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Sunday 29 December – American Mixed Doubles Tournament and 100 Club Draw


Eight men and eight ladies battled it out to find out who could achieve the greatest individual score. A final was held between the winners of Group A, Sallie Allen and Simon Middlebroug, and Group B winners, Karen Brenchley and Andy Fleming.


The winners were Karen and Andy – congratulations to both.


Thank you to everyone who took part and special thanks to Rob Clarke for stepping in to act as scorer and adjudicator.


Thursday 5 December – Christmas Quiz 7:30pm to 10:30pm


Another successful quiz evening was held with over 80 people attending. A delicious Fish and Chip supper was provided by Melbourne Fish and Chip Shop. All proceeds from the quiz went to the New Courts Fund.

Thank you to all who helped to organise the event and many thanks to all who attended and to MSP for providing fantastic facilities.


Friday 22 November –  Club Presentation Evening 


The first ever Awards and Presentation Evening was held on Friday 22 November at Melbourne Sports Park. It was attended by 60 members, partners and friends.

It got off to a great start with an unexpected visit from Rotex (formerly the Rotary Club of Melbourne).  Kate Dumelow of Rotex presented Howard Cheshire with the Ray Gill Award for ‘Contribution to Youth Sport’ in Melbourne. As Howard was unable to attend the event our Chairman, Tim Shone, received the award on his behalf. Congratulations to Howard on winning this special award.

After enjoying a delicious dinner, trophies and medals were presented to the winners and runners-up of the club’s senior competition which ran from July to October, with some finals being played in November due to the inclement weather!

Trophies and medals went to:

Ladies Singles: Winner Lesley Heath; Runner-Up Pam Oliver

Ladies Doubles: Winner Karen Brenchley & Julie Chamberlain; Runner-Up Pam Oliver & Pat Milham

Men’s Singles: Winner Si Brenchley; Runner-Up Jesse Goscombe

Men’s Doubles: Winner Rob Clarke & Si Brenchley; Runner-Up Rob Heldreich & Andy Fleming

Mixed Doubles: Winner Si and Karen Brenchley; Runner-Up Sallie Allen and Phil Wilcock


The evening finished with a disco and members, partners and friends danced the night away. It was a wonderful evening and thanks to everyone (MSP, Fine Cuisine of Ashby and Jay Frantic) who helped to make it a night to remember.

The club will be holding a Christmas Party on 8 December for junior members at which there will be an awards presentation and a visit from Santa Claus.



Sunday 20 October – American Mixed Doubles Tournament 


This tournament proved as popular as ever with 10 ladies and 10 men playing to see who could achieve the highest individual score. Taking the top spots were Shona Elshaw and Peter Innocent – many congratulations to both of them. Also, well done to the runners up: Sallie Allen and Rob Wright.


Thank you to everyone who took part – it was especially nice to see some new faces.


Lastly, many thanks to Pete Tunnicliffe for timekeeping and making sure that the tournament ran smoothly.


** An American Tournament is a round robin mixed doubles competition in which participants are paired at random. Each round consists of a fixed number of games, half of which are played with your partner and half are played against your partner. 

For a copy of the rules please  click here


Monday 29 July Club –  Championships Start


The first Club Championships were held between 29th July 2019 and 29th September 2019.

There were 5 categories: Men’s and Ladies’ Singles, Men’s and Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

It was hoped that all semi-final matches would be completed by Saturday 28th September 2019 and that the Finals would be held on Sunday, 29th September 2019.  However, the weather scuppered these plans and eventually it was decided to extend the period for playing the semi-finals and very, sadly, Finals Day was cancelled and finalists were asked to play their matches by 8 November. 


Friday 26 July 2019 – 100 Club Draw and American Mixed Doubles Tournament Draw


 Club social and monthly 100 Club draw. The number 100 was drawn out of the bag – the winning number belonged to Allison Noble.


The draw for partners in American Mixed Doubles Tournament also took place. Unfortunately, this tournament had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.


Sunday 21 July 2019 – Open Day 14:00 to 16:30


As part of the LTA Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends event we held an Open Day to showcase our facilities We had a great afternoon with over 100 people attending, many of them children, the youngest being 3 years old. There was lots of fun on and off court; Howard and Gaz set up drills and fun games  and spoke to adults interested in taking up tennis and/or brushing up their skills.  

Off court there was a bouncy castle, a home-made cake stall, strawberries and cream and squash, tombola, face painting, biscuit decorating and ‘bin the ball’.

As a promotion we offered a 3 month Summer Adult and Family Membership and signed up 11 new memberships plus 2 annual children’s memberships. It was a very successful afternoon and everyone worked together to make it a perfect afternoon.  It was a great team effort.

We would like to thank everyone who came to visit the club, MSP for providing great facilities and everyone who helped to make the afternoon such a success. 


