Monday 31st December 2007 -
New Years Eve at Kent Elms began with a three course meal organised by our very own hostess's, Pat Townsley, Brenda Lincoln & Pat Rogers. This was followed by games and quiz's prepared by Pete Clark, who then rounded things off with a spectacular firework display at twelve o'clock, and of course a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
Saturday 22nd December 2007 -
Celebrations got underway at Kent Elms as members and friends gathered to wish each other a very merry Christmas. A superb range of food was accompanied by two games from Keith Smith, another from Norman McCoaut, and a raffle from Jan Thorpe & Pat Townsley. The evening was rounded off with the traditional bout of carol singing.
Saturday 24th November 2007 -
It was quiz time again at Kent Elms Tennis Club as Pete Clark & Cynthia Collier served up their own particular brand of trivia, together with a very large portion of fish and chips. The pace was manic as the questions came thick and fast, with the table consisting of Dawn & Keith Collins, Marilyn & Chris Sharples, Danny & Linda Lovett & Pete Welsh emerging as winners. Yet strangely there were no losers as Pete & Cynthia awarded prizes to everyone present! Now, thats what I call a contest!
Saturday 10th November 2007 -
It was bales of straw and a range of dodgy cowboy outfits as 80 members from Kent Elms & Leigh Tennis Clubs joined forces to stage a Barn Dance at St Margarets Hall, Leigh. The dance floor was packed throughout the whole evening as The Famous Potatoes guided everyone through some familair and some less familiar routines. Everyone agreed that the atmosphere was superb and a great night was had by all.
Friday 28th September 2007 -
Saxon Hall, in Aviation Way, was the new venue for the annual Leigh & Westcliff LTA Presentation Dinner Dance, instead of the usual Hollywood Restaurant. The thirteen members and friends from Kent Elms who went along thought the new surroundings were extremely pleasant, although the main hall was smaller than the Hollywood. A very good meal was followed by the presentation of League, Cup and Tournament trophies. One thing that remained the same was Paul Brandon's disco which kept most people on the dance floor until 1am.
Sunday 16th September 2007 -
At the Leigh & Westcliff LTA Summer Tournament Finals, played at Westcliff Lawn Tennis Club, Kent Elms Mandy White regained the Ladies Doubles title she was forced to concede through injury last year. Playing in a new partnership with daughter Holly, they beat Linda Vaughan & Sue Levy (Westcliff Hard) 6-
Friday 14th September 2007 -
Kent Elms reached the final of the Summer Mixed Knockout Cup but were unable to get the better of a very powerful Leigh team. Mandy & Nigel White lost 6-
Wednesday 12th September 2007 -
Nelson Okomi is the new Kent Elms Singles Champion after an amazing 6-
Sunday 9th September 2007 -
It was another bumper turnout at Kent Elms Tennis Club, as Chairman Jan Thorpe welcomed members to his own very special Chairmans Day. There was a highly competitive tournament run by Norman McCouat, together with a lavish buffet. Prizes were awarded to Gary Nichols (Mens A), Brenda Lincoln (Ladies A), Peter Welsh (Mens B) & Kylie Barrett (Ladies B).
Sunday 26th August 2007 -
Kent Elms players travelled to Leigh Tennis Club to compete in a friendly match involving six men and six women from each club. The players were divided into four teams who competed against eachother over twelve 18 minute sessions. An entertaining afternoons play was rounded off with some excellent food provided by the Leigh players. Kent Elms representatives were Jo Hancock, Brenda Lincoln, Marilyn Sharples, Pat Townsley, Dawn Collins, Hanna Stevens, Nigel White, Mark Hughes, Jason McGinley, Andy Pond, Gary Nichols & Richard Crews.
Friday 17th August 2007 -
Phil & Hanna's son Joe Stevens took the U12 prize in the Championship section of the Deanes Thunderball Tennis Tournament, finishing twelfth out of 28 competitors. This was Joe's first ever tournament. To check out the final results table click on Thunderball Results.
Saturday 21st July 2007 -
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Sunday 15th July 2007 -
Members and friends gathered at Kent Elms Tennis Club to attend a "surprise" 40th birthday celebration for Trevor Brealey. In spite of the best efforts of wife Jane and close friend Jerry Hamilton, it was generally agreed that this was the least secret birthday party ever. On the positive side, Jane did a terrific job with the food, and the weather was absolutely brilliant. Trevor is now an official member of the "old farts" club.
Saturday 14th July 2007 -
The 2007 summer season has ended with Kent Elms Mens Division 1 team slipping back into Division 2 after losing out in a relegation battle with Southend Lawn. Meanwhile, our other two mens teams consolidated their positions in Divisions 3 & 4 following promotion last year. In Ladies Division 1 we had to settle for second place after our usual battle with Thorpe Bay, while in Division 2 we did well to finish third. We retained our positions in the top three mixed divisions after finishing fourth, third and fifth respectively, while in Mixed Division 5 we perfomed exceptionally well in finishing third.
