A “Tennisathon” Tribute to Rob Atkinson

The 24 hour Tennisathon, held in memory of Rob Atkinson who sadly died in 2018, ran non stop from 10am on Friday 19th July concluding with Rob’s wife Jo and his children bringing the event to a close at 10am on Saturday morning. The funds of over £3000 raised in Rob’s memory will be donated to the British Heart Foundation. The tennis club also raised funds of £600 during the event for the court renewal fund (“CRF”). After weeks of dry, sunny weather Friday’s weather forecast was for rain and most players got wet during the day with some pretty torrential showers at some stages! Despite the weather there was lots of laughter and morale was high throughout the day, evening and early hours of the morning! As part of the fund raising, a programme of entertainment was put on for the spectators on Friday evening. A group of flautists were followed by singing from “Twin Harmony” and then music from 5 piece Indie rock group “Caine”. All the musicians donated their time for free. At 10pm on Friday evening play switched from Penzance Tennis Club and continued throughout the night at Polwithen House (the old Bolitho School). As well as the players organisers Sarah Cross and Paul Matthews (who stayed awake for the 24 hours!), were joined by friends and family as spectators. Play carried on back at the tennis club from 6am when two players Dawn Roberts and Suzie Sinclair turned up to play in their pyjamas much to the amusement of the spectators! The sun finally came out and the event came to a close with Jo and the children playing the last 15 minutes. The club was packed with spectators and supporters and was a lovely tribute to Rob. Thanks go to Sarah Cross and Paul Matthews who were the main organisers of this fantastic event, supported by Trisha Smith, Dave Forrest and a number of others. Photos of each four that played each hourly slot will be posted on the website at a later...

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24 hour “tennisathon” in memory of Rob Atkinson

24 hour “tennisathon” in memory of Rob Atkinson Sadly last year, on Wednesday 11th July one of the Dads from our Saturday morning tennis group passed away suddenly from a heart attack, aged just 50. Rob Atkinson was a true family man and left behind his beloved wife and 3 beautiful young boys, aged 9 and twins aged 7. To celebrate his life, and as a mark of respect, on the 19th July we will be embarking on a mammoth 24 hour relay tennisathon at Penzance Tennis Club. We still have a few slots available to play. Members or non members who would like to take part are welcome! Currently there is 1 space at 2-3pm and 3 spaces 3-4pm on the Friday. If anyone else fancies a middle of the night slot please join Sarah Cross who is currently playing alone at 3am! Please see the notice board for details or otherwise call the club during opening hours on 01736 367627. We will also have a BBQ and entertainment on Friday evening: * Free entry, BBQ and Bar open * 6pm Flautistas – Penzance based flute choir * 6.30pm Twin Harmony – The voices of twin sisters Jenna and Morwenna blend to create an utterly enchanting harmony * 7.30pm Caine – a five piece Indie Rock Band from Angarrack as seen on the BBC Introducing stage at The Great Estate! * Donations to The British Heart Foundation (The money raised via this page will go towards research at the British  Heart Foundation “Beat Heartbreak Forever”) – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-cross28 On 19th play starts at 10am and playing through until 10pm that night when players will go up the road to Polwithen House to play overnight by lamp light! At 6am they will return to the tennis club where the final players on court will be Rob’s wife Jo and her boys. Please share this post and come along and join...

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24 hour “tennisathon” in support of heart disease

Sadly last year, on Wednesday 11th July one of the Dads from our Saturday morning tennis group passed away suddenly from a heart attack, aged just 50. Rob Atkinson was a true family man and left behind his beloved wife and 3 beautiful young boys, aged 9 and twins aged 7. To celebrate his life, and as a mark if respect, on the 19th July we will be embarking on a mammoth 24 hour relay tennisathon at Penzance Tennis Club. We are starting at 10am and playing through until 10pm that night when we will go up the road to Polwithen House to play overnight by lamp light! At 6am we will return to the tennis club where the final Players on court will be Rob’s wife Jo and her boys. There will be a number of fundraising events at the club on the Friday night including a performance by a local flute choir. The money raised via this page will go towards research at the British Heart Foundation “Beat Heartbreak Forever”. We attach the fundraising page if you would like to support and raise awareness of heart disease and please come along and support the event!...

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Who needed Aintree? Penzance had the Grand National!

Penzance Tennis Club held a fantastic Race Night on Saturday with exciting horse races and lots of laughs and fun for all.  The “owners” had invented some wonderful names for their horses, and the winning owner of each race was presented with a bottle of bubbly.  We can’t thank Martin Brockman and Elaine Trethowan enough, as the organisation was seamless with a big screen showing each race, and an exciting commentary to involve everyone in the atmosphere.  Betting was brisk, with the winners celebrating, especially when one lucky punter won at odds of 18 to 1! Jackie Rice and Dawn Roberts ran the raffle and everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet. Thanks to Sue Nash and Des Hosken for running the bar and keeping everyone supplied with lubrication to help with the cheers! The evening concluded with Mara Forrest updating the Court Renewal Fund monitor, by adding 5 more balls, two of which went into the thousands! This celebrated the success of the recent auction, and since January £2,700 has been raised. The Race Night adds another £444 to the fund taking us over £3000! Thank you to all our volunteers, the fund raising sub committee and of course to Martin Brockman for a fantastic night! Mara Forrest adding more balls to the Fund Raising Monitor Who needed Aintree? Penzance had the Grand...

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A night at the Races!

Join us for “A Night at the Races!” – a charity race night in support of the court renewal fund. Saturday 6th April, 7pm To sign up see the noticeboard at the tennis club and be sure to purchase your horses in advance. Choose your race and name your horses for £5 each. Money can be paid at the First Service Cafe – you don’t have to be in attendance on the night to buy a horse. Winning owners get a prize! There will be light food and nibbles plus the bar will be open. Bring along your friends and don’t miss out as this is always a fantastic night. Our host for the evening will be the RNLI’s Martin...

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Record breaking auction night!

Penzance Tennis Club’s first Auction Night was a major success, raising the incredible sum of £2,307 towards the Court Renewal Fund! The clubhouse was full, and the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement. Just before the auction began Mara Forrest and her friend Bryher added two more balls to our fund raising gauge taking the existing total to £400. Then the evening began in earnest with our volunteer auctioneer, Barry Hocking from St Buryan making sure every lot achieved its maximum potential! We are delighted that every lot sold, most way in excess of our expectations. Four lots actually achieved over £100 each, so our thanks go to Suzie Sinclair and Alistair Till for their donation of 4 tickets to the Newlyn Filmhouse, Pat Shaw for a ride in one of his classic cars, and to Brett and Lil Dye for a 5 night stay in their luxury caravan at Goonhavern. The gold star of the evening has to go to Bryock for his promise to cook a dinner party meal for 6 lucky people, and this lot achieved a truly amazing £250. Huge thanks goes to the local businesses, members and friends of Penzance Tennis Club who donated generously to give us such excellent lots! Thanks also goes to our fund raising sub-committee of Tricia Smith, Dave Forrest, Dawn Roberts and Valda Mossman. Finally thanks to Barry Hocking who undoubtedly helped our bidders dig deep! Our next event will be a Race Night on Saturday 6th April so mark your calendars as this is always a fun night! Thanks to Mara and Bryher for adding two more tennis balls to our guage A well earned bottle of win was presented to Barry...

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