The finals were played on Thursday 11 May 2017. Thanks to all who supported the tournament. There were 25 entrants and a full viewing balcony for the finals.

Those who attended were treated to 3 excellent and highly competitive matches.

Main Club Championships: Simon Critchley Club Champion

Simon Critchley 3 bt Neil Howitt 2

Neil took the first game with his usual supply of crisp hitting and volleying like he was trying to smack the dots off the ball. Simon battled well but Neil was too strong and went 1-0 up.

Simon Critchley (left) and Neil Howitt before their match

Fortunes changed in the 2nd and 3rd games and with many long and hard fought rallies and consistently impressive retrieval and some crisp hitting of his own Simon went 2-1 up.

Neil resumed his powerful hitting combined with some nice touch winners to take the 4th and make it 2-2.

Fortunes fluctuated in the 5th and Simon timed his period of dominance perfectly coming up with his own brand of fine finishing to close out the match by winning the final game 15-13.

Thanks to Mike Critchley for marking.

Vets Tournament: Darren Stanton Vets Winner

Darren Stanton 3 bt Ted Cooke 0

Darren Stanton (left) and Ted Cooke before their match

The score line looks very harsh on Ted who as always put in a tremendous shift. 3 very tight games which around the 10 all mark could have gone either way. Darren seemed to find the shots at the right moments.


Well done Darren who became the first person to retain the vets trophy in the modern era.

Thanks to Alex Milne for marking.


Plate Tournament: Rich Tarling Plate Winner

Rich Tarling 3 bt Tim Twardowski 2

The longest and possibly hardest match of the night. Tim needed a quick injury break due to cramp at the end of the 4th. I was surprised either of them could stand let alone play squash after the level of effort put in. Rich took advantage winning the 4th game to make it 2-2 and then took the final game 15-12. Well played Rich.

Congratulations to both players who always looked to play the ball which led to a good spirited game. Virtually no strokes or lets all game. Impressive.

Future Tournament

The next tournament will be the handicap cup in September/October.

Dave Bott


April Newsletter

Hi everyone,

I hope you found the http://cacssa.co.uk/2017/08/09/february-newsletter/ useful, and that you are making the most of your CSSC membership?

This newsletter will cover the following:

  1. Daytrips and taster days that have recently taken place or are due to take place;
  2. CACSSA AGM and nominations for the Management Committee;
  3. CACSSA staff changes;
  4. CSSC Merit Award for Charlie Mills;
  5. Further information on CACSSA Sports clubs.

Daytrips and taster days

I hope you will have seen the following daytrips and taster days advertised via the CSSC newsletter, or on the CSSC website or the CACSSA what’s on page:

Events that have recently taken place from the Gloucestershire area/ or dates for entries that have now closed:

  • Daytrip to London on 12th April (this trip gave individuals the opportunity to use their CSSC membership to gain free entry to London attractions such as the Tower of London – future dates to London will be scheduled).
  • Warner Bros Studio Tour (the making of Harry Potter) – 10 June 2017 (date for entries has now closed).

Future events in/from the Gloucestershire area:

  • Intro to wine, lunch and champagne – Cheltenham (13th May 2017)
  • Go Ape Forest Segway – Forest of Dean (14th May 2017)
  • Go Ape Tree Top Adventure – Forest of Dean (15th July 2017)
  • Horse Racing Stable Tour – Cheltenham (4th November 2017)
  • Yo Sushi School – Cheltenham (date to be confirmed).

These trips can be booked with the Taster Day Events Team.  Also, If you are interested in trying out a new sport, fancy a day out with the family you may wish to look at the national taster day programme.

CACSSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and nominations for the Management Committee

The date of the next CACSSA AGM will be Monday 12th June. The meeting start at 7.30pm at the clubhouse, and it would be lovely to see as many members as possible attending.

