Help needed
Braintree Table Tennis League players Ryan Pitt, the league fixtures secretary, has asked for a bit of help putting the weekly results on to the website. 

We have agreed that the ideal solution would be for different people to take responsibility for each division.  That means we are looking for two recruits. The task will not be onerous.  You will just be asked to input the results of five matches each week.  Team captains will be asked to copy their results both to Ryan and the divisional representative. 

I am assured that inputting is not difficult and Ryan or Table Tennis England will be able to give instructions. If you think you can help, can you email me on   That’s preferable to replying directly to this message as I’m told that that is not always successful

I look forward to hearing from you With best wishes Ron Fosker

League Newsletter


Welcome to the new season.  We haven’t had a newsletter for some time but as there have been a few changes, I thought it was time for one. 

I’ll start with another reminder that all clubs must register their players with the league before they play, and that every player must be registered with Table Tennis England. 

Fixtures secretary 

As most of you know by now, Peter Taylor has retired after five years as fixtures secretary and I’m sure everyone will join me in thanking him for doing such an excellent job during that time.  He has been replaced by Ryan Pitt, to whom the league is extremely grateful for stepping in to this important post. It is to Ryan that all scorecards should now be sent.  Either to 15 Monks Mead, Bicknacre CM3 4EU, or

We are grateful to Peter Taylor for agreeing to stay on the league management committee.    

League Composition  2019-20 

Following the discussion at the AGM, we carried out a quick poll of first division captains to gauge the response to a request at the AGM to consider cutting the first division to 18 matches.  The result was exactly 50-50 and it was decided that this was not enough of an endorsement to change the system.  We agreed, therefore, to stick with the 27-match season. 

The league will again have 30 teams this season.  Rayne and Liberal have added a team while Netts and Felsted RBL have dropped one. 


Following the Table Tennis England decision to award a contract to TTLeagues to run their league fixtures programme, the Braintree League fixtures and information are now available on The league has agreed to maintain its presence on the former tt365 site ( for a further season to enable us to transfer all the information across to the new site. We are extremely grateful to Alan McEwan for agreeing to take this on despite his move to Norfolk. 

The first news report of the season, a preview of division one, is now on the site 

Summer League 

Congratulations to Harry Buckle and Charlie Craig of Galleywood Hawks for winning the Tuesday version of the summer league and Sean Clift, Adam Clift and Chris Adkins (Ma Long Shots) for winning the Thursday version 

And some extracts from earlier newsletters that are still relevant:

Some gentle nudges from the fixtures secretary 

The first is that all matches must be played on the due date. Postponements are only permitted with the ADVANCE permission of the fixtures secretary and then only for good reasons. Matches postponed without permission will be awarded to the opposition. 

Result cards are to be with Ryan Pitt no later than SEVEN days after the match is played. To clarify this, if a match is played on Tuesday then the card must be with him by the following Tuesday.

And from me:

Refreshments:  Team captains are reminded that refreshments must be offered during a match to visiting teams (and your teammates, come to that). Whether it is tea, beer or orange squash, players should be offered something during the evening.


League coaching will again be held at Notley on Sunday afternoons during the season.  The league is once again grateful to Keith Martin for his sterling efforts to help bring new players into the game, and improve those already playing.  Thanks also to those players who have helped out at the sessions.  More help is needed.  Anyone who thinks they can lend a hand in whatever capacity should ring Keith on 01245 469273 or drop him a line on 

Diary dates 

Quiz night:  Saturday 25 January, Rayne Village Hall

Individual tournament:  25/26 April, Netts, Earls Colne Recreation Centre

Finals Night: Friday 1 May, Netts, Earls Colne Recreation Centre

AGM:  Thursday 21 May, Liberal Club 

Have a good season

Ron Fosker Chairman


                                                                                                                                    July 2019

Fixtures Secretary

I’m very pleased to say that my plea for a volunteer to take over as fixtures secretary didn’t fall entirely on deaf ears and that Ryan Pitt has stepped forward.  We are extremely grateful to Ryan for offering to take it on.

Ryan’s first two tasks have been to get to grips with the new TTLeagues website that’s taking over from tt365, of which more later, and also sorting out the structure for next season.

