The Speke Challenge Cup, left to right:Runners-up Charlie Foster and Ben Langley
with winners Matthew Irving and Sandra Chambers

Eighty competitors, a record in recent years, took part in the Coln Valley Annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament in Chedworth on Saturday 14 June.  In the opening round, the groups played on twelve fabulous courts at stunning properties kindly loaned for the day by their owners in Withington, Coln St Denis, Coln Rogers, Fossebridge, Rendcomb, Colesbourne and Aycote.

Players came mainly from Hill & Valley Lawn Tennis Club and from clubs in Northleach, Cirencester, Nailsworth, Minety, David Lloyd Swindon, Kintbury, Highworth and Purton.

The coveted Speke Challenge Cup was regained by 2011 winners Matthew Irving andSandra Chambers of Hill & Valley and Beckford in an excellent final against Ben Langleyand CharlieFoster from David Lloyd.

The final contest for the Scott-Smith Salver was an all-Cirencester challenge, hard-fought betweenJonathanVickers and LouiseHornerBaggsagainstGeorgeBrooksandElaineHolwell, with Jonathan and Louise emerging the victors.

Established over 30 years ago, the tournament raises money for the Hill & Valley Lawn Tennis Cluband for the churches of Chedworth, Coln St Dennis and Coln Rogers.

Commenting on the event, Tournament Coordinator Allison Stock of Hill & Valley LTC said: “It was a vintage day with entries up twenty per cent on last year.  We were delighted to welcome thirty new faces – making up over a third of the total entries.  We have a new sponsor for 2014, Savills,the weather held for us and we had a home win with Matthew and Sandra who won together three years ago.  The tournament is always a high point in our calendar with its very special atmosphere – traditional, friendly and sporting.  It draws players back year after year, and on Saturday it was marvellous to see so many members of other local clubs taking part.  We are hugely grateful to Savills and our other sponsors, to those who donated courtsand to all the volunteer helpers who worked so hard on the day and prepared food prior to the event.”

Next year’s tournament will be held on Saturday 13 June 2015 so now is the time to put this unique fixture in your diaries!

The Scott-Smith Salver, left to right:George Brooks, winners Louise Horner-Baggs
and Jonathan Vickers and Elaine Holwell