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19th March 2020

Today, our Club Secretary, Paula Hill issued the following memo to all Cary Park Tennis Club members :-

” Dear Member
We would like to thank all members for their ongoing support and co-operation with respect to the Coronavirus.
Unfortunately, the committee have decided to suspend all junior coaching sessions from tomorrow (Friday 20th March) until further notice. Please note, that the Clubhouse will be closed with immediate effect.
In respect of Social Tennis/Fixed Fours/Singles/Doubles, the committee feel that this is down to those members who want to continue to play (using the correct protocol with regards to the virus and distancing). Adult coaching is really up to the coach and the adults involved – if the coach says no, then it should not take place. Again, one to one coaching with juniors is up to the parent and coach (please ring Rob on 07919 838748 for clarification/additional information).  
Please be aware that although we all appreciate the benefits of exercise and fresh air, less personal interaction does reduce the spread of this virus and the more that we can do to reduce the spread, the better. It is our responsibility to try and stave off this virus for as long as we can giving doctors, nurses, care workers etc and all those who are on the front line a chance to help us. 
Best wishes and good health to all,
Paula “

24th February 2020


Club Captain Mike Coleman unveils the club’s new scoreboards for use in league matches and other competitions.

‘At the moment we just have two, for use on either courts one and two, or two and three, depending on which courts are in use,’ said Mike

‘But if we get the floodlighting to court three, we’ll buy another, making three in total.’

The club will keep the old scoreboards, which fit in the net posts, for use during Torbay Open week, and at other times when all six courts are in use for a competition.

Mike said:  ‘The new scoreboards are easily visible to both players and spectators, and we positioned them at a low level so as not to impede spectators’ views’

2nd February 2020


Why, who should be wandering around Wimbledon last year when she bumped into current Cary Park ladies singles champion Rosanna Castillo-Palmer?

Some of that winning magic must have rubbed off, because it was none other than American Sofia Kenin who went on to win a title of her own yesterday… the Australian Open Ladies Singles.

Rosanna, 17, was up at Wimbledon with mum Claire and fellow Cary Park member Linda Knott when she spotted Kenin coming off the practice court.  They had ‘won’ the tickets in the Cary Park Wimbledon draw.

Sofia Kenin was n’ot well known outside America at the time, but Rosanna recognised her because she had watched her knock Serena Williams out of the French open earlier in the year’.

“‘I asked her if she would have her photo taken with me and she said yes’” said Rosanna, who attends Torquay Girls Grammar School

‘”But I didn’t know that next time I saw her would be on TV winning her way through to her first Grand Slam’.”

‘ Rosanna, the first recipient of the ‘Sheila Thomas Memorial Bursary’ (funding training of young coaches) was in Exeter doing her level one course so missed the TV coverage of Kenin’s victory, but she may have had divided loyalties as Kenin was playing Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, and Rosanna’s dad Juan is Spanish.

  • At 21, Russian-born Kenin is the youngest American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Serena in 2002.   Pundits predict it will be the first of many…..a bit like Rosanna when she won her first Cary Park title at the age of 13!

19th January 2020


Congratulations to Aaron Mitchell who won the much-delayed November Floodlit Trophy….in January.

A combination of bad weather, the Christmas break, and work commitments meant that Aaron and runner-up John Steed only managed to play the match today.

And then it was nearly called off again….because of frosty courts.  But John and Mark Maxwell went out with the club’s two watering cans full of hot water to unfreeze the lines and make play possible.

‘It was like watching them prepare the courts at Wimbledon’ joked organiser Paul Levie.

Aaron won the match 6-2, 6-2 after attacking the ball from the off.  John mounted a stout defence, as always, but this time Aaron had the beating of him.

Both men are still in the January Tournament – which has been opened up to allow daytime and weekend play – so John may get his chance of revenge further down the line.

Making the presentation, Men’s Captain Kevin Mowbray said:  ‘Given the conditions, and the strong sunshine from one end, the quality of play was very high.  Congratulations to both finalists.’

17th January 2020


Cary Park Tennis Club is flushed with pride….after the first part of the renovation of their loos!

The builders braved bad weather and gale force gusts to complete the fitting of new uPVC windows, cladding, soffits and guttering.  Still, it’s an ill wind…..

And they didn’t just paper over the cracks.  This was a big job and no mistake. (Don’t stop me now, I’m on a roll!)

For our comfort and convenience, they even put thermal insulation in the walls.

The work was done in conjunction with the Bowls Club next door, and completes the outside of the clubhouse refurbishment.  Next on the agenda is a makeover for the inside of the loos, with new hygienic walls and floors.

And after this, our loos will be completely international…

When you’re trying to get in, you’re Russian.

When you’re inside, European.

After afterwards you’re Finnish.

16th January 2020


There’s no such thing as a romantic week away from it all….not when you’re a Cary Parker, that is!

Imagine their surprise when Nick and Di Sealey spotted Kevin Mowbray and husband Trevor at the airport – and furthermore discovered they were all on the way to Lanzarote.

Said Kevin:  ‘We weren’t actually staying at the same resort but we kept bumping into each other’ (as our picture on the beach shows).

Di added:  ‘It was like Cary Park On Tour.’

And this wasn’t the only holiday coincidence either.  The same week Claire Palmer and her daughter Sophie went off for a skiing trip to Bulgaria….and bumped into club coach Georgia Doyle, who was on the trip with her Torquay-based hockey squad.

So watch what you get up to on holiday, folks.  You never know who’s watching!

23rd November 2019


For the second time in three years, customers of the Co-Op have come up trumps for Cary Park Junior Tennis Club.

pictured from left to right are: Sam Garner, Cary Park’s welfaqre officer, club secretary Paula Hill, junior player Lucas Weedonhare, supporter Irena Garner, the Co-Op’s Andy Fleming, club captain Mike Coleman, Tasha Kennedy-Hale and Steve Burnett from the Co-op, and junior Megan Warry

Cary Park, along with two other local good causes, received a cheque for £6,276 from the St Marychurch store manager Steve Burnett on Saturday.

Both junior and adult members turned up to accept the cheque which went towards the extension to the clubhouse.

Club Secretary Paula Hill said:  ‘The Co-Op and their customers have been absolutely brilliant to us.  We have received an amazing £12,000 so they’re easily our biggest donor in recent years.

‘What’s really great about it is that clubs and organisations all over the country are receiving cheques like this.  Without this type of help, many of us just couldn’t manage.’

Mr Burnett said:  ‘The last time we helped Cary Park, our customers raised an astonishing £5,661.  It’s amazing to think that we beat that this time around.’

The cash was raised by Co-Op members who received 5p in dividends for every £1 they spent.  But more importantly, local good causes in the area, receive a penny.

Welfare Officer Sam Garner said:  ‘We spotted that this year, our neighbours in Babbacombe Bowling Club are one of the three chosen good causes.

‘So we’ve urged all our members to nominate them.  We share the same site with them, and their members work so hard to keep the place looking lovely – and it reflects on us’.

5th November 2019

Defibrillator training for Cary Park committee.

Our new defibrillator is fully automatic and ‘talks’ you through the procedure when the box is opened with the code provided by the ambulance service.  Nevertheless, members of our committee felt it would be a good idea to get some expert training in the machine’s use.

Martin Copeman, from Torbay Hospital, who normally delivers training to healthcare  professionals conducted the session in our clubhouse.

