SATURDAY 4 & SUNDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
Our festival weekend was a great success! The sun shone beautifully for both days and everyone enjoyed it.
We started with a fun tournament for adults and juniors of all ages. This included mini-tennis, triples, volleyball tennis & "joker card" tennis. Six teams competed with great enthusiasm with the winners rewarded with a new "Riverside" towel.
Lunch was a fantastic cheese and meat platter produced beautifully by the Social Committee & enjoyed by everyone.
Next came our presentations which began with a tribute and one minute clap for Roger Witt whose contribution to Salisbury and Wiltshire tennis was immense. This was followed by the presentation of a bench by the Rhind-Tutt family following the sad passing of Jim Rhind-Tutt last year - Jim was a member for about 40 years and president for over 15 of these!
The Wiltshire Club of the Year was then presented by Liz Bissett from Wiltshire LTA to our Head Coach and Coordinator, Carolyn Barry. The South & South West Region Club of the Year was then awarded to our Chairman, Chris Heweitt, by Sharon Heeley who is the Head of that region. The club was praised for its facilites development, quick reactions re covid and membership growth. Sharon was also impresed by our new website, media presence, logo and clothing range all of which have been developed by one of our young coaches, Mike Barry.
The official opening of Courts 7 & 8 was then carried out by Keith Chapman and Flossie Demain-Griffiths ( our youngest member!) Steve Archer who managed the project then cut the fantastic celebratory cakes made by Pam Bath.
Our club finals began at 2pm and continued all day Sunday; there will be a separate write up & photos about these.
Thanks to everyone who made this such a wonderful weekend - it was a terrific team effort!