We try to keep our news page up to the minute, fresh and relevant, but what about old news items?
From May 2018, instead of just deleting news articles after a month, we will be transferring them to our website archives.
15th August 2018
‘Mr Co-Op’ pays a visit
The Co-Op’s Community and Campaigns Officer Gareth Dempster paid a visit to the club during Summer Holiday Tennis to see the ball machine paid for by their members.
When we applied to the Co-Op for a communities grant of £1,700, little did we know that the generous members of the Co-Op would vote with their purses – and raise the cheque to £5,661.
Our treasurer, Di Sealey, pictured second left, said: ‘This enabled us to not only buy the ball machine but to refurbish and repaint court six and buy four new nets for courts three to six.’
Gareth, pictured kneeling front, was quickly named ‘Mr Co-Op’ by some of the youngsters using the machine.
He said: ‘They were a great bunch of kids and very enthusiastic’.
Also pictured are our chairman Nick Sealey, left, and assistant coach Liam Murch, right.
OUR ROB WINS THE MEN’S OVER 55s SINGLES TITLE IN THE TORBAY OPEN
Congratulations to our head coach Rob Short who won the Men’s Over 55s singles title.
Top seed Rob made ‘short’ work of his opponent, number two seed Nick Wright from Dorset with a 6-2 6-2 victory at Torquay Tennis Club.
What was all the more remarkable was that he won his way through the three rounds while carrying on his coaching duties at Cary Park.
He said: ‘I think I’ll have a day off now, to recuperate.’
Cary Park hosted one day of the Open and despite several stoppages for rain, everyone was very complimentary about our courts and facilities. Hopefully by next year’s event we may have our splendid new clubhouse to welcome all the competitors.
OBITUARY – Jasper Widdicombe
It was with sadness we learned of the death of Jasper Widdicombe, who died suddenly at home.
Although a member of Cary Park for only a short period of time in 2017, he was well known among our former Torquay Tennis Club members for his time there.
A friend found his Cary Park membership card among his belongings which included two nearly-new high-quality racquets and at least 20 tubes of balls which he has very kindly donated to the club.
They will be very welcome for coaching our youngsters and for use in the ball machine which is available to all members.
20th July 2018
MATT AND CONNOR ARE TRULY IN-SPIRE-ATIONAL
Cary Park members stopped playing and gave a standing ovation to two Work Experience pupils from The Spires College who spent a week sprucing up the club site.
Matt Hill and Connor Noble used strimmers and trimmers, mowers, blowers and hoe-ers, and weeded and swept every inch of the grounds during their time – not to mention emptying waste bins and braving a possible rats’ nest in a wheelie bin.
And along with Neil Spacagna, John Kirby and Nigel Edwards (pictured with them) they gave the 100-metre long perimeter hedge a short back and sides in time for Summer.
I’m sure that all those members who were unable to thank them personally would like the school to say thank you for us. You will be pleased to know that the club gave each of them a complimentary junior membership in appreciation for their efforts.
30th June 2018
MIKE AND ALEYA WIN THE BRIAN CROCKER TROPHIES
This year’s American Tournament was the best ever with the standard of players – both juniors and adults – being higher than it’s ever been.
Winners of the two Brian Crocker trophies were Aleya Al Holo (Junior) and Mike Coleman (Senior)
The trophies were inaugurated back in 2011 and the event has been held most years since then.
Once again it was our Head Coach Rob Short who organised the tournament and presented the trophies. He said afterwards: ‘The standard of tennis from both the adults and the juniors was exceptionally high, with some great matches played’.
Adult winner Mike Coleman who left with partner Paula Hill for Heathrow directly after the tournament said: ‘It was great fun and ideal preparation for four days away in Prague’
Junior winner Aleya added this trophy to the Mixed Doubles title she took with Chris Clarke in last year’s main club tournament – a great way to unwind after her GCSE exams.
She said: ‘I feel very proud to have won another trophy at the club that means so much to me’.
30th June 2018
Cary Park is proud to show off its latest investments in the painting and refurbishment of court six and new nets for courts three, four, five and six.
These are part of our ongoing programme of improvements to the site which have recently included the outdoor table tennis table and new litter bins, along with our brand new on-line booking system for members.
It also follows a big year in 2017 when we added the Aviva viewing area, brand new ball machine and other smaller items. Now it’s all systems go for the Big One – the extension of our clubhouse and addition of a new equipment store.
We hope that members, parents and non-members like the new additions to our facilities and the continued improvements at the club.
