Jack Reeves

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Apr 142013

It is with regret we announce that Jack Reeves passed away on Wednesday, 10th April at the Amber Wood Care Home, Cheltenham after a long illness.

Jack was a Life Member, and past President, Chairman, and Vice Chairman of the Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association, but he was also well known as the Organiser of the Cotswold Junior Open for a number of years.

He was a great sportsman, playing table tennis, cricket, hockey and bowls, while also keen on Soccer, following his beloved Leeds until recently.

Jack was also involved with Probus and County Cricket among other things.

Jack’s funeral will take place on Friday, 19th April at St. John’s Church, Churchdown at 11:15am.

Bob Griffin

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Apr 132013

It is with regret we announce that Bob Griffin, a Vice President of the Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association, passed away on Friday, 15th March.

His funeral took place on Thursday, 4th April.

Gloucestershire 2*

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Feb 142013

The Gloucestershire 2* is being run by the Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association on Sunday, 3rd March at Deer Park as a replacement for the Cotswold 4*. The first event starts at 9.30am and the event is scheduled to finish at 5.30pm.

We are looking for volunteers to help run the day (stewards, etc) and also some qualified umpires to umpire the later rounds of each event. Please let Ken Bridle know if you will be able to assist. Myself and Janie Kirby (GTTA Vice-Chairman) have already advised Ken that we will be there to help.

Please remember that all profits from this event will go to Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association and as such everyone who plays table tennis in Gloucestershire will benefit. I hope Ken will be flooded with offers of help.

Thanks and regards,

Graham Slack
Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association Chairman

Alan Haines Funeral Details

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Jan 272013

The funeral of Alan Haines will be held at the Forest of Dean Crematorium on Thursday, 31st January at 11.30 am.

After the service, Mourners are invited to the Speech House Hotel.

Family flowers only. Donations, if desired to a charity of your own choice in Alan’s memory.

Directions to the Forest of Dean Crematorium from Gloucester are as follows:-
Take A48 towards Chepstow through Westbury-on-Severn. Turn right at the Petrol Station (Elton Corner) on to A4151 towards Cinderford. Follow the road through Littledean. At the top of Littledean Hill, take the left fork on to B4226 (signed Coleford). This leads to Speech House Road. After passing Dilke Hospital on right, cross bridge. The Crematorium is on the left.

Forest of Dean Crematorium
Yew Tree Brake
Speech House Road
Nr Cinderford
GL14 3HU

Alan Haines and Bernard Mowbray

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Jan 272013
Alan Haines

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.

Bernard Mowbray

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.

Message From Graham Slack

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Dec 052012

Hi everyone,

We are now approaching the mid point of another season and titles everywhere are still up for grabs. I hope you are involved in close matches this season and are achieving your aims.

It is pleasing that each league now has its own table tennis centre. Cirencester remains at Deer Park, Cheltenham splits itself between Cheltenham Ladies College and Cheltenham Boys College Barn, Gloucester has moved in to the new Robin Greaves Sports Centre, Waterwells and Stroud is now based at Stroud Leisure Centre. This is great news for all the leagues as it gives them all a base for coaching and practice. I understand that numbers are thriving everywhere and this is very encouraging for the future of table tennis in Gloucestershire.

We have 9 people in the process of qualifying as UKCC Level 1 coaches and 3 taking the bridging course to become UKCC Level 2 coaches. This will mean that there will be many more coaches available to help anyone who requires coaching. Please ask your local league coaching officer if you would like some coaching.

Please remember that the closing date for entries for the Gloucestershire Closed on 6 January at Deer Park is 21 December and the closing date for entries for the Gloucestershire Schools Individual tournament on 5 January at Waterwells is 22 December. Please have a go and support these events.

If anyone has any questions, comments or complaints about table tennis in Gloucestershire please e-mail me or give me a ring.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and hope to see you at one (or both) of the tournaments in January.


Graham Slack
Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association Chairman

UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course

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Oct 112012

A level 1 UKCC coaching course is being held at Gloucester Table Tennis Club, Waterwells Sports Centre, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AG on Sunday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd February. This is for anyone who would like to become a qualified table tennis coach. Participants will be required to attend both days.

It is fantastic to have a course on our doorstep and Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association (and local leagues) always need more qualified coaches.

Closing date : 24th October 2012

For further details please contact Graham Slack or Gary Tyndall.

Dave Harvey and Darren Griffin Interviewed On BBC Radio Gloucestershire

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Oct 032012

Returning from recent wins in the Six Nations Veterans Table Tennis Championships, held in Cardiff between Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd September, BBC Radio Gloucestershire invited Dave Harvey to do an interview. Both Dave Harvey and Darren Griffin were able to attend a live broadcast on Mark Cummings show on 1st October 2012 to discuss the sport.

The programme is available to listen to on the BBC Radio Gloucestershire website for the next few days at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ygxyt, with the interview beginning around 2:39:00 into the programme.

Lesley To Referee At Games

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Aug 102012

Police worker Lesley Slack has been selected to referee the table tennis tournament at the Paralympic Games in September.

Lesley, 39, of Quedgeley, is a control room operator with Gloucestershire police.  A long-time table tennis player herself, she said the opportunity to be part of such a huge occasion was an honour.

“The Olympics and Paralympic Games are a momentous occasion, and being particular so this year as they are being held in London”, Lesley said.

“It is a great honour to be asked to be involved in such a magnificent sporting event. I am thrilled”.

Lesley began playing table tennis as a teenager and now represents the constabulary, fitting her matches around her shift pattern in the control room.

She also plays for the Great Britain police team, travelling to various countries in Europe.

This year she was runner-up in the Police Sport UK (PSUK) ladies singles final.

As well as playing the sport, Lesley also helped the Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association as a Volunteer press officer and took her umpire and referee exams, which allowed her to umpire games at both local and national competitions.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games take place from August 29 to September 9.