Many Whitchurch people have participated in the Overton Rugby Club’s events just down the road, from the tag competitions for the schools to the senior teams.

On Saturday 18th December, the rugby club will be holding its formal 40th anniversary celebration at it’s clubhouse in Laverstoke.
The bar opens at 11.30, with speeches at 12.30 – food will be available over the lunch period for £10. There will then be a youth game at 1.30, followed by first and second team games at 2.00, and the bar will be open all afternoon.

All past and present members, players and friends of the club are welcome.
Please feel free to come along on the 18th December and help celebrate this important milestone for the club. If you expect that you will want lunchtime food, please let Sue Hunter know at so that she can plan out just how much to prepare!


Some History

Believe it or not, Overton Rugby Football Club (ORFC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. The club was formed by Rev. Ted Evans in 1971 to give “youth the opportunity to play rugby” in the village, and the first home game was against a Basingstoke 1st XV, with match fees of twenty-two and a half pence, and no subscriptions! The club spent almost 30 years at Town Meadow in Overton before moving to the old cricket ground in Laverstoke Park in the late 1990s.

Since 1971 ORFC have played in the Hampshire first and second divisions, putting out two teams (three teams for a few years), a ladies team (which eventually succumbed to a high number of pregnancies!), and minis and youth sides – which have grown from strength to strength after the youth side was first formed in 2005.
The Youth and Colts sides have developed to such an extent that several of our players are in the Hampshire squad, and four are also attached to the London Irish development squads.


Event Details

Date: December 6, 2010 at 12:00 am