Below is Bev’s programme of the Grand Finals Night which will take place at the Grange this coming Thursday night.

The busiest man on the night apart from Tournament Organiser Bev has to be Ben Greene who will be travelling up from Shaftesbury to take part in three of the finals.

Here’s looking forward to some great table tennis in front of hopefully a large appreciative crowd.





The Club is currently the Top Story on the TABLE TENNIS ENGLAND website!

It is the intention to present the club with its hard-earned Clubmark certificate at the New Milton Rugby Club Fun Day on Saturday 10th June where “PING” will also be launched.

As in previous years, the Club will be manning two tables (one in a small marquee) on the Rugby Club grounds (Ashley) where children are given the opportunity to try out a variety of different sports. This is a great opportunity for the club to encourage youngsters to try our sport whilst also advertising our club to a wider audience as parents, older siblings etc wander around.

In previous years we have attracted new members and encouraged previous members to return to the club.

The day starts at 11am and finishes at 5pm during which time we will be on hand to help the children (and grown-ups) have a go; many of them are complete novices and need some guidance. We would welcome some help from club members so if you have an hour or two to spare, please give Steve Hemmings a call on 01590 681339 or just turn up on the day. If you have a club shirt, please wear it if possible.



Table Tennis England invited the club to submit a photo for inclusion in TTE’s Club’s Newsletter article on clubmark successes and we were only too happy to oblige.

Steve Hemmings very kindly came up with a photo frame at no extra expense and we are happy to share the photo of the gleesome threesome proudly showing off the hard-earned certificate.

We are told that the article will shortly be appearing on the TTE website, so keep your eyes peeled.

Thanks to Steve for the photo (and frame!).



A reminder that the NMTTC doubles tournament takes place on Thursday 1st June down at the Grange as usual.

It is a “handicap” event with the handicaps being the average of the two players’.

It is a “drawn” doubles whereby the names of the pairings are drawn out of hat which has made for some very interesting combinations and results in the past.

Obviously we need twice as many people to provide the same number of groups as the singles events, so a good turn-out would be very much appreciated.

This tournament provides a little bit of light relief from the other events, so come on down to the Grange to take part in the fun.

As usual the session starts at 7 o’clock with the draw taking place at 7.30.


The Club is delighted to announce that it has achieved Clubmark Re-Accreditation after six weeks of hard slog led by Club Treasurer & Press Officer Malcolm Floyd.

Clubmark is Sport England’s national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management.

It shows that a Club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. It means that parents can rest assured that their children will be in a safe environment within a well-managed club. Another benefit of Clubmark is that many funding bodies state that applicants must have the accredition to be eligible for funding support.

The Club was congratulated by Table Tennis England, its National Governing Body, for the high quality and speed of its submission. We think that 6 weeks must be some kind of a record, but this is yet to be confirmed by Table Tennis England.  Malcolm would like to thank the officers and committee members for their help and support in this magnificent achievement, particularly club chairman Steve Hemmings.

The Club initially acquired the prestigious Clubmark status in August 2010 and gained its first re-accreditation in March 2014. We have just found out that accreditation now only last two years instead of three years, which reflects the increasingly higher standards expected from clubs.

In addition to being an “Ability Club” (Actively working with disabled people), the Club is also a 4-Star Premier Club, the highest rated club in the Bournemouth & District league. Clubmark accreditation is mandatory to achieve a star-rating.

We are always on the lookout for new members, from experienced players to absolute beginners, but would particulary like to attract more junior and lady members. Anybody interested in joining our very friendly club, or who would just like a bit more information, should contact Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns on 01425 619552.

The Club’s hard-earned certificate appears below:-


At the recent annual Presentation Evening of the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis Association, New Milton Club members came away with a club record haul of trophies. The trophies were presented by Sandra Deaton, Chairman of Table Tennis England, the sport’s national governing body.

The club’s oldest player, 80 years young Brian Bickell won the Vets 60+ and the Vets 70+ titles, and the club’s youngest player, 13 year old Adam Titcombe picked up his Div 5 Individuals winners trophy. The club’s second youngest player, 14 year old Jack Trafford won the Junior Under 15 title and also came away with runners-up trophies for the Junior Under 18s, Division 2 and the Bournemouth Handicap. Jack and Brian, separated by a mere 66 years but together in table tennis, are pictured proudly displaying their trophies.

Another club veteran, club chairman Steve Hemmings was also there to pick up his Vets 50+ winners trophy.

