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ABRFC to sign Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant

On April 9th 2016 the Barbarians host the British Army in the Trevor Adams & Mary Burton Memorial Match. The match also marks Ashford Barbarians RFC becoming the first grassroots Rugby Football Union club to join an ever-growing list of 900 companies and organisations signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

“We are delighted to announce our official pledge of support for the Armed Forces Community – recognising the value of our service personnel both retired and serving, veterans, their families and the Reserve Forces and Cadets, by signing the Armed Forces Covenant on Saturday 9th April 2016 at our home ground Sandyarces.”
ABRFC Hon. Secretary Paul Wright

It is hoped the match will take place each year in honour of the late Trevor Adams, former Ashford Barbarians’ Hon. Secretary, and the late Mary Burton Royal British Legion collector, who fought a four-year battle with cancer.

The Armed Forces Covenant is an enduring promise between the People of the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Government and all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown and their forces.

It is a written and public pledge from businesses, charitable organisations and the wider community wishing to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces.

Ashford Barbarians RFC, on behalf of its 56 members, is the first grass roots Rugby Football Union club to sign the covenant, first signed within professional rugby union by Premiership club Gloucester Rugby in 2014. This signing is ahead of Saracens Rugby signing the AFC at Wembley on Saturday 16th April 2016, highlighting the links between community and national rugby and their joint support of this initiative.

By signing this pledge, Ashford Barbarians RFC is committing to support the Armed Forces by:

  • promoting itself as is an armed forces-friendly organisation to other rugby clubs
    and the wider community
  • offering, where possible, support to local cadet units
  • aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day and provide support to the
    Armed Forces charities
  • offering a club discount to members of the Armed Forces Community
  • actively seek to support Armed Forces rugby and their supporters
  • support service charities, including London Poppy Day

“It is our responsibility that we actively invite and welcome the Armed Forces community to our Club. We promise to uphold the covenant and to strengthen our relationship with the Armed Forces Community wherever possible, building on the affiliation that the club already has; including members of the club having serving family members and supporting a player who was injured on operations, still representing the club when his service allows.”
ABRFC President Christopher Rabjohns

You’ll find more information on gov.uk

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ABRFC Memorial Rugby Match

Trevor Adams & Mary Burton Memorial Rugby Match

On April 9th Ashford Barbarians RFC hosted a side from the British Army in the Trevor Adams & Mary Burton Memorial Rugby Match in aid of Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

The event raised almost £4000 and included Children’s Entertainment & Face Painting, Live Music from Joe Green’s Blues Explosion, Raffle & Auction,  BBQ & Bar and the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant.

It maybe over but if you’d like to donate to either cause you can do so via our JustGiving links below or text 70070 using TAMM94 for The British Heart Foundation (Trevor Adams) or MBMM49 for Cancer Research UK (Mary Burton). Thank you in advance for any contribution you can make and we hope to see you there.

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Visit the Memorial Match Facebook page to leave a comment. You can also show your interest by signing up to the event or add the hash tag  to a tweet to show your support.

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Trevor Adams

Trevor always loved sports as a boy and unbeknownst to many actually went on to play football semi-professionally in his late teens, albeit for not very long and self admittedly through hard work as oppose to talent! It wasn’t until Trevor’s sons Matt, Joe and much latterly, Louis started at secondary school that rugby became a real passion for him. Years of proudly watching his boys play for school and town saw him pick up the bug – enough for a 15 minute cameo at an Ashford Rugby Club fathers and sons match. The national call up never came…

Trevor’s involvement in rugby was mainly on committee level; attempting to raise money and prospects for local rugby before going on the help set up the Ashford Barbarians in 2013. The vision of Trevor and his co-founders was for members to play ‘for the love of the game’ instead of getting bogged down with inter-team bureaucracy and the agendas of those seen to be more senior in the clubs hierarchy. Anyone who knew Trevor would know he would have loved to see what the club he helped build has become where he will be fondly remembered on April 9th.

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If you’d like give something in memory of
Trevor Adams visit our JustGiving page.

Donate to the British Heart Foundation 

Mary Burton (1959-2014)

As well as devoted wife and mother Mary also loved exercise and lived a healthy life. In October 2010 while on holiday in North America Mary experienced the first symptoms of her condition. On her return blood tests revealed that her kidneys were only working at 20 % and shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma – unusual for a young fit woman.

