2020 / 2021

What a first year it has been to have the honour to be only the second president of Bolingey Barbarians. Maybe I should start at the end of the non existence season so that hopefully we can start afresh in the next couple of months, and that is what I have done. Hence little to report.

It was however nice to know that even with no income, apart from some voluntary donations we could still support some good causes.

Let’s all look forward to the coming season, plus hopefully a tour and we can all get back to some form of normality.


David Driver


I would like to start my report by way of remembering some of our fellow Barbarians we said farewell to during this season. Roger Ryman, David Muirhead, John Bush and Trudy Bowden wife of Johnny and to all of our rugby family and friends taken from us.

Well, this has got to be one of the shortest reports I have done. A season when we played no matches due to the Covid 19 pandemic, not meeting in any great numbers at all through the last season.

We did still raise some money through the sale of our BB masks and Christmas Jumper donations.

Supporting: Treliske Children’s Ward, the Get Out There group at St.Ives with their lock down recipe book, and Cornwall Children and Women’s refuge.

Again, we were not able to tour to Caen and now look forward to next May when we hope that life will have some normality and we can all share a glass or three together.

I would like to thank David Driver on his first year as President and for his support along with all the committee.

Now we look forward to next season, playing and watching the game we love and meeting up with old and new friends as we grow the Bolingey Barbarians and support worthy causes for children in Cornwall.


R.S. Mead (BEM)

2019 / 2020

Like so many of our seasons; this year will be one to remember in quite a different way.

The Bolingey Barbarians were truly honoured this season by the appointment of John Sumnall as the CRFU President. John has worked tirelessly over the years for rugby in Cornwall, it is greatly deserved.

Our fixtures as always turned out well, with home matches v Camborne, a combined side of Truro /St Austell, then the ‘Christmas Jumper’ match v Perranporth/ Newquay. 2020 started with an away day to Saltash RFC to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary. This invitation was a great honour for the Bolingey Barbarians and shows the high esteem that they are held within the county. Our annual visit to the Cornish Pirates followed, enjoying the welcome and support of the Mennaye crowd.

Matches v Falmouth/Penryn and to end the season the boys from Bude, Wadebridge and Launceston.

During this season we fielded 8 new Barbarians from 6 different clubs. Our thanks as always to Perranporth RFC for their ongoing support and the use of facilities. Great appreciation to Carol and Mike, hosts at our home the Bolingey Inn. Thanks to the Referees Society for arranging officials at our matches. The dinner and dance was another great night out for those that can remember it! Thanks to the Pascoe family and staff at the Penventon Hotel.

There was a premature end to the season when the world was hit by the Covid 19 pandemic.

This did not stop Bolingey Barbarian fund raising efforts, a call went out to support the children’s ward at Treliske hospital and the players raised on-line donations totalling £1056.

Other worthy causes supported over the season were:

Gateway Club, Wadebridge – £1500. Penhaligons Friends, Liskeard – £500. WILD – £1000. Nancealverne – £500. Autism South West – £500. Trig Gateway, St Blazey – £1500 and CDSSG – £3021.

With the seasons early finish we were unable to play our friends down in West Cornwall, St Just Penwith and not able to take up the invitation to celebrate 50 years of rugby at Bodmin RFC. We will now look forward to both these matches next season.

The other major thing that could not take place was the Tour to Caen when 65 men were going to take on the 5-day challenge of playing rugby and socialising with our friends across the channel. Now postponed until May 2021 with an ever growing tour party!


Now as I close this season report I wish to pay my respect and also on behalf of all fellow barbarians as we say thank you to John Sumnall as he steps down as our President and hands the baton over to David Driver.

John is one of the founder members of the Bolingey Barbarians and we are all deeply indebted to him for all his work getting the Barbarians up and running along with his co-founders. Without John’s hard work and determination and love of the game the Barbarians would not be a well recognised and honoured club in Cornwall.

Nor would have so many children’s worthy causes been helped in Cornwall with the generosity of the Barbarians.

John has served the Barbarians as founder member, Chairman, President and CRFU rep. He is responsible for the first tour to France; we now look forward to our 12th! We thank him for his dedication in helping to make the Barbarians the veterans rugby club that is the envy of many counties within the RFU.

During this lockdown period I have had the opportunity to watch all our tour videos and see the pictures put out on FB. John, you help make so many of these amazing memories possible, without you there would not have been any Bolingey Barbarians and there would not be the fellowship of over 400 players proud to wear the Bolingey Barbarian tie.

You will always be part of the Bolingey Barbarians and I am sure we will call on your knowledge and guidance as time goes by.

Thanks John, you are a true Barbarian.


Thank you to all that have supported the Bolingey Barbarians this season. I look forward to seeing you all again next season creating more great memories together; playing for the love of Rugby.


