Staff Association
Sports &
Table Tennis Club
Articles from CONTACT Magazine
The first Table Tennis Club article to appear in the staff magazineCONTACT was in the
 Spring 1974 edition - this stated that the Club had been formed on February 4th 1974. However, in the Staff Association's Annual Reports for 1964/65 and 1965/66 the Secretary of a Table Tennis Club was listed as follows:
1964/65: Peter Austin (Perry Common branch)
1965/66: David Archer (Sparkbrook branch)
Two Circulars issued to branches in 1966 indicate that this Club met each Wednesday in Head Office at 6pm, but as no reference was made to Table Tennis in the Staff Association's Annual Report for 1966/67 it appears that the Club was discontinued as forecast in the Circular dated 18th November 1966:

CONTACT: Spring 1974


Although the Club was only formed on 4th February, more than 60 members of the Staff have joined, proving that Table Tennis is a very popular sport.


The standard of play varies from the very good to the not so good and a warm welcome will be given to other players and especially beginners.


The Club evenings are held on Mondays between 18.30 and 20.30 at LadywoodComprehensive School, not far from Ladywood Branch, at a cost of 5p per night.


A men's doubles tournament is now taking place and more competitions will follow later in the year. Two more tables are urgently required and if anyone knows of tables that can be purchased cheaply, please contact Northfield Branch.


It is hoped, eventually, to enter teams in the Birmingham Leagues, soplease continue to support the Table Tennis Club.


R. M. Garner



CONTACT: Summer 1974


A measure of the success of the Club can be gauged by the number of members in attendance at Club meetings.


If this statement is true then the Table Tennis club is certainly holding its own and reflecting good support, although, as expected with the lighter evenings and the start of theholidays, attendance has dropped slightly.


The Club has been fortunate in securing part of the modern, spacious Assembly Hallat Ladywood Comprehensive School for Club evenings, which is equipped with three tables at present and the probable addition of a further table later in the year.


Looking ahead, beyond the Ladies Singles Championship and the summer break, the next competition to be held is a Men's Singles Championship, which promises to be a very popular event and further details of this will be circulated at a later date.


As stated in previous articles, the standard of play is varied and new members including beginners are welcome. If you are interested, why don't you contact either Roger Garner or myself for further details, or come along to a .meeting on a Monday night. They start at 18.30 hours; you're bound to have fun and at 6p per night it's good value.


R. J. Tonks 




CONTACT: Christmas 1974


The Committee of the Table Tennis Club have recently taken the preliminary steps of arranging Inter-Bank matches against other TSBs. Several Banks have been approached and they have all shown great interest; venues and dates will be made known later.

Club evenings continue to be popular and with commencement shortly of a men's singles tournament, hard fought and exciting games seem inevitable.

Ladies are still in the minority and it is hoped that numbers will be increased shortly.

Representative matches will consist of teams containing male and female players, selections being made on Club evening performances.

The Club shortly celebrates its first anniversary and your continued support will ensure that many more will be reached.
R. M. Garner (Chairman)
R. Tonks (Secretary)

Articles from CONTACT magazine


1975 & 1976