Bulletin 22

BULLETIN 22 – September 2014

There has been a lot going on, and even more is planned, so you can read all about it in this latest Bulletin.

Construction

I am sure that you are all peering through the fence as you go in and out of the Club House. You will see that work inside the facility has been progressing fast. You will certainly see that the 3G surface has been laid. The gym and changing rooms are well advanced as well. We have recently been visited by Neil Carrie from Murrayfield and by sportscotland’s consultant on the pitch and both were impressed by progress. The building remains on target for completion by the end of October but, of course, we are in the last month of the project. Any hiccup now would result in a slight delay but fingers crossed! See item further on about your first opportunity to get inside!

Sportsman’s Dinner

We suggest you get your skates on and organise your tickets for the above taking place on Friday 21 November. Last year’s fund-raiser was a sell-out and this year we have two highly-respected speakers in Frank McAvennie and John Bacigalupo. Tickets cost £25.00 and you can get them from Craig, Ken or from behind the bar. More than 50 have been sold already.

External Fund-Raising

We have received word that the Edinburgh Airport Community Board has awarded us £1,000 for gym equipment, for which we are extremely grateful. Together with the two Sports Grants from West Lothian Council, this means that we have £11,000 for equipping the gym. We have also applied to Cash4Clubs to see if we can receive some help from this source as well.

Fund-raising Activity

Many thanks to Finlay and Caroline Crocker for donating places at a training course with Chris Paterson. Nine of our youngsters had a great morning with Chris and the draw gathered in £95.00. And thanks also to the P7 parents who donated the unused funds from the P7 party that took place in June. This added another £50 to our total. The cakes sold at Registration Weekend increased this by yet another £45.

Everyone who came along to the Wine Tasting Evening on 12 September had an enjoyable time, as Ellie’s Cellar educated us in the differences between wines of the New and Old Worlds. As well as sampling some excellent wine, we raised £298 for the development. Thanks to Ken and Moyra Richardson for the organisation and nibbles.

Finally, we received word that our second Bags2Rugby did top our first and we raised £320. Once again, many thanks to everyone who donated their clothes. The Fund-Raising Group have decided that we shall do this again but wait until the end of the season so that you have time to wear out or outgrow some more clothes before you are asked to hand them in again!

Pigs

We had 22 pigs handed in at the last Round-Up and a few more after Registration Weekend (which means that there are a lot of pigs out there!). The new pigs total is £5,537. Wow! Watch out for a feature in a future 2020 Bulletin on the pigs.

ONE LAST HEAVE!

We said in the last 2020 Bulletin that our target for this season’s One Last Heave is £30,000 and we need to reduce this all the way down to £0.00.

All of the fund-raising activity over the summer, including the items we have just reported and the impact of the August 100 Club draw, has nudged us along this path. The cumulative total for all of this is £7,693 (including, as we reported before, the grant from the Bill McLaren Foundation).

Our £30,000 target has now nudged below £22,500. We just need to keep adding sums, big and small, to keep the downward pressure on it.

Completion of the Facility

Put the evening of Friday 7 November in your diary. The Fund-Raising Group are planning an event to invite members to come along to the Club House, socialise and be taken round the new facility in its pristine condition. We are sure that you will all want an early opportunity to look at the results of all our hard work.

That evening will also see the November and annual draws for the 100 Club so if your name is in the draw you might be there to hear good news. If your name isn’t in, why not? Think about joining to help our fund-raising and give yourself a chance to win a prize. More details of the evening will follow

All-Club Event

Also, look out for some information in the next Bulletin of an All-Club Event that the Fund-Raising Group is planning for 2015. We are hoping that it will be another event for us all to remember just like the Gala Dinner was for those who could go. But this will be for everyone.

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With so much news, you can expect the next Bulletin to be issued sooner rather than later so watch out for it.