100 years ago - January 1912

Lambert, R. HThe January 1912 issue of The Badminton Gazette, Vol V, No 4, price 2d. tells us that arrangements for the All England Championships are progressing well, and that it is hoped that the problems with the slippery floor have been overcome.

There is a note suggesting that badminton should be started young, but noting that there are few opportunities for learning. A Miss Musgrave runs a children’s club for girls only, at the North Kensington Hall one afternoon a week.

There are detailed reports on The West Hants Championships, The North London Championships and the Tavistock Open, and also Northern Notes and Irish Notes. The Irish notes include a photograph of Mr R. H. Lambert, attached, who easily won the Singles Championships for Irish players at Ballsbridge.

The Dieppe Open Tournament, which includes the Singles Championships of France is reported in detail – this tournament was always very popular with players from England when first established, but it appears the party from England is not now so large. A Miss Musgrave won the Open Ladies’ Doubles with Miss Radeglia, probably the lady mentioned above.