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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT Edition: March 2012

Welcome to this, the third edition of my Chairman’s report. By producing these reports during the season, we hope to keep members informed about news, events, ideas and issues. Feel free to let me know if you wish to contribute anything or raise any issues. I hope you find this report informative and entertaining.After a very bright start to the league campaign, the 1st XV have found recent months much more challenging. Our senior squads have been stretched and results have suffered as a consequence. Nevertheless, the guys have stuck together through thick and thin and worked on the training paddock throughout the cold winter months. Our recent wins over Bromley and Park House should ensure that we have London and SE 3 Rugby again next year and we will be all the better for the experience of this year’s campaign.I have been delighted with the progress of our 2nd XV. They train together and have achieved some great results already this season. We recognised the importance of the 2nds as a development squad last close season, so I am really pleased with how they have set up and competed. My thanks to Ada, Rob and the players for their work here. We are now beginning to see more and more of our Under 17 squad progress into senior rugby which will strengthen the senior section further and we are hoping to field a 3rd XV on a regular basis next season.Our U17s finished 4th in the Kent Development League and have reached the Kent Bowl Final and East Kent Plate Final. With the County Sevens as well it will be a busy end of season for the boys. Having coached the side since they were Under 8s, I am proud to see how they have grown and matured into fine rugby players.The Juniors have benefitted from Kerry Jones’ leadership, Karen Gray’s organisational skills and large, dedicated team of coaches and volunteers, as well as kinder (touch wood) weather. To see the Junior set up in action on a Sunday is ajoy to behold!We only have a few weeks left of the 2011-12 season, so let us look forward to an enjoyable and successful finale on and off the field.
In January, the Club was saddened by the passing of former Club Captain, Chairman and stalwart Dave Neal after a lengthy illness. The Club turned out in force to celebrate Dave’s life and give him a good send off – although the singing of Swing Low Sweet Chariot left a lot to be desired! Our thoughts continue to be with Lin and her family.
We are awaiting confirmation that we have achieved the RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval. When confirmed we are likely to be the first Club in Kent to achieve this under the new criteria. This is fitting as we were the first Club in Kent to achieve the Junior Seal back in 2003. I am delighted that we can now demonstrate that our practice is safe, well organised and of a good quality. Having achieved this standard, we must now ensure we at least maintain it!
After losing to Maidstone, we entered the Plate and tonked Cranbrook away to set up a mouth watering clash with Charlton Park here at Stupple Field on Sunday 25th March. All support – both verbal, liquid and physical will be much appreciated!!
Once again we are hosting the County Sevens at Under 18 level. This year’s event is on Sunday 22nd April. All support and help is appreciated.
The Club’s AGM is fast approaching. It is on Thursday 24th May at 7:45 at Club. Anyone may attend but only members may vote. At the AGM, Officers for 2012-13 will be elected and new motions may be voted on. If you fancy joining the committee, please let your interest be known.

The Club’s Dinner-Dance and annual presentation will be on Saturday 19th May. Tickets are £30 per person and the night includes a 3 course meal, disco and annual awards. This year we will be working with the croallycroalltrustfund with signed shirts and other items up for auction.
Junior Presentation Night for Under 7s to 17s is on Friday 18th May from 7pm at Club.
As well as supporting the Croallycroall trust fund at the Dinner-Dance, a Fun day is planned for Sunday 21st July – watch out for more details.
At long last we are ready to proceed to the next stage and consult with Swale Borough Council about our plans for a new Clubhouse. We are largely RFU and RFF compliant, which is crucial when seeking funding.In the meantime, the Committee have undertaken various improvements to the existing Clubhouse:
• Improved floodlighting
• Newly fitted kitchen
• Trough in male toilets
• Electrical supply
Thank you to all those responsible for these improvements.
To Connor Harmsworth and Charlie Roberts for their selection for East Kent Under 14s.
18/3/12 U17 and U15s (home)
24/3/12 1st XV Crawley (a) ;2nd XV Whitstable (h)
25/3/12 Evergreen Cup vs Charlton Park (h) Kent Festivals
26/03/12 Committee
31/03/121st XV Folkestone (h) 2nd XV Folkestone (a)
1/4/12 U17 Kent Bowl Final
14/04/121st XV Eastbourne(h) 2nd XV Canterbury (a)
22/04/12 Kent U18 Sevens (h)
29/04/12 U17 vs Dover (h) The Finale!
18/5/12 Junior Presentation
19/5/12 Dinner-Dance
24/ 5/12 AGM
We have a really hard working and dedicated committee at the Club. It is my view that members have elected these people to represent your club and to make informed decisions that are in best interests of the club. We are trying to generate a ‘One Club’ ethos, so if you can help or have an issue do not dwell on it…let us know about it! In the meantime, I hope we all have a successful and enjoyable season.
Club Officers and Committee members are:
• Gerry Lawson President
• Geoff Hyde Vice-President
• Neil Golding Chairman
• Marco Devereux Secretary
• Ada Barham Treasurer
• Andy Hosken Director of Rugby
• Kerry Jones Director of Junior Rugby
• John Kelly First team rep
• Rob Allum Second team rep
• Chris Collier Sponsorship
• Jacqui Barham Bar and events
• Tim Bancroft International tickets
• Jo Bancroft
• Paul Thomas
• Our meetings are monthly with the next meeting scheduled for:
• Monday 26th March 2012 at 7:45pm (operational)
Contact Neil G 07906 003914