Welcome to Moreton Tennis Club
Main Tournament and presentation to Sue Bull
The Closing Summer Tournament and BBQ took place on Saturday, August 23rd, interrupted by rain and hail!
Seven couples took part in an enjoyable and sociable afternoon's play. A shortage of men meant that two ladies played as men, leading to an all female winners and runners up line-up: Jenny Sutherland (lady) and Leena Palmgren (man) took the honours as winners with Angela Whitcomb (lady) and Catherine Arkell (man) the runners up.
During the tournament, Sue Bull was presented with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for her many years' service as Club Secretary. Sue has been a friendly and welcoming stalwart of the Club and her work on its behalf has been very much appreciated.
The next coffee morning will be on Tuesday 9 September. Please contact Jim & Moira Seedhouse with offers of cake and help!
HOT SUMMER - HOT TEAM SUCCESS!
Both the Men's A and Ladies A Teams have won their divisions this summer.
The Men's A team led by Brian Lomas have become the champions of Division 2 of the South Warwickshire League - not a mean feat in view of the standard of play.
The Ladies A team with its core players of Mandy Kendall, Catherine Arkell, Gwyneth Simmons and Frances Jenkins produced solid performances through the season, but were surprised to pip Alcester A to top spot by one point in Division 3 of the Evesham & District Ladies League. Congratulations to all players!
The Cecil Haslam Tournament 2014
On a beautiful early summer Sunday, this memorial tournament was enjoyed by only ten members.
We want more members joining in next year! The winners were Jenny Nelder & Chris
Adams who beat Judy Formby & Gavin Smithers in the final.
Winners: Jenny Nelder & Chris Adam Runners Up: Judy Formby & Gavin Smithers
April 25th AGM
At the AGM, the membership voted to approve the proposed increases in the
subscriptions. If you have not yet renewed, please do so now. Any queries,
then please contact a Committee member.
At the latest coffee morning on 8 July, we made a profit of £121. This is a very helpful contribution to club funds. Thank you to all who helped and contributed cakes. If you would like to participate and/or make a cake for future coffee mornings - it is enjoyable - please contact Terry or email me.
Has now started on Tuesday & Thursday evenings. Why not come along and
enjoy the summer evenings by playing friendly tennis? Just turn up!
Exciting News - Your Chance to Buy a Moreton in Marsh Tennis Club Logo Sweatshirt
Click this link for an order form for the above (with embroidered Moreton in Marsh Tennis Club logo).
Social tennis on Mondays and Thursdays during the Winter,
and Monday Tuesdays and Thursday Spring and Summer.
Mens, Ladies and Mixed matches for those who like the
Nobody seems to know just when Moreton Tennis Club was formed, but our thriving, friendly club has been sitting, tucked away in the corner of the cricket field for at least 80 years. Minutes of an Annual General Meeting held on 27th April 1927 exist but indicate an already well-established Club.
Reading through all the records from the intervening years shows how times have changed – but also how much is still the same! The sort of problems we have now – lack of funds, publicity, maintaining the courts, even getting a water supply etc. etc., crop up with monotonous regularity throughout the decades. Yet the same is true also of the successes and highlights – summer-weekend gatherings, whether for matches, tournaments or, more recently, our Tennis Marathons to raise money for local charities, are as much enjoyed today as they were in the 1920s and 30s. One noticeable difference is that up until the 1980s everyone was referred to, very formally, as Mr, Mrs or Miss whereas now it is all Christian names!
During the Second World War the Club as such hardly existed and annual subscriptions were replaced by the payment of one shilling (five pence) whenever members were able to play. In May 1941 the Club offered the use of one court to the local RAF Station for thirty pounds a year but the Sports Officer said the RAF could only afford twelve guineas and the Club agreed – provided the RAF maintained the courts! The RAF continued its association with the Club after the War, finally bowing out in 1956.
Things returned to normal after the War and the only gap in our records occurred in 1945 when, presumably, everyone was too busy celebrating to bother about Annual General Meetings!
Since then, things have steadily improved, except for a minor “blip” in 1963 when there were only eight adult members with forty-one Juniors. Floodlights were installed in 1987, the pavilion was doubled in size in 1993 (when a water supply was eventually laid – exactly fifty years after it was first discussed!), we even have a fridge and micro-wave in our kitchen now – all mod cons!
The Club has benefited from the services of the same LTA coach for over twenty years which has resulted in the development of a strong Junior membership. In the Twenties the Juniors were referred to as “The Imps” – I wonder what reaction we would get from our current youngsters to such a title!