2019 Rugby Trip
A great social visit to see two England teams face the Barbarians at Twickenhamthumbnail view
Five Go To Rugby
(… With apologies to Enid Blyton)
Well… maybe not the “Famous Five” but five intrepid adventurers from our club set off on a Sunday early in June to visit HQ – the home of English rugby at Twickenham stadium. Bert and Peter chauffeured by Roger Kettle, and Keith in a separate car driven by Mike Sinclair.
An easier and faster journey than usual. So, what had drawn our travellers to this outpost in the west, far from the safer climes of Essex?
Drink? No – although there was more than a sufficiency of that.
Food? No – although they feasted at Zizzi’s famous hostelry in Twickenham Town.
The camaraderie? Yes – they all shared a love of the game of rugby union.
But most of all – the chance to see two England teams take on the Barbarians in an international match at the game's ancestral home.
No, not the type grown by the Royal Horticultural Society and gracing the Chelsea Flower show, nor those shortly to be on display in July at the Hampton Court Flower Show, just down the road in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
No these “Red Roses” were the English Women’s team, gracing the turf of Twickenham stadium in front of a crowd of over 19,000 spectators, facing an invitational team of international women players drawn from around the world, and proudly wearing the team strip of the women’s Barbarians. The Barbarians women began life only in 2017-18 with wins over Munster and the British Army but only played their first international in April 2019.
The Red Roses did us proud. 28-0 leaders at half time, with a try disallowed just before the interval, they came home worth winners with Lark Davies crossing for a hat-trick as they scored six tries in a 40-14 win.
Most impressive of all was the style, skill and professionalism with which they dealt with their opponents.
Great Enthusiasm, Short on Experience
Then, along with 40,000 others, we were ready for the main event – a young England team coached by Jim Mallinder against the world-famous Barbarians. The premiership final between Saracens and Exeter the day before ruled out top players as did the potential players in the world cup. It was still a young England team full of enthusiasm, short on experience.
In an entertaining and high scoring game, England won by 51 points to 43. They gained a 19 point at lead before half time but the Barbarians hit back with two quick tries before England re-established its lead.
The break was a great opportunity to stretch the legs, stock up on liquid refreshments and enjoy the atmosphere, the sights and the sounds before the second half started. England scored another try shortly after half-time, and despite the Barbarians staging a comeback with four tries, an outstanding display by fly half Marcus Smith nudged England further ahead with a penalty, before this impressive team sealed victory. Marcus Smith was named Man of the Match.
Our famous five had enjoyed a feast of brilliant rugby, two England victories, great food, great drink and great fellowship before winding their weary way home.
By Peter Greene
Visiting our Mother Club 2019
Of the 60th. anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Billericay, members visited our Mother Club in celebration of this acheivementdetails
2019 President's Day
Over 20 Club Members and partners celebrated IPP Les Sheppard’s year of office with a tour of Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal and a matinee.details
Attracting New members
Social interaction and fellowship, and valuable information on a club with a very successful recruitment historydetails
Christmas Charity Lunch
Our annual Partners Christmas lunch at Reids on Monday, December 10 - fun for all and money raised for St. Lukes Hospicedetails
Morris men at the Menin Gate
Club member Ken Smith and his fellow Morris Dancers travelled to Ypres in the WWI 100th anniversary year to lay a wreath for fallen Morris Mendetails
Trip to Twickenham 2018
Social outing to Twickenham for England vs. Japan, and perhaps a little food and drink...details
President's day 2018
The day was built round a trip through the most picturesque areas of northern Essex and south Suffolk, with lunch at the Fox in Finchingfield and a traditional champagne cream tea at the historic Swan Hotel in Lavenham.details
Rotary National Conference 2018
An inspiring conference reminding all how much Rotary achieves, through the conscientious effort and work of club members from across Britain and Ireland. Then add in eradicating Polio and you see the power for good that Rotary represents worldwide.details
2018 Basildon Handover Dinner
Club members enjoyed a terrific evening out at the Presidential Handover meal from Kevin Howard to Mike Barrettdetails
2017 Basildon Charter Celebration
A great evening out celebrating the Charter Anniversary of our fellow Rotarians at the Rotary Club of Basildon.details
Plant a Tree for Rotary 2017
On his visit DG Nick Sillitoe motivates us all with news of the Rotary Wood, membership trends and international charity.details
Royal Opera House Tour 2017
Club members, partners and friends visited the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden London for an official back-stage tour on May 27, 2016.details
Charter Lunch 2016
The club congregates to celebrate its 57th year since it received its charterdetails
Visiting Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club
A group of our members - Mike, Keith, Peter, Ed, and Ben - visited the Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay to socialize and share experiences and plans.details
2016 President's Day
Members, partners, family and friends gave retiring President Ed Harrison a great farewell for the annual President"™s Day at a garden party and barbecue on June 19, 2016details
Partner's Dinner - A Fun Night
The club took over the top floor of the "Giggling Squid" restaurant for a Fellowship dinner with Partners and Rotary friends. A great time was had by all.details
Spreading the word
Club members help other Rotary clubs with the why and how to use websites, Facebook and Twitter to get the message out about Rotary's achievements etc.details
Associate with Us!
