Community fundraiser at Daventry Town Rugby Club

Club members and supporters are getting ready for the community open day
Club members and supporters are getting ready for the community open day

A fun open day is being held at Daventry Rugby Club on the bank holiday weekend, incorporating the Josh Granfield Memorial Match.

On Saturday, August 29, the club will open its doors to the public.

The day begins at 12.30pm with a shopping village, with more than 25 local people selling a wide range of goods including fashion, jewellery, scents, candles and health products.

There will also be food and drink with local caterers providing a range of quality food, roast beef, Thai, gourmet burgers and ice-cream, plus a range of local beers and ciders will be on offer.

There will be a fun fair all day, along with a bouncy castle and face painting, and the Northampton Saints’ mascot Bernie will join Daventry RFC’s macot Foxy as well.

At 2pm it is kick-off for the Josh Granfield Memorial Match.

The game will feature two teams of local players, many of whom knew Josh as a team mate or were one of his coaches.

There will be live performances from local bands and musicians from 4pm to 11pm, including Fall From Glory, Kate and the Mooncats, Dead Frequency, Mike Smith, Tony Shaw and James Scott.

The event is being held at the rugby club’s ground off Western Avenue is free to enter.

A spokesman for the club said: “On September 18 the Rugby World Cup begins and Daventry RFC is looking forward to opening its doors for the community to come and share the rugby experience.

“The world cup this time is on home soil and we are all hoping England can repeat their performance of 2003 and lift the world cup.

“The club is holding a community day on August 29 where we are inviting the people of Daventry to come and join us and share the rugby experience and our celebrations.”

Josh Granfield died following a tragic accident in 2007 at the age of 16. Josh was a keen rugby player, having played for Daventry U16s, and had joined Daventry Colts just six weeks before his death and was set to play his first match for the under-19s side.

Last year Daventry RFC’s clubhouse underwent a major programme of refurbishment and redecoration to bring it up to date for the club and the wider community.