2015 / 2016
Another outstanding season witnessed the Barbarians playing 6 home matches. Enjoying fund raising at Penzance Pirates and a second appearance on the television programme Rugby Tonight.
We were honoured to be invited to celebrate 50 years of rugby at Helston RFC with over 40 players and a crowd of non players making it a day to remember.
Nine players were awarded their first cap playing for The Barbarians this season which has helped bring our playing age down but we must maintain our recruitment of new members.
Our thanks to all the players that have supported us on the pitch. We also thank all the referees that have tried to guide us through the game!
We supported three charities this season. Bishop Forum with canoes and equipment. Nancealverne school once again with clothing for the Ten Tors. And CHICKS with tents, all this would not be possible if it was not for the generosity of all those present and past players who so proudly wear The Bolingey Barbarian badge and give their time and money to support the less fortunate children in Cornwall.
Thanks to our hosts at the Bolingey Inn, Carol and Mike and also Perranporth RFC for the use of their facilities.
On a personal note my highlight was being made a life member of the rugby family The Bolingey Barbarians, words cannot say how proud I am to have this honour awarded to me.
Chairman, Roger Mead.
2014 / 2015
AGM SUMMARY 2014-2015
The season started with no changes to the committee. Bolingey Barbarians played six matches and welcomed six new Barbarians from five different clubs.
A season highlight was the invitation from Wadebridge to celebrate their 60th Anniversary. It was a great day with all the proceeds going to the Barbarians which totalled £2198.20. The match was supported by over seventy players between the two clubs and was conducted in true Barbarian spirit. Credit to Wadebridge Chairman Chris Taylor. Together with club volunteers, for putting on this truly amazing day.
The annual dinner and day at the Penzance Pirates did not disappoint.
We supported the following charities with donations amounting to one of the highest in one season.
West Cornwall Autistic £2000.00
Get Out There Group £2500.00
Curnow School £2100.00
Nancealvern School £788.00
This brings the total given to the less fortunate children in
Cornwall by the Bolingey Barbarians to £77.166.90
All of this would not be possible without the kind generosity of the rugby family in Cornwall.
2013 / 2014
We thought it would be hard to beat our 20th season but in true Barbarians style we did with our first TV show on BT Rugby tonight going worldwide and also a presentation at Westminster with Cornwall Downs Society showing our support for them with a month long exhibition of the photos for Downs awareness.
We played 6 matched and won 5 of them. We fielded 14 new Barbarians from 9 different clubs in Cornwall, building our family of Bolingey Barbarians even larger.
We supported 3 charities:
Cystic Fibrosis £650.00
White Gold/CHATS £795.00
Cornwall Accessible Activity Program £5000.00
Once again we are grateful to the members and supporters of the Cornish Pirates for letting us make a collection, but if it were not for the great generosity of all our players and supporters we would not be able to support all the worthy causes.
We held our Dinner and Dance at the Penventon Park Hotel and we thank thank all the staff and the Pascoe family who have looked after us over the years and supported our good works. With the fiver coming to an end last year, we had a new fiver called a tenner that went to the Truro table for £105.00.
We closed this season with our 9th tour to France playing Quimper and Lorient with the Puggy Trudgeon Memorial trophy being awarded to Andrew Stephens.
2012 / 2013
The season started with John Sumnall being invited to continue as President.
President, John Sumnall. Chairman / Treasurer, Roger Mead. Secretary, Ian Deacon. CRFU rep., Trevor Harris. Referees liaison officer, David Driver.
Committee members: Steve Arthur, Martin Luscombe, Graham Nolan, David Reed, Andy Stephens, Greg Waters.
Eight new Barbarians were introduced.
Anniversary match, President’s XV v Chairman’s XV
A great turn out with over 150 Barbarians, including the 42 players. Representing a President’s XV and a Chairman’s XV, the Chairman’s team a little stronger, probably because he picked the younger veterans! With the rugby match carried out in classic Barbarians spirit.
After the match, President John Sumnall said that no one would have dreamt from those early days when they picked the first Barbarians side that it would have gone on some twenty years and used over 300 players and moreover raised over £75000.00 for the less fortunate children in Cornwall.
John also welcomed the CRFU President, Ken Plummer. Chairman, Dennis Preece. Secretary, Alan Mitchell and Treasurer, Richard Simeons. Proposing a toast to the Barbarians.
