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Carmel Tennis Club

Carmel Lawn Tennis Club was formed in the early 1950s when the club was granted a lease of land on the south side of Portland Road and the west side of St Heliers Avenue. The lease was granted by Napthali Ernest Davis to the trustees of the club who were at that time Phillip Sherwood… Read more »

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Carmel Lawn Tennis Club was formed in the early 1950s when the club was granted a lease of land on the south side of Portland Road and the west side of St Heliers Avenue. The lease was granted by Napthali Ernest Davis to the trustees of the club who were at that time Phillip Sherwood and Gerald Abrahams.

The club flourished and the membership grew to approximately 50. Most members played on Sunday mornings, although the courts were used throughout the week. The club had a pavilion with changing rooms, showers, table tennis and snooker tables and held tournaments on Sunday afternoons and bank holidays, when picnics were often held for members and their families.

However in the 1980s the membership dwindled and the club could not afford to maintain the pavilion and courts. The pavilion fell into a state of disrepair and courts were sublet to bring in extra income. Subsequently an arrangement was made with the leisure club on the site, so that they would maintain the courts and allow Carmel Tennis Club members to use them at certain times in the week and exclusively on Sunday mornings. Due to lack of support for the club and no guarantee of a regular game, members joined other tennis clubs which now happily accepted people of the Jewish faith. Two of the tennis courts still remain and are under the control of the leisure club in the public area known as Davis Park. The exclusive right for Carmel Tennis Club members to use the courts on Sunday mornings still exists in theory, but unfortunately the club does not.

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