Sidmouth RFC honour volunteers

More than 50 volunteers attended the Sidmouth Rugby Club Volunteers Evening held in the newly refurbished clubhouse, writes Terry O’Brien.

The event is held annually to recognise and reward the essential work done by a large number of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the club.

After most enjoyable hot buffet provided by club caterer Duncan Woods and his team, chairman Lester Willmington outlined the important achievements and contributions during the previous season before making presentations for notable contributions.

The Clubman of the Year trophy was presented to Chris Fitzhenry for his work with the junior section.

The Tug Wilson Cup went to Tom Seward as player/volunteer for his work in coaching the girls squad.

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Malcolm Barratt was acclaimed for 25 years’ service, firstly with the junior section and latterly as bar chairman and his wife Sally also received an award for her invaluable support.

Dave Whelan, the retiring vice-chairman received a award to make 21 years on the committee and board.

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Jason Allen was acclaimed for his work as coaching coordinator and ten years as a junior section coach.

Carron Headon received an award for her work as junior registration secretary, whole Cara Monghan and Saul Vicary were also honoured for their work in successfully introducing girls’ rugby.

Lee Sowden was another to receive an award, in his case for his work as project manager for the clubhouse refurbishment.

Mike Horsnell was honoured for his work as chairman of the committee organising events to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.

It was also noted that Robert Baugh has been recognised by Devon RFU as an ‘Unsung Hero’. He has been presented with two tickets for a Rugby World Cup game at Sandy Park. The Rugby Club is looking for a new finance officer. Any suitably qualified person, who would like to join thriving club and enthusiastic group of volunteers is invited to contact the chairman, Lester Willmington, on 07753116297.

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