Chairman Roger Mead thanked St Austell Brewery, Mitchell and Webber Ltd, the Pascoe family of The Penventon Park Hotel, Callestick Ice Cream, Perranporth RFC and Bolingey Inn for their support.
He also gave special thanks to all the players and referees on behalf of the children we have supported over the years.
John Sumnall closed with thanks to the committee for their work.
The charities supported this season were: The Gateway of Wadebridge, Goonhavern Village Park and Rainbow Trust through the Friends of Penhalligon.
Alan Milliner MBE presented the Barbarians with a cheque for £695 raised from his expedition to Kala Patthar which is part of Mount Everest base camp.
The dinner dance was a great success and for the last year the fiver was auctioned raising £200. It now resides and is enjoying retirement at the Bolingey Inn
2011 / 2012
With no changes to the committee this season.
President, John Sumnall. Chairman / Treasurer, Roger Mead. Secretary, Ian Deacon. CRFU rep., Trevor Harris. Referees liaison officer, David Driver. Committee members: Steve Arthur, Martin Luscombe, Graham Nolan, David Reed, Andy Stephens, Greg Waters.
We presented ties to thirteen new Barbarians this season.
Invited opposition teams were: Camborne, St Ives / Hayle, Falmouth / Penryn, Perranporth / Newquay, Truro / St.Austell and Wadebridge.
This season saw the launch at the Eden Project of the TRISOMY 21. Photographs of some of the children in Cornwall who have Downs Syndrome. This exhibition was to raise awareness of Downs. Funds were donated to the support group by the Bolingey Barbarians together with monies raised to provide help with a speech therapist for the children..
We also enjoyed our visit to the Cornish Pirates where we collected over £700. The senior Barbarians resplendent in their new blazers and what a dashing lot they looked.
Joined on the day by our youth Barbarians who played at half time.
The Barbarians have been given shirts kindly sponsored by Mitchell and Webber Ltd of Scorrier. To promote Barbarian Rugby at an early age.
The dinner dance was an outstanding evening and the (Boomerang Fiver) went to the Camborne table for £130.
Our thanks to Aaron Pascoe and all at the Penventon Park Hotel for their generous support over the years.
Christmas came and we were joined on the day of the Falmouth match by Dennis and Alma Preece, the CRFU Chairman and his wife, who kindly donated a hamper for auction. Dennis has work tirelessly over the years for his own club of St Ives and the County and is also a member of Bolingey Barbarians.
Sadly in January we lost Danny Boon of Truro, one of the best fly halves to have played in the county. He was a great supporter on and off the field for the Barbarians.
The season ended with our tour and a second visit to Les Sables d Olonne. This year was the first time to be struck with bad weather. But we had the men for the job. They played some excellent rugby and lived up to the great hospitality offered to us from our French host. With an invite by the Mayor to a reception in the town hall.
Chris Dunn was awarded the Puggy Trudgeon Memorial Cup for outstanding tourist.
Our charities this season were: Get out There Group and Cornwall Downs Syndrome Support Group.
2010 / 2011
We started the season with a change to the committee with Steve Arthur and Martin Luscombe joining the committee. The committee now made up as: President, John Sumnall; Chairman / Treasurer – Roger Mead; Secretary – Ian Deacon; CRFU Rep – Trevor Harris; Referees Liaison Officer – Dave Driver; Committee members – Andy Stephens, Graham Nolan, David Reed, Martin Luscombe and Steve Arthur.
Matches were played against Perranporth, Falmouth /Penryn, Camborne, St Ives, St Austell and Truro. Twenty one new Barbarians were introduced. Perranporth won the Bolingey Plate on a special day for Bobby Trevail (one of the founder members of the Barbarians) – his 60th Birthday. He played the game with both his sons Danny and Matt (who also are Barbarians). A first – three Barbarians from one family.
Sadly in October we lost Tony Silvey one of Perranporth’s and rugby’s true characters.
The Leicester shirt went up for auction and was bought by a Barbarian – John Mansfield (Perranporth)
The dinner again was a great night and the fiver was bid for by the Bolingey Inn (£60).
Our President John Sumnall returned to Perranporth from France to live.
Our worthy causes for this season were CWRT refuge for Children and Mothers from domestic violence and Cornwall Downs Syndrome.
