The Veterans Squash Rackets Club of Great Britain


 
Welcome to the web site of The Veterans Squash Rackets Club of Great Britain which celebrated it's 50th Golden Anniversary in 2013. Our aim is to encourage all veteran players, male and female, to continue playing the game, and to this end we hold a range of events, tournaments and tours throughout the year.
 
 
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THINKING OF JOINING?

The club is actively seeking to broaden the membership throughout the United Kingdom. 

Please download a Membership Form, sign up your friend and send in to the Hon. Secretary, remembering to fill in all Bank details!

Nigel Belle, The Red House, Church Road, Sundridge, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6EA. Tel: 019595 65444.

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2020/2021 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Championships are being planned for September and October this year with the finals weekend at Colets on 27/28 November 2021.

Entries close on 21st August 2021.

 
 
Upcoming Matches 2020

 

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All matches have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

* tbc

 
 
Latest Match Reports
Limpsfield 08 Oct 2021
Leamington: 14 Aug 2021
Purley: 10 Sep 2021
Oxford University: 1 Feb 2020
GB Vets Tour to York
Bromley CC: 1 Nov 2019

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Latest pages:
Newsletter November 2021
Newsletter August 2021
Newsletter May 2021
Newsletter December 2020
Minutes of 57th AGM
Newsletter November 2020
 
 
 
 
 
50th Anniversary Book

Having celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2013, please remember that the Anniversary Book is still available.

Click here for details.
 
 
New Kit Available

New kit is available - go online. Go to www.iprosports.co.uk, click on 'Club Zone', scroll down and click on the GB Vets logo and then follow on-screen instructions.

 

 

 

Covid-19

Due to the current situation the 2020/2021 Club Championships are being planned for September/October with the finals weekend at Colets on 27/28 November 2021.

The 58th AGM will take place at Colets, Thames Ditton, KT7 0PW on Sunday 28th November 2021. Details will be sent to all members and will appear in the next Newsletter.

‘Friendly’ matches are being planned to start again from this August 2021.

We hope you are keeping fit and well and we wish you all a safe emergence from these difficult times.

 
 

Chair's Annual Report 2020/21


When our esteemed Hon Sec Nigel emailed to say my first annual report was due, he also commented “it should be easy ‘cos bugger all happened”. There is an element of truth in this comment, but GB Vets have become increasingly active as the pandemic has eased.

Our membership has remained steady but new members are always welcome so do please invite your fellow players to join. Robert Smith has the unenviable job of chasing subs and direct debits so please check yours is going through. Geoff Howes has done a great job to have the tournament up and running with Final’s weekend Nov 27-28 and our AGM. We hope to assess member’s views on future tournament timing. Nic Sheppard has also been busy on the fixture front, and we have new matches and old favourites lined up. Tours too, can resume to the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin and the Yorkshire weekend in York.

Newsletters have been well received with many more contributions from members as well as Aubrey Waddy’s 5Q’s. We have tempted members with 50% off kit which is still available. Nigel works very hard to put it all together so please keep sending in your articles.

The annual Golf Day at Surbiton was another success. David Esser was victorious on the day and all players enjoying their bacon rolls and a round with friends. We are seeking to widen our horizons and Alan Barwise is organising another Golf Day in the North at the beautiful Windermere course.

The GB Vets Festival of Squash at the RAC Woodcote Park provided another fascinating day of squash with our team joined by the Army, Escorts and RAC sides. The 3 singles and doubles in handicapped format produced some close games and an even closer finish. The Army easing to a 2 -point victory over the GB Vets in the final match of the day.

Not a full season, but a lot going on. Thanks to all the GBV officers for a great deal of unseen work and to their supportive spouses too. Much to look forward to in 2022.

Ian Graham
Chair GBV

PS: Having sent the above report to said esteemed Hon Sec he has respectfully pointed out that I have the wrong year as it is 2020, we are covering.

Chair’s Annual Report 2020
Bugger all happened.

Ian Graham
Chair GBV

 

 

FESTIVAL Of SQUASH 2021

The annual Festival of Squash was held at the splendid RAC, Woodcote Park on Sunday October 10th. GB Vets, RAC, Escorts and Army teams lined up to play each other with the usual 3 singles and 3 doubles teams. A template for the schedule of matches and handicapping based on age completed the set up and all seemed straightforward to the new Chair.

The theory is great but finding a team of players is much more difficult and all the teams had setbacks. The Army lost their top two early in the week and another deployed Friday evening. At the same time GB Vets Dean Newberry (down for 6 matches) twisted his knee and Charles Fuente fell off a boat! There were last minute negotiations to find players and eventually, every team turned out a full side.

The matches were varied and always entertaining. Notable battles included, singles: Fergus Burnett beating the young Escorts No.1 3/2, John Goodrich overcoming the Army’s No.3 also 3/2. Although he lost 3/2 Dan Sweeney’s match against the Army Captain. Doubles: Sweeney/Burnett beating the formidable Army duo of Ashmans 3/2 and Burnett/Sheppard just getting past the Escorts pair (also GB Vets) of Alan Boulden and Dave Parker 3/2.

Kinder and Woodliffe playing doubles for the Escorts enjoyed their opponents needing 38 points to win but youth prevailed in the end and one does not often get Smith, Belle and youth in the same sentence! What a joy to play on proper doubles courts despite the extra size messing up ones best kill shots.

It was looking good for the GB Vets around lunch but other teams were spurred on in the second half leaving the winners easing to victory by just 2 points. The Army pipping the GB Vets followed by the RAC and Escorts.

The Club put on good post match spread and many stayed for drinks and chat with old friends.

Thanks to James Dubois and the RAC for the use of the Club and the consummate professionalism of all the backroom staff. Thanks to team captains – Chris O’Brien Army, Shayne Baillie RAC and Jonny Machin & Dave Parker Escorts -and all the players who played with great spirit and sporting flair.

Finally, it is the Chair’s event to organise, but it was Jane and Nigel Belle who did all the pre weekend planning and match schedules (11 versions!) and kept us all ticking along to time during the day so a special thanks from me to them.

The Festival is a great event and I encourage all playing members to look out for next year’s date and offer their services to play.

Ian Graham
GB Vets Captain

GB Vets players: Nigel Belle, Nigel Bacon, Fergus Burnett, John Goodrich, Ian Graham, Karen Hume, John Prestwick, Nick Sheppard, Robert Smith, Dan Sweeney.

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BUY CLUB MERCHANDISE - ON LINE!

Now you can view and purchase Club Merchandise on line! We've also added some new items - not only do we sell the regular polo and tee shirts for both men and women but now also shorts and warm-up jackets. The order process is very simple:

- Go to www.iprosports.co.uk and click on the 'Club Zone' link at the top of the Home Page.

- Scroll down to the Vets Club logo and click on it. All garments are then displayed, click on product(s) required, select size, colour, personalisation (if required), click on 'add to cart'.

- When finished go to checkout, place order, pay, that's it!

Exceptions: Lamb's wool v neck pullovers are bought from another source and can't (yet) be obtained on line. For information on these and to order contact the Hon.Sec.

Old stock at low, low prices: There are a few men's tee shirts (large and XL) and a number of ladies shirts (all sizes) available from the Hon.Sec. All at £10, buy now, first come first served!

 

 
   

 

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