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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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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Upcoming Events 2024

 

Date Event Venue Contact
 
11 Jan Match vs Roehampton Roehampton Nick Shepard
12/14 Jan West Regional Wolverhampton ESM website
20 Jan TBC Match vs Rugby School Rugby Graham Reader
27 Jan Match vs Oxford Uni Oxford Nick Sheppard
3 Feb Match vs Chichester Chichester Ian Graham
7/11 Feb Nationals Nottingham ESM website
7 March Match vs Hurlingham Hurlingham Nigel Belle
22/23 March York Tour York Allen Barwise
13 Match TBC Match vs Royal Navy Portsmouth Graham Reader
17 Apr TBC Match vs RAC Pall Mall, London Nigel Belle
6 May GB Vets Golf Day Windermere Allen Barwise
5/9 Jun British Open Birmingham ESM website
17/24 Aug World Masters Amsterdam WSF website
7/8 Sep GB Vets Finals weekend Colets Geoff Howes
9 Sep GB Vets Golf Day Surbiton Geoff Howes
26 Sep TBC Match v Dorking Dorking Nigel Belle
3 Oct TBC Match v Oxshott Oxshott Nigel Belle
9/12 Oct Jersey Festival Jersey Allen Barwise
       
TBA: GBV vs England Masters, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Army, RAF, Edgbaston Priory, National Civil Service, National Fire Service.

 

 
 
Latest Match Reports
Purley: 01 Dec 2023
Dorking: 05 Oct 2023
European Masters 2023
Limpsfield: 21 July 2023
Oxshott: 21 Apr 2023
RAC Pall Mall: 19 Apr 2023
Hurlingham: 09 Mar 2023
 

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Latest pages:
Obituary for Lance Kinder
Newsletter December 2023
Newsletter July 2023
Annual Report 2022-23
Newsletter March 2023
Newsletter December 2022
Minutes of 59th AGM
 
 
 
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.

 

 

 

December 2023 Newsletter

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

SEASONS GREETINGS. This Christmas message comes at the end of a very busy 60th Anniversary year for the club.

There have been 3 very successful matches against England, Ireland and Wales involving many different GBV players from across the country. Multi player matches against Civil Service, Fire Brigade and Cambridge University combined with the usual fixtures against more local clubs have given chances to all standards of squash players. Tours to Jersey, the Fitzwilliam Club and from Gibraltar have been a great success. There was an inaugural Doubles fixture against the Jesters at the RAC, Woodcote Park, and our annual Festival there too. Our 60’s Disco at Colet’s proved to be an entertaining social event to round off our year.

I am indebted to those who have made all this possible. Secretary Nigel Belle (ably assisted by Jane), fixtures organised by Nick Sheppard, tournament run by Geoff Howes (ably assisted by Chris), finances kept in order by Robert Smith are central to all that happens. Thanks too to Karen Hume for the 60’s Disco and our area reps who contribute in many different ways.

2024 is going to be another year of moving GBV forward to involve more members and build on all the great work done in our first 60 years.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and happy 2024.

READ THE REST OF THE NEWSLETTER HERE

Ian Graham (Chair)

 
 

60’S EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE GB VETS 60TH


The final weekend of our Anniversary year saw 60 members attend a 60’s disco for our final 60th year celebration, and what a night!

Huge thanks go to Karen Hume who had the original idea and went on to organise the whole thing superbly. Karen was ably assisted by Robert Smith and a lot of mannequins (not, I hasten to add, other committee members)! Jane and Nigel Belle provided original clothes from the 60’s that they had worn themselves. Thanks to Nick Wise who produced excellent posters and LP covers (gratis!) and Karen with lots of helpers dressed the room.There were clothes and masks for those wanting pictures.

There was fantastic bowl food x 4 – Cone of scampi & chips, Thai green curry, lamb tagine and chocolate brownies all served by the hard working Colet’s bar staff with Geoff Howes’ liaison work behind the scenes. Thanks too to Geoff for all his professional photos.

Our disco, DJ Andy Bailey, played a string of great hits that had most guests on the floor (dancing not passed out!) at some stage. “Dad” dancing was great and hard to watch in equal measure, but the epic Chubby Checkers “Let’s Twist Again” revealed just how many of our playing members can still bend their knees! There were great outfits from Belles Elvis Presley, Gollaglee’s Clint Eastwood, and Bradburn’s Ian Gillan. Prizes though, went to the ladies with Jackie Redfern wearing her Mum’s original crimplene dress and Lynne Davies ’Mary Quant combo (18 off EBay) taking the bottles of champagne. Geoff Walton’s magic tricks kept everybody entertained and he was thanked for travelling a long way to perform. The photos in this Newsletter and on the website will illustrate what a brilliant evening was had by all. Karen you are a star!!

Ian Graham

Photos from the day

 
 

GB Vets Golf Day Report 2023


Another spectacular golfing day at Surbiton Golf Club on Monday September 4th saw 18 members of the club compete for the annual GB Vets Golfing Day Trophy. Well there will be a trophy when I get round to sorting one out.

Another year goes by and it seems that some golfers mature with age, or is it just that their handicap goes up so they can score the same. For the second year running David Johnson came first, with a previous winner David Esser second and James Barrington third. Chris Howes won the prize for best lady’s score. Dillwyn Rosser won both the longest drive and nearest the pin in 2 shots. He actually drove the hole and narrowly missed his eagle putt. Stuart Hardy won nearest the pin. The team prize (teams were randomly drawn after the round) went to John Galt, Kevin Connors and myself.

