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Meet our Chairman Don Howell

Don

After being involved in Oswestry Rugby Club for more than 38 years I feel very honoured in following a long list of previous Club Chairmen that have shaped our Rugby Club into a major force within Shropshire and the North West. I have a hard act to follow the retiring Chairman, Steve Charmley, who has done a fantastic job these last five years in developing the Club both on and off the field.

Last summer we completed a full refurbishment of the Bar area: we are now open plan, no Vice Presidents’ room to the horror of some senior members and no fireplaces.

The RFU has provided some of the funding as part of the Get Ready for the World Cup 2015 project, together with kind donations and generous discounts on labour and materials, which we have matched with most of the members doing the hard graft, just like when we first moved from the Wynnstay to Park Hall back in 1978 under the guidance and leadership of our dearly- missed Gran Morgan and Pip Jenkins. What we have now is a more welcoming space to sit and have a chat, watch the game and have a beer. We also have a Club/Function Room which can project the Club both socially, and more importantly, financially.

The ever reliable Mike Owen is still playing and coaching the U17s who have entered the Raging Bull U17 leagues. Their games take place at 12.30pm on Sundays, so please come along and support, again please check this website for details.

This takes me to the Juniors and Minis section that just keeps growing every year, with teams at every age group from under 6s to under 16s and is testament to our organisation throughout the club over the years, containing former Club Captains, players and numerous volunteers as Junior Coaches.

This brings me to our New Website for you to explore and enjoy. Over the summer a working party has been developed to reorganise our communications between all departments within our great club. We now have a public Facebook page, a twitter Account and now this brand new Mobile-Friendly and we hope, informative Website. All you need to do is click on the "SITE MENU  PAGE MENU " (top-left) and then click on the page you require (on or off-page).

Finally none of this would have been possible without the support of many individuals, companies and Sponsors by volunteering and providing material and financial support. My main aim this year is to thank everyone for their continuing support to the best club in the area Oswestry Rugby Club.

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Welcome to the new 2016 -2017 season at Oswestry Rugby Club, this will be the Club 40th season so a big well-done to everyone that has contributed to our great Club since the first meeting in the Wynnstay Hotel back in the 70s.

Having secured promotion at the end of last season the 1st team have a very exciting fixture list against sides that 40 years ago Oswestry could only dream of playing against, but it is going to be hard to pick up points this season, but the Clubs aim is to avoid relegation.

As we start the season with a completely different side some supporters may say who’s he, or where’s is he from, these new players have come through our very successful Junior sides and been recruited by our Coach and President, although it will be very difficult to replace Zak and Hamish our beloved Kiwis who have now returned home, they have left us a legacy of how to perform week in and week out and give 100% to the Club both on and off the field.

Having mentioned earlier our junior section is growing from strength to strength and with the added Girls section the Club now provides Rugby for nearly 300 local youngsters. Also the Club have the support of many of the parents who have taken up volunteering roles within the junior section.

A major thanks must go to our Sponsors, Former Players and Vice Presidents whose continued financial support helps the Club reinvest in our facilities and coach education programmes

As I enter my final year as Chairman I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and encouragement and invite you all down to Granville Park to see good grassroots’ Rugby in our 40th year.

