Uckfield Rugby Club celebrates 50th birthday

Uckfield Rugby Club celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday evening with a glittering event.

President of the RFU, Peter Baines, centre, with (left) President of Uckfield Rugby Club, Peter Reeves; and the chairman, Gordon Buckland.

President of the RFU, Peter Baines, centre, with (left) President of Uckfield Rugby Club, Peter Reeves; and the chairman, Gordon Buckland.

It was a far cry from the evening when the club was formed.

On that winter’s night, there was a power cut with people’s eyes streaming from the fumes coming from paraffin lamps.

The club’s first ground was behind what is now the Rajdutt restaurant in Eastbourne Road with players changing in the bar of what was then the Barley Mow pub.

Members built a clubhouse at the ground, which is now used by AFC Uckfield.

Peter Jordan who played a key role in the building of the new clubhouse at Hempstead Playing Fields

Peter Jordan who played a key role in the building of the new clubhouse at Hempstead Playing Fields

The rugby club moved to Hempstead Playing Fields, next to the River Uck, with the new clubhouse being officially opened in March 1990.

Throughout its 50 years, the rugby club has played a huge part in the life of Uckfield, with members supporting many events and organisations over the years.

Saturday’s event at the East Sussex National was attended by the president of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Peter Baines.

President of the Uckfield club, Peter Reeves, told guests of the “Family of Rugby” at the club with grandparents, grandchildren, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters all proudly wearing an Uckfield shirt and playing for the club.

Some of the club’s original members were present at the golden jubilee event.

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Club stalwarts (from left) Mick Hall, Dickie Peirce, Ray Martin and Mick Fahy

Guests at the 50th anniversary celebration

Guests at the 50th anniversary celebration

Alan Sallows (left) and Bob Lake

Alan Sallows (left) and Bob Lake

Uckfield Rugby Club players

Uckfield Rugby Club players

Former chairman, Ray Martin, summons guests to dinner at the Uckfield Rugby Club 50th anniversary celebration at the East Sussex National

Former chairman, Ray Martin, summons guests to dinner at the Uckfield Rugby Club 50th anniversary celebration at the East Sussex National

Uckfield Rugby Club players with Kevin Martin (left), a former head coach

Uckfield Rugby Club players with Kevin Martin (left), a former head coach

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