AGM Wednesday November 20th 7-30pm

Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club

Notice of Annual General Meeting  Wednesday 20th November 19:30

This year’s AGM will be held in the clubhouse starting at 19:30 prompt. All senior and social members are more than welcome to attend. The evening will conclude around 21:00 with cheese and wine.

One proposal has been put forward for discussion at the meeting

Item 1 – That the club should enter a 3rd Mixed team into the lowest division of the York midweek league. The only available court time for home matches would be Friday evenings and this team would be viewed as a development team for players not currently playing league tennis.

Any further proposals from members for consideration at the meeting must be sent to the Secretary no later than November 12th to allow time for the proposal to be circulated to members. Comments received at the meeting under ‘any other business’ will only be heard at the discretion of the Chairman.


1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the last AGM held on the 21st November 2018

3. Matters arising

4. Chairman’s report

5. Treasurer’s report (Acceptance of Annual Club Accounts) & Subscriptions 2020

6. Match Secretary’s report & Teams to be entered for the 2019 season

7. Junior review & Coaching

8. Election of new committee members

9. Health and Safety

10. Safegaurding

11. Any other business.

Item 1 – That the club should enter a 3rd Mixed team into the lowest division of the York midweek league. The only available court time for home matches would be Friday evenings and this team would be viewed as a development team for players not currently playing league tennis.

REFRESHMENTS:- A cheese and wine supper will be provided on the night

Mark Jackson End Of Season Report

The sixteenth running of the Mark Jackson memorial end of season tournament took place this afternoon. Rain curtailed the final round but two and a half rounds were completed which enabled a result . After starting in sun the afternoon gradually worsened but not before some excellent action on courts 1-4 after 16 members took part. The men’s event was well contested with three players battling it out for the trophy. New member Jonathan Tyler just finished ahead of leading junior Bradley Triffitt to secure runners up whilst Harrogate mixed division 5 player of the season Richard Franks was victorious finishing on 15 points.

In the ladies Louise Beasley managed 12 points but retaining the title from last season was Fiona Chantrey who was the top female also in Harrogate division 5 and finished with 14 points

Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey had a memorable season together and finished on a high winning the Mark Jackson this afternoon. Enjoy your wine guys!

Thanks to Jonathan Tyler, who was making his debut today, and was runner up in the mens event with the consistent Louise Beasley, confirming herself one of the leading ladies at the club, runner up in the ladies tournament. Enjoy the biscuits!

Thanks to regular organisers Helen Robinson and Mike Triffitt.

Ann Jones provided the biscuits and Ellie Triffitt was in charge of the whistle.

Wetherby 2 Open Winter League Campaign With Narrow Win

Once again the players were on weather watch this evening as Wetherby 2 made their first appearance of the season as they welcomed Tadcaster who were making a welcome return to the fold. Thankfully the weather gods were smiling and despite a poor forecast the match was played to a finish. Marcus Kaiser was a late withdrawal for the hosts so Winter League organiser Mike Triffitt stepped in at seed one to partner Fiona Chantrey whilst Ann Jones was at seed two with new member Dave Rowlands who was making his Winter League debut.

Chantrey and Triffitt began on court one as they took on Taddy top pair Will Woodrow and Amanda Hollinghurst. Mike and Will had crossed paths during the summer when Wetherby narrowly defeated Tadcaster in a men’s friendly and tonight would be similar close and competitive. Fiona had enjoyed a fabulous summer helping Wetherby A to title success in Harrogate division 5 and with an unbeaten record was full of confidence. However Will began serving and banged down a treble of aces as Tadcaster took the first game in quick time. However both Mike and Fiona are consistent types and despite not having hard groundstrokes both play a very useful spin game which they used to great effect in moving the scoreboard nicely along to 5-1 in their favour. However Tadcaster responded and with Will hitting hard from deep and dominating the net they fought back to 5-4. Amanda was proving a tough nut to crack with some excellent returns and this was proving a cracking rubber indeed. Wetherby managed to stop the rot and just run our narrow 7-5 winners after an absorbing affair.

Over on court two Jones and Rowlands were enjoying themselves against Craig Derry and Sue McClure. Dave is a relative new member and has played once for the men’s second team and competed in the Wetherby end of season championships where he took some notable scalps getting to the semi finals of the men’s doubles. A cheery and easy going chap he is a strong left hander with good returns and a quick serve. Craig is a very consistent sort and was happy to prolong a rally with great patience whilst Sue covered every inch of the court as she ran down so many seemingly lost causes. There was little therefore between the quartet and fittingly after a tremendous battle the teams were locked at 6-6 leaving Wetherby slightly ahead overall leading 13-11.

The men’s rubber always looked likely to be another close encounter and no surprise it was. Watching coach Steve Plant was shaking his head in disbelief at some of the unorthodox shots from Triffitt, Sorry Steve but I am too old to change now lol!. He and Dave started well however and they were 3-1 ahead before suddenly the contest turned on its head as a rampant Tadcaster duo clicked into form. Will and Craig played some sensational tennis and with great team work forged ahead 6-3 after five games won on the bounce. The beleaguered hosts were creaking but thankfully they didn’t fold and with great resolve took the final three games for a deserved share of the spoils.

On Court two Fiona and Ann found themselves up against it as the greater court speed of Sue and Amanda had Tadcaster leading 5-2. It needed all of Ann’s many years of court experience to fight her way back and with the classy Chantrey pulling out some wonderful winners the Wetherby ladies made an incredible comeback to win 7-5.

