The Speke Challenge Cup, left to right:
Runners-up Charlie and Heather Jeffries, John Robson and winners Catherine Rownan and David Sewell

Seventy two competitors from the local area and as far afield as London, Birmingham and Dorset took part in the Coln Valley Annual Mixed Doubles Tournament in Chedworth on Saturday.  A day of fabulous tennis culminated in a final between David Sewell from London and Catherine Rownan from Sherborne, Dorset against Charlie and Heather Jefferies from Cirencester, with David and Catherine taking home the Speke Challenge Cup.  As past winners of the afternoon competition for the Scott-Smith Salver, David and Catherine have competed in the tournament on many occasions.

In a closely-fought final contest for the Scott-Smith Salver, Hugh Gladman and Penny Samworth beat Cirencester’s Adrian Potter and Jane Beaumont.

The Scott-Smith Salver, left to right:
Winners Penny Samworth and Hugh Gladman,
John Robson and runners-up Jane Beaumont and Adrian Potter

Established 25 years ago, the tournament was sponsored for the second year running by Far Frontiers Travel Ltd, the tailor-made travel specialist based in Devon.  In the opening rounds, games are played on courts kindly loaned by residents in the surrounding villages and this year included one which was new to the event.

Commenting on the event, John Robson of Hill & Valley LTC said: “It was an amazing day.  We were so lucky with the weather, only a couple of groups had play interrupted by brief showers.  The tennis was of a very high standard and played in a friendly and sporting atmosphere. The tournament goes from strength to strength and is a high point in the year for the tennis club. So many people put in a tremendous effort behind the scenes to enable everything to run smoothly.  In addition to our sponsor, I would particularly like to thank those who donated courts and all the volunteer helpers who worked so hard on the day and with food preparation prior to the event.”

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