The Ashes TrophyFollowing on from an idea emanating from a friendly match between Chilham and Bridge men’s teams way back in 2014, the third Chilham v Bridge Ashes Match was held at Chilham on Mayday this year.

The weather was superb and the event was hosted in impeccable style by Chilham Tennis Club, with half the matches being played at Chilham’s courts in Branch Lane, Chilham and the other half on the astro-turf courts in the grounds of nearby Chilham Castle.

Both sides fielded Ladies’, Mixed and Men’s teams and the title was keenly contested, with the teams tying with 6 rubbers each. However, Chilham gained the title for the first time in its three year history by virtue of winning 74 games against Bridge’s 67.

In line with tradition both teams afterwards repaired to the nearby Woolpack Inn where refreshments were kindly provided by the host team and the “Ashes”, (consisting of the ashes of two wooden tennis racquets ceremonially burned in the fire at The Woolpack after the inaugural match in 2014 and preserved in a purpose-made casket), were presented to Chilham, photographs taken and an excellent time had by all.

Bridge Tennis Club would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Chilham Tennis Club for their hospitality and for inviting them to participate in what is becoming an annual tradition and are also extremely grateful to Tessa and Stuart Wheeler of Chilham Castle for making their tennis courts and facilities available.

Chilham team.

Helen Blackwood, Jo Cooke, Liz Dear, Anna Evans, Joy Gould, Jo Labon, Linda Noble

Richard Baker, Tony Blackall, Derek Henderson, Paul Labon, Dan Salter, Pete Swann,

Bridge team.

Helen D’Cruz, Alison Hicks, Rhona Jardella, Suzanne Nichols, Jo Rohan, Katie Saxby

Trevor Barnes, Gerry D’Cruz, William Gee, Nigel Morley, Kit Renwick, Kim Standen