Martin has raised money around the bay to set up defibrillators like ours and is currently responsible for around 20 units.  He provides training as a volunteer through Heartswell, the providers of the equipment.

Sam Garner, our club’s welfare officer, who organised the training session, said ‘I thought the training went extremely well and those present not only got to understand how the defib works, they also got valuable teaching on basic life support. Vitally important as you never know when this skill may be needed and could save someone’s life.’

21st October 2019

Cary Park going strong in the winter league

Congratulations to team Cary Park (pictured left to right, Paul Lomas, Claire Palmer, Club Captain Mike Coleman and Mixed B Team Captain Sam Knapman) on their continued winning streak at Newton Abbot. They won their second away match in the mixed doubles winter league fixture by 8-0. Brilliant!! Well done to all. Their next game is at home to Stover on Sunday 27th October at 12 noon – Why not put it in your diary and come and support them!

Cary Park Mixed Doubles Round Robin tournament ends in victory for John and Paula

The second session of this event finally completed in September. Seven pairs participated and all enjoyed the many close fought matches. The season began in April, and at one point, was beset with injuries and holidays, but eventually, when all the matches were played, John Hayward and Paula Hill emerged as the outright winners on 11 points. Congratulations to both of them! Congratulations also go to Tony Mott and Ruth Parffrey who came a close second

19th October 2019


Dominic Fowldes won the Bob Farquhar Trophy at Cary Park Tennis Club at the second time of asking.

The 13 year old Torquay Boys Grammar School pupil beat 13 year old Jacob Mason 6-4 in the one-set shoot-out final.

 Last year Dominic was runner up after another close final.

This was Jacob’s first final and the Torquay Academy pupil put up a brave fight against his talented opponent.

Dominic only took up the sport three years ago and Head Coach Rob Short said his game had improved considerably over the year.

The tournament is in memory of Bob Farquhar who was the tennis professional at the Palace Hotel in Torquay for more than 50 years before his sudden death in 2018.

He joined Cary Park on his retirement and immediately helped those with whom he played.

17th October 2019


We are pleased to announce the addition of a new plaque on our defibrillator – in honour of much loved club members Pete Lewis and Bob Farqhar.

The two popular and talented players died tragically last year within months of each other – both of heart attacks.

The club raised the funds to buy the defibrillator within a couple of days and now the plaque stands proudly on the defibrillator housing.

Both the case and the plaque were made by our Club Captain Mike Coleman at his company, Reliant Metal Forming of Newton Abbot.

Mike said: ‘The defibrillator is a lasting tribute to both Pete and Bob, who were among our most popular members.’

Pete was son of Torquay United legend Dennis Lewis, and was also a talented golfer and snooker player.

Bob was the tennis professional at the Palace Hotel in Torquay for over 50 years and joined Cary Park when he retired.

Club Secretary Paula Hill said:  ‘The defibrillator was deliberately sited outside the club grounds so that members of the public could use it in an emergency.

‘To our knowledge it has been used twice already – both times by staff at care homes around Cary Park for use on residents.  The outcome of both incidents is unknown’.

Treasurer Paul Levie said: ‘When we bought the defibrillator we hadn’t envisaged its life-saving opportunities for our many neighbouring care homes.’

21st September 2019


Cary Park assistant junior coach Suzi Doyle proved she’s as good with a paint brush as a tennis racquet.

The daughter of club coach Karen Clark, Suzi designed and published these Christmas cards to help fund a school expedition to Costa Rica next July, and raise money for the homeless.

The young entrepreneur is selling the packs of high quality cards at £3 for five or £5 for ten, with half the proceeds going to her school trip and half to the chosen charity of her school, Newton Abbot College.

‘We all had to come up with a fund-raising idea and I thought the beach hut cards were very seaside-y.

‘I’ve had 5000 printed up, so it’s important to get them out early.

‘I’m selling them to family and friends, but I thought that Cary Park members might also like to buy some’.

  • There will be samples in the office for members to look at, and you can order them through Paul at the club or on 07836 652960.

9th September 2019

Club Tournament Finals

Club members, friends and family all turned out to enjoy a great afternoon’s tennis at Cary Park on Sunday, 8th September.

The tennis was gripping, with the club’s ‘creme de la creme’ battling it out on a fine September afternoon.

Nick Sealey, who presented the trophies, said Tournament organisers, Katie York, Paula Hill and Mike Coleman have had their work cut out this year with a record number of entries but the finals day has been a triumph.’  He went on to say ‘In true Cary Park style, members and friends have produced a fine spread in the clubhouse with most of the cakes baked at home!’

The results:-


Men’s Doubles.

After losing the first set, Kevin Mowbray and Alan Nicholl fought back in the second but just couldn’t get back against champions Mike Laukenen and Dom Bryant who took the match 6-2, 6-3


Ladies Doubles

This turned out to be a family affair with Rosanna Castillo Palmer, partnering Fiona Fisher up against mum Claire Palmer and Gina Dockree.  After a match with rallies and shots that drew gasps from the onlookers Claire and Gina won through with a score of 6-3, 6-3


Mixed Doubles

The first set went to an exciting tiebreak with Gina and Dom winning through.  They went on to win the match against Claire Palmer and Kevin Mowbray 7-6, 6-1


Men’s Singles

Despite having already played in two matches, and carrying injuries from a nasty fall, Dom put up a great fight against eventual champion Yordan who took the title 6-3, 6-3.


Ladies Singles

With mum and dad, Claire and Juan watching, junior member, Rosanna triumphed over Nicki Scaife in a thrilling 7-5, 6-2 final.


3rd September 2019

What do tennis players do when they’re not playing tennis?  Cuddle a piglet, of course!

Rosanna Castillo-Palmer has been gaining work experence at Pennywell Farm as part of her dream of becoming a vet.  And on Sunday, the family got to visit her at work. 
Part of Rosanna’s duties has been to man the ‘cuddle a piglet’ stall at the hugely popular hands-on experience farm.
And as you can see from the pictures, sister Sophie and dad Juan got in on the act as well.
Mum Claire said:  ‘We all had a wonderful day out.  What better job could you have than cuddling baby piglets all day long?  It was fantastic’.
*  We can think of a rasher move, but don’t mention bacon…..Rosanna’s a vegetarian!

27th August 2019


Cary Park had a very special ‘visitor’ on Bank Holiday Monday, when one of our members, Bernard Lien Lambert brought along his classic 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider.

It is the exact same make and model as the one driven by Dustin Hoffman in the another classic – ‘The Graduate’.

If fact they were built in the same factory just a week apart, and it was the last car the legendary Pininfarina designed.

Bernard (pictured front left) brought along his ‘pride and joy’ to the delight of more than 20 members and guests who braved the record Bank Holiday temperatures to play for more than two hours.

They then helped another member, Alan Nicholl, (pictured front right) celebrate his birthday with delicious chocolate cake.

‘It was a wonderful way to start my birthday celebrations and Bernard’s little beauty added greatly to the occasion’, said Alan.

Bernard said:  ‘It spent the first 30 years of its life in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, then 16 years in Bellingham, Washington State, with its lawyer second owner, until I bought it. 

‘It lived at my in-laws, in Carlsbad, on the Southern California coast, until I shipped it to the U.K. – Long Beach to Southampton- in January 2018.’

He added:  ‘Although it was fully restored 20 years ago, it is very rare in that it has never had any rust whatsoever.  So many Italian cars of the 60s and 70s rusted terribly, right from the time they were new’.