Roger Mead (BEM)

2018 / 2019

We started our 25th season with a high when we welcomed Camborne and they did us proud both on and off the field and this was in the presence of the management board of the CRFU. The third half was the highlight of the day when the President of the CRFU  Mr Peter James made a presentation of £500 to the Barbarian’s and also a plaque to commemorate the 25 years of veteran’s rugby and also the good work of supporting 57 worthy children’s charities in Cornwall by raising over £100,448.97 .

Other fixtures were: Truro / St Austell,  Perranporth / Newquay for the Christmas jumper day.  Combined side, Wadebridge, Launceston and Bude.   Helston. All these match were played in true Barbarian spirit and the third halves produced some great stories.

The home games culminated with a combined side from St Just / St Ives and Hayle. St Just won the day at the Bolingey Inn, surprising us all with a donation of £500, then one of their supporters gave us £100 on top of their match fees and coach money, this makes St Just RFC the first club in the country in more ways than one!

Over the season we fielded 10  new Barbarians from 6 different clubs plus one new referee, Steve Avenell.

We are thankful to Perranporth RFC for the use of their club and pitch. Thanks to Cornwall Referees Society for supplying referees to all our matches. Also our hosts at the Bolingey Inn, Carol and Mike for their continuing generosity which makes us feel so welcome.

The dinner and dance was the best ever with 112 attending and the special £25 note raising £270, our thanks to staff and the Pascoe family at the Penventon Park Hotel for their ongoing support of the Bolingey Barbarians.

We supported four worthy cause this season:

Chacewater Playground £1500. Penhaligons Friends £1500. Curnow School £1855 and the new Bodmin Hospital for children’s mental health Sowenna  £5547.00.  A total of £10397.00 . And this brings the total of worthy causes supported to 61 and the sum of £110850.97 in our 25 years.

Our day out at the Cornish Pirates was a great success and this year we even had a match to watch!

In March were invited to be part of Keith Biggins being made a life member of Falmouth RFC. Keith suffered a stroke and was a stalwart of the club and a true Barbarian and great tourist.

The Barbarians are honoured to have been invited to Bodmin and Saltash to celebrate their 50 years next season and also in 2022 to Penryn for the first club in the county to reach 150 years.

We ended the season with day out at the home of Lankelly Fowey RFC to help them celebrate the great achievement of 50 years of rugby. And what a day, we took enough players for a side for both halves and this was backed up with over 30 non playing barbarians. Lankelly were great hosts and gave the fund raising on the day to us, a total of £2631.55, this is a record breaking amount raised on an away day.

Thanks to Galliford Try Partnerships who kindly provided 50 dress shirts and Bolingey Barbarian Badges, these are selling well and will raise in excess of £750.

All of this success for the Bolingey Barbarians would not have been possible without the support of all those who wear the Bolingey tie with pride.

May I thank all my fellow committee members for all their help and support throughout the season.

I would like to thank John Sumnall and extend our best wishes as he continues as our President but also as he takes up the role as President of the CRFU, a great honour to him and also the Bolingey Barbarians.

It is my pleasure to thank all that have played and supported the Bolingey Barbarians over the season and on behalf of all the children in Cornwall whose lives you have made a different to, a big thank you.

Roger Mead


Bolingey Barbarians History – 25th Anniversary Year – 2018-19 Season

Bolingey Barbarians RFC will celebrate their 25th Anniversary in the 2018-19 season. The Club was formed on the 30th March 1993 which 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.

As the ad-hoc match had been so successful, it was decided to form the Club and follow the values and traditions that were seen to being eroded by the advent of professional rugby. Six matches were to be held each season, two each against Cornwall Clubs at “Senior “, “Junior” and Veteran’s level. Selection was by invitation only and all players were considered guests for the day and presented with the Club tie which they were expected to wear if invited again to participate. This invitation gave many players the chance to engage with other athletes that they would normally never play with and had probably spent many seasons competing against.

However, there were other aims of playing and that was to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Cornwall and to date we have donated more than £100,000, in various amounts, to 57 organisations and groups, both large and small, in Cornwall.

Perranporth RFC very kindly agreed to Bolingey Barbarians using their facilities to play matches but the after-match festivities always take place at the Bolingey Inn where all the mementos adorn the walls. This “third half” provided the ideal opportunity, which appeared to be diminishing in Club Rugby, to share a meal with your opposite number, take a beer together and finish the day with traditional singing of Cornish and some rugby songs. Children were and are always welcome and join their mothers and fathers for the occasion.

