Grand opening of Market Weighton Lawn Tennis Club's new Clubhouse

Wed, 03 Aug 2022

Market Weighton Lawn Tennis Club have officially opened their new Clubhouse, having received £184,914 in funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments.

The total project cost £257,000 and Market Weighton LTC also received funding from FCC Communities Foundation, Sancton Wind Farm Fund and the Robert Massey Trust. They also raised £10,000 of their own funds towards the project.

Market Weighton Lawn Tennis Club were presented with a plaque to commemorate the funding, and the new club house was officially opened by Dorothy Chantry, who has been involved with the club for over 50 years, and George Thompson, one of the club's youngest members.

The event was attended by Councillor Claire Holmes, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing,  as well as Wolds Weighton ward councillors, Councillor Rudd and Councillor Stathers. Sir Greg Knight MP, member of parliament for East Yorkshire, was also in attendance

The clubhouse, built by Steve Gunn Builders of Shiptonthorpe, has a spacious and bright clubroom overlooking the courts, a kitchen area, changing rooms and separate toilets.

Judy Copeland, chairwoman of MWLTC, said: "We are delighted with our new clubhouse; it was desperately needed as we were running the club from a shed and the result has exceeded our expectations. That is testament to the support and funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Commuted Sums, FCC Communities Foundation, and Sancton Hill Wind Farm, Coupled with the hard work of a dedicated team of committee members. We are now lucky that Market Weighton has some of the best facilities in the area." 

Jill Atkinson, one of the club's committee members, said: "We have been dreaming of having a new clubhouse for years, and hopefully now our amazing facilities will attract more people to the club. We are a friendly, informal club and welcome adults and children of all abilities. Over 80 people attended, members and guests, enjoying sunshine, fizz and homemade cakes and it was a fitting way to celebrate not only the new clubhouse but also to mark moving into the club's 101st year."

Councillor Claire Holmes, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure, and housing, said: "The award of these Commuted Sums, provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval, is great news for Market Weighton LTC, and will make a huge difference here. I have no doubt that many more members will be attracted to join."