Thursday, 21 June 2018

Tennis club’s £9,500 memorial garden for captain

A GARDEN has been created at Benson Tennis Club in memory of a former member.

A GARDEN has been created at Benson Tennis Club in memory of a former member.

Sabine Ludwig, who captained the ladies’ A team, died in February following a short illness. She was 49.

The £9,500 garden used to be grassed but has now been paved and planted with trees. Three benches and a lamppost have been installed.A brass memorial plaque has been placed below a tree where Ms Ludwig used to sit and watch tennis matches. A Berlin bear presented to her family is to be presented by the club as an annual award.

Olly Barrett, a member who is responsible for maintenance, said: “The club had a lot of grieving to do and to get a bit of closure and pay tribute to Sabine we decided to make this garden. When people see the sign they will think about her.” The garden was funded using fees from the club’s 200 members. Member Sally Derbyshire said: “Sabine absolutely loved playing tennis. We all do and that’s why we felt the need to pay homage. The work we’ve done has improved the area tremendously.”

Fellow member Kaye Barrett said: “Sabine was an inspiration to us all and very enthusiastic.”

The whole club is due to be refurbished next month and the floodlights have already been replaced.

Meanwhile, the club is seeking new members. Club nights are on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer and Thursdays in winter at 7pm. Membership costs £85 per year and potential members can have three free taster sessions.

For more information, call membership secretary Emma James on (01491) 825033.

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