LOOK BACK AT THE SEASON 1985 / 86

The AGM had turn out of 28 clubs from a total base of 149 clubs, slightly down on last season's poor turnout. Four Officers stepped down Bob Hammersley (Tournament Co-ordinator), Ken.Baker (Sponsorship Officer), D.Rogers (County Club Secretary) and B.Castle (Junior Co-ordinator). John Vallis made a presentation to Alan Lane in recognition of his 35 years of service to badminton.

September '85 Edition Bristol & District reached the April 1985 National Finals of the British Trout Inter Club Championship, losing in the second round to the eventual winners Markland Hill of Lancashire. Redwood Lodge, the County Association and Bristol City Council ran a sucessful Festival of Sport weekend on 11th and 12th May, the county association stage a 'Come & Try' event where anyone can turn up and have a go. The event attracted several hundred people, including many families.
Ken Stott reported that the BA of E AGM was generally quiet and uneventful, but in not so few words :0)


November '85 Edition The newsletter seems to be lacking content this edition. Severn Vale were invited (Easter 1986) to visit West Germany to play Hamminkeln B.C. following on from the German team's tour in the UK last Easter. County results: The Firsts beat Wiltshire 11-6, Dorset 16-1 and Gwent 15-2. The seconds beat Dorset II by a 13 - 4 margin, but lost away to Berkshire 2 - 15. The thirds beat Wiltshire 3rds 14 - 3.

January '86 Edition A report of the county U18 restricted tournament, held on the 23rd November, recorded a good number of entries. Number one seed James Maggs was unfortunately struck down by a virus infection, causing him to withdraw from the boy's singles and the mixed doubles. Andy Bee prevailed in the boy's singles final to come back from a set down against Nicholas Perrott to win 13-18, 15-6, 15-7. In the girl's singles final Sarah Cottle combined her greater power with accuracy to see off her friend and doubles partner Jane Travis 11-6, 11-6. James Maggs valiantly decided to try and defend his boy's doubles title with partner Paul Jackson and the duo duly won again by defeating Andy Bee and Chris Nash in the final, 15-7, 15-10. Andy Bee later won another title when he partnered Amanda Crew to take the mixed doubles title.County teams results showed the first team atop of Division 3a with 91 points after further wins over Cornwall 16-1, Gwent again 16-1 and Dorset again 17-0. The 2nds were in 3rd place in division 4c while the 3rds headed division 7a.Totterdown B.C. led the North Somerset League and Bristol were the top club in the Bristol league.Bristol & District Club once again won through to the finals of the British Trout Inter Club Championship to be played in April 1986.
Local coach Gwen Kirton had an adventure, whe she was one of the poeple that were rescued from Aden by the Royal Yatch Britannia, no further details were available in this edition but Gwen was asked to contribute to the next edition of the newsletter. This is an extract from the Royal Yatch Britannia's History "Although BRITANNIA was never required to carry out her secondary role as a hospital ship, in January 1986, whilst on passage to Australia the Royal Yacht co-ordinated the evacuation of 1,379 civilians of 55 different nations from Aden when that country was being invaded from the north. BRITANNIA herself evacuated 1,068 men, women and children".

March '85 Edition

Dear Readers I now find that I have a gap in my Archive of Newsletters, and there are no editions available until the MAY 1987 edition. If you, or someone you know, have any editions that will enable me to fill the gap, then please contact me so that I can continue this series.