Speke Challenge Cup Winners – Paul Toomer and Amelia Tester

The Coln Valley Annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament was held in Chedworth on Saturday 11 June. Defending champions for the past two years Simon Sheppard and Alison Armitage of Ashton Keynes were beaten in a closely-fought final by Paul Toomer and Amelia Tester from Wiltshire who took home the Speke Challenge Cup. In the afternoon competition for the Scott-Smith Salver, Chedworth finalist Robert Baker and his sister-in-law Nicky Amery from Ross-on-Wye were narrowly defeated by David Horlock and Catherine Ronan from London.

Scott-Smith Salver Winners – David Horlock and Catherine Ronan

Established 23 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 92 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: “The tennis was outstanding and the atmosphere today was really delightful. So many people put in a tremendous effort behind the scenes to enable everything to run smoothly on the day. I would particularly like to thank those who donated courts, the caterers and of course all the volunteer helpers who made puddings and cakes and worked so hard in the kitchen so that everyone was fuelled for combat!”