World Cup ref Owens to host club fundraiser
International official to help in bid for new clubhouse
FRESH from officiating last Saturday’s international between England and New Zealand, referee Nigel Owens will be helping Chesham RFC raise funds for their new clubhouse.
Owens will be hosting Chesham’s black tie gala dinner on Friday, November 28, in aid of the Stags Future Building project, which is helping the club realise their dream of a new base at the Chiltern Hills Academy.
The club officially launched its campaign in September and has since started campaigning to help raise the much needed funds.
With an estimated build cost of £450,000, the club are also seeking support from a variety of sporting bodies, including the RFU.
Owens, who has refereed in both of the last two World Cups and is one of only two referees to be appointed to two consecutive Heineken Cup finals, will be joined by guests of honour Kat Merchant and Rocky Clarke, members of England’s victorious World Cup team.
The dinner will also feature an auction of items ranging from a signed Martin Johnson shirt to a weekend of golf at St Andrews, and the club is seeking additional prizes from any local businesses which want to assist and might want to attend the event.
“Supporting the build of the clubhouse enables people to invest in the development of young people in and around Chesham,” said club president Cliff Davies. “We are looking to lay the foundations for future generations to come and we hope that people will get behind the campaign and help us to create our own legacy for youth.”
The dinner is being held at Chartridge Conference Centre. A small number of tickets are still available for the event, which is open to people outside the club.
For more details, contact social@ cheshamrugbyclub.com. You can also make a one-off donation to the club’s Stags’ Just Giving page (www. justgiving.com/chesham-rugby) or contact the team at fundraising@ cheshamrugbyclub.com to discuss corporate packages.
Chesham did not have a first team game last weekend due to the international break, but they will be back in Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier Division action on Saturday with a game at Hungerford, where they will be looking to bag their first away win of the season.
CLUB GOAL: (Above) Chesham RFC’s new clubhouse (highlighted) at Chiltern Hills Academy; (right) referee Nigel Owens