Pinner RFC now starting on line shop

October 5, 2013 by paul  
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Please follow link on the right hand side bar

Pinner & Grammarians RFC is pleased to announce the partnership with Kalibazar to provide its rugby team wear and club clothing via their online shop platform.

The shop is open all year round and any orders will usually be delivered within a week.

Kalibazar have a strong pedigree in the team wear and clothing market and service over 240 clubs and 4 counties and we at Pinner & Grammarians RFC are looking forward to a long and successful partnership.

Here is the link to the new online shop

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It’s all go @ Pinner Rugby Club

September 29, 2013 by paul  
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This Sunday was very busy at Shafestbury Playing Fields, home of Pinner RFC.

The installation of the new posts, during the week, saw a third pitch ready for action, demonstrating further development of the club.

Pinner Mini Section hosted Hampstead RFC for a set of friendly matches from under 7/8s to the under 12s.

In the Youth Section the Under 13s were supposed to have their first league match of the season, unfortunately the opposition were not able to field a team, so Pinner got a home win, their time was not wasted as a full and profitable training session went ahead with players honing their skills and going through game drills.

The Under 15s were away at Hackney Bulls, but unfortunately a number of serious injuries picked up by both teams during the week meant that both teams agreed to postpone the game. In today’s world of youngsters, playing sports for schools and other clubs does have a knock effect on the weekend games. We wish all those who are injured a speedy recovery.

From what could be seen around the grounds, all players enjoyed a number of games and joint training sessions. Hopefully some match reports will come this way and be posted on the website.

The development of the club has entered a new and exciting area, not seen at Pinner for many years – a Girls Team. Coached by Caroline Westgate, they were having a light training session before setting off to have trails at Middlesex in the afternoon.

Next weekend sees home training session for all sections.

Clothes and Textiles Collection We need your Support

July 22, 2013 by paul  
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We are collecting old clothes and textiles, the idea is that we all collect bags of old clothes and textiles from our own homes, family and friends. Bring them into the rugby club over the next few weeks so we can amass a good weight in textiles, for which a Ragman will come and collect them and give us a nice cheque to go into the club

Please bring to the club for Paul Parker-Brice to sort them out ready for collection

Please ask friends and family for their old textiles, the more weight we get the more cash we receive.

We shall be very grateful for any old clothes, sheets, blankets, curtains, shoes, hats and any other textiles.

Please Support our Rugby Club,

Any special collection arrangements or more information

Please telephone +447917088802

Thank you for your kind support

New Girls Rugby Team @ Pinner RFC gets underway

July 22, 2013 by paul  
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On Saturday 20th July, a small group of local girls got together at Pinner RFC in Hatch End, to help form a Girls U15 Rugby squad. The weather was just right not too hot especially since the previous week had been extremely hot. The girls set about a fun training day with the help of the Pinner RFC Youth and Mini section coaches.

The majority of the girls had not played rugby before but soon found themselves at home handling the rugby ball, passing, scoring and hitting tackle pads. Throughout the sessions, the girls also developed skills whilst playing rugby related games. The fun day fun day session finished with a well-played game of touch rugby; where the girls put into use all the skills they had learnt throughout the day.

The girls’ rugby team will be an Under15 squad which is combined age groups of Under13, Under14 and Under15 (School years Year 8, Year 9, Year 10) The girls team is due to start training at Pinner RFC on Sunday 1st September at 0945 until 1200, if you are interested in playing for the team please contact Paul on 07917088802 or the website at www.pinnerrugby.com

We also need female volunteers to help out with coaching; both qualified and those who would like to gain the RFU level 1 coaching.

As this is a new development at Pinner RFC, we would welcome the opportunity for businesses and/or individuals to be part of this exciting time and you would like to sponsor the girls rugby team please contact Paul on 07917088802.

#voiceof1000men supporting The Wooden Spoon Rugby children’s charity.

June 2, 2013 by paul  
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Good afternoon,

We have released an unofficial Lions song & video. The first proper Lions song – not a stuffy anthem – a sing along rock n roll Rugby song.

The unofficial anthem for the 2013 British & Irish Lions in aid of The wooden Spoon children’s charity. The last time the Lions were down under their supporters out-numbered, out-sung and out-supported the locals. The Wallabies responded. The Voice of a Thousand Men is the Lions and the supporters secret weapon in 2013. A plea to the traveling supporters to carry with them the voices of the thousands supporting from home to help the boys to a famous series win.

We decided it was about time Rugby hit the charts, only 4 weeks ago and working day & night produced our Lions inspired version of the Swords of a Thousand Men originally by Tenpole Tudor back in the 80s and this time by our very own RUCK STARS.

Proceeds from sales of the track (on iTunes & Amazon from 69p!) go to The Wooden Spoon Rugby children’s charity.

My humble request is that you help us to spread the word.

- Watch and share the video on You Tube

- post the video on your Club Facebook page or website

- Retweet our tweets (for those familiar with Twitter!) and follow us  @voiceof1000men

- play the track in your club ( I can supply point of sale / posters) DVDs / CDs for Lions events you are running

- Promote the Tee shirt we will be launching in a few days time again with proceeds to Wooden Spoon

Any questions or ideas do email or call me.

