Darlington & District Badminton League

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2014 Once again, with great sadness, we announce the death of a former player and committee member, George Mawson.

George’s first involvement with the league goes back to the mid 70’s, when he represented Bishop Auckland in the Mixed Doubles “A” Division and was a key member of the St. John’s Men’s team, who won that league for 7 consecutive seasons following their entry in the 1974/75 season. He later played for Central Mixed, along with his wife Eileen.

George also had a good record in the Handicapped Tournaments, he won the Men’s Doubles with Alan Cole in 1974/75, the Vet’s with Jean Tate, 3 times from 1980 to 83 and the Super Vet’s with the late Nina Brown in 1991/92.

He was a very active member of the League committee, joining in the 1978/79 season and serving through until 1999. Shortly after this he was voted in as a Vice-President.

Also, he had a long involvement with the Durham County Badminton Association, having been elected to the committee in the early 80’s, he later became Chairman, a post he spent several seasons fulfilling until he resigned from the post and the committee in 2002. He was also a qualified umpire and performed at local, national and international levels over many seasons.

George leaves behind, wife Eileen, son Richard and daughter Nicola, who all have played in the past for several teams in the league.

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June 2011 - On behalf of the League Committee congratulations to Philip Boyle of Hummersknott Badminton Club on his recent MBE, these words from League Vice President Brian Dobinson

Philip joined Hummersknott School over 36 years ago as a science teacher and within the first year of his teaching he started looking after the school badminton team, leading them to the National finals. Philip often says if they hadn’t been a successful team, then badminton may not have become such a huge part of his life. That said, Philip is not one for wanting success – he is quite happy for the children to partake in the sport, enjoy it and play to the best of their ability.

I would expect that over 1000 players have now played in Philip’s badminton club – many of them going onto national finals [to date he has taken 36 teams to national finals] , a great number playing at county level and many of them playing in the Darlington & District Badminton League.

Philip’s school badminton trips are renowned world wide – I’ve lost count of the number of countries visited, but it must be nearly 20 by now – in fact he has just returned from Iceland on the latest tour. A recent trip involved playing on three different continents in a week! The main reason for the success of these trips is the fact that Philip and his wife, Bridget, always do a pre visit trip to check out hotels and sports halls and availability of shops and things to do – all at their own expense!!

I could go on and on, but I suspect from the brief résumé above, you realise why Philip is so deserving of his MBE – well done Philip!

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Feb 2010 - It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of one of our Vice Presidents and a previous Chairman, Harry Walker. 

Harry has been associated with the league for many years and filled the position of Chairman for over 20 years until he stood down in the year 2000, when he was then made a Vice President. Even in this role, for several years, he still made the effort to attend tournaments, secretaries meetings and the AGM’s, until ill-health prevented this. 

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Feb 2010 - It is once again with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our former President Ken Dobinson.

Ken has been associated with the league since it’s foundation around 1950 and filled the position of President  for over 20 years until he stood down last year because of ill-health. In his role as President he was very much “hands on” and very rarely missed a tournament/finals night and was always happy to do the presentation of the awards, He was always present at the secretaries meetings and the AGM’s and would offer his experience and advice on many issues that arose. Also, up until recent years (until the music got too loud for him), he was a regular attendee of the Annual Presentation Night, where he would play an active part in the raffle draw and presentation of the trophies.