Team effort results in new clubhouse

The construction of the new clubhouse at Wooler Tennis Club.
The construction of the new clubhouse at Wooler Tennis Club.

On Saturday, the new clubhouse at Wooler Tennis Courts will be officially opened by Duncan and Sarah Davidson, of Lilburn Towers.

The club has existed since the 1920s and has been without a clubhouse for the past 20 years. In a determined effort to improve facilities, the new clubhouse committee submitted funding applications and raised a total of £9,800 during 2014.

Treasurer Tom Johnston said: “We were delighted to raise enough money to build a modest changing facility with a toilet and small kitchen area. This will make a huge difference to existing tennis club members and encourage other new members to join.”

As important as raising the funds to buy the clubhouse was the construction of it – the clubhouse came as a self-build log cabin and was built by members of the club in their spare time.

“This was a real team effort,” said Tom. “We had people piecing together the log structure, others varnishing, digging foundations and generally getting their hands dirty. We are extremely grateful to our funders – Northumberland County Council, The Community Foundation, Duncan and Sarah Davidson and fully appreciate the fund-raising efforts and work of club members which included a coffee morning and an excellent meal hosted by the chairman Julia Bucknall.”

The official opening will be at 2pm on Saturday. Anyone who has been a member of Wooler Tennis Club in the past is particularly welcome and the committee is urging anyone interested in joining the club to come along on the day too.