Sorry, frozen pitches at Strathendrick men all Minis games are off today
Let’s hope we have a repeat of last Sunday’s fabulous weather. Micros are back at training (19th Nov) the usual time 11.15hrs for registration – please ensure your child is registered as it is required so that we know who is in attendance – 11.30hrs on the pitch until 12.30hrs. Bring clothing appropriate for indoor and outdoor training options.
Volunteers are always welcome to come along and help out, so don’t run away parents.
Also, the most important news:
CHRISTMAS PARTY – 10th December
Micros are partying from 11:30am – 1pm
Tickets will be £5
All donations of cakes, sandwiches and anything else are always very much appreciated.
See you all on Sunday.
Yours in rugby,
Tonight we are back at St Luke’s for indoors training. P4/5 from 7-8 and P6/7 from 8-9. Please remember a drink and £1 which covers the cost of the hall with all leftover funds going on equipment for the kids.
On Sunday we are making the trip to Fintry where our hosts will be Strathendrick. Meeting at 10.30 for an 11.00 k/o. After the previous few weeks when game time has been sparse there should be plenty of games with over 300 kids expected from Whitecraigs, Strathendrick, Accies, GHA, and Hamilton. Address and instructions from our hosts are below.
Ruth Menzies Field
Parking will be tight, so please park considerately. The police do not allow parking on the pitchside verge of Kippen Road – it will be marked as No Parking – please comply.
There will be space at the Clubhouse and at Fintry School. We may accommodate some 4×4’s at the Kippen end of the pitches, but that depends on weather.
Otherwise, please use the side streets considerately – do not block drives etc. DO NOT PARK at the bridge over the Endrick in Fintry, or on bends on Kippen Road.
We will have food afterwards, probably served outside the changing rooms – if the weather is poor, we may transfer inside to the squash courts, using the rear entrance to the clubhouse.
Please ask parents/coaches to keep kids out of the main clubhouse unless they are cleaned up – we have another event later in the day (for more gentile folk!)
Sorry about all the do’s and don’ts – thanks for coming – we hope you enjoy your day,
game v Hamilton OFF owing to waterlogged pitch.
Good Morning from a dark and dismal West Lodge,
After last week’s very narrow loss (29-33) v Peebles, 1st XV rugby returns to West Lodge, tonight. This is a postponed league game v Hamilton and is being player under the flood lights with a 7.30pm ko. The team played well last week with a great deal of spirit and determination and were unlucky to miss out on the win. A large touchline support would help them to strive for an important win.
On Saturday the 2nds and u18s are at home v Kilmarnock and Cartha respectively with a 12.30 ko owing to the Scotland v Samoa match at Murrayfield.
On Sunday our Galant conference opponents are Cartha and the Minis are at home to Bishopton.
Next Saturday we play Highland in the Cup at home with a 1pm ko. One of the Highland supporters is asking if anyone is travelling through to Murrayfield after the game as he is looking for a lift. Please let me know if anyone can assist.
Tomorrow night is the Little Mix Tribute night and please note that the lounge will be required from 6.30pm for set up.
There are spaces left for the St Andrews Ball on 25th November. Always a great night so please contact Percy to reserve your place.
This week I would like to thank all the volunteers that help out at the Club on a regular basis, without them we could not function as a Club. However more volunteers are required if we wish the Club to progress and become the centre of the local community. Do not be put off thinking you will be asked to devote all your spare time to the Club, all we are asking is for a few hours per month. If you feel you can help out please contact myself, Jon Jewitt or Percy.
This week’s newsletter sponsor is Hunter Chalets & Apartments. This is a company run by by former 1st XV player Finlay Hunter and his wife Wendy in Morzine, Switzerland. Obviously Winter Sports holidays are theirispeciality but it is also a wonderful place to visit in the Summer. Click on their advert on the sponsors page on our web site www.whitecraigs.org for further details.
Have a great weekend and good luck to all Whitecraigs teams this weekend and also Scotland.
Tomorrow is the 11th day of the 11th month and 11.00am is the time of National Remembrance for those who have fallen in conflicts all over the world. We wear a poppy as a symbol of this Remembrance and if you have ever wondered why we do so please read on:
WHAT THE POPPY MEANS
The poppy is
•A symbol of Remembrance and hope
•Worn by millions of people
•Red because of the natural colour of field poppies
The poppy is NOT
•A symbol of death or a sign of support for war
•A reflection of politics or religion
•Red to reflect the colour of blood
Wearing a poppy is a personal choice and reflects individual and personal memories. It is not compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those it helps – those currently serving in our Armed Forces, veterans, and their families and dependants.
During the First World War (1914–1918) much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. Previously beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape swiftly turned to fields of mud: bleak and barren scenes where little or nothing could grow.
Bright red Flanders poppies (Papaver rhoeas) however, were delicate but resilient flowers and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of chaos and destruction. In early May 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lt Col John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’.
McCrae’s poem inspired an American academic, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies which were brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guérin. The (Royal) British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered 9 million of these poppies and sold them on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first ever ‘Poppy Appeal’ raised over £106,000; a considerable amount of money at the time. This was used to help WW1 veterans with employment and housing.
