Last night around 70 guests from the business and sporting community gathered at the Clarence Social for a launch reception that marked the official start of Charlie’s Testimonial Year, organised by the official Testimonial Committee.


With drinks and canapés kindly sponsored by Randall & Payne, the evening started with a welcome address from Testimonial Chairman David Thornhill followed by words of support from Russel Byrd (R&P) and of thanks from Charlie. The first event, the Lions Brunch on July 1st, is already sold out but there are still a few tables available for the Ladies Night at the Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 28 July.


A keepsake Yearbook and ‘cheeky’ Calendar are in production as well as a limited edition Charlie Sharples rugby shirt which will be available as we approach the new season. Save the date for the exciting testimonial double-header game at Gloucester Rugby on Friday 25 August where Gloucester faces both Yorkshire Carnegie and Llanelli Scarlets.


More events and details will be released as the Year evolves, including a Golf day and a Grand Ball. There are still opportunities for local businesses to pledge support and get involved in the Yearbook and Calendar with advertising presence;