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With the hedges trimmed, bunting flying and courts swept, Cheddar Tennis Club gets ready to welcome its members back on the 29th March, after such a challenging year.
Sarah Strawbridge, Chairman and Stephen Pearce, Head Coach, unlock the gate after many weeks of closure.

The 2020 Covid 19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on sport this year, meaning that for tennis there have been no league matches or club tournaments and until May very little opportunity to play, however with careful obedience to the rules, we were able to hold our annual Unders v Overs event on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August.

The sun shone and the tennis was hard fought but great fun with the Unders yet again winning by a comfortable margin, with a total of 54 games to 29.   The afternoon was rounded off by a delicious tea provided by various participating players (see pictures with a lot of actions from the day here).

There will be some more fun tournaments organised in the not to distant future, so it will be good to hopefully see a lot more familiar faces back on court.

On a beautiful Spring afternoon past and present members of Cheddar Tennis Club gathered to celebrate the official opening of the newly carpeted Match Play 2 courts at Sharpham Road.

After introductory remarks from the club’s new chairman Sarah Strawbridge, Cheddar Parish Council’s chairman Peter Colton was invited to cut the ribbon. On behalf of the Council he congratulated the thriving club on its continued progressive and forward-thinking approach in keeping the facilities up to date and commented that the new courts are a real asset for the club going in to the future.

All those present were then invited to try out the new surface and all four courts buzzed with friendly play and positive comments as some competitive matches ensued.

Tea and cake were then taken in the clubhouse rounding off a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

The club will be holding open days on Sundays 12th May and 7th July for anyone interested in trying out the new courts.

Jennie Colton, who was the first winner of the award at its inception in 2007, retires after five years as chair and 25 years as secretary at the club.

In that time, she has been involved with the move from the Barrows Road courts to the Sharpham Road facilities, the erection of a new clubhouse and installation of new carpeted courts.

Members are delighted that she has agreed to continue to serve on the committee in a general capacity.

Club president Joan May said: “Her dedication, commitment and passion for the club has been truly amazing.”

The club held a successful fund-raising event, featuring a Thai supper and live music from the Funky Dillies, with Colton receiving a commemorative photo book covering her many years of involvement as player and committee member.

Local firm CRS Building Supplies Ltd of Cheddar have kindly supplied wood for coat hooks and benches to enhance the beautiful newly carpeted courts at Cheddar Tennis Club.
The new furniture which was generously made by a local carpenter were unveiled on a sunny winter’s afternoon when Steve Nicholls (seated) from CRS joined members for a fun afternoon of tennis and refreshments.

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