The following year, Major George Howson set up the Poppy Factory to employ disabled ex-Servicemen. Today, the factory and the Legion’s warehouse in Aylesford produces millions of poppies each year.
The demand for poppies in England was so high that few were reaching Scotland. Earl Haig’s wife established the ‘Lady Haig Poppy Factory’ in Edinburgh in 1926 to produce poppies exclusively for Scotland. Over 5 million Scottish poppies (which have four petals and no leaf unlike poppies in the rest of the UK) are still made by hand by disabled ex-Servicemen at Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory each year and distributed by Poppyscotland.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ Fields.
I have been fortunate to visit the First World War memorial at the Menin Gate, Ypres and the huge cemetery at Tyne Cot nearby. I have also visited the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, one of the D-Day landing beaches. It is not until you see the rows of white crosses that stretch far into the distance or the names carved into the memorials that recognise the soldiers who have no known grave, that one can realise the scale of these conflicts. The wearing of a Poppy should be a constant reminder to us of the sacrifices made by the few for the many.
“When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today”
The winners of the recent 100 Club Draws are as follows:
September – £200 Alistair Scott, £100 David Hunter, £50 Larry Hornal
October – £200 Jimmy Sim, £100 Larry Hornal, £50 John Hamilton
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We’re back at St Luke’s tomorrow night. P4/5 from 7-8pm and P6/7 from 8-9pm. We are in the bigger gym from now on which should be a bit less claustrophobic.
On Sunday we have that rare event, a home fixture. We welcome Bishopton to West Lodge. As usual we will meet at 11:00 for an 11:30ish k/o.
Let’s hope we have a repeat of last Sunday’s fabulous weather. Micros are back at training the usual time 11.15hrs for registration – please ensure your child is registered as it is required so that we know who is in attendance – 11.30hrs on the pitch until 12.30hrs. Bring clothing appropriate for indoor and outdoor training options.
You may detect that I am on a never ending volunteer recruitment drive and why break a habit of a lifetime?! Whitecraigs are looking to expand our female participation and wish to have as many women and girls actively involved as possible. So, a open invitation to Mums out there to step forward and assist with coaching to create positive role models to attract girls into the game. It will keep you fit, help other people and of greatest importance, is just great FUN!! You don’t have to ask, just step over that white line for a lifetime of involvement in this Game.
See you all on Sunday.
Yours in rugby,
07989 502 810.
Good Evening from a dark, sharp West Lodge,
You are not mistaken, it is not Friday and I am sending the newsletter tonight as I am unable to do so tomorrow.
On Saturday 1st XV rugby returns to West Lodge with another tough game, this time our opponents are Peebles. We were at the wrong end of a high scoring game last week at Cupar but we managed an all important four try bonus point. With the way the league is shaping every point gained is vital in our quest for survival in BT N2. The kick off on Saturday is at the new winter time of 2pm and your support on the touchline will be most welcome.
Aberdeenshire have withdrawn from the league owing to lack of players and internal issues. All their league games have been declared void and the table altered to reflect this. Preston Lodge are now in 11th place, one point below us in the relegation spot, so all to play for in the remainder of the season.
The 2nds and u18s are in action after the disappointment of last weeks matches being called off owing to no referee and no opposition respectively. The 2s are away to Allan Glens and the u18s away to Livingston.
On Sunday the u15s and u16s travel to Livingston with the u13s and u14s at home. The Minis are away to Dalziel with a 10.15am meet and 10.45am ko. East Kilbride are also taking part.
On Friday 10th November we are playing our re-arranged 1st XV league game v Hamilton under the floodlights at West Lodge with a 7.30pm ko.
The squash teams were in action again with only the 1st team losing against the league leaders. That means that 4 out of the 5 teams won this week – another great effort from the squash section.
November is a busy month for Social activities at the Club:
On Friday 17th November the club sees its first ‘Ladies Night’ (informally referred to as the Prosecco night!)
Tickets are on sale for £10 per head which includes 2 glasses of prosecco, buffet and entertainment (music and dancing!). We have also booked various beauticians, retailers and hair stylist to offer treatments ranging from nails, eyebrows and massage to palm reading, glitter hair extensions and glitter lips (for a small fee), fashion show and opportunity to purchase some early Christmas gifts! There will be a raffle and tombola and of course copious amounts of prosecco. It’s perfect for a group night out or even one or two friends as there will be plenty of ladies there for socialising!
The serious side to this is the drive to raise funds not only for club improvements but also to support the youth & Ladies sections in the club.
Tickets available by contacting Rachel Fishlock (firstname.lastname@example.org tel 07752624142) or Heather (tel 07506 505670)
On Saturday the 18th November the u18s are holding a race night. Tickets are a mere £5 and it is going to be an entertaining and fun night with music, food and plenty of racing to bet on! We would welcome you all along (kids are welcome as well).
Please see Under 18 team manager Chris Porteous for tickets or alternatively, they are available behind the bar at the Club.
The St Andrews Ball is on Saturday 25th November and a few tables remain. Please contact Percy for further details.
This week’s newsletter sponsor is Glendinning Pharmacy located on the Ayr Road. Please support them as they support us.
Sorry that this has been long one this week but we have a lot of information to get out there.
Have a great weekend and good luck to all Craigs teams.