Slideshow: Orchard stocks up on new members

PUBLISHED: 19:01 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

Club chairman Dave Wesson in the stocks

Club chairman Dave Wesson in the stocks

BUDDING tennis players had a smashing time at Orchard Tennis Club s annual fun day. There was no shortage of takers when the opportunity came to give Orchard club chairman Dave Wesson a good soaking. With the sun shining, the sponges rained down aplenty a

Dave Wesson getting a good soaking

BUDDING tennis players had a smashing time at Orchard Tennis Club's annual fun day.

There was no shortage of takers when the opportunity came to give Orchard club chairman Dave Wesson a good soaking.

With the sun shining, the sponges rained down aplenty as Ye Olde Orchard Stocks were put into action for the first time.

Great entertainment, fun and tennis were also in plentiful supply as the West Side tennis club hosted another successful family fun day.

An estimated 600 people attended the event in Blakemere Road, all enjoying the activities on offer.

Free tennis coaching for both adults and juniors proved popular, whilst off-court visitors were entertained by a mini fete with sideshows, face painting, bouncy castle, raffle and barbecue.

Pimm's and beer also went down very nicely as the WGC club enjoyed its first alcohol licence since being founded in the 1930s.

An uninhibited service action saw Adam Reid land the fastest men's serve of the day at 95mph.

Ross Ryan took the title for the Under-12 boys, registering an impressive 85mph, in a competition kindly sponsored by Lee Turnbull from Hit 'n' Run at Gosling.

The Orchard membership tent was also kept busy with visitors enjoying a 20 per cent discount for signing up on the day.

Club president Roger Freeman was delighted with the turnout.

He said: "This event just seems to get better and better each year.

"It's marvellous to see everyone having such a great time and enjoying what Orchard has to offer.

"There is also a tremendous sense of community here today, which is very special."

Orchard has three top-quality synthetic grass courts and welcomes members of all ages and abilities for both competitive and friendly play.

Prospective new members are welcome to a free trial on the courts and the membership discount offer of 20 per cent has now been extended until the end of May.

Enquiries to Ann Wesson on 01707 390269 or check out the new-look website www.orchardtennis.co.uk


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