In the first season of playing it was agreed that the Club should be registered to become a non-voting member of the Rugby Football Union through the Cornwall RFU and a successful probationary period of one year was served. However, in the first three seasons it was already becoming increasingly difficult to raising a team to play a Cornwall “Senior” Club as the Club Coaches did not want to release their players in case of injury and it was decided to concentrate on Veterans’ rugby. This was an unknown blessing in disguise as the veterans loved recalling old times after playing and were probably in a better financial position than they were in their earlier playing days.

That the Club is held in high esteem by the many that have come into contact with us is not in doubt as the Cornwall RFU have very recently offered to donate £500 to our chosen charity and their Management Board Members have asked to be invited to a match in the 25th season.

Bolingey Barbarians has produced something never expected: friendships that have now lasted at least 25 years, fostered and maintained Veteran’s Rugby in Cornwall and last, but not least, £100,000 for disadvantaged children in Cornwall.


John Sumnall

2017 / 2018

This must be one of our most successful seasons; on and off the pitch. Achieved by both our invited players, and the committee working tirelessly behind the scenes. This season  was boosted by the introduction of our selection committee (the young ones) who also sat in with the main committee helping to put a younger outlook into the Barbarians.

We played 6 matches in Cornwall and introduced 15 new Barbarians and also 3 honorary Barbarians.

Another special day was our invitation to take part in St Just RFC’s 50th year celebrations. We took two sides and in total over 70 Barbarians attend the day, a credit to both St Just to show the esteem the Barbarians hold for them as a club. They did them and the Barbarians proud on the day and again Cornish Veterans rugby was the winner.

Our day at the Cornish Pirates was a great success off the pitch as nothing took place on the pitch due to the weather but the Barbarians again had a good day out collecting over £524.00.

The home season finished with the Round Robin at Truro which was won by Camborne. Special thanks to all at Truro RFC for their hospitality.

During this season we have supported St Blazey Gateway Club, Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal, Community Heartbeat Defibrillator, Bodmin College Jubilee walk Ten Tors, Life Recycles and Cornwall Accessible Activities Program.

With the money donated to these worthy causes it took us in March on our 25th birthday, giving a total of £100,448.97 to 57 different worthy causes.

As we now go forward into our celebration season we have been honoured by the CRFU who wish to donate £500.00 to our charity and also the management committee who wish to attend one of our matches to show their gratitude for our outstanding achievements supporting and promoting veterans Rugby in Cornwall and our dedication to children’s charities in Cornwall.

We also know that our own president John Sumnall has been invited to be President elect to the CRFU for the forthcoming season and president for the following three seasons, a worthy reward for his outstanding work in Rugby both as a referee and CRFU committee member over the years and not to forget that there would be no Bolingey Barbarians if it was not for his hard work in the early years. Congratulations John.

It is now that we look to the younger gentlemen of the committee to sail this ship into the future and to uphold the true traditions of the Bolingey Barbarians.

Now on behalf of all the Children in Cornwall whose lives we have helped, I say thank you to all the Bolingey Barbarians


Roger Mead

2016 / 2017

This season kicked off with the first visit of Helston RFC after us visiting them for their 50th anniversary last season. They played a full part on the field and truly bought into the spirit of the Bolingey Barbarians.

Other fixtures were played against the following teams: Camborne, Perranporth, Wadebridge, Falmouth and Truro-St Austell. All keenly contested matches, credit to all involved. A total of 11 new barbarians were introduced.

The annual dinner was a great night. With tour trophy presented to Keith Richard and Sid Escott. The tenner went for £120 to Messer’s Dunkin, Taylor and Denning. Thanks once again to the Pascoe family at the Penventon Park Hotel for their ongoing support.

For the youth there was one event during the St Austell ladies festival when a Barbarian under 14 girl’s team played wearing Bolingey junior kit.

We supported the following charities this season: Nancealverne School, Doubletrees School, Drama Express and Life Recycle. Bolingey members also helped with the CAAP talent show and also escorts for the Proms night.

In our fashion range we introduced our Beanie hat that was an instance hit.

We were invited to enter a side in a charity 7s day for Jacob Maloy. Those representing were a credit to the Barbarians on and off the field playing a big part in helping raise over £7000 for this charity.

One of the seasons biggest surprises was the great donation from Nicky Waters who presented the Barbarians with £1270.00 raised from her taking part in the Plymouth half marathon. We are so grateful to Nicky for this money and it will make a big difference to so many children.

Our season culminated with the Round Robin competition hosted by Camborne. Teams from the Roseland, Camborne and Barbarians took part with Camborne winning the rugby. Thanks to all at Camborne RFC for putting on a great day and entertaining us all so well. But the day was won by the rugby family who helped us raise over £1000.

Thanks to all who have supported the Barbarians on and off the field and here is looking forward to next season.

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

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

CHICKS £1340.00

Curnow School £2100.00

Nancealvern School £788.00

Total £8728.00

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.




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