Sir George formally cut the ribbon at the opening of the tennis court for Tangley Parish, at the recreation ground in Wildhern.
Sir George complimented the team of four who had driven the project through - Sarah Haswell, Steve Clark, Georgie Dennis and Julia Rennie. "This project has been some three years in gestation, and all three villages are very grateful to the team of four who generated the necessary funds."
Funding came from Sport England, the Hampshire Playing Fields Association, and Test Valley Borough Council, but the funders insisted that commitment was shown by the local community as well. Sir George said that the villagers had dug deep into their pockets to raise the necessary funds, and it was a fantastic addition to the sporting opportunities available in the area.
In addition to the tennis court, a boules pitch has been installed, and there will be a cricket net behind the tennis court.
About 80 people attended the opening ceremony, including Test Valley Borough Councillor Peter Giddings and his wife. Sir George said that the nearby village of Penton Mewsey where he lived, would miss the custom of players from Tangley Parish, now that they had their own tennis court, but he knew what a valuable addition to a community a publicly available tennis court would be.