Monmouth RFC Life & Honorary Membership

New Life and Honorary Members 2017

The Six Nations dinner was a great success on Friday 3rd February 2017. Bob Prewett and John Bevan were awarded Life and Honorary Monmouth RFC awards respectively. The event was a fundraiser for the WRU MRFC Schools HUB Rugby Officer role with the raffle and auction raising much needed funds to assist with the role. Wales and British Lion Brynmor Williams entertained the audience of 140 rugby supporters and teacher coaches from both senior schools. It was a wonderful evening. Thank you to everyone that helped to make the event such a great occasion.

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Picture: Lloyd Davies, John Bevan, Bob Prewett & Brynmor Williams

Monmouth RFC Life Membership is designed to recognise the commitment and hard work of those volunteers and administrators at the club who have devoted their lives to assisting and developing Monmouth RFC. Congratulations and thank you to our current Life Members and Honorary Members:

Life Members

- Rex Tabb
- Wyn Hughes
- John Evans
- Tony Bevan
- Phil Brunt
- Byron Hapgood
- Bob Prewett

Honorary Members

- Eddie Butler
- John Bevan

Life Membership & Honorary Awards 2016

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Left to Right – Lloyd Davies, Byron Hapgood, Robert Jones, Eddie Butler

The good and the great of Monmouth RFC attended at the Blake Theatre on Friday 22nd January for a pre Six Nations Celebrity Dinner.

Monmouth RFC Life Membership was awarded to longstanding servant of the Club - Byron Hapgood. Byron has served at the club for over 40 years, as a player, coach, Chairman and has represented the Club committee in every senior position. Byron played an instrumental role in extending and renovating the existing clubhouse and the Sports Association Pavilion and has played a key part in running the Club over many years.

Club Trustee and Life Member, Wyn Hughes, paid tribute to fellow Trustee Byron with a glowing accolade of his hard work and total commitment to the Club. Byron is the 17th Life Member to have been appointed since 1960, when records began at the Club.

International rugby commentator and Monmothian, Eddie Butler, was awarded an Honorary Membership of Monmouth RFC, in recognition of his services to Monmouth Rugby. A former pupil at Monmouth Boys School and Monmouth RFC player, Eddie enjoyed an illustrious career with Pontypool and Wales. In recent years he has become the voice of international rugby commentary, complementing his writing skills as a journalist and author.

Both Byron and Eddie gave entertaining and enlightening speeches after being presented with their awards by Chairman, Lloyd Davies.

The evening was capped off with an excellent speech from Robert Jones, former Welsh International and British Lion, who also had the audience in stiches.

Monmouth RFC Life Membership Awards 2013

Monmouth RFC presented three new Life Membership awards to Phill Brunt, Jeff Scourfield and Tony Bevan at the Sportsman’s Dinner on the 16th February 2013.

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Phill, Jeff and Tony have represented the Club in an administrative capacity for a collective of 120 years of service! They have been stalwarts throughout their time at the Club.

The new Life Membership awards were presented by Trustees Wyn Hughes and Byron Hapgood and Club President Rex Tabb.

President Rex Celebrates 80 Years

Club President Rex Tabb celebrated his 80th Birthday with friends at Monmouth RFC on the 24th August 2013.

Many happy returns Rex.

Tribute to Monmouth RFC Club Patron John Gwilliam - RIP

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We pay tribute to Monmouth RFC Club Patron John Gwilliam, a true rugby warrior and gentleman, who sadly passed away in December 2016 aged 93.

John was a former Wales Grand Slam-winning captain who was part of the last Welsh team to beat New Zealand.

John will be remembered fondly by senior members of Monmouth RFC for his devout support of the Club for over half a century. John is reputed to have played for Monmouth RFC one weekend, before being called up into the Welsh squad the following weekend.

Born in Pontypridd, and educated at Monmouth Boys School, John played 23 times for Wales between 1947 and 1954 at number 8. He captained the Welsh team on 11 occasions, including when they won Five Nations Championship Grand Slams in 1950 and 1952. He was also in the last Welsh team that beat the All Blacks 13-8 in Cardiff in 1953.

