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    Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 12:31
The end of a very long era has come for Club.
 
Is this a commercially inevitable step or 'throwing out the family silver'? 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rabbie Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 17:17
Think it's inevitable LHTT. Maximise match day income. Rectory field will still be part of Blackheath Rugby but not for 1st team home games.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedOrDead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 18:48
The statement from the committee published on the website (thanks for the link) isn't particularly enlightening to the interested outsider like me. What was the nature of the impasse between the club and their landlord? How will (presumably) paying two lots of rent improve the club's financial lot?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rabbie Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 20:01
we will always have the 2 rents as we need both locations for the amount of teams that we have. It's all about where we can maximise match day experience and that is not at the current location for 1st team games.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 20:27
Wonder how they managed international matches there 100 years ago. Very sad.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Silverfish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 20:29
Such a shame but maybe they will have to change their name to NewClub
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedOrDead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 20:37
Originally posted by Rabbie Burns Rabbie Burns wrote:

we will always have the 2 rents as we need both locations for the amount of teams that we have. It's all about where we can maximise match day experience and that is not at the current location for 1st team games.

Thanks, I had no idea that the other facility was already part of Blackheath's "portfolio".

I'm surprised by the amount of resistance to this idea. Ten years or so ago, my own club had plans to relocate from the (fairly) historic Recreation Ground in Redruth to a newly built ground with much better, more modern facilities. The traditionalist and stick in the mud in me hated the idea, but the business case was sufficiently compelling that I concluded that it would have been crazy not to support the idea. One or two toys came out of one or two prams but the vast majority saw it this way.

I wonder if people are party to more information than me and feel that the benefits of moving aren't as great as the committee are making out or if they would rather see Blackheath's committee hold the club back financially and in terms of playing ambition.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 21:54
I think when they held the international at the Rectory Field they were not losing part of it to car park or to tennis courts. And in those days there may have been fewer objections to people standing on the cricket pitch.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Surreyben Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 16:40
How will the new facilities compare to the existing clubhouse etc at Rectory Field. I have to say I will really miss the bar at Club!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sideline Scream Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 17:40
Wonder how many of the Club faithful will go to Well Hall to the games. Lots of discussion going on in the background about if they will carry on supporting club.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Hawks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 19:45
How far is it from the Rec???
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rabbie Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 20:04
By car its probably between 5 -10 minutes. public Transport it is pretty close to Eltham station with plenty of buses etc.
 
The Club Faithfull voted for the change at the AGM by giving the exec the power to look at making Rugby at level 3 and higher sustainable.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Longtime Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 20:49
I believe I cast my vote in favour of that resolution and now I am being taken into exile!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Happy Gumbos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 21:43
Great shame in my opinion, as a fantastic place to play or watch rugby.

Can understand the reasons though, but it's fair to say Well Hall will never come close to matching Rectory Field.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FHLH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Dec 2015 at 12:05
is there a bar at Well Hall? What else do you need? Aerial photos shows wendyball pitches - clash?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sideline Scream Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Dec 2015 at 12:10
Yes there is a bar. Only been there for pre-season friendlies. Not exactly steeped in Rugby History and quite sad that Club have had to make this decision. Curious to know why a vote didn't go to all membership rather than those who voted at the Club AGM. If someone had mentioned that this vote would be at the AGM you would have had alot more Club faithful turn up and then give a more representative vote.

Also curious to note that this vote was at the Financial AGM?? rather than the 'regular' summer AGM.


Edited by Sideline Scream - 12 Dec 2015 at 16:53
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote misterspoon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Dec 2015 at 12:20
I hope the club does something about the stand at well hall. Otherwise it's going to be watching rugby in a field by the A2. Didn't have to be a genius to see this coming. This has been in the planning for some while based on the drip feed of information on well hall.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Longtime Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Dec 2015 at 16:50
Originally posted by Sideline Scream
<div><br></div><div><span style=line-height: 16.8px;>Also curious to note that this vote was at the Financial AGM rather than the 'regular' summer AGM.</span></div><div>[/QUOTE Sideline Scream

Also curious to note that this vote was at the Financial AGM rather than the 'regular' summer AGM.
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That being the case I didn't cast a vote over the decision
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That being the case I didn't cast a vote over the decision
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 I am still being sent into exile.
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The decision to move comes as no great surprise in view of  the recent investment at Well Hall, in particular on a new pitch, and the likely income that will accrue from the bar at  home games.


Edited by Longtime - 12 Dec 2015 at 16:51
It pays to be wise after the event!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alcazarcat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Dec 2015 at 21:14
Enjoy my days at Rectory Field. Sad. Think you could have done better, but it's not the end of the world.
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