It is powered by the legendary Alfa Romeo 109 bhp 1,600 cc twin cam engine and was very advanced for its time, with disc brakes all round and a full synchro 5 speed gearbox.

‘I’m very proud of her’, he said.

24th August 2019


Meet Amaya Camille Bakare-Kennett – Pete and Jacky Kennett’s first grandchild – and Cary Park’s youngest member when she was just 10 days old.

Born on August 9 weighing in at 6lbs 7oz, Amaya was born in York where Pete and Jacky’s daughter Sophie is a doctor and her husband Dami a dentist.

The Kennetts wasted no time in registering Amaya for the club, and getting her her own membership card. 

‘If she turns out to be the next Serena Williams, we want to be able to take full credit’, joked proud granddad Peter.

22nd August 2019


When ex-Cary Park member Rosie Spooner retired as a VAT inspector she wasn’t interested in joining the Women’s Institute.  But she still managed to become a Calendar Girl – from the other side of the lens.

Rosie, whose husband Tim still plays at the club, turned her hobby – and her amazing talent for land and seascape photography – into a retirement business she runs from a cupboard in her seaside flat.

Her calendars, greetings cards and picture books have won critical acclaim, and are now on sale in 35 outlets throughout the south west.

With her budget-priced Nikon – ‘the top of the range ones are too heavy for me’, she says – Rosie, 69, walks for miles around the coastlines of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

‘Photography was always a passion of mine’, said the mother of-four and grandmother-of-eight.  ‘And so many people used to say to me ‘You could make a living at that’, that I decided to give it a try.

 And Rosie has never looked back.  Now, just a month before her 70th birthday, she has taken up another hobby – painting.

‘The two sort of go hand in glove’, she said today.  And if I become good enough at painting I’ll have no qualms about selling them too’.

Rosie took up gig rowing in Looe in Cornwall at the same time she started her business.  And she still rows regularly around her beloved South West coastlines.

‘My three passions of walking, sea-swimming and rowing take me to many of the most beautiful parts of Britain.  And I never go anywhere without my camera in my bag.

‘ I gave up regular tennis because of a recurring injury, but I still have very fond memories of my time at Cary Park, and still follow the club’s progress.  And I like to play a bit with Tim when I can’.

Rosie Spooner in her closet studio.

View more of Rosie’s pictures at

19th July 2019


Britain’s second largest supermarket chain Sainsbury’s joined their rivals Tesco in donating goodies for Cary Park’s record-breaking Summer Holiday tennis camps.  The Torquay store showed our juniors could ‘live well for less’ with a bumper gift of big brand chocolate treats.

Store manager Mark Prout said:  ‘Sainsbury’s is always keen to help good causes, and I feel that yours, especially, deserves our support’.

Torquay’s customer experience manager Beth Daniels is pictured with a sample of the chocolate bars that will help keep up the energy of hundreds of youngsters who have already signed up to our biggest ever summer holiday package.  It includes:

  • Tennis coaching and fun
  • Ball machine
  • Table tennis
  • Mini golf
  • Scavenger hunt and
  • NEW! Giant target tennis

The camps will be held every Monday and Wednesday between 9am and 12 noon throughout the summer, starting on July 24 and ending on August 28.

Junior co-ordinator Pat Ward, whose scavenger hunts proved hugely popular last year, said ‘We’re a community club and it’s wonderful to see the stores in our community getting behind us in this way.’

Club welfare officer Sam Garner said;  ‘Getting youngsters running around in the fresh air is the number one task of any community, and it’s brilliant to see others getting involved in our initiative.’

  • Members and non-members can book a place by phoning Rob on 07919 838748

7th July 2019


A leading firm of Torquay accountants have led the way in the health and wellbeing of their staff – with the help of Cary Park Tennis Club.

PKF Francis Clark, which employs over 120 staff in their Torquay office, initiated a scheme combining exercise and team-building, by paying for their employees to play tennis after work.

Scientists have already proven that tennis actually extends life expectancy.  Now the switched-on accountancy firm hopes to show that the figures stack up in improving health, concentration and morale.

One of the participants of the scheme, Chelsea Broadway, said:  “We really love our sessions at Cary Park.  It’s such a lovely place and the management have been very supportive and accommodating to our needs.  We had a choice of which after-work activities we would like to pursue, and tennis was the favourite.”

Andrew Squires, Partner at PKF Francis Clark confirmed that looking after staff health and wellbeing was high on the firm’s agenda. He said: “This initiative gets staff active and mixing socially which is proving to have a positive effect on both their physical and mental wellbeing.  This is great news.”

Club treasurer Paul Levie said:  “They’re a great bunch and there are some very good tennis players among them.

“Who knows, we might even pick up a few new members.”

7th July 2019


Retail giant Tesco coined the phrase ‘Every Little Helps’.  And they lived up to their promise this week when they donated enough squash and chocolate biscuits for even the thirstiest tennis kids.

We asked Tesco if they could help out to quench the thirst of up to 40 youngsters who will be joining in our Summer Holiday tennis camps this school holiday.  They agreed immediately…and threw in a basket full of chocolate biscuits as well!

Tesco Torquay’s ‘Community Champion’ Maggie Hutchings handed over the goodies outside the Torquay town centre store.

She said:  ‘We take a great interest in our community and we are very impressed with what you are doing for youngsters up at Cary Park.’

Head Coach Rob Short said:  ‘In this hot weather we get through gallons of the stuff.  We’re very grateful to Tesco and to our own army of volunteers who come along to help with the refreshments and activities.’

The multi-sport camps will include tennis, table tennis, mini golf, the ball machine, a scavenger hunt…..and a first this year – giant target tennis.

Click HERE for full details of our Summer Multi Sports program

  • Members and non-members can book a place by phoning Rob on 07919 838748

4th July 2019


Cary Park Tennis Club is launching its biggest ever series of summer holiday ‘tennis camps’ in a bid to get kids out in the fresh air and enjoying fun and games.

The three-hour multi-sport sessions will be held twice a week throughout the holidays, giving hard-working mums and dads a well-earned break too.

The sessions will be held from 9am to midday from July 24 every Monday and Wednesday right through to August 28.

They will include tennis coaching, mini-golf, table tennis, target tennis, the ball machine and a scavenger hunt.  Refreshments will be provided at 10am and 11am.  Participants will be encouraged to wear hats and sun cream, and trainers must be worn.

Head coach Rob Short said:  ‘In addition to these 12 sessions which are aimed at 5-10 year olds, we will also be holding shorter two-hour sessions for 11 to 16 year olds every Wednesday from 10-12, and then we’ll continue our traditional tennis coaching every Wednesday for 6-12 year olds from 5pm to 6pm.’

Rob and his team of assistant and trainee coaches are already gearing up for a fun-packed summer full of tennis and other sport-related activities.  Hours of planning and preparation should ensure an amazing experience for the youngsters.

Rob said:  ‘These days it’s more important than ever to keep children active during the long summer holidays.

‘We’ve never run anything like this many camps and it will be learning curve for all of us’.

The cost for the three hour sessions will be £12 for members and £15 for non-members.  The two-hour sessions for older kids will be £8 and £10 respectively.

Club Secretary Paula Hill said:  ‘We’ve looked at similar activities for this length of time and we think ours are excellent value for money.

‘Parents can go away knowing that their children will be in a safe environment, having fun with other kids their age, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise – and hopefully lots of sunshine too.’

