Philip and Gill Winchcombe organised their 20th and last annual Bourne Valley Tennis Tournament in St Mary Bourne on 7th June but the event will continue, to be organised by their nearby neighbour Rob Childs. It nearly did not take place as the weather forecast the evening before the event forecast heavy rain all day. "Philip said some Sunday morning prayers at St Peter’s Church, the main recipient of funds from the event. Over 20 years well in excess of £20,000 has been for it. Despite Andover and other villages suffering from heavy downpours on the morning of the event St Mary Bourne was unaffacted. "
Almost 100 players took part, playing on 12 hard courts in the morning and afternoon before playing the finals on a soft but immaculate grass court in the evening, the softness due to heavy overnight rain. There were many more young players this year which made life difficult for the more mature players, with Danny Whiteside and Stephanie Higgs defeating John Maxted and Katie Dixon in the one set Group A final. In the main final, newcomer Julie New teamed up with Richard Hancock who has been a finalist before but the mature David Hawitt and exciting 16 year Rachel Whiteside proved too strong, winning 6 – 2, 6 – 0. Rachel already has much talent and the village expects to see and hear much more of her in the future.
Sir George presented the raffle prize to Jo Boxer; and prizes fore the tennis to the winners and runners up. He spoke of the organisation and popularity of the event and was pleased to hear that it would continue, and thanked Philip and Gill Winchcombe and all others concerned for making the event so successful for so long.