Belchford-based Wolds Table Tennis Club recently held its summer awards evening at the Blue Bell pub in the village.
Around 40 members and guests enjoyed a fish ‘n’ chips supper before a number of awards were handed out.
The club’s ‘blue riband’ event each year is the Triples tournament which is held between January and May. The competition was, as ever, keenly fought with the winners being Double Happiness (Steve Mason, Rick Kirby, Frank Hanson and Simon Shotton) and runners-up Stiga (Nigel Devereux, Derek Elmhirst, Ryan Hinson and Philip Sharpe).
The Star Performer of the Triples – the player who has made the biggest impact on the tournament – was won by Frank Hanson, with Mick Cox runner-up and Steve Mason, third.
The most prestigious award of the evening was the final prize to be handed out – the Spirit of the Club award. Every member of the club gets the chance to nominate a fellow member for the award, which recognises such qualities as sportsmanship, club loyalty, camaraderie, coaching tips and generally helping the club both on and off the table. The award this year went to Mick Cox.
The WTTC plays at Belchford village hall on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening plus a fortnightly session is held on Sunday morning.
The club is always looking for new members – absolute beginners and current league players are not accepted – so if anyone is looking to improve their skills, perhaps fancies returning to a sport they played in their youth, or is a former league player looking for some top class matches in a fun, friendly, competitive atmosphere please contact club secretary Nigel Devereux on 01507 527876 or email: email@example.com