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.