Away from rugby, he served as a tank commander during the Second World War and was headmaster of the independent Birkenhead School from 1963 to 1988.
Additional information in relation to John can be found at the following link http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/25758156

Thank you for your wonderful support of Monmouth RFC.

Rest in Peace John Gwilliam.

A Tribute to Jeff Scourfield - Life Member & Club Stalwart - RIP

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Jeff played a significant part in the development of Monmouth RFC. Thank you to Trustees and fellow Life Members Wyn Hughes and Byron Hapgood for their assistance with the following information:

Jeff was brought up in Blaenavon and moved to Monmouth in 1971 to work at Rank Xerox. He immediately joined Monmouth RFC and played second row for the 1st XV for many years in the 1970's.

He was a member of the Monmouth Team who were invited to Carbonne in France in 1975, in what was the first significant official Monmouth Twinning connection between the towns.

Jeff was instrumental in helping set up the Mini Rugby section of Monmouth RFC (now known as Young Rugby) - in the mid seventies. He took up both a coaching and refereeing role with the Mini Section - introducing all three sons into the game - Paul, Andy and Mark.

Jeff helped manage the Youth Team, served on senior committee and became General Secretary of the Club in the early 1980's and again in 2007. He helped to administer the first phase of the club house development and refurbishment at the existing club house, The Old Druids Head in 1984.

Following illness in the late nineties, he continued to serve on the Club committee and became a keen supporter of the Druids, which he helped to manage and also became the Druids press officer, writing up match reports for The Monmouthshire Beacon following every game for the best part of 20 years.

Jeff loved his Rugby and rarely missed a Club Tour - touring Caen France, Carbonne, Germany, Prague, Cyprus, Malta, Toronto, Atlanta, New York and others.

He regularly supported Wales at both home and away 6 Nations venues, including also supporting Wales on overseas tours to Australia and Argentina as well as visiting Hong Kong to watch the Sevens.. He was fortunate to have toured to watch the British Lions to all three major touring venues - Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Jeff received Monmouth RFC Clubman of the Year awards on several occasions and was awarded the highest Club accolade, that of Life Membership in 2013.

Whilst Jeff lived life to the full within rugby, he was however first and foremost, a loving husband, father and grandfather. Within our rugby fraternity we will miss his humor, wise words and above all his dear friendship.

RIP Jeff

A tribute to Monmouth RFC Life Member and Club Stalwart, the late Bernard Davies

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This can only be a short few words about Bernard’s long and eventful life. He was born and educated in Monmouth and started work as a telegram messenger boy with the G.P.O. He worked for the GPO and Royal Mail for 47 years in Monmouth, Chepstow and Hereford.

He played for the Club for many years and had a short spell with Chepstow R.F.C where he captained the 1st XV in 1953/54. He played his final game for Monmouth aged 58, he never liked seeing Monmouth go on the field short of players!

He was a referee for the 2nd and 3rd XV and used the sin bin before the WRU even thought of it; sending players off to cool down before letting them back on the pitch to complete the game.

Bernard served on the Club committee and was Chairman during the 1973/74 season. He was made a Life Member of the Club in recognition of his contribution to the Club.

Bernard loved rugby tours and was a great Monmouth RFC tourist. He enjoyed the usual Five Nations away excursions as well as trips to Holland, Portugal, America. The tour to Canada was never to be forgotten. Bernard celebrated his 70th birthday in Toronto; the tourists all gathered to wish Bern a Happy Birthday, the hotel made a cake and the barman gave him free drinks for the night – not realizing that one person could drink so much whiskey!

Bernard was a great friend to many and the wealth of stories about him means that his memory will live on. His son Martin is one of the Monmouth 1st XV coaches, having played and captained the 1st XV during a long and illustrious playing career, and so the Davies connection with Monmouth RFC
continues.

A game of rugby lasts eighty minutes, friendships last a lifetime. Goodbye old friend.

Tribute written by Richie Williams


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