There were happy faces at Tarvin Tennis Club’s AGM in March, when members heard that the work on the building of a new club pavilion was about to begin.

Chairman Rob Millar gave the good news in his address and thanked particularly Felicity Pochin, secretary, men’s captain Chris Edwards and Rupert Thorp for their hard work over a long period in getting to this stage. The new facilities, together with the installation of lights, will much improve members’ enjoyment of tennis and will enable their coach, Gary, to continue offering his coaching sessions to the young players during the autumn and winter months, previously denied to him.

Treasurer Allyson Clarkson gave an encouraging but cautious report on the club’s finances, and endorsed a slightly higher than inflation rise in membership fees for the coming year. The playing surface of the courts has suffered greatly over several months of poor weather and badly needs expensive maintenance work carrying out.

Captains Julia Burgess and Chris Edwards gave their reports on the playing successes of the various teams in both the winter and summer leagues, where the club still manages to field five in the winter and six in summer. There were also American tournaments arranged as well as the main Club Tournament, played over several months, for which the winners were formally presented with their trophies at the AGM by President Barry Cooper.

The officers of the club and other members of the committee were all reappointed to serve for 2016, although for personal reasons both Keith Barker and Phil Cundall stood down, Keith having first served on the committee in 1981, and acting as men’s captain for 28 years. Barry praised the work and commitment of all committee members and revealed that Keith was to become a trustee of the club and had been given honorary membership.

Trophy presentations then followed after which members enjoyed an excellent hot buffet meal provided by the Vicar’s Cross Golf Club chef and then finished the evening by tackling a searching sporting and literary quiz.

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From top:

The Men’s ‘A’ team squad, winners of Division 2 in the Chester and District Summer League.

Overall American Tournament winner Graham Bunting.

Fifteen times Men’s Singles champion, Peter Nosworthy.

Rhian Perry and Jane Wilson with the Ladies’ Doubles Plate, Jane’s 3rd in 4 years. Rhian also won the Mixed Doubles.

Wendy Rae wins her 7th Ladies’ Singles title.