It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing on Monday 26th November of one of our oldest social members, Charles Woodings, at the University Hospital of Wales. Charles had not been well for some time and had not been able to get to the Club much over the past 12 months or so, but for very many years Charles was one of the regulars on evenings when the bar was open.
Charles was born and raised in Abergavenny but moved to Cardiff as a young man where he served in the police force with distinction for many years. Charles had a raft of stories about his time on the force – both amusing and sometimes truly hair-raising. Charles loved music and was a keen member of a number of male voice choirs, a passion which saw him travel round Europe and beyond on various choir tours. In retirement, he maintained a keen interest in the politics and current affairs, the fortunes of the Welsh rugby team and a fierce determination to complete the Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword within half an hour!
While never a tennis player himself, Charles contributed much to the social fabric of the Club and helped out in numerous ways over the years. Charles generously donated a significant sum of money towards the resurfacing of courts 1-3 back in 2015 but never mentioned it and never wanted it to be well known within the Club. He was a private, reserved man but many of us counted him as a true friend. He will be missed.