31 May 2020 / Club News


Captain Tom’s Guest Appearance at Shearing Finale

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Chairman Paul’s Flock looked a picture of health as they grazed Parc de Pugh for the final time. Shorn of their heavy fleece, on a glorious late Spring day, they made the most of the last hours of their long vacation at Brecon Rugby Ground. What a story they have to tell. Brought in as emergency grounds maintenance workers they trimmed the grass, organically fertilised the soil, received a new names, featured in three videos, trialled the NEWE post Covid rugby rules, and having been relieved of their heavy fleeces there was a definite spring in their step as they bade farewell to their temporary home.

Their final appearance was certainly was enhanced by the presence of someone whose profile and reputation even surpassed the celebrity status they have created for themselves. Captain Tom (alias Howard Morgan) bedecked with his medals and aided by his walker made a cameo appearance. Speaking to the gathered flock he said, “Be proud of your achievement. At a time of crisis, when our Health Service faces its greatest challenge, you have done all in your power to provide support and make a difference. First you raised a total of £11,350 by adopting new names and now as you are about to be sheared by two experts Ian Matthews and Eifion Morgan and one apprentice, Club Captain EWEN (Ewan) Williams, you have added a further £6,000 to make a grand total of around £17,000; a magnificent effort.”

As shearing commenced, so shepherd, Paul Amphlett, explained that none of this could have been achieved without the support of the Club and both local and wider communities. “Support from individuals who sponsored the Naming my Ewes was far beyond anything I could have anticipated and made me feel proud of the Club and the community we live in. Then as that project drew to a close Ian Matthews came up with the idea of a sponsored shearing event and he liaised with local business and encouraged them to promise sponsorships of £500 each. In times which are difficult for all of us the response was magnificent and I have to say a huge thank you to Phil Buck (Sunnybarn Investments), Brian Davies (Welsh Shearing Centre), Gary Bowen (WW Bowen), Gareth Jones (Fencing), Caleb Roberts (Insurance Brokers) Jason Jenkins (Builders Merchants), and Kevin Phillips (K.T. Phillips Fencing).”

At the end of the day and as the flock was loaded onto the trailer, there was undoubtedly a feeling of regret amongst the flock. Their time in the limelight was drawing to a close but they could reflect on an inspirational story where by working together they inspired others to support our NHS workers who show care and love equally and without favour to us all even in the most trying circumstances.

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