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Please do take the time to read through this newsletter as there is a lot of information to share with you.

Importantly, it’s been another great week of tennis.  You’ll be pleased to know the floodlights are all now completed and they make a fantastic improvement to the playing conditions!

Walking tennis

It was a wonderful day at the inaugural Cornwall Walking Tennis Championships!! Many thanks to all the players from @penzancetennisclub and @wadebridge tennis clubs who came and played. It was great to see so many players (and supporters) being brought together through Walking Tennis. Congratulations to Margaret (Wadebridge) on winning the competition. Finally a massive thank you to @tennis_cornwall_county for funding this competition and the amazing Keith Songhurst for helping to run it. We are already looking forward to next year. If anyone is interested in joining a Walking Tennis Group please contact our head coach, Ian Vidgen: or leave your name with Kathy in the office. 

Winter League

It was the first weekend for the Winter League. Congratulations to Penzance A Team who beat Penzance B Team 12-0. It was a high quality match with both teams playing some fantastic tennis. Keep an eye on the notice board for results and updates as well as information about the squads. We have had so many enthusiastic players who signed up but there is still time to put your name forward as a reserve.

Mix in

Evening numbers have dropped a little some evenings, due to the weather. However, those that did turn up actually found very pleasant conditions to play in and the tennis was greatly enjoyed by all. Incidentally, Wednesday night’s bar is now run on a volunteer rota. Thanks to all those that support this. Lunchtime mix in continues to be very popular and it is lovely to see so many people joining in.

Tennis Ladder

Results are always posted on the board and emailed out, so do take a look at how people are doing. It’s been a fantastic event to be part of already.


Strength and conditioning training was added recently and it’s great to see the children enjoy the sessions

Although tennis will always be top priority, it is also nice to see the continued development of so many social activities.

Social events

Saturday 11th November Cabaret Evening with Tony D Chilli and pasta bowls available, please book in advance. Tickets £10 from the office, cafe or Brett Please note, the last ticket purchase date is the 7th November. 

If anyone can help with selling raffle tickets or serving food on the night, it would be much appreciated. Also, we are looking for donations for the raffle. Food will be served at 7.30pm.

Saturday 18th November Junior Awards Evening 6.00pm Food and refreshments available

Saturday 25th November Quiz night.    

Family Quiz 5.30 pm      Adult Quiz with Martyn Cripps 7.30 pm

Refreshments and snacks available 

Saturday 2nd December Christmas Preloved Sale 10am – 2pm Look out for the poster!

Please note that the Juniors – It’s great to be me Fun activity/craft session with Lil has had to be postponed. Lil has recently taken on a new job and has been allocated training on that day. Many apologies. A new date will be given in the New Year. 

Monday Music

We have a new group using our facilities and they would welcome anyone to join them. Singing for Fun and Pleasure, including Shanty, Country, Rock and Pop Music. Come along to our clubhouse at 4pm – 5.30pm every other Monday from 13th November.  

There is also space at the guitar group which runs every Monday in the clubhouse from 6.30pm to 8pm. Please feel free to use the clubhouse as normal if guitarists are in.

Tuesday Table Tennis 6.30-8.30. A big thanks to Jackie who runs this and also opens the bar. When the weather is bad, it’s a great opportunity to have fun and a bit of competition.

Wednesday Warm up 6.30-8.30 Come and chat and warm up with a cheery welcome from our volunteers.

Thursday’s Thankful 6.00 – 9.00 Time to enjoy the tennis, with Randy offering bright and breezy conversation.

Friday Fixtures Book a low price meal by 6.20pm and enjoy chatting with the friendly group. Teach it sessions will be offered soon for Euchre and Whist. Food and the bar is manned by the lovely Vicky.

Honesty box

As requested, an honesty box for drinks is now available. A big, brown box, you will find it located in the corridor. Please let others know if they have missed it on the newsletter. We’ve had some lovely feedback so far.

For your information, we are investigating changing the water fountain so that water is more easily accessible for todays requirements and protects the new flooring from spillages.

Onwards and Upwards 

We really enjoyed receiving your feedback from the survey at the beginning of this year. We will be continuing to listen and respond to the needs of our members. What we would really like to do now is to form an Onwards and Upwards Committee who can both make suggestions to help steer our club forward and be part of future fundraising. If you like to be a part of this exciting group, please do contact me.


We have gained a few more volunteers, but would really like to encourage more to sign up to our two hours, every three month challenge.  This will help us keep the bar open during the week. It is such a lovely atmosphere when the bar is open and it really lifts activities such as the Table Tennis club on a Tuesday evening.  We would also like to set up a buddy system for new members to help them get settled in, so would appreciate volunteers for this too.

Finally, I believe there is so much we can achieve together so please do talk to me, or any committee member if you can help in any way. I am at the club several times a week and always take time to talk to people whoever I can, but I can also be contacted by email as below.

New members who join us say they do so because it’s a lovely, friendly place to be and myself and the committee couldn’t agree more. Many thanks for your continued support for the club.

Brett Dye Interim Chair


Penzance Tennis Club would like tell you about their social membership costing only £17 per year. This allows you to come along 6-8.30pm midweek evenings, maybe with a friend for a quiet drink and a coffee, or a game of cards or dominoes?  There’s Table tennis on a Tuesday and always a guaranteed friendly face on Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as the bar area being open on a Thursday. You can join in watching tennis during the day and chat to other friendly members. It also allows you to join in special event evenings like bingo, quiz nights, cabaret, fashion events and karaoke.  
Our tennis provision includes use of the courts, mix in sessions with  walking tennis and rusty racquets sessions for beginners/returners.  We also host the largest number of tennis teams in the Cornwall Winter league, having an impressive 6 teams! To find out more please email or check out the website at


the results of the Closed Tournament Finals. 67 matches were played in total over 9 days/evenings with 56 players competing over 10 events. It was a fantastic week for all concerned and a great vote of thanks go to Di Hillage, Fi Drew, Helena Luke and Sue Nash for all the hard work in making this such a fantastic event. Well done to all!

18/09 Blue line tennis available free for anyone who works in frontline blue line services

Also social hub extends welcome to Wednesday Winddown Wednesday and Friday Fixtures. Check out the Social Connections Hub Page.

15/09 Chairman Trevor Newborn steps down –

It is with a heavy heart I am writing to inform you that, after the recent committee meeting, Trevor Newborn has stepped down from his position as Club Chair.

Trevor is, and always will be, passionate about Penzance Tennis Club – a member for over 30 years, with over 25 years served on the committee and the last 13 years as Chair, he was instrumental in getting the funding for the clubhouse and courts from the National Lottery and the LTA. Trevor has worked tirelessly behind the scenes and has guided the club honourably through many ups and downs, leaving it in the enviable position it enjoys today.

The club is a real jewel of Penzance, and Trevor should be very proud of what he, with the support of all the committee over the years, has achieved on behalf of members.

I trust you can join me in thanking Trevor for all his efforts and we look forward to seeing him regularly at the club, hopefully introducing his beloved grandchildren to a lifelong love of tennis.

Brett Dye has kindly stepped up as the new Club Chair until the next AGM to be held on Monday 29th January 2024, when all club members are able to stand for election to any position on the committee of Penzance Tennis Club.

10.09 Junior Clubnight is back!!

Every Tuesday FREE tennis for Junior members. All abilities welcome

4-5pm 6-12years

5-6pm 12+ years

For more information email

09.09 A great start to the Social Hub

There was a fantastic start to this weeks social hub. It is vital we encourage a social side of the club to enable all of our facilities to open and be fully utilised.