Minety RFC

Committee Meeting

The first meeting of the newly elected committee will be held tomorrow night (Wednesday 5th August) in the clubhouse at Minety, starting at 7pm.  We hope to be able to publish an agenda later today (Tuesday).

For your diaries, the committee will meet on the following dates this year and next: Wednesday 2nd September,  Wednesday 7th October, Wednesday 4th November, Wednesday 2nd December, Wednesday 6th January, Wednesday 3rd February, Wednesday 3rd March, Wednesday 7th April, Wednesday 5th May and Wednesday 2nd June. 




i Proposal to elect the following to Committee as per article 28 of the articles of association of Minety Rugby Club (AG)

Tom Claxton – Treasurer

Del Murray – Press / Publicity officer

Fundraising / sponsorship officer

ii Proposal to award complimentary memberships to Andrew O’Dell and Graham Cooke (AG)

iii Proposal to elect the following to committee as per article 28 of the articles of association of Minety Rugby Club (AG)

Andrew O’Dell – MPFA representative

iv Proposal to give thanks to outgoing committee members (AG)

v Andy Brown has agreed to remain as club referee coordinator


i Proposal to commission an audit of the club’s accounts (AG)

ii Proposal to amalgamate the club’s 3 accounts into 1 (TC)

iii Proposal to produce a list of paying players, a balance sheet and a printout of the club accounts at each monthly meeting (TC)

iv update of fundraising activities (DM)


i Player recruitment/ retention

ii training and matches (AG)

iii membership subscriptions

iv sports therapist (AG)

v social gathering policy (PM, AOD)


i Playing kit and merchandise update (BS, DM)

ii Pitches update (AOD, PM)

iii Help for groundsman John Butler (BS)

iv Match day food (BS)

v Prposal to purchase some strength and conditioning equipment (AG)

vi Training/Playing equipment update

vii Proposal to buy and award 50 and 100 cap ties to qualifying players (TC)


i Coaches report (AG)

ii Proposal to have 2 training sessions per week (BS)

iii preseason games (AG, BS)

iv Organise player help for coaching junior teams (BS)


i Proposal to have a steak night after RWB away game (JT)

ii Social events update (JT)

iii Social Media drive update (JT)

iV Minety RFC 50th year anniversary celebrations 2021 (AG)


i Match Day Crowd Barriers (AG)

ii Ambulance access to top fields (AOD)



Written by Graham Cooke

August 4th, 2020 at 11:19 am

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Chairman’s July update


There has been a return to training under Covid regulations at Minety Playing fields on Tuesday evenings 6.30-8pm. 

Groups of 6 players train together, taking part in socially distanced activities, which  have been concentrated on strength and conditioning. Special thanks must go to Dave Cooke for organising the sessions. Hopefully regulations will be eased in the near future which will allow more rugby to be played. New and returning players are always welcome 


The annual Minety Rugby Club golf day took place on Saturday 25th July at Oaksey Park Golf Club. The competition was in the format of a 2 ball Texas scramble, played for the Minety trophy which was crafted by Duncan Simpson. 19 players, past and present, took part. The day was plagued by persistent and heavy rain and eventually everyone decided that the bar was a happier place to be and consequently only the scores over the 1st  9 holes were counted. . Winners  were Andrew and Charles Grayson. Many thanks to James Stuart for organising. 


Committee meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month beginning at 7pm. 

Thank you to all the retiring members of the committee, and welcome to the new. 

All members of the club are welcome to attend meetings. Anyone who would like to get involved please email chairman Andy Grayson andrew.grayson@live.co.uk 


The new tractor has arrived, much to J B’s pleasure. This was purchased jointly by the rugby club with the MPFA and will I am sure make the job of pitch cutting much easier.  


Congratulations to Matt and Kerry Roberts and to Ben Collins & Ali Freeman. Both couples have recently had baby girls. 

Congratulations to new club captain Ben Scott on his marriage to Lorna.


