In Hartley Wintney Hampshire on November 27th 2019, and in pouring rain, a group representing Quinssa, the Club and the Stoop family gathered at the grave of Adrian Stoop who died on the 27th November 1957.
The event was to recognise the work organised by Quinssa to repair and clean the gravestone that had become overgrown with moss and vegetation and the inscription unreadable. It was “discovered” by Quinssa member Paul Edwards, newly moved to the area, and he asked Quinssa to help with its restoration. With the approval of the Stoop family and the Club, Quinssa arranged for the work to be undertaken so that future supporters and family could find and read the inscription on the gravestone of our illustrious former player and after whom our home ground is named.
After introductions from Steve Scott, Quinssa Vice-chair, the group were treated to some words about Adrian from Bob Hiller, President of Harlequin FC and then a short rendition of “Mighty Quin” was led by Chris Munton! The assembly then retired to a local pub for lunch and much reminiscing.
Anyone wishing to visit will find the grave in St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, RG27 8EE. It is located furthest away from the roadside entrance close to the boundary hedge.
We have been supporting the Academy in a number of ways since we were formed, we have always thought that the Academy is the basis of a strong rugby club.
We will be raising money for the Academy again this season through, merchandise sales and through raffles run on our coaches and at our events.
Find out more about our Academy support over the years
Each year at our dinner dance we give our awards, the voting is open to all of our members and the categories are:
Best Women's Player
Unsung Hero (also known as the Ceri Jones Unsung Hero Award)
Most Improved Player
Best Academy Player
Quinssa Favourite Player
Find out who the previous award winners have been
Seb Adeniran -Olule was a hugely talented Harlequins and England player that tragically died in a road traffic accident aged 20 in May 2016 - the Foundation set up in his memory gives hope to young men by providing Education and Rugby coaching . Please check out their brilliant work
Harlequins have a dedicated team doing fantastic work within the community , we work closely with them to promote the values of the Club - Click Find out more about the Harlequins Foundation
Future Hope is a charitable organisation which provides opportunity through its homes, school, sports and medical programme for some of the most vulnerable children from the streets and slums of Kolkata, India. They use rugby as a way to keep the children fit and teach them teamwork. They have an amazingly successful team. Find out more about Future Hope. In 2019 Quinssa donated half the money needed to buy the land for their new rugby pitch.
We recently raised money and goods for this wonderful charity for people with sight problems .
Quinssa and the Club have supported this fantastic Childrens Hospice for many years , especially at Christmas when players generously give their time and our Members have given presents and donations.
Thanks to the generosity of Steve Scott we have been able to offer a place on a number of London Marathons over the years with either all or half the money raised going to a Quinssa chosen charity. We have also supported STUBS at Headley Court for injured ex servicemen