History

The History of Oadby (Granville) Tennis Club

Author: Streph Howse

In 1945, the residents of what was then called Stoneygate Rise (the area adjacent to Granville Avenue and Grosvenor Crescent) decided to form a social club to perpetuate the spirit fostered during the war and culminating in the many street parties which erupted on VJ Day to celebrate victory. The old Meadowcourt Tennis Club had ceased to operate during the hostilities but the changing rooms and clubhouse had been used by Portland House School the PAY Corps and the ATS. Continue reading…


 

The History of Oadby (Granville) Tennis Club – The Clubhouse

Author: David Straker, Chariman 1982

There had been talk about renewing the ageing clubhouse and changing rooms for years. But now, by 1980, all the options were open thanks to the foresight of those who had ensured that the freehold was owned by the club. Of course, there were members who wished for little change and as plans were considered the expense and need were continually debated. Continue reading…


 

Reminiscences of Mike Jackson

Author: Mike Jackson, son of Frank Jackson our first club chairman (1946)

My sister Judy Jackson recently sent me a press cutting from the Leicester Mercury which referred to the recent 60th birthday celebrations of the Oadby (Granville) Tennis Club. I also understand that she wrote to the ‘Mr Leicester’ column recalling the fact that our father, Frank Jackson, was elected as first chairman of the club in 1946. Continue reading…


 

Tribute to Roger Braint 1930 – 2012

Authors: John & Pippa Braint

Roger was a member of the club for 60 years. He was Chairman twice – in 1964/65 and again in 1984/5 and he also held various positions on the committee over many years and was made a Life Member in 1982. He played for the men’s 2nd team, often with his friend Nev Watkin, who sadly also died this year. Continue reading…