The Middle Ages

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For the next forty years our club seems to have cruised along with very few changes.  However, there were two major fixture additions.  For decades our most popular fixture has been the match with the Norwegian Tennis Veterans.  The inaugural fixture was held in 1969 and each year we have alternated home and away for The Tom Todd Trophy.

The Norwegians have hosted us all over their spectacular country and usually both teams and their supporters stay in the same hotel and sight-see and dine together.  When at home this fixture has frequently enjoyed a kind invitation to play on the hallowed Courts of the All England Club, developments permitting.  A memorable innovation in 1990 was the new fixture with The Fitzwilliam Club played alternately in Dublin and the UK, latterly for The Ivar Boden Cup.  Our Irish and Norwegian friends have often come over and joined us at Torquay or other events and I suspect that there is yet more mileage to be gained in top quality international social tennis in different forms.

The club has not been slow to celebrate its anniversaries by arranging events to allow long-standing tennis friends to keep in touch.  We celebrated our 25th anniversary with a reception on the 14th October 1983 at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers in the City of London.

In 1986, in recognition of her contribution to lawn tennis, Mrs Kitty Godfree, wife of Leslie Godfree MC, was invited to become the first patron of the club, a position she held until her death in 1992.  From 1998 until 2007 our Patron was Mrs Marjorie Todd, the widow of our co-founder Tom Todd.  Right up to the end she would travel across from Guernsey to Torquay to support us.

Ten years later it was a dinner/dance on 1 May 1993 in the Debenture Holder's Lounge at the AELTC & CC.  The same venue hosted our 40th anniversary on 2nd May 1998.  And right up to this day our Wimbledon Cocktail Party on the second Monday goes from strength to strength.  Just as at Hurlingham in 1959, so in 2011 many leading personalities of the tennis world were present - including a Godfree…….