Message from President, Swaythling Club

by Eberhard Schöler, President Swaythling Club International At a recent meeting of the Executive Committee held via Skype the subject of an Annual General Meeting (AGM) was discussed. We are very conscious that according to our constitution we should have had an AGM at the World Championships in Busan during 2020, but as you all know this was not possible as the event was cancelled amidst the Covid pandemic. It was then planned to have the AGM in Busan in 2021 on the rearranged dates, but again this was not possible. The Executive Committee would like to hold the AGM in 2021, with elections, but at the time of writing await an announcement from the ITTF as to when and where the World Championships might take place.  If this again proves impossible we will look to

Courting controversy but a true sporting personality, we remember Chester Barnes.

Chester Barnes, the racket his trademark by Diane Webb & Ian Marshall England international, Chester Barnes passed away on Thursday 18th March; born on Monday 27th January 1947 in Forest Gate, east London, he was 74 years old. He died of a heart attack. Always known as Chester but in fact legally George. The legend is that his father suggested “Chester” after the entertainer, Charlie Chester, one of the most celebrated comedians, radio and later television presenters of the era; a man who could talk the hind leg off a donkey! Perhaps it suited, Chester Barnes was no mean conversationalist. It was an era when England needed a table tennis star; Diane and Rosalind Rowe, alongside Johnny Leach, being world champions were household names, but