Andy Grayson

Minety RFC Chairman

Written by Graham Cooke

July 29th, 2020 at 10:46 am

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Statement from new club chair, Andy Grayson

You may have been made aware that there have been issues regarding the election of the role of treasurer at Minety RFC at the recent Annual General Meeting. The successful candidate was subsequently discovered to be ineligible to stand as a candidate for that role under the rules of the club as described on the club’s Articles of Association (Page 21).  
The committee has therefore decided to reopen nominations for the role of Club Treasurer. Nominations for the role should be made to me at andrew.grayson@live.co.uk and should be accompanied by the name of a proposer and a seconder, who must be current club members. 
The nominee must be a current member of Minety Rugby Football Club with 2 years continuous membership. Closing date for nominees will be 12pm on Friday July 31st
Andrew Grayson Chairman MRFC

Written by Graham Cooke

July 24th, 2020 at 12:02 pm

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MRFC Committee 2020 – 2021

At the AGM of the club, held last week, the new club committee was voted in.  Details of who is doing what can be found on the Club Contacts Page.

The main changes include Andy Grayson stepping up to become Club Chairman and also taking back control of club coaching, Kieran Tillotson taking on the roles of both Fixture Secretary and 1st XV vice captain, Ben Scott becoming the 1st XV captain and a group led by David Cooke taking over the Social Secretary duties.

We wish all of the committee the best of luck in these very trying times.

Written by Graham Cooke

July 22nd, 2020 at 1:34 pm

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One step closer …

Former Scotland Rugby captain and Minety stalwart, Mike Biggar is one step closer to raising £75,000 thanks to a funding boost from a leading regional housebuilder.

Mike, 70, from Malmesbury, has limited mobility after a near fatal car crash in 1992 and was inspired by Captain Tom Moore to walk to raise money for the NHS.

He was awarded the money by Persimmon Homes Wessex after applying to the firm’s Community Champions scheme.

The initiative gives away up to £2,000 every month to local good causes.

Mr Biggar finds it extremely difficult to walk and uses a wheelchair, after suffering extreme brain damage in the crash.

Persimmon’s £1,000 donation has helped Mr Biggar raise more than £74,000, and his efforts to raise funds have hit the headlines.

His wife, Ali, said: “It’s lovely to have the support of Persimmon Homes Wessex.

“Walking just three or four steps a day is a huge effort for him, so we’re proud of him trying to accomplish this.

“He is now onto his next goal and hopes to reach 2,000 steps and raise £100k.”

Mike has walked more than 1,000 steps and continues to raise funds for the NHS Charities Together.

His family and friends have also been out raising funds, with his godson Ben completing a sponsored run to raise awareness and funds.

Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “It has been fantastic to see the community out supporting Mike’s fundraising efforts.

“We were so inspired by his story and honoured to be able to support him and the NHS through our Community Champions initiative.”

(Article shamelessly lifted from the excellent “Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard”)


Written by Graham Cooke

July 15th, 2020 at 1:13 pm

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Minety RFC AGM

A reminder to all players, officials and supporters that the Annual General Meeting for Minety RFC will be held on Thursday 16th July at 7pm in the Marquee adjacent to the club house at Minety.

All those attending are asked to read the instructions for the use of the club house in the previous post on this site and to note that the Marquee is now designated as a Non Smoking area.

The club advises that all those attending should allow time to sign in at the club house, as per the instructions below.

There are still a number of committee roles vacant – please check out the Committee page on the website.





Written by Graham Cooke

July 10th, 2020 at 10:14 am

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Latest news from the Minety Playing Fields Association

The MPFA are happy to announce that we will be opening the bar tomorrow, Saturday 4 July.

We are working hard to put certain practices into play, to ensure that social distancing rules are followed.

We will be introducing the following measures, which must be followed…

– Initially reduced opening hours. Saturdays only 1600 – 2200.

– Specific entrance points for bar access, ladies toilets and gents toilets. Signage will be available to guide you.

– One way systems, when using the bar, and when needing to access the toilets. Signage will be available.

– No drinking at the bar, or in the bar area. All drinks are to be consumed in the marque, or outside (seating/tables will be made available).

– A no children in the bar area rule (they’re more than welcome in the marque, and playing fields).

– Signing in book for all clubhouse visitors, as we need to record the details of people that use our facilities. Note that refusal to sign = refusal to serve.

– No cash payments. Card only please.