The season ended with an away match to Roseland RFC to help celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
2009 / 2010
For the fifth season the committee were back unchanged to steer the Barbarians in their 16th season.
Matches were played against Perranporth, Camborne, Falmouth/Penryn, St Ives, St Austell, Truro. The Bolingey Plate was retained by the Barbarians.
The year ended tragically when Tony Marshall (Ginge) from St Austell was killed in a road accident. Ginge had just made it to the Barbarians in the previous season and was part of the new guys coming through. At this sad time his family made the Bolingey Barbarians the benefactor from his funeral.
Our day at the Pirates and the annual dinner and dance made good social events and added to the fundraising, with the fiver going to the Chairman’s table (£160)
Alan Milliner (Truro, Devon & Cornwall Police) was awarded the MBE. Steve Arthur and Martin Luscombe were invited to join the committee for the season 2010/2011.
This season we had four worthy causes, CHICKS, Doubletrees, Cornwall Downs Syndrome Support Group and The Poppins (Cornwall Autistic).
We were given a signed Leicester Tigers shirt by their President Mike Harrison, to be used by us to raise money for our charities. This was arranged by his friend Roger Grove who is President of Roseland RFC and also played for Leicester with Mike.
The round robin was hosted by Bodmin who have been great supporters of the round robin over the years, but sadly they did not win. The winners were St Ives.
Being tour year we visited Lorient to play Lorient and Trignac. The Puggy Trudgeon Memorial Trophy was awarded to Roger Mead for the outstanding tourist.
2008 / 2009
For the fourth season the committee stayed the same. At the Bolingey Inn our hosts were now Carol Neathey and Mike Sanders.
Matches were played against Camborne, St Austell, Perranporth, Falmouth/Penryn, St Ives/St Just, Truro. Ten new Barbarians where introduced. The Bolingey plate was won by the Barbarians.
When we made our annual collection at the Cornish Pirates, the youth Barbarians took to the field at half time wearing the new Barbarian shirts that were kindly sponsored by Mitchell and Webber Ltd who have been great supporters of the Barbarians.
The Barbarians where invited to the ASDA store in St Austell to make a collection and to publicise the works of the Barbarians all as part of their St Pirans Day.
We had an away day to Fowey to help celebrate Lankelly-Fowey 40th Anniversary. We fielded two sides – one for each half. One of our guests for the day was CRFU Secretary Alan Mitchell who was Presented with a Barbarians Tie and made a Bolingey Barbarian for all his work for Rugby in Cornwall at all levels.
We ended the season at St Ives for the Round Robin that was won for the first time by a Barbarian side. The highlight of the day and of the season when we handed over a cheque to the Precious Lives for £10000.00 this the biggest donation we have ever given to date.
2007 / 2008
No changes for the third season to the committee. Our home at the Bolingey Inn came under new management and we welcomed Mike Sanders and Jason Symonds.
The dinner and dance was again a great success. The winning bid for the fiver re-auction was by St Ives (£40).
Matches where played against St Ives, St Austell, Perranporth, Camborne, Truro, Falmouth/Penryn, St Just. The Bolingey Plate match was a draw. The round Robin was hosted by St Austell and won by Truro. During the season we introduced nine new Barbarians.
New Youth Barbarians – We were asked by Mike Bratt (the Youth development officer for the CRFU) if we could help to encourage youth players to help out other teams when they where short of players. We suggested that at youth tournaments a Barbarians side could be made up with all clubs to give players to make up a side so players would get to play with different players from other clubs, making friendships that will last for a lifetime. This was done and a Youth Barbarian side took to the field for the first time at Liskeard wearing the new Barbarian strip kindly supplied by Mitchell and Webber Ltd.
The St Just match was part of their 40 year celebrations.
This season we where able to support three worthy cause Cornwall Autistic Society, Mustard Seed and Cornwall Downs Syndrome support group.
The season ended across the water when we toured to La Baule. Peter Dodson was awarded the Puggy Trudgeon Memorial Trophy for the outstanding tourist.
2006 / 2007
The Barbarians were led by the same committee this season after doing so well in their first season without John Sumnall at the helm.
Matches were played against Truro, Perranporth, Penryn/ Falmouth, St Ives, St Austell , Camborne. The Bolingey Plate was retained by the Barbarians and this seasons Round Robin was hosted by Truro, with Camborne winning for the second season. Another great collection was made at the Cornish Pirates.
