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It is with much sadness that it has been reported to me that our former President, Doug Ayres, passed away on the evening of Wednesday 21st June 2017. Doug retired in 2010 after spanning 29 years as President of the Bedford & District Table Tennis League and 60 years as a member of the Management Committee. Our sincere condolences to his wife Joyce, family and friends. The funeral service will be held at Bedford Crematorium on Friday 14th July at 1.45pm. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, may be made to Dementia UK
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Your club is invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Bedford & District Table Tennis League, which will take place at Elstow Table Tennis Club on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at 8.00 pm.

Please note that nominations for Officers, Management Committee, and the Hon. Auditor, which must come from a registered player or member, can be made either in writing to the Honorary General Secretary prior to, or verbally at, the Annual General Meeting.

Any proposal for alterations to the League rules must be sent to me at least 21 days before the date of the AGM.

At the end of the evening the League trophies will be presented.

A few weeks before the meeting, the previous seasonís Minutes will be circulated accompanied by any League rule propositions.

After several years in the role Richard Lake has tendered his resignation as Treasurer but will be remaining on the committee so if you know of anyone who would be interested in fulfilling this role then please let me know.

John Alsop
Honorary General Secretary
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(Revolution C: Martin Walters, Trevor Beard, Josh Hallam)

(Phoenix C: Alan Walden, John Craddock, Mick Buckhurst)

The finals of the Smith Cup and Plate handicapped competition took place at Elstow TTC on Monday 18th April.

The final of the Cup competition was between Division 3 sides Revolution C and Phoenix C, with bottom team Phoenix C having a 24 point start. The Revolution side of Martin Walters, Trevor Beard and Josh Hallam came out very strongly in the first few games and had soon eradicated the handicap difference. The Phoenix team of Alan Walden, John Craddock and Mick Buckhurst came back with some strong performances but were not quite able to find the superb form that had got them into the final. Revolution C won the match by 23 points.

(Southill C: Philip Smith, Steve Dance, Russell Nicholson)

(Bedford CTTC C: Harve Swamynathan, Pete Wood, Tim Kirby)

The Plate final was between this seasonís Division 4 winners, Southill D, and the Division 3 team Bedford Community C. The Bedford Community team of Tim Kirby, Harve Swamynathan and Pete Wood had a 45 handicap start and defended this lead well in the first 16 games of the match. In the later stages, the experienced Southill side of Philip Smith, Russell Nicholson and Steve Dance began to claw back the deficit and with 8 games to go had drawn level, eventually winning by 33 points.

Congratulations must go to all the teams that reached the later stages of this yearís competition and to the eventual winners. Thank you to all the teams that took part, and thank you to Elstow Table Tennis Club for hosting the semi-finals and finals again this year.
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Junior and Senior coaching sessions at Lincroft School, Oakley are closed on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2016. Normal service resumes on Tuesday 3rd May 2016 at 6.00pm-7.00pm for juniors and 7.00pm-10.00pm for adults.
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(L to R: Winner - Jimmy Walsh, Runner Up - Ian Baldock)

The Brian Copperwheat charity tournament took place under the hospitality of Revolution TTC at Lincroft School in Oakley, on Tuesday 27th April. A total of 27 players took part raising £178 in aid of local charities. When combined with the first charity tournament the total raised for charity amounts to £380. The winner of the main event was Brian Copperwheat's son-in-law Jimmy Walsh who defeated Revolution's Ian Baldock 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6 in the final. Jimmy was pushed close in the semi-final against Phoenix's Phil Crossley just scraping through 5-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10 and in the 1st round Bedford Community's Alan Gobey nearly stopped Jimmy's progression just missing out 10-12, 10-12. Earlier in the quarter-finals Phil had knocked out the No. 1 seed Ethan Walsh 6-11, 12-10, 3-11. The Plate competition was won by Jimmy's son Luke Walsh defeating league Chairman Dave Beddall 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7 in the final. In the semi-finals Luke had to pull out all the stops to defeat Elstow's 12 year old Jamie Burt 6-11, 13-11, 14-12, 6-11, 13-11 whilst Dave had a close battle with Pat Beard winning 12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10. Thanks to Barbara Wright for organising the raffle competition, Phil Crossley for table setting up and John Alsop as tournament organiser.
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Revolution TTC will once again be running its Summer League which was enjoyed by everyone who competed last year. This year we will be running the league over two evenings commencing 9th/10th May. Whilst nothing is yet set in concrete the plan is for the Monday evening to encompass the higher division(s) and the Tuesday the lower division(s). Teams will consist of two players playing two singles and one doubles with matches commencing at 8.00pm. The cost will be £3 per player and the home team must provide their own plastic match ball. Match balls can be purchased on the evening at £1 per ball. All players must have a Table Tennis England Player Membership Number before they play which can be purchased from Table Tennis England (£5 for juniors and £10 for seniors).

