Members of Austwick Tennis Club will be competing for a new trophy this autumn when the club stages the inaugural tournament for the Sheila Barraclough Shield.
The tournament, which is intended to be an annual event, has been initiated to mark the contribution to the club of Sheila Barraclough, who was not only a founding member of the tennis club in 1977, but continued playing social tennis until shortly before she went into residential care at Anley Nursing Home, where she died last year.
The competition in memory of Sheila will take place on Sunday September 22 starting at 10am. It will take the form of an American tournament, with players drawn with doubles partners and playing short sets both with and against their partners. The winning man and winning woman will be presented with the trophy by Sheila’s husband Bernard. There will be a Jacob’s Join lunch and spectators are very welcome.
Sheila’s contribution to the tennis club is also being commemorated with a new bench, provided by Sheila’s family, which is now sited by the entrance to the club house.