History of Holton Table Tennis Club
Local newspaper clipping (October 1977)
The club was founded in 1977 by a handful of
players living in Holton, including Gordon Collett, then
the chairman of the club, who played
at Holton for 27 years before moving to Witney.
Other early members included Terry Talbot (treasurer),
Brian Dobson (secretary) and Frank Johnston.
The club set up home in the new village hall, with just one table to
Back then, membership was just £1.50 for an adult, and members
could play at a club night for the princely sum of 10p per person!
The Autumn of 1978 saw Holton enter its first team in the local
table-tennis league, back in the days when there were 11 divisions
in the Oxford league. Since then, Holton has entered at least one team in
the Oxford league every year.
Oxford Mail clipping (September 2002)
It was soon obvious that with the popularity of the club, more
tables were needed, and so ensued much fundraising: tombolas,
bottle stalls, jumble sales, and some of the players' wives even
did some wedding catering in aid of club funds. Together with
a grant from Oxford County Council, new tables were purchased: 5 in total.
Holton celebrated their 25th anniversary on 12th September 2002, and
marked the occasion with an open evening to attract new players, which
also featured exhibition matches from some of Oxfordshire's leading players.
Oxford Mail clipping (April 2006)
The Handicap Shield is a yearly competition within the local
Oxford & District league, and in Autumn 2005, Holton made a
fine start by beating Vikings A (a Division 1 side), for the
second successive year running. This time they managed to take
it all the way, beating Kidlington Forum B in the final.