– If the weather takes a turn for the worse we do reserve the rights to close the club at short notice.

Please note if you are unable to follow these rules you will be asked to leave the premises! 

Apologies for the long list of rules, in what should be a relaxed environment, however your health, and our staff’s health is of paramount importance to us, and we do need to evidence we are doing everything we can to minimise risk.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation!

We hope to see you tomorrow, but please if you’re not feeling well, or have any covid related symptoms, wait until they’ve passed before visiting us!


Written by Graham Cooke

July 10th, 2020 at 10:09 am

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AGM: Thursday 16th July

Minety RFC’s Annual General Meeting will be a “socially distanced” AGM on Thursday 16th July at 7pm in the marquee attached to the club house.

A full agenda for the meeting will be published in due course, but the club requests that all players, members and supporters of the club try to attend at this vitally important time for the club.

There are still a number of vacancies for roles on the club committee.  Please remember, this is your club and it is your chance to help shape its future.  The full, updated list of nominations can be found on the Committee Roles 2020/21 page, accessed here or through the menu on the right hand side of the page.  If you are uncertain about a role in the club, please contact the existing holder of the position; they will be able to give you a full run down on what the job entails. 


Written by Graham Cooke

July 2nd, 2020 at 12:53 pm

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England Rugby: Competition Models for season 2020 / 21


Click on the image for a full sized pdf of the document.

Written by Graham Cooke

July 1st, 2020 at 6:34 pm

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Greg Roscow

Minety RFC would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Cricklade captain Greg Roscow, who passed away yesterday (Friday).

Greg was a very popular player who made a couple of appearances for Minety when we were unable to field a full team.  A great man, both on and off the pitch.

Minety RFC Club President, Andrew Ward, said, “It is a sad loss; he was a lovely man.”  Director of Club Coaching, Andy Grayson commented, “Condolences from all at Minety RFC. Greg will be missed by all the rugby community.”




Written by Graham Cooke

June 27th, 2020 at 11:10 am

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Club Committee Roles 2020 – 2021

The present situation relating to COVID-19 has meant that the Annual General Meeting has been pushed back to sometime in July (date yet to be set by the club’s committee).

These are the latest nominations for roles on the club’s committee and we urge all members to consider putting themselves forward for the forthcoming year.

Minety RFC Committee Positions 2020 / 2021

PostCurrent MemberNominations
PresidentAndy WardAndy Ward
ChairmanJack WardAndrew Grayson
Vice ChairmanDave Peirce
TreasurerKevin HoldwayKevin Holdway
SecretaryPeter McAllister
Fixture SecretaryRob HinwoodKieran Tillotson
Social SecretaryMorgan Aubrey(Dave Cooke, Jay Thompson, Kieran Tillotson, Sam Hughes)
GroundsmanJohn ButlerJohn Butler
Press and Publicity
MPFA Rep.Andrew O'Dell
Club Captain (1st Team captain)Andrew HibbardMark Glew, Ben Scott
1st XV Vice CaptainKieran Tillotson
2nd Team CaptainSteve Wilson
International TicketsAndrew EdwardsAndrew Edwards
Club CoachJames Irving
Fundraising / Sponsorship OfficerJames Stuart
Recruitment Officer
Data / Membership OfficerMartin CoeMartin Coe
Referee's Co-ordinatorAndy Brown
Webmaster / Social MediaGraham Cooke

Written by Graham Cooke

June 20th, 2020 at 2:53 pm

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The Green and Purple

Minety RFC’s latest book is now available to order.  Entitled “The Green and Purple”, it covers the last two seasons at Minety RFC in detail.  Over 200 pages nearly all of the matches played by the 1st XV, and several by the 2nd XV, are covered with copies of press releases, photographs, interviews and statistics.

The book has been produced on a “print on demand” basis; copies are only printed once they have been ordered.  Whilst they should be available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major outlets, the prices on these sites are higher than elsewhere due to minimum pricing policies applied by these companies.

The book is available at an author’s discount price of £6.50 (plus £2.99 postage and packing) from the Bustard Productions website (https://bustardproductions.co.uk/the-green-and-purple/).  Copies are usually available within a week of ordering, although the extreme circumstances which we are all facing at present has meant that orders are taking slightly longer to print and dispatch.

