Wednesday 8th July 2020

You will be aware of the Return to Rugby Road map published by the SRU on Friday. It’s available to view on both the Club and SRU websites.

While we as a club and committee are keen to get everyone back into action we have taken the decision to close our pitches at Hartree Mill to any formal training sessions until the beginning of August.

Our Covid Co-ordinator is Neil Laing who will help us all with all things relating to the pandemic. We will shortly post a more general note on Facebook for all members but feel that you need to know why we have taken this decision.

We feel we need to ensure that the protocols and procedures recommended by the SRU are properly established and in place. These relate to, amonst other things, track and trace of those using the facilities, access to toilets and 1st Aid, pitch usage, equipment care, and participant safety. We hope to get through these issues fairly quickly and will be in touch again as soon as we have made progress.

We appreciate that this is going to delay things for another 3 weeks but feel that this is in the best interests of our members, parents, players, coaches and all who will come to use our club in the coming months.

Given that the situation is constantly changing things may change for us as well. There may still be an opportunity to host some form of summer camp in August so please bear with us as we await further information from the SRU and government.

Sunday 5th July: Happy Birthday Doddie!!

Doddie Weir has been celebrating his 50th Birthday as he continues to fight against MND. We support and applaud his efforts and take our hats off to him.

Biggar RFC has long held connections with Doddie, these going back to his appearance in an SRU President’s XV when we opened our clubhouse – 30 years ago this September. This picture is of the two teams, President Bobby Boyd and Ref Jim Fleming prior to kick off.

Our XV contained Rab Young, another who is also battling against MND.

Friday 3rd July

The following item is our weekly Friday Focus newsletter. This is not usually available on the website but is sent to those who sign up by completing the Address Bar on the Front Page of this website.

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Friday Focus is designed to provide the latest news re-Fixtures at the weekend but is currently a means of updating members with the latest news. I felt that this was particularly appropriate this evening as the SRU delivered a Covid-19 update this afternoon which included the most positive news we’ve had so far in relation to a return to action. Lots of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ remain however, with the pace of the Roadmap (as you will see) controlled by the Scottish Government.

Off the Pitch but on the pitch…

Work is continuing on the pitches. Coring has taken place and more grass seed and fertiliser alongside additional top soil has been spread, especially on pitches 3 and 5. This work has led to an accumulation of small and some larger stones, all of which will have to be picked and collected.

If you fancy some exercise and are happy to do so, please take a walk over these two pitches (3 and 5) and pick up as many stones as you can! These can be dumped on the new gravel path which has been recently laid alongside Pitch 3.

Many thanks in advance for your help!

Social Media

Andy Jardine continues to produce some excellent stuff on Social Media. This week he has been busy interviewing players young and old, past and present about their MY5 their TOP 5 Moments in a Biggar RFC shirt. So far, Rowan Stewart, Ian Barr, Geraldine Kimm, Chris McKeand and Davy Reive have all selected their Top 5 and they provide some great viewing and trigger some great memories.

All these and all of Andrew’s previous items can be viewed on our Instagram and Facebook pages which can accessed by following this link. This link is also available from the Club website.

All the best to you and stay safe!

Biggar RFC: One Club, One Family

Friday 19th June 2020.

Jean Tucker

It takes all sorts of people to make a rugby club but it also takes all sorts of people undertaking all sorts of tasks to make a rugby club.

This week our club lost one of those people in Jean Tucker (76), who died after a short illness earlier this week. Wife of Alf, mother to Allan and the late Alasdair, mother in law to Sara and Lesley and gran to Ailie and Jamie, Jean succumbed to a cancer. Her passing was peaceful and she had her family at her side.

Those of us who fondly remember Jean knew her as someone who put a whole lot of life into our club. With Alf she ran Country Catering, a business, as the title suggests, which provided Catering at various functions, including many Club dinners, Burns Suppers, Biggar Shows and countless other functions in and around the district and occasionally further afield. I well remember serving drinks at a function in the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh!

Alf and Jean made a great team. Alf provided the meat and trimmings while Jean did the cooking. But more importantly and more significantly for us, Jean was on hand when the clubhouse opened in 1990. As she was undertaking a kitchen refit at home Jean’s first gesture was to offer her old cooker for the club kitchen! At a time when finance was stretched this was a great start for the new club kitchen. Jean then topped that with an offer to provide soup (bowl upon bowl) as post-match fare for the senior teams. This was a not inconsiderable effort and must have involved hours of voluntary work. Hitherto post match food had all been handled by The Elphinstone and so we had no experience of this type of service. Jean took to it like the proverbial duck to water – a fantastic gesture and Jean’s soup became a firm feature at the club.

Alf and Jean’s involvement as club sponsors lasted long after the duo wound up Country Catering and their support of the club financially over the years has been of great benefit to our efforts to progress.

As a touchline supporter Jean’s commitment to the club never wavered and she and Alf were on hand to watch and support Allan and Alasdair and more recently Ailie and Jamie both of whom will maintain the link between the Tucker family and Biggar RFC.

Jean will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with Alf and his family in this difficult time.

5th June

Hi Everyone,
It’s been a good few weeks since you last received this communication. Basically there was so little going on I felt I was repeating myself for the sake of trying to say something!

But not this week as there is some excellent news!

At last night’s SR Energy Networks Rugby Awards (Friday 5th June and held on social media of course), Biggar RFC were announced as Community Club of the Season for 2019/20.

This is another wonderful honour and achievement and recognition again that we are getting things right. This latest award will sit proudly alongside the other awards we have won this season including the Clydesdale District Team of the Year (for 2018/19) and the Glasgow North Club of the Year.

The full announcement can be viewed by following the link below.

This award reflects all the hard work from EVERYONE involved at Hartree Mill including our huge body of volunteers and so, in common with the other two awards listed above, it is something in which we can all take great pride.

Well done to the membership and friends of Biggar RFC!!

On another subject we continue to press the SRU for information regarding the ‘null and void’ decision which denied us the promotion to the Premiership which we should have been able to celebrate. We continue to come up against a brick wall but are pressing for an SGM.

In what will be of some embarrassment to the SRU you will see in the SR Energy awards video, a picture taken after the Stirling County match with the National 1 Champions presentation board announcing our title! So is it really true after all…are we indeed Champions?

The U16’s are the latest section to hold an ‘awards’ ceremony and the presentations can be viewed on the following links. They are well worth a watch and congratulations to all involved including a massive thank you to the International stars announcing the awards (as named in brackets)

U16 Coaches Player of the Year (Mark Bennet):

U16 Spirit of Biggar (Pierre Schoeman):

U16 Most Improved Player: (Zander Fagerson)

U16 Player’s Player (Scott Cummings):

Have a great weekend and we’ll endeavour to keep you up to date with any further developments.

Continue to follow the Government guidelines and please stay safe!

Biggar RFC: One Club One Family
  • These are the Gold Club results for 2020.

    £250 – Wayne Godfrey
    £100 – James Wilson
    £100 – Elspeth May
    £100 – James Wallace
    £100 – Andrew and Joyce Clark
    £100 – John Bogle
    £250   –   Una Stewart
    £100    –  Sheila  Conn
    £100    –  Gary Watkins
    £100     – Joanna Robertson
    £100    –  Caroline Cairns
    £100    –    286   Trina Watson