Somerset Badminton History
This page will have a brief history of Somerset Badminton, focussing on those people that have contributed greatly over the years. For details of winners/ county players etc please go to the relevant archive pages. If you have anything to add or amend to this page please email James Elkin.
In 1974 the County of Somerset had its boundary changed in the North from being the River Avon, to an imaginary line between Weston Super mare and Burnham on Sea. The county of Avon was created, which included the three largest populations within old Somerset - Bristol,Bath and Weston.
Badminton wise, the County changed its name to Avon and Somerset, and stayed as a major force within English badminton. However, the base was Bristol, and players in the new Somerset county in the south found themselves marginalised and poorly represented at county level.
Therefore in 1987 a group led by Mike Sertin decided to create a separate County Badminton Association (SCBA), thereby splitting from Avon. Players from Somerset that were representing the old county set up had the choice of continuing to play for Avon, or changing to the new Somerset. Players having to make that decision included Andy Bee, Pete Rowland, Martin Baxter and Launa Dufty.
The Somerset Schools Badminton Association (SSBA) were a separate entity, until 2007 when the two committees agreed to become one. The SCBA and SSBA became the Somerset Badminton Association - responsible for all badminton within the county.
Committee posts - Somerset County Badminton Association
Chairman: 1987 - 2007 Mike Sertin, 2007 - 2010 Judy Watson, 2010 - 11 - James Elkin, 2011 - present Richard Hardiman
Secretary: 1987 - 1992 Carol Platt, 1992 - 1994 Olive Wyatt, 1994 - 1999 Wendy Rowland, 2007 - 2010 Philippa Plummer, 2010 - present Neil Robson
Treasurer: 1987 - 2000 Brian Daw, 2000 -present - Launa Dufty (Eyles).
Match Secretary : 1987 - 1996 Martin Baxter, 1996 - present James Elkin
County veterans Coordinator: 1994 - 1996 Charlie Page ,1996 - 1997 R Fisher, 1997 -2000 Barbara Bridges, 2000 - 2003 John Bament, 2003 - 2005 Martin Gossage, 2005 - 2009 Jane Lipton, 2009 -present Stuart Pilkington
Affiliation secretary - 2000 - 2010 Andy Bentley, 2010 - present - Janet Coates.