We are once again hosting a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday September 29th starting at 10:30. This is always a good event with lots of cakes, good company and a raffle. We hope you will be able to come.
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.
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.
It might seem a bit unlikely that 30 people could be served a buffet Christmas meal in the clubhouse but this is what happened on Monday 8th after the social Mix-In. Thanks to the main organisers: Anita, Peter, Sue, Julie and Mike – and to everyone who contributed to the relaxed and enjoyable event.
A huge thank you to the organisers of our Dinner Dance at the Army Golf Club – Peter Fennell, Linda Robson and Anita Pocock-Gulliver. It was a great evening. Thanks also to Cathy Fennell and Ken Robson who got roped in to help.
Thank you to everyone who came to the MacMillan coffee morning at the end of September. It raised £465 and this will be nearer to £500 once gift aid has been taken into account. A great result! Well done to all the organisers.
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.