At last on Wednesday night, the much talked about Evening with Jason Leonard came to fruition. Before the night itself, which was a huge success, a lot of work had gone in to making this happen, not least from our DoR Colin Ridgeway who knows the big man from their time at Harlequins together, but also from Lisa Botes who coordinated all the bookings and menus.
In the end a room full of Club Members, players and newcomers to the Club met up at Well Hall for a few drinks before dinner. After some welcoming words from our Club President, Des Diamond everyone enjoyed a fine dinner prepared by Scrum Club Catering who once again surpassed themselves and then the highlight of the evening when Jason gave us of his wit and wisdom during a Q&A session compered by Colin. Insight was gained and a lot of laughter ensued.
And the evening was far from over as no event such as this is complete without a raffle and auction. Within the raffle guests won an assortment of prizes including rugby balls and England Shirts signed by Jason.
And the auction culminated in 2 people, Kieron and Ben, successfully winning the grand prizes to be Jasons guests at the England v Wales match in May, including match tickets, a tour of the Presidential suite and accompanying Jason to the RFU Members Bar. Not one but two incredibly generous prizes donated by the Big Man himself highlighting once again what a privilege it was to have the RFU President at our Club and aiding our fundraising in support of our plans.