Great day today, not only is it my birthday, but we also found out that we had a new table tennis venue in Barnsley YES!!
The new venue is on the first floor of Hope House Church - across from the YMCA on Blucher Street, Barnsley.
We need to do some decorating and stuff but its looks fantastic.
Had a nice email today from Barnsley & England table tennis player Alan Hydes and also from his brother Glyn.
Glyn was 6 in ranking Yorkshire juniors and played for Barnsley North End
Former Worthing men's champion
Now plays Worthing veterans
Read your details and wish you continued success. Thought it would be nice to send you a few photos.
(in the photos section of the website)
Every good wish.
Starting in div 9 1961/2 season Barnsley Boys club supported by kind workers who donated time freely to provide opportunity of achieving 4 commonwealth gold medals 4 times men's doubles champion with Denis Neale mixed champion with Linda Jarvis and over 100 international appearances in 40 countries
Best England performance 1969 world championship Munich - Team Neale Barnes Hydes Taylor at 4 all played Gomozkov Russian no 1 I beat him 21-9 21-14 - Same day at 4 all v Hungary beat Isvan Jonyer 21-14 21-11
England consequently came 6 th in world
Jonyer became world men's singles champion in 1975
We live West Sussex
Will contact you next visit to Barnsley - I keep in touch with Dickie Bird - Thanks for comments and interest
After playing for England became New Zealand coach 1975 as studied coaching in China and Japan on a Winston Churchill scholarship 1971 and 1972
For many years travelled coaching around world for I T T F developing coaches
1976 offered job as marketing table tennis Dunlop sports
They moved me south when production in Yorkshire factories ended as moved to Far East
Enjoy your 2015/16 season. Best wishes to all friends and sincere thanks to all generous people who helped
Good luck at Y M C A next season
Great turn out at the Barnsley Championships - this year it was decided that the finals would be played on the same day.
As expected Ian Denton was in fine form taking the Mens & Veterans Singles
A great Barnsley championship occurred today with current mens singles champion Ian Denton only spectating due to a foot injury.
As predicted Darren Lindley made the final with new finalist John Race facing him - this will occur on finals night Tuesday 30th April 2013 at the YMCA. Well done to everyone who attended the competition.
Thanks to Debbie Firth for the newspaper scans she so kindly sent me - you can see them in the Photos section of the website. If anybody else has any photos or clippings regarding table tennis in Barnsley then please lets have a copy so everyone can see. Thanks..
It is very sad to report the death of a great former Barnsley table tennis champion, Brian Biggar.
Brian was Veterans Champion in the seasons (65/66) - (67/68) & (69/70)
I have known Brian for many years and have shared some very happy table tennis memories with him.
Brian is pictured in the Photos section of this website with some of the winning closed championship players of 1970
He will be very sadly missed…
Launched this website.
I thought it was about time that everybody (with a interest) had the opportunity to see some history, stats, photo's & video of the Barnsley & District Table Tennis Association. An invitation is hearby thrown open to all persons having information, photos, clippings, video, in fact anything you deem interesting regarding table tennis in Barnsley over the last 80 years. The easiest way to get information to me is via email just click the Contact Me link at the bottom of each page.