In my first newsletter I said that having spent a lot of money over the past few years on the courts and the patio, the continuation of our ten year plan meant we would now be concentrating on improving the inside of the clubhouse. In the summer of 2004 we put in "new windows and frames to replace the rather worn, tired looking ones, and decorated the kitchen" to comply with health and safety standards.
It was October when all the Chairmen since 1990 got together for this photograph.
There were displays of memorabilia, organised tennis, ploughmans lunches and afternoon teas. In the evening we held a thrilling barn dance with a professional caller together with a huge barbecue to feed everyone.
We estimated that, throughout the day, we shared the celebrations with over 350 past and present members and friends of the Club. A function to end all functions !
Charles Allistone who had joined the committee in 1956 sadly died in 2005. He had been Chairman of the Club throughout the 1980s and was instrumental in overseeing the work done to upgrade the courts.
John Allen, treasurer on and off for 29 years, stepped down at the 2005 AGM.
In one of the newsletters I explained a little about what my quizzes involved and said I had "been writing and presenting the Tennis Club quizzes for well over 10 years and I am pleased to say that you all keep coming back for more. For those who don’t know, my quizzes are different from the norm as I try to avoid questions where intelligence is involved. In the nicest sense, I believe you are there to have fun - not for a mentally challenging examination. Watch out for my Double Russian Roulette and Killer rounds which you will not find on other quizzes."
Despite organising a pre-AGM American Tournament, which was well attended, and offering a free glass of wine, only 17 members, including committee, attended the AGM. I was always of the opinion that nobody voluntarily wanted to attend an AGM and the lower the numbers the better we must be doing.
The next stage in this rejuvenation programme was the complete renovation of the kitchen area which was completed in early 2009.
In October 2009 a remarkable £1,250 was raised by members for charity over one weekend. On the Saturday, my Super Quiz raised £615 for Star Scope and was used to purchase some much needed equipment for a local disabled child. The following afternoon, a massive £642 was raised for Children in Need after we held an American Tournament held in memory of Mike Probert who had tragically died while skiing.
I must say, even now, 7 years later, how much pleasure it gives me to think of the changes we were able to bring to the Club over this period - although I am the first to say that it was done as a team effort and everyone concerned should be equally proud of their contribution.