London Welsh Rugby Club Newsletter
  • London Welsh AGM update
  • New rules for the ODP bar!
  • New LW website - launching this week
  • Membership 2021/22 and ticket ballots
  • Watch the British and Irish Lions at ODP
  • 2021/22 season London Welsh fixtures
  • Pre-season match update
  • Something fishy's going on - LW team up with Wrights Brothers Ltd
  • Chestertons Royal Academy offer and volunteer for St Mungo's
London Welsh RFC 2021 AGM update
Due to the Government's extension of Covid regulations, the original arrangements for the London Welsh AGM were postponed from June as we would have been obliged to limit the numbers of members able to attend.  Given that the regulations have now been relaxed, we are planning to hold the AGM on Thursday, 5th August in the Pagoda Room at 19.30.  However, it may be that people would prefer to attend remotely, therefore we are aiming to provide the facility to attend online via Zoom for those of you who would like to participate whilst maintaining social distancing. 

For those of you planning to attend in person, this will be via a ticket, which will be available on our new website under the Events tab 'FREE'.

This will be your opportunity to hear from the Board about the progress London Welsh has made over the past year despite the restrictions of the pandemic, and gives you the chance to grill the Board on the future of our beloved London Welsh!
Back in the old routine - almost!

Although Government Covid regulations have eased, we're not yet free from the virus and we want to make sure that both our members and the staff at ODP are safe whilst enjoying a return to as normal a social experience as possible.

To this end, we would ask those of you returning to the Clubhouse at ODP to respect the following guidelines and rules to protect all of us, not least our staff, some of whom are yet to receive their second vaccinations.
  • masks will not need to be worn in the Clubhouse, although of course you can choose to do so if you wish
  • you can order drinks from the bar, but you should not stand at the bar to drink. A barrier has been erected to demarcate the 'ordering' zone.
  • table service will also remain an option - please use this link to order
  • we will continue to ask for card payments so that we can limit the transfer of cash
Please at all times continue to respect our valuable bar staff.  These are challenging times for all of us and we remain very grateful to them all for their continuing loyalty and hard work!

Our new London Welsh website prepares for take-off!

In our last newsletter, we shared the news of the development of a shiny new website for London Welsh.  We're almost there, some testing, tweaks and polishing to go, and we will be able to relaunch London Welsh into cyberspace!

We expect to go live by the weekend, subject to testing for two days this week - please note that the old website will be unavailable during this time - for further information about this important development in the future of LW, please follow this link.

The launch of the new website will mean that 2021/22 season Patron and Membership applications will also go live and you will be able to buy or renew your membership going forward.

London Welsh Membership 2021/22

As mentioned above, the launch of the new website will mean that 2021/22 season Patron and Membership applications goes live and you will be able to buy or renew your membership going forward.

One of the benefits of Patronage and Membership is access/early access to the International Ticket Ballot - we expect to be announcing the application for Six Nations tickets mid September, and are currently awaiting confirmation from England Rugby as to the proposed Autumn Internationals.

London Welsh thank you for all your support, particularly throughout a year when little competitive rugby has been possible.  Without this support we would not have been able to progress our challenging five year journey and to continue to make London Welsh history - Thank You!

Watch the Lions roar at ODP
We will be screening the British and Irish Lions v. South Africa Test Matches at ODP over the next three Saturdays, i.e. 24th and 31st July, and the 7th August, starting at 5pm.  Please note, this is a first come, first served basis for seats, and we will be observing the Clubhouse Covid rules mentioned elswhere in this newsletter.

Fixtures for the 2021/22 season

At long, long last, it very much looks like our 1st XV will be playing their opening fixture in our new London 1 South League on 4th September 2021, away at Battersea Ironsides RFC. 

The season kicks off with back to back away matches as we push for a fourth promotion on the bounce.  More than ever before, we are looking forward to welcoming some old and new friends to the famous Old Deer Park with our strongest 1st XV yet, hungry to continue our meteoric rise up the leagues like a Celtic phoenix!

All the 1st XV fixtures for the new season are on our current website, and as of this weekend can be found on our new site. 

It’s not just a new season for the 1st XV, but for the whole of the London Welsh family.  The new website will also have the fixture details for London Welsh Women and the Druids!

Pre-season match fixtures
Unfortunately, the much anticipated pre-season match against Pontypridd RFC has been cancelled, due to uncertainties around Covid restrictions, but the remaining games are still on course, and there are potential plans to replace the Pontypridd fixture with the more local team of Ealing RFC.

Visit our current website here to find out more about the pre-season warm up matches prior to the new season and new league challenges!

We would really, really appreciate seeing as many of you as possible at any or all of the pre-season games, at Bracknell on 14th August, Brighton on the 21st and Cardiff on 28th.  Join us to see both our London Welsh stalwarts and our exciting new players - get them in the mood for the new season by showing them what it feels like to be cheered on by the best!
London Welsh team up with Wright Brothers Ltd

London Welsh are thrilled to announce yet another excellent collaboration, this time with Club Coach and Restaurateur Rob Hancock, owner of Wright Brothers restaurants and fish delivery service. 

The Hancocks have seen three generations of boys through the Club, and Rob is currently a coach of the under 12s group, which includes his son Harry.  As with many, many other businesses, Covid regulations hit Wright Brothers, but from this adversity sprang a new service – home delivery of their restaurant quality seafood.

If you order through their website, Wrights Brothers will donate 5% of every purchase to London Welsh, which will contribute a significant amount of revenue to the Club, and members can receive excellent fish whilst helping London Welsh!

To find out more about this initiative and how to order including the code you will need to use, please visit our website.
Chestertons Royal Academy Offer and St Mungo's Volunteers

Chestertons Estate Agents, one of our longest standing partners, is a huge supporter of the local communities in which it works and the many organisations within them.  Because of this, they are able to share exciting offers and opportunities with us.

Two FREE Tickets To The Royal Academy Of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts – another of Chestertons’ partners – has recently reopened their galleries and Chestertons is giving you the chance to visit one of their exhibitions for free.  The exhibitions include the works of Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch, Michael Armitage and David Hockney.  If you are interested, please follow this link to claim your free pair of tickets (limited to two tickets per person/household).
Your Support Is Needed To Tackle Homelessness
Chestertons and the homelessness charity St Mungo’s are looking to acquire new volunteers for their successful joint initiative – First Response – would you be interested in helping? 

First Response works by recruiting and training volunteers to work alongside Streetlink, and St Mungo’s London outreach teams to find people who are sleeping rough.  Volunteers help these efforts by locating people or checking areas where members of the public say they have seen someone sleeping outside, and then let St Mungo’s dedicated outreach teams know if they need to respond, or if that person cannot be found.

After recently celebrating three years of First Response, volunteers have dedicated over 5,500 hours to locating people across the capital – the equivalent of approximately 1,380 outreach team shifts.  However, as homelessness continues to be one of the largest societal issues across London and the country, more support is needed to allow St Mungo’s to continue tackling the issue, to help those who are sleeping rough into safe accommodation faster.  If you would like to get involved, please register your interest here.
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