Local MP Kit Malthouse took the opportunity of an invitation from the Club Committee, to visit the site of the exciting new development for Andover Tennis Club. Mrs Winnett and her fellow trustees, Brian Stuart and Trevor Blake, showed Mr Malthouse the extensive preparatory ground work, which has been done on the sheltered, sloping site at Era Park, Balksbury Hill.
Mr Malthouse was impressed by the scale of the project, which will have two indoor tennis courts, plus six outdoor courts as well as a new clubhouse. He was also impressed by the amount of work done by a volunteer run, not for profit club, to provide Andover and the villages of Test Valley with a modern centre for tennis excellence. This will be a community facility, which will provide tennis activities for players of all ages and abilities from toddlers to pensioners. The members of the successful Andover Club are really looking forward to playing tennis at Era Park. Schools, youth groups and community groups will also be invited to use the facility.
Mrs Winnett was recently given a UK Points of Light award by David Cameron, for her contribution to Andover tennis over many years. Mr Cameron is known to play tennis as is Mr Malthouse and he promises to take up an invitation to play at the new club, which will be functioning by April next year.