Minety RFC

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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RETURN TO RUGBY ACTIVITY ROAD MAP – VERSION 1 – 4th June 2020

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INTRODUCTION

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).

ROAD MAP

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).

IMPLICATIONS

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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Magnificent Mike raises over £61,000

A FORMER Scotland rugby captain who now uses a wheelchair has raised an astonishing £61,000 for the NHS by walking in his garden.

Mike Biggar, from Minety, is aiming to walk 500 steps in a month.

He is taking on the challenge after he was struck by the amazing efforts of Captain Tom Moore, the 100-year-old war veteran who raised more than £30 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden.

Mike, a former Scottish international, was nearly killed in 1992 when a car crash left him with severe brain damage, changing his life forever.

He was left in a coma with extreme head injuries and a slim hope of regaining consciousness.

After five weeks on life support, he woke from his coma and began the painstaking process of learning to talk and walk again.

Mike spent a year in hospital with a hugely dedicated team of NHS doctors, nurses and therapists by his side assisting in his recovery.

He slowly re-learnt to walk and talk but subsequent falls causing further head trauma, twinned with arthritis from his rugby days, led to further physical and mental deterioration, leaving him wheelchair-bound for the past 10 years.

Last month, Mike was rushed to Cheltenham General Hospital A&E with a serious kidney infection, which left him very weak with huge muscle loss.

Having been inspired by Captain Tom, Mike is attempting to walk 500 steps in 30 days with the help of handrails to show his appreciation for the NHS.

“Captain Tom is absolutely humbling. To see what other people can do.., don’t be a spectator – go and do it,” Mr Biggar told the BBC.

“It will be rather hard for you all to keep up with me,” he joked.

Mike initially set the target to walk 100 steps but after hitting that target inside seven days, he has now set his sights on 500 steps.

His wife Ali said: “He’s never lost his sense of humour… but it’s very, very hard to watch him struggling with every step.”

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

Mike is now halfway through the challenge and is on track to complete 500 steps inside 30 days. He has raised more than £61,000 through the fundraiser, smashing his target of £1,000.

To donate, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/mike-biggar

Written by Graham Cooke

May 9th, 2020 at 10:56 am

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MTV Rewind: Saturday 16th September 2017

A trip back in time to the start of the 2017 season as Minety travel to the in form Warminster club for a Dorset and Wilts Division 1 encounter.

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

May 2nd, 2020 at 10:17 am

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Mike Biggar update

As of this morning, Friday 1st May, Mike had raised almsot £52,000 for NHS Charities Together, a collective representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS’ official charities. NHS Charities give £1million a day to the NHS, providing vital funds to help the NHS do more and enhance patient experience and care.

If you would like to donate please click on this link and follow the instructions.

Thank you!

 

Written by Graham Cooke

May 1st, 2020 at 11:40 am

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MTV Rewind: Minety’s finest 80 minutes revisited

MTV Rewind

Saturday 25th April 2020

Time to lift the spirits by revisiting arguably Minety’s finest hour when they travelled to Warminster RFC on Saturday 25th November 2015 to take on Lytchett Minster in the Final of the Dorset and Wilts Vase.

Happy Days

Written by Graham Cooke

April 25th, 2020 at 10:26 am

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Good luck Ash!

The Prince of Wales in Royal Wootton Bassett High Street has had its fair share of owners, but new boss, and Minety stalwart, Ashley Windle has a plan in place for a bright future.

Ashley and his partner Sandra Berry took over the pub in January and decided to rename it The Royal Wootton Bassett.

He said: “We’ve done the refurbishment on the inside and we had planned to open up on the Easter weekend. But with everything going on and the world going to a stop, we weren’t exempt from that, so we had to put that on hold.

“We feel we can really offer something positive to this town. We changed the name because it’s at the entrance to the town so it will be a nice feature going in and out.”

Ashley and Sandra had planned welcome locals to an Open Day, something Ashley says will happen when possible. He said: “We’re looking to open as soon as we can, but that won’t be until things go back to normal.”

This isn’t the first time the couple have worked together running a pub. The well-regarded Three Crowns in Brinkworth has been run by his family for the last 25 years.

