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Hampshire President dies after a long illness

It is with the greatest sadness that we have to report the death of our very popular President Trevor Shanks. He has suffered from various illness and accidents over the greater part of his 5 year presidency, but has always come back cheerful and determined to do his job. But not this time. He died in Basingstoke on 1 August 2017.

His wife and family have created this obituary:

"Samuel Trevor Shanks was born in Belfast on 29th September 1930.  He was educated at the Belfast Boys Model School. He then attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution 1943-1950 and remained a proud member of the Old Instonians Association all his life, attending annual dinners in Belfast and London for a number of years.

He worked in Mackie’s foundry testing a new loom until 1959 when he joined BOCM Silcock on the York Road, Belfast.  Trevor worked there until 1982, when he moved to Basingstoke Head Office.  He worked there until he retired in the late 80s.  

Trevor met Jean McCafferty whilst working at Mackie’s Foundry.  Jean was the cousin of Trevor’s friend Sam McCausland and she had no interest in him, or so she says, until 1956 when they decided that they liked each other enough to start dating.  Trevor and Jean married on 8th July 1959.  They had two daughters, Helen (1964) and Carole (1967).  Starting in 1994 Helen and Carole made him the proudest of grandas with the arrival of six grandsons, currently ranging from 13 to 22 years old.

Trevor was always a keen sportsman, playing squash, badminton, tennis and table tennis.  He was a good club level player and began playing tennis at Cliftonville Tennis Club in Belfast, where he won the club singles tournament every year from 1952 to 1971.  He then moved to CIYMS.  Upon moving to Basingstoke he played for Oakley Tennis Club and became a Vice-President of the club.  He played for Oakley until his first hip replacement in 1998 at the age of 67.  He continued beating his grandchildren at any sport well into his 70s…

He played badminton for Eglinton and Malone Presbyterian until his move to Basingstoke where he played for BOCM and Sun Life Clubs.  He was secretary of Basingstoke Badminton League from 1986 – 2008.  He also received the Basingstoke Sports award for services to sport in 1996 and 2003 and was runner up in 1997.  Trevor was manager of the Hampshire Badminton first team for many years and served as President of Hampshire Badminton Association from 2010 until his recent passing.  Even whilst in hospital he was re-elected in June 2017 for the final time.

During the 70s & 80s Trevor also organised the Ulster and Irish open tournaments in Badminton and Tennis.  He was pleased to be asked to return to Belfast in 1987 to referee the Helvetia Cup. 

Trevor was treasurer of Oakley Community Care Group from 2008, as well as being a coordinator with Jean from 2002 until his passing.  He was Treasurer of the Basingstoke branch of Cancer Research for 21 years. In recognition of his voluntary service to older people, he was awarded a Hampshire Good Neighbour Award in 2012.

He is survived by his two daughters, Helen and Carole, his six grandsons, Matthew, Adam, Finn, Aidan, Cian and Rian and most importantly his wife Jean.  Jean has looked after Trevor through his various ailments and illnesses and has been a strong, yet often talkative, rock throughout his long life.  Trevor’s love for Jaffa Cakes and biscuits was second only to his love for Jean.

Trevor will be remembered as someone who always had a positive outlook on life & a great sense of humour.  During the legendary Cliftonville Tennis Club teas in the 50s & 60s, he is still remembered fondly for going round to collect the tea money from everyone at the table telling jokes as he went.  At any Badminton match, Trevor could never sit down and relax and always paced around with the tension of the match while Jean watched him like a hawk, keeping him out of trouble.

 He will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and the wealth of people he has met throughout his life." And so say all of us,

Trevor's funeral will take place on Friday 11th August at 0930 at Basingstoke CrematoriumManor Farm, Stockbridge Rd, North Waltham RG25 2BA & afterwards at Dummer Golf Club, Down St, Basingstoke RG25 2AD.

Please wear bright clothing if possible.

Family flowers only but donations may be sent in his memory to St Michael's Hospice, c/o Spencer & Peyton, 380 Worting Road, Basingstoke RG22 5DZ.

Please would you let helenwoods44@hotmail.co.uk know if you will be joining us at Dummer Golf Club.

