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After a challenging year it was brilliant news to hear in June that at the 2021 LTA Tennis Awards ceremony our chairman Sarah had been crowned as the NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2021 This followed on from the announcements earlier in the year of her selection as the Somerset County winner and subsequently the regional winner for the South and South West. This incredible achievement justly recognises her boundless enthusiasm and commitment to our club. She has been a shining light in the last Covid restricted year leading from the front and working tirelessly to ensure that we have all been able to return to play in a safe and enjoyable environment. Sarah is a passionate advocate of promoting diversity and she has done an enormous amount of background work enabling the club to be an inclusive venue for all. Our thanks are due to Sarah for her amazing contribution, her award is richly deserved and is an outstanding accolade. Huge congratulations Sarah and very well done!

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.

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