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EGM AGENDA Monday 25th February


Will be held in St John's Hall, Penzance
7.30pm Monday 25th February 2008.


1. Apologies for absence

2. Following the resignation of Mr R G R Evans - to Elect a President of the Club
Nomination: Mr Robin John TURNER.

3. To discuss:

  • The future of the Cornish Pirates
  • The Westholme Clubhouse/Mennaye development.
Pirates Statement 15/01/08

15 January 2008

IWe have been inundated with literally hundreds of emails, 'phone calls and letters of support for Dicky Evans and the Club, in addition to the vast amount of postings on our website.

I would like to sincerely thank all those true supporters who have been moved to voice their opinions and pledge themselves to the Cornish Pirates.

I also need to clarify what our current situation is and also what our future aspirations are. Dicky has committed to honouring all existing contracts for the remainder of this season and also those contracts, which are currently in place for season 2008-09, applying to the core of the squad.

He has further agreed to remain a substantial benefactor of the Club and the Cornish Pirates on an indefinite basis. This is excellent news and yet another example, if one were needed, of the passion he holds for Penzance & Newlyn RFC.

Yesterday evening Penzance & Newlyn RFC Management Committee held an Extraordinary Meeting. At the Meeting Robin Turner stood down as Chairman of the Club with a view to offering himself for election to President at the forthcoming EGM.

The meeting, in accordance with the Bye-laws of the Club is required to elect a new President and Chairman. The Management Committee will also require approval of a change to the Bye-laws, which will allow for the strengthening of the Management Committee.

Anyone wishing to become a Member of Penzance & Newlyn RFC should make an application to do so as soon as possible in order that this application can be put before the Management Committee for consideration before the EGM takes place. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website, are available from the Club and will also be available at our next game at Camborne.

At the same meeting, under any other business, Members will have the opportunity to express their views on the issues that led to the negativity from certain quarters that caused Dicky Evans to resign, namely

The proposal to build and share in a Stadium for Cornwall to be built at Truro

Subject to planning approval, the proposal to redevelop the facilities at the Mennaye

Finally, on a matter that, due to recent events, has been almost forgotten, the Cornish Pirates will not be appealing the decision taken by the FDR Board of Directors that we should be deducted three league points for contravening FDR Regulations during the recent fixture against Pertemp Bees.

The players are now targeting a strong finish to the season and any such distractions are being put to one side.

Rod Coward


To all Members and supporters of Penzance & Newlyn RFC and the Cornish Pirates

14 january 2008

It is with great regret that the Club has received, last Thursday, the immediate resignation of Richard 'Dicky' Evans after almost 13 years as President of Penzance & Newlyn RFC.

This decision has been brought about by the unremitting attacks, both publicly and in private, on Dicky and the Cornish Pirates vision in general and their success, by current and former members and players of Penzance & Newlyn RFC. What is reported in the media is merely the tip of the iceberg. He has had to spend the last few years in particular taking knives out of his back and now feels that enough is enough.

The Cornish Pirates have become the victim of their own success. Their achievements generated by many hardworking, decent people on and particularly off the field, with his support and that of other excellent sponsors and supporters, have seen their success denigrated by a chosen few who have become increasingly vitriolic in their statements both publicly and privately. There are no secrets and much of what is said is passed to him by many good friends.

Dicky has confirmed that he will honour all existing contracts for this current season and 2008-09 for players and also administration staff.

However it is now time for the Pirates Members to plan for the future without him as President. We will shortly be calling an EGM to elect a new President and Notice of this will appear as soon as practicable.

This is a very sad day for me and the Club, but Dicky has left us with a legacy and vision for the future on which we must build. This is a major watershed and we look to the continuing support of all our valued Members and supporters as we move forward in pursuing the opportunities afforded to the Club to achieve the dream of bringing Premiership rugby to Cornwall.

Rod Coward


Sports First Aid Course

20th November 2007

1O coaches, players and support volunteers from the Penzance & Newlyn RFC mini-junior section and the Pirates 2nds, were recently joined by two coaches from Hayle for a 'Sports First Aid Course' run by St. John's Ambulance and delivered by Viv Matthews.

The course covered basic first aid and sports related injuries, all attendees now holding certificates that are valid for three years.coaches, players and support volunteers

Wendy Nicholas, on behalf of the Penzance & Newlyn RFC mini-junior section, commented:
"If there is enough interest, then we'll organise another course involving 2 x 3 hour sessions in the New Year, it something that might also be useful for junior and colts players."

