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Callum's gold

Gold again for Callum

19 year old Callum Turner from Ashingdon in Essex has repeated his success from 2018 by winning gold again in the British Transplant Games held in Newport, South Wales.

A late starter to playing table tennis he entered last year’s games after playing at College and won the singles event for his age group.

Encouraged by that success he joined his local club Hockley TTC who play in the Southend and District League and played his first season of competitive table tennis this year.

Returning to this year’s Transplant Games to defend his title he won in great style, not losing a set throughout. He now moves on to the World Transplant Games to be held in Newcastle this month, which he qualified for as a result of last year’s victory.

He will play singles and doubles at this event and, not to be content with that, will also take part in the badminton doubles.

Callum’s story is one of victory over adversity. Born with a defective heart he was very ill throughout his childhood until a heart transplant at the age of 15 turned his life around. Now also fitted with a pacemaker he is able to  take part in the sports he loves and his success show his strength and determination to make the most of the opportunity he has now been given.

Hockley TTC, Southend and District Table Tennis League and Essex County have all donated funds to help with his trip to the World Games and wish him the best of luck in his chosen events.

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Sheila Howe


Clacton AGM - Sheila with Chairman Peter White and new President Shirley Rowlen

Clacton AGM – Sheila with Chairman Peter White and new President Shirley Rowlen

There was a tinge of sadness at the Clacton and District League’s Annual General Meeting this month when League President Sheila Howe announced she had decided to step down and take a well-deserved rest.

It was sixty years ago – when Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister and premium bonds had just been introduced – that a young Sheila Mills burst on to the North East Essex table tennis scene with victories in the Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the 1957 Clacton Closed Championships.

Little did anyone realise that Sheila Howe – as she was to become – would dominate women’s table tennis in Clacton for the next four decades.

In 1960 she won the first of her 19 Ladies Singles titles, the last being in 1999. Together with 20 Ladies Doubles and 14 Mixed Doubles, Sheila chalked up 53 major titles, an unparalleled achievement.

Sheila (Mills - as she then was) and Ray Caley after their Mixed Doubles success at the 1957 Closed Championships

Sheila (Mills – as she then was) and Ray Caley after their Mixed Doubles success at the 1957 Closed Championships

Sheila has always been a popular and well-respected member of the local table tennis community. She continued playing in the League until three years ago and, throughout her playing career, win or lose, it was always with a smile on her face.

It was no surprise that, in 2001, Sheila was made League President and, since then, she has undertaken her duties in a conscientious, dependable and friendly manner. Sheila was made a life member of Essex County TTA in 2006.

Thank you, Sheila, for all you’ve done for the Clacton and District League. You’re a genuine star!


