Tuesday, 26 January 2021

 John Tresidder

Sadly we have to report the death of John Tresidder.

Many of you will remember him from his role as Publicity Officer for Cornwall Badminton, or as a mainstay of the organising committee for the Duchy tournaments over many years.

John was one of the most enthusiastic and passionate supporters of badminton in Cornwall you are ever likely to meet. He even named his house ‘Chy badminton’.

I have visions of his singles strategy, running round his forehand in order play what can only be described as an immense backhand. Despite being a big man, he and his mop of hair, were surprisingly agile and he covered the court with relative ease.

Those people within Cornwall badminton who knew John will have many fond memories of him and we send our sympathies and good wishes to his family in these difficult times.

Bob Bell, CCBA Chairman

“JT” (in suit and tie) in his Duchy tournament days over 30 years ago

Sunday, 6 December 2020

 Off we go again!

Training with James Elkin started again following the second lockdown when senior players made a welcome return to the courts in Pool.

James explains

The players worked hard for three hours on their fitness, footwork and gameplay, as James put them through their paces.

Fancy footwork

Selectors impressed behind their masks

Working hard

Thursday, 5 November 2020

National Badminton Museum

The History of the National Badminton Museum

The Badminton Association founded in 1893, later became the Badminton Association of England, then BADMINTON England, had accumulated a considerable amount of Badminton Memorabilia.

The Museum is indebted to Herbert and Betty Scheele, Humphrey Chilton and Heather Nielsen who were the first people to realise the importance of this material to the history of the game.

In 1994 Margaret Cook was invited to become Archivist.

Volunteers realising the importance of recording and preserving badminton’s heritage formed a committee in 2003.

The National Badminton Museum was launched later in that year and was officially opened on September 9th 2003, by Neil Cameron, Chief Executive of the International Badminton Federation now the BWF.

In 2007 the Museum was granted Charity Status. To comply with the Charity Commission regulations the National Badminton Museum is now managed by Trustees. There is also a Working Party of volunteers who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Museum.

The Museum receives no guaranteed income. Some of the display cabinets have been donated, and the purchase of others was assisted by a grant from Milton Keynes Community Foundation.

The Museum now has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of badminton artefacts, archives and memorabilia in the world.

The Museum has an Acquisitions and Disposals committee, basically responsible for accepting and purchasing items into the Museum’s collection.

The National Badminton Museum is supported by BADMINTON England. 

National Badminton Museum website

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Training starts again....


James at work

Cornwall’s senior badminton players got back into training with coach James Elkin on Sunday at last. The players made the best of some difficult court conditions in Pool and enjoyed being back together to practice their skills.

Selectors at work 

The next session is planned for December 6th after the lockdown period. Watch this space for further details!

Players about to work

Thursday, 6 August 2020


Welcome to the 2020-21 Cornwall Badminton Season. We hope you’re ok and staying safe. Please note some early planning about the new season below – which could change depending on government and Badminton England advice - 

Key dates - provisional:

Sat/Sun 10/11th October               Cornwall College Pool            10-6 Restricted Champs

Sun 20th December                             “                    Pool            10-6  Under 21 Champs

Sat/Sun 10/11th April                                               York                     ECC under 21

 Still to be arranged are any practices and the Trials – we will keep you all informed when we can go ahead with all of these.

County Training dates – again provisional:  at Cornwall College Pool Sports Hall TR15 3RD, on Sundays 1pm – 4pm, starting on                                       

November 1st    with James Elkin   

December 13th  with James Elkin

January 31st       with James Elkin

                                                     March 7th           with James Elkin

                  Please attend all of the above so that you can be considered for team selection

Matches: Badminton England are still hoping to complete last season’s matches, on the weekend of November 7th and 8th 2020 for last season’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams – we should hear in the next few weeks IF this will happen. The 2020/21 season is planned for the following dates –

Saturday 6th February – 2 matches 

Saturday 27th March – 2 matches 

Saturday 17th April – 2 matches 

Sunday 18th April – 1 match 

Fees: we will confirm the fees for matches, training, trials and practices at a later date.

