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

Elementor #283

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


All Braintree Table Tennis League Players

All Braintree Table Tennis League players

As many of you will know, under the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the league is required to get players’ permission to contact them by email with general information on the league’s activities. This will include things like entries to the individual championships, details of finals night, the AGM, the quiz night etc.

For the league to run efficiently it’s vital that we can continue to do this.  I will shortly be sending round an email asking you to give your permission to receive emails from the league and would be grateful if you could say yes.

The league is also obliged to inform you of the following:

The Braintree Table Tennis League takes the view that, as you are asked to renew your membership each year, you do so on the understanding that the league will keep you abreast of any events and will send you information pertaining to the Club. It also accepts that, as a league for table tennis, you will be interested in table tennis matters.

•                    • The GDPR covers the protection of members regarding the processing of their personal data.

•                     • The league has an obligation to protect this data.

•                    • The league will hold members’ details securely on a database that is password-protected (this is actually held by Table Tennis England on the league’s behalf).

•                     • The information held will be controlled by the league staff.

•                    • Members’ details will be used to contact them regarding information pertaining to the league and their membership, as well as any table tennis matters that the committee feels are of interest to the membership.

•                    • Members will be able to opt-in to any general marketing information that the league from time to time, may circulate.

Ron Fosker


General Secretary BTTL

All BTTL players

Sadly there were no volunteers or nominations for the role of general secretary of the league at last night’s AGM.  This is a role that does need to be filled for the smooth running of the league and I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who thinks they may be able to take it on.  It is a necessary but not onerous role.  A job description is can be found HERE.

If anyone needs any further details, I can fill them in.

I look forward to hearing from one (or more) of you



Help Needed

All Notley players

I’m sending this round again (below) as I have only received two replies – thanks, again, to Gordon, and also to Adam.  Both have agreed to set up the hall at the beginning of the evening but they have said, quite reasonably, that they don’t wish to hang around all evening to help tidy up again afterwards.  We therefore need someone to pop along around 9.00pm to help clear the hall.  We have 40 players signed on.  It would be nice to think one of you could find the time.


You may remember I wrote to all Notley players asking if some of you could be at the club on the evenings when it’s being used for the league cup finals.  I was disappointed that I only had one offer to help out last week – thank you Gordon – so I hope one or more of you will be able to get there next week to help out.  The handicap cup final is being held on Tuesday (May 22).  I am away on holiday and it would not look good is no one is there to represent the club and help to find the equipment, set up the room etc.  You need not stay all evening although it would be ideal if someone is there at 7.00 and someone else could pop in at, say, 9.00 to help tidy up.

All offers welcome