9th June 2018
New bins to keep our lovely grounds litter-free!
Cary Park took delivery of their new litter bins this week, and thanks to Mike Coleman we eventually worked out how to lift off the lids!
The Committee decided to spend a little extra to get something in keeping with our lovely site and the Cary Park conservation area. We hope you like the result.
13th May 2018
CARY PARK CELEBRATES ITS BUSIEST EVER OPEN DAY
Cary Park Tennis Club celebrated its busiest open day ever as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend.
Hundreds of children and dozens of families joined in the fun as they played tennis, putting and table tennis in the Sunday sunshine.
Guest of honour Kevin Foster MP attended with his wife Hazel who celebrated her birthday with a game of table tennis against Torbay Councillors Nicole Amil and Robert Excell.
He said: ‘It’s always such a pleasure to come to Cary Park and see all the children squealing with delight.
‘But today was extra special and a lovely way to celebrate Hazel’s birthday’.
Head coach Rob Short contributed towards the bumper turnout with his behind-the-scenes work in Torbay’s primary schools.
He said: ‘It was great to see the kids and meet their parents, and to see them all playing together as families’.
Rob was assisted by some of his young trainee coaches – one of whom only qualified the day before.
Kevin Foster said: ‘When I heard about Rob’s programme of training young coaches I was particularly impressed. This is the real future of British tennis.’
An army of volunteers from the club – including wives, husbands and mums of committee members – kept the day flowing and handed out free refreshments including a mountain of home-made cakes.
Chairman Nick Sealey said: ‘Without all the willing volunteers we could never put on events like this – and this one exceeded all expectations. Well done to everyone’.
24th March 2018
CRASH, BANG, WALLOP….WHAT A PICTURE!
When Cary Park needed an industrial sized vacuum cleaner to clear their courts of leaves and debris – who better to turn to than the Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving campaign?
They gave us £500 towards the aptly named ‘Billy Goat’ machine and we’ve never looked back.
It clears the courts in minutes instead of back-breaking hours with a broom.
Now the Skipton have offered a further £500 for the best photo of the winners putting their grants to good use.
Our groundsman doesn’t get the machine out when there are youngsters on court – for obvious reasons. But they jumped at the chance to have a go at pushing it for the Grassroots Giving Picture Show.
24th March 2018
The club is thrilled to announce that our raffle for an Easter hamper raised more than £80. The first prize went to Babbacombe businesswoman Lyn Williams, who owns a letting agency. Ironically Lyn had donated some of the contents of the hamper herself…..along with Junior Co-Ordinator Pat Ward, vice-chairman Sam Garner, Club Secretary Paula Hill and last year’s men’s captain Kevin Mowbray.
The draw was made by chairman Nick Sealey who said: ‘It was a first class effort by Pat and Sam who came up with the idea and did all the organising. Once again it showed what a brilliant band of volunteers we have’.
The second prize was drawn by a junior member and won by another junior Jack Lawton.
21st March 2018
Following our triple league success in 2017 :-
Cary Park Tennis Club is pleased to announce that we will be entering FOUR teams in the South Devon Summer Tennis League this year – one ladies, one mixed, and a men’s A team and B team.
This follows the league’s annual meeting in Ashburton when the negotiating skills of our Club Captain Chris Clarke and Ladies Captain Ali Cornwell persuaded the league to let the men’s B team to play on a Sunday with a default time of 12 noon.
Chris said: ‘When we decided to enter a ladies team this year we did so by cutting out one of the mixed teams. But by definition this meant that two fewer men were able to play league tennis.
‘We are in the fortunate position – more so than most clubs – of having a lot of men who want to play competitive league tennis. But it was written into the League’s rules that matches had to be played midweek evenings.
‘With the pressure on our courts from social tennis, coaching, league tennis and box league matches – not to mention our commitment to allowing the public to play – it would have been impossible to accommodate a fourth league side. By playing our men’s B team matches at the weekend, it relieves this pressure a bit.’
Chris explained that there are strict rules about who can play in A and B teams.
‘As I understand it we have to name four men who will play A team matches only. Of the others only those who have played two or fewer A team matches can play for the B team. Mixed and ladies players will be unaffected by this.’
Membership Secretary Paul Levie said: ‘It’s going to be a very busy summer this year so persuading the league to change their rules for our benefit is a major coup. Winning all three of the divisions we entered last year was fantastic. But success means our teams move up a division so we will not be able to rest on our laurels.
