Chairman’s Newsletter 3 – January 2023

Posted on January 27th, 2023

Hello everyone

A quick reminder about our club social evening on the evening of Wednesday 1st February. Thanks to those who have already booked food orders or told me you are coming. It promises to be a great evening. For those who haven’t got around to replying yet, the details are as follows:

Date – Wednesday 1st February 2023
Time – 19.00 for food, 19:30 for the main meeting
Location – Grove Rugby Club, Wasborough Field Recreation Ground, Cane Lane, Grove, OX12 0FL (plenty of parking)

Note that for those not familiar with the location the car park is off Cane Lane and if driving you have to approach from the west (off Denchworth Road or Brereton Drive). Walking or cycling you can cut through Cane Lane from Main Street. The postcode is accurate and sat nav should manage to get you there! The car park is quite dark and the entrance to the Rugby Club is from the edge of the playing fields (you will see the rear of the building from the car park).

Food details:
The Rugby Club has a good bar and we are bringing in the food courtesy of Millbrook Fish and Chips in Grove. Menu choices are given below, please let me know your choices by Sunday 29th January so we can pre-order with the shop. Exact money (cash) on the night please.

cod and chips £7.50
quarter BBQ chicken and chips £6.00
beef pie and chips £5.00
large sausage and chips £4.00
cheese and onion pastie and chips £5.00 (vegetarian)

Please let me know at:

If you don’t want to place a food order, please feel free to join us for 7.30. Once we kick off the main meeting, we will hold an informal session on hints and tips for GPS devices and related online functionality (Garmin, Strava, etc, etc). I would like some volunteers to help out with providing some of these tips, so if you feel you know your way round this stuff reasonably well, please contact me ahead of time. In particular, if anyone is a non-Garmin user (eg; Wahoo, Hammerhead, smart watch or phone app) I would really like to hear from you.

Alongside this we will be collecting orders for club branded clothing in order to get a bulk order in to the supplier. Leadtime is around 6 weeks, so this is all nicely timed to be ready for the spring season. We have updated the club shop tab on the website so take a look there before the meeting to decide what you want to order: Club clothing page. IMPORTANT: to help out with getting sizing right, can I ask those of you who already have club kit to bring items along to enable others to try them on for size? We will have some stickers available to identify items so they won’t get lost. We’d like to get as full a range as possible of the different styles of jersey in particular in different sizes. Ideally, put them in the wash first!

NB: if you can’t be there on the night but want to place an order, please contact Jon and Karen Townsin who have kindly been liaising with the supplier:

I look forward to seeing lots of you there.


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