Club Update for February

Club Update for February

By David Ball
7 February
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New item to keep members, friends and families up to date with what's happening at Prenton RUFC.


Welcome to the first of the Prenton RUFC monthly updates. This article is designed to keep members, friends and families abreast of what’s going on at Prenton Rugby Club. This first update will cover all that has happen since November 2020, upto the first week of February 2021.

• Club online raffle raising funds for running costs of club whilst in lockdown.
• Donations made to 3 charities, The Paul Lavelle Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Research, and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.
• Fundraiser for ex player, who sustained serious injuries after being involved in a road traffic accident.
• Fundraiser for local toddler towards lifesaving treatment for a very serious illness.
• Delivery of hardship Christmas hampers within the Prenton Community in association with Wirral Borough Council and Prenton Tenants and Residents Association.
• Major involvement with #RUGBY4NHS campaign, raising funds to provide morale boosting treat hampers for the staff at Arrowe Park Hospital and Northwest Ambulance Service.
• Promotion of Wirral Information Resource for Equality and Diversity (WIRED) support for carers campaign.
• Works continue on the Community Garden, which has been funded by Ward Councillors, and is on track to be handed over to the Prenton community late spring.
o Polly tunnel frame erected
o 2 small ponds dug out in the wetland area
o Seeds sown in the wild flower area
o Number of benches constructed for the well being and reflection area
o Roof erected on garden storage container to assist in water collection and possible solar panels ensuring the community garden will be self sustainable.
o Feeding areas for wildlife, and a donation of bird feed given by Prenton resident.
• Grassland either side of the approach lane to the clubhouse cut back, which has reviled a number of hidden pa=thways.
• Re-introduction of the lost pathways with steps down to the Brooke.
• Laying of boulder to protect lane grass verge from traffic.
• Fencing either side of bridge over the Brooke
• Works to clear the flow tunnel beneath the bridge to clear debris.
• Brooke itself cleared of fly tipped rubbish.
• Bulb planting to add colour to the approach to the club (2,000 in total) funding provided for by grants through Wirral Borough Council.
• Repair works and improvements to the Paul Lavelle Nature Trail footpaths including drainage.
• Painting of and minimum repair works (due to restrictions) to the clubhouse.
• Various ZOOM meeting with Wirral Borough Council, sporting agencies and other foundations to formula funding for the improvement to changing facilities and clubhouse improvements. This is a slow process due to the constrains of the C19 outbreak.

Looking ahead
• Further meetings with Sports England, RFU, Wirral Borough Council.
• Playing Committee to meet to formulate a plan to return to playing rugby.
• Application for Autumn funding for hedgerow planting
• Complete safety rail construction along steps to the quarry
• Start of clubhouse and changing room repairs/improvements once current restrictions allow.
• Re-sighting of new floodlights on training pitch
• Meetings with Morgans reference leasing or purchase of land in view of laying a new pitch, whether grass or multi use.

A note of thanks to the following
• All club volunteers, who without their time and effort all the above could not be achieved.
• Ward Councillors, who have provided funds for the Community Garden
• Wirral Borough Council for continuing support
• Hand Made Gin Company, providing many prizes for fundraising raffles
• All our sponsors for continuing support
• Sean Astbury for orgainsing all fundraising events.
• Terry Baker and Sun Valley Nuts for providing water reservoirs
DT Hughes for delivery of Boulders.

All of the above proves that Prenton RUFC is a truly Community Club in every sense, and will overcome the minor hurdles to become Prenton RUFC and Community Hub.
Images and video of works under taken to date can be viewed via the club albums and video pages of this website.

Next update scheduled for 2nd week of March 2021.

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