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Online Petition to the RFU to re-instate Automatic Promotion to the AVIVA Premiership


Are you fed up with the play-off system and the way it degrades all of the hard work that the Players and Management put into the season? If you are then sign up to our online petition of the RFU at the following link:


Online Petition


Chairman’s Review - October 2015


Dear Trust Member


After a bright and steady start to the season let’s hope that Bristol can achieve their dream this year and get promotion! The online petition is up to 330 signatures as I type and I said that I wanted 400 before I take it to the RFU. So, if you haven’t signed already then please do so by clicking on the link above and I will represent your views.


This year sees us continue as Partner Sponsors of the Bristol Rugby Academy. With so many Academy players likely to be called on to pull on the Bristol shirt over the next season there has never been a more important time for the Trust to get behind the Club in this way. This year sees us as player sponsors of Callum Sheedy who is a promising No 10. Callum is dual registered with Cinderford RFC but is likely to make appearances in the A league as well as the B&I Cup, so watch out for him!


This places a heavy responsibility on us to raise significant sums to cover the requirements of the Academy followed by those of Bristol Schools Rugby, the Gloucester Rugby Cup and the annual bursary to an estimated £6,000 on top of our annual operating costs.


Obviously, through your membership and donations you are contributing to this for which we are grateful. However, to raise these sums we need to encourage old members to re-join, new members to join and Bristol fans who do not wish to join the Trust to donate towards fund raising initiatives. So, this is where we need you to spread the word and help us to help the Trust fulfil its objectives of supporting rugby at all levels in Bristol.


Talking of the Carol Humphreys Memorial Bursary we will invite applicants to make their case from mid-October with a closing date of mid-November. The lucky recipient of £1,000 will be announced shortly after!


The Trust Accounts have been diligently prepared by Andrew Train ahead of our AGM and I am delighted to say that once again David Page is acting as our Independent Examiner in the manner agreed at last years AGM. Thank you to David and Andrew.


If you are interested in volunteering your services then please get in touch by emailing us at


By popular demand we have organised a couple of Quiz nights hosted by ‘Tiny’ George Campbell. And this time you will be up against the players! See below for details.


I would also like to thank the Trustees and Co-opted Trustees for their hard work and support over the year and thank them for agreeing to serve for another year.


Finally, we would like to wish Bristol Rugby, Bristol Schools and Mini and Juniors success in the coming season.


Enjoy the season and C’Mon BRIS!


Andrew Humphreys – Chairman


Bristol Rugby Legend, Craig Short ‘My Career’, Clifton RFC, 29th October 2015, 7.30pm Start


I am delighted to announce that Craig Short has agreed to give a talk on his career as a Bristol Legend. Craig is one of the most popular players who ever played for Bristol and never gave anything but 100% in every game he played for the Club. This is a rare appearance behind the mike for Craig so come along and listen to the great man!


Trust Quiz Nights by Tiny George! Wednesday 18th November 2015 and Wednesday 3rd February 2016


Following the success of the last Quiz Night that George hosted he is back, by popular demand, to host 2 more! These are to take place at Clifton Rugby Club on Wednesday 18th November 2015 and then on Wednesday 3rd February 2016. Teams of 4 to 6 persons are invited to take part and you will be up against 1 to 2 teams of players, which will make life interesting!


We are charging £10 per person to take part which comprises £5 for the Quiz and £5 for inclusion in the Spot Prize rounds. Those that attended last time will attest what great value George was! So please come along and test your knowledge whilst supporting rugby at all levels in Bristol through the Trust. You will be able to register your team on the night but if you would like to advise your attendance then please email me at


Trust AGM 29th October, Clifton RFC, Start after Craig Short’s talk, Agenda The AGM will take place in at Clifton Rugby Club on 29th October and will start after Craig Short’s talk. The agenda is as follows:


1. Introductory Statement.

2. Approval Minutes of AGM held on 17th September 2014 (These will be available at the AGM)

3. Matters arising not on the agenda.

4. Chairman’s Report

4.1 Review of 2014-15

4.2 Current Status

5. Treasurers Report / Accounts

5.1 Motion to continue to have Independently Examined Accounts for 2015-16

5.2 Motion to continue to support youth rugby in Bristol and save for a future shareholding in the Club should it become available

6. Secretary’s Report

7. Officer Resignations and Elections

8. Any other business


If you have any items for Any Other Business then please notify us via e-mail or post by 24th October 2015.


If you are unable to make it to the meeting then please use the proxy voting form on the next page to express your wishes and the Chairman will represent you.


Membership cards will be available to collect at the AGM and will be posted out after that to save costs. Please make every effort to attend and collect them.


Alex Walder Update – Carol Humphreys Memorial Bursary


What a time to be involved in the sport! It certainly is getting me excited for the season ahead. Since June there have been a few developments. It was good to train with the England U18s during August, however, a disappointment that I was unable to partake in the Academy festival at Bristol Grammar School. This was for good reasons though, as I was in Italy completing a pre-season tour with Clifton College: hot weather and hard work! We played 2 games, winning both reasonably comfortably. It was good to finally get a run out in the centres, after being injured for the back end of last season and to get a try was nice too - a bit of a rarity since I've made the move to 10!


However, Clifton College did not work out for me. After three weeks, the change from Backwell - a very good state school where all of my friends and life so far was built around - to Clifton - a very foreign environment where I was not comfortable at all, struggling with my studies and not enjoying playing rugby - was too much for me. Therefore I decided to move back to Backwell. This of course makes my rugby development harder as I will not have the level of competition of the Saturday games, but will be taking part in the Gloucestershire U18 league with Gordano. I'm aware that this makes thing harder, but I'm very prepared to work even harder for it myself - and am now enjoying rugby again and happy at school!


I hope that all is well at the Trust, and look forward to watching a successful World Cup for England (high hopes I know!) and a successful season with the 18s in the series of fixtures with Bristol starting in December; something I am very much looking forward to!


Alex Walder