Club news & events

Latest News

Skills & Drills session: On Saturday 6 October.  It will take place during the first hour of club session from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.  Tim Brennan will host this drop-in session which is open to all club members of club standard and is free of charge.  This month's theme is "Doubles Positioning". 19 Sep 

Club Tournament: Thanks to all who played in, and assisted in running, a very successful Finals Weekend.  Please click on Teams at the top of the page and then on Club Tournament for all the results, photos and a unique video. 16 Sep

Exciting news about Court 4: The club is pleased to announce that after consultation with the Methodist Estate, we are getting a new surface on Court 4. We share Court 4 with the residents of the Estate and the same timetable will apply over priority use. Having researched various different surfaces, we have opted for an artificial grass product called Tiger Turf Advantage Pro. This is similar to the surface on Courts 1-3, but the infill is sand rather than rubber granules. The resurfacing will be carried out from Wednesday 19 September to Monday 24 September inclusive and during that time Court 4 will be out of use.  We look forward to our new Court 4 and hope that members will like the new surface.  Click here >> for some photos and a video of the work so far. 11 Aug

Safeguarding & Diversity: The LTA have asked us to make all members aware of their responsibilities when it comes to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. There will shortly be a new noticeboard in the clubhouse with guidance and details of our Welfare Officers who will deal with any issues. In the meantime, you can find advice on what to do if you have a concern in the 'Emergencies' section of the Membership area of the website, and full details of the safeguarding, diversity and other polices in the 'Club policies' section. 20 Aug

Quiz: Our quiz this year will be on Saturday 17 November at The Pavilion - please put the date in your diary. 8 May

Watching Tennis on TV: You may be surprised to know that the US Open starting on 27 August will not be shown on any UK TV channel: to watch it you need to subscribe to Amazon Prime Video (for which there is a 30-day free trial). Nigel has updated his information about watching tennis here >>  Aug 20

Club Social:  on Saturday 30 June was a great success with perfect weather for the BBQ.  Michele and Jo entertained us beautifully.  Mementos of the enjoyable evening can be found here >> 30 Jun

Maintenance of the courts: Courts 1, 2 & 3 underwent full maintenance on 9 July.  This involved removing weeds and moss, scraping and brushing the surface and finally topping up of the rubber infill.  The next interim maintenance is due in October.  In the meantime, members are requested to drag courts 1, 2 & 3 regularly (after each session would be best).  The dragging brush is to the side of court 1 and is the one with the U-shaped steel handle.  This serves to brush up the pile, distribute the granules and prevent the growth of moss. The advice is to vary the direction of the dragging, so occasionally up/down, occasionally side to side and (best of all!) occasionally in concentric circles. 9 Jul

Parking Permits: Please put your new red permit 2018/2019 in your windscreen as soon as you receive it. 26 Mar

Lost Property: We have a lot of lost property in the club house and this will be given to a charity shop if not claimed within the next few weeks. 8 May

Club Rules and Information: Your copy of Club Rules and Information was included with your receipt when your rejoined the club. Please take time to read the information as there were changes to rules etc since last year. 26 Mar

Volunteers needed: Our Facilities Secretary, Ian Jeffries, has a number of projects that will need the help of volunteers throughout the year. If you would be willing to put your name on a list of volunteers then Ian would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact him directly at ianjeffr@gmail.com The first project, to clear out, clean and tidy the shed, was successfully accomplished on 15 July and was proof that many hands make light work! 19 Apr

Parking outside The Paddock: We have had an arrangement with The Paddock for many years allowing club members to use the sheltered housing parking providing we leave a minimum of two spaces for visitors to the residents. Please keep this in mind when you are using these spaces. 29 Aug

Trial of new system for busy weekend club sessions: As the club sessions are now so popular, we have introduced a 7 game rule at busy times.  This means:
When all the courts are in use and there are 8 or more people waiting, we’ll change to just playing 7 games.  In exceptional circumstances a committee member may use their judgement to introduce it earlier.
The rule applies both to people about to go onto court AND sets currently in play.  So if you are on court when the change is applied and you are already over 7 games, it means your set ends.  
The 7 game rule carries on until the numbers of people waiting reduces and a committee member rescinds the rule - at which point we revert to normal sets. 13 Jun

Facebook page: The club now has its own Facebook page.  You can access it from the foot of the homepage of this website (click on the F logo). We have already uploaded some cool videos and we look forward to our members contributing to the site. 25 Apr

Suggestion box: There is now a suggestion box in the Clubhouse for use by club members. 22 Feb

Adult play on Sunday mornings: Up until now, our agreement with the North Bank Estate has restricted the use of the courts on Sunday mornings to juniors playing against other juniors or family members, and the booking system accepts bookings only from members in those groups, up to 14 days in advance. Although the estate prefers that juniors have priority for play on Sunday mornings, they have now agreed to allow adults to take advantage of the remaining available courts that are not being used by juniors. So the club rules will be amended with immediate effect to allow the use of the courts on Sunday mornings by adult members if not previously booked for use by juniors. The booking system has been modified to allow adult members to book courts on a Sunday morning from the preceding Thursday (i.e. 3 days in advance). Adult members should see a new black button at the top right of the booking sheet which says 'View as Member'. To make a booking on a Sunday morning, the view must be changed using this button to 'View as Sunday Adult'. In this view, one booking of up to 90 minutes can be made on a Sunday morning up to 3 days in advance. The view button needs to be reset to 'View as Member' to make bookings at all other times. Family and Junior members should see no change in the booking system, which will continue to allow them to book on Sunday mornings up to 14 days in advance. 28 Jan

Upcoming events
Saturday 6 October: 
Skills & Drills
Saturday 17 November: Quiz at The Pavilion