We are also looking for nominations for positions on the Management Committee. If you are interested in joining the Management Committee, please email Alan Brown (skepcott1@gmail.com).

CACSSA Staff Changes

Neville Thomas has recently taken over the role of Manager of CACSSA from Hugh Barton. We would like to welcome Neville to the role, and to thank Hugh for the service he provided over the years. We would also like to wish Hugh all the best in his retirement.


We would like to extend our congratulations to Charlie Mills on receipt of his CSSC merit award. The award will be presented to Charlie by a member of the CSSC Head Office Team at the AGM, so come along and give Charlie support.

Further information on CACSSA sporting activities

Ladies Football

Cheltenham Civil Service Ladies Football team are looking for players for the 2017-18 season. They play in the South West Women’s Football League Eastern division on Sunday afternoons. The home pitch is at the Civil Service Club on Tewkesbury Road. Training for the ladies football team will start in July/August. If you are interested in joining the team, or require further information, please contact Ian Churchley on 07723 544355 or Alan Wakefield on 07428 116326.

Cotswold Civil Service Sailing Club

The Cotswold Civil Service Sailing Club organises participation in two races per year (June and September). The Inter Departmental Offshore Regatta(IDOR) which is organised by the Civil Service Sailing Association (CSSA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) invitational regatta.

Each year, there has also been a combined taster day for people that want to try big boat sailing and training for the racing crew (the event usually consists of collecting the yachts from the Hamble at 1600. Then a short sail/motor to Cowes on the first evening where dinner is organised in one of the Cowes yacht clubs. The next day (depending on the weather) a sail in the Solent and anchor for lunch returning to the Hamble by 1600).

Costs are £170/person for five days racing or £70/person long weekend in Hamble

If you are interested in joining the sailing club or require further information, please email  Paul Yabsley (sailing@cacssa.co.uk).

Rugby at CACSSA – Cheltenham Civil Service RFC

The club currently runs four sides, first team competing in the South West Gloucester two division, second team competing in the Gloucester Merit League, the third side is for Vets (over 35) who play about four-five games per season currently. Our fourth side is a ladies team.

The second team is more of a social rugby level and gives opportunity for all levels of playing ability to participate. We have an age range from 18 up to nearly 70 (three guys over 60 currently still playing regularly). first and second teams play most Saturday’s through the season which runs from September to April. The ladies team play on Sunday’s throughout the season. We train twice a week Tuesday/Thursday 7pm till 8:30pm at CACSSA.

Last season our first team won the Cheltenham Combination Minor Cup, the South West Gloucester Division three league cup and promotion to Division two having come second in our league.

Cost for annual membership of the rugby club is £25 for CSSC members, match day subs which contribute to food costs at home games and pitch rent at away games is £5 per match. Social membership is also available but at the same membership cost.

New players whether, experienced, returning to the game or new to rugby are all welcome. If you are interested in joining the team or require further information, please email the CCS RFC – Vice Chairman  Alex Richardson (alexrichardson1@btconnect.com).

Cheltenham Area Civil Service Bowls Club

Cheltenham Area Civil Service Bowls Club has around 20 active members who take part in a variety of events. There’s competition for those who like that sort of thing ranging from our own area events right up to National and Civil Service “International” level. In fact two of our members, Bill Notman & Campbell McColl (both Scots!), represented England at last year’s Civil Service Bowls International at Eastbourne and together with a colleague from Winchester won the British Isles Triples. It isn’t all about competition however and for those who just prefer the social aspect of bowls there is a really good friendly match programme which takes place May through September arranged by the English Civil Service Bowling Association (ECSBA). ECSBA games are generally against other like-minded Associations including Gloucestershire and the Welsh & Scottish Civil Service.

If the idea of playing bowls tickles your fancy but you don’t know where to start, or you’d like to know a bit more about the game, then please either attend come along to the open day on 6th May or get in touch email Campbell McColl (bowls@cacssa.co.uk).