All sessions should be pre-booked by ringing Rob on 07919 838748.

30th May 2019


Cary Park had to rename its ‘Floodlit Handicap Singles’ Tournament – but there was still a familiar feel about the winner.

Following months of meticulous planning and time-consuming preparation, Claire Palmer and Kieran Bailey finally got round to playing their ‘floodlight’ final.

But as it was just three weeks away from Midsummer’s Day, the club renamed the tournament the ‘Winter / Summer Trophy’ in their honour.

Kieran took the one-set shoot-out final 6-1 to add to his increasing number of trophies he’s won in the last few months.

But the match was much closer than the score suggests with Claire slugging it out point for point during some epic rallies.

She said afterwards:  ‘I just made too many mistakes, but Kieran is a fine player and a worthy winner’.

Kieran dropped just three games during the whole tournament, knocking out some of the club’s biggest guns, Dom Bryant, Neil Spacagna and Aaron Mitchell en route to the final.

He said:  ‘The handicapping and the one-set format means it’s important to get into the groove straight away.  It’s very different than playing in the really long three-setters.

‘But I’ve enjoyed all the matches and today’s final was great fun.’

Organiser Paul Levie said:  ‘At times I wondered if the final was ever going to be played, but in the end it was well worth the wait’.


11th April 2019


Cary Park Tennis Club held its annual Easter holiday Eggs-travaganza – with a chocolate twist!

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More than 30 youngsters thought they had it cracked in a brand new Cadbury’s Creme Egg competition launched for the first time this year.

But it was no yoke, as one after the other they found it hard to hit the hanging eggs.

The game was played on two hanging rails donated by club member Richard Baker, to win the chocolate eggs donated by Wilko in Torquay as part of their community fund.

Manager John Steed quipped:  ‘We were happy to shell out for such a good cause’.

The cotton pouches which contained the eggs were made lovingly by the ladies of the Torbay Hospital League of Friends ‘Linen League’ who are more used to running up ward curtains.

The Club’s junior co-ordinator Pat Ward said:  ‘Everyone is so generous to Cary Park and we are incredibly grateful.’

As well as tennis, putting, table tennis and other games organised by Head Coach Rob Short and his team of trainee coaches, the youngsters also enjoyed a Scavenger Hunt organised by Pat Ward.

She said:  ‘It was quite a cold day but the kids were having such a good time, they barely noticed it’.

24th March 2019


Mike Coleman’s come up trumps again, with a set of custom-made coat hooks to hang clothes and racquet bags on.


Altogether there are 40 pegs, in sets of five – with ten pegs set aside for junior and adult coaches.

Mike, boss of Reliant Metals of Newton Abbot, said:  ‘People have been complaining for years that there’s nowhere to hang their coats and bags.  Hopefully now there will be enough to go around.’

And if there aren’t just tell Mike – he’s got another two sets of five pegs in reserve!

20th March 2019

Sheila and Kieran take the trophy in the first Mixed doubles ’round robin’


Sheila Barrington and Kieran Bailey were a formidable pairing and came top of the table with 12 points out of a possible 14, winning 5 matches and drawing 2.

The inaugural session of the Cary Park Mixed Doubles Round Robin involved 8 pairs who all played each other over a fixed period.

The purpose of the tournament is to increase the opportunity for competitive play in the club and to increase the experience and confidence of players in playing competitive matches.
Katie York, who organised the competition, said ‘Ultimately it is about the enjoyment that playing our sport can bring. The more people you play the more you learn and the more fun you have!’
Our valued club member, the late Pete Lewis, a great player and much loved, was part of this group and will be sorely missed in our subsequent rounds.
Congratulations to Sheila and Kieran.

3rd March 2019

Members enjoy our first coffee morning in the new clubhouse


The committee hosted a special ‘drop in for coffee & cake’ morning for our members to sample the delights of our newly unveiled clubhouse.


The two sofas, with views across the putting green to the courts, proved particularly popular.


There are two further high-back chairs and plenty of seating at our ‘cafe’ style tables for informal get togethers.


Together with the fully fitted kitchen, our clubhouse now provides the perfect venue for sporting and social gatherings of all descriptions. It’s been a long time coming, but we look forward to many happy times at Cary Park!

2nd March 2019




Cary Park Tennis Club proudly hosted a Who’s Who of some of the most important names in local politics and sport today for the Civic opening of their new clubhouse extension and refurbishment.


MP Kevin Foster along with his wife Hazel, Mayor Gordon Oliver, Councillor Robert Excell (executive lead for sport), Councillor Nicole Amil (executive lead for tourism), sports officer Catherine Williams, and former Chairman of Torbay Council Anne Brookes were among the dignitaries who gave their support to the glittering event.

Head Coach Rob Short, Associate Coach Karen Clark, and founder member Dave Harding attended along with two representatives of our neighbours Babbacombe Bowling Club, Michael Miller and Peter Moodie.

Darren Simner (Darren Simner Architecture), Sean McEvoy and his team from CHI Construction, and Andy Davey who made the custom-built notice boards also attended.


Hosts for the day were our Chairman Nick Sealey and his wife Di, our treasurer.  Our secretary Paula Hill helped Di make sure everything went like clockwork on the day.

Nick had project-managed the construction and furnishing of the new building from the planning stage right through to the opening.

Nick told the guests:  ‘It has been a dream of mine since I first joined the club, to have a clubhouse that was worthy of the great things this club has achieved since its formation back in 2001.

‘It wasn’t always easy, and started with a lot of negotiations with the council and our neighbours over the lease.  But once we got under way last year we were lucky to have Darren and Sean on board – the best team you could wish for’.

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What our modest chairman did not tell the distinguished guests was just how much of themselves Nick and Di had put into the project.

First, they provided the patio door for the build and paid for the plans to be prepared and submitted for planning approval.  Second, in order to save the Club money, Nick undertook to fit the stunning units in both the clubhouse and the office, and he and Di then went on to do virtually all the decorating and carpet laying.

Kevin Foster paid tribute to the club and the sterling work it did with both children and on an inter-generational level. ‘I even managed to get in a bit about Cary Park in a parliamentary debate on sport recently’, he told guests.

Gordon Oliver also thanked the club for everything they had done and said he had been proud of the way the council had been able to help us along the way.


The Club is holding a second, less formal opening for adult members tomorrow.  A third open day will be held for children and parents next Saturday.

Nick said:  ‘We would have loved to be able to have invited everyone along at the same time.  But with 125 adult members and 150 junior members, it might have been a bit crowded – even in our new, enlarged clubhouse’.

22nd February 2019


For the second Floodlight Singles Tournament running there was a junior in the Final.

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Runner up Claire Graham and winner Kieran Bailey with their trophies after their Floodlight Singles Final at Cary Park Tennis Club. Photo by Paul Levie.

But this time talented teenager Kieran Bailey went one better than his fellow junior in the first final by taking the winner’s trophy in a 6-1 win over Claire Graham.

For Paignton GP Claire it was her second tennis trophy – the first coming when she was an 11 year old schoolgirl.

She said afterwards:  ‘There was no shame in being beaten by Kieran – he’s an awesome player’.

Kieran, who was once again supported by two generations of  Team Bailey  (and Oscar the family St Bernard)  was just too strong for Claire.

He had already struck fear into the hearts of Cary Park’s adult members by sweeping aside three very strong opponents in Mike Laukkanen, John Hayward and Aaron Mitchell.

