Junior Tennis Festival

A HUGE Thank you to all the amazing Coaches and Leaders, Zana Fletcher, Paul Treacy, Ken Robson and Peter Fennell on parking, Debra Norton for her delicious catering, for making Saturdays Junior Tennis Festival such a great success! You were all awesome! Well done Team!

Here is a comment from one of the parents :Thanks for having us this morning, we all had a lovely time and enjoyed the activities. All your young people who were there helping and coaching were delightful!


Handicap Finals results 2018

Congratulations to everyone who won through to compete in the Finals of the 2018 Handicap Tournaments, especially to Cath Pearson who was once again a double winner. She retained the Ladies Doubles title, partnered this year by PJ Young and she won the Mixed Doubles with Darren Toes. She was nearly joined as a double winner by Chris Ezra. He won the Men’s Singles but just missed out on the Men’s Doubles, losing 31-28, 31-28 in a very close final. On one of the hottest days of the summer,it was an achievement just to play two matches!

Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Sarah Henbrey Katherine Rogers
Mens Singles Chris Ezra Mike Thornley
Ladies Doubles Cath Pearson and PJ Young Lynn McKenzie and Angela Redstone
Mens Doubles Jon Stiddard and Daniel Turner Chris Ezra and Oliver Wells
Mixed Doubles Cath Pearson and Darren Toes Alison Jameson and William Carlisle

Thank you to the umpires and Debra Norton and Ann Hanson for the delicious refreshments.

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St George’s Day quiz

OK, so it wasn’t exactly St George’s Day, but close enough to use it as our theme. Vicky Judge as always gave us a great quiz, won by St George and his Dragons. The prize for the best team name went to “The Quizzers of Oz”, though “Knights in White Cotton” must have been a very close second. There were no prizes for the best outfit. If there had been, my choice would have been Alistair and Caroline with their Scottish Saltire T-shirts – a very classy choice.

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Handicap tournament finals 2017

Event Winners Runners-up
Ladies Singles Cath Pearson Heather Wollen
Mens Singles Santtu Asp Andy Cholerton
Ladies Doubles Cath Pearson and Linda Robson Suzie Greenwood and Liz Long
Mens Doubles Chris Feeney and Darren Toes Graham Friel and Jeff Wollen
Mixed Doubles Peter Archer and Suzie Greenwood Mike Applegarth and Liz Long
Congratulations to everyone who reached the finals of the handicap tournament on Sunday, especially to the winners. We had a double winner in Cath Pearson, who won the Ladies Singles in a three-setter against Heather Wollen and the Ladies Doubles with Linda Robson.

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Some pictures from the Womens Doubles final.
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Open Day 2017

Saturday May 13th, our 4th Open Day and they just get better and better. Over 100 visitors had pre-booked for sessions with more just turning up on the day so all the courts were busy. The main coaching team had great support from some of the adult members though it was our junior helpers who deserve all the praise for how they worked so hard and so patiently with our younger visitors.

Only slight problem was the downpour at about 11am. I’ve never seen the clubhouse fill up so quickly. At least there were some lovely refreshments to keep people happy. After a short delay, we were soon back in full swing.

I hope these photos capture some of the enjoyment of the day.

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Smiths Cup events 2017

Seven pairs turned out for the Mens’ Smiths Cup competition on Sunday 9th April. With not a cloud in the sky and temperatures in the mid-20s, it was a glorious but physically demanding afternoon of tennis. For the second year in a row, Tom Van Klaveren and Ben Martin emerged as the winners, being undefeated in all of the six sets they played. Runners-up with five wins were Mark Hill and recently-joined new member Chris Cole. Debra Norton and Linda Robson provided the usual delicious tea.
The Ladies event on the Saturday was played in equally good weather. A glass of prosecco at the end added to the general enjoyment. The winners were sisters Jane and Anne-Marie Baldwin.
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Red Nose Day Quiz Night

Our Quiz Night on Red Nose Day was a sell-out and raised a final total of £200. Many thanks to everyone who contributed, most especially to Vicky Judge who as always set all the questions. “In the Red Corner” team were the winners thanks to a storming performance from Ken and Linda Robson. The prize for the best name went to the “Who Nose?” team. We even had a special guest – he was so keen to come, he came twice!