Saturday 19th December 2009 -
With six inches of snow on the ground, it was a particularly hardy group of members and friends who gathered for the Kent Elms Christmas Party. With a couple of fun games from Keith Smith and some delicious food, the back drop of snow helped create a very festive atmosphere. Pretty soon everyone was involved in performing some lunatic versions of their favourite carols, and with midnight approaching, Hanna Stevens arrived from another party, and the whole thing kept rolling on until 1.30am! All in all it was an excellent effort by all concerned.
Monday 14th December 2009 -
Phil Stevens is the new Kent Elms Men's Singles Champion after a titanic struggle with the defending champion, Nelson Okomi. After several years of under achieving at singles, Phil began confidently, taking the first set 6-
Friday 13th November 2009 -
It was with a sense of adventure that Pete Clark, Pat & Di Taylor, Phil & Hanna Stevens, Pat & John Rogers, and Bren Lincoln headed off to Devon for Kent Elms first winter break. Tennis seemed to be the last thing on everyone's mind as the intrepid eight threw themselves into a non-
Saturday 31st October 2009 -
The Leigh & Westcliff LTA Presentation Dinner Dance being held on Halloween could mean only one thing. A room full of the living dead, dressed up in dodgy outfits, and eating scary food. Once the trophies had been presented, a very frightening DJ suddenly started to play ghoulish music which resulted in dozens of zombies and several old witches attempting to cast their spells on the dance floor. It was all good clean fun which bravely went on beyond the bewitching hour.
Friday 23rd October 2009 -
One of the longest running knockout cup sagas of recent times has finally ended in triumph for Kent Elms. No one could forsee the problems that lay ahead when, for the first time in fourteen years, Kent Elms won through to all three knockout cup finals (Ladies, Men's & Mixed). The first sign of difficulty came with the realisation that all three finals were due to be played away against Rayleigh. Since Rayleigh do not have floodlights, and with the nights rapidly drawing in, it was impossible to play on any of the scheduled dates. The men managed to find an early weekend slot and Rayleigh took the first of the finals with an impressive 4-
Saturday 3rd October 2009 -
Once again, Pete Clark and Cynthia Collier were the hosts of another Kent Elms Quiz Night, where the usual frantic evening of quick fire trivia only eased up to allow everyone to partake in a delightful midway supper. In the end it was the table consisting of Malcolm & Jo Hancock, Edwina Collier, Norman McCoaut, Katy Cox, Phil Stevens and Nelson Okomi who triumphed in a very closely fought contest. As the evening came to a close, Pete and Cynthia made their familiar gesture of awarding almost everyone a prize.
Sunday 20th September 2009 -
At the Leigh & Westcliff LTA Summer Tournament Finals, played at Southend Lawn Tennis Club, Kent Elms Martin Needs secured his first major success by winning the Mixed Doubles. Martin together with partner Sue Sergeant (Thorpe Bay) won an exciting three set battle 6-
Sunday 13th September 2009 -
It was a full house at Kent Elms as Chairman Jan Thorpe hosted another of his extremely popular Chairman's Days. Once again Norman and Edwina organised a fun tournament which saw Richard Crews and Marilyn Sharples emerge as winners with Ken Clark and Dawn Collins as runners-
Friday 10th July 2009 -
The Leigh & Westcliff Summer Leagues followed a similar pattern to the Winter Leagues as our men struggled to avoid relegation. After a bright start in division 1 we found ourselves in third spot at the halfway stage, before the wheels came off in the second half, and we hit the slippery slope back into division 2. The mens second team showed their fighting spirit by retaining their place in division 3 in fifth spot, while the third team sank without trace and are relegated to division 5. Our ladies first team got off to possibly their worst ever start in division 1, but came back to finish a creditable 3rd. Meanwhile, a very close fought battle in division 2 saw our ladies second team relegated. Our four mixed teams in divisions 1, 2, 3 & 5 were much more solid finishing third, fourth, third and third respectively. In particular, our team in division 5 were in first place for much of the season before faltering at the end.
Saturday 4th July 2009 -
The 13th Superstars Banquet saw members and friends gather to celebrate the end of yet another summer season. Once again, a delightful four-
Saturday 2nd May 2009 -
Once again the organisers were left stunned when, for the seventh year running, the mystery guest star failed to turn up at the annual Chinese Meal & Karaoke night. Although many of those attending were bitterly disappointed, a possible nasty situation was averted when Edwina Buchan leapt to her feet, and with Brenda Lincoln, Marilyn Sharples and Vera Cheeseman on backing vocals, she launched into an unbelievable version of Da Do Ron Ron. In no time at all, any thoughts of the missing guest star had been blown away by an amazing series of perfomances which included Debby & Bren Lincoln (Killing Me Softly), Andy Stone (Mandy), John Rogers & Pete Clark (Dance The Night Away), Hanna Stevens, Debby Lincoln & Pat Taylor (Fairy Tale Of New York), and Martin Needs & Andy Stone (The Green Green Grass Of Home). Perhaps the performance of the night came from Phil Stevens and the Table 1 choir with their stunning version of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Sunday 26th April 2009 -
At the Leigh & Westcliff Winter Finals, Martin Needs & Kevin Harvey (Kent Elms) won the Men's Doubles Plate, beating Chris Rackham & Steve Baker (David Lloyd) 6-
Wednesday 6th April 2009 -
Kent Elms and Thorpe Bay went head to head in both the Mixed and Ladies Winter Knockout Cup Finals. In the mixed final it was Kent Elms who took the honours after a closely fought match. However, Thorpe Bay took revenge with a convincing win in the ladies final.
Sunday 15th March 2009 -
Of the ten teams competing in the Leigh & Westcliff Winter League, it was our three men's teams who struggled, mainly due to injuries and absence. In Men's division 2 we could only finish fourth, while we were relegated in division 3, and finished fifth in division 6. Elsewhere, there were solid performances all round with our two ladies teams both finishing second in divisions 1 and 3, and our five mixed teams in divisions 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 finishing third, third, fourth, second and third respectively.
Saturday 14th March 2009 -
With perfect weather, a large crowd, and plenty of food and drink, it was another highly successful night for this floodlight tournament which has been hosted by Kent Elms Tennis Club for the past 31 years. In the main event Pat Taylor & Lisa Gordon (Kent Elms) overcame Graham Wells & Jackie Sirdifield (Southend Lawn) 7-
Thursday 12th March 2009 -
At the Leigh & Westcliff AGM, a proposed rule change which would allow a club to have two teams in any division has been voted down. The proposal was presented by Wickford and was an attempt to try to avoid teams becoming league locked. This is currently affecting teams from Thorpe Bay who last summers won 8 divisions, but were unable to have any team promoted because they already had teams in the division above.
Saturday 28th February 2009 -
Those intrepid event organisers, Pat Townsley & Bren Lincoln, were at it again as they transformed the Kent Elms clubhouse into a little bit of Mexico for their Mexican Evening. As the guitar music played, members and friends began arriving, many dressed in dodgy Mexican outfits, and sometimes carrying strange looking prickly structures which were reputed to be cactus plants. After a delicious 3 course Mexican meal, and a couple of excellent quizzes, prizes were awarded to Pat Rogers for the best home-