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2007 News

All our yesterdays

Yesterdays news. Tomorrows Fish ‘n’ chip paper


Monday 31st December 2007 - FIREWORKS WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR
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 - CHRISTMAS UNDERWAY AT KENT ELMS
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 - PETE & CYNTHIA SERVE UP TRIVIA & CHIPS
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 - BARN DANCE GOES WITH A SWING
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 - DINNER DANCE MOVES TO AVIATION WAY
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 - MANDY REGAINS LADIES TITLE
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) 6-2 7-6. Mandy went on to make it a treble by also winning the Veteran Mixed Doubles with husband Nigel, beating Tim Padbury & Heather Bell (Thorpe Bay) 0-6 6-4 7-5, and then taking the Veteran Ladies Doubles Plate with Pat Townsley, beating clubmates Brenda Lincoln & Marilyn Sharples 6-0 6-2. Jo Hancock & Steff Haddrell were unlucky to lose a very closely fought Veteran Ladies Doubles final against Ann Murray & Heather Bell (Thorpe Bay) 6-4 6-7 6-7. Kent Elms were also represented in the Mens Doubles Plate where Jan Thorpe & Jason McGinley lost to Graham Wells & Alan Worsdale (Southend Lawn) 6-3 6-2. In the other main events Paul Gardiner (Leigh) retained the Men's Singles when he held off a very strong challenge from his brother Chris to win 7-6 6-3. Lauren Duffield (Leigh) won the Ladies Singles for the second time defeating the defending champion Nalandi Sharma-Ebdon (Hadleigh Park) 6-3 6-4. Paul & Chris Gardiner (Leigh) won the Men's Doubles title for the third year running beating clubmates Daniel Thrale & James Thompson 7-5 6-4. Chris Gardiner & Lauren Duffield (Leigh) won the Mixed Doubles title for the third year running beating Dan Thrale & Katrina Duffield (Leigh) 6-2 6-2.

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 6-1 6-3 to Chris Gardiner & Lauren Duffield while Phil Stevens & Steff Haddrell went down 6-3 6-3 to Paul Gardiner & Gemma Smith.

Wednesday 12th September 2007 - NELSON SINKS THE OPPOSITION
Nelson Okomi is the new Kent Elms Singles Champion after an amazing 6-0 6-2 win against the reigning champion, Tony Phillipps. Nelson has charmed everyone since his arrival at Kent Elms, and he is certain to be a popular champion. The final was followed by an evening of food, drink and merriment.

Sunday 9th September 2007 - CHAIRMANS DAY IS A GREAT SUCCESS
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 TRAVEL TO LEIGH
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.

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 - I VILL ZEY ZISS UNLY VUNCE
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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.

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.

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 - AFTERNOON TEA WITH NORMAN & EDWINA
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-go-round of social tennis was brought to a temporary halt at 2.30pm as Norman & Edwina began serving tea. Everyone was then invited to help themselves to a magnificent feast which included salmon, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, together with a dazzling selection of cakes. The Chairman, Jan Thorpe, thanked the hard working duo for providing such a generous gesture of hospitality.

Sunday 29th April 2007 - MANDY & GAIL MAKE IT FOUR IN A ROW
At the Leigh & Westcliff LTA Winter Tournament Finals, Kent Elms pair Mandy White & Gail Webster beat club mates, Jo Hancock & Steff Haddrell 6-2 6-2 to win the Ladies Doubles for the fourth year in a row. In the Mens Doubles, Chris Gardiner & Ian Beverly (Leigh) beat Danniel Thrale & James Thompson (Leigh) 6-4 6-4 while in the Mixed Doubles, Chris Gardiner & Lauren Duffield (Leigh) beat Danniel Thrale & Katrina Duffield (Leigh) 7-5 6-4. In the Mens Doubles Plate, Trevor Margerison & Trevor Brown (Thorpe Bay) beat Andrew Tanner & Andy Deeming 6-3 6-1, in the Ladies Doubles Plate, Debra Rose & Karen Mills (Rayleigh) beat Jane Hunter & Claire Elliott (Leigh) 6-2 6-3 and in the Mixed Doubles Plate, Ian Beverley & Gemma Smith (Leigh) beat Paul Gutteridge & Lisa Gordon (Leigh) 6-4 3-6 7-5.

Kent Elms Ladies have won the Winter Knockout Cup 3-1, after another titanic battle with Thorpe Bay. Mandy White & Gail Webster started slowly against Kris Newberry & Annemiek Binniend, before cruising to victory in two straight sets. Steff Haddrell & Julie Rackham got off to a flying start against Sue Sergent & Heather Bell, before the Thorpe Bay pair fought back to make it one set all. This is the third time that Kent Elms Ladies have won this trophy in the last four years.

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 - JAN TAKES OVER THE CHAIR
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.

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.

Chris Gardiner & Lauren Duffield (Leigh) beat Steve & Dawn Higgins (Rayleigh) 6-4 6-7 6-3 to retain the Doreen McLellan Trophy in a repeat of last years final, played under floodlights at Kent Elms Tennis Club. Earlier, Mark & Debra Rose (Rayleigh) fought back from 5-3 down in the final set against Martin Needs & Debby Lincoln (Kent Elms) to win a tremendously exciting plate event final 6-2 3-6 7-5. Click here for full results.

Sunday 4th March 2007 - PAT & TONY CELEBRATE 50 YEARS TOGETHER
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-in-law who works as a chef, good food was guaranteed; and Pat & Tony were relieved that no-one demanded a speech!

Saturday 3rd March 2007 - IT'S A SURPRISE 60TH FOR BREN
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 SET NEW RECORD
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 - INVICTA REGAIN QUIZ NIGHT TITLE
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.