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

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

 
 
Upcoming Matches 2020

 

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09 Mar Hurlingham Graham Chambers
11 Mar* Bourne, Farnham Dave Smith
19 Mar* Park Langley Robert Smith
24 Mar Dorking Nigel Belle
03 Apr Purley Nigel Belle
10 Apr Beckenham Robert Smith
14 Apr* Ashtead Dave Smith
22 Apr* Surrey Sports Park Dave Smith
24 Apr Oxshott Nigel Belle
26 Apr* Bromley Nuffield Health Robert Smith
29 Apr RAC Pall Mall Nigel Belle

* tbc

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

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Latest pages:
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.

 

 

 

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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Chairman's Report November 2019

It is an especial pleasure to report the progress that our Club has made in 2019.Our membership has shown a net increase during the year and now sits at well over 500, which has remained pretty stable over the last 5 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, we have to 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.

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. On Saturday 27th. October also saw the launch of a new GB Vets event in Cambridge- against the full force of the Cambridge University Squash Club- including the best of the University’s men and women. 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 has also arranged an equivalent event with Oxford University Squash Club next spring. You can see the full reports of both matches in this Newsletter.

Moving back home, many of our members continue to excel in Regional, National and International Masters (including the 2019 British National Masters) events. All these details are recorded in Nigel’s splendid Club Newsletters.

You might remember that, at our last AGM, I announced that I would give up the Chairman’s role of the GB Vets Club after the 2020 AGM when Di will also resign as Treasurer. I am pleased to report that Robert Smith has volunteered to take over the role of the GB Vets Treasurer after the 2020 AGM.

However, so far, no one has come forward to take over from me! I have been on the GB Vets Committees for 21 out of the last 27 years- including 13 years as Hon. Secretary, and 6 years as your Chairman. There must be someone out there that is both younger and more accomplished than me. Please come forward!!

We have seen very positive signs of our Club moving forward. Let’s ensure that our Club continues to flourish. In the meantime, thanks for all your continued support.

Tom Hendry Chairman

 
 

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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