Letter to Patrons and Members of KLRUFC.
Firstly may I wish all our supporters a Happy and Prosperous 2020.
Well we are half way through yet another season of Rugby at Kirkby Lonsdale, the playing side of the club goes from strength to strength, the First XV are currently sitting half way up the North Premier League having won four of the last five league matches including completing the double over our nearest rivals Carlisle. The Development Squad and the Wanderers are happily sitting at the top of their respective leagues and an amazing number of players are turning out on training nights whatever the weather. The spirit in the camp under our coaches and with the help of our physios has never been better.
If you have looked recently at our website ( Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC ) you can read reports from the coaches of our Mini and Youth Section, they have also had a successful year so far and it is good for the future of the Club that we have committed Mums and Dads prepared to give up their Sundays to coach and support the youngsters. Although this season we had insufficient numbers to field both Junior and Senior Colts we had Four Under 18’s in the Cumbria Under 18’s side that recently beat a county side from Durham.
We must also make mention of the rapidly improving Ladies Section, as well as the Senior Ladies we also have Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 squads, some of whom have already represented the Cumbria County Squads.
As many of you will know we have this season qualified for the Cumbria Cup Final which is scheduled for Easter Saturday, 11th April, at the moment the venue has still to be confirmed, but please make a note of the date in your diaries.
Pre match lunches have also been successful this season although we have lost our two local derbies against Kendal and Vale of Lune we are still catering for between 80 and 100 guests. If you would like to book a table please contact Julie Treverton or John Townson as there will be places available later in the season and especially when the warmer weather arrives and we can open up the marquee.
The New Changing Rooms which will provide visiting teams with much improved facilities are nearing completion, we have had some generous donations which has allowed the work to continue and four of the rooms are now ready and thanks must go to Plug Taylor who has spent much of his leisure time over the past months working hard to complete the task started at the end of last season, but due to financial pressures never finished. Once we have all the work completed we would like to invite Members and other interested parties to come and inspect the work and see how the money has been spent to improve the Club facilities both for visiting teams and our ever growing number of players.
Many of our members who attended the last two Annual General Meetings will be aware of the discussions that took place regarding KLRUFC 2017 and the purchase of the land following the generous gift given to the Club by an “anonymous” donor. The current Committee under the Chairmanship of Neil Anderson and Secretary Richard Harkness assisted by Assistant Treasurer David Higson and Treasurer David Williams have had consultations with an Independent Solicitor who is guiding the Club in the way forward. Progress is being made but as with all Legal matters delays have been inevitable, the new structure will have to be approved by the RFU the Club Constitution revisited and then it is planned to invite members to an E.G.M. to approve the changes.
On a final note, we are currently having Working Parties on a Friday afternoons prior to the First Team playing at home on the Saturday, there are always jobs to be done, painting, cleaning, fences to be repaired, potholes to fill in. If you have a couple of spare hours then please come up to the Club at 2.30 on a Friday and give a hand, your reward will be a cup of tea and plenty of rugby memories.
Please continue to give the Management Committee and the Players of KLRUFC your support and I look forward to welcoming you to Underley Park in the near future.