Over recent years Wharfedale RUFC has supported the RFU Grand Draw as a valued method of raising funds to support our club. This season the RFU Grand Draw has been paused and they have encouraged us to run our own raffle.

Each year our members contribute for books of RFU Grand Draw raffle tickets, 5 tickets to members and 10 tickets to season ticket holders, so to replace these we are running the Wharfedale RUFC Grand Draw.

This will be a win win solution as the club will receive 100% of the proceeds and members and supporters with raffle tickets …

Supporters and visitors to the ground over the last few weeks cannot have failed to notice our shiny new electronic scoreboard, which has been generously funded by Brigantes Walking Holidays, run by Annette Hirst, mother of first team prop Jack. Annette tells us that she is usually pretty good at knowing the score but is never sure how long there is to go – so the pressure is on our new board operators, Sam Stockdale and Jim Mason, to keep on top of the timing. We are very grateful to Annette for her generosity and would have publicised this earlier …

For the latest WRUFC 200 Club draw Jennie was helped by players from our Mini & Juniors Section one Sunday morning, during training. Pictured is young Harry Steel dipping his hand in the bag to pick out a winner.

A list of those lucky supporters picked out is shown below and will also be posted in the match programme. Thank you for your continued involvement, your individual £18 a year, all add up and it is much appreciated by the Club.

Membership of the 200 Club is open throughout the year – just contact Jennie Whiteley at Jenniewhiteley0@gmail.com.

Our thanks to Gordon Brown for this photograph of the sunset at The Avenue on the evening of the recent match between Sedbergh and Woodhouse Grove Schools.

We are delighted to have added two new players to the senior squad this week – experienced hooker Tom Burtonwood and promising flanker Jamie Brookes have joined from Blackburn RUFC. Tom and Jamie helped Blackburn to win promotion to Level 5 last season via a play-off win over Scarborough. Both will be on the bench for the 1st XV against Fylde where Tom will look forward to meeting up with old friends, having spent several seasons at Fylde before joining Blackburn.

Tom Burtonwood

Jamie Brooks

At the same time, fly-half Louis Verity has become the latest of last season’s Colts …

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