WARRNAMBOOL’S oldest tennis club will celebrate its 100th birthday in the same fashion as it operates — low-key and without fanfare.
Christ Church Tennis Club will mark its centenary with an afternoon tea at the church’s Hammond Fellowship Centre on Saturday.
The three-court club, tucked away behind the church on Koroit Street, hosts social tennis on Tuesday mornings.
The club membership has dwindled since its heydays of the 1960s but a loyal band of volunteers has kept it running in a crowded tennis community.
Kath Savage, a stalwart into her 50th year with the club, encouraged current and past members to attend the function.
She said officials were still hunting memorabilia from the early years.
“I can remember coming here on Tuesdays and Sundays and there would be 40-odd people,” she said.
“Men and women on Saturdays and women on Tuesdays, that was in the early ’60s.
“They used to play pennant during the day and under lights at night-time.”
Savage said “the people and the friendships” were the reasons she remained involved.
She said new members would help ensure the future of the small-but- friendly club.
“We have got a few good members, it’s the camaraderie,” she said.
“We always welcome new members and it’s social.
“There’s no pressure. It’s a shame more people don’t take that up.”
The afternoon tea will start on Saturday at 3pm.