TABLE TENNIS: Gilbert given special award

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THE Spalding and District League held its Annual General Meeting and presentations last week.

Twenty-three attended which, with a few apologies, represented about two-thirds of the membership.

The presentations for the winners of the team and individual events covered a similar spread of players, though not all were able to receive their trophy.

In his final address before stepping down, outgoing league chairman John Gilbert highlighted the loss of players and the continuing search for new entries to keep the league buoyant.

He thanked the members and the committee for their help and support during his tenure and looked forward to continuing taking part, albeit in a lesser role.

The treasurer pointed out that, although the league’s finances managed to stay on the right side of the line, this was in no small part due to sponsorship from Magellan Solutions and the handbook advertisers and cup sponsors.

He added that while the League have overall sponsorship for the new season, there is still an opportunity to sponsor particular events.

He also highlighted the difference between the increase in visitors during the last season and the drop off in summer attendances that have only recently covered expenses.

Looking to fulfil the chairman’s call to find new players the treasurer pointed to articles in the Simply Spalding and Simplu Holbeach magazines and the distribution of flyers, as well as the continued publicity from the Lincolnshire Free Press.

Members were called on to support the league’s free ‘Join in Local Sports’ session from 1pm-6pm this Saturday too.

At the end of the evening, Paddy Palgrave accepted the post of chairman and Clive Shardlow became vice chair in Palgrave’s place. All other posts were re-elected.

The final item of the evening was a presentation on behalf of the league by Jean White, the president, to Gilbert in recognition of his service and a vote of thanks to the committee.