Preston Bowl Takes Annual Outing from Abingdon Town Hall

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One of Oxfordshire’s longest running annual tennis tournaments took place at Abingdon Tennis Club recently.

The Preston Bowl is an open mixed doubles competition which has traditionally been played at Abingdon Lawn Tennis Club since 1934.

The bowl itself is normally on display in Abingdon Town Hall but is brought out to be presented to the winners each year. The winners’ names are inscribed on the trophy before it is returned to the safe keeping of the Town Hall.

A round robin competition was played between all the couples with Alexandra Bales and Chris Gregory from Witney Tennis Club the overall winners – winning all their matches.

Next year this competition will be played on Sunday 9th August. If you would like to enter, please email


From the archives:
“At the committee meeting on 23 Jan 1934 it was proposed and agreed that the Crescent Tennis Club be renamed the Abingdon Lawn Tennis Club. At the same meeting Mr A E Preston was elected President of the Club. It was agreed that a competition open to residents in Berkshire within a 13 miles radius of Abingdon would be initiated. The winner will be presented with a Challenge Cup to be given by Mr Preston. The competition is to be played on Whit Monday and to be an American Tournament.”