Pimm’s Club – August 15th

Just a quick reminder that Friday (15th August) is the final Pimms Club of the summer.

For those not aware, this is a monthly event during the off season where we all meet up to drink Britain’s favourite summer tipple in the sun (or at least al fresco) before things inevitably spiral out of control and the hard liquor comes out. Pimms Club has a long standing tradition within the club and they are always memorable…in that no one can ever really remember what happens after 9pm.

The final Pimms Club this year will be hosted by none other than Bilbo Baggins himself, in the shire of Primrose Hill at his humble 7 storey hobbit hole. This will be on 15th August but please await more details as he may not actually be aware that he’s hosting it yet.

2014-15 Season Kicks Off!

The 2014/15 season kicks off Tomorrow at 18:30 in Regent’s Park. Pre-season training will be a mix of fitness, skills and rugby, taking place every Tuesday and Thursday until September at 6.30pm. We will have a team of coaches present, including fitness specialists.

Our summer training location is now between London Zoo and the Gloucester Gate entrance to the park, marked on this link as ‘Summer Training

Arrive changed or get changed by the side of the pitch. Bring water! Footwear for the time being is trainers.

Two Crucial Things:

1. Whoever arrives first, claim our space to train and mark it out with cones or anything to hand. Timing is crucial; If you think you can arrive a little earlier to do this on either Tuesday or Thursday, please let me know on 07950 257802.

2. Volunteers needed to collect the two bags of balls and ladders, etc from the Sheephaven and drop them over to the pitch. For early sessions we just need the two big bags, but they are not light to carry. Please let me know if you can help on either Tuesday or Thursday. In an emergency, I believe the Club will reimburse taxi fares.

With work commitments, holidays etc, we cannot expect 100% attendance at every session. Personal fitness is your own responsibility, but these sessions will help. Don’t worry if you’re feeling a bit flabby right now – the early sessions will be ‘accessible to all’. Just don’t leave it until August and think you can reach a level of fitness which will see you through the season – one of the reasons we suffered so many injuries last time around.

See you Tuesday!

Club Blazers

Given the verbal interest last season, especially on Finals Day, about club blazers we have sourced a supplier.

By sheer coincidence we were able to buy the previous batch off the peg from Brook Taverner, as modelled above by Matthew But that was a seasonal design that has ended and will not be renewed.

We now have a potential new supplier willing to replicate the blazers already in existence but need to determine interest levels before going any further.

The details of ordering a blazer are:

  • Cost is £150
  • Two payments required
  • 50% deposit upon order confirmation
  • 50% balance due around 4 weeks before delivery
  • Minimum of a total of 10 blazers required for the club to justify placing the opening order
  • We’ll confirm individually when we have reached the minimum total and require the deposit to be made. This will most likely be done online through our paypal payment system
  • Wait time of approx 18 weeks between deposit and delivery
  • Delivery will be to the club, and distribution to individuals from there.

This supplier is proving to be both more cost effective than our off the peg find last year, but also offers the opportunity to split your payments to the club. We are also then able to place orders in batches of 5 after this first bulk purchase.

If you would like to submit your interest then please fill in this form:

 

Save the Dates

Training resumes next week, it’s probably worth reminding you all of some important dates to mark in your diary over the next few weeks:

  • Pre-Season training starts a week tomorrow, Tuesday 1st July
  • This then occurs every Tuesday & Thursday through July & August
  • Pimms Club on Friday 18th July
  • Club AGM on Tuesday 5th August
  • Pimms Club on Friday 15th August
  • Opening fixtures are Saturday 30th August
  • League games start on Saturday 13th September

We’ll send reminders and further details for each of these as the dates approach but it’s worth marking these down now, especially the weekends regarding early season friendlies and the start of league rugby.

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Knights of Malta, Prepare

You should be salivating once you’ve read this and giving tour some serious consideration. I have put forward one hell of a set of a package including excursions and stash for you. This is what you’ll be receiving for your £300. I ask anyone to try and find a better value offer.

Malta Tour Itinerary
24th to 28th May, 2013

Friday
Fernandez Gozo & Comino Boat Cruise

2013 International Tour - Malta
2013 International Tour – Malta

The Fernandes is a beautiful 87 foot L.O.A. Schooner Rigged Turkish Gullet with a large forward deck covered stern deck and a large saloon. The Fernandes departs from the Sliema Marina and cruises North westwards towards Gozo. We drop anchor in secluded bays in Gozo. En-route one sees the panoramic cliffs, coves and inlets. The rest of the morning is spent swimming, snorkelling or just sunbathing and relaxing on the large decks, while our stewards prepare a delicious hot & cold Buffet including wine. After lunch we sail towards Comino, where we drop anchor in the beautiful Blue Lagoon and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming in the magical crystal clear water of the lagoon. Fresh Fruit is served before we leave the Blue lagoon. Masks and Snorkels are available on board Free of Charge. A fully stocked bar, fresh water showers and toilet facilities are available onboard. Private cabins with Private Facilities are available on request at a small charge. Fresh Fruit is also served in the afternoon.

Saturday
Belsize Park vx Stompers RFC

If we don’t win the match then we’ll certainly win the party afterwards

Sunday
Half day trip to Valletta

Valletta

Trip includes transport, English speaking licensed guide and entrance fees.

We drive to the Capital Valletta and walk to the Barrakka Gardens for a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour. Then on to St. John’s co-Cathedral, Malta’s greatest treasure that includes the famous painting by Caravaggio. Our tour proceeds to the Grand Master’s Palace, which houses the Parliament, the offices of the President of Malta and the Armoury.

Monday
Belsize Park vx Overseas RFC

Our match will be followed by the small item of Tour Court. There will be no winners on that day

Tuesday
The Last Supper

We will spend the day as we please, probably doing watersports or relaxing along the coast. The day will end with a last supper steak dinner.

Wednesday
Back to Reality

Go forth and never speak about what happened on tour again.

Tour Stash & Extras

All tourists receive  the following:

  • Playing insurance
  • 3 star accommodation for 5 nights (breakfast included)
  • Canterbury tour playing shirt with personalised name and playing number
  • Personalised tour polo shirt
  • Personalised tour baseball shirt
  • Kitbag (tbc)
  • Playing shorts (tbc)

I am working hard with suppliers to ensure we get kitbag, shorts and possibly more.

If you are interested then please email me on jsrpeters@hotmail.com and we can take things forward from there.

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