Club Update- September 2021

By the time you read this, the Quins will have played a game, the Firsts and Seconds will have played some warm up games against Hawick, Alnwick and Berwick and in some Sevens tournaments with a fairly young squad. The Firsts and the Ladies will be preparing for their first league games. So, it is all systems go! We start with an away match against Cartha Queens Park on Saturday 4th September followed by a visit from Highland on the 11th. Hopefully, membership cards will be available to purchase that day. If you are coming along to the games at Poynder Park, please, note that we can no longer use the Old High school for parking as it is now a building site. There will be restricted parking at lower Poynder which may be accessed from Croft Road. The Ladies start in Glasgow as well with a match against West of Scotland on Sunday 5th, followed by another away game against Broughton in Edinburgh on the 12th September.

The past month has been, as usual, a busy time down at Poynder as the kitchen has been refurbished and the Clubrooms are in regular use to community groups, especially during the day.

The major event of the month, however, was the Annual General Meeting which took place on Wednesday 11th August. That is quite late for us but we were keen to have a face to face meeting as most folk are Zoomed out.

The meeting was well attended with around 40 members present. The Financial report was pleasant listening but just as we have no income, we also had no major expenditure over the season. We have survived on grants from various sources and the generous membership and sponsorship received through the season even although there was no rugby.

Scott Forbes continues as President and he is hoping for some rugby in his second year in office. He has, however, now seen Kelso play in some of the pre-season rugby so he is well ahead of last season. His Vice-President is Neil Hastie who is a weel-kent face around the club! There were a couple of changes in the Constitution approved as well as mention being made of various documents which have been worked on over the lockdown eg Child protection policy, GDPR policy, Club business plan.

Perhaps the highlight of the night was the nomination and approval of Jim Wilson as a Life-Member. Jim has been involved with the Kelso Club since 1962! He spent many seasons as a first team player including playing a game on the wing against Hawick. Jim Hewit was on the other wing! Jim was captain of the Seconds in his time and, on finishing playing, he moved on to the Committee and has spent many years of valuable service especially as manager of the Firsts and chief pitch dresser. That means he put the post-protectors and touch flags out! A well-deserved honour!

Unfortunately, we have had a couple of COVID close downs. One of the players became positive so that shut down training and the Gym and then we had a positive test for an attendee at a meeting in the downstairs Hall so that was the end of community use of the hall for 5 days whilst it had another deep clean. I suppose there is certain inevitability of this happening.

Disappointingly, the Summer skills camps were affected by the latter episode but, in the end, the camps went ahead and were both well attended by some seriously enthusiastic youngsters. Thanks to all the young coaches who came along and helped out on the 5 days of the camp.

Sunday 8th August saw the Doddie Cycle pass through Kelso with Poynder Park being one of the feeding stations. The Ladies section were up at the crack of dawn to do the registration of competitors at the Greenyards. The event was blessed with good weather whilst they were in Kelso but apparently some of the riders got a good soaking. Some riders even did the 60 mile route on electric bikes. That’s cheating, surely!