18 year old Andy Tipsana made two trips to the front, the first on his own to collect his Div 1 Individuals winners trophy, and then with Bournemouth Sports players Ali Malloch, Finn Morgan-Bayliss and Zac Dowling to pick up the Valerie Scott-Johns Memorial Cup for the Best Match of the Individuals. Formerly called the Trevor Parry Award, this was donated by club secretary Bev Scott-Johns in memory of his late wife Valerie. The actual match was the Mens Doubles Semi-Final between Tipsana & Malloch and Morgan-Bayliss & Dowling, which unfortunately Tipsana and partner lost.

A number of the club’s Individuals title winners were unable to make the event, so club secretary Bev Scott-Johns collected winners trophies on behalf of Steve Cheesman (Div 3), Ben Greene (Div 4) and Gerard Redman (Vets 40+), and also a runner-up trophy for Graham Underwood (Div 3).

Captain of the H team, Les Smith proudly led his teammates Eddie Tompkins, Lewis Reading & Dave Sutton up to the front to collect their Div 4 league winners trophies. Scott-Johns went up in his own right as G team player to collect his Div 3 league runners-up trophy as well as the Times & Directory Handicap Plate runners-up trophy. He also picked up the trophies for his G team mates Graham Underwood, Mike Toole and Elliott Storr-Smith who were also absent.

Finally, the prestigious Coach of the Year Award went to Simon Heaps, a member of both New Milton and Bournemouth Sports Clubs. Heaps threw himself fully into the local coaching set-up this year and also took Milton’s rising starlet Jack Trafford under his wing. Heaps made light work of the UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications and is now keen to take his Level 3 course. He has used his international experience from his playing days to great effect and now within the Dorset Table Tennis Academy has introduced a new Cadet Performance Squad which is already seeing a radical improvement to the region’s young players.



As part of our Clubmark re-accreditation process we have reviewed the Club’s Policies and Procedures and have additionally produced a Health & Safety Policy Statement and a Complaints Procedure.

The Club regards it important that Members and Parents/Carers of Junior Members are aware of these Policies and Procedures and that they are clear on what to do in the event of an incident or complaint.

To this end, these can all be found on the Club’s website within the OUR CLUB section on the respective Club Welfare and Club Policies & Procedures pages as follows:-

   Club Welfare

 – Health & Safety and First Aid

 – First Aid at Work

 – NMTTC Guidelines

 – NMTTC Accident/Incident Form

 – Safeguarding Juniors at the Grange

 – Health & Safety Policy Statement

 – Child Safeguarding Incident Form

   Club Policies & Procedures

 – Complaints Procedure

 – Child Protection Policy

 – Equity Policy Statement

 – Health & Safety Policy Statement

 – Code of Practice for Members

 – Code of Practice for Parents/Carers

 – Code of Practice for Club Coaches, Officials and Volunteers

The Club would be grateful if Members and Parents/Carers of Junior Members could take a few minutes to acquaint themselves with these Policies & Procedures.

Queries relating to the Club Welfare page should be taken up with the Club Welfare Officer Lynn Willrich on 07787 518042. Queries concerning Club Policies & Procedures should be taken up with Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns (01425 619552) or Club Chair Steve Hemmings (01590 681339).

The Club’s Junior Representative Andrew Stainton has recently taken over the role of Website Adminstrator and we are grateful to him for posting the documents onto the website as his first task. Andrew took over from Andrew Daish who stood down from the committee at the end of last season, and we are grateful to Andrew D for setting up the website and performing the Admin role until then.


The final of the Times and Directory Handicap Plate competition took place at the neutral venue of the Merton Table Tennis Club last Thursday. Squaring up against each other were the New Milton G team (Graham Underwood, Bev Scott-Johns & Mike Toole) from Div 3 and the Bournemouth Sports D team (Lee Devaney, Alan Gordon & John Tennant) from Div 1. Suffice to say the match went right down to the wire but sadly the Gees lost 4-5.

First up, veteran Mike Toole took on the Bournemouth left-hander Lee Devaney (captain), and with a +3 start Toole took the first set very comfortably 21-12. However, Toole started to have real difficulties reading Devaney’s serve and lost the next two 17-21, 15-21.

Next up, Milton Club Secretary Bev Scott-Johns received a +13 start from ex Milton player Alan Gordon, but Gordon very quickly overcame the handicap in both sets to win 21-18, 21-17 to make it 2-0 to the Bourne.

It was up to Milton Captain Graham Underwood to try to stop the rot, and he profited from a very generous start of +11 on John Tennant to win 21-7, 21-9 and get one back for Milton.

