We now have a defibrillator, thanks to the hard work of Linda Ganter in making this happen. There was a training programme this afternoon (Saturday January 20th). Here’s Zana’s Facebook post about it “Just completed a very informative defibrillator/CPR training course at the club along with 18 others. There are still spaces on the second course on 17 February – definitely worth the two hours. You could help save someone’s life. Thank you Linda Ganter for organising and to the Club for providing.”
Our AGM is on Wednesday November 15th at the clubhouse starting at 7:30pm. Please try to come along! Click here to see the agenda
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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.
British Tennis Membership has changed this year and there are now two tiers of membership:
Lite Membership (FREE) – Available to any Club Member free of charge. Members can obtain LTA Ratings and enter the Club Wimbledon Ballot.
Team Membership – Available to Club Members for a small annual charge (Adults £20, Under 18’s £10). As well as the above benefits, Team membership also includes priority access to Davis Cup tickets, discounted prices for tickets to the ATP Finals, discounted entry to Wimbledon Museum tours, and other special offers and competitions.
All existing registered BTMs have been automatically transferred to Lite Membership. If you wish to up-grade to Team membership or would like further information please visit www.lta.org.uk/member/benefits
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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A great turnout for this weekend’s Quorn Family Cup U10 Tournament. With four courts in use, the Mums/Dads plus their U10s thrashed it out to win the day.
The winners have earned the opportunity of a day out at a Quorn Family Tennis Cup event held on the qualifying weekend of a LTA Staged Grass Court tournament in May or June.
Each pair will have the chance to play against other winners on the day as well as watch the professional players in action.
Winners: Adam and Angus Tracy
Runners up: Jacob and Richard Diskin
Not sure in the photos who looks most pleased – the juniors or the Dads!
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(the addition of borders to thumbnail images introduced on the old site resulted in an unnoticed reduction in image quality when used unchanged on the new site).
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We have received a complaint that cars are leaving the Tennis Club and driving onto Ewshot Lane without taking sufficient care to look out for approaching traffic already on Ewshot Lane.
Please be aware that the entrance to the Club is outside the 30 mph speed limit zone and that traffic might be travelling legally at speeds of up to 60 mph past the Club so it is important to be extra vigilant when leaving the car park and driving into potentially fast traffic.
We also take this opportunity to remind drivers that they should not drive faster than 10 mph on the Club premises given the large number of pedestrians of all ages going to and from cars in the car park.
All Saints in Church Crookham, contacted Dave Adams, asking if we could spare any tennis balls for them to take to a school in Gambia.They make a trip each February half term & Avondale have given them 100 balls to take across in their suitcases! They can’t manage any more.
Here is a thank you from the All Saints teacher :
There are about 100 pupils at this school from tiny villages in a 3 miles radius. It is a very poor school with no resources. They don’t get any funding as the government have forgotten about them (although hopefully this will change soon with a new president ). We gave them money for food as the school can’t feed them either. We gave them lots of stationery and a bag of tennis balls which they were overjoyed with. They gathered round us and sang and danced – a great welcome.
Thanks again – a very popular gift!
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