Cross Keys Inn, Temperance


We never thought of using sport as a medium of returning pride to the community but what a difference the game of rugby has made.

From the container came an old Kendal RUFC kit and 3 rugby balls. These were handed over to the community in the hope of occupying the young men and keeping them out of trouble, After a couple of weeks they thought they would like to play a game so this was organised against a local farm team. They won, and they also won the next game that was organised and the next, all against local farm teams. What we suddenly noticed was that is was no longer 15-20 turning up for practice it was now 50-60. So two teams were formed along with reserves and they joined 2 leagues.    Since then they have won both leagues easily, 5 shields in knock out competitions and 2 cups.  They now have sponsorship from Pick & Pay, South Africas number 1 supermarket chain, and now have new strips for the 1st and 2nd team and the youth team now wear the Kendal strip.  They go under the name of The Barbarians and the support for them is fantastic.  A ladies committee has been formed and they provide refreshments and fund raise for money to buy blazers, track suits etc. This has to be encouraged even if it is not realistically achievable, and in this respect we come to even more good news ……….

Adjoining the rugby field is a brick building which is used as changing rooms, but following years of standing unused it has been badly vandalised and is generally in a mess. We asked a local plumber to quote for toilets, showers, hand basins and drainage and we also price up paint, glass and wood and the teams all agreed to provide the labour to paint, glaze and refit doors.

One of our Thandi Friends Project Trustees, Liz, gave a presentation to a group at Sedbergh School about the project and included the story about the rugby team and also a story about the now defunct community shop, You can not imagine how we all felt when she emailed to say that Sedbergh School 1st 15 have pledged to fund the refurbishing of the changing room and the school cricket team have pledged to restock the shop.   Hopefully when the school cricket team visit South Africa at Easter some of them can come and “open” the refurbished changing rooms and spend some time with our community.


                           It all started using the donated Kendal RUFC strip



                          1st Team                                                           2nd Team

                        And here are the 1st & 2nd teams resplendant in their

                                          new kit sponsored by Pick & Pay

       Below a heartening letter received from the BARBARIANS




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