SPONSORS DAY & PRESENTATION EVENING
The sponsors day will be held on Saturday 22nd April (final 1st Team game of the season against Bolton). Sattysfaction are doing the catering and I am just waiting on the final menu. As per last year, the cost is £10 per person. I will email out details of the food and times when I have them.
Also, in the evening will be the End of Season dinner, again, Sattysfaction will be doing the catering. It will be a hot and cold buffet as per previous years. The cost of this is £15 per person.
If you would like to attend any of these events can you let me know how many tickets you would like and any dietary requirements.
UNDER 16's - HELP NEEDED
We need urgent support with U16 coaching. Richard Dalton is doing a great job, however, as he is rarely in town during the week he really needs some help with the coaching, as it is now starting to impact on the team and fulfilling their fixtures.
The team trains on a Wednesday and some Friday's and if any one can help could they please contact Rich Dalton directly.
NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING
The next Committee meeting takes place on Wednesday 29th of March 2017 at 7.30 pm.
CLUB MEMBERSHIPS DUE NOW
With the start of the New Year we would like to remind you all that memberships now need to be renewed for 2017. We’d like to stress that membership fees underpin the business plan for your Sports Club and we earnestly ask that all Sections ensure that their playing members pay their fees.
Membership forms are available from behind the bar at the club or can be found on the club website on the membership page:
Andy Woods, General Manager
Hawcoat Park Sports Club, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 4HF
Tel: 01229 825000hawcoatpark.co.uk
A TRUE GENTLEMAN & SUPPORTER OF OUR CLUB
Despite working long periods of time out of the country offshore, there is no doubt home is where the heart is for Peter Gillespie and since his playing days he has been a loyal and generous financial supporter of our rugby club.
At no stage ever wanting to 'blow his own trumpet' Peter is one of a few lads who each year individually sponsor the club and in Peter's case in many and varied ways.
Recently returning home he found out he had won £100 cash on the clubs summer draw.
His first thought was to hand it to me and ask I arrange for the full amount to be donated to the FGH Oncology unit in memory of and in respect of Jeff Simm.
This is one occasion I would like to highlight Peter's generosity and take the opportunity to thank him for all that he supports and puts back into our club.
IN MEMORY OF A FRIEND
Just heard of the sad passing of Jeff
Condolences to all at the club and his family
A real gentleman, great mentor and competitor
Grateful to have had a great reminiscent yarn and a few beers with him on Cabaret Night up the club back in December 2014 when I was last back in Barrow. Fought hard to the end and always positive
Will be sadly missed
RIP old mate
Karl (Dodd, Australia)
Tyldesley have dropped out of the league refusing to travel so we have been reinstated into North Lancs Cumbria.
Hawcoat Park RUFC is saddened to record the passing away of one of their stalwart and famous members. Colin High has been battling with cancer for the past year but unfortunately he lost that battle at 3.30 a.m. on Wednesday 13.04.2016.
Colin, besides becoming an international referee, was a hard worker for the Club, known in the 50`s and 60`s as Vickers RUFC. He held several positions on committees and was the Fixture Secretary for some 32 years in the times before leagues when fixtures were gained by playing at a good standard and treating the opposition with respect. In this capacity the Rugby Club ventured into South Lancashire, Wales, North East England and Cumbria / Yorkshire. He made many friends in many areas of the game, even after finishing playing and taking to the whistle, who we know will be devastated at his passing not least the Cumbria County Committee where he represented the Club for some 25 years. Latterly his refereeing involvement brought him into contact with the upper echelon in RU circles on becoming Elite Refereeing Manager where he introduced Professional Refereeing into the game but this never affected this Barrow Lad.
He began playing rugby at the Technical School and started playing for Vickers RUFC in 1957s gaining his 100 first team colours in season 1959/1960 and continuing to become captain of the side for 5 years from 1964. Playing at wing forward his was a determined no nonsense style of play giving no quarter and expecting none in return. His commitment to the sport was total and this rubbed off on his team mates who he led by example both on the field and afterwards when they let their hair down. A very engaging character as well as being serious in preparation and performance on the field he could be great company when having a few beers after the games and many stories spring to mind in this respect.
His rugby career was interspersed with a few injuries, nothing serious, but whilst on the field he would diagnose his injuries immediately. A famous one at Penrith when he went down was, second /third rib gone left hand side, which gave his team mates some fun during the night time revelries making him laugh, cruel or what, he was never allowed to forget this instant. Colin`s fitness regime has always been very strict even in the latter times of his illness he would talk to friends about how he was going to tackle his recuperation to resume a good level of fitness, something he held high in his priorities. During this time Colin held the post of `FLY HALF`, reporting the local games for the Evening Mail, a post he held for around15 years.
On finishing playing he took up the whistle with the Cumbria Society initially, then moved on to the Manchester Society where he was given more challenging games and finally International recognition came his way in 1987.
Throughout his refereeing career he has been supported by Cora, his wife who frequently went with him to games for support and occasionally to drive home. Cora and Colin had several common pastimes, attendance at the gymnasium and cycling, they thought nothing of taking their bicycles into the lakes and completing a round 20/30 mile circuit. One of the most talked of though was their passion for fell walking especially in Scotland where the couple completed approximately 200 Munro`s together, also, he loved fly-fishing, again making numerous trips to Scotland to participate in this sport. Over the past few years both Colin and Cora could be found in the Duddon Valley planting trees and clearing streams of debris to help ensure a clean environment and open waterways, he was in fact secretary of the Duddon River Association, we are not sure how they found time to become so involved in these various activities. One thing is for sure lots of his friends and many organisations are going to miss his involvement in their activities, he will leave a huge hole in many lives.
All of his many friends at Hawcoat Park Sports Club extend sincere condolences to Cora, Julia and Stephen at their tragic loss and wish them good fortune for the future.
The Funeral Service has been arranged for 2.00 pm at St Matthews Church on Friday 22nd April 2016 and afterwards at the crematorium. Refreshments will be served at Hawcoat Park later.
The RFU and Cumbria RFU have a tribute to Colin on the links below:
CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE - REFEREES
Following a recent
misunderstanding when it was understood this club was receiving a specific
warning rather than a club general reminder. I felt it was a good opportunity
to remind everyone involved within the club be it players or supporters of the
continued importance of showing respect to referees. This, of course, applies
not only when at home but also on our travels when other society referees
officiate our games.
geographical location most of our referees have to travel quite some way to
officiate our games. They are all volunteers, generally looking to put
something back in to the game after their playing days but most importantly
enjoy their leisure time away from work commitments.
Please treat all
our referees as guests of our club, with the respect they deserve and help make
their time with us enjoyable and in particular avoid any form of verbal abuse.
A snap from my handover of the shirt to the a-team main sponsor last week. Over a couple of pints........
be held in the club on Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 8pm