Dursley Does it All
[published with thanks to Touchline]
Dursley also offers a fantastically hospitable social space for both members and local villagers.
There’s competitive rugby for men, women, mini and youth players, touch and walking rugby as well as a very active social section. Having a running club and also resurrecting its Stragglers Cricket Club, the Dursley has over 1,200 people actively involved.
Major refurbishment at Stinchcombe, has brought an updated gym, new changing rooms and kitchen, an improved courtyard main entrance and social space extended into the old pavilion veranda.
The ground staff have done sterling work on playing surfaces for rugby and cricket and the club is thriving at the heart of its community. Now they are fundraising for the next phase, looking to acquire more land for a running track and a further rugby pitch, to relieve wear on existing grass surfaces.
The club and bar open one Friday each month for the villagers of Stinchcombe. Their Last Night of the Proms Concert supporting Rotary, an annual charity rugby match against a Smiths XV and yearly hosting of the Challenge for Hope Charity Cycle, makes it a popular place for the community to get together.
Recently they’ve brought in TGIFF, Thank Goodness It’s Fixit Friday, which, on one Friday afternoon a month, sees a group of volunteers, led by Phil Sprague, take on maintenance tasks.
Every June, the club holds a weekend of events; now a tradition in the community and beyond. The Friday night Summer Ball, a black-tie event, attracts some 400 revellers, followed by Saturday’s popular Beer Festival. The Sunday evening’s Last Night of the Proms, organised by the Rotary Club of Dursley, raises money for various charities. Next year’s bumper weekend is planned for 5 - 7 June 2020 and is sure to be another success.
Said John Darlaston: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be President of such a successful club, which has huge support from long-standing and a new generation of volunteers. It has the respect of the rugby playing community, other sports organisations and the surrounding villagers.”