It is with deepest sadness that I inform you all that our dear friend and team mate John Golding passed away on Thursday 22nd February at Basingstoke Hospital. He was 78.
John was the sort of man for whom everyone had good words. Kind, Fair, Great player, Good company, sense of humour, a true gentleman. I could go on.
John was a sportsman, he loved watching and playing football as a young man, though his days of watching Reading in these last few seasons had been a trial for him, he loyally cheered them on.
John was born in Bramley and played football for Tadley in his youth.
He stayed in the area all his life,worked at Lansing Bagnall in the Pay Branch, married, had 2 sons and 2 grandchildren all of whom he adored along with his daughter in law and loving sister. They were his main love.
John married fairly young and enjoyed over 50 years of a very happy marriage with Sheila his late much beloved wife.
Most of you reading this will know that John was a formidable Table Tennis player. I believe he was number 4 in the Basingstoke area in the 60s. Back then we had numerous leagues and players so it was quite an achievement to reach the dizzy heights of the top ten. He will be remembered as a player who defended brilliantly and disheartened his opponents by returning all their best shots.
He played almost continuously in both the Reading and Newbury leagues, returning to the Basingstoke league when he joined Oakley and then Wanderers around 6 years ago. We enjoyed many a drink together after our matches. The standard was not that of his best days but always fun and good natured.
He was a keen and very good cricketer, played for local teams, became a member of Hampshire County Cricket for years and was a very good local umpire.
He loved horse racing and enjoyed days out with his family and friends to the races.
John was also a very good bowler, he was a member at Loddon Vale indoor bowls club and Howard Park outside club. As always he made very many friends and was much loved and respected at both clubs.
R.I.P our dearest friend you will be forever missed by those of us that loved you.
Due to the late withdrawal of Bracknell Table Tennis League from the above we now have spaces for other non Berkshire TT leagues to play in the above against teams from Maidenhead, Newbury and Reading Leagues. The competition consists of 3 senior divisions and 3 veteran divisions, with Senior 1 and Vets 1 containing the strongest players from each league, with less stronger players in division 2 and then division 3. Teams are made up of two players playing 2 singles each and then a doubles, best of 5 games, 11up with each league team in the division playing each other. Players must be TTE registered, be registered to your league and ideally have played a least a couple of matches in your league. Play is due to start at Cippenham at 1000hrs on sun 21/1/24 and usually finishes by 1600hrs. Berkshire TTA will waive the usual entry fee of £20 per team due to the late nature of this invitation. Even if you could only field one team in say the Vets 3 division it would make a division of 4 rather than the 3 we have following Bracknell's non participation. Am hoping you can help but quite understand if the relatively short notice makes this impossible.
Please reach out to Mike Wood for further information
Sunday 25/Feb/2024 - Waterside Table Tennis Centre, Testwood School, Totton SO40 3ZW
The Championships are open to all registered players of League and Clubs affiliated to Hampshire. Players who have played 7 or more matches in any HTTA League in the season covering that of the Closed Championship (except Cadets and Juniors) are eligible to play in that County Championship.
Veteran players must be over 40 years of age on the 1/Jan/2024
Cadet players must be under 15 and Junior players must be under 18 years of age on the 1/Jan/2024.
All matches will be played in accordance with TTE rules & regulations. Up to 12 tables may be used. Where possible all singles events will be played in groups for the first round. The next rounds will proceed on the knock out format. All games being best of 5. All losing players must remain in the hall to umpire the next game when required.
Entry forms must be accompanied with the correct remittance and received by Sunday 18/Feb/2024
Please book in 15 minutes before first game. Hot & cold drinks with light refreshments will be available.