Some Reminiscences from the Past
One impact of the Sheepcot Pavilion
On club and match days before the Sheepcot Pavilion was built, there was a procession of players and spectators making their way to the railway station and back.
Stripping for Tennis
The first Chairman from 1968 was David M-B. his wife was also a member. She recalls that a lot of effort went in to fund-raising in those early days.
Her party turn was a screen dance during which she threw out a number of tempting clothing items, finally emerging in her tennis kit!
Ron P recollects that the group of early members took over the running of a weekly draw started by Goring Cricket Club. Winning tickets were drawn in the Goring pubs in rotation and provided a valuable source of income for the Tennis Club.
Dances and Dinner Dances were help in local village halls; Aston Tirrold, Yattendon, Pangbourne as well as the Shillingford Bridge Hotel. Many had live music, decorated halls, some had fancy dress and/or a cabaret.
Interactions with the Parish Council
Ron P also recollects that in lobbying the Council to release land for tennis courts, committee members attended every council meeting, but were not allowed to speak.
The committee undertook a Village Survey to see what sporting facilities people put their priorities on. It was disappointed to find they preferred a swimming pool !!
What did club members find so attractive about the Station? High
And the Gents!
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