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2010 News

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Saturday 18th December 2010 - SNOW WIPES OUT CHRISTMAS PARTY
The arrival of yet another snow storm brought about cancellation of Kent Elms Christmas Party. The popular pre Christmas celebration was called off late in the afternoon as it became clear that the conditions were too dangerous to venture out. There was also the interesting possibility of everyone being snowed in at the club! See you all next year!

Friday 12th November 2010 - KENT ELMS SECOND WINTER BREAK
After last years successful trip to Devon, another hardy group consisting of Pat & Diane Taylor, Terry & Sue Savage, Pat & John Rogers, Marilyn & Chris Sharples, Phil & Hanna Stevens, Bren & Debby Lincoln, and Dave McDougall, once again headed west for the 2010 Kent Elms Winter Break. The mood of the trip was set when Debby & Dave returned to their room to discover that all their bedding had been stolen, only to find that they were the victims of a Phil & Hanna practical joke (they later gained revenge by dismantling Phil & Hanna's shower!). Once again Pat Rogers dazzled us with her golf skills, although no one could match the power of Dave McDougall which was demonstrated when he smashed a succession of tee shots completely out of the driving range. Elsewhere, there was an endless diet of tennis, bowls, snooker, ten pin bowling, swimming, pistol shooting and of course Bren Lincoln repeating last years feat of winning the weekly prize for archery. Many thanks go to everyone who was involved in the action packed week, including special guests Ray & Lyndsey Grimwood who joined us on Tuesday.

Saturday 30th October 2010 - TRICKS & TREATS AT HALLOWEEN QUIZ NIGHT
It was a packed house at Kent Elms Tennis Club as Pete Clark & Cynthia Collier provided us with another highly successful quiz night. Most of those attending joined in the Halloween theme by dressing up in some truely amazing outfits. The contest itself was extremely close and the whole thing was rounded off with an excellent fish and chip supper.

It was a tight squeeze as over two hundred people attended the Leigh & Westcliff LTA 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way. An excellent meal was followed by guest speaker, Dean Macey, who gave us the inside story behind his 2006 Commonwealth Games Decathlon Gold Medal success. Next came the presentation of trophies, followed by live music from The British Beach Boys. As everyone went into celebration mode, there was an even bigger squeeze as masses of people decended onto the dance floor where space was strictly limited. Happily, nobody died and the atmosphere was good, as the Beach Boys rocked on until 1am.

Thursday 16th September 2010 - KNOCKOUT CUP DISAPPOINTMENT
There was double disappointment for Kent Elms after reaching the finals of both the ladies and mixed leigh & westcliff knockout cup competitions. The first set back came when we lost in the ladies Jubilee Bowl final, where we were drawn away to old adversaries, Thorpe Bay. Our misfortune was compounded in the mixed Jubilee Shield final away against Rayleigh when our first pair were forced to concede after Phil Stevens suffered a re occurrence of a shoulder problem.

Sunday 19th September 2010 - MARTIN RETAINS MIXED TITLE
Kent Elms Martin Needs has retained his mixed doubles title at the Leigh & Westcliff Summer Finals, played at Westcliff Hardcourts. Martin and his partner Sue Sergeant (Thorpe Bay) saw off the challenge from clubmate Pat Taylor and his partner Lisa Gordon (Leigh) 6-3 6-3. Another success for Kent Elms came in the veteran men's singles where Nelson Okomi beat Dave Goodman (Wickford) 6-4 7-5. In a repeat of last years men's singles final, Ryan Wilson (Rayleigh) once again beat James Holloway (Hadleigh Park) 6-2 6-0, while in a repeat of last years men's doubles final the result was reversed as Cliff Warwick & Dave Goodman (Wickford) this time got the better of Ryan Wilson & Bill Cooper (Rayleigh) 3-6 6-1 7-5. In the ladies singles, Sue Sergeant (Thorpe Bay) took the title for the first time beating Lisa Gordon (Leigh) 6-1 6-2, while in the ladies doubles, Ann Murray & Annemiek Binnendijk (Thorpe Bay) won for the second year running, beating Claire Elliott & Lisa Gordon (Leigh) 6-0 2-6 6-4.

