Hallowe’en Quiz Night

October 26th, so not quite Hallowe’en but that didn’t stop us getting into the spirit of the occasion (pun intended!): fancy dress, spooky decorations and fiendish questions. A great evening – led as always by Vicky Judge. Many thanks to everyone who came and especially to Vicky who put so much into making the evening such a success.

And the winners were …

Well done to them and to the Ghouls Aloud team who won the prize for the best team name.

Macmillan coffee morning

The Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 29th September was a great success. The usual team of tennis ladies got together and organised it . They were supported by so many people who brought delicious cakes and helped on the day where they could. Pat Seymour brought a wonderful quilt to raffle, Chris Butt brought her beautiful paintings and Rukeyah Sturgeon also donated a wonderful landscape painting to raffle. Anne Hanson brought her cards to sell and gave the money to the fund . Joan Jones brought such a fantastic cake that we gave that as a prize. All these ladies always support us with their beautiful work.

The raffle prizes that people donated were plentiful ! The raffle went on for half an hour! It was a lovely morning and so good to see lots of people who have always been part of the club there drinking delicious coffee and chatting to each other.

On Friday afternoon we banked £459 which will hopefully increase when gift aid is added. We would like to thank everyone who was there for making it such a successful event.

You’re never too old to play tennis

It has been a long-held ambition of Ken Civil to play tennis on his 90th birthday and this Monday (7th August) he achieved this goal. Not only did he join in the regular Monday social tennis session, but he also enjoyed a surprise gathering of his fellow players to celebrate with a special 90th birthday cake. His wife Marion accompanied him on the day to join in the birthday celebrations. Regular player Gerry Morgan gave a short presentation to talk about Ken’s 90th birthday ambition. “Would that we all could play at 90,” he said.

Ken has been a member of Avondale for over ten years, having played at several clubs throughout the South East. Indeed, in the 1960s, he once played at friendly game at Wimbledon, when he was a member at Woking. “I looked over onto the adjoining courts and saw John Newcombe and Rod Laver playing,” he said.

He has been enjoying playing tennis since he was 25 and celebrated his 80th birthday at Avondale too, when a cake was baked for him then. “I’ve played at a lot of clubs but this one if the friendliest and the best,” he said. He plans to keep playing on Mondays for as long as he can.

In one of the pictures below, he is seen cutting his special cake with his wife Marion. Many thanks to Linda Robson for all the arrangements to make Ken’s day special.

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!

Macmillan fund-raising

Like many organisations across the UK, we joined in the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 25th September. We raised nearly £300 on the day, thanks to the generosity of our members in the raffle and during the auction of two beautiful paintings by local artist Christine Butt. A lovely spread of cakes helped keep everyone in a good mood! We had also raised about £100 at the quiz night on the evening before and some funds raised by our Juniors through cake sales were also contributed. Our final total was close to £500. Well done everyone – and thank you to everyone who made the quiz night and the coffee morning such successes.

Quiz night sell-out

The quiz night on March 28th was a sell-out success. Eight teams took part; the team names included The Dedeucers and Soft Balls. Vicky Judge had put together a really good quiz and controlled the event expertly. Many thanks to Vicky and the organisers : Peter Fennell, Linda Robson and Anita Pocock-Gulliver.

Quiz night 2014