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BADMINTON CLUB

by Penny Housley

1974 AGM abruptly ended at 10pm due to fuel restrictions!
1975 Membership of the King's Buildings (a requirement for using the badminton courts) has gone up to £1 p.a. Membership fee in 2003 = £27.50!

1976 Mrs Peggy Gallagher retires after 50 years association with the Club.

1982 Club changes to using plastic shuttles - improving bank balance, cost is £8.40 instead of £22.20.

1998 Refurbishment of King's Buildings House courts - played for 2 years at Meadowbank Stadium.

1999 Copper shuttle now awarded to the 3rd place player in the annual tournament.

2003 Jo Knox retired after 40 years membership. June Oliver has now won the Ashworth Trophy 17 times since 1971!

In 1970 a club member, Mollie George, left Edinburgh to go and live in South Africa. She was particularly appreciative of the happy times she had had playing badminton, during a personally difficult time in her life. As a token of thanks, she took the shuttle that was used during her last tournament and had it immortalised in copper. She then presented it to the club to be given to the plucky loser in the next tournament. This copper shuttle has recently been mounted on a wooden plinth by Bob Galloway, husband of one of the members.

It was the custom for the Club to hold their annual dinner in the University Staff Club. This became expensive and so it was decided to hold this event in the Club flat, with members doing the catering and a charge of £2.50.

Former members were invited as guests, and eventually in 1986 too many "guests" attended and thereafter it has been held in a local restaurant.

Otherwise, the Club continues with more or less the same schedule that has been in place for about 70 years, i.e. playing from October to April in King's Buildings House, and holding a tournament in winter. In recent years the format of the tournament has changed and from 2006 the outright winner will have their name engraved on the Ashworth Trophy with the runner up winning the second trophy.



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