If you have any feedback on how we can make our new website better please do contact us. We would like to hear from you.
DARWEN TENNIS CLUB
How it all began.
The club was originally formed in 1924 as Sunnyhurst Tennis Club. A team from the club entered the Darwen Tennis Tournament in 1926, at which time there were thirteen clubs in the town. In the thirties tennis appeared to be thriving.
Sunnyhurst Tennis ClubWhitehall Tennis Club
St Cuthbert’s Tennis ClubHoddlesden Tennis Club
Greenfield InstituteLower Darwen Congregational
St James Tennis ClubDuckworth Street
Lower Chapel Tennis ClubCricket Club
Darwen Tennis ClubOlive Lane
1932 Clubs’ Tournament
Back row: J Watson, Miss A Turner, C Ashton, J G Rae, J L Halliwell, Dr J Craig, Jas Watson, Miss W Cartwright, H Jepson, W Horrocks
Front: Miss M Jepson, Miss S Halliwell, Miss R Turner, Mrs R S Catlow, Mrs A Riley
In May 1933 it became known as Lynwood United Methodist Tennis Club and this was when the old wooden Pavilion was replaced by a “new” one in 1935. The pavilion was 20 feet by 14 feet with a 4 foot veranda across the front and cost £25.
By February 1946 the Secretary of the Trustees of the Church and school wrote to the secretary of the tennis club saying that the link between club and church had become so slight it may no longer be considered to be under the Methodist auspices. They asked that the club immediately change its name. Thus the club reverted to being Sunnyhurst Tennis Club.
After the war in 1948 the Darwen Tennis tournament was revived and by 1950 the headline in the Darwen News, June 30th read “Sunnyhurst Dominated Tennis Finals”. Mr Bill Sumner won the mens singles, Keva Nowell won the ladies singles and with Mrs M Pollard won the ladies doubles, Mr and Mrs Sumner won the mixed championship and Mr Sumner completed the treble by winning the mens doubles with J Whiteside.
Finalists Darwen Tennis Championships 1949
Mr W Sumner, Mrs I Ashton, Miss M Jepson, Mr J Pollard, Mrs E Entwistle, Mrs, H Ellison, Mr D Hitchon, Mrs M Thorpe, Mr J Starbuck, Miss K Nowell, Mr E Jepson Miss D Pickup, Mr J Kay, Miss I Hacking, Mrs M Pollard, Mr E Crompton.
Again in 1953 “Sunnyhurst Win All The Senior Trophies”. Keva Nowell had become MrsPainter and won the ladies singles and the mixed with her husband and the ladies doubles with Mrs Pollard. Edwin Crompton won the mens singles for the fifth time and the mens doubles with Mr Painter.
Finalists Darwen Tennis Championships 1953
Standing: W. Telfer, D Painter, E Crompton, J Entwistle, G Hart, D W Holden, J G Rae
Sitting: Miss M Grime, Mrs J Pollard, Mrs D Painter, Miss H Villar, Miss M Bridge, Miss H Riley, Miss K Longworth
“Women’s singles Champion for Sixth Successive Year”. “Keva Painter beat Mrs M Jones 6-3, 6-1 at Darwen Tennis Clubs’ annual tournament held on the Walpamur courts on Saturday” Darwen News July 8th 1955