The Corti Woodcock Award – Paul Davison


Paul Davison,
A high performance junior who became interested in coaching at the age of 16, helping at various sessions he was attending. He became a qualified coach at the age of 19 in 1996 and then quickly progressed to L3 in 1999 earning in the process the ETTA Young Coach of the Year award. One of the first coaches to do so.
He began his club coaching career at Sudbury TTC and when that venue closed he started a new club, NETTS, in 2000. Initially based at Gosfield School. The club relocated to Earls Colne in 2003 which has been their base ever since.  The club had two simple aims; to help young players to reach their potential and provide a place for senior players to play.  A European style club was envisaged with the aim for lots of players congregating on the same night, possible with a large venue, the club also experimented with different playing formats including an individual league before coming up with successful Top 12 and 2-a-side formats. The clubs most successful season competition wise was in 09/10. In this year they were Senior British League Champions (Division 3 South), Women’s British League Champions (Division 3) and National Cadet League: Eastern Region Champions. They also took the Junior British League title (Girls Division 2 Champions) in the 2002/2003 Season – not bad for a small rural club taking on the city boys!
The Corti Woodcock Award.  -  Corti Woodcock was 5’ 1” in height but was a giant among the pioneers of the sport of Table Tennis.  He was instrumental in promoting and organising the game locally and internationally. The West Essex League, Essex County TTA, The ETTA and the ITTF all owe their first faltering steps to his drive and vision.  He was a winner and a leader.  Corti died in 1958.
To honour his life and perpetuate his memory the County set up a board of Trustees to administer an award given annually in recognition of services to Table Tennis in Essex. It is a unique award in as much it cannot be won, it can only be earned.  During February of each year the General Secretary invites nominations from Leagues and of course nominations can also be made by any two individuals affiliated to the County.  These together with nominations from the previous year are discussed by the board in April.
A quick scan of the internet, what a wonderful device, gives us the following information.
The West Essex League has a Corti Woodcock Cup
The Saint Bride Vase originally presented by C. Corti-Woodcock of the Saint Bride Club in London in 1929 is presented to the Men’s winner of the world championship
We found mention of C. Corti Woodcock as President of the Essex Golf Union
The USA TTA site also mentions C. Corti Woodcock as a former ETTA Chairman.
Chinese web sites once w’d managed to get the translation software to work also made considerable mention of C. Corti-Woodcock.
We have taken this brief time to layout the fact that Corti-Woodcock contact and influence within TT and into other sports goes far beyond Essex.  In effect it makes the award of the Corti-Woodcock Trophy just that bit more special.  It is the county’s most prestigious award. In the past it has been awarded for exceptional actions as well as rewarding long service to our sport.
This year the award is for exceptional work. Paul knew the lighting at NETTS was not good enough to stage quality TT events. So he set about doing something about it. Money was the key and he managed  to extract funding from Table Tennis England, A local Community Grant fund, Eastern Region Table Tennis, Essex County Table Tennis, Braintree Table Tennis League, the Earls Colne Club, NETTS also contributed and ran some fund raising activities. He persuaded some in kind support from De Vere Travel and Richard Edwards & Partners Accounting. Besides doing this he also prepared a detailed Development Plan, needed if you plan to extract funding from Table Tennis England. In total Paul drew in £20,000 of funding for the club. During this time contact was being made with suitable contractors who would quote for new LED lighting. From start to finish the project has taken about 9 months to bring to fruition. Of course now the lights are installed the work is just starting. The next phase of the development plan comes into play. Getting more people playing table tennis, sounds simple but the work will not stop.
So well done to Paul for his efforts in improving and developing NETTS. He is a worthy winner of the Corti Woodcock Award. Paul was presented with his award by Essex County President, Stuart Gibbs.

Brian Parish



“The man with the funny shaped bat”         

On the 22nd December 2016 we heard the sad news that Brian had passed away following a short illness. He had celebrated his birthday two days earlier on the 20th.

Brian was a top class table tennis player who represented both Dagenham and Essex as well as running a highly rated table tennis club called Milestone, in the East End of London from which many players benefited and reached a high standard.

I personally first met Brian when I was eight years old when he used to take me to West Ham United along with his close friend Eddie Sawyer and he ensured I was passed down the front to see the match; something I will never forget.

In later years I played against him on a number of occasions in table tennis matches in the East London League and these were all very competitive particularly when I lost to him in the Milestone match room (called the art room) when I was at the peak of my playing days.

In later years Brian ran and helped organise the Dagenham FC Table Tennis Club in the British League and along with Jimmy Cleeves and Peter Cranmer made playing such a special occasion with coaches of supporters travelling to away matches throughout the country.

Brian was an avid supporter of Dagenham and Redbridge FC and attended weekly with his grandchildren and was subsequently made Vice Chairman for his services.

In closing how will I remember Brian? Yes, he was competitive, but along with that came a thoroughly special human being who would always have a smile and would help anyone who asked.

Brian you will be sadly missed by many, many people especially your wonderful family.

Rest in Peace

Stuart Gibbs

Essex Vice-President, Neil Brierley added:-

“Brian was a fine player, who represented the Dagenham League many times during its heyday in the 60s and 70s. The talent pool at the time was very deep and Bob Potton, Les Eadie, Kevin Caldon, Sky Andrew, Dave Randall and Brian Mailey (and countless more) were all competing for places. Brian had a warm and ready smile and friendly handshake and he was truly a gentleman and a very popular guy in the world of Table Tennis. In more recent years, he had moved to Clacton and played in the Local League.”