Only a few months after adopting a new category of membership, Associate Membership, the club welcomes its first Associate memberdetails
President's Day Bluebell Line trip
Members of the club will celebrate President Mike's year of office with a trip on the Bluebell Railway steam trains departing 09.30 from The Coach & Horses. Bluebell train between Sheffield Park Station and East Grinstead. Carvery at Sheffield Park Statidetails
All Publicity is ...
The District Media Workshop on May 16th, 2015, promoted new ways to get our events and good works publicized. Better publicity, more public involvement, better fundraising .... and more membership?details
Making a Production out of it
The majority of club members, their partners and friends, visited the new Royal Opera House Workshops to experience this great institution.details
2014 Charter Lunch
A very successful Charter Lunch celebrating 55 years of service to our communitydetails
OF Britain, not IN Britain
Great Fellowship and a heartfelt and erudite talk from the first female President of the Islamic Society of Britaindetails
The Clash of Empires
A Fellowship visit to Stort Valley Rotary Club and a brilliant talk by Baroness Shirley Williamsdetails
Pioneer of Progress
A Company Plane before a Company Car! - Member Norman Wilson regales us with tales of his life with the Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Company (1939-65).details
President's Night 2014
We celebrated President Keith's successful year as our President with a formal meal in this local restaurant, accompanied by partners and our fellow Rotarians from Billericay Mayflower and Basildon Clubs.details
Paul Harris Sapphire Award
Past President Malcolm Acors was awarded his Paul Harris Sapphire in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Rotary in general and the Rotary Club of Billericay in Particular.details
Ben pulls out another Plum
Plum Valley event - the club members and their partners get together for a convivial meal out.details
A Royal Treat
We were privileged to have Arthur Edwards at one of our lunch time meetings. Arthur has a unique insight on the Royal family. He been royal photographer at The Sun since 1977. He has photographed 7 royal weddings, 4 funerals, and 6 royal births.details
Fellowship at Basildon
A fellowship visit, three weeks before our joint twining visit to Beausoleil and a talk by Harry Payne, Secretary of the "Rotarian Action Group against Child Slavery" which left us all moved!.details
Our club is one of those recognised by Rotary International's Board of Directors for its membership development.details
It's the 5th Monday so ....
On a very few times in the year, there is a fifth Monday in a month, so the club tries to do something different from its usual lunch time meeting. In July, nearly forty of us met for a convivial evening meal at a local restaurant.details
Christmas Celebration 2013
Open House to Club members at President Keith Wood's house thanks to the hospitality of Keith and Gill.details
Christmas Lunch 2013
The final meeting of the year saw club members, partners, and guests, celebrate their achievements during 2013, and handover a cheque from the proceeds of their October Concert to St Luke's Hospice.details
2013 Charter Lunch
Rotary Club of Billericay's Charter Lunch celebrated its 54th. year with Lunch at "The Chichester" Rawreth. District Governor Peter Dowse, and Honorary member The Lord Petre (who also gave a talk about his early family history) attended.details
A New President for 2013-14
Members, wives and visiting Rotarians meet to celebrate the successes of outgoing President Trevor Stansfield and welcome new President Keith Wood and Vice President Michael Ginn to their new roles.details
President's Day 2013 - Canal Trip
We celebrated the end of Trevor's successful year as president with a trip on the Chelmer & Blackwater canal for members, partners and friends. A great day was had by all.details
Christmas Lunch 2012
A final lunch of 2012 to celebrate our work during the year and, with Inner Wheel, to present cheques to the beneficiaries of our joint fundraising Autumn Musicfest.details
2012 Charter Lunch
Rotary Club of Billericay's Charter Lunch to celebrate its 53rd. year was held at "the Chichester" Rawreth. Honorary member The Lord Petre and District 1240 Governor Ian McMeekan also attended along with members and friends.details
Winter 2012 Wine Festival Trip
A trip was organised to attend the Laithwaites Wine Festival at Vinopolis in London. Transport left Billericay at 4 p.m. members tasted a multitude of wines followed by a great steak meal afterwards at a local restaurant before returning home.details
Clay Pigeon Shoot 2012
A Group of members went to the Essex Shooting Ground at Fyfield Essex on October 24th, for a very enjoyable day's shooting, including a tasty buffet lunch.details
Rugby (Twickenham 2012)
Some of our members planned an outing to Twickenham to see the London Derby matches between Wasps, Harlequins, Saracens and London Irish. Two great games for the price of one.details
RIBI Annual Conference 2012
The 2012 RIBI Conference returned to Bournemouth this year, with nearly 2,000 delegates attending the event under the chairmanship or our District's own - President Ray Burmandetails
Wine Festival Spring 2012
A very enjoyable social event - a day out at the Sunday Times Wine Festival.details
Paul Harris Fellowships 2012
The club has nominated six people for Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Rotary and to the wider community.details
Handover Meeting 2011-12 & Paul Harris Fellowships
Trevor Stansfield accepted the honourship as 2012-2013 President of The Rotary Club of Billericay from Malcolm Acors, and 2 further Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded.details