Thanks for your indulgence

Warm Regards

Neil

Neil BooteFounder Director

M: +44 (0) 7903 984362

E: neil@ruckstar.co.uk

www.ruckstar.co.uk

Lets Get Rugby to Number 1

Pinner RFC AGM Saturday 22nd June 1pm

June 2, 2013 by paul  
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Dear Member and supporter of Pinner Rugby Club,

This is the first calling of our annual AGM to be held at the Rugby Club on Saturday 22nd June at 1.00pm, please find the Agenda in full attached.

If anyone wishes to stand for a committee position please let me know prior to the AGM.

We aim to start the day off with a breakfast bap and beers watching the 1st Lions game which kicks off at 11.00am, so the doors will open at 10.15am, all welcome.

For those of you who are unaware we have a Rugby Force day the previous weekend on the 15th and 16th June, to clean and paint the club, again all welcome.

I hope to see you all at both weekends

PINNER & GRAMMARIANS R.F.C. Ltd

President: David Hiles Esq.

Affiliated to the R.F.U., M.C.R.F.U.

Hon.Secretary : Robin Greenwood, 4 South Drive, Ruislip, Middx HA4 8EX

Tel: 01895 677764 (h); 07803 143137 (m); E-mail robing@storageking.co.uk

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday 22nd June 1.00 pm

In accordance with Club Rules notice is hereby given that the forty fifth ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will take place in Pinner and Grammarians Club house, Shaftesbury Playing-fields on Saturday 22nd June at 1.00 pm. Your prompt attendance is requested.

AGENDA

1.       To receive apologies for absence.

2.       To confirm agreement of the Minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting

3.       To consider Matters arising therefrom.

4.       To review the Report of the Hon. Secretary

5.         To review the Report of the Club Captain

6.       To review the interim Report of the Hon.Treasurer

7.       To review the Youth and Mini reports

8.       To accept the nomination of the outgoing Committee

for Club President.

9.       To confirm the election of the Officers, Captains and members of the General Committee for year 2013 – 2014.

10.     To vote that Pinner and Grammarians RFC Ltd does not undertake a full audit for the financial year ending April 13.

11.     To accept the outgoing Committee’s revision of the list of Vice-Presidents

12.       To confirm the decision on Annual Subscription.

13.       To consider any other business accepted by the President.

We are going to watch the first lions test at 11.00am, and will be serving breakfast baps beforehand at 10.00am prior to the AGM.

Once again thanks to all those who contributed during the season both on and off the field.

Well done to Aaron on a difficult baptism, honestly it does get easier!

Next season the Club needs YOUR HELP, we need coaches, administrators and players for the senior side, if you are that person or know of anyone please let anyone on the committee know.

Please make every effort to attend the AGM so that we can continue to build on our success to date. If you are prepared to take on any role please contact me or any member of the committee.

Apologies for absence should be conveyed to the Hon. Secretary before the meeting. Minutes of the 2012 A.G.M. and the Reports of the Hon. Secretary and Club Captain together with a verbal statement of the current financial position will be available at the meeting. Anyone not attending and requiring copies should contact the Hon. Secretary.

Robin Greenwood, Hon. Secretary, 29th April 2013

ELECTION of OFFICERS, CAPTAINS and MEMBERS of the GENERAL COMMITTEE

In accordance with the Rules the outgoing General Committee nominates

David Hiles to be Club President for the Season 2013 – 2014

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The Meeting is required to elect members to the following positions:

CHAIRMAN                                          CLUB CAPTAIN

HON.SECRETARY                               VICE CAPTAIN

HON.TREASURER                               ‘A’ XV CAPTAIN (Pelicans)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY                  VETS’  XV CAPTAIN

HON. BAR SECRETARY                      HON. TEAM SECRETARY

HON. PRESS SECRETARY                HON.’100 CLUB’ SECRETARY

MINI/YOUTH SECTION FOR SENIOR COMMITTEE

HON MERCHANDISE SEC

MINI CHAIRMAN

HON. MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

MINI/YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE

HON. SOCIAL SECRETARY

HON. CLUBHOUSE SECRETARY

HON. FIXTURE SECRETARY

NORTH WEST MIDDLESEX GROUP REPRESENTATIVES (x2)

FOUR ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS two at least who shall be playing members.

Vice-Presidents

Your Committee will propose amendments to the list of Vice-Presidents.

Candidates for the above positions will require be proposing and seconding at the meeting.

Should you feel able to offer your services to the Club by taking on any of the above positions or help with the rebuilding projects please contact the Hon. Secretary or Chairman.

We also need COACHES and ADMINISTRATORS for the mini and Junior sections (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY) along with SENIOR PLAYERS for the first and second teams.

