Dinner Dance – last reminder

We are getting near the time when we have to inform the Army Golf Club of the numbers for our Dinner Dance on Friday December 8th. There are still some spaces left and you can sign up at the clubhouse or let me know at krusbridge@btinternet.com

Here’s a reminder of the menu and the event details (Don’t worry about the final payment date. We can be a bit flexible on that)

If you have signed up but have yet to make your payment or give in your meal choices, please do so at your earliest convenience. If you won’t be coming to the clubhouse to hand in your menu choice card, then just email your choices to me at the link above. (Not sure we will have our special guest again this year)


Huge well done to our junior teams …

A huge WELL DONE to our junior teams that all played so well this weekend in the winter county leagues. The U16 Girls 1’s (Georgie Charles & Emily Pagan) beat Active Academy in an extremely tight match, and the U12 boys (Sam Cawood, Finn Baker-Grace, Sam Fussey and Freddie Schlag) had an excellent convincing win against Manydown. The U16 Girls 2’s (Willow Cockerill & Savanna Cockerill) lost a tough match to Winchester. Well done to all of you, and thank you to the parents for your support.


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.


Miss Hits … and more from Juniors

“A fab picture of our wonderful Miss Hits girls,(see above) which was retweeted yesterday by the one and only Judy Murray! Thanks to Sarah Rutherford for doing an amazing job with the girls!” from Kathy
(This was originally posted on Facebook and got several great comments. Here’s one of them – “Amelia loves her Miss Hit Lessons & Sarah really is “The Best Teacher”)

Also in Junior News :
“Well done Team Avondale winning the Team challenge against Chatters and Manydown” from Jamie

“Half term camps have been great this week. Finished off with a fab Team Camp, in lovely October sunshine. Thanks to all players, parents, coaches and leaders!” from Kathy




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.


Finals results

Congratulations to everyone who won through to the finals and especially to the eventual winners in each category. William Jones had the remarkable achievement of winning the U16 Boys Singles AND the Mens singles. Then he added to his Senior success by winning the Mixed Doubles where he was partnered by Issie Barfoot. Sam Cawood is another very promising junior. He won the U10 Boys Singles and the U14s.

For all the results, please click here or if you wish to download a copy, click here

Photos coming soon!

Our thanks as always to Zana Fletcher who co-ordinated all the events.

(Note : you’ll notice there were Junior events for 10.1-10.2 players. This is referring to a tennis rating not an age group.)




American Tournament August 28th

24 players (16 men and 8 ladies) turned out for the Albany Trophy, the last American Tournament of the summer, so all six courts were in action throughout the afternoon. Glorious weather conditions, good tennis and a fabulous tea, with Joan Jones’s raspberry pavlova deserving of special mention (the raspberries were homegrown and freshly-picked). The handicap format had the desired effect of keeping most matches fairly even. Ailsa Fraser emerged as winner of the ladies’ section and Johnny Rowland won the mens’ section, both amassing a total of 32 games in the course of their six matches. Johnny Rowland also won this event last year, so well done to him for successfully defending.


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.