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It is a tradition of the Club that it is run ‘by its members, for its members’. This has been proven with the maintenance and development of the site, including the building of the clubhouse, being completed, primarily, by members.

Another Club tradition is that members entertain other members; this was again the case at the 75th Anniversary celebration. Peter Appleton gave a short speech and then joined his band, ‘The Crapdads’ and Chris Evans, to play and sing while the guests danced the night away.

The evening concluded with Chinese lanterns being released to float over the Downs and a rocket volley signalled the end of a successful 75 years of tennis at Downswood and greeted the beginning of the next!

The evening was enjoyed by everyone and raised £450 for Club funds. Thanks go to Susie Blair for organising the celebration and to all who put up and took down gazebos, begged, borrowed and moved tables, chairs and barbecues, cooked, decorated and did everything else required to make it a night to remember.













Janet, Susie and Peter cutting the cake.




75th Anniversary of Downswood Lawn Tennis Club

In 1935 when the houses in Downs Wood were built, the landowner, Mr Herbert Walker Charles Weatherdon, allowed the corner plot to remain undeveloped provided it was used as a recreational facility for local residents. Thus, Downswood Lawn Tennis Club was founded. Since then the Club has developed and improved its facilities, which now include a clubhouse and 3 tarmacadam all weather courts, two of which are floodlit. However, the Club is still proud to serve the local community.

On a cold, windy, June evening 110 present and past members aged between 8yrs and 80+yrs, met to celebrate Downswood’s 75th Anniversary. Amongst the guests were Mrs Rosemary Walden, the longest serving Club member and 3 past Presidents, Mr Warwick Webb, Mr Derrick Spanton and Mr Steve Kershaw.

Guests were greeted with a celebratory glass of champagne before gathering in the large, beautifully decorated, gazebos to enjoy a delicious barbecue and a selection of desserts, all prepared and served by members. Peter Appleton, the Club’s President, Susie Blair, Social Secretary and Janet Dunbar, Hon Secretary cut the tennis inspired anniversary cake to the strains of ‘Happy Birthday to you’!

Over the years membership of the Club has extended down through families and this continues today with 2 generations of members in several families and 3 generations in the Rothwells and the Davisons families.











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President's speech