This Saturday we travel to Loughborough to face the Students.
Loughborough is a market town in Leicestershire. The county symbol is the running fox - running no doubt from the Quorn hunt which is based in the eponymous village just South of Loughborough on the old route of the A6. The meat-replacement used in sausages etc. takes its name from the village.
On the other side of the town is the hamlet of Zouch - alphabetically the last place in England. Not to be confused with the nearby Ashby de la Zouch.
Although mainly thought of as a market town, Loughborough has been important in a number of industries. It was for instance the destination of Thomas Cook's first outing - a day trip from Leicester for his temperance society on the newly opened Midlands County Railway.
Loughborough is also important in lace making. John Heathcoat designed the Loughborough machine in 1808, the first machine capable of making net at a quality approaching hand made pillow lace and set up a factory in the town. However, fearing loss of jobs, local hand weavers attacked his factory. Indeed such was the disruption of the Luddites, there were more soldiers deployed to suppress their raids than were deployed with Wellington in the Peninsular War. However, despite these measures the disruption proved too much and he moved the business to Tiverton in Devon. Bobbinet made on machines based on his principles is the basis of almost all lace today.
Loughborough is also home to the Brush factory, which makes electrical generators not cleaning equipment. It is named after the American inventor Charles Brush, who developed an improved dynamo. He created companies in US and UK in the 1870s. His US interests became part of General Electric, while the UK company became part of Hawker Siddeley and are now owned by Melrose plc.
It is home to one of the largest bell foundries in the country, John Taylor and Co. The town's war memorial features a carillon of 43 bells - reflecting the many found throughout Belgium. Elgar wrote an special anthem for the dedication, the Carillon Chimes. A replica of the tenor was used by AC/DC on Hells Bells the first track on their Back in Black Album. The song and album opens with a tolling bell - a tribute to their singer Bon Scott who had recently died of alcohol poisoning. The original plan had been to record at Loughborough, but it was impossible due to the noise of the nesting pigeons. So a special bell was cast and used on stage throughout the subsequent world tour - which ended just up the road at Castle Donnington as the band headlined Monsters of Rock.
But back to rugby, Loughborough Students are three places and seven points ahead of Cambridge in the table. They are blowing hot and cold. Last week they lost to Ampthill, the previous week they comfortably beat Blaydon, but before Christmas they lost to Hull Ionians.
Cambridge should remember that we won the encounter at home coming from behind with a devastating late burst. Cambridge have been scoring tries and picking up bonus points, this week they need to start winning again.
Clubhouse Extension Project
Having already secured planning permission and funding of £420,000 we are now appealing to members, friends and supporters to raise the remaining £80,000 to get us over the goal line so that we can start this much needed changing room project.
For details of what this would mean to the future of your club and how to make a donation please see Steve Bowller's letter.
As you can see we are already on our way, many thanks to those who have contributed already. Can we get the team over half way before the end of this year?
At the AGM this week 3 new members were voted onto the committee. Please welcome:
|Gary Barr||Deborah Barr||Shaun Grady|
Gary will take on the role of Secretary. Deborah is our Membership Secretaray and Shaun has been involved in the changing project.
Steve Bowller was also confirmed as our new President replacing Alan who remains on the committee.
We'd finally like to thank Adrian Carpenter, who has stepped down as Secretary after 7 years of service the club, Jimmy Dore who will step down from his Finance role, and Jonathan Woods for his contributions to commercial this year.
We are now looking for a Finance Director to replace Jimmy so please get in touch if you are interested. Or indeed if you can contribute to our club in any other way - we always need more volunteers.
You can see the full committee here.
|1st XV Fixtures||Match Day Lunches|
|Sat 21 Jan 14:00||A||Loughborough|
|Sat 28 Jan 14:00||H||Moseley|
|Sat 04 Feb 15:00||A||Macclesfield|
|Sat 11 Feb 14:00||H||Blackheath|
|Sat 18 Feb 14:30||A||Hartpury College|
|Sat 04 Mar 15:00||H||Esher|
|Sat 11 Mar 15:00||A||Fylde|
|2nd XV Fixtures|
|Sat 21 Jan tbc||A||Bishop's Stortford 2|
|Sat 28 Jan 14:00||H||Chinnor II|
|Sat 11 Feb tbc||H||Hertford II|
|3rd XV Fixtures|
|Sat 21 Jan 14:00||H||Cantabrigians 2|
|Sat 28 Jan 14:00||A||Renegades|
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