None other than fellow junior and runner-up in the first tournament , Rosanna Castillo Palmer described him as the best junior in the club.



Preliminary rounds

Paul Levie (0) v Aaron Mitchell (0) 4-6

Mike Laukkanen (-15) v Kieran Bailey (-15) 0-6

First round

Joe While(-15) v Rosanna (0) 6-3

John Derbyshire (+15) v Claire Graham (0) 0-6 3-6

Jonny Graham (+15) v Aaron Mitchell (0) 2-6

John Hayward (-15) v Kieran Bailey (-15) 3-6


Joe While v Claire Graham 6-6 (5-10)

Aaron Mitchell v Kieran Bailey 2-6


 Claire Graham v Kieran Bailey 1-6

  • It’s all systems go, now, for the third and final Floodlight Singles Tournament which kicks off on Monday night (February  25).  With 16 already signed up, it will be the biggest of the three.  All four finalists in the first two tournaments, Kieran, Claire, Rosanna and Dom Bryant have already put their names down.

14th February 2019


It started out in the summer as ‘Tennis and Tea’ when a group of ladies enjoyed a cuppa and a chocolate Hobnob at the end of their Thursday tennis session.Then the ‘tea’ part had to be suspended during our clubhouse refurbishment *.


But still the numbers grew and today we reached a dozen for the first time (with the help of a guest male).

Even Poppy the Jack Russell managed a smile for the photographer.

All members and non-members are welcome and are encouraged to bring friends along – for the usual guest fee of course.  Why not join us?

Play starts at 2.30pm and the kettle goes on an hour later!

*Normal ‘service’ will be resumed after the official clubhouse reopening on March 2.

10th February 2019


Cary Park’s current men’s doubles and mixed doubles champion Dom Bryant has picked up his first trophy of 2019.


He won the inaugural ‘7.30 Floodlight Handicap Singles’ tournament with a 6-1 victory over our ladies singles champion Rosanna Castillo Palmer.

Dom proved just too strong for the talented youngster in the best of one set shoot-out, but said afterwards:   ‘She’s a real fighter and has got all the shots.’


‘She was a joy to play against and didn’t let her head go down once.’

Organiser Paul Levie said:  ‘Unlike our summer tournaments , this new winter format pitches men, ladies and juniors in together.Rosanna did brilliantly to get to the final, and Dom was simply too experienced’.

It was Rosanna’s fifth trophy and she’s still only 16.  The match was videoed by her father Juan as part of her GCSE exam.

Both he and mother Claire said afterwards how proud they were of Rosanna’s performance against probably the best male player in the club.

The trophies were presented by club coach Karen Clark who said:  ‘It’s great to see a junior player doing so well’


  • The second in the series of floodlight tournaments is now under way and Rosanna is still in the running, alongside another junior, Kieran Bailey.

9th February 2019


Our very own ‘Gorgeous’ George Kowalski has become a grandfather to twins…..and the first thing he did was sign them up for membership at Cary Park.


 Mathilda and Ruben were born in Dubai on 14 November 2018, so they immediately qualified for ‘Country Membership’.  They also got another special discount reserved especially for newborn twins.

George said:  ‘Who knows, they may be future doubles champions’

The twins were born to George’s daughter, Kate and her husband’ Edmund.

George said:  ‘I was lucky enough to be there for Christmas and New Year, soon after they were born.  They are absolutely gorgeous’.

Just like you, George, of course!

22nd January 2019

Cary Park to install a defibrillator for public access


Members of Cary Park Tennis Club are to buy and install a public-access cardiac defibrillator which can be used in an emergency in the vicinity.

Callers to the 999 operator will be directed to the club and given an access code to extract the machine from its cabinet.

It will be sited outside the club so it can be used 24 hours a day by the public whether or not the club is open.

The purchase was the brainchild of two Cary Park members who came up with the idea independently.  The club has lost two beloved members to heart attacks during 2018, and the defibrillator will be in memory of them.

Two local business people got the ball rolling with £100 donations.  They were Lyn Williams, owner of the Lyn Williams Letting Agency in Babbacombe, and Mike Coleman of Reliant Metals of Newton Abbot.

Then Club Secretary Paula Hill put out an appeal among members and within hours, that figure had risen to over £950.

‘I was staggered by the response’, said Paula. ‘I know what a generous bunch our members are, though we’ve had a very expensive year with the extension to our clubhouse.

‘But once again they have come up trumps.  I’m very proud of them.

‘The machine may restart the heart in the event of cardiac arrest.  If used within three to five minutes, the survival rate jumps from six per cent to 74 per cent.’

For the next six weeks, the club will be putting a donation container outside the club so local people can show their support.  Alternatively they can send cheques to Cary Park Tennis Club, Cary Avenue, Torquay, TQ1 3QT.  Local businesses can also contribute.

Paula said:  ‘If there is any money left over after installing the machine and an electricity supply, we will donate it to a heart charity’.

31st December 2018


When Cary Park members Jonny and Claire Graham got a new kitchen, they very wisely stored their old units in the basement…..and now that has saved the club over £1,000.


The Grahams, whose two children Linus, six, and Bethany, four, are also junior members of the club, donated them free of charge and even delivered the units to the new clubhouse themselves, saving yet more money on van hire.

Jonny said:  ‘When I heard the Club was extending the clubhouse, I thought the units we had taken out would be perfect.  

‘The extension they were in was demolished, but they seemed too good to throw away and now I’m glad we kept them’.

Chairman Nick Sealey, who has done most of the internal installations himself, said:  ‘The committee had already chosen units for our kitchen area.  But Jonny and Claire’s base units, doors and drawers were absolutely perfect for our new office.  All we’ve had to buy is a worktop’.

He added:  ‘We’re very grateful because we reckon kitting out the office would have cost us over £1,000 – so they’ve saved us a lot of money.’

23rd December 2018

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Pete Lewis - son of Torquay United legend Dennis Lewis - who has just taken over from Sheila Thomas - widow of team mate Billy Thomas - as Treasurer of Cary Park Tennis Club. Photo by Paul Levie.


Members of Cary Park Tennis Club turned out in force today to celebrate the memory of their good friend and popular clubmate Pete Lewis who died suddenly last week.


They held a minute’s applause for Pete in the shadow of All Saints Church, Babbacombe, where his funeral is to be held on January 11 at 12.30pm.

Members of Pete’s family, including his children Ben and Kimberley, his sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws turned up unexpectedly at the courts to add poignancy to a special moment.


Chairman Nick Sealey said:  ‘Above all else, the large turnout today shows that this club is all about friendship.

‘Pete made friends easily wherever he went, but particularly at Cary Park where we put a huge importance on warmth and inclusivity.  Pete epitomised that.

‘I hope our members take away from this desperately sad loss the need to keep that friendship at the very core of our club.’  

As well as the event at Cary Park, Pete’s friends in the world of golf and snooker also held tributes to their special pal.

22nd December 2018



Cary Park said a huge thank you to builders Sean, Scott and Andy, of C.H.I. Construction*, with a presentation of three souvenir mugs.

Their own ‘mugs’ have become familiar around the club for the last five weeks while transforming our old club room into a bright, sparkling space, capable of holding coaching lectures, meetings and social functions.

Chairman Nick Sealey said:  ‘Not only have they done a fantastic job on the actual build, but they have made sure that, with so many youngsters around, health and safety has been at the top of their agenda.