Saturday 7th July 2007 -
The 11th Superstars Banquet once again served up a splendid four course meal as the Leigh & Westcliff summer season draws to a close. With as much wine and beer as you could drink, the evening rolled along in its own merry way. As usual, a fun quiz was played between the courses which was won by the table consisting of Mandy, Nigel, Jason, Sally, Margaret, Kathryn, Pete & Cynthia. The Chairman thanked Pat & Di Taylor for organising the food and drink, Bren Lincoln & Pat Townsley for table decoration, and Keith Smith for producing the quiz.
Saturday 23rd June 2007 -
It was a full house at Kent Elms Tennis Club as members took up an invitation from Norman McCouat and Edwina Buchan to join them for afternoon tea. The competitive merry-
Sunday 29th April 2007 -
At the Leigh & Westcliff LTA Winter Tournament Finals, Kent Elms pair Mandy White & Gail Webster beat club mates, Jo Hancock & Steff Haddrell 6-
Wednesday 25th April 2007 -
Kent Elms Ladies have won the Winter Knockout Cup 3-
Saturday 21st April 2007 -
It was a case of Deja Vu for a hardy band of music lovers when, for the fifth year running, the mystery guest star failed to appear at the Kent Elms Chinese Meal & Karaoke Night. As on previous occasions, the assembled masses refused to be disappointed. Before anyone could say "I want my money back", Edwina Buchan had leapt to her feet to fill the breach with her mesmorizing rendition of "These Boots Are Made For Walking". And before the applause had time to die away, John Rogers was letting rip with his own personalised version of "All Right Now". Thereafter came a whole string of indescribable performances which included Peter Clark & Chris Sharples (Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen), Bren Lincoln & Mary Smith (That Old Devil Called Love), Pat Rogers & Vera Cheeseman (Up On The Roof), and Margaret Ward & David Cheeseman (The House Of The Rising Sun). A further extra special mention should be given to Edwina Buchan for her version of "Fun Fun Fun" which she went on to complete even though the words failed to appear on the screen. However, most observers would agree that the highlight of the evening came with a heartrending version of "Love On The Rocks" by Phil Stevens & Andy Stone which left a large section of the audience in tears.
Wednesday 21st March 2007 -
At the club AGM on Wednesday night Jan Thorpe took over as Chairman from Dawn Collins, who has decided to step down after doing the job for the past four years. In another important change, Peter Clark has taken over as Treasurer from Pat Taylor.
Sunday 18th March 2007 -
Kent Elms Tennis Club have become the most successful championship winning club in the history of the Leigh & Westcliff League, having this season won their 37th title. Over the past few years the club has been closing in on Westcliff Hard who previously held the record for most championship wins. The role of honour currently reads Kent Elms 37, Westcliff Hard 36, Invicta 23, Hadleigh Park 17, Rayleigh 13, Thorpe Bay 9, Westcliff Lawn 8, Hockley 5, Leigh 5, Wickford 4, Southend Lawn 2, Rochford 1, Leigh Rd Baptist 0, Crowstone 0 & St Peters 0.
Saturday 17th March 2007 -
Chris Gardiner & Lauren Duffield (Leigh) beat Steve & Dawn Higgins (Rayleigh) 6-
Sunday 4th March 2007 -
It was a much calmer atmosphere at Kent Elms Tennis Club as members, friends and family gathered for the second night running to celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Pat & Tony Townsley. With a son-
Saturday 3rd March 2007 -
Kent Elms Tennis Club was packed to the rafters for a surprise party to celebrate Bren Lincoln's 60th birthday. Daughter, Debby, lured her unsuspecting mum to the club where Pat Townsley was supposed to be having a quick drink with those who couldn't make her anniversary celebrations scheduled for the next day. Much food and drink was followed by a comic look at Bren's life over the past 60 years. Thanks go to all the helpers, particularly Pat Townsley & Jan Thorpe who manned the bar throughout the evening. Thanks also to all those who successfully kept the secret!
Monday 19th February 2007 -
Kent Elms Ladies are Leigh & Westcliff Winter Division One champions for the seventh year in a row, breaking the record they shared with Westcliff Hard who won six in a row between 1988 & 1994.
Saturday 3rd February 2007 -
Kent Elms have failed to defend their title at the Leigh & Westcliff Trivia Championship held this year at Hockley Tennis Club. Some of the questions were a nightmare, and so was the parking, as the annual quiz night was won yet again by those masters of trivia, Invicta, with Kent Elms close behind in third place.