In a riveting final to the Coln Valley Annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament held on in Chedworth on Saturday June 12th 2004, defending champions Simon Sheppard and Alison Armitage of Ashton Keynes beat Rene Cason and Jackie Turner from Nailsworth to take home the Speke Challenge Cup.

There was also enthusiastic competition in the afternoon for the Scott-Smith Silver Salver, which was won by Kit Slade and Sally McKenna.

Established 22 years ago, the tournament is a popular fixture on the local sporting calendar and raises money for the Hill & Valley Lawn Tennis Club and for the churches of Chedworth, Coln St Dennis and Coln Rogers. This year saw 84 competitors taking part at the club and other private courts kindly loaned for the day in surrounding villages. Stephen Scott-Smith, Chairman of Hill & Valley LTC said: “We were particularly delighted that Edith Speke, who founded this event, could be with us to watch the final matches. It was a very successful day – the weather was fabulous, everyone was delighted with the quality of the tennis, and the caterers and volunteer helpers all excelled themselves to make it a special event”.

Over the lunch break, a demonstration of equipment was held by Serve U Tennis of Quenington. A raffle was held for prizes including champagne and a tennis bag full of accessories, followed by an auction for a Hill & Valley tennis shirt signed by Tim Henman and donated by one of the members. Should Tim win Wimbledon this year, the successful bidder will have a historic and valuable addition to his wardrobe!