was at Siddalls Cafe in Leyburn. By 1974 the Club had secured a lease on the land on Wensley Road and the pitches were formed and changing rooms were built. By 1979 the Clubhouse was built and the senior rugby was going well. Steve Fawcett left the Club and went to Harrogate and played for Yorkshire. Steve went on to play over 500 games for Harrogate 1st XV. Wensleydale won the Yorkshire Silver Trophy in 1981-82 seasons which was the crowing glory for the hard work. The North Yorkshire Trophy followed in 1985-86. Wensleydale joined the North East League system and promotions followed.
Still holding a Lease on the original field the Club purchased the lower field to develop with other sports and additional changing rooms and pavilion were added. The Club continued to develop both on and off the field. The Club suffered a major loss in 1987 with the death of Frank Cawkill, however everyone came together to continue Frank's cause. However early in 1993 an arson attack destroyed the Clubhouse area and the bar and function room were out of use for a year until the areas were rebuilt. In the following years the senior playing sides were reduced down to one team. However the senior side is now growing and a second xv team looks likely in the near future. The club is now 40 years old and with the growth in the junior section together with the club's development proposals for the ground and buildings the future looks good. The facilities on offer will be floodlight playing areas, redeveloped function room, larger kitchen and bar area, new toilets, new and improved changing rooms. These are facilities worthy of a much larger club, being down to the work and vision of the members over the years and must be a true testament to our founders in 1968.

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