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Lawn Tennis
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(Autumn 1962)

 

Chairman: - Mr W G T Gray

Secretary: - Mr P H Aston

Treasurer: - Miss D Follows

 

On Wednesday, July 18th, the Bank's Tennis Club was formed and the above officers were elected.

 

It was proposed that August 9th should have been our first club evening but rain stopped play, in fact it never started. Not to be daunted by this, we arranged to meet once again at Cannon Hill Park on the following Thursday. This time the weather was kinder and an enjoyable evening was had by the 12 members of the Club. Everyone had at least half an hour's playing time on one of the two courts booked for the evening.

 

It is the intention of the Club to play at other Parks such as Small Heath, Perry Barr and Salford Bridge. Any members of staff who wish to have a pleasant evening's enjoyment will be most welcome.

 

P H Aston

 

 

(Christmas 1962)

 

I was hoping to be able to say that I had completed negotiations for the entry of the Bank's team into the Corporation Tennis League. Unfortunately this has not been accomplished owing to circumstances beyond my control. A meeting of all teams in the league is to be held in December, to which a representative of the Bank team is to be invited.

 

The outcome of this meeting will, I hope, appear in the next edition of 'Contact'.

 

P H Aston

Hon Secretary

 

 

(Spring 1963)

 

WE ARE IN!!

 

At a meeting of the Birmingham Municipal Inter-Department Tennis League, in early December 1962, the Bank's application for membership was enthusiastically accepted. We are in Division 2 for this year to see how well we progress. I wish to say how grateful I am that Mr Gray was able to attend the meeting in my place, as I was unable to go because of night-school commitments.

 

In view of our successful application, I hope that as many members of the Staff as possible will come along to our first Club Evening which will be in early May. I do not, however, wish any inexperienced players to be discouraged by what I have written previously for not only do we want to see experienced players, who could become team members, but also beginners who want to come along for some fun.

 

Since the last Edition of 'Contact' I have moved away from Alum Rock Branch and onto Relief Staff. If anyone should need to contact me, Miss J Capener at Saltley Branch will be able to inform you where I am.

 

P H Aston

Hon Secretary

 

 

(Autumn 1963)

 

THIS YEAR HAS BEEN 'CHAMPION'

 

1963, the Club's first full year, can only be described as wonderful. Unlike the previous year when three out of the five club evenings were completely washed out, no Club evening was so adversely affected. Only the night on which the Mixed  Doubles Tournament took place did rain interrupt play. Even on that occasion the rain did not arrive until we had played for nearly two hours. The result of the Tournament was a complete victory for John Ordish and Doreen Follows over all their opponents.

 

An off-shoot of the Club has been the entering of a team in the Municipal Inter-Department League. We were entered in Division II and I am glad to report that we became the champions for 1963 with promotion to Division I for 1964. The final league table is to be found below.

 

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

DRAWN

LOST

POINTS

BANK

5

3

2

0

8

TOWN CLERKS

5

3

1

1

7

HEALTH 'B'

5

3

1

1

7

WATER 'B'

5

2

1

2

5

PUBLIC WORKS

5

1

0

4

2

ESTATES

5

0

1

4

1