Don Howell

Club Chairman

Club Contacts
PositionName
President: Steve Charmley     07870 280747
Chairman: Don Howell   01691 670295 07739 446565
Vice Chairman: Simon Lakin     07976 476768
Treasurer: Dave Richardson   01691 690276 07971 606250
Director of Rugby: Gareth Barrett     07808 818750
Secretary: Paul Wapshott   01691 654509  
Marketing: Dave Morris     07970 984476
Marketing: Josh Tsang     07966 789313
Senior Fixtures: Martin Ord 01691 570185 07815 127470
Junior Fixtures: Paul Garratt     07825 441808
Membership: Mike Owen     07835 485278
Sponsorship: Mike Davies     07835 485278
Safeguarding Officer: Sandra Wynn      
Player Rep: Mike Davies     07835 485278
Social Sec: Gareth Ellis     07854 048464
Social Sec: Gareth Hughes     07972 266294
1st Team Manager: Dave Morgan     07761 912645
1st Captain: Andy Smith     07791 869465
Bar Manager: Andy Davies     07891 187530
Bar Manager: Naomi Davies     07983 386819
House Grounds: John Platt     07780 964349
PositionName
President: Steve Charmley     07870 280747
Chairman: Don Howell   01691 670295 07739 446565
Vice Chairman: Simon Lakin     07976 476768
Treasurer: Dave Richardson   01691 690276 07971 606250
Director of Rugby: Gareth Barrett     07808 818750
Secretary: Paul Wapshott   01691 654509  
Marketing: Dave Morris     07970 984476
Marketing: Josh Tsang     07966 789313
Membership: Mike Owen     07835 485278
Junior Chair:      
Sponsorship: Mike Davies     07835 485278
Social Sec: Gareth Ellis     07854 048464
Social Sec: Gareth Hughes     07972 266294
Facebook Coordinator: Andy Gozzer      
Website Admin: Jim Ord     +277252 39236
Twitter Admin:      
Bar Manager: Andy Davies     07891 187530
Bar Manager: Naomi Davies     07983 386819
House & Grounds: John Platt     07780 964349
PositionName
Director of rugby: Gareth Barrett     07808 818750
Senior Fixtures: Martin Ord     07815 127470
Membership: Mike Owen     07835 485278
Player Rep: Mike Davies     07835 485278
Safeguarding: Sandra Wynn      
Club Physio: Lottie Beard     07854 110877
1st Team Manager: Dave Morgan     07761 912645
1st Captain: Andy Smith     07791 869465
1st Vice Captain: Gareth Hughes     07972 266294
Backs Coach: Andy Merrett     07807 470227
Assistant Coach: Dan Samuels     07790 559317
2nds Captain: Andy Haythorne     07780 116217
Club Position?: Gaz Ellis      
3rds Captain: Steve Charmley      
3rds Team Manager: Mark Jones      
House & Grounds: John Platt     07780 964349
PositionName
Junior Chairman:      
Girls Chairman: Don Howell     07739 446565
Junior fixture: Paul Garratt     07825 441808
PositionName
U6: Ian Hamilton     07980 411315
U7: Tony North     07917 845 392
U8: Jonny Longfellow     07813 129 713
U9: Matt Peterson     07970 315 197
U10: Matt Bowyer      
U11: Brett Hollywell     07786 515 184
U12: Sam Hodgson     07972 463 903
U13: Lee Rogers     07772 712 338
U14: Eddie Bowen     07866 600 783
U15: James Cope     07528 816 036
U16: Craig Richardson-Howell     07932 553 898
U17: Mike Owen      
U18: Andy Evans      
U13 Girls: Rob Kershaw     07718 072332
U15 Girls: Rob Kershaw     07718 072332
U18 Girls: Rob Kershaw     07718 072332
PositionName
U6: Lisa Richards     07523 139 311
U7: Ruth North     07917 844 648
U8: Ruth Longfellow      
U9: Ali Heard     07765 131688
U10: Camilla Bruce     07866 310 044
U11: Helen Jones     07717 836 543
U12: Kate Hidden     07791 006 420
U13: Jason Munro     07540 844 977
U14: Eddie Bowen     07866 600 783
U15: James Cope     07528 816 036
U16: Vicky Tonge     07973 264 587
U17: Briagha Shaw     07812 052138
U18: Briagha Shaw     07812 052138
U13 Girls: Mary-Lou Kershaw     07986 725735
U15 Girls: Mary-Lou Kershaw     07986 725735
U18 Girls: Mary-Lou Kershaw     07986 725735
Website Liaison: Martin Ord 01691 652949 07815 127470
Website Design: Jim Ord +2772 523 9236

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