In Memory of Si Viney

THE WEATHER held – just – for guests and teams at the ninth annual charity sevens tag rugby tournament in memory of Simon Viney held on Sunday 19th May at Barns Green Rugby Club, near Horsham. Teams of all abilities, ages and gender entered the tag tournament which is a much-loved fixture in the local sporting calendar and is a real testament to the relationship between grassroots rugby and its local community – including Wooden Spoon Sussex.

Barns Green Si Viney memorial game 2019

Rugby-lover Simon was 22 when he passed away in 2009 from a degenerative heart condition. For the last two years of his life he and his father Guy cemented their love of rugby by playing together for Barns Green. In Simon’s memory, Guy and his highly supportive wife Karen, have been at the forefront of the tournament – raising more than £50,000 for various charities including Wooden Spoon, St Barnabas Hospice, The Springboard Project, Clic Sargent and St Catherine’s Hospice.

Barns Green Si Viney memorial game 2019

Simon Viney Memorial Game at Barns Green RFC, 2019

Always well-supported and with a really impressive auction again playing a significant part in fundraising, early estimates suggest that this year more than £8,000 was raised. The beneficiaries are Wooden Spoon Sussex and ‘You Raise Me Up’, the charity founded to support the parents who lose young adults from 16-25.

We’re all looking forward to next year’s fancy dress event but, meanwhile, Wooden Spoon Sussex will be supporting a new project in the Horsham area – evidence of and a celebration of Barns Green RFC’s outstanding commitment to supporting local charities in memory of Si Viney.

Many thanks go to Ross Chisholm (Harlequins) for presenting the prizes to the finalists, Sam Mead (Wooden Spoon national office) and her family for their support of the event and, of course, to Barns Green RFC for their impeccable organisation and long-standing support.

Find out more about the activities of Wooden Spoon Sussex and how you can get involved by emailing the committee on