Cricket club

We have three Saturday League sides which play league cricket between May & August inclusive. We also enter a T20 competition on Tuesday Evenings as well as a County Cup competition on Sundays. We have friendly cricket as well as youth sides who play matches on a Friday evening and Sunday morning and play Indoor cricket during the winter, and enter three sides into the local Indoor leagues.

Annual Subscriptions are £30.00 for adults and £10.00 for Juniors/Students. All our members are registered with CSSC . Match fees are £7 per game, but that includes a tea fee which is eaten after the first innings.

On Sunday 19 February the cricket club played Bridgwater in the national indoor competition. We won the cup in 2016 which enabled us to represent Gloucestershire at the national stage.

In terms of success last season;

1st XI – Retained their status in the West of England Premier League in only their 2nd season at this level.

2nd XI – Won promotion into Division four of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League

T20 Competition – We were runners up to Cheltenham CC in a two day final.

Curtis Bennett Competition – We won the national civil service cricket competition for the 3rd year out of four, after scoring a club record score in competitive matches of 330-4 in 40 overs.

Indoor Cricket – Runners up in the cup competition, losing to Stroud in the final off the final ball.

If you are interested in joining the Cricket Club please contact Craig Baker at: 07837344702 or crogins@hotmail.co.uk.


The squash section is open to all standards from beginner to elite. We currently have three teams in the Glos County Squash league and run a monthly box league system where members compete against each other. There are currently six leagues each with four players.

Three tournaments are held throughout the year; the main club championships, a handicap knockout and a doubles tournament. There are also ‘club nights’, where any member can turn up and play in a round robin style format.

Every year in February we arrange a trip to Manchester to watch the professionals show us how it’s done in the National Championships at the squash arena.

It’s £50 per annum to join the squash section and the lights for a 50 minute court session cost £2.

Courts are booked electronically via an interactive website.

If you’d like to join please email duncanbrownlie@sky.com.


The Skittles Club is always interested to see new teams entering the league. Each team comprises 9 players, plus reserves, and matches are played at the clubhouse on Tuesdays & Wednesdays with occasional Mondays & Thursdays.

Teams play in two League competitions (Winter & Summer) and, following the Winter League, in a Knock-out competition for the President’s Shield. On Finals Night trophies are presented to various Winners for both Team and Individual achievements. The Summer League also has its Finals Night. Both are enjoyed immensely.

In addition, we hold competitions for Individuals, one to decide the Player of the Year, another for the Tony Clay Memorial Shield and a competition for Mixed Pairs (Lady and Gent play alternately for a combined score).

For more information about joining a team or entering a new team in the league, contact Reg Rowley at regrowley@yahoo.com or 01242 692200.

Daytrip to London – 12 April 2017

Pick up point is at 8:15am from the Civil Service Club, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SL

Drop off points in London are:

  • Cromwell Road for the museums
  • Park Lane (near Marble Arch).

Return from Marble Arch area at 1800, stopping (on the opposite side) at Cromwell Road arriving back in Cheltenham approximately 2030 to 2100.

Cost of tickets:

CSSC Members – £6
Non CSSC Members – £8.50
Children aged 16 and under – £6

Tickets are limited

Closing date for entry is 29 March 2017.

Tickets to be purchased and payment to be made via tasterday@cssc.co.uk

Harry Potter Daytrip – 10 June 2017

Dear All,

Thank you for your ideas and suggestions for events, please keep them coming!

One of the requests was a visit to the Warner Brothers Studio to visit the Harry Potter attraction.

Harry Potter

The Committee have organised an outing to the studios on Saturday 10th June 2017, with the tour booked at 12 noon.

Arrangements for the day

Coach will stop, depart, pick up and drop off passengers at the following pick up points:

  • 08.30  Civil Service Clubhouse, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, GL51 9SL
  • 09.00  Lister Buildings, Gloucester, GL1 1DH
  • 09.40  Beeches car park, Cirencester, GL7 1BW

We are booked into the 12.00 Tour and will leave the studios at 17.00 at the latest.