Brian’s Funeral is this Thursday,12th January – 13.20 at the South Essex Crematorium in Upminster. The address is – Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey, Upminster, RM14 2UY (Telephone Number 01708 434433)

Bats on Table

Lou Hopkins


Lou Hopkins wins the Over 70s in 2005 V2


We have now been advised of the funeral arrangements for Lou.

Friday 1st July - 11.20 at the Southend Crematorium – family flowers only please but donations would be welcome to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service.

There will be a reception at Rayleigh Lodge from 12.30.

It is with great sadness that we heard the news that Southend stalwart for so many years, Lou Hopkins, passed away peacefully last Thursday 2nd June. As soon as we know when the Funeral Service is and the details we will publish here. Our thoughts are with his Family and friends at this sad time.

Lou has been involved with local Southend Table Tennis for over 50 years. He played in local leagues, Southend, Basildon, Chelmsford, Burnham and Brentwood. Always happy, always looking to help out wherever he could.
In Southend, Lou has done several roles for the Committee; running the Summer League for many years, the RoseBowl Competition, Closed Championships and has always looked to help wherever he could. In more recent years, Lou looked after the League’s Finances and always produced immaculate Books.

In his early days, Lou played for ‘Inflight Cleaning’: who were based at Southend Airport, who he also worked for. Later the Club switched to Rawreth where he continued to play for many years, ending up with the RESSC Club.

Lou ran Junior Coaching classes at the Southend Leisure Centre for several years and coached at various schools.

In the 90′s, he, together with Stuart Gibbs, Roy Savill, Paul Reed and Bill Wall, set up Setts in the Basildon League area, which he ran for many years, right up to the more recent months, when ill health got the better of him.

Lou was always a mid Division player, always capable of good wins, never complaining if he lost and always congratulating his opponent if he lost.

Lou was liked wherever he went.

Lou will be much missed by all.


Brian Brumwell


Brian Brumwell
Essex & England
1928 – 2016


Brian Brumwell’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 26th April at 11.45, At St Mary’s Church, Overton Drive, Wanstead E11 2SW. Afterwards there will be refreshments next door at Wanstead Cricket Club .
Brian’s wife Sheila has suggested flowers or a donation to your favourite charity for those who wish to. Daniel Robinson in Loughton are the funeral directors.


A personal reflection from Stuart Gibbs.

I first recalled meeting Brian Brumwell as an 11 year old, when I was given a ticket to watch Essex County 1st team play against the great Middlesex side in 1958 and was fortunate to play with him in my 1st game for Essex which coincided with this being his last game for the county.

Brian was a remarkable sportsman who excelled at football and more notably at cricket, as Captain of the Wanstead Cricket Club, the premier side in Essex, where he won numerous trophies.

However, it is in his achievements and influence in Essex Table Tennis that I and many, many others will remember him for.

Brian played for England on a number of occasions and was ranked No.5 in the Country, not an easy feat when you had such great players to compete with, notably Johnny Leach, Richard Bergman, and Aubrey Simons, to name but a few.

During his time as a player, Brian was always ready to help and influence those youngsters making their way in the sport and he became Captain of the England Junior side in 1960. It was a year later that he insisted that the then ETTA include a precocious 14 year old in the England Junior Team to go to the European Junior Championships, as he had recognised the potential of this player. However, he was unable to persuade the powers that be and the request was not granted. As a result of that decision, on principle, Brian resigned from the captaincy. The following year, this young player became England No.1 senior at the age of 15. The player was Chester Barnes. This proved Brian’s uncanny ability to recognise natural talent when he saw it.

During his time coaching juniors Brian had considerable involvement in Ray Dorking becoming England No.1 junior, at the age of 15 and also helped establish the St Luke’s Table Tennis Club in an underprivileged area of East London, to such an extent that it was able to host England Junior International matches.

