Haywards Heath RFC supporters celebrate past, present and future of the club

Members of Bonkers XIV celebrated the social community created by rugby.
Members of Bonkers XIV celebrated the social community created by rugby.

Haywards Heath RFC fans got a glimpse of forthcoming plans for their new clubhouse on Saturday.

Pre-match lunch in the Haywards Heath clubhouse prior to the weekend's derby game against Horsham was sponsored by the Bonkers XIV and gave established Heath supporters the opportunity to review the exciting plans for a new clubhouse.

The new Heath clubhouse, at Whitemans Green, is being developed thanks to the generosity of the club’s main sponsor, Fairfax, and its education foundation, Fairfax Building Young Futures.

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The Bonkers XIV was formed following the sad death of John Bowker, in his early forties, some 35 years ago. John had played for the Heath’s 1st XV and taken an active part in the club’s organisation, being at various times club secretary and chairman.

In his memory, a group of his friends began touring the international rugby grounds of Europe, to watch the best and the worst of English rugby, always remembering to enjoy themselves in the way that they know John would have done, had he been with them. He remains (in memory) the fifteenth member of their touring team.

Everyone agreed that Heath RFC has an incredible opportunity to turn its dream of a new clubhouse into reality to benefit current and future generations and the club – both players and supporters – and the club’s fund raising plans will be building on the momentum already created within its membership and beyond as it moves into 2019.