Hertford RFC Lunches, Club Socials and Fundraising Events 2016 / 2017

All social events are held at the Club and are open to all Club Members, their families and friends.

All profit from these events will go towards the general running of the Club or the Projects Fund.

Sat 10 Sept 16 Supporters Lunch (v Amersham & Chiltern)
Sat 7 Jan 17 Supporters Lunch (v Wimbledon)
Sat 24 Sept 16 Supporters Lunch (v Guildford)
Sat 21 Jan 17 Supporters Lunch (v Colchester)
Sat 08 Oct 16 Supporters Lunch (v Chichester)  

Fri 27 Jan 17

Evening: The Club’s Annual Quiz Challenge
Sat 29 Oct 16 Vice Presidents Lunch (v Shelford)   Sat 4 Feb 17 Six Nations Rugby: England v France (4.50pm)
Sat 19 Nov 16 Supporters Lunch (v Sutton & Epsom)
International Cuisine and Music Evening
  Sat 11 Feb 17 Supporters Lunch (v Guernsey KO 2pm) with Six Nations Rugby:
Wales v England (4.50pm)
Sat 26 Nov 16 Minis A’s Floodlit Festival
Fri 24 Feb 17 Evening: President’s Dinner - Guest Speaker: MIKE BRACE CBE DL
Sat 10 Dec 16 Supporters Xmas Lunch (v Tonbridge Juddians) and Post Match Entertainment   Sat 25 Feb 17 Minis B’s Floodlit Festival
Sat 17 Dec 16 Evening: Carols with Ware Brass Band (Carols starting at 7.30pm)   Sat 4 Mar 17 Ladies Lunch (v Dorking) with Post Match Entertainment (see below)
      Sat 11 Mar 17 Six Nations Rugby: England v Scotland (4pm)
      Sat 18 Mar 17 Six Nations Rugby: Ireland v England (5pm)
      Sat 25 Mar 17 Sponsors & Patrons Lunch (v Westcombe Park)
      Sat 1 Apr 17 Supporters Lunch (v Southend Saxons)
      Sat 22 Apr 17 Supporters St George’s Day Lunch (v Westcliff) with Post Match Entertainment
      Sun 23 Apr 17 County Youth Finals at Hertford RFC
      Sun 14 May 17 Club Awards & Fun Day plus Annual Plant Sale
      Sun 10 Jun 17 Evening: Summer Party


The International Cuisine & Music Evening
Saturday,19th November 2016

This very popular Club social started in 2006 and has been put on every year since. 8 Club “chefs” and their helpers rise to the challenge of producing and serving an international “dish” accompanied by a drink HRFC Year Book 2016/2017 | 31 from a country of their choice, all within a given budget.

The “chefs” set up their food stalls in the dining room and once “open for business”, around 8.15pm, you are invited to walk around the various stalls, at your leisure, sampling the excellent cuisine on offer. Starter size portions are served, so pace yourself and try all eight!! The “chefs” keep serving until about 9.45pm or when there is no more!!! The great atmosphere in the Cub house is enhanced with the sounds of a live band.

Last November there was once again an amazing selection of wonderful food served up by our chefs, namely: Roy Glossop (Thailand), Tom Metz & Hugh Lacey (Singapore), Claire Gorton (Turkey), Gavin Howell (Sri-Lanka), Glen Barrett (Germany), Jon Patton and Jonny Hollis (USA), Gary Bullen (Cuba) & Kevin Brewer (Italy). During the evening we were entertained by the salsa sounds of the fantastic Cubano Quartet who were visiting Hoe Lane for the first time.

This event is open to all Members, their families and friends. Event starts at 7.00pm.

Tickets: £15 per person including the food and drink from the food stands. £5 for children (under 16) wishing to eat. £35 for family ticket (2 adults & 2 children).

All profits go towards the Club’s Projects Fund.

Carols with Ware Brass Band
Saturday, 17th December 2016

Regarded by many as the best night of the year at the Club.

The Club house is always packed for this very festive occasion, a tradition that has been running for at least 30 years! It always takes place on the Saturday before Christmas and means this year it will take place on Christmas Eve. It will make for a very special occasion indeed.

Ware Brass Band set up in the dining room surrounded by the Club’s choral society!

Regulars have learnt to arrive early to claim their favourite spot (mainly for the raucous rendition of A Partridge in a Pear Tree!) and loosen their vocal chords with a drink or two!

Open to all Members, their families and friends.

Event starts at 6.00pm with Carols from 7.00pm.

There is a nominal entrance fee of £2 per person (children free) which goes towards the cost of the band.

Annual Quiz Challenge
Friday, 27th January 2017

Get a group of friends together, enter a team and enjoy an evening of great fun! Over 20 teams (max 8 in a team) compete for the Hertford RFC Annual Quiz Challenge Shield. Last January, Graeme Riddle kindly hosted the event for the second time which saw the Braughing Bangers, captained by Martin Emery, win a very keenly fought competition. Our gratitude goes to Graeme for running another brilliant quiz.

Doors open from 6.30pm. Quiz starts promptly at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £10 per person Includes supper but you can bring your own nibbles!.

All profit goes towards the Club’s Projects Fund.