A fundraising friendly match between Kent Elms and David Lloyd (Basildon) has raised £380 for the forces charity, Help For Hero's. Organiser, Jackie Taylor, asked both teams to get into the mood by turning out in army combat gear; and a ferocious bunch they looked. Thanks go to Jackie, plus Gary Nicholls who led the Kent Elms team, Pete Clark who ran the barbecue, Bren Lincoln for decorating the bar in camouflage netting, and all the other helpers who provided food.

The Leigh & Westcliff summer league season ended in disappointment for our ladies with the first team only managing fourth spot, while the second team narrowly missed promotion on game count. Elsewhere, our men never really got going finishing fourth, fifth and fourth in divisions 2, 3 & 5 repectively. In mixed divisions 1, 2 & 5 our teams performed well finishing third, fourth and third respectively. However, in mixed division 3 we never got going and were relegated.

Saturday 5th June 2010 - A TOUCH OF SPAIN AT KENT ELMS
With the clubhouse suitably decorated and the sound of guitars coming through the speakers, a little bit of Spain arrived at Kent Elms as Pat Townsley continued her themed evenings with a Spanish Night. With help from Bren Lincoln, Dawn Collins and her own daughter, Pat laid on a vast array of extremely tasty Spanish food, together with a large bowl of Sangria. And amid all the eating and drinking there was Jan Thorpe acting as quiz master as he invited everyone to partake in a number of topical quizzes. The evening was rounded off with prizes going to Jo Hancock as the best dressed spanish lady, while the best dressed man prize went to Pete Clark who came as a very convincing Rafael Nadal.

Two weeks ago Kent Elms members were gathering to meet new coach Royston Kymberly. This time round it was family and friends, together with other interested parties, who were put through their paces by the new coach. On a scorching hot afternoon, mum's and dad's took to the courts alongside children as young as four, to try out their tennis skills before tucking into some tasty food which included hot dogs and burgers from the barbecue. This event was a precursor to the full coaching programme which is due to begin in June. Anyone interested in taking part in group coaching sessions at £5 per hour can email Pat Taylor at or telephone on 07910-363116.

Friday 21st May 2010 - CLOSE FIGHT AT QUIZ NIGHT
Kent Elms put in a great performance at the Leigh & Westcliff Tennis Association Diamond Anniversary Quiz Night where the usual relentless, mind-numbing, avalanche of trivia, was halted only briefly to allow the competitors to enjoy some tasty food. Although we were neck and neck with the leaders throughout the evening, in the end it was the team from Hadleigh Park who took the trophy, with Kent Elms finishing in third place.

Sunday 9th May 2010 - MEMBERS MEET THE NEW COACH
A new coaching initiative began at Kent Elms Tennis Club as members came along to meet the new coach, Royston Kymberly. Royston, assisted by son Kyle and Martin Paterson, ran a series of tennis drills and gave members tips on how they might improve their game. The coaching programme will continue on Sunday 23rd May with a family fun afternoon where members are invited to bring along their family, friends and any other interested parties who would like to give tennis a try, starting at 3pm.

Sunday 25th April 2010 - MARTIN MAKES IT A MIXED DOUBLE !
At the Leigh & Westcliff LTA Winter Tournament Finals, held at Invicta Tennis Club, Kent Elms Martin Needs, together with partner Sue Sergeant (Thorpe Bay), made it a double triumph by adding the winter mixed doubles title to the mixed title they won last summer. It was excitement all the way as they came from 4-1 down in the final set to beat Mark & Debbie Rose (Rayleigh) 7-6 4-6 6-4. In the men's doubles final Ryan Wilson & Bill Cooper (Rayleigh) also repeated their summer success beating Allan Steel & Jeremy Heales (Leigh) 6-2 7-6, and in the ladies doubles Sue Sergeant & Kris Newbery (Thorpe Bay) beat Ann Murray & Annemeik Binnenijk (Thorpe Bay) 6-3 7-6.

