Chairman’s Remarks at the end of our 57th Season

The 2016/17 WINTER LEAGUE had 12 entries and all matches were completed with Trowbridge A winning Division 1 and Biddestone winning Division 2. 12 entries from 10 Clubs have been received for the 2017/18 WINTER LEAGUE and there will again be 2 divisions of 6 teams, playing fortnightly from 7/8th October and 6/7th January.

The 2016 AWARDS included Max Bramley of Melksham as Junior Player of the Year, Catherine West Club Rep of the Year and somewhat unexpectedly myself for the Millenium Shield for services rendered to the League since taking over as Chairman in 2005. The 2017 AWARDS will be announced and made at the forthcoming Annual Presentation Evening Dinner on Friday 6th October at The Glasshouse Restaurant at Wadswick Green, hosted by the Biddestone Club. The 2016 Presentation Dinner was a most enjoyable evening at Bath Function Rooms, hosted by the Bloomfield Club of Bath.

Entry fees to Winter League and Knockout events remain free and £5 per team for the Summer League – our League finances are still in healthy condition and we are grateful for the continuing sponsorship of KAVANAGHS, ESTATE AGENTS of TROWBRIDGE & MELKSHAM, now in its 6th year.

The JOHN FORD MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT did not materialise in 2016 on the courts of Warminster School, thereby bringing to an end the long run of charity tournaments supporting RNLI and organised by Colin Singer of Wylye Club. However, the JFMT was revived this summer on 13th August at Devizes in a different format with 8 mixed couples playing two round robins – the Final being a very close match in which winners Karen Perrett & Simeon Holmes (Devizes) came from behind to pip Ginny Dalyrimple & Keith Wright on the post in a tie-break. We made a £190 donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance towards its new HQ due to be opened at Semington

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