Beer Festival

The Club held its’ first beer festival for many years over the weekend of the 5th & 6th Feb 2016. There was an excellent selection of over 12 real ales and ciders. On the Friday night there was food and live music from a number of local bands and Saturday featured the 6 Nations rugby. Our thanks go to Allan Tyrer for all his efforts in running this event.

Details of this season’s festival are currently being discussed and once finalized will be announced on the Club’s website etc.

Presidents Dinner
Friday, 24th February 2017

Our President Jim Riddle invites all Members and their guests to join him for a traditional Club dinner. Guest speaker to be announced.

It is preferred that Members get a table together of between 8 & 12 people but of course smaller groups and indeed individuals will be catered for.

Last March this Dinner supported Tom Horey and the RFU Injured Players Foundation and was a huge success with 165 Members and guests attending and raised over £17,000 for these Funds. Our guest speaker was Jeff Probyn who made a great speech and then proceeded to hold an impromptu “live” coaching session for our props in the small bar afterwards!

Dress Code: Lounge suit or Blazer / Jacket & Tie.

Tickets: Price to be confirmed but expected to be in the region of £30.

Ladies and Supporters Lunch
Saturday, 4th March 2017

Another firm fixture in the Club’s social calendar and has now become one of the Club’s nominated charity events. This is without doubt the liveliest supporters lunch of the season with the gin & tonics and Prosecco in full flow from the minute the bars are open at midday and wild partying after the match!!

Last season over 90 ladies attended and were entertained by Club VPs, Annie Hartwright (who came up from Worcester for the weekend) and Michael “Mazo” Maslinski. The day was enlivened by the auctioning and subsequent presentation of the 1st XV squad for a “slave” period after the game and for the pink playing shirts that the players wore for this very special day. The proceeds from this auction and other funds raised during the day, totalling around £2,500, all went to the charity for the day, Children with Cancer UK. After the match, with the amazing Theresa Jae in full voice, the Club house was turned into “the best night Club in Hertford and it was only six o’clock in the evening!” as quoted by one of our senior Club captains who had just returned from an away game with his team. Our thanks go to the coaches of the 1st XV squad who sponsored the shirts, to the Oak Room, Hertford for donating the table flowers and especially to our ladies for their generous support and for making it such a fantastic day! Our thanks also go to Baz and Amanda who helped enormously with the organization of this event.

Tickets: £25 per person includes 3 course lunch, programme, entrance fee and the postmatch entertainment.

Club Awards & Fun Day including the Plant Sale
Sunday, 14th May 2017

The second Club Awards and Fun day held on Sunday, 15th May 2016 was another great success with all age groups attending. As well as gathering in their groups for the end of season presentations, there was a variety of side shows plus Kev’s snack wagon, popcorn, candy floss and an ice cream van to keep the youngsters happy and content! Following the awards there was a DJ set from the balcony by John Warrington and live music on the main pitch from Box Deluxe featuring senior club player, Chris Barlow, on the drums.

During the morning the Club also held its’ 3rd Annual Plant Sale. This again proved to be a huge success. The great selection of quality summer border and patio plants, hanging baskets and perennials are supplied by a Club Member who owns a local nursery. A profit of £850 was made from the Plant Sale for the Projects Fund.

Summer Party
Saturday, 10th June 2017

Time to Dress to Impress by putting on your posh summer frocks and DJ’s and attend the Club’s biggest social event of the year!

The party is held in a grand marquee on the main pitch with disco, band and bars including the infamous vodka ice luge.

Members can buy either Platinum or Silver tickets. The Platinum tickets include a 3 course dinner served in the dining area of the marquee (tables can be booked seating from 8 to 12 people) whilst the Silver tickets include a buffet with seating and tables available for reservation in the bar area of the marquee.

This year’s event was attended by around 260 people (180 on Platinum and 80 on Silver) and a great evening was had by all. Club VP, Steve Tyner put together a fantastic nine piece band and the evening was compered as usual by Dave Green, our “resident” DJ, who kept the party going until the 2am finish. Many thanks to the gang that helped set up the marquee on the Saturday morning, to the event sponsors namely Steven Oates, Herts Storage, Entire Building Solutions, Terry Day and Simon Milner, to all the companies and persons who donated raffle prizes, to Peter Evans for donating the table displays and finally to Kevin, Jackie, Baz, Linda and their respective teams for making the event run so smoothly.

Open to all Club Members, their guests and friends. Bars open from 6.30pm. Event closes at 2am.


Silver ticket : £25 includes a buffet.

Platinum ticket: £55 includes 3 course dinner.

All profits go towards the Club’s Projects Fund.

Club Nights

There are up to 4 Club nights held each season after 1st XV home games. They are open to all Members and guests, start around 5.30pm and there is usually no “entrance” fee.

Details of these events will be posted on the Club’s website etc.


Full details of the RFU GRAND DRAW will be posted on the Message Board

Andy (Bunter) Green
E-Mail (click here for e-mail)
Phone: 01992 504 406 or 07900 888 131

 Watch Main Club Notice Board and Social Events section of the Club Website Message Board for full details of the above events and any other socials that are planned during the season.


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