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A date for your diary – It’ll be GREAT!!

All Club Members, Family & Friends,

Please come and support a fantastic social evening on behalf of both New Milton Table Tennis Club and New Milton Cricket Club at their clubhouse in Fernhill Lane, New Milton (BH25 5ST) on Fri 6th September.

Simon Golding and his band BEATS WORKING are coming out of retirement again to reform for ONE NIGHT ONLY at Fernhill.

Beats Working will be doing covers of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Free, Paulo Nutini, Crowded House, Paul Weller,Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Canned Heat,

Doobie Brothers, The Jam, Wild Cherry, Black Keys, Elvis Castello, Stevie Wonder, The Commitments, Al Green, Bill Withers, Rocky Horror Show, Hootie and the Blowfish, Stealers Wheel and Eric Clapton.

The band are open to anyone who wants to be either be a backing singer or a lead vocal on the night. Karaoke style singing is also accepted by the band.

The food will be a Hog Roast Roll Buffet, snacks, salad and vegetarian option – all included in the ticket price on the door. The NMCC bar will be open from 7pm.

We are co-hosting this event with NM Cricket Club so should get a bumper crowd at Fernhill.

The Night Kicks Off at 7.30pm. £5 Adults & £2 U16′s.

Ashley Rugby Club Sports Fun Day – Saturday 8th June 2013.

ImageThey say the sun shines on the righteous – well the various sporting clubs of the New Milton area must be doing something right as we nearly had the perfect June day, if only the wind had been a little less it would have been 10/10. Image

Having had a kind offer from Steve Hemmings who was all set to transport a table from Mudeford Wood, at the eleventh hour I received a phone call from Jamie Burton at New Forest District Council to say how please he was that we were taking part and would it be useful if he brought a couple of the “PING!” tables to the event for our use. We had one inside a fairly decent sized square tent and one just outside, Jamie parking his large van alongside to create a further wind break. Despite the gusts which made for interesting play on the outside table in the morning, this largely settled down later in the afternoon and all participants seemed to thoroughly enjoy their table tennis experience.

ImageImage An ingenious device to encourage the youngsters’ participation was that they were each given a card with spaces for coloured stickers granted when they had taken part in each sport – having tried at least six sports they could collect a nice medal from the organisers – so we had no shortage of takers.

First on the scene at crack of dawn as usual was Julie Smillie, followed soon by me and Malcolm Floyd. Steve Hemmings, Frank Handy, Cameron Golding and Silvia Smith who were all a tremendous help. Other club members showing support including Malcolm Douglas and our club President Bob Fagan, both of whom could afford a more brief visit but who also enjoyed this.

Many other sports were represented along with displays in the arena with welcome refreshments including burgers, ice cream (of course!) – a beer tent and a few more healthy options. All in all a really good day from which I’m sure we’ll pick up a few new members.

Brian Bickell No. 2 in England!!

Dear fellow club members – Please accept my apologies for the slight delay in my adding this post, sent to me at my request from Brian Bickell on 2nd Oct. – the phone call to which he refers and the subsequent call up for the national squad was the reason Brian and Olga could not attend our recent club social. Very well done Brian – please don’t be so modest and let us know when you’re No.1! Read the rest of this entry

Paralympics 2012

As most of you will know, I was fortunate enough to be in London for much of the Paralympic Games (29.08.12-09.09.12) including the Opening Ceremony.  I had an accreditation to the ExCel, where of course the table tennis was staged, the Olympic Park, Paralympics GB House and some rather nice “Paralympics Family” lounges. Read the rest of this entry

An Evening With The Stars..

The Olympics whetted your appetite? – Want to see some more great standard table tennis on your own doorstep?

Bournemouth Sports TTC are holding what organiser Mike Auchterlonie calls “An Evening With The Stars” on WEDNESDAY 15th AUGUST at 7:30 pm; the idea being to hold an evening of high quality table tennis and to have a great social evening – I understand that there might even be some Chinese food available too….

Matt Ware, George Downing, David McBeath, Hannah Hicks, Tressa Armitage, Chloe Thomas and others will compete for a prize fund. Any surplus will be retained for awards for these players to gain valuable training experience, possibly abroad.

Have a look at the Bournemouth Sports TTC website – Shaun Newcomb has some tickets available – call for details.