Please let us know asap if you will NOT be available for any of the above.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Selectors if you need any other information.

Team selections will be made before the first matches take place. We are only able to enter two teams for the new season, due to numbers of available players – this will be reviewed each season.

Selectors: Brian Hannibal   01736 740913                                 07770 442800  brianhannibal@hotmail.co.uk

Lorna Riggs         01726 862878                     07775 934679

Sue Cooper         01872 870897                    07840 335734  scooper1964@hotmail.com

Sue Biscoe           01872 242293             07804 584663  bertbiscoe@btinternet.com 

                                   Sam Spencer       07775 338394                                           samspencer365@gmail.com

We would be grateful for help with any of these events – please support your hard-working committee!

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Badminton Season 2020/2021

A guarded welcome to the new 2020/21 season. We hope everyone is keeping fit and well.

We have had our first CCBA committee meeting for some time, although we remain in regular contact with each other and with Badminton England.

The County endorses all the Badminton England recommendations and procedures for individual players, coaches and clubs regarding Covid 19 and all relevant information may be found on the Badminton England website.

It is very evident that although badminton can now be played from 25th July, albeit with a number of restrictions, venues are still difficult to access and many clubs will be unable to start the new season in September.

The CCBA committee have taken the difficult decision to suspend County affiliation fees for this season (good news for you all). Badminton England have reduced their affiliation fees by 25% and these now become due in January. We are aware that clubs may have difficulty in encouraging members to return and recruit new members so we hope that clubs will pass on these significant reductions to their members.

We are awaiting a decision from Badminton England on whether last year’s County tournament will be concluded on November 7th/8th. Next year’s dates are already confirmed and should go ahead as planned. We have reluctantly decided to withdraw our 3rd County team for the coming season owing to difficulty in finding sufficient players and the financial implications.

The County Restricted tournament is still scheduled to be played on the 10th/11th October. Clearly we are bound by Government advice and BE guidelines so we are unsure at this stage how we might operate the tournament and the format it is likely to take.

The good news is that the James Elkin Training sessions will go ahead, the first one on 1st November, although numbers will be restricted, so reserve your place early.

In these unprecedented times I’m sure you are all clamouring to return to the game we love to play. We hope you have a successful and rewarding season.

Best wishes to you all.

Bob Bell 

For and behalf of the CCBA committee

Saturday, 2 May 2020


We trust that you are all keeping fit and staying safe.

We would need a crystal ball to predict the future for badminton in the coming season.

It is however reassuring that Badminton England are doing a really good job despite the difficult circumstances.

I recommend you log on to the Badminton England website which comprehensively deals with all the ongoing issues, eg. FAQ’s for clubs, coaches and Counties, funding, Government advice as well as a survey for clubs to feedback.

Three of our committee joined the Badminton England Zoom meeting on April 15th along with representatives from many CBA’s. There is another meeting scheduled for 14th May, so if you have a question for Badminton England, please contact a member of our committee who can ensure the question goes straight to the Chief Executive of Badminton England.

The Badminton England Twitter and Facebook links keep players engaged and entertained.

There is also information to come on marketing and re-start plans.

Please note that a provisional date has been arranged for the Cornwall Restricted Tournament, weekend October 10th/11th at Cornwall College, Pool.

A reminder that Badminton England plan to complete the County 2019/20 season with the postponed matches to be played on September 26th/27th.

All Badminton England sanctioned tournaments are currently on hold which therefore applies to the Duchy tournament.

Although the CCBA committee are unable to meet physically, we are in regular contact. If you have any problems or questions concerning badminton, please contact a member of the committee so that we can collectively address the issue.

Please note also that the CCBA AGM will be held as soon as circumstances allow. In the interim the current committee have agreed to remain in post.

Stay fit and safe.

Best wishes,

Bob Bell ( for and behalf of CCBA committee )