Rugby and Christmas Party at Watcombe this Saturday
This Saturday, 16th December, is going to be a big occasion at Watcombe.
Ventnor RFC 2XV v Isle of Wight RFC 2XV, k/o 12 noon
Firstly Rugby: The 2nd XV start proceedings with their game against the Isle of Wight RFC 2nds with a kick off at midday, in the Counties 5 Hampshire South West league 2023-24.
Ventnor RFC 1XV v Isle of Wight RFC 1XV, k/o 2pm
Then the 1st XV take on the Isle of Wight RFC 1sts at 2pm, in the Counties 3 Hampshire League 2023-24.
Ventnor RFC VP Lunch Saturday 16 December 2023
Secondly: There is also the VPs’ lunch with a sit-down time of 12:00. The table is now full so we can take no more bookings.
Tug-o-War at Ventnor’s Santa Dash 2023
A reminder that the above is preceded in the morning by the Tug-o-War at Ventnor’s Santa Dash 2023 where a team from Ventnor RFC will be taking part in the tug-o-war.
Ventnor RFC have been invited by Ventnor Town Council to take part in a Tug-o-War contest on the beach on the morning of Saturday 16th December.
Estimated time 9am to 11.30am
Ventnor RFC Christmas Party
Thirdly: The Christmas Party. Bob Parker and James Blake are arranging a great evening with everything from a hogroast, barbecue, stalls, a raffle, an auction, a DJ etc. N.B. Christmas Jumpers mandatory!
Many thanks to Ventnor Town Council for donating a barrel of beer for the occasion.
Bringing back a regular tradition, Tim Davis is asking everyone to bring along a Selection Box (spend no more than £5) which he will take to the children’s ward at St Marys Hospital and the MacMillan Hospice before Christmas on behalf of all at Ventnor Rugby Club.
No Parking at Foxhills Estate
Please remember that there must be NO parking in the Foxhills estate.
Thank you to the Ventnor RFC Match Sponsors
Finally many thanks to our match sponsors for the day, namely: Red Funnel Ferries, Abacus Logistics, Blakes Longshoremen, Jewson Sandown, Mackenzies Chartered Accountants, Mark Rogers, Mike Flanagan, TJ Properties and Tom Wells
Bonchurch and Ventnor Road Closures December 2023
Please note, as reported by OnTheWight there are efforts underway to minimise disruption from Bonchurch and Ventnor road closures so please check the routes for access to get to the club from various directions.
Newport Road, B3327, if travelling through from Woodall is closed.
Whilst the road is also closed on the A3055 road from Shanklin through to Bonchurch and Ventnor, following the Leeson Road landslide.
Meanwhile Whitwell Road is one way, from Godshill to Whitwell,, so please see the map on the above article for details to plan your route to the rugby club.
OnTheWight originally reported a couple of days ago of the Massive traffic diversion proposed for already-embattled Ventnorians (updated).
The Isle of Wight County Press have also reported Isle of Wight traffic chaos in Ventnor continues until further notice.
Please do check the routes to get to the football and rugby clubs.
Ventnor FC Cup Game – Saturday 16 December 2023
The football club also have a cup match so please use the Ventnor RFC car park and leave the Ventnor football club car park to the footballers.
Car sharing would be a very good idea!
Ventnor Youth FC December Dash – Sunday 17 December 2023
Kelly Cherret of Ventnor Youth Football Club is reminding everyone who may be feeling slightly under the weather on Sunday morning, that the VYFC are organising their December Dash (aka Watcombe to Worsley Monument Wobbler) which will start at 2pm.
The course is about four-and-a-bit miles – but there may be a few hills.
The price of entry is £10 for adults. The bar will be open from about 13:00 and the barbecue will be active. There’s also a DJ from about 15:00. Fancy dress is encouraged.
Paul Berry Mermaid Atlantic in the The World’s Toughest Row Atlantic Challenge
Further afield, Ventnor RFC’s Paul Berry has started his epic rowing adventure in what is officially called The World’s Toughest Row – the Atlantic 2023. His two fellow blades-men – Xavier Baker and Chris Mannion – and he set off yesterday morning from The Canaries as part of Mermaid Atlantic team.
‘An extreme series of endurance races where individuals from across the globe gather annually to test themselves against Mother Nature and compete to row thousands of kilometres across the Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean. Each ocean offers a unique atmosphere allowing teams to gather together and absorb what will be a once in a lifetime adventure and experience.
Sleep deprivation, hallucinations, hunger and the ultimate test of body and mind will be balanced by sighting incredible marine life, witnessing the breaking of a new day and sun sets that cannot be viewed from land. Camaraderie, achievement, self-discovery and pride will be among the many experiences delivered by rowing across an ocean.’World’s Toughest Row
The team are taking part in the World’s Toughest Row Atlantic
The team set off this week on 13th December 2023. If they get lucky with wind and tide, they should reach landfall in Antigua in about 40 days.
If you want to follow their progress, download the free app YB RACES and select World’s Toughest Row from the menu.
You can see each boat’s position.
The team are fundraising for three vital environmental organizations: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, The Seahorse Trust, and Surfers Against Sewage.
Back to Watcombe, the Christmas party is going to be epic.
Image: JAMES MORTON
I was up there yesteday afternoon and the clubhouse has been transformed by the efforts of Bob, Jack, Zoe and Dan – see photo above.
And apparently, that’s just the start . . .
Hoping to see you there.
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