At the annual dinner & dance Truro won the auction for a fiver (£35).
The Barbarians purchased a Telemedicine link for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Maternity Unit, Treliske. This is a scanner that checks the foetal heart and is linked to the consultant at Bristol Hospital. We also supported the Mustard Seed Centre.
2005 / 2006
John Sumnall was made president at the AGM on the 11th June. After many years as our leader he will be a hard act to follow. The new committee: Roger Mead, Chairman and Treasurer; Ian Deacon – Secretary; Trevor Harris – CRFU Referees Liaison Officer; Committee – Dave Driver, Andy Stephens, Graham Nolan, David Reed, Greg Waters.
Matches played Launceston ,Camborne, Perranporth , Truro, St Austell, St Ives and Falmouth-Penryn.
At Dinner and Dance in November John Sumnall was presented with an engraved Port Decanter in recognition for all his work in getting the Barbarians to where they are today. Also at the dinner, Jan Trudgeon presented the club with a trophy to be called the Puggy Trudgeon Memorial Trophy.
The Bolingey Plate was won by the Barbarians. In January we were invited to the Cornish Pirates to make a collection.
The Round Robin was hosted and won by Camborne.
Our chosen worthy cause for this season was Hear Our Voice.
The season end with our Bi-annual tour to Brest in France, games played at Quimper and Cleder. Steve Arthur was awarded the Puggy Trudgeon Memorial Trophy for the outstanding tourist.
2004 / 2005
January 2005 saw the sudden and unexpected death of Peter “Puggy” Trudgeon. He was loved locally and respected nationally for his rugby skills and his enjoyment of life. The Club were honoured to be asked to bear his coffin at his funeral.
Matches were played against St Ives, Penzance & Newlyn, Bolingey Plate, Truro, St Austell, Camborne and Falmouth/Penryn.
The Round Robin and barbecue took place at Falmouth RFC.
Helston Rotary, Hear Our Voice and the RNLI were the chosen charities, the latter at the request of the family of Puggy.
2003 / 2004
The Club were invited by Alan Matthews to the Menaye Field to watch a Cornwall Pirates match.
Matches were played against St Ives, Falmouth/Penryn, Truro, St Austell and Bolingey Plate. The Club were invited to play at Camborne as part of that Club’s 125th anniversary.
The Round Robin and barbecue was held at St Ives RFC.
The fourth tour to France took place when the Club visited Les Sable D’Olerons and Cholet.
Double Trees School and The Children’s Ward at Frenchay Hospital were chosen as the next charities.
2001 / 2002
The Bolingey Inn was closed for a short time and after match festivities took place at The Plume of Feathers, Penhallow for the match against Liskeard-Looe and at the Watering Hole, Perranporth for the Camborne match. The Bolingey Plate was held on Boxing Day as usual, with the after match festivities in their Club House. In February, the Club welcomed Kirsty Sherriff as the new licensee at the Bolingey Inn and matters returned to normal.
Matches were also played against St Ives/ Hayle, Falmouth/Penryn, St Austell and Truro.
The Club held its first “Round Robin” and barbecue at Perranporth RFC at the end of the season.
The third tour to France took place when the Club visited La Rochelle.
SPIRE, Spectrum and The Three Badges Appeal were chosen as future charities.
2000 / 2001
David (Jumbo) Reed joined the Committee.
Ian Ryder became the new licensee of the Bolingey Inn.
Matches were played against St Ives/ Hayle, Falmouth/Penryn, Bolingey Plate, St Austell, Devon & Cornwall Police and Truro. The Club accepted an invitation to play at Newton Abbott.
John Sumnall And Bob Trevail where made life members.
1999 / 2000
Matches were played against Falmouth/Penryn, Penzance & Newlyn, St Austell, Cornwall & Devon Police, Bolingey Plate and Launceston.
The Mackinley Barclay Appeal and the Cornwall Children’s Hospice were chosen as the next Charities.
A second Tour to France took place in May when the Club visited Vannes.
1998 / 1999
Roger Mead took on the post of Treasurer. Ian Heyworth resigned as Secretary, the Chairman acted as temporary Secretary. Peter Dodson retired from the Committee. Ian Deacon joined the Committee.
Ian Heyworth and Peter Dodson were founder members of the Committee and were consequently made Life Members.
