History of Mylor Bridge

 

In November 1999 Ken Norcross had a holiday in South East Asia where he played table tennis for the first time in nearly 30 years.

On returning to Mylor, he told Frederick Habbe of Mylor stores how much he had enjoyed playing again after so long. Frederick had also played in both Australia and Germany and he re-established that there was a T.T table in Tremayne Hall. Frederick and Ken then started playing together on Tuesday afternoons in Tremayne Hall. Thoroughly enjoying the games and found that they soon recovered something of their old abilities.

Frederick put an entry into his regular Mylor newsletter asking whether anyone locally was interested in table tennis. Many people responded with varying degrees of earlier T.T experience and were invited to come along and play Tuesday afternoons. A good level of interest was established and a meeting was arranged for 4th July 2000. 12 people attended and Mylor Bridge Table Tennis Club was formed with a committee of Ken Norcross (Chairman), Ted Drake (Treasurer), Mary Hopkins (Secretary), Bob Bridges, the most experienced player and umpire (Team Captain) and Frederick Habbe (Tremayne Hall representative). Mike Taylor had a good table available which was bought for the club at a bargain price.

The first AGM was held on 29th August 2000 when it was decided to enter two teams in the West Cornwall Table Tennis League for the new season starting in October. Bob Bridges was elected as captain of the ‘A’ team and Ken Norcross captain of the ‘B’ team. The club strip would be green shirts and black shorts, similar to Mylor football club. Frederick Habbe kindly offered to provide match refreshments from Mylor stores.

It was agreed to set an annual subscription of £15, player playing in matches to pay £2 each for each match and members to pay £1 at club sessions. These charges were to cover individual and team registrations in the league, cost of hiring Tremayne Hall and the cost of balls and nets.

A meeting was held on 7th November 2000 to discuss an Awards for All application suggested by Bob Bridges. This scheme provides lottery money for sport and social organisations. It was agreed to apply for about £3000 in order to purchase two tables and equipment such as nets, balls abd scoring machine. Bob agreed to prepare the application for funding.

This first season of League table tennis was very successful for the club with the ‘A’ team finishing top of the 3rd Division and the ‘B’ team finishing third. The club celebrated by holding a further barbeque at Mary and John’s on 19th May 2001.

The awards for all application was successful and the club received a grant of £2400 for the purchase of two new tables and associated equipment.

The second AGM was held on 7th August 2001. Following the success of the ‘A’ & ‘B’ teams in our first league season and with additional members interested in playing, it was decided to enter 3 teams for the next season. Bob Bridges to captain the ‘A’ team, Alvin Heuston the ‘B’ and Mike Taylor the ‘C’ team.

It was decided to keep the club fees the same as in the first year and Frederick Habbe again agreed to provide match refreshments from Mylor stores.

At the West Cornwall Table Tennis League AGM on the 14th August 2001 where the composition of the division was decided. Mylor ‘A’ were put in the 1st Division, Mylor ‘B’ in the 2nd Division, and the new Mylor ‘C’ in the 3rd Division.

The club’s second league season was one of consolidation with all three teams ending roughly mid table in their respective divisions, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing at higher standards.

Although no team achieved an award during the season. Alvin Heuston was awarded the league Sportsman of the year trophy.

The Table Tennis club was now developing a social aspect and a very enjoyable Christmas Party was held at the Lemon Arms in December 2001.

Early in 2002, the Treasurer, Ted Drake resigned because he was leaving Cornwall and Cordelia Folland became Treasurer.

Frederick Habbe resigned as Tremayne Hall Representative and Will Harrison agreed to replace him.

In April 2002, the club very successfully hosted the league’s Pairs final at Tremayne Hall.

Initial funds for the club were generated by Mary Hopkin and John Northcroft kindly hosting a very successful BBQ at their Restronguet creek – side home on August Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August.

The third AGM was held on 13th August 2002 when it was agreed to enter four teams in the West Cornwall Table Tennis league for the season 2002/2003. The ‘A’ team captain to be Bob Bridges, the ‘B’ team captain Alvin Heuston, the ‘C’ team captain Mike Taylor and the ‘D’ team captain Cordelia Folland. A new set of club rules was proposed and adopted in order to clarify certain points.

It was agreed that the club fees would be kept the same as the previous year but that visiting non-members should pay £2 per session.

Frederick Habbe again agreed that Mylor Stores would supply the refreshments for home matches.

The committee was re-elected unopposed.

The W.C.T.T.L committee decided that the season 2002/2003, Mylor ‘A’ team would play in the 1st Division, the ‘B’ team in the 2nd Division with the ‘C’ and ‘D’ teams in the 3rd Division. This turned out to be a very successful season, particularly for the ‘A’ team players. The ‘A’ team were winners of the 1st Division, Alan Brobson and David Plumb won the league pairs knock-out competition and David Plumb was voted most improved player of the season.

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