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Opening of Willowbrook Pavilion and All Weather Pitches

Last weekend the two new floodlit All Weather Pitches and pavilion at Willowbrook were officially opened. It was a particular honour to have the family of the late Roy Calvocoressi there and to open the Calvocoressi Terrace.

Roy attended Eton in the 1940s and excelled at academia and at racquet sports. His passion for tennis was such that he succeeded in getting the game taken seriously at Eton. He still holds the record for winning the Youll Cup for Eton three years running from 1946.

Roy was called to the Bar of the Inner Temple in 1953 but soon became increasingly dissatisfied with the justice system. Always keen to act on a problem rather than just talk about it, he became a prison visitor. In 1958 he co-founded The Langley House Trust for the care and rehabilitation of ex-offenders and was a trustee until 1990.

In 1963, Roy left the bar and dedicated his life to charity and helping others, notably through CHIPS (Christian International Peace Service), the Project Vietnam Orphans (now CORD) and Traidcraft. All four charities continue to flourish. Given Roy's commitment to the wider community, he would have been especially proud that community use will be such a key aspect of these new facilities.

Roy was awarded an OBE in the Golden Jubilee honours of 2002 for his contribution to overseas relations.

 

 

DATE POSTED: 14 September 2018

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