It is with much regret that we announce the passing of Richard Churchill, peacefully, on Monday, Aug 14th at Willen Hospice, Milton Keynes.
Richard was a pillar of Ampthill rugby for much of the clubs history, as a player where he played for the 1stXV for a decade, administrator, volunteer and supporter where he continued to attend home games despite recent health issues.
Our sincere condolences to Hilary, Mary & Alison and all the family.
The funeral is to be held at Milton Keynes crematorium on Wednesday August 30th at 12:15 and will be followed by a celebration of his life at the clubhouse, Dillingham Park.
No flowers please but donations in aid of Willen Hospice will be appreciated.
We have been a lucky Club with many, many people helping us in different ways, but one or two individuals have been absolutely critical in our development.
One of these was Richard Churchill. He played one game for the Club as a school boy in 1951, and then joined Bedford for four seasons where he played some games fot the 1stXV.
He re-joined Ampthill in 1956 where he played at outside half for the 1st XV for ten years, so his rugby talent was self- evident.
He continued to play for the second XV, but at the same time he became fixture secretary for nine years, before taking on the onerous task of Club Treasurer in 1968 for thirty (30) years!
When he took on this task on our only sources of income were Match Fees (3/6 or 17 1/2p per player per game), 4 Jumble sales, one Dinner Dance and one Summer Fete – no sponsorship was allowed.
During his tenure of office we acquired a second pitch, our first Club house and our present Club house. We expanded from two teams to five senior teams and we established the mini and youth section.
When Richard retired from the post of Treasurer he continued to support the Club by painting the club fences and many other jobs that few would undertake including every Monday he would travel from his home in Milton Keynes and collect the rubbish from around the pitches.
People with such dedication to a Club are few and far between. We were indeed lucky to have had Richard Churchill as a member.