Quiz night : October 17th

October 17th was our autumn quiz, with one of our biggest turn-outs yet.

Zana wrote on Facebook

“A very big thank you to Vicky Judge, Katherine Rusbridge and all their helpers for hosting another very successful quiz night.Great questions, great atmosphere, great quizzers and tasty dinner. Can’t wait until the next one.”

Thanks Zana – glad you enjoyed it.


Albany Trophy tournament 2019

27 brave souls turned out for the Albany Trophy tournament on the hottest August Bank Holiday Monday on record. The tournament is essentially an American tournament with the mixing-up of partners over six rounds. There is though a twist in the scoring system to even things up during play;straightforward really once you get your head around it, but a bit beyond me to describe clearly here.

We had joint winners in both the Ladies and Mens section : Sally Charlton and Sam Rush in the Ladies, Andrew Mundell and Pete Smith in the Mens. The runners up were Andy Cholerton and Sam Williamson. Well done to them all. Special mention for Andrew playing in his first tournament and to Andy for being a prize winner in all three of the tournaments he participated in.

Our big thanks as always to the ladies who provided the splendid tea – Debra Norton, Ann Hanson and Jill Penton. Not sure there was that much tea being drunk, it was mainly orange or lemon squash with lots of ice.

Next American tournament will be on Easter Monday 2020. In the meantime, there is Finals weekend to look forward to. The standard of play from both Seniors and Juniors is always very high. All spectators welcome!


Spring quiz night

A full house for another great evening! Many thanks to Vicky for providing such a good quiz and to all the others who helped run the evening. Special mention to Richard Leversuch who runs the bar and quietly gets on with washing up all the glasses etc, leaving very little for the rest of us to do at the end of the evening. This time, there were also two league matches being held – so over 70 people at the club between quizzers and players! Many thanks to the Mens A and Mixed D team and their visitors who were very obliging and didn’t seem to object to losing access to the main clubhouse room.

For the first time, two teams ended up on the same number of points, but Vicky was prepared for this with a tie-breaker question. Andy Cholerton and Alistair Reid were “volunteered” by their teams to go up and hear the question which was “To the nearest inch, what is the length of da Vinci’s Last Supper mural?” Well done, Andy for being nearest. Spot the photo below where we are waiting for the answer to be announced. Well done also to the Quizzical Quintet who won the prize for the best team name.

Thanks to the generosity of all who came, we will be able to make a donation to Robyn Moore when she visits us on June 1st as part of her Breakpoint fund-raising.



Farewell Sarah

The club house was packed for our coffee morning to say farewell to Sarah Duncalf who is emigrating to Australia. It was set for a Monday as there are usually about 20 people playing in the Social Mix-in. The hope was that most of them would choose to stay. They did! – and easily the same number came along too just to have the chance to give their good wishes to Sarah in person. Sarah has been a stalwart of the club for many years. If you have ever wondered who has been keeping the clubhouse looking so immaculate, it has been Sarah, for over 19 years!

Here are some of her comments from her thank you card. “What a truly wonderful send off you gave me. I was overwhelmed by the number of you who came. I felt humbled by the effort everyone put in. I had no idea so much organisation had gone into setting up the morning for me.” It just went to show how popular and well-regarded she was. And I liked her PS comment “And what a good feeling it was not having to clean up after the party!”

Our thanks to Linda Robson who did most of the organising, to those who made the lovely cakes, especially to Debra Norton for the Bon Voyage cake and to everyone who came along to make it such a special occasion for Sarah.

Sarah will be in Australia by now with her son. We wish her every happiness there.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

“Thank you” from Penny :

We made £437 which is very good for a couple of hours. We were very grateful for all the support we received from everyone which once again was fantastic . Everyone is always so kind and generous with cakes gifts for raffle and spending their money !! Thank you

And a bit extra from Katherine :

We might have just spent a couple of hours but Penny and her team of bakers and helpers put in much more effort than that. Well done on a lovely event! This has been running for several years now and we wouldn’t keep coming if it wasn’t so good.



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!