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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All entries for this event will be made via League Master and you can start the entry process here.

Upcoming Matches 2019/20


Matches are currently being arranged and will be published in the Autumn 2019 Newsletter.


Latest Match Reports
Oxshott: 26 April 2019
Ashtead: 18 April 2019
RAC Pall Mall: 15 April 2019
Beckenham: 12 April 2019
Purley: 22 Mar 2019
Dorking: 19 Mar 2019
Hurlingham: 14 Mar 2019
Roehampton: 10 Jan 2019
Camberley: 29 Nov 2018
Bromley CC: 23 Nov 2018

Latest pages:
Spring 2019 Newsletter
February 2019 Newsletter
Autumn 2018 Newsletter
September 2018 Newsletter
Spring 2018 Newsletter
Minutes of 2018 AGM
March 2018 Newsletter
Rules of membership
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, click on 'Club Zone', scroll down and click on the GB Vets logo and then follow on-screen instructions.







• Not quite the Eiffel Tower but on top of 7 floors of a multi-storey car park seemed an unlikely place for a squash club-oxygen masks didn’t fall from the ceiling when you needed them though!
• It was hot 30C+
• It was cramped-with eleven of the courts along one side with just a narrow corridor behind
• The courts were dark, several years of black ball marks adorning the walls, giving strange bounces
• It was busy-lots of hot sweaty people
• No Brian Brock with his interactive screens, failing eyesight trying to focus on the schedule of matches on your mobile a constant challenge
• But it was still fun

Of course, squash players make the best of everything so, as you would have expected there followed some great games culminating in some spectacular clashes on finals day, large numbers of competing GB Vets.

The following achieved medal status-

For the Ladies, Keeley Johnston 40s, and Many Akin O55s steamed through to gold, Karen Hume despite a brilliant start two love up, was just squeezed out to a silver by Julie Field, Bett Dryhurst also gaining silver, losing to her old adversary Anne Manley.

Turning to the Men’s action, Howard Cherlin O70s produced a mouthwatering array of tight boasts to better Ian Ross 3/1, Barry Featherstone fighting off another GB Vet Larry Grover for the Bronze.

65s a truly competitive meeting of Steve Johnson versus a newly mobile Stuart Hardy, Stuart 2 love up playing a devastating set of drops looked comfortable but Steve just stuck in against his nemesis to finish a very tired 3/2 winner. New GB Vet member Geoff Redfern stormed the Bronze medal 11/3 11/1 11/0 apparently something to do with his previous evening’s training-sponsored by a local lager company.

Mens O60s three GB Vets reached the semi-finals, namely Dermot Hurford, Mark Cowley and Allen Barwise, with Allen striking gold and Mark silver.

Congratulations to other GB Vets who also competed and reached at least the last 16: Sam Mueller, Rachel Woolford, Lynne Davis, Andy Normille, Eammon Price, Darren Withey, Nick Sheppard, Mark Taylor, Peter Culver, Jim Dougal, Jane Law and David Wright.

The finals party was great fun as a couple of not completely exclusive GB Vets photos demonstrate!

World Masters Poland 2020 here we come…………………………………………..

Karen Hume



MO45 Jonathan Gliddon having beaten the No.1 seed Jamie Goodrich in the semis, had match ball against him in the final but emerged the winner against the No.2 seed after a bruising 67 minutes. Jeremy Krzystyniak reached the ’s.

MO50 Stephen McLoughlin reached the semis having beaten Andy Murray in the ’s.

MO55 Mark Woodliffe No.1 seed didn’t drop a game the whole tournament and beat Eamonn Price in the final. Raymond Burke MBE and Darren Withey reached the ’s.

MO60 Mark Cowley reached the ’s.

MO65 Stephen Johnson also not dropping a single game, beat a resurgent Stuart Hardy in the final. Geoff Redfern and Paul Reader reached the ’s.

MO70 Howard Cherlin, No.1 seed, having just beaten Barry Featherstone 3/2 in the semis went on to beat the No.2 seed Ian Ross in the final. Larry Grover reached the semis whilst Trevor Cox and Aubrey Waddy reached the ’s.

MO75 Another battle between little and large where Mike Clemson No.1 seed, 0/2 down went on to win 15/10 in the 5th against Adrian Wright. Leo Kingston reached the semis and Bev Boag, Andrew Beeston and Nigel Belle reached the ’s.

MO80 Lance Kinder lost to the American No.1 seed in the final. John Woodliffe reached the semis.

WO55 Mandy Akin won a convincing final 3/0. Sarah Howlett reached the semis.

WO60 Karen Hume lost 1/3 in the semis.

WO70 Averil Murphy having just beaten Bett Dryhurst 3/2 in the semis, lost to the No.1 seed in the final.


Chairman's Report 2018-19

 I am delighted to report that our Club remains in good heart. Our finances are in good health and we continue to make progress in both our membership and our outreach to all parts of the United Kingdom.

This year has also seen further strengthening of the traditional weekends with the Fitzwilliam Club (run by Steve Jackson) and whilst the traditional York weekend (run by Adrian Wright) took a year off in 2018, it will take place again on the weekend of 25-26 th October. Nick Sheppard, who is now our Hon. Match Secretary has also initiated a new Cambridge weekend, but circumstances conspired to delay it until the summer.



2019 Club Championships

The last weekend in March saw the culmination of the 2019 Veterans Squash Club Annual Club Championships, which were again held at Colets Health and Fitness in Thames Ditton, Surrey.

With additional categories of Men's Over 40 and Mixed Doubles it was going to be a busy weekend.
Saturday was Semi-Final day with 40 matches played and another 30 on Sunday for the Finals.



Festival of Squash 2018

The sixth annual Festival of Squash organised by the GB Vets was held at the RAC, Woodcote Park, Epsom on Sunday 4th. November.

By 9.30 a.m. groups of keen players, with ages spanning from 29 to 83, representing the GB Vets, the Army and the Escorts, began arriving to join the players from the host RAC team.

For the Army Craig Webb was the overall star winning all three of his Singles playing at No.1 whilst also playing in three Doubles matches. Phil Croager and Nick Palmer repeated their achievements of 2017 by winning all three of their Doubles.

The ladies were well represented with newcomer Shayne Baillie (RAC) joining Mandy Akin and Karen Hume (GB Vets). All played highly competitive and exciting matches throughout the day.

One of the key factors of the whole day was the way in which the GB Vets were able to dominate the Doubles.

Dermot Hurford made his debut in the Festival and teamed up with Dave Clarke following the absence of Alan Thomson. Dermot and Dave won all three of their doubles scoring 12 vital points for the GB Vets team. In addition to Dermot and Dave’s splendid performance, Mandy and Karen won two of their three matches and amassed another ten points. Perhaps even more splendid was the way that the really
“mature” GB Vets players performed in the other doubles with Nigel Belle and Roger Sulley (combined ages of 148) winning both their matches, and Lance Kinder and John Woodliffe (combined ages of 166) also winning their one match. It was great to have John and Lance participating especially given Lance’s recent achievement of winning the Over 80 World Masters Championship in Charlottesville, US.




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 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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