Play table tennis in Cowley

Cowley Table Tennis has two sessions per week: an All-comers social table tennis session on Wednesday evenings 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm (under 16s welcome until 9pm if accompanied by an adult), and an Over-55s social table tennis session on Thursday mornings 9.30 am – 11.30 am. No need to book, just turn up! See our Table Tennis Sessions page for details.

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Venue update and an important meeting

Our venue, Temple Cowley United Reformed Church, is being sold. We hope that the new owners will improve facilities and keep it affordable for community uses including table tennis. There will be a time gap of several months between the end of October and a sale being finalised, but the current owners have agreed that we and other major users can continue to use the building during this period.

So Wednesday evening and Thursday morning social sessions will continue for at least six months, provided we have a few more volunteers to run them. Please look at what’s required and consider if you can help. More time slots are available for table tennis during this period, if someone wishes to organise it.

Longer-term

In order to agree a new contract for table tennis use with the new owners, we will need a sustainable future plan and a small team to take it forward. If you’d like to grow table tennis in Cowley beyond our regular social sessions, come to a meeting at the church at 7.30 pm  next Wednesday 1st November to discuss views, ideas and plans.

If you haven’t yet completed this this very short survey, please do so before the meeting next Wednesday. It gives us very useful information about what people want for table tennis in Cowley.

Any questions, contact me, Anne Borrowdale, at Cowley Table Tennis.

Change on the horizon

The church building is being sold, and the current congregation has its final service there on 5th November. We hope that the new owners will support table tennis along with other community uses of the building. We also hope that arrangements can be made to keep table tennis going during any time gap between the church congregation closing and the new owners taking over. However currently we can only guarantee sessions until the end of October.

Updates here as we get them.

Summer table tennis in Oxford

Ping! returns to Oxford this summer, with free table tennis at a Pop-up Ping Pong Parlour at Oxford University Rugby Club in August:PPP 2017 small

  • Monday 7th to Friday 11th August 11am – 6pm
  • Monday 14th to Friday 18th August 11am – 6pm
  • Monday 21st to Friday 25th August 11am – 6pm

You can also find table tennis tables and activities at various events around the city. Drop in for a game and show your support for table tennis.

Changes to over-50s Thursday mornings

1. Name change to “Over-55s”
Thursday mornings will be for Over-55s rather than Over-50s from now on, to bring us into line with other similar sessions in the area. BUT this applies only to new players. Current players aged 50-54 can carry on, no questions asked!

2. Extended hours 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
From this week, we’ll open for 3 hours on Thursday mornings, but limit players to no more than 2 hours. New/less experienced players are encouraged to start 9.30/10 a.m. and more experienced/league-standard players to start 10.30/11 am.

This should offer a more comfortable space for beginners to join and for experienced players to play challenging matches, while keeping opportunities for everyone to play each other at both singles and doubles. And socialise over tea and biscuits of course – from 10.30 on!