On his retirement from playing nationally, Brian became president of the Ilford and District Table Tennis League and was made a life member of Essex County Table Tennis Association.

In closing, how will we remember this great man?

He was ferociously competitive, a visionary that was responsible for the golden age of Essex table tennis, in the 1960′s, but more importantly, he was a true gentlemen, with a heart of gold.

May you rest in peace Brian and thank you so much for everything you have done.

Stuart Gibbs
President Essex Table Tennis Association



Hockley’s 24 hours of Action

The End!

Hockley TTC completed a first for the club on the 18-19 March, with a testing Sport Relief 24 hour Non Stop Table Tennis match. Hockley’s Chairman, Paul Strutt, said:-

The Event really worked well and came to a successful conclusion on Saturday night. At the time of writing the club have raised the fantastic sum of £1424 for Sport Relief.

Paul went on to say that considering this is the first time they have organised anything like this, coupled with being arranged at comparatively short notice, he and his club members are all very pleased with the result!

There were some amazing contributions in terms of money raised and hours spent at the Club and it involved all club Members – Juniors, Seniors, Social, Playing and U3A members.


In all, 38 Hockley Club Members played over the 24 hour period and they were supported by members from other Southend Clubs in the League:- Ken Field (Rawreth), Jayne Johnson (Hullbridge), Duncan Taylor (Rayleigh Mill), George Reeves (Rawreth), Craig Aukett (Canvey), Ro Brett (Warehouse), Bruce Kettle (Rawreth) and Tina Hutchinson (Warehouse).

Sincere thanks are also extended to those Hockley & Southend League Members who made Donations.

Now something for the nerds:-

we played 112 matches, 380 sets and 6725 points, with the final match result

We certainly feel a great sense of achievement and will definitely do it again


About Hockley Table Tennis Club.

Hockley Table Tennis Club operate from a Primary School Hall with 7 days a week access. When in attendance they manage access to the hall which keeps their hires costs low and also means they have no time restraints within reason.

They have room for 4 Tables.

They have only been active for some 7 years and in that time have produced a Club with nearly 60 Members, 6 Teams in the Southend League and an active Junior Section led by coach Tim Pang.

They have been particularly successful in introducing a lot of Seniors into the game with some returning to the sport after many years. They have also formed a partnership with a local U3A Group.



Tournament Play

Essex Closed – Book The Date

Bats on Table

Put the date in your diaries now, the Essex closed will take place this year on August Bank Holiday weekend. Saturday August 27th through to Monday 29th August.  Rayleigh Leisure Centre will be the venue and we have secured as our Equipment Suppliers, Topspin Sports.

The entry form will be published towards the end of the season, but it envisaged this will be a great way to kick start the new season.


Essex Supports New Community Club in Havering


After months of hard work and planning, Colin Sherrin (in red above) has successfully launched an Over 50’s table tennis session at MyPlace Youth Centre in Harold Hill. A number of organisations have supported the launch of the club – Tapestry, Essex County Table Tennis Assocation and Havering Borough Council have sponsored the four brand new tables, and Table Tennis England have assisted in developing the plans with Colin, MyPlace and the Borough. – See more at:


ETTA Championships

Essex Junior Assessment Trials are to be held on the weekend of 31 October/1 November

Essex trials Form ( Click For Form)

Just a reminder now that the new School Term has started that the Essex Junior Assessment Trials are to be held on the weekend of 31 October/1 November as per my E-mail and attachment of 24 July. The Essex Committee consider that only players attending these Trials should be considered for selection for the County’s  Cadet and Junior Teams in order that their current standard can be ascertained when team selections are made. I am aware that this weekend is a half term holiday weekend and if any of your players are likely to still be on holiday please indicate this on the entry form which I have again attached herewith so that holiday absence can be taken into account..  I have also attached the original letter giving more information.

Entry Forms and cheques (made out to ECTTA) should be  sent to me at 2 Top Road, Woodham Walter, Nr. Maldon, Essex CM9 6RQ. Apologies if you have already sent me your Form but I have had very few to date. E-mail entries will be accepted.