It has been announced that Alan Haines, the President of the Gloucester City Table Tennis Association has sadly passed away.
He was a loyal servant of the City Association from 1951 when he was first elected to the committee of the Association. Current available records show that he was also Secretary of the Ramblers club in Gloucester from 1949 until its demise in 1960.
Alan was elected Vice-chairman in 1957 until he took over as Chairman in 1961, a position he held until 1993, a term of over thirty years. He also acted as ETTA/County rep from 1958 until 1984. In 1973 he was given the honour of Life Member for his service to the association.
On his retirement from the position of Chairman in 1993, he was elected President of the Association.
Alan served as County chairman from at least 1975 (the city handbooks do not cover the county officers prior to that date) until December 1983, and consequentially he was elected as a Vice-President of the County Association.
Bernie Mowbray, who sadly passed away early in 2013, had been a wonderful servant to the Gloucester City Table Tennis Association, having first served as secretary of the Civil Service table tennis club from 1959, a position he held until 1970.
He joined the city committee in 1960 and was appointed to the position of Match Secretary in 1963. His fact keeping of league matches was legendary, very few errors occurred, players averages, team statistics and league positions were immaculately kept, all in long hand, no computers for Bernie even when they became de rigour!
The City Championships were immaculately controlled by Bernie, his paperwork for those events was always in place; his was not the problem when events overran, players took too long to complete their games!
He was elected as a Life Member in 1988 and continued as Match Secretary until the turn of the century in 2000.
Bernard earned the Maurice Goldstein Award of Merit in 1997 for services to table tennis having, at that time, served on the GTTA committee for over 34 years.
His other interest was snooker where he played with, among others Alf Pepperd and Dave Colwell, also former stalwarts of the City Association; they are probably enjoying table tennis or snooker somewhere.