I am writing to update you on some exciting developments for the Money Maul fund.
New clubhouse doors and windows now installed
You may recall that the top priority identified by the Money Maul committee last year was to boost security for the clubhouse and grounds.
As part of this initiative, the first official Money Maul project was to raise funds to replace the wooden doors and windows in the clubhouse. After being in situ for 25 years these were in a very poor condition with broken fittings and damaged glass representing a real security risk for the club
The significant costs involved in this project would previously have meant that the club would have had to consider passing the costs directly on to our members in the form of increased membership fees. However, as a direct result of your generous support for the club through your Money Maul subscription, the club has been able to work with CRFC Grants Officer, Lisa Thornton, to use Money Maul funds to qualify for grants from both Chippenham Town Council and the Chippenham Area Board to help us reach our funding target.
This is a great example of how the club ensures that every penny of Money Maul funding is spent in a way that will produce that maximum benefit for the club and our members.
The club would like to thank Chippenham Town Council and the Chippenham Area Board for their support as well as all the Money Maul members who have enabled this project to proceed ahead of schedule. In addition, the club would also like to thank Lisa Thornton for her outstanding work, Martin Schrader, for coordinating the project and Chairman, Ian Banister, for attending grant application meetings to speak on behalf of the club.
New front gate now installed
The second priority to improve security for the club was to replace the original farm gates at the front entrance with a more robust barrier. In addition, the location of the front gates in an unlit country lane has caused increasing concerns for the safety of our staff who lock up the premises late at night.
After taking advice and considering our options the club chose to work with local Chippenham company, Electromation, to provide a new automated gate and this was installed last week.
The new gate is a much larger and stronger barrier than our previous gates and also has the advantage of being automated which allows our staff to operate the gate without leaving the safety of their vehicles.
The Money Maul fund has made a significant contribution to this project with the other costs being met by the club.
The club would like to thank Rick McCabe who coordinated this project, Kev Prangle, Craig Prangle, Trevor Cummings, Martin Schrader, Andy Spyer of Hire a Hand and our neighbour at Allington farm, Tim Reynolds, for their invaluable help and assistance.
CCTV system-The next Money Maul project
The final stage of our security improvement programme is to instal a CCTV system to further protect our staff, clubhouse and grounds and this has been adopted as the next official Money Maul project. Please continue contributing to the Money Maul each month to help us complete the final stage of our security upgrade. When we reach our target the overall security of the clubhouse and grounds will have been significantly improved as a direct result of your support.
Other Money Maul funded items
In addition to the major projects which your Money Maul contributions have helped to support, the Money Maul has also recently funded a much needed floor cleaning machine for the clubhouse and some specialist cooking utensils for the club’s combi oven.
Recent Money Maul winners
£100 Xmas bonus draw Pete Jones
£100 Jer Punter
£75 Jon Turner
£50 Trevor Jones
£100 Declan Brophy
£75 Richard Bentley
£50 Dan Townson
£100 Rick McCabe
£75 John Beacham
£50 Kev Thornton
Next draw and extra Summer Ball cash prize
The next Money Maul draw will take place at the club’s former player’s lunch prior to the 1st XV match vs Stratford on Saturday 30th March.
May’s prize draw, which will be held at the club’s End of Season Ball on Friday 10th May, will include an additional £200 cash prize to celebrate the end of another successful season for CRFC.
Your Money Maul contribution is split solely between the prize pot and a ring fenced account which can only be used to fund maintenance and improvements for the clubhouse and grounds.
By supporting the club through the Money Maul you have already allowed the club to tackle maintenance and improvement projects which have previously been considered too costly or too complex to undertake. We are fortunate to have a wonderful facility at CRFC but, after 26 years of heavy use, this now requires constant upkeep. With your support, the club is determined to ensure that the condition of our clubhouse and grounds reflect our ambition to be one of the leading amateur clubs in the South West.
We are making good progress but there is still much more for us to do if we are to provide the very best facilities for our members, players, and guests. The more support we have the more we can achieve and so please do encourage other members and friends to join us in the Money Maul (a membership form is attached).
On behalf of the club, I would like to thank you for your continued support and I wish you good luck in the Maul!
Very best wishes,
Updated 21:16 - 18 Mar 2019 by Matthew Stephen