- the Club had one of the most successful years for some time with membership, court lettings to local schools, bar income and visitors fees - all up.
- "the Club is debt free, having paid off all its loans". This meant we were finally in a position to plan and budget without pressure from third parties.
It was announced at the 2001 AGM that John Harris, Chairman when I came onto the committee, had agreed to become the Club President. Everyone looked up to John and, personally, he gave me so much support during my time as Chairman. As Sheila said in her report, "as the club moves forward we can have no better advocate for us than John".
All of this was done using club funds and no external borrowing - something which could not have possibly have been envisaged four years previously. It was primarily possible due to increased membership and monies received from the telecom mast.
The next phase of the master plan was discussed at the 2002 AGM. "It seems to be generally accepted that in the days of all year round tennis, the grass courts have reached their sell by date". The Committee felt that we needed to dig up the final three grass courts and replace them with artificial grass. There was not a lot of opposition apart from some of those older members who just liked playing on grass. The fact they were only usable for three months of the year and were expensive to maintain made it a no brainer. They would have to go as soon as we could afford about £90,000 to replace them with astro turf.
At the 2003 AGM Sheila stood down as Chairman and as a Director. She said that "five years ago I agreed to become chairman of the club for a five year period on the understanding that I wanted to drive through a large refurbishment programme. Any corporate business would be proud of the growth and successful financial position that we can now demonstrate". Shortly after the AGM, the Committee gave Sheila Honorary Membership and I can think of very few others who deserved it more.
"We should be proud of our past and the trials and tribulations which have got us to where we are today. We have a Club that will have nine excellent fully floodlit carpet courts and a new patio admired by both members and visitors. We have an increasing membership and money in the bank. Most of all we have a friendly club where everyone seems to enjoy their tennis. Not a bad way to end the first 100 years !"