Mary began 6 months of treatment involving steroids, chemo tablets and radiated blood transfusions which was followed by the good news that blood levels and kidney function were back to optimum. However after a year in the clear the Myeloma had returned and treatment began again this time using previously harvested stem cells. Mary and husband Steve enjoyed another Christmas together with things looking positive, but by February 2014 devastating news.

An experimental drugs trial was a possible option and after informed discussions Mary unselfishly said “if it helps research and helps others in the future I am going for it!”

Mary got to see her oldest son Philip marry – which she did in style!

As the year wore on Mary’s conditioned worsened but despite this she was determined to continue her mother’s 34 years of Poppy coordination in Woodchurch Village. Soon after the hospice nurse thought Mary only had a few days left. Mary fell asleep for the last time in the loving arms of her husband Steve after losing her battle with cancer at 12 noon, 28th October 2014, surrounded by her family and friends.

Mary said “do what you want to do when you want to do it as life is too short!”

This is the reason for me to support Cancer Research. I hope the findings from the trials will help others in a conclusion to this terrible cancer and make it a thing of the past! – Steve Burton

You can read more about Mary Burton’s life and battle in her husband Steve’s unabridged story.

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If you’d like give something in memory of
Mary Burton visit our JustGiving page.

Donate to Cancer Research UK 

Visit the websites of Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation to find out more on the extraordinary work they are doing and the people they’re helping.

The Armed Forces Covenant

armed_forces_covenant_greyAshford Barbarians RFC are delighted to announce our official pledge of support for the Armed Forces Community; becoming the first grassroots Rugby Football Union club to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

Ashford Barbarians RFC on behalf of its 56 member clubs will sign the covenant April 9th, first signed within professional rugby union by Premiership club Gloucester Rugby in 2014. This signing is ahead of Saracens Rugby signing the AFC at Wembley on Saturday 16th April 2016, highlighting the links between community and national rugby and their joint support of this initiative.

“It is our responsibility that we actively invite and welcome the Armed Forces community to our Club. We promise to uphold the covenant and to strengthen our relationship with the Armed Forces Community wherever possible, building on the affiliation that the club already has; including members of the club having serving family members and supporting a player who was injured on operations, still representing the club when his service allows.”
ABRFC President Christopher Rabjohns

The Armed Forces Covenant is an enduring covenant between the people of the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Government and all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown.

Ashford Barbarians RFC commits to supporting the Armed Forces Community. The Club pledges to recognise the role of service personnel both retired and serving, veterans, their families and the Reserve Forces and Cadets contribution to our local community and our country.

Local MP Damian Green unfortunately was unable to attend but sent this message of support “I am very sorry I cannot join you for the Memorial match…

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Rugby Union and the British Armed Forces

The Army Rugby Union (ARU) was formed in 1906 and has continued for over a hundred years to provide an infrastructure for the playing of rugby union within the British Army. Its aim is to promote and foster the game of Rugby Union within the Army and its local communities in accordance with the Laws of the Game promulgated by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

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Ashford Barbarians 2016 Rugby Tour

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Join the tour

The Baa-Baas will be going on tour to Cardiff at the end of this season, departing Friday 20th and returning Monday 23rd. If you interested in joining the tour please contact our Membership Officer Jason Potter (07764 721 528) through Facebook or email membership@ashfordbarbarians.co.uk to confirm.

The tour is open to all members, supporters or followers of Ashford Barbarians RFC. If you are from another the club and are interested in joining the tour please contact Jason about availability.

Tour details

Depart Ashford 10 am Friday 20th May 2016 travelling by coach to Cardiff. We will be staying at the NosDa Hostel & Bar where accomodation is as follows;

  • 1 x 10 bed dormitory
  • 1 x 7 bed dormitory
  • 2 x 4 bed dormitory
  • 1 x 5 bed dormitory

Please note that dormitories are not en suite, they have communal bathrooms. Who you will share a dorm with will be drawn out of a hat on the day of travel.

  • Saturday 21st May we will play a game against a former club of Andrew ‘Taff’ Morris Old Penarthians RFC.
  • Return to Ashford from Cardiff 10am Sunday 22rd May.

Tour rules: Please note that fancy dress is mandatory for the entire tour – you will not be required to pack any normal clothing.