New Milton Pageant of Sport 21st July 2012

First proposed by Coun. Goff Beck, as reported in the “A&T” (13.09.08), as the big day grew ever closer, the long planned New Milton Pageant of Sport looked as if it could have been a washout, as probably “The wettest drought on record” seemed as though it would never end….Friday remained nervously dry….. and the sun came out properly on Saturday, rewarding the faithful with a beautiful day on the New Milton Memorial Recreation Ground.
New Milton TTC had a stall (ably staffed by Sybil Bartlett all morning) in front of which the two “PING” tables were in constant use, often with a queue forming for space on the tables! Our two slots in the “Indoor Arena” between 11:15 and 12:30 and 2:45 and 4:30 were also hugely popular; we had two tables there, upon which one had the robot – queues again – and the other featuring demonstration “matches” and casual coaches sessions. Brian Vibert and Steve Hemmings’ displays wowed the crowds; as usual, Brian attacking and Steve “digging” the ball back from yards back (I think the longest one was half way down Old Milton road).
Julie Smillie’s hands on coaching at the robot taught the eager youngsters how to do it right and pretty soon, with improved technique, they were looking light future stars (enough to make anyone improve – and a commemorative medal too!!).
Our club information leaflets had to be replenished, such was the demand and as usual, Bev saved the day with fresh supplies which Sylvia gave to the enthusiastic converts.
John Parkhouse knocked up with the suitably impressed young players, every now and again putting them in their place with one of his trademark smashes, just when they thought they might be able to outplay him.
It was great to see Bob and Sandy – and while Sandy chatted and looked at the good array of other sports on offer, Bob, Shaun, Brian and Steve took an early opportunity to sample the too-tempting range of home made cakes at the WI stand.
The central arena had fabulous displays of dance, junior girls’ football, junior tag rugby and other sporting disciplines constantly running, while the stalls surrounding this had further information from fishing to paragliding to Tai Chi available.
Malcolm Floyd helped by bringing in the robot and other equipment and he and wife Helen made a couple of visits – Helen looking most impressive on the robot (you should start playing again Helen!).
The young helpers from the local ACF were brilliant – looking after our equipment when necessary, helping us move the PING tables and enthusiastically helping and encouraging the youngsters get to grips with the game; one of these very pleasant young chaps suggested that it would be a great idea if we had outdoor tables permanently available of the “rec.” as he and his pals “were up here playing on them all the time”. I will speak with the town councilors at the “Wash up” meeting this Tuesday 24th at the Town Hall.
All in all a fantastic day – a great opportunity to promote our local sports clubs and to get people feeling better through sport. One couple I spoke to who were just in the process of moving to the area commented “What a brilliant idea – it’s made us feel instantly part of a lovely community and shown us where we can go to resume our sporting interests and to make new friends. Is this an annual event?” I for one would back a move for it to take place regularly, if not every year, at least every two years.
Thanks again to all those club members who helped out on the day – I’m sure we’ll pick up several new members as a direct result.
Look out for stories and pictures from former member and A&T sports reporter Dee Flannagan in their next edition.

Table Tennis Assembly at New Milton Junior School (the photographic evidence).

Well folks, when Julie asked if I would help at a presentation at New Milton Junior School’s assembly about the early days of “Whiff Waff”, I didn’t know I was going to have to dress up…I think we all look rather fetching actually……..Image

Table Tennis at the movies – July 18th – 6:30pm

Dear NMTTC members,

I am a member of the Picture House Cinema group, the one I go to being the very pleasant “Harbour Lights” Picture House located in Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3TL. (0871 902 5733). I get regular bulletins of upcoming films and noticed the following in my recent bulletin:

PING PONG (12A) Director: Hugh Hartford (UK 2012 76mins)

Table Tennis Table on-site!

Pensioners from across the planet compete in the World Over 80s Table Tennis Championship in Inner Mongolia. Eight players with 703 years between them guide us through the extraordinary world of life at the table, sometimes ruthless, sometimes emotional, always entertaining.  With intimate and candid portraits of the players’ lives, Ping Pong explores the hope, regret and intimacy of growing old.

I don’t know how entertaining the movie is going to be but it sounds as though it may be fun and the fact that they are having a table on-site made me wonder if it had been tied in with the “PING” project – I asked my friendly receptionist at the Harbour Lights but she thought it was just part of the film’s marketing. I have also called the ETTA and am awaiting a call back from the relevant person; at the very least it might be an opportunity to place leaflets in the cinemas across the country, near the tables (with the permission of the Picture House Group) to advise people that if they enjoyed the experience and would like to try / come back to playing TT, then there is a friendly club network who would be very welcoming.

As a club, we could always use the evening as another impromptu social evening, perhaps combining the movie with a visit to a local restaurant thereafter – what do you think? For those who don’t know, the Harbour Lights has a nice bar and (weather permitting) a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the Ocean Village marina. If you need further incentive, they serve Hoegaarden, Staropramen, Bombay Sapphire and great coffee / cakes…

Send me an e-mail if you’re up for it (book direct as I have already), whether that’s just for the film or if you’d like a post movie supper. We could meet up around 6pm in the bar and have a quick knock….loser buys the beer!!Image


Accentuate the Positive

New Milton Table Tennis Club has just been awarded £1,250 by the “Accentuate” programme, a range of projects inspired by the Paralympic Movement, showcasing talent among disabled people in sport, culture and the arts.

Funded by Legacy Trust UK (Lottery Funded) and SEEDA – South East England Development Agency, the Accentuate award to the New Milton club is to provide two new wheelchair-accessible table tennis tables and other table tennis equipment to facilitate the club whose aim is to make the sport as accessible to as many people as possible. The successful application was submitted on behalf of the club by chairman & development officer Shaun Newcomb who is a wheelchair player.

Club secretary Bev Scott-Johns said “I am absolutely delighted with this award from the Accentuate programme. New Milton Table Tennis Club operates out of three local centres, the Arnewood School, Mudeford Wood Community Centre and Sway Village Hall, all of which offer good general access and appropriate facilities. Our two new tables and the other equipment will make table tennis easier for local people with or without disabilities to enjoy at all three centres.”

In January, the Club completed the English Table Tennis Association’s disability awareness training, gaining “Premier Ability” status, which would have helped its cause.

Pictured l-r: Club members Julie Smillie, Shaun Newcomb (Chair & Development Officer), Matthew Daish, Malcolm Floyd (Treasurer & Press Officer), Peter Daish, Brian Rainbird & Fern Daish shown with the Accentuate award confirmation letter.