Divisional structure

A total of 30 teams, the same as last year, have entered for next season.  Netts and Felsted RBL have dropped a team while Rayne and Liberal have added one.  Rayne asked to split their B team into two first division teams, which we were able to accommodate as Netts have dropped one of their first division teams (they were entitled to four after their D team won division two last season).  This left us with nine second division teams and 11 in division three.  The option of not relegating the bottom team in division two was ruled out as Felsted B have dropped out and likewise the possibility of promoting the runners-up in division three was not possible as Notley I have also effectively dropped out (last year’s F and I teams have merged to form a new division two team).  Fortunately Netts D, who finished third in division three as Netts E, have agreed to take the place in division two, for which the league is grateful.  The line-up will therefore be:

Division 1

Liberal A                               

Rayne A                                

Liberal B                               

Netts B                                  

Netts A                                  

Netts C                                  

Rayne B                                

Black Notley A                     

Black Notley B                     

Rayne C                               

Division 2

Rayne D                               

Liberal C                               

Black Notley C                     

Black Notley D                     

Felsted RBL A                     


Black Notley E                     

Rayne E                                

Black Notley F

Netts D

Division 3

Black Notley I                       

Netts E                                  

Rayne F                                

Black Notley G                                                      

Rayne H                               

Black Notley H                     

Rayne G                               

Rayne I

Rayne J

Liberal D       

Playing schedule

Following discussion at last season’s AGM, I consulted all division one captains to see if they favoured changing the schedule so that each team played each other twice rather than three times.  The result was marginally in favour of staying with the current set-up, so each team will again play 27 matches.


Liberal’s A and B teams have not entered the team knock-out cup.  The dividing line between the team and restricted cups will therefore fall between Nomads and Notley E on the list above (ie Nomads will play in the team KO cup and Notley E in the restricted).


TTLeagues is the name of the new website Table Tennis England will be using next season in place of tt365.  A proposal to the Table Tennis England AGM that the affiliation fee be reduced by £7 and that sum be paid to tt365 to continue their services was not passed.  The league website will therefore move over to this one.  The Braintree League has been one of those testing the new site and Ryan reports that so far it appears to be capable of emulating what tt365 used to provide.  He and Alan McEwan, who remains in touch despite his move to Norfolk, will work on transferring material across from one site to the other.

The league’s new website will eventually be on

Social secretary

The league has a social secretary for the first time since 2007 and we are very grateful to Jan Fuller for volunteering. If anyone has any ideas for a social event, please let me know and I will pass it on to Jan.

General secretary

This is probably a forlorn hope but the league is still without a general secretary.  I am currently filling the role as a contact with TTE, Essex etc while committee members are taking it in turns to take the minutes at meetings.  I would be very grateful, and they would be very relieved, if someone would like to volunteer to help us out.  Any offers to the address below.

Ron Fosker


All BTTL Members

All BTTL members

A reminder that the league AGM will be held at the Liberal Club on Thursday May 23, at 7.30.  All players are invited to attend and club secretaries are reminded that all clubs should be represented.  Under rule 4 (j), clubs with only one team will be fined £10 if no one is in attendance, and clubs with more than one team will be fined £10 if only one member is present, and £20 is no one is present.

Under rule 24 (c) all proposals for changes to the league rules should be sent to me within 28 days of the AGM, ie by Thursday 25 April.  Please send any correspondence to, as responding to this email does not always work.

I hope to see you at the AGM


Ron Fosker

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BTTL team captains

I have been told that at least one team captain has been taken by surprise that his team is playing in the handicap cup this week, so I thought it worth reminding everyone.  The cup draw is below. 


BNCA G V Rayne F

Felsted B V BNCA A

Rayne C V BNCA B

BNCA I V Rayne B

Rayne J V Liberal B


BNCA E V Rayne G


Nomads V BNCA D

Matches should be played this week on the usual home night of the home team, unless arranged otherwise.

 I should have reminded everyone that the handicap ratings and scoring system are on the league website, under Cups (  A scoresheet is also available on the same page.




BNCA TTC AGM minutes and reports

BNCA TTC members

The minutes of the club AGM held on Thursday can be downloaded HERE.  Also included are the general secretary’s report and the treasurer’s report, as presented at the meeting, together with the accounts and the fee structure for next season.

And a reminder that the club will be open on Tuesday and Thursday for knocking but not for the following eight weeks, when it will be used for the summer league.


Club AGM

This is a reminder that the club AGM will be held on Thursday of this week at 7.30. This is open to all BNCA players. It is your chance to discuss how the club is run, things you would like to see improved etc.

I hope to see many of you there

With best wishes