CLUB HISTORY

Prior to 1995, the Club, the then Milnthorpe Tennis Club was located in Milnthorpe.  It had been in existence for over 30 years and was a typical rural village club comprising two macadam hard courts and a club hut situated on the Recreation Ground at Park Road.  Despite being very active,membership levels were low and not big enough to warrant developing the Club.  The existing facilities could only be maintained by supplementing the yearly membership income with frequent fundraising events.  Short term prospects looked stable, but the long term were uncertain.

In 1994, the head of Dallam School, the local comprehensive approached the Tennis Club enquiring into the possibility of jointly developing a tennis centre on the school site at Heversham, a village one mile north of Milnthorpe.   After discussion the Club agreed to this joint development on the basis that it would be renamed the Heversham-with-Milnthorpe Tennis Club and would be totally independent from the School regarding it's organisation and running.  A User Agreement with the Trustees of Dallam School was drawn up and completed. This secured the Club's occupancy for 99 years.  As part of the Agreement, the club injected all its available funds (some £9,000) into this development and agreed to pay an annual sum to the School in return for its' fully maintaining the courts and facilities to the required standard, including supplying water and electricity to the clubhouse.  

Work commenced on four new all-weather courts in September 1995 and the re-named club was officially formed and moved to Heversham on the 31st December 1995.  Floodlights were installed in 2003 opened by Tim Collins our then MP.  The courts were resurfaced the following year.  In 2008 Heversham achieved Clubmark status (now known as Tennismark,) the first in Cumbria to do so.  

Jon Griffin,our Head Coach (and recently awarded Coach of the year) bases his squad training sessions at Heversham ensuring a steady flow of talented juniors into the club ranks bringing considerable success in the local and county leagues.  Promising juniors are currently playing in the Club's senior teams, a direct result of its policy of encouraging and developing them.

The club now has a thriving membership of approximately 130 and is easily the most successful in South Lakeland. At County level, Heversham won the prestigious Club of the Year Award in both 2013, 2015 & 2017.