This is how things were before the New Courts and Clubhouse
This 1988 - 1997 decade saw major changes in the club’s infra-structure.
In the early days, the parking area was often reduced to a quagmire of deep potholes during any wet weather. Teas and refreshments were often taken alfresco or picnic style in the open air or in the Sheepcot Pavilion, shared with the football clubs and somewhat remote from the actual tennis courts. The existing courts were in need of renovation. Like the footballers, we also had to repaint the white lines before important matches.
With all this in mind, club members started to plan for improvements and commenced fund raising towards these ambitions.
The Parish Council replaced the original parking area with a tarmac surface and the tennis club’s first steps were to build extra courts and completely resurface the existing courts. This was only possible once the club had agreed a longer lease with the Parish Council.
Potholes in the car park, ... High
... And still more potholes High
... And the open air swimming pool
Relining the old courts
The old kitchen in use...High
... With concrete walls and railways’-style teapot
Picnics in the open air
The Tombola Stall
Fund Raising . High
The builders begin the new courts...
... Using high-powered equipment
The old courts being broken up
Building inspectors surveying the new court surfaces
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