The tennis courts are likely to flood again when Storm Jorge hits Gloucestershire

Lydney’s tennis courts are threatened again when the flood hits Gloucestershire with Storm Jorge arriving in the county.

The River Lyd blew up its shores earlier in the month when Storm Dennis struck, and is high again with tennis, cricket, soccer and rugby teams in cities at risk.

The club was left “devastated” after the flood during Storm Dennis and further heavy rains are expected for Dean Forest over the weekend.

Lydney Tennis Club secretary Janice James, 62, said after the Storm Dennis flood: “It’s really pretty devastating. It’s such a community club, it has a big impact on the community.

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“We have four concrete fields that are in use almost every day, which means a massive cleaning operation before we can get a professional company to clean them properly.”

The tennis club runs six women’s, three men’s, three mixed teams, U10, U12, U14 and U16, as well as a senior team.

The club raised over £ 5,000 since the February 16 flood.

The Lydney Rugby Club was also severely affected by the recent flood, with the changing rooms, clubhouse and kitchen all underwater after the flood two weeks ago.

The club raised over £ 12,000 to repair the damage. Wales and George Lions, British and Irish Lions internationals, have donated memorabilia and personal kits to raise funds for the cause through an auction.

Mark Hartery, director of Aitch and Aitch Bee, who helped organize the charity auction, said: “When we told George that we were organizing a collection of buckets to help raise funds for Lydney RFC to repair their club after being flooded after Storm Dennis, he said he would like to try and help and bring something up for auction.

“When he arrived with the three objects, we were amazed by his generosity.

“The items he brought with him were so special and we had a lot of fun auctioning them and when we raised over £ 2,000 for flood repairs in the club we couldn’t believe it.

“He had even removed the two canvases from the wall to bring them.”

Another auction will take place at the rugby club on Sunday 8 March, at 2:00 pm, hosted by Bargain Hunt’s Philip Serrell.

Lydney Cricket Club raised £ 4,000 to repair storm damage.


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