‘We couldn’t have chosen three more skilled or cheerful builders to carry out this challenging job’.

*  To Find out more about C.H.I Construction, click HERE

The next stage of the project will be the fitting out of the kitchen, office and storage space, which will be carried out by Nick and his band of volunteers.

21st December 2018


TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Pete Lewis - son of Torquay United legend Dennis Lewis - who has just taken over from Sheila Thomas - widow of team mate Billy Thomas - as Treasurer of Cary Park Tennis Club. Photo by Paul Levie.

It was with great shock and sadness that we learned of the sudden death yesterday of one of Cary Park’s most popular members, Pete Lewis.

He leaves a widow, Debbie, son Ben and daughter Kimberley.  The club sends our condolences to them.

Pete was universally liked by everyone at the club for his warm personality, his quick wit, his huge smile and his willingness to join in every aspect of club life.

He represented the club at league level, never missed a tournament, loved to attend social events and was always on hand to help with hedge-trimming and other tasks.

He was also quick to step up in 2016 and take on the difficult role of Treasurer when called on in an emergency.

Born into a sporting family – his father Dennis held the appearance record for Torquay United for nearly half a century – Pete was talented at all sports.  In later years he particularly excelled in tennis, golf and snooker.

His death was met with universal shock and disbelief by his fellow members.

Membership secretary Paul Levie said:  ‘His untimely death will leave a huge hole in club life.  Pete played with everyone at all levels with the same degree of charm and warmth.

‘But it was the great style with which he played the game that will live long in our memories.

‘He was quite simply a great player, a great bloke and a great mate’.

  • A minute’s applause will be held for Pete at the courts on Sunday at 10am.  Everyone is welcome whether they are playing tennis or not.


 “I always enjoyed playing with Pete whenever I had a chance at Monday fours. He was a true gentleman on and off court. A lovely man.” – Claire Palmer

“I can’t believe it. Such a lovely man”  – Katie York

“Pete – what a lovely, lovely man who for so many reasons I count myself so lucky to have known. 

Always a pleasure to be with and I shall miss him so much both on and off court.

His family must be devastated and my heart goes out to them” – Paul Lomas

“Big, beaming smile – always a gentleman, what a great bloke!  We will miss him.”  Nick & Di Sealey

“Cannot believe this! One of the loveliest men at the Club with a warm sunny smile for everyone.” – Karoline Stanton.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Pete Lewis. I had the pleasure of partnering Pete on many occasions at the club, Pete was a great sportsman and a total gentleman, I will miss him” – Colin Bowden

“One if the most competitive people you’ll meet but what a guy he was. Got me back into tennis, I’ll miss him greatly both at the tennis and golf clubs” – Jason Brooks
“I’ve only known Pete since I joined Cary Park less than two years ago but I always found him to be a great, friendly, happy guy as well as a really good tennis player, especially his net play as he loved to come to the net and volley whenever possible.  He will be sorely missed” – Kevin Mowbray
“I have been playing with Pete as my round robin partner. He was great to play with, enthusiastic, full of energy, always racing around the court for that ball but also encouraging, giving me good tips to try. A truly lovely guy and I will greatly miss him” – Ruth Parffrey.
I was lucky enough to spend plenty of time with Pete, be it on the golf course, at the tennis club or just socialising. He was great fun, a good sportsman and simply one of the nicest people you could wish to meet”- Simon Hester.

15th December 2018


Torbay MP Kevin Foster was on the winning side when he carried out Cary Park Tennis Club’s Christmas draw.

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 MP Kevin Foster and his wife Hazel were the special guests at Cary Park Tennis Club where they drew the winners in the Grand Christmas Draw. He is pictured in the Cary Park sweatshirt presented to him by the club along with, from left to right, Councillors Nicole Amil, Robert Excell, Hazel, and Cary Park chairman Nick Sealey.

Kevin left aside the Brexit dramas of the House of Commons to help the club raise £1,650 towards their new clubhouse.  Accompanied by his wife Hazel, the MP handed out a host of prizes ranging from panto tickets to tennis coaching.

The first prize, an original painting by Torquay artist and member Peter King, went to Gina Dockree who plays in two of the club’s league sides.

Chairman Nick Sealey thanked Kevin and Hazel, along with Torbay Councillors Nicole Amil and Robert Excell, for giving up their time, and for their continued support for the club over the past few years.

He also thanked all the local businesses and individuals who donated prizes worth a staggering £1,800.

On a day of driving rain Nick said:  ‘Before our new clubhouse was built we would have had to cancel today’s event because there simply wasn’t enough room for us all to go inside.

 ‘And although the project is not quite finished, our builders Sean, Scott and Andy of C.H.I. Construction worked all day yesterday – at their own expense – to get the new plaster painted, and all the building materials cleared away.

Paul Levie, who put in countless hours of work to organise the draw, presented Kevin with a club sweatshirt, embroidered by Design A Stitch, Torquay, as a thank-you for his help and support..


  1. Original painting by Peter King – Gina Dockree
  2. One hour coaching with Rob Short – Barbara Davis
  3. £10 voucher for China Blue, Totnes – Sheila Barrington
  4. Professional photo session – Tracey O’Keefe
  5. Meadfoot Calendar by Rosie Spooner – Caroline Drew
  6. Cary Park hoodie from Design A Stitch – Katie York
  7. Free racquet re-string from Steve Gill – Joan Lightowlers
  8. Two hours tennis is Torquay Tennis Club dome – Pete Lewis
  9. One hour coaching with Georgia Doyle – Babs Wilkinson
  10. One hour coaching with Karen Clark – Colin Bowden
  11. Two tickets for Dartmouth Steam Railway – Marian Knapman
  12. Two tickets for Kent’s Cavern – Simon Hester
  13. One hour coaching with Sarah Smith – Rachel Cooke-Thomas
  14. Two tickets for Babbacombe Model Village – Paula Murphy
  15. Two tickets for ‘Bygones’ museum – Pam Sibley
  16. Professional action photos – Matthew Tarr
  17. Family ticket on Babbacombe Cliff Railway – Pete Lewis
  18. Four games of bowling at AMF – Melanie Sweet
  19. Two tickets for Palace Avenue panto – Christian Larder
  20. Prince racquet bag from John Hill – Sarah Gledhill
  21. Four games of bowling at AMF – Louise Forsyth
  22. Cockington Calendar by Rosie Spooner – Di Sealey
  23. Reflexology with Kelly Thorn – Grace Lawson
  24. Massage treatment with Lynn Bristow – Mrs Lewis
  25. Two hour advanced driving course with Nigel Edwards – Adrian Knott
  26. £10 voucher from Wilko – Marian Cowley
  27. Bottle of Pinot Grigio from Waitrose – Neil Spacagna
  28. Professional family portrait photos – Iain Reynolds
  29. Christmas hamper from Lyn Williams – Ronnie Worsley
  30. Reflexology with Helen Hoyte – Mary Lievesley
  31. Babbacombe Theatre Christmas Show – Joanne Stamenkovic
  32. Princess Theatre panto – Rob Glanvill
  33. Devon Calendar by Rosie Spooner – John Hayward
  34. Two tickets for Kent’s Cavern – Katie Luker
  35. £30 voucher for Hanbury’s Fish Restaurant – Sam Garner

14th December 2018


Around 40 members attended the Club’s annual Christmas party at the Abbey Sands Hotel.


This record number of guests enjoyed fabulous food, a great atmosphere, and an exhausting night on the dance floor.

