History of Ringwood Table Tennis Club

 

Ringwood & District Table Tennis League Finals Night- 1964.

Ringwood & District Table Tennis League
Finals Night- 1964.

Formed in 1982 by Chris and Pat Baldwin, Ringwood Table Tennis Club had 4 teams in the Poole League, (for 13 years our A team won 1st place in the top division) Ringwood Recreation Centre was used for its Club Nights with League Matches played at Tricketts Cross Community Centre.

 

Matches were later transferred to other premises, firstly to St. Mary's Church Hall, Ringwood, then moving again to Lanz Sports Club in Ringwood before eventually in 1990, moving to our present premises at Greyfriars Activities Centre, Ringwood.

 

This move proved to be very worthwhile, as we now have a permanent home for both our League Matches and Club/Tournament Nights. Thus we were able to expand and now have several teams in the Bournemouth League, & or the Wimborne League.

The club also for several years, had teams in the Poole League, finishing top of the 1st Division on many occasions.

 

Chris & Pat Baldwin (left).

Chris & Pat Baldwin (left).

In 1989, RTTC contacted our "twinned town" in France, Pont Audemer and started an annual exchange match in May each year between the two clubs which has been ongoing since that date, taking it in turns to host the event . This has proved highly successful and a very pleasant weekend for all players and families concerned.

 

A Summer League for club members and invited teams or players was started by Pat in 1994, and has been going ever since. The format having been changed to 2-man teams in 2011

 

Chris Baldwin no longer has any day to day dealings with the Club and the backbone of our Club has been and still is his wife Pat. Her younger brother Trevor Childs was one of the first members, back in 1982, but he resigned as Chairman, in 2009, having held that post for just over 20 years. He was replaced by Jeff Minkin.

 

John Dearmer is our long serving Treasurer from 1990 to present date; 2014.

The present Chairman is Phil Smith, who took over from Jeff Minkin in 2013.


 

As a fitting conclusion to Xmas Tournament in December 2015, club stalwart and founder, Mrs Pat Baldwin was presented with an engraved carriage clock in recognition of her 32 plus years of service to Ringwood Table Tennis Club.

Mrs Pat Baldwin

Mrs Pat Baldwin

Although Pat has now stood down from the day to day running of the club, we hope she will continue to come down to the club for a `knock` for many years to come.


 

25 Years of Table Tennis Exchange


Ringwood Table Tennis Club were hosts to 18 members from Pont Audemer Table Tennis Club at the weekend of the 31st May 2014. This being the 25th Anniversary of this exchange with rivalry and friendship.

Bernard Lambert @ Pat Baldwin.

Bernard Lambert @ Pat Baldwin.

Twinning Group 2014

Twinning Group 1st June 2014.

A tournament was held on the Saturday, with honours being fairly even. The final of the day was between one of Ringwood's most promising juniors, Jamie Hall, and Pascal Guilbert of Pont Audemer, which was won by Pascal in a very close match over 5 sets.

A Presentation evening was held in Greyfriars, with a buffet. Mr Colin Nye and his wife Barbara of the Twinning Association were the main guests for the evening, which was very apt, as Ringwood Table Tennis Club were introduced to the Pont Audemer club over 25 years ago, by the then Twinning Organisation. The very first match being played in Ringwood in February 1989.

 

Colin Nye presented the trophies and mementos to all players, and to those that assisted with the weekend. A special presentation was made to Bernard Lambert of Pont Audemer, and Mrs Pat Baldwin, Secretary of the Ringwood Table Tennis Club, who have liaised and organised this event for the past twenty five years. Both of whom would now be retiring.

 

Pat was also presented with a bouquet from the club, to thank her for all her hard work over the years. It is hoped that new members from each club would continue this exchange into the future.