Successful charity event remembers two stalwarts of Orchard Tennis Club

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 October 2018

Orchard Tennis Club held their annual charity day, set up in memory of Stuart West, a former player.

Orchard Tennis Club held their annual charity day, set up in memory of Stuart West, a former player.


Orchard Tennis Club hosted another successful, if poignant, charity tournament in memory of a highly-successful former champion.

The winning red team at Orchard Tennis Club's annual charity tournament.The winning red team at Orchard Tennis Club's annual charity tournament.

The tournament for the Stuart West Trophy is now in its seventh year and managed to raise over £600 for Pancreatic Cancer UK, the charity nominated by the family of club stalwart Graham Barnes, who passed away earlier this year.

Barnes played at the Blakemere Road-based club in Welwyn Garden City for over 40 years, during which time he amassed an incredible 41 club titles, including eight singles and 11 mixed double crowns with his wife, Doreen.

A club spokeswoman said: “Graham was always keen to share his love of tennis and his knowledge of the game and set up and ran the junior coaching at the club for many years.

“He held many roles on the committee, including men’s captain, and he ended his time as groundsman and trustee.

Doreen Barnes presents Sue West with her trophy.Doreen Barnes presents Sue West with her trophy.

“In formal recognition of his commitment and dedication to the club he had been made a life member, the club’s highest honour.”

And as usual there was a fantastic response from the members of the club for the tournament, itself set-up in memory of another former player.

Four teams, from the 28 players taking part, competed for the trophy with three of the teams being captained by members of Stuart’s family, wife Sue and children James and Danielle.

The fourth team was led by Adam Reid who had been coached by Barnes and also played with him regularly.

Skilful handicapping by tournament organiser and Orchard president Dave Wesson ensured a close-fought afternoon of friendly but competitive tennis which was hugely enjoyed by all.

Doreen Barnes, Graham’s wife, was at the event together with their daughter Heather and presented the trophy to Sue West’s winning red team.

A cake stall and raffle added to the occasion and helped boost the total proceeds made.

Wesson said, “This has been yet another very successful and enjoyable charity event for the club, bringing together our members in remembering Graham and raising money for a very beneficial cause.”

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