Price of trip (including return coach travel and entry ticket)

  • £35 for adults (members);
  • £27 for member’s children aged 5 to 15;
  • £47 for adults (non-members);
  • £37 for non-members children aged 5 to 15;
  • £10 for each child aged four and under with free entry into the event with each paying adult (children aged 4 and under will require a booster seat/car seat provided and fitted by parent/guardian);
  • £10 for careers (free entry if there is a paying adult or child).


We anticipate that this will be a popular outing.  Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are interested in this event, please could you complete and return the form to tasterday@cssc.co.uk.

The CSSC team will be in contact to confirm if there are spaces available and to arrange payment (payment has to be made within seven days to secure booking).

Closing date for tickets will be 10th April 2017.

If you have any further queries about this event, please contact Kelly.Borrows@cacssa.co.uk

February Newsletter

Hi everyone,

My name is Kelly Borrows and I am the new Social and Publicity Secretary for the Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports Association (CACSSA).

I am looking forward to developing the social side of the Association further, and am keen to seek any views or suggestions that you may have on the type of activities, events or tasters days you wish CACSSA to consider in the future. This is the first in a new series of Newsletters which I’m planning to send out monthly. If you have any suggestions, or wish to be involved further with the social committee, please could you email Kelly.Borrows@cacssa.co.uk.

What’s on in the next few months at the CACSSA clubhouse

Jazz liveOnce a month there is a live, Sunday Lunch-time Jazz session from 12.30pm until 3pm. The next one will be on 19th February, followed by 19th March. Come along to the Club and enjoy a meal while you relax and listen to some great Jazz! Tickets can be purchased on the door, and cost £3.00 for CSSC members and £5 for non-CSSC members.

70s discoA Disco is held at the Club on the first Friday of every month. Dates for the next few months are 3 March, 7 April, 5 May and 2 June. The disco starts at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased on the door and cost £4.00 for CSSC members and £5.00 for non-CSSC members.


poker chipsPoker takes place on Sunday nights from 6.30pm at the Clubhouse. The entry cost is £5.00 for CSSC members (due to licencing laws this event is only available to CSSC members).


If you are interested in any of the above events, and wish to purchase tickets, please ring 01242 680424 or pop into the clubhouse. Details of social events, sporting activities, membership benefits and function rooms available to hire can also be found at www.cacssa.co.uk.

Taster days, CASCCA events and CSSC Games

Taster days taking place in 2017 will shortly appear on the CSSC website.

CACSSA will shortly be organising a number of daytrips, including a daytrip to London. Details of future events will appear on the CACSSA website and in the next newsletter.

The next CSSC Games is taking place on 15 September 2017 at Loughborough University. Further information on activities available can be found of the CSSC website.

Discounts for local retailers/providers

If you know of any local retailers/providers who wish to offer their services and discounts to CSSC members, please encourage them to register their details at https://shopandsave.peoplevalue.co.uk

It doesn’t cost the retailers/providers anything to put their deals on and they can decide what type of offers they wish to roll out to CSSC members via the MySavings+ platform.

Special Offer for CACSSA Members only (offer currently available until the end of June 2017)

For a limited period, we are able to offer you a rebate on the cost of the purchases below subject to the relevant terms being met:

10% rebate on the cost of a swimming ticket at a leisure centre (proof of purchase, name and membership number required). Keep your receipts and submit them in batches.

7.5% rebate on the cost of organising your own activity – e.g. paint balling, go-karting, theatre trip, golf day etc. (must be a minimum of six CSSC members participating. Proof of purchase, names and membership number are required).


If you wish to seek a rebate on either of the above activities, please send the relevant information to:

CACSSA (Civil Service Club),
Tewkesbury Road,
GL51 8SL

Kelly Borrows