The 14th Annual Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies’ Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament was held at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club, Lime Tree Road, Norwich, on Wednesday 10th October 2018, sponsored by REALITY Estate Agents, Grove Road, Norwich.

Reportedly the hottest 10th October ever recorded the players basked in 22 degrees of blue skies and sunshine with merely a gentle breeze!  (Last year my report records 18 degrees of sunshine but windy so seems we are always blessed.)

Players from all over our county, Suffolk & beyond made up four boxes of six pairs so everyone had plenty of tennis before the top two pairs from each group went through to the quarterfinals:

Lorna Soar & Wendy Taylor (Culford) beat Holly Elkins & Jo Gowing (Brooke), Frances Hornor & Sarah Walker (EATSC) beat Ann Starky & Alison Gilmour (Cringleford), Judith Lee & Cheryl Buck (EATSC beat Dawn Stocker & Liz Gilmour (Blofield) and Lisa Lowe & Linda Wardle (Cromer) beat Sarah-Jane Bullock & Lisa Bligh (Diss/Beccles).

In the semi-finals Frances & Sarah beat Lorna & Wendy and Lisa & Linda beat Judith & Cheryl.

The raffle was held during a delicious lunch laid on by the club and many thanks must go to the hard work of Sharon, Katie & Alasdair (EATSC’s new manager – I don’t think he’s been in a room quite so full of women before!) but referee Derek Perry is well used to it and manages the event masterfully!

Raffle prizes included a handbag from VANILLA and Top Spin Tennis Racket Stringing Vouchers but were mostly donated by the players themselves.

After lunch a one-set tie-break final was held with Lisa & Linda from Cromer beating the EATSC pair, Sarah & Frances, 6-2.

The prizes of flowers prepared by Libby Ferris (Grove Road)and kindly donated by Lucy Carne of REALITY Estate Agents (Grove Road) were presented by Diane Bush on behalf of Emily Willgrass, daughter of Louise, who attended the prizegiving with her one-year old son, Benjamin.

The £1,000 proceeds of the event will be given to Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich, the chosen charity of the Willgrass family.  Becky Bushell from the charity thanked the ladies for their valuable contribution to the much-needed work they do helping bereaved people.

Photo showing L-R Frances Hornor, Sarah Walker, Emily Willgrass & Benjamin, Linda Wardle & Lisa Lowe.

CROMER LADIES DAY 2018 – Charity Tournament

CROMER LADIES DAY 2018 – Charity Tournament

On Thursday 28th June, in beautiful sunshine  Cromer LTC hosted its annual Ladies Day. This involved a ladies doubles tournament and lunch with  27 pairs from over the County competing in 4 groups.

The final was between Trish Peel and Caroline Blincoe and Sarah Wells and Jane Ray.  Sarah and Jane were the eventual winners

Raffle donations to Nelson Journey

A wonderful day of tennis on the grass !



Sunday 1st July saw the clash of the counties, Suffolk Titan Tennis players travelled to Cromer tennis club to take on both Cromer and Tennis Edge players in this charity tournament.

Over 70 players attended and participated in a total of 90 matches on Sunday afternoon, all basking in the glorious weather. Families arrived in their car loads to enjoy an afternoon of tennis spectating washed down with a delicious BBQ and refreshing beverages from the bar.

From player entry fees and raffle a total of £1,460 was raised for Cancer Research UK, a cause very close to the heart of Paul Hope, director of Titan Tennis who came up with the idea of this Charity Event.

The afternoon saw some fantastic matches, some players playing on grass for the very first time. There were some very close matches, running into three sets and tie breaks. Every match shows fun, sportsmanship and skill. If the players weren’t competing then they were having fun on the mini courts.

The end of the tournament signalled time for the parents and coaches to pick up their rackets and take to the courts with Ross Murray from Cromer and Marco Mitev-Will from Titan battling it out on court, followed by Marco and Asa Sumner-Keens in a very close three setter. Dads also participated with doubles matches against coaches and one another.

A fantastic afternoon, all in aid of a fantastic charity.