A little late for last week, but then early for this week, I just wanted to keep a bit of information flowing during the close season. I also wanted to thank everyone who scraped and painted and trimmed their way around the entrance to the Club this weekend.

Despite the return of weather akin to something known as "Summer" 21 of you came down and put in a shift last weekend. I should say 20 really because we were also helped by Kevin Greaves from the Rugby Union who mucked in with paint brush in hand as part of the NatWest Rugby workforce, to smarten up the facilities. Thanks Kev. 

It was good to see all sections of the Club represented, including Head Coach from the Men's Section, Chair and a good number of the Committee and senior players from the Women's Section, representatives from Mini and Junior Sections, both mini and juniors and parents, and a couple of Directors thrown in, all fed, watered and tended to by the multi-talented Paul Weare and organised by Pete Cureton. It was well worth coming down to see all that was going on.

I would hope the difference can be seen when you visit as part of your pre-season familiarisation with the Memorial Ground, there is still a bit to do, you could go on forever, but I promises not to, and Pete might put a further call out for help finishing off and trimming round the hedges and edges. If you can help that would be great.

We also continued with those admin tasks that need to be completed each season, Jeanette Colebourne giving up part of Sunday to DBS check the coaches, if any mini and junior coaches need to be DBS checked to continue coaching please contact Jeanette. The season is not that far away and these thing need sorting.

As you will see from the website there are things going on. You may have noticed the Men won the plate in the Ormskirk Sevens, well done to the team. Training is due to start this week, watch out for 

details and if you have not heard and are looking to train catch up with Dominic McKenzie for details. 

The Women have been training now for three weeks and there have been good numbers and new faces down at the training grounds they are using at Jericho Lane, although a bit early I hope to venture down to watch a session soon and will come back with reports.

Any other groups starting training and looking to attract players let me know and I will pass details on to my other reader and hopefully the word will spread and boost numbers.

Although the Ball has passed, and thanks again to all who organised and attended the event, we are looking at further events at the Club. Thursday 25th July sees a the return of the popular comedy nights, Tickets are £10 from the office, full details on the website but if you are able to come, maybe  organise a little group of you please support the event and enjoy the evening.

I would mention that I dropped in on a Songs of Praise at the Crow's Nest Car Park on Sunday which was part of an initiative organised by the local churches targeting people in the community who might not get away this summer. I have tried to put a schedule of events continuing his week on the website, well not me you understand but I asked for help, and if they appeal to you or those that you love why not join in.

Back to Club matters, there is a Board meeting this Thursday and I hope to provide a little insight going forward into areas we are looking to develop in the Club and ways you might be able to help, whether volunteering, sponsoring or joining in projects that the Club look to get off the ground. Before the meeting I know we have looked at setting up a Social Committee to work with Raychel to promote Club events, if you think you could help with this please let me know. 

As I have mentioned before promoting within the Club is a two way process, if there are matters that you wish to raise, events or achievements that others might like to know of I would be really pleased to share these whenever I can.

Have a great weekend.

Dave 

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