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Kingsdown Parking


From Saturday 15th June visitors to Kingsdown Sports Centre using the centre's car parks must register their car registrations on an iPad in the sports centre as soon as they arrive and every time they visit. This entitles one to four hours parking but no more, so if a visit extends beyond four hours the car must be moved beforehand. This is all remotely controlled, the sports centre staff have no control over the workings of the system nor can they be involved in any potential appeals. 

Bobby Jones 14.8.1926 - 11.4.2019


Sadly Bobby died on 11th April and her funeral was on 30th April 2019 at Hereford Crematorium.

Bobby started playing badminton outdoors at 10 years of age in Calcutta, India.  

She won the junior club ladies singles and doubles for 6 years running and was then promoted to the seniors at 16 years old where she won the senior club ladies singles 3 years running, and also played in the senior league 1st team from 16 years of age.

Her family then moved to England in 1948 and she joined Bristol and District Badminton Club where she met Keith (her future husband) in 1949 and they played for Gloucester County 1st team from 1954 to 61.  

They moved to Cleeve in Somerset and Bobby then played for Somerset County 1st team from 1962 to 76. She appeared for Gloucester County 1st team 48 times and Somerset County 1st team 87 times.

She was an All England Vets mixed doubles winner with Ken Stott in 1976 and ladies doubles winner with Eileen Pattison in 1976 and 77.  

She also represented Avon vets many times as well as belonging to both Parkside and Beaufort Clubs during her long playing career. 

I’m sure that there are many badminton players who will remember Bobby with affection and humour. She was a great character and one of a kind.

Pat Dyer

Level 1 Referees Course


This course serves as the baseline of understanding for all new referees wanting to be involved on the Badminton England Circuit. The fundamental understanding of the Rules and Regulations, as well as an appreciation of the roles and relationships encountered within the role of Referee. 

The on-site training will provide the necessary skills to be able to perform the role of the referee at various events - to be assigned by Badminton England. Upon completion of the course, you are enlisted onto the Badminton England Referee's Register and are supported through the Referee Development pathway to be able to Referee at higher levels of competition.

DATE: Saturday 22nd June 2019

TIME: 10.30am – 5.00pm

COST: £10 per person (paid via online booking)

VENUE: UWE Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY (Directions and parking details will be circulated prior to event)

BOOKING: To book your place please follow this link:

Disability Coaching Workshop 

Event Details

As part of Badminton England’s investment into coaches and supporting their development, we are inviting all members of our Coach Accreditation Scheme* to attend this workshop free of charge! So why not come along and discover how you can deliver engaging sessions to disabled participants. Please click here to book your place now!

*All learners must be age 16 or over and hold a badminton coaching qualification.

This workshop aims to develop coaches’ knowledge, awareness and confidence to deliver badminton sessions to a range of disabled participants. You will cover:


Understanding movement and hitting for wheelchair badminton.

Understanding the implications for coaching badminton to disabled participants with standing lower impairments.

Understanding the implications for coaching badminton to disabled participants with standing upper impairments.

Understanding the implications for coaching badminton to short stature participants.


Date & Time:

Monday 10th June 10.00am – 1.00pm


University of Bristol Sports Hall, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TP

What to bring with you

Please come prepared to be active on court for the duration of the workshop. Therefore, suitable sports attire and a badminton racket is required. Please also bring a note pad and pen or tablets/ smartphones if you wish to take notes/ capture the workshop to take away with you.

TO BOOK – Please click here


Beaufort Centenary 2019

Beaufort Badminton Club is celebrating it's centenary this year having been founded in 1919! The photos reflect our three adult and one junior sections. So far the club has produced centenary t-shirts for their members with a competition to find a logo for them. An open tournament for members and those from other local clubs was held in April. Furthermore, a centenary dinner was held in May, with over 80 guests including former members and committee members. The club is a major local contributor to Avon County and Badminton England through the affiliation fees it collects from all its members.     


Masters' Inter County Championship (League) National Finals


This season two of Avon’s Masters' teams won their South West Leagues, with both the over 65s and over 70s teams unbeaten and qualifying to play at the National finals, this year played in Wolverhampton.


Avon 65s team of Derek Simmons, Mike Cox, Colin Lawry, Cathy Alexander, Penny Shears and Dot Barrett were paired against a strong Lancashire team for Saturday’s semi-final, Avon’s men’s pairings put up a good fight but lost all 3 rubbers, the ladies fared slightly better with Cathy and Penny losing their first game 23-21 but not able to maintain that standard and losing the second game 21-11, then Cathy with Dot had 2 close games but the deciding third was a brilliant 21-5. Sadly this was the only win, although 3 rubbers went to deciders including Penny and Dot only losing 21-19 in the 3rd and Penny with Derek losing 21-11 in 3rd. Mike and Cathy finished the day with another near miss but went down in two 23-21, 24-22. The final score was 8-1 to Lancashire and Avon will go to the 3rd/ 4th match on Sunday.


Sunday’s match against Leicester was another closely fought contest. This time Derek and Mike took their men’s rubber 22-20, 21-18. The ladies did even better taking all 3 rubbers so going into the mixed 4-2 up. Derek and Penny went to 3 but lost 21-19 in 3rd, Colin and Dot lost 21-14 and 23-21, and then all depended on last mixed match with Mike and Cathy winning comfortably 21-12, 21-14 to clinch 3rd place for the team 5-4.

Over 65s team

Avon over 70s were represented by Bob Hammersley, Zia Haque and Dave Offer, with Bob having stepped in for an injured Colin Hunt at the last minute, and Joanna Elson, Val O’Neill and Linda Pasley. They were faced with Kent in their semi-final who had not lost a men’s game all season and losing only 2 rubbers in the South East region. Avon lost all 3 men’s, won all 3 ladies and then lost the 3 mixed with the match score 6-3 to Kent they knew they would also be in the 3rd/ 4th game on Sunday and would face Lancashire.

The Sunday match was another close contest and started well with Bob and Zia winning their first rubber 21-19 in 3rd, unfortunately, the only men’s games won. The ladies went to 3 in all 3 rubbers with Joanna and Val and Joanna and Linda winning but Val and Linda losing 21-14 in 3rd. At 3-3 after men’s and ladies a win might still be possible but all 3 mixed were won by Lancashire and the final result was again a 6-3 loss and 4th place.

 Over 70s team

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