For further information please ring Wendy on 01736-871835.

Pirates 'Amateurs' Play An Important Role

In this professional age, it is sometimes forgotten that the majority of sportsmen and women are amateur in the true sense of the word, playing their chosen sport for fun and and enjoyment.

Yes, the Cornish Pirates proudly represent Penzance & Newlyn RFC as a professional senior side, but below that level there are the Pirates 'Amateurs', the Pirates Colts, plus all the Mini-Junior teams. In total, Penzance & Newlyn RFC provides facilities for some 300 rugby players, which is wholly commendable.

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International Tickets

Fully paid up members of Penzance & Newlyn RFC are advised that applications for tickets to the following RBS 6 Nations matches can now be made:-

England v Wales - to be played Saturday 2nd February 2008 - ko 16.30

England v Ireland - to be played Saturday 15th March 2008 - ko 15.00

To receive further information
Please contact Terry Drew on 01736-351568 by no later than Friday19th. October, 2007.

Penzance & Newlyn Rfc Annual General Meeting - Thursday 26th July 2007

The Annual General Meeting of the Penzance & Newlyn RFC, held at the 'Westholme' clubhouse on Thursday, reflected on a year that was one of achievement and success.

There was praise for all levels and for all personnel involved who have provided so much vital input from the minis upwards, with special thanks also for the tremendous support given.

Club President, Dicky Evans, who offered apologies for not being able to attend the meeting, said in his submitted report that it had been a "momentous year", one when the Cornish Pirates won the EDF Energy National Trophy at Twickenham. He commented further that "The Twickenham day will stay with us and the tremendous achievement in beating two of the three sides above us in league terms on the road to the final, at Leeds and Doncaster, rank as two of our greatest wins in history - followed by a jittery semi-final against old rivals Plymouth and then the last 30 minutes of our day in the sun where derby rivals Exeter couldn't live with our team spirit that won us the match."

The appointment of Rod Coward, firstly as General manager and then Chief Executive, had also heralded a fresh approach and dimension to the club's ability to move forward off the field.

Mr. Evans advised there were a number of challenges to navigate in the next few years, including the consideration of a new venue sufficiently professional to take the club to premier standards, and the need to improve the Mennaye facilities as a base. Both of these concerns are being given serious attention.

Following other reports made on the evening , nominated officers and committee were approved as follows:-President - Richard Evans, Chairman - Robin Turner, Treasurer - Geoff Read, Committee members - Nicky Brooks and Scott Dugdale.

Nicky Brooks, the retiring Chairman of the Mini-Junior section, was elected a Vice President for his outstanding service given to the club over a 30 plus years period, first as a player and then an official.

And hopes for the forthcoming season? Well, a minimum target has to be a repeat of the Twickenham experience, to frighten Northampton Saints, and to end the season as the top team in the west as the club continues to build for the future.


Last season was one of the most successful in the Clubs history finishing 3rd in National League 1. We are currently the top 15th club in the country.

As you are no doubt aware our first team is the Cornish Pirates and I am sure you will continue to support them at both home and away fixtures. Your tremendous support has proved to be a great boost to their confidence. Next season the Cornish Pirates will be playing their home fixtures at Camborne.

Penzance and Newlyn R.F.C. will continue to be responsible for administrating Club rugby matters that take place on the Mennaye. A full fixture list has been arranged this season for our 2nd XV whilst our Colts and Mini/Junior sections continue to thrive. Our Club has a massive financial burden, being responsible for the payment of council tax, utility bills, insurances, rates, rents, repairs, travel costs and the day to day running costs of Westholme. As we all know these costs continue to spiral upwards at an alarming rate.

As a Club member you will not only have the privilege of being associated with this World famous Club but will also benefit from the amenities listed below :-

  • Membership Of The Pirates' Squash Club
  • Membership To Pirates' Bridge Club
  • Free Hire Of Our Function Rooms
  • Opportunity To Apply For International Tickets

    Membership Information

    Membership application Form | PDF Version

    Club AGM

    The rescheduled Annual General Meeting of the Penzance & Newlyn RFC took place at the clubs Westholme clubhouse last Friday, members were delighted that President Mr. Richard Evans, was able to attend.

    In his report, Mr. Evans gave an update of the position following the four key changes agreed at St. Johns Hall fifteen months previously.

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