Our AGM on February 24 proved an occasion to celebrate the success of a club with increased membership and a whole range of year-round activities.

“I’m very pleased our club is in good shape,” Chair Eddie East told some 20 members gathered at the Bear.  One pleasing statistic he mentioned is that 29 players, or 26% of adult members, took part in the three teams that feature in the West Somerset League, as well as veterans’ matches.

With 228 members, almost equally split between adults and juniors, the club’s finances are also in good shape, according to Treasurer Maggie Andrews – to the extent that club fees will remain at current levels for yet another year.

Eddie and the team reported on applications for grants to resurface the courts, add more floodlights, replace fencing and damaged walls, and install wider gates – all to be done this year if all goes well.

Ivor Griffiths, whose Wednesday morning “rusty racquets” sessions are a highlight of the club’s increasingly active calendar, encouraged more efforts to make the club accessible to disabled people, in particular wheelchair tennis .

And if this year’s incessant rain risks putting a damper on proceedings, the club has picked up a suggestion from Steve Harknett and ordered a squeegee roller to help keep courts dry and safe.

On the committee, Maggie Andrews, Alison Yeomans and Liz Jay stood down after many years of sterling service to the club, with David Face taking over as Treasurer, Derek Greenway taking over as Welfare Officer and Ian Fenn joining the team.