October Newsletter


Dear Club Members,

Welcome to a new season and we hope that you are delighted with the new venue and set up. This, we are sure will be our new home for many years to come and brings us together with a new solid partner the YMCA.

At present, as you would expect with a new venue, there are a few teething problems and matters that have arisen that need to be brought to everyone’s attention in order to maintain the smooth running of the club. 


When the hall is being set up, the league matches will be on the far right. Please can other members then set up from the right for practice. This will leave the storage area free as members arrive to put up their own tables. Please also put your table away when you are finished if no one else is playing on it. (Juniors you need to ask for help).  All tables should also only be opened and closed by senior members (so help the juniors please). Only open the tables from the end of the table not the middle. We all need to be better at this please.  As we will soon be locking the venue please do not loiter in the car park as this may delay the person responsible for locking up.


On the desk when you arrive is a clipboard where members, guests and visiting teams all need to sign in on arrival. This is very important as our Fire Marshalls will be using this in case of a fire.


The club will soon be self- managing the venue and this comes with a host of responsibilities. The duty manager’s names will be placed on a notice board so you can all see who is in charge for the relevant night. The duty manager is also likely to be our Fire Marshall. We also looking to appoint more duty managers so if you are interested in helping, please can you e-mail the club secretary Natalie Greening, e-mail: njg66@hotmail.co.uk


The club has reviewed the coaching, and priority is now being given to juniors within the club. The club coaches intend to have a regular senior sessions and the first three dates are 18th Oct, 22nd Nov and the 13th Dec 2013. There will be a cost of £5.00 per session. The money can be paid to the coaches on the nights that you attend. Please try and support if you are interested.



Please can I remind league players that matches need to finish as close to 10.00pm as  possible. Access to the venue is from 7.00pm and matches need to start no later than 7.15pm. The two teams that are playing on Friday nights will need to be finished by 9pm and therefore will need to use two tables.



Please note that the league team Winchcombe Warriors in Division two have withdrawn from the league. This will now be a blank week in your playing calendar.


Please can all members make sure that the drinks in the main hall are in tight closing water bottles or similar. There should not be open cans of drinks etc, lying around and all rubbish should be put in the bins provided at the entrance. It is not the job of the YMCA to provide refreshments, so please come prepared. Vending Machines will be available in the future. 


Simon Pratten has taken over the purchasing of Equipment for club members, and the club continues to offers a discount on all goods, that are not already on promotion. Our chosen specialist supplier is Bribar Table Tennis. Please feel free to talk to Simon and he can help with guidance on bats etc. Alternatively take a look at their web site at www.bribartt.co.uk  and then contact Simon who can place your order and obtain the club discount for you. E-mail: simonpratten100@hotmail.com.


WEBSITE - www.tabletennis365.com/CheltenhamTTC

The club now has its own website, in addition to the Association website for it’s members. The committee will try and post information at regular intervals during the season. If members have anything that they wish to contribute, please inform a committee member. We will do our best to include the information as soon as possible.


All lost property will be held at the YMCA. Please ask the duty manager if you need access to the lost property box. 

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