WORK on the refurbishment and extension of a pavilion at Earls Colne Tennis Club has been completed.

The pavilion has been named the David Birks Clubhouse in memory of the club’s former tennis coach.

The Enovert Community Trust provided a grant of £40,000.

The pavilion retained the existing frame, floor and roof, but an extension was added to provide a modernised kitchen and WC facility.

Halstead Gazette: Ceremony - Eve Birks (David Birks' mother) and Tom Birks (David Birks' son) cut the ribbonCeremony - Eve Birks (David Birks' mother) and Tom Birks (David Birks' son) cut the ribbon (Image: Submitted)

The Enovert Community Trust previously provided a grant of £30,000 towards a project to refurbish Earls Colne Recreation Club's changing rooms.

Paul Javin, chairman for Earls Colne Tennis Club, said: “Without the funding from Enovert Community Trust, this project, which was the vision of our much-missed coach, David Birks, would not have been possible.

“We are pleased that the club can now open its doors to more members thanks to the extension.

"Tennis helps with general health, mindfulness and provides a much-needed community hub. 

“The tennis club is run by volunteers and is a not-for-profit organisation, so our membership fees alone could not pay for large projects like this one.” 

Angela Haymonds, trust manager of Enovert Community Trust, said: “The trust is delighted to have supported Earls Colne Tennis Club with this project. 

“I attended the official opening which was a fantastic event showcasing the positive impact the new and improved facilities will make on the locals.”