A mix of made up awards ensured that everyone left with at least a ball as a memento of the day, which will probably be lost the first time they play with it.
The fixture is booked for the 9th September next year but with a 1.00 start. This date is the Monday after the proposed club championships finals weekend.

Hopefully even more of you will join us next year.

Geoff Howes

Photos from the day

 
 

Club Championship 2023


The 2023 Club Championship was held at a new venue, Nuffield Health, St Albans. We were celebrating our 60th Anniversary and it was hoped that the entries would be an improvement on the last few years. This proved not to be the case, but the competitors who entered enjoyed a successful weekend of squash. The low entries did not reduce the standard of squash played, with many International players competing there were some exceedingly competitive matches. The tournament was opened up to England Squash Masters players who were not GB Vets members and some local players provided stiff competition to our members. Andy Duckworth pushed Dean Newberry all the way in a close 5 set match in the Over 45 event.

Other winners were Marvin Rust, John Parkes and Allen Barwise in the O’50, 60 and 65 tournaments.

Barry Featherstone entered the O’70 and O’75’s, winning them both. With Mike Clemson playing (he says) in his last competitive event taking the O’80 title. The Non County events were won by Dan Sweeney and Keith Ragg.

The ladies title was decided in a close match between Catherine Ruffle and Keeley Peacock with Catherine winning.

The ladies doubles nearly didn’t happen when Kim Ricks was unable to compete, but a local player, Louise Dalwood, was called in as a replacement and formed a winning partnership with Keeley Peacock. The mixed doubles title was won by Dan Sweeney and Catherine Ruffle.

The men’s doubles events usually prove to be some of the best matches over the weekend. Unfortunately we had very low entries but the finals were won by Hurford and Stiles in the O’40 and Howes and Waddy in the O75.

The two final awards were for the Burrell Trophy which was given to Allen Barwise for services to the club and for contribution to the tournament, the Norman Hunt Trophy to Philip Courtenay-Luck.

Main Report

Geoff Howes
Tournament Director

 
 

Chair's Annual Report 2022-23


A bumper year for GB Vets, pushing forward with various new projects and starting our 60th Anniversary year with many planned events.

The aim to arrange multi player fixtures was successful with matches against the Civil Service, Oxford University, Scotland Masters ( to honour John Rae and Jim Dougal ) and Wales Masters. Tours were another success with an inaugural visit to play Gibraltar who will come to England later this year. We fielded a team at the Jersey Festival and our annual fixture at the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin was more successful than the Rugby result. The Festival of Squash at the RAC Woodcote Park playing against the Army, RAC and Escorts had a lot of players turning out to enjoy a great days squash in magnificent surroundings. Perhaps the only downside was the Army team walking off with the trophy again!

Our players have been very busy and successful this year. The British Open produced 4 winners and 9 runners up. In the Home Internationals 39 members will be playing for their country. The World Championships in Poland had 20 members enter. A tremendous 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals were won.

Two Golf competitions were played in Surbiton and Windermere with 40 members turning out. Regular fixtures that have happened for many years were also played with results in newsletters and on the website. Our Newsletters remain an interesting and well read feature of our club. Sara Howlett, Mark Cowley, Karen Hume and David Leakey the most recent subjects of 5 Questions. Our annual tournament was less popular. Robert Smith was awarded the Burrell trophy and David Parker picked up the Norman Hunt trophy. GBV continues to thrive with 25 new members in the last year.

We are now well into the 60th year and a lot more is planned. There are 3 more multi players events against England, Ireland and the Jesters (Doubles only). Our Festival of Squash will be on Sunday November 26th and the preceding day will be an event at Colet’s with squash games in the afternoon and dinner/disco/auction in the evening.

I am indebted to members of the committee for doing virtually all the work to make these events so successful. Without them little of note would happen and they have my sincere thanks.

Ian Graham (Chair)

 
 

Newsletter Message 2023


2023 60th ANNIVERSARY YEAR

The GB Vets will celebrate their Diamond Jubilee in style with a number of extra events and regular fixtures given a boost.

Our larger team fixtures got off to an early start last December with the Scottish Masters winning the opening match against GBV in Carlisle. The Welsh Masters challenge is arranged for April 1st at Bridgend with games against England and Ireland Masters to follow later in the year.

A celebratory dinner has now been planned at Colet’s on November 25th with Squash games in the afternoon. The annual Festival of Squash follows on the next day at RAC Woodcote Park. Our tournament has been opened up to all comers with links on the GBV and ESM websites for entries. IProsports have kindly agreed to sponsor this event. We anticipate a larger entry at St Albans. The Non-County and Doubles events should be popular this year and there are some very fine trophies to be won.

Players and players no longer, are all invited to get involved. Put yourself forward for matches (we need a range of abilities),or come along to support our teams. You can attend the Dinner at Colet’s or watch the Finals at St Albans and attendant AGM. Golfers should give the events at Surbiton and/or Windermere a try.

The Newsletters and Website will keep you up to date and do not miss General Sir David Leakey’s (Black Rod) answers to 5 questions. The GB Vets are an all inclusive club and your support in this historic year will be much appreciated.

Ian Graham (Chair)

 
 

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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