Between The Posts

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   ‘BETWEEN THE POSTS’

              December 2020

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club festive edition of the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. We come towards what has been a very strange and difficult year for everyone but I do have some festive cheer with a bumper draw for the 100 Club.  

 

SAD NEWS

I’m afraid I start with the very sad news that Mr Mumbles RFC Brian Hixson passed away last Sunday after contracting Corona Virus. A nicer man you could not wish to meet and as I say a MRFC man through and through. Brian did so much for the club often not seen, especially with the pitch and dressing rooms in Underhill Park. He very rarely missed a game home or away and it was not only the 1st XV he followed, he would be in the park most Sundays watching the Juniors, reporting back to the coaches about a boy who he felt was going to be a star of the future! A founder member of the coffin dodgers, we would meet every Tuesday and Friday in the changing rooms to chat about everything Mumbles and more. On a personal note I had the pleasure of going on the Lions Tour to South Africa in 2009 with Brian, John Thomas and Ian Field. A great tour but sad to say I am the only survivor of that group! Brian will be missed by everyone in the club and beyond as he seemed to know everybody in Mumbles! The news of Brian’s passing just added to the list of club members who have left us during this year Mike Jones, Dasher Charles, John Thomas, Steve Holohan to name a few and on a personal point the loss of my brother, it really has been a difficult year.

 

JUNIOR SECTION

It would be no surprise to anyone if I said there has been little or no action in the Park but I would be wrong, because the Juniors of MRFC are certainly filling the park with an outstanding number of boys and girls going through their paces every Sunday. From Under 5’s upwards, they are running around with eager coaches making sure everyone is enjoying themselves and bringing some fun in these difficult times. I know the parents are so grateful to the dedication of the coaches for the time they are giving to their children and of course all these players can only help the club survive and move forward when this virus issue is over. Well done to everyone! Unfortunately due to Covid, all training is on stop with immediate effect! 

GO UNDERHILL PROJECT

Not a great deal to report re the development in the park. MCA are currently waiting for news of two funding bids which have recently been submitted including support from Mumbles Community Council and it is hoped to hear the outcome of both bids by the end of the year, fingers crossed! In addition the Trustees are working very hard on fundraising ideas and events to raise as much funds as possible.

Although MCA were successful with the Lottery award for the Café/Community Hub there are many complications to building that part on its own. We need to build the changing rooms and services hub as well, hence the further two funding bids being submitted. If the bids are successful it is hoped work will start in May 2021 but please don’t assume this is definite. In the current climate most funds are being channelled to supporting Covid 19 problems. It is only because of a huge amount of work by the Trustees of MCA that we are even able to think about making a start!

                                        

100 CLUB

We are very conscious that it has been a few months since we did the draws for the 100 Club. This of course is because the club has only been operating on reduced hours and now closed until at least the new year and maybe even longer who knows? However we have managed to make the outstanding draws which we videoed and posted on Facebook. Gareth Bennett was the winner of the £50 September draw. The October £50 prize went to Peter Ebenezer, while the November £50 prize was won by Dave Rees (Newton) and the final draw of the year the December £500 super prize was won by Richie Prosser! Congratulations to all our  winners! To win £500 join the ‘100 Club’, subscription is just £5 a month and you will be in the monthly draw. You have to be in it to win it! 

MEMBERSHIP

I know there is not much going on at the moment but we do need you to support the club while we go through this period of unprecedented restrictions. We have been very lucky to receive support from the WRU and Swansea Council but we still need your support to ensure that when this is over we are in a position to hit the ground running and get rugby matches played and BAR 1887 open! 

Please email Gareth Bennett 1043108gar@gmail.com so that you can complete a Direct Debit membership form and 100 Club Direct Debit form and receive your membership card and free drink vouchers ready for when BAR 1887 reopens!

 

Well that’s about it for this month and indeed this year! All that remains is for me to wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe 2021. Thank you for all your support this year it really is appreciated. 

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com

 

HO HO HO!        MERRY CHRISTMAS            HO HO HO!

 

Now here is a message from Club Chairman Simon Evans

 

I would just like to take this opportunity in wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas.  It has been such a difficult year and I hope we can soon put it behind us and get our lives back in order with some normality.

 

As Martin has mentioned there have been some very sad times this year with the passing of our stalwart past players and members in Mike Jones, Dasher Charles, Steve Holohan, John Thomas and most recently Brian Hixson, our thoughts go out to their families and friends.

 

Talking of club stalwarts, in memory of former club President Peter Hixson his wife Gwyneth made a donation of £100 to the club to help us through these difficult times. A really kind and generous gesture by the family.  

 

I wish to thank all those involved in helping out at the park when training has been allowed and following the safe guidelines. Also Skinny and Julie for looking after the running of the club, again in a safe environment. It’s a credit to all for supporting Mumbles RFC in continuing your memberships during these unprecedented months, you have kept us going.

 

Enjoy Christmas as best as you can, please stay safe and let’s look forward to a great 2021.

 

Best wishes on behalf of the management

 

Simon