Christmas cheer at charity rugby tournament

Christmas Charity Rugby at Buckingham Rugby Club
Christmas Charity Rugby at Buckingham Rugby Club

Let off steam and help raise money for good causes at a Christmas charity rugby tournament on Saturday.

This will be the 14th year Buckingham Rugby Club will host Christmas charity rugby and the 11th year since Matty Harper and the Pot Belly Farmers turned it into a fundraising opportunity for good causes.

Last year, the club raised over £2,500 and it hopes to match this amount in 2014.

This year’s nominated charities are Myeloma UK, in memory of Adrian Barton, and the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, in memory of club vice-president, past player and coach Mike Dawson.

Both men lost battles to different forms of cancer well before their time.

As always, the club is supporting the Kirk Nokes memorial fund for young rugby players.

The Harper/PBF Charity Christmas Tournament has become one of the big social events of the rugby season.

This year, the event fields eight teams, including Old Latins, Akeley Wood Old Boys and a newcomer to the competition in the shape of Chinnor Vets.

The rugby will be played as two pool competitions with a final and play-offs for 3rd and 4th place.

The first games kick off at 1pm.

While players pay to play, all spectators are asked to buy a programme for a minimum £5 donation. Children under 16 are admitted free.

There will be a barbecue, hot soups and mulled wine through the day, while later in evening Winslow band The Cantells takes centre stage, with the bar closing at midnight.

Club chairman Julian Cook thanked referees Graham Hain, Jeremy Stewart-Cox, Andrew Jackson and Pop Robinson, as well as Mark Gann of Fulwell Foods for donating products for the barbecue and Ross Collins of James Ross Consulting for donating an iPad Air as the main raffle prize.