Club Secretary Paula Hill presented organisers Ruth Parffrey and Sam Knapman, with scented candles as a thank-you for all their hard work for the third year running

8th December 2018


The stars always come out for Cary Park Tennis Club…and today was no exception, when X-Factor heartthrob Luke Friend presented the first of our Christmas Draw prizes.


     Luke was in Union Square, Torquay, promoting the Princess Theatre panto Sleeping Beauty, which opens its run on Friday December 14.

     And after signing autographs, playing the guitar and singing to the large crowds, he took time off to make our draw even more special by handing over the prize tickets. The show also stars

  • Melinda Messenger who is playing Fairy Sparkle.
  • Luke Friend is playing Prince Valient.
  • Aiden J Harvey who is playing King Eggbert The Oval.

     The winner was actually Rob Glanvill, a colleague of our own Mike Coleman who sold him the winning ticket.  But Rob very generously offered the tickets to his son Kitson and girlfriend Brooke – pictured here receiving the prize.

     Cary Park’s chairman Nick Sealey drew two tickets in a preliminary draw because the prizes were time-sensitive.

     The main draw for the remaining 34 prizes will take place at the club next Saturday at 10am, and will be conducted by our MP Kevin Foster.  They include an original painting by Peter King valued at more than £500.

     A few tickets are left but these will obviously not include the first two prizes already drawn.

16th November 2018

Latest on our clubhouse refurbishment

Monday, 12.11.18 saw the delivery and erection of our new equipment store, enabling us to clear out and vacate the existing club room and office ready for builders, C.H.I.Construction.


By the time the new store was up and running, builders Sean, Scott and Andy, had already excavated and laid the foundations for the new extension to the clubhouse and started on the demolition of all the internal structures of the building.


By Friday, 16th the walls to the new section were taking shape, the complex array of ancient electrics made safe and removed, and the old plumbing stripped out.  The pictures might give some impression of the enhanced space that the new layout will provide.


Next week should see the installation of two purpose built steel structures (like heavy-duty goal posts) to support the roof, enabling us to achieve an open plan feel to the new rooms.

All very exciting – watch this space for the next update!

10th November 2018

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One of the legends of Torquay tennis over the past half century was commemorated this week with the presentation of the Bob Farquhar Trophy to the winner of the Cary Park Tennis Club under 14 boys singles final.

Bob was head coach at Torquay’s Palace Hotel for 52 years before his retirement in 2017.  He joined Cary Park but sadly died suddenly within a few months of his retirement.

But his widow Linda wanted the club to have a junior trophy named after him to mark all the thousands of Torbay children he had coached over the years.

She said:  ‘Bob loved coaching children more than anything, and I thought it fitting to mark his life and career in this way.

‘He was patient and kind, but having learned his trade from Arthur Roberts, he was also very thorough. Youngsters who were coached by Bob were given a superb grounding that has lasted many of them throughout their entire careers.’

First winner of the trophy was 12 year old Dan Seaward.  And the first to congratulate him was his opponent and best friend Dominic Fowlds who he beat 6-3 in the one-set final.

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Pictured from left to right: Bob's son Thom Farqhuar, runner up Dominic Fowlds, winner Dan Seaward, Head Coach Rob Short and Bob's widow Linda, who donated and presented the trophies. Photo by Paul Levie.

Pictured from left to right: Bob’s son Thom Farqhuar, runner up Dominic Fowlds, winner Dan Seaward, Head Coach Rob Short and Bob’s widow Linda, who donated the trophies

Dan said:  ‘It’s a great honour to be the first winner of this trophy.  And although I never actually met Bob, his name will live on for me on the first tennis trophy I have ever won’

For Dominic, too, it was his first tennis trophy, though he hopes to compete for it again next year.

Linda said:  ‘As well as the perpetual shield, it was important to me that the boys got a trophy each to keep.’

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Winner Dan Seaward in action Photo by Paul Levie.

Winner Dan Seaward


TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Runner up Dominic Fowlds in action Photo by Paul Levie.

Runner up Dominic Fowlds

The tournament was arranged by Cary Park’s head coach Rob Short, who was himself coached by Bob Farquhar when Rob was 13 and Bob had just started at the Palace at the age of 18.

Rob said:  ‘Bob was a great player and a great guy.  We all miss him.  It is nice that the strand continues through Cary Park in this way and that Bob’s name will live on in Torquay for another generation.

10th November 2018


Members and friends may remember that two years ago we raised

£5661 from the Co-Op’s Good Causes scheme, with which we bought a ball machine, resurfaced court six and bought new nets for all our courts.

Well, believe it or not, we are in with another shout this year.  If you click on you will be able to sign up, and nominate us. One penny in every £1 you spend on Co-Op branded goods goes towards the club’s new clubhouse extension.  Better still, 5p in every £1 you spend comes back to YOU in dividends. A win-win for everyone.

Two weeks ago we asked you to vote in our Aviva bid for a new disabled access.  You have done brilliantly and we have amassed an incredible 1,565 votes by clicking on  Last time we did it, we were granted £1000 towards our viewing area with just 497 votes.  So you have already done THREE TIMES as well and there are still 10 days of voting to go.

Ours really is a community club, and this is YOUR chance to help your hard-working committee.

 1st November 2018  

Cary Park Tennis Club launches it’s Grand Christmas Draw

Literally dozens of prizes ranging from tickets for local attractions, theatre and panto tickets, free one to one coaching sessions, free two hour court hire under TTC’s dome and lots, lots more are up for grabs in this special draw to raise funds for our clubhouse extension and refurbishment.

The list of prizes is truly amazing!  Of course there will be the traditional Christmas Hamper, but it doesn’t stop there!  An impressive number of local businesses and individuals have generously contributed to a list of prizes with a total value of over £1,500.

Top of the list has to be an original painting, entitled ‘Stonehenge’ by successful local artist and club member, Peter King


High quality Family portraits and action shot portraits are offered by our very own professional photographer, Paul Levie.

Polish up your skills on the road with a two hour lesson in advanced driving with qualified instructor (and club member) Nigel Edwards.

Tickets are on sale now at £1.00 each, or a book of 5 for £5.00

22nd October 2018


Cary Park’s chairman Nick Sealey got our new clubhouse extension underway today with the traditional ‘cutting of the first sod’.


     Nick, pictured with builder Sean McEvoy and his colleagues Scott and Andy, has been the driving force behind the project and will have been involved at every stage from planning to furnishings.

     He and Di not only paid for all the architect’s drawings, but also donated the patio doors which will look out onto the table tennis table and putting green, and the courts beyond.

     He said:  ‘Today Sean has been laying the foundations for our new equipment store.  Until that is built, we can’t empty the old clubhouse and the real building work can’t begin.

     ‘We will try and keep the upheaval at a minimum during the construction but we ask all members and parents for their patience’. 

21st October 2018



Cary Park favourite Peter King cemented his reputation as one of Devon’s top artists with the opening of his one-man exhibition at the Birdwood Gallery in Totnes.

     Thirty five of Peter’s original paintings and many of his prints went on sale today, the first day of a week-long exhibition.  It follows his highly successful contribution to the Devon Art Show last weekend at Torquay Boys Grammar School.

     More than a dozen of Peter’s Cary Park friends turned up to lend their support and at least two went home with pictures.  Artist-client confidentiality prevents me from naming names!

