WELCOME TO THE NEW SEASON
Welcome to the new season at Charlton Park.
You will be aware if you read the website or go to the club that we were fortunate to receive a grant from the RFU under their Lead Up to the World Cup Legacy to improve our facilities. The £10,000 received has been spent on a complete redecorating of the hall and bar, with new carpeting and upholstery.
This money was contingent upon our providing the same for ourselves and you can now come and admire the doors between the hall and the patio installed by www.neosprotect.com. Our many thanks to them for doing such a good job. This means that over £20,000 has been spent on improving the fabric of the club over the summer, and this is the first reminder that we will, of course, be open for you to watch all World Cup games.
After the AGM there have also been committee and staff reshuffles. Dennis Miller has passed the treasurership on to Luke Boyns, and Colin Wooster the stewardship to Pauline Harding. Both gentlemen will continue to be involved fully with the club – Dennis will still be organising VP lunches and Colin looking after our wonderful pitches. We are truly grateful to all the time they gave to the club over many years and their roles will be difficult to fill. Both were heavily involved in the clubhouse refurbishing work.
On the playing side, we have ‘lost’ Terry to Blackheath and Thor to retirement (briefly we hope), a couple have moved away and there are some unfortunate injuries, so there are challenges ahead; challenges which, if numbers and commitment to training are to go by, the players are up for. Singhy (captain), Andy and the coaches need your support even more than last year and we look forward to seeing our supporters club home and away. A vote at the AGM overwhelmingly reiterated the club’s wish to be staunchly amateur, so we can only try to persuade players to join, and this places us under a distinct disadvantage with respect to most of our league competitors. What any team playing us will come up against is a group playing for their mates, as twas ever so with Charlton Park. So, please try to sponsor a player by getting in touch with Phil Baker.
1st XV 21 v 40 Medway
3rd XV 19 v 24 Westcombe Park III
1st XV v Twickenham (A)
2nd XV v Beckenham II (H)
3rd XV v Beckenham III (A)
Fuffs v Erith I (A)
Training starts 10 September 2015
We are developing our Youth Section and looking for new players, all levels of experience welcome. Training Thursdays 5.30pm to 7.30pm, training and matches Sundays 10am to 12pm. For further information please email Pat Brown, Youth Chairman, or see our Youth Information page.
Charlton Park enjoy another successful season
Charlton Park enjoyed a successful 2014/15 season although not quite matching the 2 league championships of 2013/14, each team enjoyed success throughout the season.
The date of this photo is uncertain, but we do know some of the people in it so it will come from just before the First World War, round about 1912 when we had a pretty strong team. At the time, of course, we were the Old Charltonians.
The captain, holding the ball, is FR (Freddie) Roberts. He played half-back (scrum-half?) for Kent and also represented London against Paris that year. We cannot be completely certain but the player on his right is probably HJ Turpin, who also played for the county.
Roberts survived the war to be captain again in 1919. On his left is Harold Hollis who was in the Kent side that won the County Championship in 1923.