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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2019/2020 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The championships will be rearranged for later in 2020.

 
 
Upcoming Matches 2020

 

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All matches have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

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Latest Match Reports
Oxford University: 1 Feb 2020
GB Vets Tour to York
Bromley CC: 1 Nov 2019

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Latest pages:
Minutes of 56th AGM 31.03.2019
Newsletter April 2020
Newsletter Autumn 2019
Mini Newsletter - February 2020
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 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 Club Championships and the 57th AGM, due 14/15th March, have been postponed until later in the year.

In addition all ‘friendly’ matches have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

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

 
 

Chairman's Report September 2020


Before my Chairman’s report, we should remember that in the past year we have lost two past-Presidents- Sir Michael Edwardes and Jeremy Lyon. They were both huge supporters of the GB Vets who gave a lot of their time to our club even though they both had frantic business activities. The funeral for Jeremy in Dedham, Colchester, on the 23rd. February 2020, was very special with a fine turnout by our members past and present.

Most of this report was originally going to be my final Chairman’s report at the Finals weekend and AGM planned for 14/15th. March 2020. However, as we all now know, the whole superstructure of sport was frozen following the outbreak and awfulness of Covid19.

It was not a great surprise that squash, as one of the more contact sports (!!!), should suffer a speedy and lengthy ban.

It is a special pleasure to report the progress that our club has made during 2019. Our membership has shown a net increase during the year and now sits on 515 again after a gradual decline over the last five years or so.

In February it was the turn of the GB Vets to travel to Ireland for the annual fixture with the Dublin based Fitzwilliam Club with Steve Jackson leading our team.

However, I fast-forward to October and November to celebrate a substantial leap forward in our friendly activities. On the final weekend of October, we were able to turn out over thirty of our members to fulfil two events in York and Cambridge. The Friday and Saturday 26-27th of October saw a much-enjoyed return for a York Weekend organised by Adrian Wright after a year off in 2018 whilst the Saturday also saw the launch of a new GB Vets event in Cambridge- against the full force of the University Squash Club and the local Cambridge Club This was organised by our tenacious Fixtures Manager, Nick Sheppard who, after grappling with several possible dates, ensured that this finally took place in the superb University Sports Centre with over 15 per side! Our feedback from the Cambridge organisers was very positive and we have agreed that this will become an annual event. Nick subsequently organised an equivalent event with Oxford University Squash Club which was also a great success. It looks like we have found a new model for competitive and fun events that will help to replace many of the club friendlies that we have lost over the last few years.

On November 3rd. we had another wonderful Festival of Squash at the RAC Epsom with some 45 people playing- including several GB Vets who played for the Army. In a very close competition, the Army (including Lieutenant Colonel John Woodliffe and Lance Kinder) narrowly beat us!!

Moving back home, we continue to celebrate our members who excel in Regional, National and International Masters and Open events, although, sadly, all these events have been postponed for the time being.

You might remember that, at the 2019 AGM, I announced that I would give up the Chairman’s role of the GB Vets Club after the 2020 AGM when Di would also resign as Treasurer. Di has served on the Committee for over five years although she thought she would only serve for two years!

I joined the GB Vets in 1990. In 1992 John Timperley, then the GB Vets Hon. Secretary, appeared on our doorstep for a chat. He said that the Committee wanted me to join the Committee for “2 or 3 years” to replace him. I did the job for 13 years!! Nigel will empathise with this, since he has recently also gone past the same 13-year service as Secretary!

However, your Committee is delighted that Ian Graham, who has been a member of the GB Vets for 15 years, has agreed to take over as Chairman
whilst Robert Smith has volunteered to fulfil the role of the GB Vets Treasurer. Both appointments will commence following a planned on-line Committee meeting on 28th. September.

I have been on GB Vets Committees for 23 out of the last 27 years- including 6 years as your Chairman and 2 years helping to create the 40th Anniversary GB Vets Book in 2003 and the subsequent 50th Anniversary version in 2013. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to do so. Thanks to all my Committee colleagues over the years and thanks to you, our loyal members.