For more information on this title, and the other one dealing with the three previous seasons, click on the Books link on the side bar.


Written by Graham Cooke

June 7th, 2020 at 5:47 pm

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The Rugby Football Union’s decision to suspend Rugby Union activity on March 16th and subsequently the decision to end the 2019/20 season activity on March 20th followed government and medical advice and was taken swiftly with the prime objective being to protect players, volunteers and clubs. Our sport has reacted brilliantly, not only closing down clubs quickly and efficiently but in the amazing community work that many have undertaken to support those in greatest need.

While a great deal of uncertainty still exists, the RFU is now in a position to set out a national roadmap of how we begin to think about returning to rugby activity. What still remains impossible is to set out specific timescales as to when this might happen. We will continue to be led on this by both government and medical advice. In doing this we will stay focused on what is right for rugby in England. We recognise that other sports may return quicker in England and that rugby may return earlier in other countries. We will continue to be informed by

  1. a) expert medical advice on the specific risk levels in our sport, primarily around the risks of Covid-19 transmission as a result of

1) close and face-to-face contact between individuals and

2) direct contact with other individuals, the ball and other equipment and

  1. b) government advice as to the risk levels in our country and particularly measures around social distancing, group activity and social gatherings.

The roadmap deals with return to rugby activity and not the reopening of clubhouses. As these are indoor spaces, they will be subject to separate government advice and guidance. In parallel, we will continue to develop advice and guidance on when and how clubhouses may reopen. The current position is that clubs are able to open indoor facilities only to allow access through the building to pitches, access to toilets and a facility (should appropriate licenses be held) for the serving of takeaway food and drinks.

Progress along the roadmap is totally dependent on how the Covid-19 pandemic develops and government advice. We will only move from one stage to another when guidance and advice says that it is safe to do so. As we move from stage to stage, detailed guidance will be issued. In recognising the major concern of clubs – retaining their players and preserving their revenue streams – we will also produce supporting advice and guidance as to how to focus on both of these, should we have to remain in a certain stage longer than maybe most would like to. It is also possible, should social distancing measures be strengthened at any time, that we reassess the situation and regress (for example, from Stage C to B).


The roadmap consists of six stages. It may be necessary to remain in any one stage for a sustained period of time, with or without minor amendments. It may also be possible to jump a stage:

  1. Individual training with one other person
  2. Individual training in small groups
  3. Larger group training with limited face-to-face or close contact
  4. Whole team training with increased face-to-face or close contact
  5. Whole team training in preparation to play matches
  6. Return to matches against other teams


We moved to stage A on May 13th when it became permissible for rugby club pitches to be opened and for two individuals to meet together, while remaining at least two metres apart, and engage in individual fitness-based training. The opening of pitches is at the discretion of rugby clubs (or other pitch operators) and indoor space in clubhouses may only be opened to provide through access to pitches, for access to toilets and to provide takeaway food/drinks.


The most recent government announcement on May 28th made it possible, from June 1st, to move to stage B. Here six individuals from different households may now meet up and engage in individual training. The two metre social distancing rule still applies and if a coach is involved they are part of the group of six. Equipment sharing (including balls) should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practice should be in place before and after. As physical contact with anyone outside of your house is currently not permitted, playing of any games (small sided or full) is also not permitted at this time. Parents/carers observing a session at a distance from a safeguarding perspective is permitted, without them being part of the participating group. While permissible for multiple small groups to be engaged in training at the same site, clubs must risk assess this properly and ensure that safe and adequate distancing between groups is strictly observed. This will be dependent on the activity being undertaken, however the RFU’s guidance would be that no more than one group should be active on each quarter of any pitch.

It is possible that we may remain at stage B for a while with potential amendments coming within the stage to reflect any revised government position. This could include, for example, an enlargement of the number of people permitted.

A move to stage C would begin to see larger groups being able to train together, such as forwards or backs or age grade groupings and would likely involve more interactive activity other than simply fitness and conditioning work. We anticipate that this stage will still be subject to some social distancing measures and the training activities permitted would likely reflect a need to limit the total amount of close or face-to-face contact between individuals.

