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Mark Sorenson Talk, Clifton RFC on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm


I am delighted to announce that former Club Captain, Mark Sorenson, has agreed to talk about his career and life after a career in professional rugby. Markís talk will take place at Clifton Rugby Club in the main bar on Thursday 7th December. The talk will start at 7.30pm. Entrance is free but we do ask that you dig deep and buy as many raffle tickets as you can to support future young Bristol players through the BRIS Trust. We would like to thank Mark for honouring us with his presence. Please come along in good numbers to listen to this Bristol legend speak!


I am also able to announce that a double act of Billy Searle and Callum Sheedy will give a talk on their careers so far on Thursday 8th February 2018. Watch this space for further details but we would like to thank Billy and Callum for agreeing to give this talk.


Chairman's Review August 2017


Well, itís two wins out of two for the lads. However, I am pleased to say that they are still managing to provide the rollercoaster of emotion that we are used to as Bristol supporters! Given the talent on display I am sure that it is just a matter of time before we start to take sides apart and do not let them back in the game.


I would like to thank you for renewing your membership as your contribution allows the Trust to continue supporting rugby at all levels in Bristol.


If you have not had the chance to renew your membership then I would urge you to do so as soon as possible so that the Trust can decide to what extent we can support the various projects that the Trust is being asked to undertake. Also, if your standing order has lapsed I would ask that you contact us to either pay by cheque/cash or re-start your standing order.


Our financial commitments place 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 £5,500 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 fulfill its objectives of supporting rugby at all levels in Bristol.


To boost our funds I have arranged for a presentation to take place every two months throughout the season. Sean Marsden and Mark Irish will kick of the series prior to our AGM on 19th October (See details) and we will also have talks from Adrian Jarvis, Billy Searle, Callum Sheedy, Mike Hall and (fingers crossed!) Mark Sorrenson. I will advise exact dates and times in due course but would urge you to turn up in numbers and bring friends and family along to support the Trust.


Itís the time of year where we select the lucky recipient(s) of the Annual 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 for the last time 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.


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.


You will see a few changes after the AGM as Andrew Train has decided to step down from the role of Treasurer after a number of years of sterling service, but stay on as a Trustee. I am delighted to say that Chris Hendzel has agreed to step into Andrewís shoes and will be your new Treasurer. We will also welcome Marc Town as a new Trustee.


Will Harley has decided to step down from his role as Secretary as has Sue Harris as a Trustee. I would like to thank them both for their help and support.


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


Enjoy the season and CíMon BRIS!


Andrew Humphreys Ė Chairman