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Thornbury stalwart recognised with Bristol rugby award

29 July 2013

  • Founder member Iva Hall commended for services to rugby
  • Tom Arnold Trophy recipient served as Treasurer for club's first 44 years
Tom Arnold Trophy is presented to Thornbury RFC founder member Iva Hall

Photo: RFU Archive

Thornbury RFC’s Golden Jubilee Match against Bristol Former Players on Saturday, July 27, was preceded by a significant award to founder member Iva Hall. He was presented with the Tom Arnold Trophy for services to rugby after serving as Treasurer for the first 44 years of the South Gloucestershire’s club’s existence.

Mr Hall, an aero engine designer who was part of the design team on Concorde’s Rolls-Royce engines, never played for Thornbury yet has scarcely missed a game. He has also run the line for the club, a service he was still performing for the First XV in his eighties. In addition he continues to raise valuable funds for the club.

He was presented with the trophy by Derek Neate, Chairman of the Bristol Rugby Former Players. The award is made to one person each year for outstanding and life-long contribution to rugby in Bristol.

In the rugby match Bristol Rugby Former Players defeated a Thornbury Presidents XV, 50-33.