‘In many clubs the same four or five people play ALL their league matches. But Chris is very inclusive and registers every person in the club who wishes to play. He also makes sure he does his best to give every one a game.
‘That’s what makes Cary Park the unique club it is. And hopefully it will lead to lots of good things both on and off the courts’.
21st March 2018
Here at last!
The Eagle has landed…..well, Cary Park’s new table tennis table, anyway!
Like something from another planet, the 1.75 tonne monster was delivered and installed today in a precision operation lasting more than two hours.
First Cary Avenue had to be completely coned off to prevent cars from parking opposite the club’s driveway.
Then the chain-link fence by the clubhouse had to be removed – courtesy of Mike Coleman and Reliant Metals.
Then the giant JCB and the four-part concrete table were delivered on a 40 foot long articulated lorry from Glendinning’s quarry in Ashburton, where it was made.
With inches to spare either side, the JCB and driver gingerly hoisted in the two concrete ‘legs’ and table top, one at a time, where they were fixed into place. The finishing touch was the metal ‘net’.
The table and necessary groundworks were paid for by a £3,000 from the ‘Bags of Help’ scheme, funded from the 5p charge on plastic bags.
Club Secretary Paula Hill said: ‘We’ve waited a long time for this day, and finally it has arrived – just in time for the AGM and Easter. Perfect timing!’
The table will be open to club members free of charge and non-members for a small fee – alongside the club’s six tennis courts and 18-hole putting course.
21st March 2018
Cary Park benefits from local resident’s votes
10th March 2018
A DOUBLE WHAMMY FOR CARY PARK AS WE WIN TWO GRANTS IN A WEEK!
A huge thanks to Cary Park members, family and friends, whose recycling efforts have led to us winning a grant from the Torbay ‘Green Points’ scheme.
Last year we asked all of you to register for the scheme and record your recycling of paper, card, glass, cans etc. in aid of the Club.
Now we have received the news that we have been chosen to receive a grant of between £500 and £2,250 at an awards ceremony at Rowcroft on March 20.
Chairman Nick Sealey said: ‘It’s a great effort by everybody and you should all be very proud of yourselves.
We applied for the grant to convert our floodlights to LED, but this is proving to be a much bigger and costlier job than we thought.’
‘So now the committee must decide whether to wait until we have enough funds for the job or to spend this award on installing recycling bins around our grounds’
But the Green Points award is only one of TWO grants we have received in a bumper week.
Club Secretary Paula Hill said: ‘Just two days earlier we received word from the Torbay Community Grants Fund that they have awarded us £500 towards our new clubhouse.
‘I know that all our members are eager to get behind fund-raising events for the clubhouse extension and this will give us a great impetus to get on with them’.
20th January 2018
CARA AND ZAK PASS THEIR LEVEL ONE COACHING CERTIFICATES
Cary Park is proud to announce that Cara Morton and Zak Zayer have passed their LTA Level One coaching certificates.
They are the latest in Head Coach Rob Short’s programme of bringing through young coaches into his training set-up.
Rob said: ‘With junior coaching now on four nights a week, plus Saturday mornings, plus our outreach programme into local schools, it’s vital to have new blood coming through in the coaching team.
‘But it’s more than that. Our junior members really respond to the younger coaches. And it also gives our more talented players something to aim for within the Cary Park family – rather than looking elsewhere’.
Zak started at Cary Park at the age of 10. Now 17 he regularly plays adult league tennis for the club. Cara, 16, started tennis at Teignmouth at the tender age of five and has represented Cary Park in matches against other clubs.
6th January 2018
MEET ‘LOVE’-EY THE HUGGABLE BEAR
Meet ‘Love’-ey the huggable bear who can be yours in time for Valentine’s Day.
The adorable Love-ey, which was donated by junior co-ordinator Pat Ward, will be raffled off to all members, young and old, and will make a perfect gift for your special loved one.
Tickets are already on sale at 50p each and the draw will take place on Saturday February 10 at 10am – just in time for you to gift wrap it and make someone very happy.
And to keep the ‘Ahhhh’ factor going, the draw will be made by our own lovable club mascot, Meg, with a little help from her owner Karoline.
You can buy tickets from the clubhouse at any time, or from any committee member.
This is a very important year for Cary Park Tennis Club and this will be the first fund-raiser towards our massive Clubhouse Appeal to extend and equip the clubhouse for the benefit of all.
So dig deep and help get the fund off to a great start.