March 1910

100 years ago and the Badminton Gazette for March referring to the coming All England opens: The Royal Horticultural Hall will be the Mecca of everyone interested in Badminton for the next few days. Now one hundred years on we find it is Birmingham beckoning,   Finals day in 1910, Saturday 5th March, this year 2010 Sunday 14th March. Play over the four days will commence at 10 a.m. each day. Also included in the championship programme are two international matches, Ireland v Scotland and England v Ireland and handicap events.

There are two profiles, Miss M. R. Larminie described as playing with conspicuous success – she will win the All England Singles in 1911 and as Mrs M R Tragett in 1912. She comes back in 1928 to take the singles title again and add to four ladies’ doubles and two mixed titles. She edited the Badminton Gazette for a time in 1922 being paid £75 a year. She wrote many articles on playing badminton, and published a book -Badminton for beginners. As Margaret Rivers Larminie she wrote three popular novels, Search, Echo and Deep Rivers.  

The other profile relates to Mr W.F. Cave, one of Ireland’s top players.

We learn that there is going to be a proposal at the forthcoming Badminton Association AGM that setting be abolished in singles. Also being discussed is a proposal to widen the court by abolishing the inner side line, and to shorten it by making the present long service line in doubles the base line – the magazine suggests this should be dismissed at once! Another suggestion is to reduce men’s singles from 15 to 11 as has already been done for ladies.

A new badminton press to keep those wooden rackets in good condition is announced – screwless, can be used for tennis or badminton rackets, one action giving even pressure. Made by T.H. Prosser and Sons in mahogany or whitewood, costs 3/- each.