Wednesday 5 June 2019 – Quiz Evening


Another excellent quiz was held at MSP with 12 teams competing. A huge thank you to all who supported the quiz raising just over £400 towards the new tennis courts. Many thanks, also, to our very own Quizmaster, Phil Wilcock, who provided all the questions and made the evening such fun with his wit and expertise. And thank you to Alex and the team at MSP for hosting the event – a great venue.



Sunday 7 April 2019 – American Mixed Doubles Tournament


Due to various commitments only 13 members were available to play in the tournament. However, with some clever scheduling we managed to have a very successful tournament with 7 ladies and 6 men taking part.  Each couple played every other couple and in total over 100 games of tennis were played. The weather was kind and all enjoyed the friendly competitive competition. Individual scores were kept and there was an outright winner amongst the men but twp ladies drew for top place, so congratulations to:

Leading gent with 36 points:  Ian Ward

Leading ladies with 31 points:  Lesley Heath and Mair Vater 



Friday 8 March 2019 – Melbourne Village Quiz


What an amazing day – runners up in the Melbourne Village Quiz and and winning a shield at the Annual Derbyshire LTA Awards – read more below:

Melbourne Village Annual Charity Knockout Quiz – 8 March 2019

MTC entered a team into this community event which is run every year and was this time held at MSP. Twenty eight teams took part, including teams from the Young Farmers, Rugby Club, St Michael’s Players, the Choir, Community Care, etc, etc.

The Tennis Club team very successfully made it through to the semi-finals after winning their matches in each of the first three rounds. On Friday night they won their semi-final match against The Montagues and then faced The Capulets in the final. This was a great contest but in the end The Capulets took first place and the Tennis Club came second.

Congratulations to all who took part in the Tennis Club Team: Rob Clarke, Andy Fleming, Simon Middlebroug, Pat Milham, Allison Noble, Andy Ryley & Luke Sherriff

This Charity Event raised an amazing £1600 and a cheque was presented to Treetops Hospice. A great contribution from the people and clubs of Melbourne and surrounding villages.



10th Annual Derbyshire Tennis Association Awards – 8 March 2019


It was a great moment for Melbourne Ladies as they received their first ever award. MTC entered a ladies team into the Derbyshire Summer League for the first time in 2018. As a new team, they started in Division 4 and gained first place after beating four other clubs both at home and away. 

The ladies Captain, Karen Brenchley, received the award on behalf of the team.


The ladies are looking forward to playing in Division 3 where they will be competing against eight other clubs at home and away.

The awards dinner was attended by ten members of the club and a great evening was had by all. 



Monday 7 January 2019 – AGM


The Melbourne Tennis Club AGM was held at the Sports Pavilion on Monday 7th January at 6.45pm.

Officers elected were:  Chairman – Tim Shone, Secretary – Sallie Allen, Treasurer – Rob Heldreich and Membership Secretary – Carolyn Crocker


Sunday 30 December – Christmas Tournament


A round robin tournament was held to blow away the Christmas cobwebs. The weather was very kind to us and we managed to play 7 rounds of tennis doubles with the overall winners being Mair Vater and Rob Clarke – congratulations to them both. Thank you to all who brought refreshments making it a very enjoyable competition.


Thursday 6 December 2018  – Christmas Quiz at MSP


Another successful Christmas quiz was held at MSP on Thursday 6 December with over 120 people attending. . Twenty one teams pitted their wits against each other and the winning team was Sick Club Row (from Blanch Croft).
Our illustrious quiz-master was once again Phil Wilcock who kept the questions flowing with his usual wit and tenacity. A very big thank you to Phil who helped us raise just over £1200 towards the new tennis courts fund.
The excellent supper was once again provided by Melbourne Fish and Chip shop and mince pies donated by ladies of the tennis club.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this a brilliant night with special thanks to MSP for providing the excellent function room, to everyone who donated gifts for the auction and finally a very big thank you to all of you who came to support this event.



Sunday 4 November 2018 – American Mixed Doubles Tournament


Twenty participants helped to make this another very successful tournament. Ten couples were randomly drawn together and then split into two groups of five. Each couple in the group played every other couple resulting in thirty two games of tennis for each player. The winning lady and gent from each group then played each other in a deciding short set of 7 games.  It was a great opportunity for members to socialise and play with different people.

Congratulations to:

Winners: Pam Oliver and Andy Fleming

Runners Up: Lesley Heath and Rob Heldreich 



Saturday 29 September 2018 – Tennis Club Autumn Ball


Melbourne Tennis Club held its first tennis club ball on Saturday, 29 September at the Radisson Blu Hotel at East Midlands Airport.  106 people attended the ball and it was declared a huge success. Live music was provided by The Functionals and dancing carried on until 1 o’clock in the morning. Phil Wilcock also organised a couple of impromptu mini-quizzes, entertaining as ever.

Overall the event was very successful and will be on the calendar again. It also helped to raise over £2700 towards the new courts fund.  