Payment

The total price for both travel and accommodation for 3 nights is £104 person. All spaces are currently filled, but if you’re interested contact Jason Potter or Andrew Morris to be added to the waiting list.

French Forest Floors – Ashford Barbarians newest sponsor

The Barbarians welcome their latest sponsor

As the build up to the 2015-2016 season begins ABRFC would like to thank and welcome French Forest Floors as they become Ashford Barbarians new jersey sponsor.

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French Forest Floors have a unique and special relationship with foresters and lumberjacks in Northern France and are involved with the entire process of cultivation, harvesting, processing and transportation, from acorn to mature tree.

ABRFC shirt sponsor

French Forest Floors
ABRFC 2015-16 jersey sponsor

Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

The Webb Ellis Trophy

The Webb Ellis Cup tour comes to a close

The Rugby World Cup Trophy reaches the final stage of its 100 day tour around the UK. You’ll be able to see the Web Ellis Cup locally Thursday September 3rd as it reaches the South East. Current hosts include Leeds Castle 12-2pm , Aylesford Bulls RFC 3-5pm and Maidstone County Hall – early evening.

You’ll find a detailed map of the route and locations at rugbyworldcup.com.

Leeds Castle

There will be Rugby themed fun activities for all ages will be going on throughout the day on the lawns of the Castle. Entrance is included with the price of admission.
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Aylesford Bulls RFC

Aylesford Bulls RFC will also be organising a Fun Day around the event hosting a number of great activities for all, including an assault course, bbq, outdoor bar, face painting and bouncy castles. You can find more details here.

AGM update your new ABRFC committee

Ashford Barbarians RFC 2015 Annual General Meeting

We would like to thank the retiring committee members for their dedication, generosity and hard work.

Without volunteers like this who commit so much of their own time new clubs like ABRFC would find it very difficult to succeed.

Retiring committee members

  • Audrey Forbes – former Treasurer
  • Barry Ball – former President
  • Cathy Finch – former Membership Officer
  • Guy Booker – former Secretary

Below are the newly elected committee members voted for at the ABRFC 2015 A.G.M.

2015/2016 committee members

  • Chairman & Fixtures Secretary: James Hall
  • President: Christopher James Graeme Rabjohns
  • Secretary: Mark Gooding
  • Treasurer & Membership Officer: Jason Potter
  • Sponsorship: Matthew Ball
  • Coach: Tony Kendall
  • Captain: Ben King
  • Events Coordinator: Jonny Banham
  • Communications: Paul Wright

Contact details for each committee member can be found here.

Barbarians new jersey design

Ashford Barbarians RFC 2015/16 Team Jersey

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With the 2015/16 season almost upon us we are proud to present the new ABRFC team jersey. The Barbarians new jersey will get its first outing 12th September in a friendly against Dover RFC.

If you’re interested in becoming the major sponsor for the Barbarians 2015/16 jersey the premium logo placement has been reserved for you. Talk to our sponsorship contact about the benefits of becoming a key sponsor for ABRFC — Matthew Ball   07973782998.

 

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New sponsors for a new season

We’d like to thank and welcome FLI and QHotels ‘Ashford International’ for joining this season sponsors.

FLI (Fat Loss Intelligence) in conjunction with ‘The International‘ have provided free and tailored boot camps. These high intensity ‘Train like an athlete‘ sessions push players to the limit focusing on strength, speed and agility.

The Ashford International has been helping our players with their development by offering discounted membership to their gym facilities. They’ve also been generous enough to add new equipment requested by players.

The improved development of the participating Barbarian players would not have been possible without the support of FLI’s Steve Denby and the continued motivation provided resident instructors Tom Bartlett and Lisa Bower.

Farewell to the Spearpoint Pavilion

At the end of August 2015 members of the Ashford Barbarians gather at the Spearpoint Pavilion a.k.a ‘The Shed’ to say farewell to a much loved clubhouse. A final celebration is being held to honour the Barbarians former home.

After being founded in February Ashford Borough Council kindly granted ABRFC tenancy of the pavilion back in June 2013. It was an enormous and important step for the Barbarians to have place to call home, however it was not without it challenges. The pavilion was in a barely usable state, but the club’s members pulled together to renovate the interior. Installing a bar, kitchen, working showers and function room, giving the Barbarians a place that they could now entertain visiting sides.

As the Barbarians prepare to move on to their new home at Sandyacres we look back at the contribution from it’s dedicated and selfless members.