Hampshire Junior Championships 2017

These events will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. To download an entry form please go to the Juniors page.

New Hampshire Badminton Secretary

Hazel Marks has been Secretary for Hampshire Badminton for the last 19 years. She has decided, with some misgivings, that the time has come to retire and leave the way clear for someone with younger and fresher ideas to take over. That someone is Paul Jackson, a member of Notorious BC and father of Alex, one of our most promising junior players. Paul can be reached on pauljackson@westgatebadmintoncentre.org or on 07454 440046.

Hampshire Senior Restricted Tournament

This event will take place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September 2017. To download and Entry Form please click here.

Hampshire and Southampton ex-Coach dies suddenly

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of John Biggs who passed away suddenly on 8 May 2017. John had been a long-time Coach at the Crofton Badminton Club and saw several of his young prodigies go on to play for Hampshire. He was for a time Chairman of the Junior Section of the Association. His funeral will take place at the Southampton Crematorium at 10.15 am on Monday 22nd May 2017. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Hampshire Senior Gold Tournament

This event took place on 6/7 May 2017 at the Westgate Badminton Centre, Winchester. For full results please click here.

Havant Hornets Junior Tournament

This popular event will take place again this year on Sunday 14 May at Havant Leisure Centre. Please go to the Juniors page for information about the tournament and to download an entry form.

Kieran Dix

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you of the death of Kieran Dix, following a catastrophic accident. Kieran, brother of Jo, was a member of St. Denys Badminton Club and a sometime Officer of Hampshire Badminton Association. Unfortunately his playing career had been seriously curtailed by several persistent injuries of late. On behalf of the Association I would like to say that we are thinking of Jo and of their family and friends at this very sad time.

Kieran's funeral will take place at the Wessex Vale Crematorium on Friday 24th February at 2.30 pm. By special request by the family, please do not wear black. Saints shirts, cycling tops or badminton gear will be very welcome.

Kathie Adams, Hampshire Badminton Vice-President

We are sad to announce the news of the death of Kathie Adams, one of our longest serving Vice-Presidents. She developed liver cancer which was diagnosed not long ago and died in a hospice in the New Forest on 15 December. Her funeral will be held at the Southampton Crematorium East at 12.30 on Wednesday 4 January 2017. Our thoughts are with husband Mike and children Sally and Neil. There are no more details at this time.

Hampshire Junior Restricted Championships 2016-17

These events will take place at the Westgate Badminton Centre on Saturday and Sunday 24/25 September 2016. To download an entry form please go to the Juniors page.

Hampshire Senior Gold Tournament 2015

This event took place at the Westgate Badminton Centre on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November. There was a good entry in the Men's Singles, but a rather disappointing turnout for the other events.

Congratulations to Sarah Burgess and Kelly Holdway on winning the Women's Doubles. The final ended prematurely due to an injury to Laura Baker who, with partner Laura Woodward, had put up a good fight. The score was 21-13 18-10. Ross Green did well to reach the final of the Men's Singles where he met the top seed Joel Douse of Buckinghamshire and pushed him to three games resulting in a score of 20-22 21-9 21-11. In the Men's Doubles, Max Flynn, with partner David Jones of Berkshire, started from an unseeded position and reached the final without dropping a set. There they beat top seeds Jonathan McDonald (Wiltshire) and Andrew Wainwright (Warwickshire) in three sets 17-21 24-22 21-18. Well done to them too. In the Mixed Doubles, Adam Rickenbach and Laura Woodward, in her second final of the day, justified their 2nd seed status by reaching the final but found Zach Russ and Wun Yang Huang of Sussex too strong for them at the end of a very busy weekend and went down to a 21-15 21-16 defeat. All the Hampshire players played really well.

For a full set of results, please go to the Seniors page.

