Coln Valley Tournament attracts young and older generations

Eighty-six competitors took part in Saturday’s Coln Valley Annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament, the traditional ‘country house’ tennis tournament held each June in Chedworth and the surrounding villages.

When it came to playing the finals the morning’s sunshine and blue skies had been overtaken by steady rain but players and spectators were undaunted: The coveted Speke Challenge Cup was won by Jason Stevens and Louise Crawford from Purton, who defeated runners-up Ben Langley from Purton and Ange Baldock from Purton/Cirencester

The winners of the Scott-Smith Silver Salver were Ian Lunn and Zena Marchington from Cirencester and the runners-up Gavin Gibson from Nationwide House Tennis Club and Karen White from Royal Wootton Bassett.

Sponsored for the fourth year by Savills, this enjoyable day of social, competitive tennis took place on courts at thirteen beautiful properties in Aycote, Calmsden, Chedworth, Colesbourne, Coln St Dennis, Coln Rogers, Fossebridge, Rendcomb, Shipton Oliffe, Withington and Perrots Brook.

Commenting on the day Allison Stock, Tournament Organiser, Hill & Valley Lawn Tennis Club, said:
“We were delighted to have two new courts for 2017, in Chedworth and in Withington.   Since players come back year after year, many having played for two decades or more, we like to be able to offer something new.  I was also thrilled that this year, 27 of the competitors were ‘first timers’, which augurs well for the future.  We had two players from Savills and 21 entrants from our own club as well as a tremendous showing from other local clubs such as Cirencester, Purton and Nailsworth.  There was also very much a family theme this year, with five mothers and sons entering, three of them pairing up Caroline & Freddie Baker, Anna & Johnathan Gell and Diane & Danielle HorsellRachel & Oscar Snowball and Nathalie & Elliot Magson took part and played with other partners and expectant mother Rowena Wakefield reached the Speke Cup semi-finals.”

Graham Stock, Club Chairman said: We are all tremendously grateful to Savills for their continued support and to Courtstall Services for donating the tennis balls.  A huge thank you too to those who provided raffle prizes including D&J Sports, Jesse Smiths, The Seven Tuns, Savills, Chedworth Farm Shop and Jenny and Duncan Cairns. Above all, I want to say a huge thank you to court owners and all the volunteer helpers who helped with the organisation, baked cakes, decorated the village hall and worked so hard in the kitchen on the day.  We are already looking forward to next year’s tournament on Saturday 9 June 2018”.

The event raises money both for the Hill & Valley Lawn Tennis Club and for the local churches of Chedworth, Coln St Dennis and Coln Rogers.

The Speke Challenge Cup:
Winners Jason Stevens and Louise Crawford from Purton Tennis Club
Runners-up Ben Langley from Purton and Ange Baldock from Purton/Cirencester

 

The Scott-Smith Salver:
Winners Ian Lunn and Zena Marchington from Cirencester Tennis Club
Runners-up Gavin Gibson from Nationwide House Tennis Club and Karen White from Royal Wootton Bassett