Tennis: Saffron Walden’s The Grove host Philippa Francis Memorial event

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 June 2018

Competition winnres at The Grove's memorial tournament for Philippa Francis

Competition winnres at The Grove's memorial tournament for Philippa Francis

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The second annual Philippa Francis tournament proved a success at Saffron Walden’s The Grove on Sunday.

Competition winnres at The Grove's memorial tournament for Philippa FrancisCompetition winnres at The Grove's memorial tournament for Philippa Francis

An excellent turnout from the host club and Castle Hill remembered Francis, who was an active member of both before her premature death in 2017.

Lots of exciting tennis was played in her honour, with all five courts being used by 36 entrants throughout the day.

The clubs mixed in the spirit of unity, with Paul Kent from The Grove and Hayley Wilson of Castle Hill beating Hill’s Keith Nuttall and The Grove’s Val Forbes in the final.

The day raised over £520 for Bowel Cancer Research and organiser Clare Jackson said: “Philippa would have been delighted to see so many of her friends enjoying some fun and friendly tennis with the chance to socialise.

Competition winnres at The Grove's memorial tournament for Philippa FrancisCompetition winnres at The Grove's memorial tournament for Philippa Francis

“Thank you again to everyone for making it such a memorable afternoon and a fitting tribute to a much missed member of both clubs.”

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