Mr L A Beech

It is with regret that we announce the sad news that Mr L A Beech, co-founder of the BHDBL, passed away on the 29th of September 2019 aged 97.

This is Leonard’s story:-

In November 1943, a group of representatives from local clubs interested in badminton held a meeting to form matches against each other in the area. There were 9 clubs interested and the teams and matches were organised.  He then formed a club called Sandringham in 1945 and became secretary of that club.

In 1957 he became Treasurer of the BHDBL and then Secretary in 1966. Whilst being Secretary they held the league committee meetings from his house and also helped run the annual League tournaments. He became Chairperson of the League in 1974 until 2013 when he retired after 70 years of voluntary work on the BHDBL committee.

In memory of Leonard, the present League Officers and committee decided to honour his services within the league with a £100 donation to the Alzheimer’s Research UK, as sadly Leonard became ill and developed dementia in his later years.

MR S C BEECH
BHDBL CHAIRPERSON