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MTV Rewind

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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 AubreyDave 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
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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MTV Rewind

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Saturday 18th March 2020

Well, it should have been the last match of the season today, a home fixture against Trowbridge.  With the team hitting top format the start of March who knows where Minety would have finished in the table, and what the result against a team that has always caused us problems just when we didn’t want any!

So, if you need your fix of Dorset and Wilts league rugby, sit back and enjoy the encounter between the two teams played at Minety on Saturday 27th january 2019.

Click on the MTV Rewind image or use the side bar menu on the right.

Written by Graham Cooke

April 18th, 2020 at 10:08 am

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11th April: MTV Rewind

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Saturday 11th March 2020

Yet another weekly dose of Minety RFC action.  This week’s MTV Rewind takes us back to Saturday 7th October 2017 when we travelled to Supermarine in Swindon for a D&W1N league match

Time to sit back and enjoy and let “MTV Rewind” take you down memory lane!

Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2020 at 10:25 am

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As promised, another weekly dose of Minety RFC action.  Last night (March 3rd) we should have been playing under the lights in a D&W1N match against relegation threatened Chippenham at their all-weather facility.  This week’s MTV Rewind takes us back to November 8th 2019 when we travelled to Chippenham for a mid week Vase match against Warminster

Time to sit back and enjoy and let “MTV Rewind” take you down memories’ lane!

Written by Graham Cooke

April 4th, 2020 at 12:05 pm

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The final tables for 2019 – 2020

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The RFU have now finalized the league placings across all leagues in England bar the Premiership.  As a consequence, league leaders Avonvale have been promoted to the Southern Counties for 2020 – 2021, while bottom club Bradford on Avon have been relegated to Dorset and Wilts 2 North. Swindon 2 and Westbury have been promoted promoted from D&W 2.
 
Unusually, only 1 club was relegated from Southern Counties this year, and they do not compete in Wiltshire, hence the fact that one club has been promoted to a higher league (Avonvale), two more up to D&W1N (Swindon II and Westbury) but only one relegated (Bradford).  This means that Chippenham, who finished in a relegation threatened 11th place in the league, stay in D&W1N in 2020 – 2021.
 

D&W1N looks like this for next season: 

Minety
Warminster
Marlborough 2
Trowbridge 2
Westbury
Calne
Chippenham 2
Sutton Benger
Melksham
Frome 2
Swindon 2

Royal Wootton Bassett 2

 
So that leaves the league tables looking like this for the 2019 – 2020 season: 
 
 

Written by Graham Cooke

April 4th, 2020 at 11:49 am

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Coach’s End of Season Review

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Since it looks as if the rugby year has ended for Minety, with the ending of the league season, the cessation of all playing activities and the cancellation of both the 7’s Tournament and the End of Season Dinner, James has put together his end of season review, including an assessment of the 2019 / 20 campaign, his Most Improved Player nominations and winner and those who were considered for the prestigious “Coach’s Player of the Year” and who was the eventual winner.

James’s review can be accessed via this link or through the Coach’s News section available on the right hand menu.

 

 

 

 

Written by Graham Cooke

March 30th, 2020 at 3:53 pm

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MTV Rewind: Minety 2nd XV v Bath Saracens

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As promised, your weekly dose of Minety RFC action, and this week we take a stroll back in time to take in a match played by the 2nd XV at Bath Saracens on Saturday 21st April 2018.

The match, played largely in excellent spirits, contains one of the best tries of the 2017 – 2018 season.

Time to sit back and enjoy and let “MTV Rewind” take you down memories’ lane!

Written by Graham Cooke

March 28th, 2020 at 10:40 am

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Minety launches “MTV Rewind”

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Missing your fix of rugby already; gently going “stir fry” crazy?

It wont fill the gap entirely, but Minety RFC are now launching “MTV Rewind”, a chance to see some classics from the archive that we’ve built up over more years than any of us care to remember.

Each week we’ll publish the MTV coverage of a match from the archives (well, if BT Sports and Sky Sports can get away with it, so can we) and, if copy is still available, the match report.

Click on the new “Minety Rewind” logo or use the right hand menu to access “Minety Rewind”.

The first match is up and ready for viewing, going back to Andy Grayson’s first game as coach and a 1st XV led by Tom Claxton.

Written by Graham Cooke

March 21st, 2020 at 11:17 am

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