Music and curry night- Saturday 26th January

January 21, 2013 by paul  
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Following the afternoons impending Pelicans victory and to get rid of those January Blues we are holding a Music and Curry night at the club, terrific duo ‘Mouth on a Stick’ will sing songs from 60′’s through to the 90′’s acoustically, while you can eat, drink and be merry. Ticket cost will be only £15 per person, for the curry and the music. Please let Sir Les Chaffe  if you are coming along: leschaffe@yahoo.com or book in via facebook. It was a brilliant night last time, therefore do not miss out this time

Singer/bassist (Howard) and guitarist (Keith) – both formerly of 80s rock band ‘Liaison’ – renew their musical relationship in this energetic and fun acoustic duo. Performing a variety of hits and album tracks from the last 4 decades, the pair mix dual vocals with acoustic and bass guitar. Both talented singers, they share the lead and backing vocal duties during their diverse set of rock and pop covers.

Mouth On A Stick specialise in the eclectic. They are not your average duo – nor do they wish to be. Their set consists of a carefully chosen mix of songs from the 1950s through to the present day.

We think you will be pleasantly surprised by the song choice – from award winning pop singles like Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘The Fear’ by Lily Allen to pop/rock anthems such as Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ by The Who.

There are also some obscure gems that you will undoubtedly remember but rarely hear these days. Brian Protheroe’s ‘Pinball’ and ‘Dance With Me’ by Orleans being two such examples.

And just to keep you on your toes, there are a few classic album tracks like Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, from their million-selling ‘Rumours’ album, or Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ from the album of the same name.

So please don’t be upset if you don’t hear ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ or ‘Mustang Sally’ – we like to leave that to the others.

Saracens Tickets – An easier way to order tickets!

October 26, 2012 by paul  
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Saracens have introduced a new and easier way for you to order tickets but still benefiting Pinner Rugby Club via the Cashback scheme!

A number of people have asked over the last couple of weeks if we are still selling Saracens Tickets this season. The answer is YES, however Saracens have changed their administration system which does make my life easier. For all games at Vicarage Road and the new stadium at Allianz Park Saracens are offering Pinner Rugby Club “Cashback “ £5 for every Adult and £2 for every Under 16’s Ticket purchased.

Please note the cash back offer is not available for the Saracens v Northampton Saints fixture at Stadium MK on 30th December 2012.

To purchase tickets you must enter the Saracens website using the designated link:

www.saracens.com/pinnerandgrammariansrfc

Users will need to register /create an account if you have not purchased from Saracens before., for each subsequent purchases you will simply follow the clubs URL and login again. Users must then follow on screen instructions and to book their tickets. Please note that your Tickets will be sent via post to you direct.

If you want to sit in the same area as your friends be sure to specify the stand and block you are looking to go for as this process will let the individual choose any seat(s) within the stadium.

I would encourage everyone to use the link every time you purchase a ticket to benefit from the club CashBack scheme. Cashback is a great way for Pinner Rugby Club to make money towards purchasing new equipment and other projects to benefit our children

Deryck Westwood Day Saturday 13th October

October 2, 2012 by paul  
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On Saturday October 13th the Club will celebrate Deryck Westwood Day “ with a Pelicans game in memory of our former vice-president who played for the club in 1936 and spent many an afternoon watching the team and dishing out Kit kats.

In his will Dereyck left a bequest for the Club to purchase a barrel of beer so that all who knew him or who have ever been involved with Pinner could mark his birthday with a pint. – All are welcome 1.00 pm till late.

If you want to play in the Pelicans/VETS contact Les Chaffe on 0759 6464321

Pinner RFC Hosting Saracens RFC Summer Rugby Camps

July 17, 2012 by paul  
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Saracens Rugby Camp – Pinner RFC Thursday 9th August & Friday 10th August

Pinner RFC are teaming up again with Saracens this Summer to give you an opportunity to train with the 2010-2011 Aviva Premiership Champions.
Saracens will be holding a Two Day Skills Clinic at Pinner RFC and we encourage all Mini and Junior players to develop their rugby by attending this course. The camp, designed in consultation with the Saracens academy, is for young aspiring rugby players and will provide the perfect balance of fun, intensity, excitement and education, using modern training techniques, player focused sessions and development through game play.

A very competitive pricing structure is in place this season with a 10% online discount also available. It is recommended you book early to avoid disappointed.

Period: Summer Holidays 2012
Date: Thu 9th Aug 12 – Fri 10th Aug 12
Time: 09:30 – 15:15
Number of Days: 2
Ages: 6-16 years as at 01/09/2011
Hot Lunch:        Yes
Cost: £50.00

To book your place or for further information, including course content and structure for and of the above courses please visit www.rugbycamps.com/saracens or call the Saracens community team on 01707 285 026.

Pinner Olympics – Club Open Day Saturday 18th August 2012

July 17, 2012 by paul  
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Saturday 18th August

Pinner Rugby Open Day

Hello to all members old and new of Pinner Rugby Club!