He ran The Weighbridge Brewhouse at Penzance Drive in Swindon until selling it in 2016.

“I just love working in pubs because I love the interaction with people from all walks of life. People love to go to the pub to relax and wind down and we’re lucky enough to have made it our career.”

Although The Royal Wootton Bassett may have kept its traditional exterior, inside the menu will have tastes from countries from all over the world.

Ashley said: “It’s going to be a steak and tapas style restaurant. We’re going to have elements from all over the world and some of my favourite dishes I’ve had from places I’ve been.

That means there will be Asian, Eastern European, Indian and American dishes on the menu. The couple will be sourcing the food and products locally to put investment back into the local economy.

But with the current situation there’s no official opening day.

Ashley said: “It’s a case of how long is a piece of string. Now that lockdown has been extended for another three weeks we will have to wait and see what happens and we won’t announce an opening date yet.”

Good luck Ash, from all of your friends at Minety RFC.  We can’t wait for the lockdown to end and your new pub to open!

(most of this was shamelessly lifted from The Gazette and Herald of April 23rd 2020).

Written by Graham Cooke

April 25th, 2020 at 10:18 am

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Mike’s 100 Steps for the NHS

Minety stalwart, Mike Biggar is trying to walk 100 steps in a month for NHS Charities Together because we all should be taking steps to support the NHS.
 
So far Mike has raised over £32,000 towards his target of £50,000.
 

Former Scotland rugby captain Mike Biggar (now 70) was nearly killed in 1992 when a horrific car crash left him with severe brain damage, changing his life forever.

Left in a coma and with extreme head injuries, Mike’s prospects of recovery were not good; a slim hope of regaining consciousness but no real chance of speech or mobility. 

After 5 weeks on life support, Mike woke from his coma and then began the painstaking process of learning to talk and walk again. He spent a year in hospital with a hugely dedicated team of NHS doctors, nurses and therapists by his side assisting in his recovery. With huge effort, he slowly re-learnt to walk and talk, but subsequent falls causing further head trauma, twinned with arthritis from his rugby days, have led to further physical and mental deterioration, leaving him wheelchair-bound for the past 10 years.

Last month, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Mike was rushed to Cheltenham General Hospital A&E with a serious kidney infection and failing health. Thanks to the dedication and expertise of the urologist and staff at the hospital he was saved but has been left very weak with huge muscle loss.  He is now back home and trying to recover with all his usual grit and determination and the relentless support of his wife and team of dedicated carers.

In spite of these challenges, Mike has never lost his sense of humour and determination to make the most of his life and face head-on the everyday challenges we all take for granted.

Struck by the amazing efforts of Captain Tom Moore and wanting to show his appreciation for the NHS, Mike is trying to walk 100 steps in 30 days (with the help of his bars). He would love it if you were able to join him in showing your appreciation for the tireless work of the NHS in the face of the COVID-19 crisis by donating to ‘NHS Charities Together’.

 
If you would like to help Mike support the NHS please click Donate.
 
Many thanks.
 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 24th, 2020 at 11:06 am

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Committee nominations and the AGM

As we all are aware, these are extraordinary times and nothing is as it seems.

Ordinarily, this is the time when the Committee at Minety RFC would be putting together plans for the Annual General Meeting, usually held in the first two weeks of June, and beginning to invite nominations for all of the Committee roles.

However, circumstances mean that there can be no certainty as to when the AGM will be held, but as soon as the situation is clearer, that information will be made available here.

The Annual General Meeting is a vitally important event in the club’s calendar; it is the forum where the new members of the committee for the following year will be voted into post and where members can have their say to influence the future of the club.

This is your Rugby Club, and this is your chance to voice your opinions, elect officers for next season etc. These are extremely challenging times for all sporting clubs, especially relatively small ones like Minety.  We all need to pull together and work for the club.

If you would like to stand for an official position please add your name to the election of officers list, held by Peter McAllister (peterjmcallister@yahoo.co.uk) and Jack Ward (wardyjnr8@hotmail.com) by email. Where there are more than one nominated and seconded individual for a post, an election will be held, open to all members of the club.  Details of this will be made available in due course.

As of today, Monday 20th April, this is the current situation:

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

April 20th, 2020 at 10:31 am

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