Villager Voice 2018 – 014

Dear Villager

It is now confirmed that the league system will commence on Saturday 2 June 2018. We will forward the Super League A fixtures as soon as they have been received from the WPRFU. Only the Firsts, Seconds and U20A will compete in the 2018 season. In the meantime we will continue to prepare in the month of May with two friendlies in order to be as best prepared for what will be a most demanding competition. On Saturday 12 May we will play Brackenfell at SACS Junior. However, if permission is granted to play at Brookside we will notify you timeously. On Saturday 26 May  we will play Hamiltons in the annual Derby at Brookside. Please make a special effort to attend the Derby Day as we would like to see a bumper Villager supporter turnout.

Membership subscriptions continue to trickle in and it is baffling why a club like Villagers, when compared to other clubs, struggles to show a strong and united non-playing membership base. The challenge is again put out there to all Villagers to surpass the 2017 membership number – it is a kind and sincere request and will also demonstrate and reinforce to the players what the coaches and admin emphasise to them again and again and that is what a privilege it is to wear the white jersey of the Villager FC. The past players and members, the history and the tradition are frequently highlighted to the current players.

A reminder of the SGM to discuss the possible development of the Brookside B and C Fields that is to be held in the clubhouse this Thursday 3 May at 18h30. Please note that only members who have paid their 2018 membership subscriptions will be allowed to attend the meeting.

The Saggy Stone Villager Restaurant/Bar has now been up and running for some time now. There have been a few hiccups as with any new establishment, but these have been addressed and solutions found. The new look clubhouse is certainly something we as Villagers can be proud of and again sincere thanks must be expressed to Saggy Stone. It will be difficult to find better prices and quality for both food and beer elsewhere and we would like to see more and more Villagers frequenting the clubhouse. Please watch out for the restaurant/bar specials which are in fact quite special. Also, Villager members who have paid their annual subscriptions do get discounts at both the restaurant and bar when producing their membership cards.

In closing, a club can only reach its full potential and continue to grow when all its members, both playing and non-playing, are loyal, committed and unified. This has happened at Villagers since 1876 and must continue forever in both good times and bad times.

All of the best for the week ahead.

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.