Market Harborough Squash & Racketball Club held their first Presidents Evening last Friday, after 40 years. The Fairfield Road club is currently seeing a revival of fortunes following the decision to go back to being run by a members committee two years ago. Membership has risen to almost two hundred members and this summer the Committee decided it was time to recognise some of those members who had contributed to the running of the Club over the years by appointing four of them to be Honorary Presidents. They were presented with engraved crystal glasses by Chairman Steve Avil, from the members, as a momento of their position at last Friday’s event.
Ken Martin, is the oldest member at the club, and has been part of the club since the start. He only stopped playing regularly last year and still supports the club by sponsoring the Over 40s Handicap Competition.
Similarly, Richard Balme, was also part of the club from the start, captaining one of the teams for many years and still playing for the second team in the Northants Leagues.
The ladies’ are represented by Hilary Hearnshaw and Lyn Cherry. Both ladies are still representing the club in the Leicester Ladies Leagues, Lyn having captained the side for many years. Hilary also organised and clubs Mixed Doubles competition last year, securing sponsorship for the event from local restaurant Timo’s. Lyn regularly organises quiz nights for the club to raise funds.
All four can be relied upon to be able to give advice, support and historical perspective to the current committee members and are looking forward to helping to continue to take the club forward.