At the end of the 2019/20 season Orkney RFC and Royal High RFC were due to play a well anticipated Scottish Rugby National Shield semi-final. Then the world came to a stand still. All events cancelled and people were in lockdown. After the decision was made that the 2019/20 would be counted as null and void it left travelling side Royal High RFC with a £1900 chartered flight deposit they were unable to use. They very, very kindly got in touch with Loganair to see if they could transfer their deposit and gift it to Orkney Rugby football club as they would be very unlikely to make use of it. Loganair gratefully agreed to this offer and were more than willing to help.
We received this statement from the Royal High President yesterday;
Return to Rugby timeline for the domestic game has been published today (26 March)
Click here to view the Return to Rugby timeline document.
Scottish Rugby's Return to Rugby timeline webinar, can be viewed by clicking here.
To view current Return to Rugby guidance, click here.
The club runs a very successful "50" Club with an average 100 members each month and this raises a sum in the region of £1,000 per annum, which helps pay for travel costs, making the "50" Club a major source of fund-raising for the club and as such the continued support of existing members is of vital importance.
We would also like to increase the number to reach the 150 if at all possible.
There is a monthly draw of the existing members which takes place at each monthly committee meeting.
Each member pays £2.00 per share per month with 50% of the income going out in prizes.
You may take as many shares as you wish.
If you are not a member please complete the bankers order below and return it to Olga Burton, Raasay, Grainpark, Kirkwall KW15 1UL or alternatively you may send a cheque for £24.00 for each share you wish, or you can set up a Standing Order, this will ensure your place in the monthly draws for one year.
Please email quantity of shares to email@example.com if not sending back the below form. Cheques should
be made payable to Orkney Rugby Football Club and sent along with the form to me.
N.B. Those who filled in a bankers order in the past need not do anything, unless of course you wish to purchase more shares.
Click below to download a suitable version of the form:
Orkney RFC has a league set up for you to join with your Fantasy Rugby team for the 6 Nations.
Click Here to sign up & join the league or use the details below at https://fantasy.sixnationsrugby.com:
League number: 28755
League Name: Orkney RFC
You can make as many changes as you want until kick off of the first match on Saturday, 6 February at 14:15.
The SRU have published an article about Angus Buchanan, the man who scored Scotland’s first try in an international v England.
Angus is mentioned on page 2 of the ORFC 50th Anniversary Book and he has strong Orkney connections having been posted to Orkney with his bank. His wife and two of their children are buried in the St Magnus Cathedral churchyard. Peter McKinlay, John Copland and Ian Carse contributed to the research conducted by the SRU for this article.
There is also a connection through Angus to J K Rowling’s work.
What links international rugby’s first match to a proud family with enduring roots to the Orkney Islands and to the Harry Potter author JK Rowling? The answer would be ruled too fanciful if it were created as the story of a modern-day comic book hero...
Read all about Angus’ exploits on the SRU’s website
Thanks to Rob Cliad Farm for Orkney's extreme sport challenge nomination for DoddieAid.
Here at Dragon HQ we decided to take the challenge and do something a little different.
Here is the Orkney Dragons extreme slip and slide.
It looks like a beautiful day but I can assure you it was extremely cold and windy!
Thanks to everyone involved!!
GET INVOLVED: Sign up to the North & Midlands team at https://doddieaid.com/ - log your exercise and show them how its done!
Orkney RFC are holding a "Walk to Talk" event, starting from the clubhouse from 6pm on Sunday 13th December.
The idea being to set off in pairs, have a yarn & catchup. If you are interested please register using the Eventbrite link to give us an idea of numbers & if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Orkney RDO, John Cairns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an eye on the weather and check here or social media for updates.
It was a funny old day as I gathered all of my stuff and headed off to create a selling pitch at the top of Castle Street but then the heavens opened and I could not get going.
I went back when the rain stopped but by then it was a bit gloomy and it seemed that folk were scurrying home before more rain came.
However, before packing it in for the day I popped in to see our friends at The Orcadian Bookshop. Low and behold they handed me £150 from books sales in the shop!!
Needless to say I was delighted and it proves that some folk are still buying the book, perhaps, as Christmas presents, but maybe for other reasons too. Which is great news.
The Orcadian staff have been brilliant helping us with the book from start to finish of this project. It involved all of their office and production staff initially and we got good support with the promotion of the book through their journalists. Then the bookshop staff helped us to promote and sell the book. ORFC are delighted with the help we have received from all of The Orcadian staff and it is a big thank you to each and everyone of them.
Logo staff also deserve a mention too because Mary and her folk also sold books for us in the early days.
So I’m a happy man and will try again next Saturday to sell a few books for Christmas but I will move my pitch over beside the supermarkets in town as The Orcadian Bookshop is obviously doing so well for us in town.
Have a nice festive folks and call me on 878339 or 07415 680706 if you want to buy a book for a loved one or yourself – at only £25 its a bargain and its packed full of interesting stories and statistics about the development of Orkney Rugby Club over the 50 years of its existence.
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