Chairman's Update

Chairman's Update

By Ben Landsberg
1 July
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Presidential announcement and club update

Chairmans update

As the last season draws to a close and we find ourselves planning for the next, I thought it would be good for me to give you a small overview of where the club is at the moment.
First up, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Scott Fisher has accepted the committee’s offer to stand as President of Billericay RFC. Scott has been around the club for many years and will make a great addition to the team.

It’s been one of the most interesting seasons in all my 30 years at the club to say the least. Several senior people decided to part company with the club but so many others have stepped up and offered their help. I’d like to give special thanks to Dave Goldsmith and Geoff Maynard, both long standing members of the committee, who have decided to stand down. I’d also like to congratulate Tom Warr on taking the role of first team captain and welcome Tony Knowles as coach. Numbers at training have been very high and we seem to be getting the old buzz back at the club.

Sadly we lost our good friend and long standing Billericay member, Lance Rawlings. Lance has been around the club since its inception as a player, committee member and later as a referee assessor. He will be sorely missed by us all.

At the AGM last week we elected in a whole new committee. It’s great to see some new faces on there too. I raised a point at the meeting around more people getting involved so it you’re not able to commit to the whole season, then there will be sub committees or small projects that we’d love you to get involved with. You can mail me on the address below for more details.

This year we have achieved so much as a club. Rew and the team’s work with the juniors is starting to show dividends with some players coming through to the senior squads. We have had an amazing new set of gates installed at the club as you would have seen. Special thanks go to John Wicks for doing such a fantastic job. The pitches are in excellent condition thanks to Rew’s hard work of course. We’ve had the kitchen refitted and have instilled new processes. On a bitter note the tractor, that was pivotal for the upkeep of the grounds, was stolen. Whilst it was insured and we should get the bulk of the money back, the process does take time.

This season will see some exciting new projects taking place. The first of many projects is to install new floodlights alongside the second team pitch. Ian has been doing some great work with the RFU and has secured a grant of £5k to put towards this. We will also be looking at replacing the carpet in the clubhouse and renting an adjacent field, all of which will take lots of man hours and cash!

I’m looking forward to the new season ahead and watching the club grow yet further. If you have any questions you’d like to direct to me please feel free to mail me at
Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

Neil Jarvis

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