Interested in putting in a team? If so, then send an email to John Alsop at giving your team name and list of players. Teams will be allowed to enter a MAXIMUM of five player names per team. If teams require an emergency stand-in player(s) then this/these player(s) will be allocated by the organiser at his/her discretion from available players of similar standard on the evening. Where a team cannot fulfill its obligations in terms of providing a full team and the organiser cannot find substitute players of a similar standard then that team must forfeit the individual matches concerned and pay the £3 fee for each player that is unable to play.
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The first charity tournament of the season took place on Tuesday 5th April hosted by Revolution TTC. Thirty one entrants competed for the title initially playing in groups with the top two in each group progressing into the Cup knockout and the bottom two into the Plate knockout. The Plate final saw Phoenix's Phil Crossley defeat Elstow's Yvonne Freer 13-9, 13-11. In the Cup final Revolution's Trevor Beard defeated Phoenix's John Craddock 13-9, 13-8. A fantastic total of £202 was raised in aid of local charities.
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The finals of the Smith Cup and Plate competitions take place at 7.30pm on Monday 18th April at Elstow TTC.

Phoenix C v Revolution C (Cup)
BCTTC C v Southill D (Plate)

The individual handicaps will be given on the night.
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The individual handicaps for the semi-finals of the Plate and Smith Cup competitions can be downloaded by clicking on this article.
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The first charity tournament of the season takes place this evening, Tuesday 5th April, at Lincroft School, Station Road, Oakley starting at 7.45pm. So far we have 23 entrants but the draw will stay open until we have 32 entrants at which stage it will be closed. If you still want to enter then click enter tournament to take you to the on-line entry page.
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The draw for the semi-finals of the Smith Cup and Plate competitions has now been made as follows:

To be played at Elstow TTC on Monday 11th April
Elstow E v BCTTC C
Revolution E v Southill D

To be played at Elstow TTC on Tuesday 12th April
Phoenix C v Elstow C
Stevington B v Revolution C

Individual player handicaps for the semi-finals will be published on the website in the near future. Please use the handicap sheet that has the date 09.04.16 on it.
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Junior and Adult coaching coaching sessions are closed on Easter Monday due to the unavailability of Lincroft School hall. Normal service resumes from Tuesday 29th March.
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Bedford League were well represented in the Eastern Region Qualification competition for the National Regional finals to be held later this year in Kettering. Ben Baguley (U15), Luke Manning (U13), Sam Manning (U11) and Tom Nicol (U11) travelled down to BATTS Harlow for an intense set of matches. Ben, Sam and Tom found the competition very strong but this was a new experience for most of the boys and has given them something to think about with regards to the areas they need to work on. Bedfordshire No. 1 cadet Luke Manning (no relation to Sam) who plays for St Neots in Division Two had an excellent day and won the U13 boy's event and qualified for the finals only losing one match all day and that was 11-8 in the fifth.
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Unfortunately, due to some maintenance work on the sports hall starting a day earlier than expected we have no other option but to cancel the event. Our apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment you may experience.
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We are two thirds of the way through the season and you may be running out of match balls. If you are then there are still some available at the amazingly low price of £4.80 for six. Contact John Alsop if you need some more or just pick some up when you next play at Revolution TTC.
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