They said it could not happen eight years in a row, but sadly they were proved wrong when the mystery guest once again failed to arrive at the Chinese Meal, Music Quiz & Karaoke Night. Amazingly, the special guest, who was due to fly back from Europe specially for the event, seemed to vanish into thin air. Many were left blaming the volcanic ash, while others dismissed it as just another phoney stunt. Whatever the real reason, the mystery seemed to deepen when reserve artist Edwina Buchan also failed to appear due to sickness (also caused by volcanic ash, perhaps?). The mystery seemed to be compounded even further when deputy reserve artist Andy Stone suddenly announced that he was also unable to sing because of a sore throat (caused by volcanic ash, no doubt). With nerves becoming ever more frayed, Jason McGinley finally stepped up to the mike and launched into Quando, Quando Quando, and in an instant the threat from volcanic ash was history. Very soon the place was rocking with performances which included Phil Stevens (Don't Look Back In Anger), Bren Lincoln & Mary Smith (Do That To Me One More Time), Martin Needs & Martin Powell (You're So Vain), Pat Taylor & Sally McGinley (Summer Nights), Sarah Stone & Sue Needs (Hey Mickey), Keith Smith (Dream Lover), Pat & John Rogers (Dancing Queen) and Diane Taylor & Marilyn Sharples (Lipstick On Your Collar).

Coaching opportunities at Kent Elms are to move onto a more professional footing under the guidance of Elite Tennis Academy coach, Royston Kymberly. Our new coaching initiative will begin with a "Meet The Coach" afternoon on Sunday 9th May 2010, which will offer one hours free group coaching for interested members, starting at 3pm. Two weeks later, on Sunday 23rd May, there will be a family fun afternoon where members are invited to bring along their family, friends and any other interested parties who would like to give tennis a try, again starting at 3pm. These two introductory events will then be followed by a junior coaching programme which will begin on Sunday 6th June. There will also be a Junior Summer Camp during the school summer holidays from Monday to Friday 9am to 12 noon.

Wednesday 24th March 2010 - GARY & BREN TAKE OVER TOP JOBS
At the club AGM on Wednesday night, Gary Nicholls took over as Chairman of Kent Elms Tennis Club from Jan Thorpe who steps down after three years in office. In another important change, Bren Lincoln took over as Club Secretary from Mary Moxom who steps down after a magnificent 15 years in office. Mary has given up her position to reduce her work load but will continue to serve on the committee.

A highly successful Leigh & Westcliff Winter League ended in disappointment after both our division 1 ladies and mixed teams entered the final week of the season with a chance of winning top honours. In ladies division 1 we were undefeated all season, but ended up losing out to Thorpe Bay after the snow forced us to conceded too many draws. Meanwhile, in mixed division 1 we went into the final week unbeaten before coming unstuck at Rayleigh, once again allowing Thorpe Bay to sneak in even though we had beaten them both home and away. Elsewhere, performances were generally solid. Our division 3 ladies finished 3rd and our mixed teams in divisions 2, 3, 4 & 5 finished 3rd, 4th, 4th and 2nd repectively with a special mention going to the team in division 5 for an excellent result. As usual our men found things a bit trickier with our teams in divisions 2 and 4 both finishing 4th. Commiserations go to our third men's team in division 6 who were relegated.

Mandy White & Nelson Okomi kept the home flag flying by winning the McLellan-Perkins floodlight tournament which has been hosted by Kent Elms Tennis Club for the past 32 years. In the main event Mandy & Nelson (Kent Elms) beat Mark & Debbie Rose (Rayleigh) 6-3 7-6. Earlier, Steve Lloyd & Dot Monte (Rayleigh) took the honours in the Plate Event beating Jo Hancock & Kevin Harvey (Kent Elms) 6-3 6-2.

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