Honiton Rugby Club festival gets strong support

PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:44 22 August 2016

Honiton RFC ladies were raising funds on Saturday. The team are gearing up for their first full season and face North Petherton on Sunday August 28 Ref mhsp 33-16SH 5583. Picture: Simon Horn..

Honiton RFC ladies were raising funds on Saturday. The team are gearing up for their first full season and face North Petherton on Sunday August 28 Ref mhsp 33-16SH 5583. Picture: Simon Horn..

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Honiton Rugby Club’s annual beer festival on Saturday more than lived up to its billing as a fabulous ‘fun afternoon’ with hearty food and great music.

Honiton RFC former club chairman Gordon Lee from Everys who have been club sponsors for nearly than 40 years with some of the younger members. Ref mhsp 33-16SH 5587. Picture: Simon Horn.Honiton RFC former club chairman Gordon Lee from Everys who have been club sponsors for nearly than 40 years with some of the younger members. Ref mhsp 33-16SH 5587. Picture: Simon Horn.

This year, the popular event was held to raise money towards the building of the clubhouse extension.

The foundations are laid and the exterior walls are up, with the aim of making the building watertight by the winter.

It is hoped the festival, which attracted hundreds of visitors, will have raised several thousand pounds towards the cost of fitting out the new extension, with items like plumbing, electrics and a new kitchen.

Saturday’s on-field activities kicked off with a match between Honiton 1st XV and Sidmouth for the Dave Turner Cup, with the home side hoping not to repeat the drubbing they suffered last year when they lost 70-0. In the end, they still lost to the visitors, who play in a much higher league, but this time by just two points, losing 17-19.

Honiton RFC eight year olds Eiran Enticott and Harry Branch pose with the David Turner Memorial Cup Ref mhsp 33-16SH 5577. Picture: Simon Horn.Honiton RFC eight year olds Eiran Enticott and Harry Branch pose with the David Turner Memorial Cup Ref mhsp 33-16SH 5577. Picture: Simon Horn.

Honiton’s second team also suffered a narrow defeat to Somerset side Wyvern, who also play in a higher league.

Following the matches there was live music from bands, including The Unwanted, 4KD and Bullet.

A barbecue provided a range of hearty food and there was a good selection of local beers and ciders.

Honiton Rugby Club prides itself on offering something for all ages and providing affordable rugby for all. It is currently seeking new volunteers to help out with its junior and senior sections. For more information, and to help out, visit www.honitonrfc.co.uk or check out the club on Facebook: HRFC.


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