* Members of the League will be saddened to learn of the death of Brian Parish, aged 79 years. He had been a League member continuously since 2004, and played two matches at the start of this season for Nomads Tigers before illness took hold.
During his comparatively short time in the Clacton and District League, where he played in both the First and Second Divisions, Brian became a respected and well-liked player. For eight years, he was Club Secretary of the Nomads Club, only relinquishing the post in June last year. He was a more-than-capable operative on the table, finishing as runner-up to Mark Lewis in the Closed Championships Division Two Singles final in 2005. He also picked up Second Division runners-up League medals in 2008 and 2015, and last year was in the losing Nomads Lions' side in the Knock-Out Cup Final.
But Brian's best playing years were behind him when he joined the Clacton League, having played good-quality table tennis in Metropolitan Essex Leagues for many years before moving to North Essex. In his time, he was a good enough player to win County titles, being the Essex Over- 40s champion in both 1983 and 1984.
Brian was pleasant, amiable company on and off the table, and many current and former players who knew him - both in Clacton and elsewhere in Essex - will miss his friendly smile and cheery conversation. The League sends it sincere condolences to Brian's family.
Brian's Funeral is at Corbets Tey Crematorium, Upminster on the 12th January at 1.20pm