Toole benefitting from a +5 start on Gordon took the first set off the ex-Miltonian 18-21. Gordon was gradually gaining ground in the second set and caught up at 18-18, but a much relieved Toole won it 21-19 to level proceedings off at 2-2.

It was then up to the captains to try to sieze the intiative for their respective teams. Underwood received a +11 start from Devaney but lost the first 17-21 having never got to grips with the Bourne man’s serve. Still suffering from the serve in the second set, Underwood came out on top in open play however to win it 12-21, Devaney having seemingly switched off. In the third and final set, Underwood was 14-10 up at the change-round but still troubled by “that” serve eventually lost 17-21.

Scott-Johns received a +12 start from Tennant, but Tennant quickly caught up at 13-13 overwhelming Scott-Johns with his all out attack. In the only 20-20 of the evening, Scott-Johns lost 21-20 and went on to lose the second set making it 4-2 for the Bourne.

It was up to Captain Underwood to keep Milton in the match, and aided by a generous +12 start on Gordon he duly won 21-18, 21-12 to claw one back for his team.

Toole playing off +3 needed to beat Tennant to restore parity and kept in front throughout to win 15-21 in both sets to level things off at 4-4.

And so it came down to Scott-Johns against Devaney who was well up for his hat-trick. The Milton man showed his team mates just how to handle Devaney’s service and played his best match of the evening. Devaney was now playing exhibition stuff however, and despite giving away a 12 start, he won it 21-18, 21-19 to land his team the Plate.

The G team above (l-r Mike Toole, Graham Underwood (Captain) & Bev Scott-Johns) were still smiling after narrowly missing out on the T&D Plate.

There was a lot of good, competitive table tennis played in a very sporting and friendly manner, so thanks to the Bournemouth boys Lee, Alan and John for playing their part in that, and congrats on winning the Plate.


New Milton Table Tennis Club were assured of one of their teams making it through to the final of the annual Times and Directory Handicap Plate as their B and G teams had been drawn in the semi-final. It was nip and tuck at the Grange until the sixth match but then the Gees won the last two matches to go through to the final. They had already despatched the D team in their quarter-final.

It was always going to be a tough test for the Premier’s relegated B team (John Millward, Brian Bickell & Shaun Newcomb) as they were giving away some hefty handicaps to their club mates in the G team (Graham Underwood, Mike Toole & Bev Scott-Johns) who came runners-up in Div 3 in the league.

In the first match however the B’s captain Millward received a +2 start from Toole and beat him in two straight sets with a powerful attack down both wings. Wheelchair player Newcomb then had to give a +12 start to Club Secretary Scott-Johns who played very steadily to win over three sets to level things off at 1-1.

Next up was England Veteran Bickell who also had to give a +12 start to Gees captain Underwood. Underwood just nicked the first 21-20 and Bickell was coming back at him in the second but fault-served at 16-20 to lose 16-21 and hand the advantage to the Gees.

Newcomb only had to give Toole a less daunting +3 start, and although losing the first set 17-21 he went on to win the next two sets to level things off at 2-2. Millward had to give Underwood a +9 start which was clearly a bridge too far for him, and a rampant Underwood won both sets by 21-10 to restore the lead for the Gees.

Bickell came to the rescue in the sixth match as despite giving Scott-Johns an eye-watering +13 start he won both sets by 21-19 to level things off at 3-3. Newcomb had to give Underwood a +11 start which made a mockery of Underwood’s first set win of 21-5. Newcomb got more to grips in the second set, but Underwood was now really up for his hat-trick and won it 21-14 to make it 4-3 for his G team.

Bickell had to beat old adversary Toole in the eighth match to keep the Bees in the match. It was the first time that they had played one another in over 25 years and there were some thrilling and thoughtful exchanges which delighted the onlookers. Toole never surrendered his +4 advantage however and beat Bickell 21-17, 21-13 to take the Gees into the final. 

The victorious G team are picture below, left to right Bev Scott-Johns, Graham Underwood (captain), Mike Toole.

It will be the second Plate final for Underwood as he won it with a differently populated G team captained by Les Smith last season. The other finalist is Div 1’s Bournemouth Sports D whose squad comprises former Milton player Alan Gordon, captain Andy Hartnell, Loui-La, the very awkward Lee Devaney, Kwai Keung Chan & John Tennant. The final is due to take place at the neutral venue of the Merton Club, Southbourne on Thursday 20th April at 7.30.