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We are sad to announce that Bill Docherty passed away suddenly on December 8th after taking ill the same day. He had just reached his 70th birthday.  Bill spent many years coaching Junior Badminton within Bristol and Bath. He played at BAC, Beaufort, Sunday night's at Kingsdown and for many years was involved in the Bristol - Hannover Multisport Exchange, making many long standing friendships in the process, involving several other clubs and forging great relationships with the exchange participants and leadership of both councils.
Two of Bill's children were saddened to hear of Roy Niblett's passing just 3 days after their dad as Roy had coached both of them for many years at Kingsdown Juniors, two outstanding volunteers with 70 + years of Junior coaching between them.
The funeral for William (Bill) Docherty will take place at 11am on Friday 13th January 2017 in the Top Chapel at Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium, Whiteway Rd, Bath BA2 2RQ.
The funeral will be followed by a private family committal.  Everyone is invited to a gathering at Saltford Golf Club where we will remember Bill by asking people to share photos and memories in a display area. If you have something to share with the family, please contact them or Clarkson's as below.
Family flowers only please.  Instead any donations will be passed to Avon Badminton Association to support the development of Junior Badminton.  

All funeral enquiries, donations and messages of condolence to Clarkson's Independent Funeral Directors, Saltford Branch (01225) 873535.


We are looking for Bristol Jets Volunteers for the upcoming National Badminton League season!

The Professional NBL has been a huge success across the country since its introduction in 2014 and this season the action is heading to Bristol. The newly formed Bristol Jets include some familiar faces from around the county and matches are sure to be fast paced and exciting! To make the home games a success, a group of volunteers is needed - which is where you come in. Volunteering could involve anything from being a match night helper, a steward, helping prepare the venue, or doing some marketing dressed as a mascot! There will be lots of things to choose from and we promise to look after our volunteers.

There will be 3 home matches across the season: January 9th, January 30th and February 6th.

So, if you would like to get involved and be a part of the Bristol Jets volunteer team then please speak to Ian Gorham, or email Lucy Manley by clicking below:

We look forward to hearing from you, thanks!"

We have now announced the fixtures for the 2016/17 National Badminton League season. The newly formed team have signed numerous players over the last couple of months and are excited and keen to take on competing teams.
Read the latest edition of the Bristol Jets Badminton newsletter, which includes how to register for tickets, information on players as well as match day information, by CLICKING HERE.
Bristol is the only city in the South West (and one of only 9 in the country) to have its own professional badminton team competing in the fast and furious National Badminton League (NBL), so support the Jets and make their first season a "smashing" success!! 
Thanks, Ian Gorham. Chairman Avon Badminton Association & Bristol Jets

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