League Suspended

The Officers and Committee of the BHDBL have decided, with regret, that due to current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the season will finish on the 20th March 2020.

Matches not played will be void and the final tables will not include void matches.

We are working through the complexities of the impact on promotion and relegation in some divisions where the title has not already been decided.  We will take this into account when we form the divisions next season and advise clubs accordingly.

The committee would like to apologise once again and thank all clubs and members for their understanding.  We hope everyone stays safe and is fit and well to start again in September.

Match Secretary Vacancy 2020

To All Club Secretaries

Can you please let all your members know about an upcoming vacancy for the League Match Secretary’s role.

Our current League Match Secretary, Kiran, is stepping down at the end of the season for personal reasons. Therefore we have a vacancy for a new League Match Secretary to get involved in the Barking Havering and District Badminton League.  All applicants must me a member, be proposed & seconded and nomination sent by email to me by the 30th April 2020.

Yours Sincerely

Mr S C Beech

BHDBL Chairperson

Coronavirus Precautions

As you are aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently in the news and the threat to the UK is low to moderate.  Therefore, we want to do our bit to minimise any chance of spreading it.

We are asking that, when matches are completed, players lightly touch rackets with the opponents rather than shaking hands. This action is being taken across a number of sports in this country and many others around the world. We ask that you help to implement this after BHDBL matches and ask that it be implemented on your club’s usual night as well.

We are proposing to keep this action in place until the end of the season, or until there is news that the virus has been contained.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

From everyone on the league committee, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2020.

BHDBL Committee

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

2019-2020 Season Gets Underway

The 2019-2020 season has now officially started and we look forward to another season of close competitive matches, competitive divisions and most importantly – great badminton!

This season we would like to welcome East Thurrock and OPBC to the league.  I’m sure all of the clubs who play against them will make them feel welcome and help them out with scorecards, rules, etc., if they are unsure.

Please remember there were some clarifications and amendments to the rules this season.  To recap:-

  • Shuttles & Light Refreshments – Shall be provided by the home club. All League matches shall be played with feathered shuttles. Light refreshments are to be provided by the home club and should be of a reasonable standard (e.g., tea, coffee, water, squash and biscuits).
  • Promotion and Relegation – this season there will be 2 teams being promoted and 2 teams being relegated from each division.

As always, if you have got any questions, please contact the League Committee whose details are on the Contact Us page.

The League Committee would like to wish all clubs and players the very best of luck this season!

2019-2020 Club Registration

If your club would like to register to enter the 2019-2020 BHDBL season, please make sure the correct form (click here) is completed and returned by Wednesday 31st July 2019.  The form is available from the Download page so please make sure it’s completed and returned on time otherwise you’ll not be able to take part.

Please note: this is not to register players, it’s merely to register the club’s entry in the league.

BHDBL 75th Anniversary Celebrations

A big thank you to everyone who turned up to the BDHBL 75th Anniversary celebrations at the weekend.  It’s a great event to meet members of other clubs in a social setting who are all part of the BHDBL family of clubs.

Big thanks to the BHDBL committee for organising the night and making sure things ran smoothly.  It’s marked the end of a great season and we now look forward to a summer break and then back for the new season in September!

Emerson Eagles Special Event

Emerson Eagles BC are hosting an event for all club’s to attend on Wednesday 3rd July at Emerson Park School, Wychelm Road, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 3AD between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

There’s an opportunity to watch England’s Sam Parsons and his brother, Warwickshire coach and player, Ryan Parsons in an exhibition game.  There will be other matches plus a chance to play a few points against them. They will be bringing all their kit from this season to sell off, at much reduced prices, in readiness for the new season’s designs being released. Players are allowed to try rackets if they are interested in buying them. There is no cost to attend and no obligation to buy unless you can’t resist a bargain!!