Anyone for tennis?

If you happen to be walking close to the village of Holymoorside, you may well hear voices calling: ‘Fifteen-Love,’ ‘Thirty-Forty’, ‘Deuce’ mingled with the local birdsong.

That’s because Holymoorside Tennis Club lies on the north-eastern edge of the village in a picturesque rural setting close to the Hipper Valley Trail.

It has been here since 1973, though it began life in the 1930s in a different village location, where cows would sometimes invade the grass courts, leaving unwelcome ‘deposits’. Nowadays there are no such hazards: instead there are three, well-maintained Tarmac courts, a small clubhouse with changing facilities, toilets and a kitchen – and a group of enthusiastic, friendly members.

The Club’s chair and longest-serving member, Keith Singleton, says: ‘If you enjoy a game of tennis in beautiful surroundings, come along and join us – you’ll be sure of a warm welcome.

All year round there’s a regular ‘drop in’ session every Tuesday and Sunday morning, and members’ Club night at 6.00pm on Wednesday evenings from early April. We field teams in the Chesterfield and District Summer and Winter Leagues, and there’s also a Club Tournament in the summer with a trophy for the winner.

As well as tennis, you’ll find that the Club has a thriving social calendar, with organised walks, treasure hunts, bowling and games nights and other activities open to family and friends.

Current membership for a full year is £70, and £15 for juniors. This gives free use of the courts at any time during the year, apart from match days. Day Fees for non members are £3 per adult and £1 per junior and students.

Keith Singleton, Chairman    01246 568865

Susan Wraith, Secretary    0114 2583631