Canvey Table Tennis Club Cup

Date unknown

Table Tennis Club cup presented by L.J.Bateman.

In the 1929 and ’33 Kelly’s Directory Bateman Leslie Jas. is listed as having a Newsagents in the High Street. Not on Canvey 1921 census or 1939 Register.

Grateful thanks to Martin Lepley who has supplied us with copies of Bateman’s adverts from 1929. See below

We do have an advert for him from 1949. See below

Unfortunately it still does not tell us when this cup was in use.

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  • Mr BATEMAN first appears in the Electoral Roll in Autumn 1926.

    He rented a Bungalow and Shop from Mr PRICE POWELL which was adjacent to Bond stores.

    By Martin Lepley (07/02/2024)
  • Another interesting discovery which immediately raises the question ‘where was the Table Tennis Club based? My first thought was Whittier Hall, where, on at least 2 evenings in the week the Hall was cleared to accomodate 2 full- size tables and plenty of surrounding space for Essex champion Will Mc Cave (Fred’s brother) to play his amazing defensive game. Others there would have been Dick Crane,his wife Mary (nee McCave), Joey Knight, Brian Thorpe and others whose names I can’t remember.
    The only other location possible might have been the Drill Hall in Runnymede Rd, there certainly would have been enough space there! Perhaps somebody might have recollections of table- tennis tables there.
    My guess is the cup was donated some time in the 50s.

    By Graham Stevens (10/02/2024)
  • I can remember going to play table tennis at in a hall at King George playing field, about 1958.

    By Lin Swanson (12/02/2024)
  • Thanks Lin that is another possible venue.
    When we were discussing this topic at the Library on Saturday I mentioned the Drill Hall and that I didn’t have much knowledge of the interior but someone who would know would be Dave Clayton who was a long serving member of the ATC but I hadn’t seen much of him lately and you and Michael agreed with me.’
    On my way home I met his wife and daughters and naturally asked after him.Sadly his wife told me that he had passed away in September.
    Dave often contributed comments to the Archive and will be sadly missed as a vociferous spokesman for the British Legion( especially concerning the upkeep of the War Memorial at the Paddocks!) We were fellow pupils at Westcliff High School.


    By Graham Stevens (14/02/2024)
  • PS Dave Clayton made his comments using the name’Snowdrop’ as when he did his National Service he was a member of the RAF Police , known as Snowdrops for the white covers on their RAF caps!

    By Graham Stevens (14/02/2024)
  • Sorry to hear the news. RIP Dave.

    By Janet Penn (15/02/2024)

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