The 1st social event of the new season is upon us and I want to make it a whole club affair. By getting everyone together I hope to get us all excited for the season ahead and for us all to start becoming closer rather than a seniors section and minis section etc etc….. Absolutely anyone is welcome; grab all your mates family friends and anyone who might want to join a new club or even want to start playing rugby whether they are 5 or 55! lets get the beers flowing and the laughs rolling as we will have:

1) Pinner Olympics – £10 entry Per person this gets you a free beer and the trophy if you win! Grab your best/worst fancy dress outfit and come and compete in the annual games which include dizzee rascal (everyone’s fave) to the ultimate dance off!

2) Middlesex rugby bus - http://www.middlesexrugby.com/Community/MiddlesexBus/

3) karaoke- good singers bad singers and drunk singers all welcome!

4) The usual BBQ bouncy castle and fun and games for the youngsters.

5) Cross-bar challenge

Lets all do our best to get everyone down and get the season off to a good start.

Pinner end season in fine style

April 17, 2012 by paul  
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For the final league match of the season P&G’s played host to third place Uxbridge and put on one of their best performances to win 32 – 17.  Pinner gave early notice of their intention to avenge the early season defeat by the visitors with an opportunist try by prop Aaron Nicholas. The conversion failed but the five points were a confidence booster.  The Pinner pack  took the game to the much heavier Uxbridge forwards showing fire in the loose and good technique in the tight.  With the referee being very strict at the break-downs several penalties were conceded but Uxbridge failed to take advantage.  P&G’s were now guilty of over confidence and miss-handling allowed Uxbridge to scoop up the ball to run in a try, which was converted. The visitors now led 7 -5 but Pinner were not to be denied.  On the half hour a clever chip over the defence by scrum-half Craig Lane allowed flying winger Chris Jepson to out-pace the cover to score close in.  Mark Razzell added the two points to give the home team a half-time lead of 12 – 5.

The second half started with Uxbridge again not being able to capitalise on kickable penalties but with only five minutes gone Pinner got another penalty on the Uxbridge 22. Rather than take the easy kick scrum-half Lane darted through the flat-footed defence to scored under the posts and with Razzell adding the extra two points P&G’s now had a comfortable 19 – 7 lead.  Uxbridge were not yet finished, breaking for the back of a ruck in the Pinner half they got the ball wide to score in the right corner.  With only ten minutes remaining both sides were engaged in attacking rugby and zealous commitment to rucks and mauls led to several more penalties.  Razzell now had his kicking-boots on and was able to stretch the P&G lead to 22 – 12.  However Uxbridge stirred themselves for a final onslaught.  Their backs were at last moving with more precision and a well executed try was their reward.  Now, with only one score between the teams, Uxbridge seemed to have the momentum.  Their backs began a promising move into the home sides territory but the ever alter Chris Jepson intercepted their final pass top sprint 60 m to score his second try under the posts.  Razzell added the points and a couple of minutes later he brought his personal tally to 12 with a final penalty.  Uxbridge now seems reconciled to defeat and Pinner had a last minute chance to add to their score but the final pass went astray.  P&G’s ended the season on a high note for Reza Sibilants last game as Captain with a bonus point win by 32 – 17.

Pelicans also in action.

Pinner Pelicans, a mixture of 2nd XV and Veterans took on Fullerians from Watford.  The visitors had won their Vets League and with their 2nd XV not having a match they brought a very large squad.  Such is the nature of this class of rugby that the visitors were able to substitute players at will and bring on a totally new front row at half time.  Pelican replacements were a few mature gentlemen putting in brief cameo performances.  However everyone enjoyed the day.

The Club will be defending the Middx CRFU 7 a-side Vase, which they won last season at the MCRFU Club 7’s at Richmond on Sunday 6th May.

A Picture of You!

April 5, 2012 by paul  
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It’s that time again – time for a kind of competition.

This year there is going to be a Grand Prize Raffle Draw.

First Prize will be a painted portrait of you either in action whilst playing rugby or a selected image of your choice.

This is a one off opportunity to own an original painting – acrylic on canvas.

Previous winners of a painting have been ‘Bullet’ who requested a little more than what was originally on offer! See example below.

A fantastic new painting will be added shortly

How do you enter?

Simple, purchase a Prize Draw Ticket

What is the cost?

£7 per ticket or £10 for two now that’s not a bad return for a painting that would cost up to £750!

When will the draw take place?

Pinner Rugby Club AGM Friday 15th June (England v Sweden European Qualifier)

All profit will go to Pinner Rugby Club.

Pinner RFC to host the Aviva Premiership Champions Summer Camps

February 29, 2012 by paul  
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Summer 2012
Saracens Rugby Camp – Pinner RFC

Pinner RFC are teaming up with Saracens this Summer to give you an opportunity to train with the 2010-2011 Aviva Premiership Champions.
Saracens will be holding a Two Day Skills Clinic at Pinner RFC and we encourage all Mini and Junior players to develop their rugby by attending this course. The camp, designed in consultation with the Saracens academy, is for young aspiring rugby players and will provide the perfect balance of fun, intensity, excitement and education, using modern training techniques, player focused sessions and development through game play.