Hampshire Senior Restricted Tournament 2015

This event took place at the Westgate Badminton Centre on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September. There was a reasonable entry and a lot of very competitive matches. The Finals were as follows:

Men's Singles: Ben Muir beat Adam Rickenbach 21-9 21-9

Men's Singles Plate: Matt Showan beat Brodie Grubb 21-6 21-10

Women's Singles: Ira Banerjee beat Anna Showan 21-17 21-19

Women's Singles Plate Leanne Debenham beat Persia Keens 21-8 18-21 21-12

Men's Doubles: Mark Newbery/Adam Rickenbach beat Max Flynn/Graham Hurrell 21-23 21-19 21-16

Women's Doubles: Ira Banerjee/Sarah Burgess beat Kelly Holdway/Kat Hurrell 21-16 19-21 21-19

Mixed Doubles Kelly Holdway/Max Flynn beat Viki Williams/Graham Hurrell 15-21 22-20 22-20

For a full set of results, please go to the Seniors page.

Hampshire Junior Restricted Championships 2015-16

These events took place at the Westgate Badminton Centre on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September. This was the first time the Westgate Team had run the events and they  were all a great success with lots of very competitive badminton. For a full list of Winners and Runners-up please go to the Juniors page.

Hampshire Senior Silver Singles Tournament 2015

This event took place at the Westgate Badminton Centre on Saturday 22 August. There were 43 Men entrants but only 11 Ladies. Hampshire was represented in the Men's by Jonathan Avery, Matt Showan, Tom Frisby, Craig Muir and Ben Muir. Matt went into the Consolation (Plate) event and was given byes through to the semi-final where he lost to the eventual runner-up, Andrezej Gasz 21-11 21-12. Jonathan and Tom also lost their first matches, but chose not to play in the Consolation event. Craig and Ben, having both won their first round matches in straight sets, were drawn against each other in the next round. Big brother Ben won the match 21-5 21-12 and went on to reach his appointed place as 2nd Seed in the final. There he met Joel Douse and, after losing the first set 21-13, was fighting back, when he wrenched his ankle badly and was forced to conceded the match. A disappointing end for Ben - we wish him a speedy recovery.

Hampshire was represented by Jo Dix and Anna Showan in the Ladies'. Both won their first round matches, Anna by beating Sarah Preece from Devon by 25-23 21-10, and Jo by outclassing Sarah's sister Hannah Preece by 21-19 21-5. Anna then met 2nd Seed Paige Butler and went down in a hard fought match by 21-15 19-21 21-13 while Jo, who was Seeded at 1, unexpectedly lost to young Lucy Dong by 21-18 21-17 in the semi-final. A good tournament, but a disappointing day for the Hampshire players.

For full results please go to the Seniors page.

Hampshire Open Senior Gold 2014-15

Congratulations to Viki Williams and Ira Banerjee for winning a title each at this prestigious event. Ira, with partner Jessica Hopton of Avon, won the Women's Doubles beating Viki, playing with Jennifer Moore of Cheshire, 21-19 22-24 21--18 in the Final. Not to be outdone, Viki, this time in the Mixed Doubles and playing with Ollie Baczala of Dorset, won her title beating the top seeds Greg Mairs and Jennifer Moore of Cheshire 21-19 13-21 22-20. For a full set of results please go to the Seniors page. 


to Hampshire as part of his tour of the County Associations in 2015. He will lead a Question and Answer Session at the Westgate Badminton Centre, Winchester on Wednesday 6 May at 7.00 pm. Make a note of this date in your diary - and look out for further details nearer the time.

Brenda Teasdale

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Brenda Teasdale, wife of René who was a Vice-President of Hampshire Badminton, and mother of Ian, an ex-County player. Brenda had been ailing for some time. Our thoughts are with her family at this time. Her funeral will be held at the Portchester Crematorium, Fareham, PO16 8NE on Monday 15 December at 12.00 noon.

Hampshire Junior Restricted Tournaments 2015

These events will take place at the Westgate Badminton Centre on Saturday 17 January 2015 for U11 and U15 players and on Sunday 18 January 2015 for U13 and U17 players. You can download Entry Forms from the Juniors page.

Hampshire Masters Silver Tournament 2015

This event will take place at the Westgate Badminton Centre, Winchester, on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February 2015. To down load an Entry Form please go to the Masters page.


This event will take place at the Westgate Badminton Centre, Winchester, on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2014. Please go to the Seniors page to download an Entry Form

Hampshire Masters News Letter 2014-15

This can now be downloaded from the Masters page - all you need to know for the coming season.