It is now possible to end on a positive note, with squash- albeit a strange clear that it will be a long time before the full range of tournaments etc. will be restored “non-contact” version- is now being allowed. However, it is.

Di and I send the very best wishes all our members for the future.

We are sure that the GB Vets Club will have many years of success and fun in the coming years!

Tom Hendry

 
 

GBVets v Oxford University 2020

‘Oxit’ follows Brexit but better planned and no trade deals on lets or points!

Following leaving the EU a more important occasion arose on the following day, namely the GB Vets Touring Team match versus Oxford University held at Oxford’s very traditional squash club.

The comparative age ranges were an interesting arithmetical algorithm and if GB Vets certainly won on aggregate age unfortunately this apparent numerical advantage did not follow them on to court.

16 players lined up for each side and it was decided to play from the bottom of the order. As it started it was going slightly in GB Vets favour however after 8 matches it had ended in an honourable draw 4 matches each. Although all these matches were decided 3/0 there were some close fought individual games with the inevitable battle of age versus experience, a psychiatrist’s dream as it arrived at a balanced result.

Unfortunately, when we moved on to the top 8 this dream of the balance of mankind was shattered. The exception was a sterling performance from Allen Barwise winning 3/0, who also managed to avoid any photographic evidence of being there, something to do with his modelling agency contract apparently.

Oxford fielding their Varsity team in the top order won a decisive 7/1. There were some major scraps, Andy Murray, Mark Shildrake and Nigel Bacon for GB Vets playing enormous rallies against amazingly agile opponents, all the matches were keenly contested with a plethora of 12/10s and 11/9s but to no avail the top 8 went down 7/1.

The overall match score was then 11/5 in Oxford’s favour.

Matters took a turn for the better when a group of the Oxford team joined the GB Vets team for dinner and a few drinks somewhat later. Here in a more static environment the GB Vets team came to the fore. Student prowess at alcohol consumption was I believe eclipsed during the evening by the GB Vets during a convivial evening.

A few words of thanks, firstly to the organiser of the Oxford Team, Mike Sauvage and to Nick Sheppard the GB Vets Captain for arranging between them another spectacularly successful team match.

I think a special mention for Laura Nell the Oxford Captain for marking several games as well as winning a close match herself.

Probably most importantly to the Oxford Team of Students for joining in the spirit of the day with great enthusiasm.
A good day.

Robert Smith

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FESTIVAL Of SQUASH 2019

The seventh annual Festival of Squash organised by the GB Vets was held at the RAC, Woodcote Park, Epsom on Sunday 3rd November.

By 9.30 a.m. groups of keen players, with ages spanning from 25 to 85, representing the GB Vets, the Army and the Escorts, began arriving to join the players from the host RAC team.

The Army team was somewhat down on numbers given the absence of Phil and Yvette Ashman. The former has left the Army but has taken on the job of running the Army’s overall sports- so squash is now only one of his sports… However, in the spirit of the Festival of Squash, the GB Vets loaned Nick Sheppard for the Singles, and (Lt. Col) John Woodliffe and Lance Kinder for the Doubles! John and Lance won one of their two matches with a large gallery impressed by the amazing staying power of a pair now aggregating over 168 years!!

Richard Green and Len Westover (The Army) were the overall stars in the Singles, winning all three of their matches. In the Doubles, Mandy Akin and Karen Hume (GB Vets) won all three of their matches, whilst Alan Thomson and Dave Clarke played four matches and won them all! Mike Stewart and Karl Newland (RAC) won two of their Doubles matches whilst James Dubois (RAC) won three of his Singles matches… although he essentially played Nick Sheppard twice- with Nick representing both GB Vets and the Army in the same match! That really is the spirit of the event! Shayne Baillie (RAC) had a fine day, narrowly losing to Richard Green whilst winning her other two matches. Dean Newberry (GB Vets) and John Goodrich (GB Vets) again performed strongly with both winning two of their Singles matches, whilst Jeremy Wilcox (Escorts) did likewise.

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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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