After nearly eighteen months dealing with covid, what could possibly be thrown at us next? Well how about an illegal encampment of travellers! Late Wednesday afternoon 11 August, the entrance gates were removed and several caravans set up camp on the back field. The Police attended with four squad cars at 7:00pm but were unable to remove the travellers as they had settled on private land. Acting on advice from Pete Rollason, the Club engaged the services of certified bailiffs and a Notice of Eviction was served on Thursday afternoon requiring them to leave within 24hrs. On Friday morning, the bailiffs returned to site whereupon the travellers became aggressive and confrontational such that the Police were called. Because the travellers had entered the land as trespassers, used threatening behaviour and caused damage to Club property, a Section 61 Notice ordering them to leave site by midnight Sunday 15 was served by the Police. The last of thirteen caravans left site by 6:00pm Sunday and the entrance gates re-established and additional security placed.
Reviewing the site on Monday revealed that the shed had been broken into, the Clubhouse left untouched, the back field strewn with litter and excreta; all cleaned up by members. Apart from a limited amount of damage and vandalism, the Club have already incurred direct costs of £4,000. A review of Club security is currently being undertaken which will inevitably require additional resources to be found.
Moving on to other news.
Rugby training has continued on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Ladies Touch also train every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
Cricket matches were suspended for two weeks thanks to the travellers!
An inaugural Rugby Touch tournament was held at the Club on Sunday 22 with 6 teams ranging from U14s to senior players, girls and boys mixed on all teams. It was a competitive round of matches, with the Warwick Knights coming out deserved winners. Children’s entertainment was provided from Froggle Parties with balloon swords being a massive hit, literally! The bar was open, a Pizza van provided much needed nourishment AND the weather was kind to us.
Thanks go to the organisers for a great family event, especially Claire from Ladies Touch and Chris Woodhams – Vice Chair M&Js. Anyone interested in trying touch rugby contact Claire for details on 07506 309821.
The 2021/22 season is upon us with the first training session on Sunday September 5, starting at 10:00am, all the coaches are buzzing to get back out there. We have lots to offer,
• Boys rugby U5s to U16s
• Girls rugby U5s to U12s
• Girls touch rugby U13s to U16s
• And for the parents, fresh filter coffee, bacon butties and a friendly atmosphere!
Interested, get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, we look forward to hearing from you.
Full contact senior rugby kicks off with the first three matches at home starting on Saturday 11 against Banbury 3s; followed by Biggleswade on Saturday 18 in the first round of the Junior Vase. League fixtures start on Saturday 25 against Kings Norton. All matches kick off at 3:00pm.