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From May 2018, instead of just deleting news articles after a month, we will be transferring them to our website archives.
30th May 2019
KIERAN TAKES THE FIRST ‘WINTER / SUMMER’ TROPHY
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 HOLDS ITS ANNUAL EGGS-TRAVAGANZA
Cary Park Tennis Club held its annual Easter holiday Eggs-travaganza – with a chocolate twist!
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’S GOT IT PEGGED
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’
The inaugural session of the Cary Park Mixed Doubles Round Robin involved 8 pairs who all played each other over a fixed period.
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
OUR NEW CLUBHOUSE EXTENSION
VIPs HELP CARY PARK CELEBRATE
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’.
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
TOP JUNIOR KIERAN BLITZES CLAIRE IN SECOND FLOODLIGHT FINAL
For the second Floodlight Singles Tournament running there was a junior in the Final.
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.
Paul Levie (0) v Aaron Mitchell (0) 4-6
Mike Laukkanen (-15) v Kieran Bailey (-15) 0-6
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.
17th February 2019
CARY PARK MAY GET SOME ORDER AT LAST!
We are indebted to one of our members, John Steed, for pointing out a debate in Parliament on Monday February 4.
It was a debate on Sport in the UK and our hard-working MP Kevin Foster, who has been a great supporter of this club, found time to mention the good work done by our army of volunteers who run the club.
Quoting directly from Hansard, the official record of proceedings in the House of Commons, Kevin told Speaker John Bercow: ‘Cary Park tennis club is doing a lot of work on the intergenerational experience of sport by having days for grandparents and grandchildren to come and play on its new facilities.
‘The clubhouse has been expanded, and the club is making tennis very accessible. I am sure the club would welcome you, Mr Speaker, if you fancied popping down for a game.’
To the best of our knowledge, the Speaker’s three children aren’t old enough yet to have given him grandchildren, but he doesn’t have to wait until Grandparents Day to come and visit.
As Kevin says, he will be welcome any time, and our equally hard-working Club Secretary Paula is sending him a letter to that effect.
Perhaps if he joins in a Social Tennis session he can sort out some of our more rambunctious members with a few well-timed shouts of ‘Order! Order!.
14th February 2019
TEA LADIES TAKE THE BISCUIT
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
DOM PICKS UP THE FIRST TROPHY OF 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
MEET CARY PARK’S NEWEST MEMBERS
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
CARY PARK GETS A BIT OF ‘CUPBOARD LOVE’ FROM THE GRAHAM FAMILY
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
MEMBERS TURN OUT TO REMEMBER PETE
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
OUR CLUB SAYS THANKS TO THE ‘THREE MUSKETEERS’
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
CARY PARK IN SHOCK OVER PETE LEWIS’S UNTIMELY DEATH
It was with great shock and sadness that we learned of the sudden death yesterday of one of Cary Parks 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 minutes applause will be held for Pete at the courts on Sunday at 10am. Everyone is welcome whether they are playing tennis or not.
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE TRIBUTES THAT HAVE BEEN PAID TO PETE BY HIS FELLOW CLUBMATES. YOU ARE WELCOME TO ADD YOURS:
“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
15th December 2018
KEVIN PICKS A WINNER
Torbay MP Kevin Foster was on the winning side when he carried out Cary Park Tennis Club’s Christmas draw.
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..
CHRISTMAS DRAW PRIZE WINNERS
- Original painting by Peter King – Gina Dockree
- One hour coaching with Rob Short – Barbara Davis
- £10 voucher for China Blue, Totnes – Sheila Barrington
- Professional photo session – Tracey O’Keefe
- Meadfoot Calendar by Rosie Spooner – Caroline Drew
- Cary Park hoodie from Design A Stitch – Katie York
- Free racquet re-string from Steve Gill – Joan Lightowlers
- Two hours tennis is Torquay Tennis Club dome – Pete Lewis
- One hour coaching with Georgia Doyle – Babs Wilkinson
- One hour coaching with Karen Clark – Colin Bowden
- Two tickets for Dartmouth Steam Railway – Marian Knapman
- Two tickets for Kent’s Cavern – Simon Hester
- One hour coaching with Sarah Smith – Rachel Cooke-Thomas
- Two tickets for Babbacombe Model Village – Paula Murphy
- Two tickets for ‘Bygones’ museum – Pam Sibley
- Professional action photos – Matthew Tarr
- Family ticket on Babbacombe Cliff Railway – Pete Lewis
- Four games of bowling at AMF – Melanie Sweet
- Two tickets for Palace Avenue panto – Christian Larder
- Prince racquet bag from John Hill – Sarah Gledhill
- Four games of bowling at AMF – Louise Forsyth
- Cockington Calendar by Rosie Spooner – Di Sealey
- Reflexology with Kelly Thorn – Grace Lawson
- Massage treatment with Lynn Bristow – Mrs Lewis
- Two hour advanced driving course with Nigel Edwards – Adrian Knott
- £10 voucher from Wilko – Marian Cowley
- Bottle of Pinot Grigio from Waitrose – Neil Spacagna
- Professional family portrait photos – Iain Reynolds
- Christmas hamper from Lyn Williams – Ronnie Worsley
- Reflexology with Helen Hoyte – Mary Lievesley
- Babbacombe Theatre Christmas Show – Joanne Stamenkovic
- Princess Theatre panto – Rob Glanvill
- Devon Calendar by Rosie Spooner – John Hayward
- Two tickets for Kent’s Cavern – Katie Luker
- £30 voucher for Hanbury’s Fish Restaurant – Sam Garner
14th December 2018
CARY PARK CHRISTMAS PARTY
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
WE’VE GOT A FRIEND, AS LUKE PRESENTS OUR FIRST DRAW WINNER
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
BOB FARQUHAR IS REMEMBERED THROUGH NEW TROPHY AT CARY PARK
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.
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.’
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
PLEASE HELP US GET A SECOND HELPING OF CO-OP GOODIES
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 https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/21179 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 https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-3265. 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
NICK GETS THE BALL ROLLING ON OUR NEW CLUBHOUSE EXTENSION
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
PETER’S ONE-MAN SHOW OPENS IN TOTNES
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.
15 th September 2018
ARTIST PETER IN TWO NEW SHOWS
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 www.artistpeterking.com
The Torbay Art Show website can be found on www.torbayartshow.co.uk
10th September 2018
FOZZY JOINS THE BID TO RAISE FUNDS
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
SARAH’S COMING HOME
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.’
29th August 2018MEMBERS SELL THEIR BOOKS TO HELP RAISE FUNDS
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.’
25th August 2018ANDREW AND ALEYA PASS THEIR COACHING BADGE AND THEIR GCSEs – IN THE SAME WEEK!
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
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.
August 2018OUR 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.
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
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.