A move to stage D is likely to be triggered by a more significant relaxation of social distancing measures and when the risk element of typical rugby training activities that involve close and face-to-face contact and the typical physical contact of rugby training is deemed acceptable.

Stage E allows for preparation for return to play and to matches (NB – there may still be some adaptations/ restrictions in place). A minimum of four weeks will be spent in stage E before any progression to stage F, to allow players to get match fit.

Stage F allows for a return to matches between players from different clubs (NB – there may still be some adaptations/restrictions in place).


There are many implications of a staged return to play. In relation to the 20/21 season these fall into four main areas:

  1. The competitive programme. Depending on when it is possible for the season to commence there may need to be changes to the competitive programmes, including leagues, cup competitions and representative rugby. This may lead to a truncated league programme if the season does not start at its usual start point in early September. Two review groups are considering this in adult and age grade respectively and we anticipate being able to publish their recommendations later in June.
  2. Rugby activity in clubs. We recognise the importance of clubs being able to offer rugby activity – both to retain their players (particularly at a time when other sports may be able to commence earlier) and to protect their revenue streams. Should it be necessary to delay the return to normal rugby activity it will be important to have alternatives in place. We are working on options to support this and aim to publish these by the end of June. This will include a range of things from alternative activity for mini and junior players on Sunday mornings through to potential temporary law amendments to the game to enable some activity to happen.
  3. Rugby activity in schools, colleges and universities. Recognising the significant amount of rugby played in education settings we recognise the importance of maintaining a rugby offer when these institutions begin to return to some degree of normality. We are working on options and suggestions for this and would seek to have these available for the start of the 20/21 term/season.
  4. Clubhouses and indoor facilities. As government regulations and guidance change in relation to indoor facilities we will amend our advice and guidance for clubs. Clubs are reminded of the need to undertake comprehensive risk assessments before reopening any facilities.

Written by Graham Cooke

June 5th, 2020 at 1:05 pm

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June update

With the restrictions still largely in place, the club is effectively dormant, other than the weekly Zoom meetings between players and coaching staff.

Chairman Jack Ward has indicated that a Zoom based committee meeting will be held in mid July with the club AGM to be held at the end of July.  If restrictions are still in place, then this will also be organised via Zoom.

Whilst it has been a challenge managing the club during “lockdown”, it will be even more of a challenge bringing it out of “lockdown” and preparing it for whatever comes next.  The club needs nominations for committee roles as soon as possible.  We are looking for active members of the club, playing or non playing, who are willing to contribute additional efforts and skills to guide the club through the times ahead.  Could you be that person?

So far, these are the nominations received:

Minety RFC Committee Positions 2020 / 2021

PostCurrent MemberNominations
PresidentAndy WardAndy Ward
ChairmanJack WardAndrew Grayson
Vice ChairmanDave Peirce
TreasurerKevin HoldwayKevin Holdway
SecretaryPeter McAllister
Fixture SecretaryRob HinwoodKieran Tillotson
Social SecretaryMorgan Aubrey(Dave Cooke, Jay Thompson, Kieran Tillotson, Sam Hughes)
GroundsmanJohn ButlerJohn Butler
Press and Publicity
MPFA Rep.Andrew O'Dell
Club Captain (1st Team captain)Andrew HibbardMark Glew, Ben Scott
1st XV Vice CaptainKieran Tillotson
2nd Team CaptainSteve Wilson
International TicketsAndrew EdwardsAndrew Edwards
Club CoachJames Irving
Fundraising / Sponsorship OfficerJames Stuart
Recruitment Officer
Data / Membership OfficerMartin CoeMartin Coe
Referee's Co-ordinatorAndy Brown
Webmaster / Social MediaGraham Cooke

If you feel that you could contribute towards the management of our wonderful club, please contact Peter McAllister or Jack Ward (details on the contacts page of this site), as soon as possible.




Written by Graham Cooke

June 1st, 2020 at 2:12 pm

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MTV Rewind

Last weekend should have been the 2020 Minety 7’s Tournament.  For those gasping for some 7’s action, this week we present the film of the 2016 tournament.  




Written by Graham Cooke

May 9th, 2020 at 11:04 am

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