     Peter said:  ‘When I’m not playing tennis I’m painting.  And I’m also off to Nice again in a couple of weeks to build a garage.  It’s important to keep busy’.

23rd September 2018

Cary Park tournament finals day


Members, friends and family gathered in numbers never before seen at Cary Park to watch the finalists of this year’s club tournament battle it out.

They had to battle against more than just their opponents – strong winds and low sun gave them a few problems.

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Mens Doubles.
Winners. Dom Bryant & Mike Laukkanen
Runners-up. Chris Clarke and Colin Briggs
Woman’s Doubles.
Winners.  Gina Dockree and Claire Palmer
Runners-up.  Nicki Scaiffe and Sam Knapman
Mixed Doubles.
Winners.  Gina Dockree & Dom Bryant
Runners-up   Aleya Al Holo and Zak Zayer
Woman’s Singles
Winner.  Rosanna Castillo Palmer
Runner-up  Nicki Scaiffe
Men’s singles.
Winner.  Zak Zayer
Runner-up   Liam Murch
The tournament this year was organised by Katie York, Winston Barlow and Paula Hill who ran a tight ship throughout the year and put on a great show on day of the finals day.
Of course there was cake, there always is!  This year more than ever – just as well with more spectators to feed! special thanks to Sam Garner and her mum Irena, Ruth Parffrey, Sam Knapman, Katie Yorke, Winston Barlow and Andy Stylianou and all who helped with the catering.

15 th September 2018


TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Torquay artist Peter King Photo by Poppy Jakes

Torquay artist and Cary Park stalwart Peter King has two new shows during October following ‘the most productive’ period of his career.

The first is a brand new Torbay Art Show at the Torquay Boys Grammar School on Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14.

This will be followed by his own exhibition at the Birdwood Gallery in Totnes from October 22 to 27.

Peter said:  ‘Since retiring I have been working virtually non-stop on my painting and now I have a large body of work’.

Peter is carving out a reputation for dramatic subjects and the vibrant use of colour.

He added:  ‘The only time off I get is to play tennis – one of the other great loves of my life.’

Some of his works can be viewed on

The Torbay Art Show website can be found on

10th September 2018



Meet Fozzy the Bacchanalian Bear – kindly donated by our own Katie York to help raise funds for the new clubhouse.

Despite us having no intention of applying for a drinks licence, Fozzy has jumped the gun and brought his own bottle of wine (also donated by Katie).

Raffle tickets are now on sale at 50p each, and the draw will be made by Katie at the Finals Weekend on Sunday September 23.

And remember….whoever wins the bear, gets his wine!

7th September 2018

Cary Park is pleased to announce that the newest member of our coaching team is none other than Sarah Smith, who started her coaching career at Cary Park nearly a decade ago.


Sarah, 29, will be replacing the popular Liam Murch who left last week to take up a new job at Ivybridge Tennis Club.

And that means that the pair must have passed each other somewhere on the A38, as Sarah has just left Ivybridge after four happy years.

Sarah, who lives in Totnes, is a Level Three coach and spent some time working in New Zealand.  She has played at both County level, and for the South West of England.

She said:  ‘It was lovely to be asked back to Cary Park as I have happy memories of the club.  

‘And I am looking forward to getting started with what Rob Short tells me are a talented group of players and young coaching assistants as well.’

1st September 2018Cary Park said a tearful farewell to their popular Assistant Coach Liam Murch with a surprise gift of a professional  tennis racquet.


Liam, 21, who has just completed his Sports Science degree at university in Plymouth, has been at the club for two years during which time he has become a firm favourite with both the members and the handful of trainee coaches he helped to take the first rung on the coaching ladder.

In fact it was those trainee coaches, along with Head Coach Rob Short who had a collection for the high quality Head racquet.

Liam has been appointed Head Junior Development Coach at Ivybridge tennis centre.

He said:  ‘I’m very grateful to Rob and everyone at Cary Park for not only giving me the chance to further my tennis career, but for making it so enjoyable.  I shall miss everyone’.

 Liam has been one of the mainstays in our South Devon League team and still has the matter of the club tournament finals before he leaves altogether.

‘I’m sure I’ll be back to see everyone from time to time.  Cary Park is a wonderful club and I’ve had a great time here’.

Liam’s successor as Rob’s number two at Cary Park has accepted the position and her name will be announced in the next few days.  But here’s a little hint for those of you who can’t wait to find out who it is.  She said:  ‘I started my coaching career at Cary Park and I’m looking forward to coming back.’


The kind-hearted members of Cary Park have raided their attics and bookshelves to help raise funds for our new clubhouse.

The paperbacks are on sale at 50p each and have already started to go fast.

Thanks to everyone who has donated books, and to all those who have promised to give more in the next few days.

26th August 2018

Here’s a riddle for you all…

…..One Cary Park member marries another Cary Park member.  But at the end of the ceremony they’re not married to each other….how can that be?


Well, the two members concerned were Gary Baldy and Jan Hester.  And the wedding took place at the Livermead Cliff Hotel today.

But as a certain Princess Diana once said, ‘There are three people in this marriage.’

It’s all quite simple, really.  Gary was the bridegroom….and Jan was the Registrar!

Gary and Teresa asked Jan if she would do the honours, and Jan had to get special permission because the wedding was outside her area

Jan said:  ‘Even if you’re not a tennis player, you could see this was a love-match!’

Gary said:  ‘We’re very grateful to Jan for helping make our wedding doubly special.’



Congratulations to our two performance squad players Andrew Connor and Aleya Al Holo, who have become the latest youngsters to pass their Level One tennis coaching certificates.

Remarkably they got the news just a couple of days before another great achievement – producing outstanding results in their GCSEs.

The pair will slot into Rob Short’s seven-strong team of qualified assistant coaches, where they have already been helping out for some time.

Rob said:  ‘They worked very hard on their coaching qualification despite being busy revising for their exams.  We’re all very proud of them for both achievements’

Aleya’s mother Sam, who is Cary Park’s vice-chairman and welfare officer, said:  ‘It’s great that a small club like ours is doing so much to produce the next generation of tennis coaches.’

15th August 2018

‘Mr Co-Op’ pays a visit

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Gareth, of the Co-Op with the new ball machine they paid for, in front of court six and the new nets for courts three to six, which they also paid for. Photo by Paul Levie.

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.


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.

August 2018OBITUARY – Jasper WiddicombeIt 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


TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 Spires College pupils Matt Hill (second left) and Connor Noble (second right) joined Cary Park Tennis Club for a week's work experence - and left the place looking the best it's ever looked. Pictured with members Nigel Edwards, John Kirby and Neil Spacagna, are pictured after helping to trim the perimeter hedge in front of the club. Photo by Paul Levie.

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



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 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.

TORBAY NEWS AGENCY 01803 214555 MP Kevin Foster and his wife Hazel take on Councillors Nicole Amil and Rob Excell on the new outdoor table tennis table at Cary Park Tennis Club during their open day on Sunday as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend. Photo by Paul Levie.

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



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

Easter Raffle


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

League news


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 Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 14.56.38 ‘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

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Cary Park Tennis Club was delighted to receive a cheque for £500 from the Torbay Green Points scheme.  Club secretary Paula Hill (right) is pictured receiving the cheque from Dottie Allen, Client Services Manager for Green Rewards.
The scheme was created to encourage recycling and Cary Park’s award came as a result of a vote for our club by Torbay residents.

10th March 2018 


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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.

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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



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 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.