Tennis Club history

I read with interest the article in Lympstone Herald’s June edition about the thirtieth birthday of Lympstone Tennis Club

I first joined Lympstone Tennis Club in 1953. The club had then been established for many years. and was managed by a committee under the watchful eyes of Jack Long and Nellie Vanstone. We played on a single grass court on the same site as the present court nearest the Village Hall.

The adjacent land was used as allotments. The court was maintained by club members and we were all expected to take our turn at mowing the grass and marking out the lines ready for play. Numerous friendly matches were played against various neighbouring teams including the annual local derby against Woodbury played one year at Lympstone and the next at Woodbury.

Sadly many of the former members are no longer with us, but a few remain including Joyce Perry and Jill Newton. I have a photograph of the Men’s team taken in 1961.

I recall my Mother telling me that she played tennis at Lympstone Tennis Club pre war, so that would date the existence of the club in excess of seventy years.

I would be very interested to know when the club was originally formed.

Alan Child

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