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Annual meeting and presentation night for the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League

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The Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League held its annual meeting at Burghley Park Golf Club.

The meeting heard reports from committee officials before finishing with the presentation of trophies by Kevin Whittle, a vice-president and former chairman of the league and a member of the dominant Wanderers A team of the 1970s.

Present chairman Richard Henry began the meeting by remembering team-mates, ‘adversaries’ and friends who passed away during the pandemic and a short period of silence was observed.

Between reports, the chairman referred to a hardback book of the handwritten minutes of league committee meetings between June 1980 and April 1984 – when Kevin Whittle was chairman. It was a time before e-mail and communication between committee and teams was clearly problematic.

Uffington Archway receiving the President’s Cup
Uffington Archway receiving the President’s Cup

The league’s treasurer, Basil Bagshaw, presented his final report before retiring from the role after eight years of service.

He was presented with an engraved tankard by the chairman, on behalf of the league and all of its players.

Match secretary Nick McDowall reported on a successful league season and a busy Sunday of tournaments at Borderville Sports Centre when a number of clubs boasted success.

Coaching secretary Steve Williams spoke of the juniors working hard at the tables, one of whom – Ramone Vara – has excelled in the Stamford and Rutland League and in recent county cadet tournaments.

New officers were appointed with Steve Smith becoming the league’s president and county representative and Dipak Kuchhadia the new treasurer.

During the presentation of the trophies by Kevin Whittle, the chairman spoke about the recipient of the Fred Fenton Trophy, Uffington Archway’s Ramone Vara.

As a junior, he defeated many more experienced players this season and, in that time, he has developed the patience required for tight match situations, leading to a number of five-set victories.

In his closing comments, the chairman re-iterated the pleasure of once again seeing familiar faces at the school, village hall and church tables.

He hoped that local schools and communities would continue to recognise the inclusivity of the game of table tennis, concluding that the league would warmly welcome new players and teams for next season.

A promotional video for the league can be watched on the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League’s website.

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