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Tennis upgrade in rural West Cumbria

L-R: Alf Dubs, House of Lords and Dave Hulme, Lorton Tennis Club Chairman

[L]orton Tennis Club celebrates a major upgrade of its courts, two of which are now laid to modern carpet rather than ageing tarmac!

Members and Visitors alike can enjoy the new surfaces, which enhance playing opportunities throughout the year and are kinder to limbs both old and new!

The member owned club has three courts, two floodlit and now newly surfaced, a clubhouse and full changing rooms. The committee is extremely grateful to local organisations for grant funding and assistance from the Lawn Tennis Association, which helped reach the target funding for the project to proceed.

Thanks are due to Cumbria County Council; Thomas Graham + Sons Grassroots Fund; Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation; and to Cumbria Community Foundation in supporting the applications.

Fund-raising continues however and the club is hosting the villages monthly ‘coffee & cake’ event at the Yew Tree Hall on Saturday August 11 from 10.30 -12, everyone is very welcome!

At a special social afternoon the new courts were launched by Lord Dubs, who lives in Lorton and supports the Club. Alf, who at 85 is one of its more senior members, joined around 1996 shortly after arriving to live locally.

He comments, “I am delighted to enjoy the new court surfaces with you all. Lorton Tennis Club is surely one of the most beautiful venues in the country, and even poorer players like me are always made welcome by better club players” !

The club aims to get more people playing tennis and offers initial free ‘give it a go’ sessions to juniors and adults interested in taking up a racquet sport or revisiting the activity from the past!

You can be sure of a friendly welcome at the club with its wonderful views down the Lorton Valley. It offers regular social sessions and coaching opportunities for junior and adult members, plus online booking including pay and play for non members.

Please visit the clubs website for more information.