A charitable trust was launched in style last Saturday, when a tennis-loving MP played three matches against local opposition.
MP for Buckingham John Bercow took part in the official launch of the Markham Trust, set up in memory of Barry Markham, a well-known sportsman and member of the farming community, who sadly passed away in 2013.
The trust was set up last year in his name to promote local good causes and in particular to encourage junior sport and get young people playing sport.
The tennis match took place in the beautiful setting of Hillesden House, Hillesden, the home of Robin and Susan Faccenda, who also provided a welcome afternoon tea afterwards.
Forty people watched the closely fought games, with John Bercow and John Deeley beating Mike Deeley and John Spratt 6-3 in the first match.
The second match saw Eddie Gladden and John Spratt beat John Bercow and Robin Faccenda 6-2, while the third match involving John Bercow, John Spratt, Dave Dallaway and John Lombard was declared a draw at 6-6.
Mr Bercow was rewarded for his efforts with a £1,000 cheque which he presented to Buckingham Lawn Tennis Club for a new ball machine, which he said will be of particular benefit to the club’s juniors.
Last year, the Markham Trust presented Buckingham Golf Club with £37,500 development money to enable it to develop its practice facilities.
A brand new 10-bay driving range now allows its members and juniors to practise their skills in all weathers.
The development money is to be paid back over five years, with the repayments going directly to other clubs and good causes in the area.
The trust has a further £6,500 to donate from May this year, and a further £30,000 will be awarded from 2016 to 2020.
The Markham Trust is inviting funding applications from individuals, groups, projects and clubs over the next few weeks.
Applications should be sent to The Markham Trust, The Old Rectory, Newton Purcell, Bucks, MK18 4AX.