A Celebration Fit for a King

Lord King of Lothbury, former Governor of the Bank of England, was guest of honour at a dinner on 21st March to celebrate the completion of the redevelopment of Edgbaston Priory Club and raise funds for the charity Tennis First

The dinner, sponsored by Retail Marketing International Ltd, held in the new clubhouse at Edgbaston Priory Club was organised by Michael Fallows, who as chairman from 2007-2013 steered the Club through the multi-million pound redevelopment project.

Guests enjoyed a menu created especially for the occasion by Luke Tipping, Chef de Cuisine at Simpsons, Birmingham with magician, Jayne Corrigan, and Harpist, Tsvetlina Likova, from the Birmingham Conservatoire providing entertainment.

The redevelopment of Edgbaston Priory Club includes a new six-court indoor tennis centre, new squash courts, a brand new gym and exercise studio together with a major refurbishment of the clubhouse, bar and restaurant. The project also features the Ann Jones centre court, a permanent sunken grass show court, seating 2,500 spectators capable of attracting major international tournaments to Birmingham.

This year the Aegon Classic – the pre-Wimbledon international tennis event for ladies – has been elevated to a WTA Premier Level event, making it one of the top 21 WTA events in the world. The 2013 Wimbledon finalist, Sabine Lisicki, who won the Aegon Classic in 2011 will play at this year’s tournament and many more top names are expected to follow.

Addressing the guests, Lord King who sits on the committee of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, emphasised the importance of Edgbaston Priory Club to grass court tennis:

“This redevelopment is not only good for Birmingham it is also good for British Tennis. With the extended time between the French Open and Wimbledon, it gives us a real opportunity to put grass court tennis in its pre-eminent position.”

Lord King of Lothbury, Ann Jones, Michael Fallows (former chairman Edgbaston Priory Club), Cathie Sabin President of the LTA Ken Weatherley (Tennis First)

Joining members of Edgbaston Priory Club, the guests on the evening included Honorary Life member, Ann Jones, and Cathie Sabin, President of the LTA as well as key partners in the project including:

• Calthorpe Estates
• Glenn Howells Architects
• Handelsbanken
• Sacha Interiors
• SGH Martineau
• Emms Gilmore Liberson

The event hopes to raise in the region of £4,000 for The Tennis First Charitable Trust (Tennis First), an independent registered charity which helps young players throughout the UK who are dedicated to fulfilling their potential of reaching a senior world ranking of 250 and better.

The evening was generously supported by Edge Creative, Aubrey Allen, M& J Seafood, Ritter Courivaud Ltd, Simpsons and Matthew Clark.