This set up a final third round that saw Wetherby slightly ahead 26-22 with all to play for. Fiona and Mike moved over to court two and using a variety of pace they made a strong start against Sue and Craig. They led 5-1 but the news over on court one meant things were going down to the wire. Will and Amanda had caught the eye in round one and like a fine wine were improving again in this last round where they forged ahead 7-0 against a bewildered Ann and Dave. As is often the case the score line was harsh with many games going to deuce but Tadcaster were proving the stronger converting crucial points.

Mike and Fiona knew they had to keep the score line ticking over and showing great consistency and some crafty play they moved further ahead 9-1. A fist pump from Ann signified she and Dave were on the board and this single game proved the turning point giving Mike and Fiona valuable breaking space. Battling onto the end Ann and Dave couldn’t add any further games as the very impressive Will and Sue ran out 11-1 winners.

However Mike and Fiona managed to match that score for the hosts and with the rain starting to lash down play finished just in time.

So after a superb encounter Wetherby were able to celebrate a 38-24 success but all credit and a big thanks to Tadcaster for a big effort which came up agonisingly short at the death. A match played in great spirt and good luck to both teams in the rest of your campaigns.

Well played Dave Rowlands, Ann Jones, Fiona Chantrey and Mike Triffitt

A massive effort on debut from Craig Derry, Amanda Hollinghurst, Sue McClure and captain Will Woodrow.

Wetherby Tennis Club Christmas Party

We hope you can join us for an evening of festive fun at Wetherby Golf Club on Saturday 7th December at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Price is £27.50 per person which includes a fabulous 3 course meal,  dancing to fantastic music and a bar extension until midnight. Partners are very welcome as are any friends you might want to invite. Either dress up in your party clothes or smart casual, whichever you prefer.

Wetherby Tennis Club Christmas Party Night Menu

Smoked Trout Mousse with pickled julienne vegetables, gin and cucumber sorbet, served with toasted ciabatta


Pear and Parsnip Soup


Roast Turkey, apricot and sage stuffing, pigs in blankets, goose fat potatoes, pan juices with selection of seasonal vegetables


Pan Fried Sea Bream, Lyonnaise potatoes, wilted spinach, pineapple, lemon and coriander relish, crispy parma ham with pesto cream sauce


Belgian Chocolate Syllabub, kahlua cream with crushed amoretti biscuits


Assiette of mini sticky toffee pudding, candied banana, Christmas pudding ice cream, hazelnut praline and pistachio crumb


Tea or Coffee with choc mint crisp

Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are available upon request

Please could you email your menu choices and any special dietary requirements to Debbie Vines at

To confirm your place, please transfer £27.50 per person to the bank account below by 7th November, putting XMAS and your name as the reference e.g. ‘XMAS SMITH’

Wetherby Tennis Club

Sort code: 40-46-21

Account No: 70217107

For any further information please contact any of the organisers below thanks

Ginny Hinds 07901 855387

Helen Robinson 07814 781988

Debbie Vines 07986 577302

Rachel Butterworth 07903 840637

Louise Williams 07801 436898

Mark Jackson Memorial End Of Season Tournament October 20

Last years winners Steve Plant and Fiona Chantrey

This Sunday October 20 the Mark Jackson memorial tournament concludes our summer social events for 2019 on court. Helen Robinson and Mike Triffitt will kindly host. At present the weather looks promising but If players can arrive from 1-15pm we can arrange the draw and make a prompt start for 1-30pm thanks. As always it will be nice to see a good turnout for this long standing event and everyone welcome.

Quiz Night A Roaring Success

Once again a packed house to celebrate the annual Wetherby Quiz night which is always one of the highlights of the social calendar. A big thanks to Angela Crossley and Jo Coverdale for organizing another successful event

Plenty of laughter!!

Chief Lucy Wright enjoying her evening

Plenty of study and deliberation

Ann Jones has supported the quiz for many years and took the ‘stand up sit down’ honours

Tim Coverdale produced another superb quiz delivered with his usual wit and charm

Congratulations to Carol, Pete, Andrew, Jane, Graham and Hilary who were the winners.

Wetherby A & B Celebrate Titles At Awards Ceremony

The Annual Harrogate and District awards took place last night at the Harrogate Golf Club and there was a strong contingent from Wetherby tennis club in attendance. Wetherby B led by captain Tony Cutler just held off the late challenge from Harlow to take the Division 6 crown. Bradley Triffitt and Katie Barrett played influential roles and were both there to accept the trophy and medals. Brad had finished the campaign as the leading player in the whole division whilst Anne Lillywhite finished leading lady with Tony and Katie in third and fourth respectively as Wetherby really dominated the player statistics. Special mentions to Ann Jones, Lindsay Edgar and Judith Crossley who all helped to secure the title and thanks to all who represented the team this year.

Barry Johnson was the proud captain of Wetherby A who with fourteen straight wins and a one hundred percent record had won division five by an impressive nine point margin ahead of Thirsk. Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey were the stars of the show with an incredible thirty three sets and zero losses. They finished the season joint top of the player standings with Mike Triffitt, Christina Plant, Louise Beasley and Barry Johnson filling the next positions. Kevin Duckenfield came in eighth whilst thanks also go to Dawn Steel who was a regular in the team. Its testament to the consistency that those eight managed to play in the majority of the games but thanks to those who filled in to help out when needed .

Some of the other winners on a busy night of trophy celebrations.

The gang enjoying the buffet with Louise and Katie eyeing up the cakes!

Mike and Bradley Triffitt showing off the trophies