A very competitive pricing structure is in place this season with a 10% online discount also available. It is recommended you book early to avoid disappointed.

Description:      Two Day Skills Clinic

Venue:             Pinner RFC

Age:                 6-16 years as at 09/08/2012

Date:                09/08/2012 – 10/08/12

Price:               Online £50.00

Hot Lunch:        Yes

To book your place or for further information, including course content and structure for and of the above courses please visit www.rugbycamps.com/saracens or call the Saracens community team on 01707 285 026.

Below are some of the action shots taken during the previous Saracens Rugby Camp

England V Ireland Legends Match

February 28, 2012 by paul  
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England v Ireland Legends

Friday, 16th March, at the Twickenham Stoop (KO 7.45pm)

On the evening of Friday 16th March the England v Ireland Legends Charity Match is being held at The Twickenham Stoop (www.englandirelandlegends.co.uk).  It is the eve of the Six Nations clash and with the teams playing for the Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup it should provide the perfect opener to the final weekend of the championship.  We had 11,000 there in 2010 and we’re hoping to fill the stadium this time around.

The game will see some of the big names of English and Irish rugby go head-to-head one more time with those involved including Martin Corry, Shane Byrne, Jason Robinson, Rob Henderson, Austin Healey, Richard Wallace, Jason Leonard and Mick Galway to name but a few.  See the flyer below for the full team squads.

The game is being played again to raise funds for those seriously injured playing the game we all enjoy so much.  The charities benefiting include the RFU Injured Players Foundation, the RPA Benevolent Fund and the IRFU Charitable Trust.  There are a number of great sponsors on board to cover the running costs so all funds raised go directly to the charities.

After the game there will be bands playing in the main bar and plenty of food and drinks to be had so come and make a night of it. Corporate hospitality is also available – drop me a line if you would like details.

Let me explain the background: The game was conceived to raise money for Stuart Mangan, who was paralysed from the high neck following a rugby accident whilst playing for Hammersmith & Fulham RFC in April 2008.  Stuart required 24-hour medical care for his every basic need and The Stuart Mangan Appeal was launched to fundraise, with patrons including Keith Wood, Ronan O’Gara and Jason Leonard.  Stuart sadly passed away in August 2009 having contracted pneumonia, but his family have chosen for the Legends game to raise necessary funds to support other injured players.

We are aiming to sell all 12,000 seats at the game so we need to maximise awareness of the event.  We would very much appreciate it if you would forward this email to all of your individual club members and supporters and to anyone who you think would be interested in attending the game.  Also, if you could include this information on your Rugby Club website and/or in your club’s newsletters, on notice boards and on your Twitter, Facebook and other social network accounts, it would be most appreciated.

Adult tickets £10, Concessions £5.

Click on the link below to purchase your tickets now and also please pass this on to any of your contacts who you think would be interested.  With the names involved it promises to be a cracker!

Details are also available at www.englandirelandlegends.co.uk, on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/253120864764718/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/ENGvIRELegends.

If you are unable to make it to the game you can make a donation to our three charities on our VirginGiving page at the following link:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/englandirelandlegends

If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or on the numbers below.

We look forward to seeing you at the England Legends v Ireland Legends match and would very much appreciate your support for these very worthy rugby charities and for Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup.

Warm best wishes

Ann Higginson

Six Nations competition

February 3, 2012 by paul  
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Welcome to this year’s 6 Nations tipping competition.

Its easy and its fun and takes less that 5 mins to register ….just take a look

The 6 Nations is almost upon us, the best International Competition in World Rugby and probably the most open its been for years.

The competition is being run through sportguru.co.uk, the same site we used for the Rugby World Cup tipping competition. So if you participated in that you should already have login details – if not see below.

COMPETITION: RBS Six Nations (2012)

START DATE: Sat 4th February 2012

COST: £10

PRIZE MONEY:

1st Prize = 50% of pool

2nd Prize = 20% of pool

3rd Prize = 5% of pool and 25% of pool goes to the club.

HOW TO ENTER: Log onto http://www.sportguru.co.uk/ click on the “Register Now” button, then select the “Six Nations” from the drop down bar, then fill in your details (they don’t ask for many). Once you have done this, search for the pool called “Pinner Rugby Club” and apply to join pool. Once I have accepted you into the pool you will be free to enter your tips by following the instructions. Payment of the entry fee will need to be made by 10/02/2012 ( 2nd weekend), or you wont be able to win a prize.

I will send the relevant Bank details once all participants have registered.

RULES: Each entrant must submit their picks and margin before the deadline stipulated on the Sportsguru website. You can only enter your tips once so make sure you are certain of your tips before entering them as you cannot amend them afterwards! There are 5 rounds contain 3 matches each. You will receive points for correctly tipping the result of the game and also bonus points if you are within 5 points on your margin. There will also be bonus points and grand slam points awarded, check out the “Scoring System” tab for more information on how the comp will be scored. If you forget to put your tips in for a game you will be given the default tip by sports guru, check out the “Defaults” tab for more info on this. The person with the highest number of points at the end of the comp takes the top prize, the two closest runner ups will also receive some prize money and the club will earn a share. Actual prize money breakdown will be sent once we know how many people are playing.

