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Veseyans RFC Tribute to Phil Baker

Report of gathering at Veseyans RFC on Saturday 11th December 2021


OVA, Rugby

Saturday 11th December 2021 saw a unique gathering of family, friends and former rugby players in the Veseyans RFC Clubhouse at the Old Veseyan Memorial Ground, Little Hardwick Road, Streetly. Members of Aston Old Edwardians and Telford Rugby Club were also present prior to the later afternoon fixtures.

The occasion was to mark the dedication of the main clubroom as THE PHIL BAKER ROOM in recognition of Phil's sixty years of dedication to the rugby club. The dedication is marked by a brass plaque affixed to the wall.

Phil Baker was variously club captain, club chairman, development manager, project manager and fundraising disc jockey over the many years of his commitment which began initially as the Old Veseyan Rugby Club and evolved into Veseyans RFC as recruitment from the school declined.

Nick Baker paid tribute to his Dad with an erudite summary of Phil's activities over the years and it was a delight to see Phil's wife, Julie, two sons Nick and John and their families at the ceremony.

Others present were VRFC Chairman Mike Challis, OVA Chairman Paul Wallis, BVGS Head Teacher Dominic Robson, VRFC past Chairman Mark Hemingway and retired Head of PE at BVGS Rex Wallbank.


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