AFTER two previous visits to top clubs in Jersey then Guernsey, Pewsey Tennis Club have just returned from their third trip abroad to play the main club in Cork, Ireland. Twelve of Pewsey's most active players flew from Southampton the weekend before Easter for a friendly tournament and social get-together with the historic Sunday's Well Boating and Tennis Club.

Former chairman and trip organiser, Mike Cox, said the event was very successful despite rather a rainy weekend, adding: "Our hosts were extremely hospitable and we managed to play some enjoyable, if damp, tennis and enjoyed several social events including a big party in their lovely clubhouse."

After a presentation lunch on Sunday when the group were given copies of the book telling the history of the club, founded in 1899, the weekend finished with a visit to two pubs in Cork. "We heard some amazing traditional Irish Music - and of course sampled the local brew," Mike continued, "We have invited the club back to play Pewsey next year, which they have eagerly accepted. In the meantime we're already thinking of our next trip abroad."

The Irish club's name is because it was originally a boating club as well, but this stopped after the Second World War. They now include an active squash club and two snooker tables. Sunday's Well is a smart part of Cork, up from the river where the merchants all lived.