The Club held its initial Dinner and Dance at the Penventon Hotel Redruth in October.
New shirts were presented to the Club by the CRFU following their success in winning the County Championship.
Matches were played against Newquay, Falmouth/Penryn, Bolingey Plate, Cornwall & Devon Police.
St Austell and St Ives/Hayle. The Club accepted an invitation to play at Brixham.
The Joey Appeal continued as the chosen Charity.
1997 / 1998
Ian Guy sponsored new shirts for the Club.
Steve Arthur resigned from the Committee.
The Club was now able to use the new Club House at Perranporth RFC which included changing accommodation and bar facilities. The after match reception for the visitors still took place at the Bolingey Inn.
A very successful initial overseas tour was held when the Club visited France in May to play the Veterans of Begles Bordeaux RFC, known as Le Radis Noir. The organisation of the tour was kept separate from the charitable aspect of the Club and a separate bank account was opened to control the finances of the tour.
Earlier in the year, matches were played against Newquay, St Austell, Bolingey Plate, St Ives and Penzance & Newlyn.
The Joey Appeal was chosen as the next charity.
1996 / 1997
Peter (Puggy) Trudgeon and Roger Mead joined the Committee.
Nick Page became the new licensee of the Bolingey Inn.
There had been problems in the past season in arranging fixtures with and selecting players from the various clubs in Cornwall owing to their league commitments. It was agreed that the Bolingey Barbarians would play their six matches at Veteran level in this season and future seasons.
Matches were played against Falmouth, Bolingey Plate, St Ives, St Austell, Wincanton and Newquay. At the end of the season the Club travelled to play at Barnstaple.
1995 / 1996
Billy Hunter joined the Committee and resigned later owing to illness. John Smeaden resigned from the Committee.
Matches were played against Cornwall Combination, St Just, Launceston Vets, Penzance and Newlyn 1st XV, Newquay Vets and Bolingey Plate. The Club undertook its first match outside Cornwall when a Veteran’s match was arranged at Teignmouth.
Penhaligon’s Friends were chosen as the next charity.
1994 / 1995
Dick Stacey resigned as Secretary/Treasurer as he was leaving as licensee of the Bolingey Inn. Ian Heyworth became Secretary and the Chairman took on the job of Treasurer. Norman Shelly was the new licensee.
Matches were played against Camborne School of Mines , Helston Vets, St Austell Vets, St Agnes, Camborne 1st XV, Newquay Vets and Bolingey Plate.
There had been problems with changing facilities at Perranporth FC and the facilities at Failte were kindly offered to us.
The Murdock and Trevithick Centre were chosen as the next charity.
1993 / 1994
The format of matches for each season would be a mixture of matches against Senior, Junior and Veteran teams. All matches would be played at Perranporth RFC with changing facilities at Perranporth FC.
Matches were played against Truro 1st XV, Perranporth and Falmouth Vets. The Perranporth match would be an annual fixture which to be known as The Bolingey Plate and would be played on Boxing Day. An appropriate plate was manufactured by Wedgwood of Staffordshire.
The CRFU agreed registration and the Club was affiliated to the CRFU from May 1994.
The season’s charities were Cornwall Diabetic Education Centre and SCIBU.
1992 / 1993
The Club was formed on the 30th March 1993. This followed an ad-hoc match that had been played between the Bolingey Inn and Perranporth RFC on the 07th March 1993, to raise funds for a local cause. At this meeting (in the Bolingey Inn) the following were elected: Chairman – John Sumnall; Treasurer/Secretary – Dick Stacy (Licensee of the Bolingey Inn); Committee – John Smeaden, Bob Trevail, Peter Dodson, Ian Heyworth, Steve Arthur & Sean Jervis.
The colours of black and gold were selected as the club colours and the design of a tie was agreed. Those invited to play could purchase a tie and would be expected to wear it at all matches and functions.
The Bolingey Inn donated £300 and three members donated £100 each to purchase a set of shirts.
Registration with the CRFU had been sought and the Club had been advised that they should serve a probationary period of 12 months.
The first match took place on the 30th April 1993 versus Newquay Hornets RFC 1st XV at Perranporth RFC with the after match function at The Bolingey Inn.
Perranporth RFC had invited the Chairman to attend their next Committee meeting to discuss certain problems concerning the formation and aims of the Club.