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BERFC's Centenary Season 2018/19 - Events and celebrations!

2 months ago By Edgar D'Mello

As many of you know our 2018/2019 season will be the 100th year of rugby in Barnet.

The founding members of our club were former pupils and teachers of Queen Elizabeth's Boys School who returned from WW1, rented a field and played their first match again St Barts Hospital in October 1919. That makes us the oldest club in continual existence in the Borough of Barnet and in Hertfordshire. As many of you know our 2018/2019 season will be the 100th year of rugby in Barnet. The founding members of our club were former pupils and teachers of Queen Elizabeth's Boys School who returned from WW1, rented a field and played their first match again St Barts Hospital in October 1919. That makes us the oldest club in continual existence in the Borough of Barnet and in Hertfordshire.

To celebrate this extraordinary milestone, we have a number of big events planned culminating in October 2019 with a rematch against St Barts exactly a century after the original match was played. The attached flyer details our plans. Occasional emails and website updates will keep you abreast of developments.

Members' Centenary Ball

On the 7th September 2019 we will be hosting a BIG party to mark our 100th Birthday. We have rented a luxury marquee which will be located on the 1st team pitch at the club. The party will be for over 18s and will be black tie with external caterers providing a superb three course dinner. Included within the ticket price are arrival drinks, table wine and an exceptional live band who will take us through to the small hours. It will be a great opportunity to meet former team-mates and to really mark our birthday.

Tickets are £100 per person and are limited to 2 per club member (a club member being all Adult Players, Vice Presidents and one Parent of all Mini and Junior players). The marquee has a capacity of 200 and tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

You can buy tickets from this Sunday 1ST JULY 2018 by going to our website www.berfc.co.uk/payments. You will need to be registered on the website to pay. If you are not already registered then simply go to the website and click 'Join this Website' then complete your details.

Please share this information with former players and friends of the club as we would love to see them there. They can join the club as a Vice President by registering on the website and buying a Vice President Membership in the payments section.

100 years of Rugby in Barnet - a history

We could not possibly let a full century of rugby in Barnet pass without investing significant time and effort in writing the full history of our club. So we are doing just that under the expert guidance of Simon Moy our resident professional author. The book is well progressed and will be a substantial and professional A4 colour hardback when it goes to press in November this year. A real must for the coffee tables of Barnet and beyond. The blurb is attached below.

BUT we need your help please - more specifically we need your recollections, funny stories, photos, press cuttings and memorabilia. Everyone has great memories of their time at the club but unless they are captured in print they will become lost in the mists of time. So please do help us make the book even richer in content than it is already by digging through your loft / recording your memories and then contacting Simon Moy at the email above. Thank you!

We are looking for a sponsor for our Centenary Season.

As you will see from the attached flyer we have many things planned for next season all aimed at increasing the profile of the club, attracting new members and having fun. We believe there is a 'once-in-100-year' opportunity for a sponsor to gain wide exposure across the club and more widely across Barnet and Hertfordshire. We have prepared a detailed package of opportunities for a centenary sponsor including guaranteed international tickets to all 7 of England's home games at Twickenham next season.

If you know of any organisations who would potentially be interested in sponsoring us, then please do drop Alex Bell a line.

Updated 10:40 - 1 Jul 2018 by Edgar D'Mello

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