A very big thank you to all who helped make this such an enjoyable evening and special thanks must go to Sallie Allen and her fundraising committee.


Sunday 8 July – Open Day


In conjunction with the LTA’S Great British Tennis Weekend we held our very first Open Day on Sunday 8 July. The weather was beautiful with wall to wall sunshine. The stall dispensing free squash did a very brisk trade. Members baked scones and these were served with jam and cream. Also available, in true Wimbledon style, were strawberries and cream. 


The children’s tombola very nearly sold out and the bouncy castle was a firm favourite. Our face painter, Glenn, produced some wonderful faces of spiderman, tigers, butterflies and bats.


The coaches, Phil, Howard, Sallie and Gaz were kept busy all afternoon and as a result we are hoping to be welcoming new members to the club. It was fantastic to see so many children on the courts having fun. 


It was truly a successful day and hopefully this will become an Annual Event.


Sunday 1 July – Coaching team expands


Welcome to our new coach, Gareth Haddon.

Gareth is an LTA Level 4 qualified coach and was previously Adult/Junior Pro Manager at David Lloyd Manchester. Gareth will be extending the coaching capability of our existing team, Phil, Howard and Sallie.

Gareth will provide additional junior coaching sessions on Sunday mornings, starting 8 July:

08.30 – 09.15 Mini reds (4 to 7 year olds)

09.15 – 10.00 Mini Orange/Green (7 to 11 year olds)

10.00 – 10.45 Green/Full Ball (9 to 14 year olds)

Gareth will also be running a coaching session for team tennis players on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, starting 12 July.


Saturday 16 June – Football World Cup Fun Day – Tennis RALLYTHON


Despite the cold start to the day, play started at 7 o’clock in the morning and carried on until 7 o’clock at night. There was generally a good turnout throughout the day with juniors represented at every level – mini reds, orange and green. 


Both juniors and seniors took part with many couples consisting of one junior and one senior. In this section the winning rally was an amazing 264 strokes!! The second place rally was a fantastic 124 strokes. The longest rally between seniors was 114 shots.


Sponsorship was good and the top junior raised £80 in sponsorship – the top senior raised £85. In all 

the club raised over £800 – a remarkable achievement. All sponsored funds raised will go towards the new courts.


The club would like to thank everyone that took part and made it such an enjoyable event. Also, many thanks to everyone who helped on the day and a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored the event.


Thursday 26 April 2018 – Quiz Night


Following the huge success of our Christmas quiz we held another quiz night on Thursday 26 April at the MSP Pavilion.


Over 90 people came to test their knowledge and enjoy a fish and chip supper. Once again, our coach Phil Wilcock did a splendid job as Quiz Master for the evening. From ticket sales and a raffle we raised nearly £700. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously. Also, a big thank you to Sally Allen who once again organised a great evening supported by the fund-raising committee.



Sunday 15 April – American Mixed Doubles Tournament*

The  American Tournament was a great success. Sixteen members entered the competition and enjoyed playing in this first mixed doubles tournament of the year. It was a great opportunity for members to socialise and play with, and against, players they don’t often meet.
Congratulations to:


Pam Oliver – winning lady & Howard Cheshire – winning gent 


* An American tournament is a mixed doubles competition in which participants are initially paired at random. As play progresses partners change and individual scores are recorded. The lady with the highest score is the winning lady and similarly, the man with the highest score is the winning gent.


Sunday 8 April 2018 – Coach of the Year 2018


Congratulations to Howard Cheshire who has been voted ‘Coach of the Year 2018’ in The Melbourne Community Awards (The MELS).


Friday 9 March 2018 – Auction of Promises with Cheese and Wine at MSP


Melbourne Tennis Club held an Auction of Promises, on 9 March which included a cheese and wine supper. It was a great success and raised over £7000 towards the new courts.

Charles Hanson filled the room with his larger than life personality and, without doubt, helped raise the price of lots. He also very kindly offered 6 people the opportunity to attend Bargain Hunt which contributed an extra £400 to the fund.

However, the biggest thanks must go to all the businesses and individuals who donated Promises and to all those people who purchased tickets and so generously spent their money on the night.  A special thanks must go to Paul and Jo Wilson at Melbourne Print who sponsored all the printing for this event.


Thursday 7 December 2017 – Christmas Quiz


The Club held it’s annual Christmas Quiz which included a fish and chip supper on 7th December 2017   at the MSP. The evening turned out to be a great success with 101 tickets sold in total.  £870 was raised which will go towards the funds for the proposed new tennis courts.  Both a raffle and auction helped contribute towards the total and thanks must go to everyone who so kindly donated prizes towards this.

Once again Phil Wilcock organised the questions and acted as Quiz Master and also found a new talent  as an auctioneer!!!

The next quiz will be held in April 2018 – date to be confirmed.