Table Tennis

Table Tennis in Woodchester – John Smith
With the demise of the youth club at the end of the sixties, young villagers from the cricket club set up table tennis section which played firstly at South Woodchester hall. Tony, Martin and David Bourne, Vic Murray, Geoff Russel, Mike Hanks (whose father still lives in Woodchester) and John Higgins to name but a few.
After several years in exile at Farmhill cricket pavilion, the table tennis club returned to Woodchester to play in the village hall in North Woodchester. Employment elsewhere and the cost of housing in Woodchester depleted the original membership with Mike Hanks being the only survivor. Workmates were introduced to the club and players now come from Stroud, Gloucester and even Cheltenham,
The vastly improved facilities at the village hall have helped in getting good players to join the club, which in return provides the largest income from users of the hall. Our thanks go to Bob Ludlow the hall trust chairman for his tireless work in getting funding (including help from the parish council) for the hall modernisation.
For the season just ended, Woodchester A and B sides finished 1st and 2nd in Division 1 of the Stroud League. Four teams play at the hall on Tuesday and Friday evenings from September to March. No club night as such exists. With new tournament tables costing in excess of £500, care has to be taken in their use.
Committee member John Smith coordinates table tennis use of the village hall and can be contacted on 01453 766116. Most of the participants in table tennis today are veterans, so age is not a bar to playing. Interested villagers who could perhaps make up an additional team (minimum 3 members) in due course should contact John. You might even persuade him to run a few sessions to practice and start a local revival.

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