If you think anyone else would be interested feel free to forward this on.

Round 1

Saturday, 4 February 2012

France v Italy, 14:30

Scotland v England, 17:00

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Ireland v Wales, 15:00

Round 2

Saturday, 11 February 2012

France v Ireland, 20:00

Italy v England, 16:00

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Wales v Scotland, 15:00

Round 3

Saturday, 25 February 2012

England v Wales, 16:00

Ireland v Italy, 13:30

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Scotland v France, 15:00

Round 4

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Ireland v Scotland, 17:00

Wales v Italy, 14:30

Sunday, 11 March 2012

France v England, 15:00

Round 5

Saturday, 17 March 2012

England v Ireland, 17:00

Italy v Scotland, 12:30

Wales v France, 14:45

Good luck!!

Music & Curry Night: Saturday 21st January, all welcome

January 9, 2012 by paul  
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To get rid of those January Blues we are holding a Music and Curry night at the club, terrific duo ‘Mouth on a Stick’ will sing songs from 60′’s through to the 90′’s acoustically, while you can eat, drink and be merry. Ticket cost will be only £10 per person, for the curry and the music. Please let Sir Les Chaffe no if you are coming along: leschaffe@yahoo.com or book in via facebook

Mouth on a Stick

Singer/bassist (Howard) and guitarist (Keith) – both formerly of 80s rock band ‘Liaison’ – renew their musical relationship in this energetic and fun acoustic duo. Performing a variety of hits and album tracks from the last 4 decades, the pair mix dual vocals with acoustic and bass guitar. Both talented singers, they share the lead and backing vocal duties during their diverse set of rock and pop covers.

Mouth On A Stick specialise in the eclectic. They are not your average duo – nor do they wish to be. Their set consists of a carefully chosen mix of songs from the 1950s through to the present day.

We think you will be pleasantly surprised by the song choice – from award winning pop singles like Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘The Fear’ by Lily Allen to pop/rock anthems such as Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ by The Who.

There are also some obscure gems that you will undoubtedly remember but rarely hear these days. Brian Protheroe’s ‘Pinball’ and ‘Dance With Me’ by Orleans being two such examples.

And just to keep you on your toes, there are a few classic album tracks like Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, from their million-selling ‘Rumours’ album, or Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ from the album of the same name.

So please don’t be upset if you don’t hear ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ or ‘Mustang Sally’ – we like to leave that to the others.


Presidents Lunch: Saturday 29th January

January 9, 2012 by paul  
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This Saturday saw many past members attend the annual Presidents Lunch hosted by current President David Hiles. Many of the past past players brought an assortment of memorabilia including a dish/bowl with a cartoon character painted on (see photographs). Two fresh barrels of London Pride were made available for our retired players; but judging by the consumption levels they have not retired from consuming alcohol!

David Hiles made his usual great speech and mentioned the sad loss of Bill North, the current performances of the 1st XV and the continuing development of both the Youth and Mini Sections.

After an excellent meal an auction was set in place by Pinner RFC Chairman Andy Wright for 10 tickets for the Saracens v Harlequins match at Wembley. After a slow start a bidding war developed and unlike usual auction bids did not go up at a steady pace; one wasn’t sure but a bid of £100 was keenly added to by an amount of £130 some jump! The final winning bid was for £185 the winner will remain nameless at this point just in case members of the family were looking forward to a nice weekend away with the bid money!

Following the meal, past members ventured out on to the bitterly cold fields of Shaftesbury playing fields to watch the 1st XV home League fixture against Old Grammarians – see match report on website

Please find below a number of photographs from the lunch (taken by under 12’s hooker Jacob Talbot; current 1st XV match photographer)
Also a little treat: ‘Lion Hunt’ those who know, know!


Bill North passes away

December 15, 2011 by paul  
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It is with great sadness that I have to let all of P&G RFC know that our revered Past and Life President Bill North passed away during the night. (D. Hiles)

Bill North: 30th May 1922 – 14th December 2011

Pinner & Grammarians President 1977-2002

President Lunch link

Hero bomber pilot’s amazing untold story

Bill North and his crew with a Stirling Bomber (Pic: Phil Harris)

Left to right, P/O Bill North (Pilot), F/Sgt Norman Jarvis (Bomb Aimer), F/Sgt Dave Crowley (Navigator), Sgt Monty Monteith (Wireless Operator), Jock Pork (although present is not a crew member), Sgt Les Morton (Flight Engineer), Sgt Eddy O’Shea (Rear Gunner), Sgt Dennis Bartlett (Mid-Upper Gunner). Standing next to a Short Stirling Bomber, Bill and the crew had two nearly fatal crash landings in Stirlings during RAF training.

EVERY day for nearly 70 years, Dennis Bartlett silently thanked bomber pilot Bill North for saving his life.

The last time he’d seen his Second World War comrade was in July 1944 on a pitch-black hillside in France where Bill crash landed their bullet-ridden Lancaster after a Luftwaffe attack.

