May I firstly on behalf of Cranbrook sports club wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2020. For the sports club 2019 has been a very successful year; the cricket section has gone from strength to strength; we have recently started a session on Sunday mornings for U18. U 15 and U13 girls under the guidance of Peter Jovanovic, Shaun Ashdown and Lindsay Posey; the Nomads lost their 1st game for 2 years last Saturday; the firsts are riding high in Kent 1 and are still in the National Junior Vase.

In my view the One Club principle is working brilliantly. We have a very diverse but skilled committee, and at last the number of volunteers helping the club is growing; however, there is always a need for more volunteers and this is a good time to become more involved in the club as we gear up towards the new clubhouse.

I am delighted to say that following the good work by the fundraising committee and James Fraser and David Robson Sport England have approved our plans and are making a grant of £100,000 towards the clubhouse; this means that we can now lodge our proposals with other grant organisations. We were awaiting sport England approval as this shows to all bodies what an excellent proposal we have.

We must also look to club members to help us to raise the balance of the funds. Your help is appreciated whether it be practical or financial. The club has charitable status and that can be useful for anyone who might consider making a financial contribution.

It is our aim to make our new clubhouse a community resource available to all in the community and to all sports and organisations. We are hoping to be open 7 days a week; the possibilities are endless. We have parking for 280 cars already and without doubt our facilities will be much in demand.

Today as ever we are sponsored by Hire4Lower; for community and amateur clubs sponsors make the difference in allowing us to provide good facilities, good coaching and good on and off the field support. We are indebted to all our sponsors but of course there is no praise high enough for our main sponsors Colin and Yvonne Tall. I hope that you all enjoy the new 1st team shirt today which was designed as the Mike McMinnies Memorial shirt. Mike and David will always be missed by the club and it is so good to see Tricia, Rosemary and the rest of the family here today.

Sadly, I must report that Chris Chubb, a member of many years standing. died a short while ago and his funeral details are on the club website and at the bottom of this message. Our sympathies are extended to his family

We are expecting about 160 for the club lunch today and our thanks go to Chris Hambridge for organising and Anthony Hacker assisted by Luke Pearce for their culinary skills. You will find on the table, and within this programme, a list of the items that are available in an auction that will take place later. Please give generously as all monies will be going to the new clubhouse fund.

Today we are playing Faversham and I believe this may be the 1st time that we have played Faversham in a league match. Our referee is Andre Van Zyl, who is supported by Bill Hobba as referee adviser. I appreciate that we will be enjoying ourselves at lunch but it is important to remember our responsibility to honour both teams and the match officials during the match.

On the playing front sadly, the firsts stuttered against Hastings last weekend losing 25 – 15 and a weakened Nomads side played valiantly in losing 10 – 36 to the league leaders Sevenoaks; however, Cranbrook Ladies redeemed the weekend with an excellent 25 – 0 win against Hove in the league on Sunday.

In the national Junior Vase we defeated Lewes 63 – 0 and in the 3rd round we are playing Chipstead in Coulsdon Surrey on 4 January 2020. I hope that as many supporters as possible will make the trip to Junction 7 of the M25. Kick-off is at 1:30 PM.

The Sports Club Ball will be on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Please watch out for the flyers that will soon be out and start arranging your table.

Future Dates

15th December the under 15’s are playing at 11 o’clock on Jaegers v Sittingbourne \Sheppey

and at 12.30 the under 18’s are playing Bromley on Sands. Both these games are league matches

4th January 1sts v Chipstead away. 1.30

5th January Cranbrook ladies are away at Seaford. 2 PM

11th January 1sts v HSBC away. 2 PM

Nomads away at Maidstone 2 PM

12th January Cranbrook ladies the Lewis at home. 2pm

18th January 1sts v Old Gravesendians 2pm at home

Nomads v Edenbridge 2 PM at home

#Strengthandhonour 'Oneclub

Tim Fagg


Chris Chubb's funeral details as follows:

17th December 2019 at 11.45am, at Vinters Park Crematorium, ME14 5LG

After funeral at The Milk House, Sissinghurst, TN17 2SG at approx. 1.30pm


Snippets below from last year's Christmas club lunch in which we were just short of 150 attendees. This year promises to be upwards of 170. Our new chef, Luke Pearce, is assisting Anthony Hacker and both will have their hands full as will the u16s who will be on hand to help......

When it's raining, the umbrellas are out in force. Mind you, some of us have got hair to get wet...….
The Ladies are at the lunch; will you be?


As is usual with the Christmas Club Lunch, we have a number of auction prizes to go which raises valuable money for the club as we move forward. Below are some of the main items to go under the hammer.....

1. Lords summer 2020

2 tickets and meals in Debenture Seats for Sat 27 June v West Indies (reserve, bid high)

Plan your summer, money can buy what's normally untouchable!

Kindly donated by John Scales (if there's anyone who can't get to the lunch, then email your silent bid to big bird on chris@McVeighParker.co.uk

2. Polypin of Larkins' finest best bitter -

One month shelf life, ideal for that Christmas party!

Kindly donated by Larkins' of Cranbrook

3. Eddie Jones signed rugby ball

Ideal last minute Christmas present for the rugby fan

Kindly donated by Lynsey and the ladies team

4. Chapel down wine tour for two -

Treat your partner this Christmas

Kindlt donated by Big bird

5. A series of rugby cartoon drawings by Gren

Kindly donated by Dr Harry in Cranbrook

6. A framed picture and mini rugby ball signed by Martin Johnson

What a vintage that year was!

Kindly donated by Dr Harry in Cranbrook

7. Saracens home game ticket for two - any game subject to availability in remaining 2019/20 season.

Valid for all remaining Premiership games , Heineken cup might be considered if available. Details to be arranged with Bob Phillips

Kindly donated by Bob Phillips


A tough 8-5 loss to Beccehamian Ladies in the 3rd round of the Junior National Vase in what proved to be a very tight and competitive game meant their cup run came to an end. The Ladies still managed smiles all round and although their match against St Francis Ladies the following week was postponed, they ended the year on a high after a resounding 25-0 win at home against Hove Ladies II.




Good luck lads!
Other Rural divisional fixtures today
Along with an updated Rural table
Created By
Peter Jovanovic