LYDNEY RFC chairman Duncan Sleeman has praised the hardy volunteers who are helping the club recover from the devastating floods caused by Storm Dennis a week-and-a-half ago.

The Severnsiders’ Regentsholme ground was hit hard by the extreme weather, as were town’s football, tennis and cricket clubs.

The rugby club faced a newly refurbished clubhouse engulfed in water, training equipment damaged and kitchen appliances destined for the scrap.