Wounded Bill, then 22, bravely decided to down the plane rather than bail out when he learned another crewman’s parachute strap was damaged and he couldn’t jump.

Bill North and his crashed Lancaster Bomber (Pic: Phil Harris)

The pilot thought Dennis had parachuted out but when the bomber hit the ground, his friend was still on board.

The men were captured by the Nazis that night and when they were taken to separate prisoner-of-war camps, Dennis feared he would never see his pal again.

But last week they were reunited at the retirement home where the former RAF pilot now lives, and relived the incredible, untold story of their great escape.

As emotion welled inside him, Dennis, 87, said: “The memories of that night in France have been with me for 67 years.

“We all owed our lives to Bill. Without a thought for himself and while terribly injured he stayed on board our doomed bomber in order to save us. That still moves me to this day.”

Bill is now 89 but he remembers what happened so vividly it could have been last week. He said: “I was never scared of flying. My fear was of letting my crew down.

“We had become the firmest of friends as well as comrades and had complete confidence in each other’s abilities. It would have been a bitter blow if any one of my crew had been killed.”

Bill and Sergeant Dennis, of Camberley, Surrey, were part of Bomber Command’s 61 Squadron based in Skellingthorpe, Lincs.

Their mission was to attack the German base in St Leu d’Esserent, France, as part of an Allied force of 231 Lancasters and 15 Pathfinders.

They dropped 1,000lb bombs to cut communication to the base but 12 Lancasters and 83 lives were lost. Bill recalled: “We dropped our bomb load and suddenly we were being attacked. Bullets were ripping into my Lancaster.

“We lost our port inner engine, flaps and one of our petrol tanks. I was shot in the left elbow and thigh, my left arm just dropped down useless because the nerve had been severed. The aircraft was not responding to the controls so I gave the order ‘abandon aircraft’.

“But then one of our men said his parachute harness had been shot off and he couldn’t jump. I decided the only option was to crash land the aircraft. I was not going to leave him behind.”

Bill, of Basingstoke, Hants, brought down the aircraft over tree tops and landed tail down to prevent the wings from combusting.

To his surprise, Dennis appeared from the wreckage and helped get him out. But they were captured by the Nazis and Bill spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1.

“Fortunately the crash landing was successful,” he said. “My overriding feeling was one of immense relief and satisfaction my crew survived.

“I wasn’t decorated but then no-one in authority knew of our crash landing.

“For my part, I was only too pleased we survived the war. Every night we flew in the shadow of death. I think about it every day.”

The touching reunion was down to Chris Keltie, a former neighbour of Bill’s who was fascinated by an old photograph of the crew. Three years ago, he decided to track down Dennis and write a book on the hero pilot’s life.

Chris said: “I think Bill should have been awarded a VC. His story needs to be told.”

Chris’ book Riding In The Shadow Of Death will be published soon.

RAF Lancaster pilot

F/Lt Bill North

61 Squadron.

THE FOLLOWING EXTRACT IS IN BILL’S OWN WORDS AND IS HIS ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT

F/Lt Bill North

“On the night of the 4/5th July 1944,I was the Pilot of Lancaster EE 186, QR—D for Dog 61 Squadron, Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire. Earlier in the day my crew had taken the same aircraft on a 35 minute NFT—Night Flying Test—flight, and found it to be satisfactory in all respects.

Prior to take-off my Crew and the other involved 61 Squadron Crews would have attended a “briefing”. This briefing would have included target details (the V-1 site at St. Leu), weather forecast during the flight, visibility, particularly in the vicinity of the target, our bomb load and bombing height. When we took-off to set course for the target the weather as I recall it posed no problems. The time for takeoff was 22.30 hours. As the mission was during the night the entire flight would have been planned to take place in the dark.

Our flight to the target area was uneventful. On reaching the target area I was able to see that our target had been suitably “marked” by our Pathfinder Force and therefore set the pre-determined course and height for our bombing run. It was at this stage that as was usual on our operational trips, my Bomb Aimer, Sgt Norman Jarvis took control. I maintained the bombing course and height, ensuring that the Lancaster was kept “straight and level”. From time to time during the bombing run I altered course as necessary in line with Sgt Jarvis’ instructions. We completed our bombing run, dropped our bomb load and as soon as my Bomb Aimer said “Bombs away, Skipper”, I turned very steeply away from the target area which of course was also the danger area and set course for home.

