Stockinbingal Tennis Club to celebrate 80th ​birthday

THROWBACK: A day at the tennis at Stockinbingal in 1930 (from left) Digger Morton, Peter Dunn, Tom Boon, Doll West, Bill Longhurst. Picture: Facebook
THROWBACK: A day at the tennis at Stockinbingal in 1930 (from left) Digger Morton, Peter Dunn, Tom Boon, Doll West, Bill Longhurst. Picture: Facebook

Stockinbingal Tennis Club turned 80 in April and the current committee has decided to celebrate with social tennis and an afternoon tea on Sunday, June 25, from 1.30pm at the Stockinbingal Tennis Courts.

The Stockinbingal Tennis Club was formed on the back of public support in April, 1937, at a time when there were two other tennis clubs operating within the town. The building of the first court was funded by subscriptions to the club and donations and was completed within two months of the public meeting to form the club.

Weekly Saturday night dances were held at Ellwoods Hall to aid in building the new tennis court and provide ongoing income to the club. More than 300 people attended the Stockinbingal Tennis courts opening in June, 1937.

Whilst the attendance numbers may not reach 300 this time, it is still hoped that many past players may return. It is also hoped that tennis club patron Keith Pether will be in attendance. Anyone wishing to attend can contact Sue Caldwell on 0427 431 407 before Friday, June 16.