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Congratulations Jamie!

Today is Jamie’s wedding day -what an amazing day to get married! Looking forward to celebrating your special day with you. It only seems like yesterday that you were that cheeky junior that used to turn up to Saturday coaching with that big smile and mischievous twinkle in your eye! Look at you now! Wishing you all the happiness in the world.xx

Farewell to Bob Butt

More sad news for the club. Bob Butt has died after a long illness which he faced with fortitude. He was described in the local newspaper as “a community stalwart” making a contribution to many aspects of local life, not just Avondale. Bob had been a member of our club since 1970 – nearly 50 years- and had represented Cornwall in his youth.

Kathy Charles, head coach, was quoted in the newspaper as saying “For many years, Bob dedicated hours of his time to helping with junior coaching and club nights. His kindnesses, encouragement and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by all the juniors, both past and present”

His funeral has taken place and was very well-attended, showing how well respected and loved he was across the community. We send our condolences to his wife Chris, also a long-term member at Avondale. It seems fitting that they met on tennis courts while they were employed at RAE.

My tribute to Chris Hazell

It is with personal sadness that I have to inform you that Chris Hazell has died unexpectedly. His name may not be that familiar to you … but his work on the website certainly is. He and I agreed to work on the website about 5 years ago; I tended to do the routine updates while Chris transformed the website into the highly professional version we have today, a website that the club can be justifiably proud of. He came to this with a background in coding but not the necessary html. He worked very diligently to develop his skills and left me far behind. He had a great eye for detail – drove me nuts at times! – but everything he did was motivated by a desire to produce the best possible outcome. He was a gifted photographer and many of the photos on the website are by him.

He was also a personal friend, part of a friendship group which plays every Sunday morning. I cannot believe that I will no longer have to try to return his cunning leftie serves, or to defend against his pesky lobs and I will not be able to admire his amazingly delicate stop volleys . We will all miss him.

We are the best!

The following was taken from a Facebook post by Paul Treacy

“Aldershot & District Tennis League AGM was held at Avondale last night and we congratulate the League on its 70th birthday, it having been formed in 1948. A list of all winners of the various League divisions since 1948 has been posted here: adlta website . The League Committee have analysed this data and proclaimed Avondale as the overall most successful club in the League over the last 70 years. Let’s hope that the next 70 are as successful.”

If you want to see the tables,follow the link above and then use their menu to go to Past Division Winners. It’s really interesting to see how many more teams are now playing. Back in 1958,there were just 2 Ladies Divisions and the Avondale Ladies won Div 1, not Avondale A, there was just the one team. Now we have 5 teams playing in various divisions.

Defibrillator at clubhouse

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.”

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.

Changes to British Tennis Membership

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

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.

(To view as a slideshow, click on one image. For the next image, click right, for previous click left and to return click in the centre. This is now our usual way of presenting images)