Orkney Rugby Football Club whilst still mourning the passing away of one of its earliest members Ken Watson, player, chairman and one of a duo who instigated junior rugby in Orkney are now equally saddened by the death of his fellow coach James (Pye) Groundwater.
Together they established junior rugby in Orkney and it was their enthusiasm and commitment that led to the likes of Drew Leslie, Al Watson, Keith Oddie Andy McGill, Bob Gilmore and James Linklater to name but a few, to become regulars and indeed the backbone of the clubs First XV.
The funeral of the late James D. (Pye) Groundwater will take place from the John G. Corse Funeral Home to St Olaf Cemetery on Tuesday 1 June.
Pye’s family would like to advise that the funeral is private due to the current COVID-19 guidelines to reduce the risk to others by not gathering in large groups.
The hearse will leave the Funeral Home at approximately 2:50pm travelling down Foreland Road, up Holm Branch Road, left onto Holm Road, Dundas Crescent, Palace Road, Broad Street, Castle Street, turning left up Junction Road, Wellington Street, High Street, Old Scapa Road en route to St Olaf Cemetery.
It has been suggested that Club members past and present wishing to pay their respects could meet (2:45pm) and line Old Scapa Road (in a socially distanced manner). Those with the red and white hooped shirts are encouraged to wear them.
Following this year's AGM, the Office Bearers below have been elected for season 2021-22:
Return to Rugby timeline for the domestic game has been published today (26 March)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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