So far so good, the mission was proceeding according to plan. Then suddenly my Gunners Sgt Dennis Bartlett and Sgt Eddy O’Shea called out the dreaded warning “Corksrcew Port, Go!”. This was an evasive manoeuvre that was taught to Bomber Pilots to escape from an attack by a Night Fighter, we had practised this many times during training. It was a violent dive to Port that put incredible stresses on the airframe and it wasn’t for the faint hearted. We were being attacked by a German Night Fighter and machine gun bullets were ripping into my Lancaster. We lost our Port Inner Engine and flaps and one of our petrol tanks. I was immediately wounded in the left elbow and thigh, my left arm just dropped down useless because the nerve had been severed. In addition the aircraft was not responding to the controls. In these circumstances I gave the order to “Abandon Aircraft”- it being my intention to attempt to bail out when the crew had left the aircraft. However at this stage Sgt Hackett (the replacement Flight Engineer for Sgt Les Morton who was off sick) said his parachute harness had been shot off and he couldn’t jump. I therefore immediately decided the only option was to crash land the aircraft, not something I wanted to do at night over unfamiliar terrain; I was not going to leave him behind. When I took this decision I was not aware that two other crew members were still on board the Lancaster. In retrospect having this information would merely have confirmed my course of action.

I did what I thought was best. Initially I judged my height by my altimeter and visually as we neared ground level. I managed to regain some control over the aircraft as we came across the tree tops. I straightened up and I saw a gap in-between the trees on a hillside, this was our one and only chance to make it. I decided our best chance of survival was to land the aircraft tail first from a height somewhat higher than that adopted during a normal landing. I was of course anxious to avoid creating too much friction on hitting the ground and thus creating a situation where the petrol in the wings could ignite with disastrous results. Fortunately the crash landing was successful in that all three members of the crew on board plus me survived the impact.

What is my overriding feeling about what happened to my crew and to me on the 4/5th July 1944? Firstly, one of immense relief and satisfaction that my entire crew survived. We had become the firmest of friends as well as comrades and had complete confidence in each other’s abilities. It would have been a bitter blow if any one of my crew had failed to survive. In the event two evaded capture (Navigator F/Sgt Dave Crowley and Flight Engineer Sgt Hatchett, with me for the first time in place of my regular Engineer, Les Morton) and five became POWs. Secondly, it is a source of amazement that I managed to crash my Lancaster at night without serious injury to anyone on board. I was never scared of dying, the only fear I ever had was of letting my crew down. Whilst I hesitate to suggest we were unique—I have yet to meet any Lancaster Pilot who has had a similar experience. Which leads me to ask “Was there a Guardian Angel looking after us?”

Bill had been shot twice through his left arm, the nerve had been severed and it was useless. He had two bullet wounds to his left thigh and was bleeding profusely, wind was rushing through the shattered Cockpit and down the fuselage and the altimeter was spinning out of control as they plunged towards the ground. The night fighter had also come in for a second time giving them another fatal round of cannon shells and bullets. Bill and the Flight engineer were fighting with the controls which were barley responding; they were approaching the ground fast when Bill suddenly regained some control over the Lancaster. Baring in mind it was nightime, Bill had used the altimeter to judge their height off the ground, but said he couldn’t rely totally on this; so when tree tops suddenly came into view he now had seconds to adjust the aircrafts position. The underside of the Lancaster was brushing the tree tops when Bill suddenly spotted a gap between the trees, “This is it we are going down now,” said Bill. They came down onto a French hillside with the nose up and tail down to try and avoid creating friction that might ignite the fuel in the petrol tanks. The Lancaster came down with a hell of a bump throwing the flight engineer into what was left of the cockpit and breaking his arm. They all sat there in a stunned silent daze, the plane hadn’t exploded on impact which they so often did. All of a sudden Dennis and Monty appeared from the fuselage behind Bill “Come on let’s get the hell out of here” shouted Dennis. They all helped their respected Captain out of the wrecked plane, and were all extremely concerned for him because of his serious injuries. Bill doesn’t know to this day how he managed to save the crew and the plane that night, but does put the sequence of events down to his RAF training and his Guardian Angel. I do agree with Bill, but it must be noted that Bill’s outstanding skill as a Bomber Pilot, his courage and coolness in the face of adversity played the major part in their saving. I think Bill should have been awarded a V.C. for his selflessness and courage in saving his crew, but sadly that was not to be.

F/Lt Bill North

“No, I was not specially decorated. I simply received the normal medals. Of course one has to remember that no-one in authority would have learned of our crash landing and I for my part, was only too pleased that we survived the war – particularly as I have recently learned of the extent of the RAF losses on 4thJuly. I was not afraid, there was so much to do and think about what would follow. Above all I was concerned about how strong my father would be when he received the telegram telling him I was missing.”

Above. Bill and Dennis reunited after 67 years on 20th Mar 2011.

Les Morton now lives in Australia.

Mini Section Christmas Party – Sunday 11th December

December 6, 2011 by paul  
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You are all welcome to join in the festive activities from 1pm Sunday 11th December. After the morning training session, the Mini Section will be holding its Christmas Party,

so one would suggest that children bring along a change of clothing – ‘Dress to Impress’, food and drinks, possibly a visitation from the ‘man in red’ (who could that be we ask?), sing along with ‘Sir Les’.

We will be collecting presents for a local childrens’ home; so bring any presents – wrapped with either boy/girl and age tag on them, that would be splendiferous

Hope to see everyone there, especially to thank Kathy and her team a massive thank you.

for more information:

wait for a text/email from Jo!

or click here; christmas party invite

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