Club news & events

Latest News

Club reopening: You will have read the good news that tennis courts can re-open on Monday 29 March. We still need to follow Covid-19 safety measures and the LTA guidelines, which means:

  • sanitising hands on arrival and departure, keeping social distancing and not congregating at the club at the end of play
  • apart from use by the coaches, the Clubhouse is open only for the use of toilets: sanitise on the way in and out
  • this also means that the Clubhouse kitchen and changing rooms remain out of bounds apart from access to toilets
  • the Clubhouse windows should not be touched: Joe has taken charge of keeping the clubhouse ventilated
  • members and guests must not shelter in the Clubhouse in the event of rain.                                                               26 Feb

Court Bookings:  All play must be pre-booked.  Courts can be booked one week in advance starting from Monday 22 March. Court 4 can be booked for a maximum of one hour and courts 1-3 can be booked up to one and half hours. Please cancel court bookings when they are no longer needed. 26 Feb

Club sessions and team practicesManaged club sessions will resume on Thursdays and Saturdays (but not on Sundays or Wednesday evenings for the time being); there will be an additional club session on Bank Holiday Mondays: see the booking system for exact dates and times nearer the date. Team practices will also recommence after Easter, though we are still awaiting detailed guidance from the LTA for all group sessions. 26 Feb

Junior coaching Holiday courses for juniors start again on 6 April with Maria for 4-8 year olds, and on 12 April with both Maria and Joe for 4 to 16 year olds, while regular junior classes for all ages resume in the week commencing 19 April.   Details here>>                        26 Feb

Adult coaching:  We will advise you in a separate email when adult group and one-to-one coaching will restart. 26 Feb

Guests: Guests are permitted but must be requested in advance by emailing the name of guest and date of play to [email protected] and making payment by bank transfer immediately after play. 26 Feb

Membership renewals: Memberships expire at the end of March. All households will receive details about renewals at the beginning of March and we ask all members to renew by 1 April if at all possible. The renewal details will include a credit to compensate members for the days lost to lockdown in the current year, which can be applied against the cost of renewal (or repaid if members are not renewing).  26 Feb

AGM: Our AGM for 2021 will be held on Friday 12 March 2021 at 7:30pm as an online meeting via Zoom.  29 Jan

Booking System Changes: Members may  book up to a week in advance and it is possible to have one booking each day.  Please remember to cancel a booking if the court is no longer needed.  31 Aug

Floodlights and Clubhouse: Floodlights can now be used but the kitchen remains out of bounds.  17 Jul

British Tennis Membership:  We ask all adult members and juniors 11 and over to sign up for free British Tennis Membership Lite. If you aren't already a member, please sign up and quote Muswell Hill Methodist as your tennis venue: https://www.lta.org.uk/member/benefits/31 Aug

Wimbledon Ballot 2021:  The LTA have decided to replace Club Ballots with a centralised Club Members' ballot next year that will operate much like the public ballot. British Tennis members will be asked to opt in to the ballot early next year, and then if successful will simply be allocated a ticket which they can accept or decline. The LTA will write to all members with more details about the changes in due course.  31 Aug

Parking at MHMLTC:  We ask that, where possible, you walk or cycle to the club. If you need to drive,  we have 7 spaces in our car park and we ask that the first car to arrive parks at one end or other of the car park, to encourage others to park so that we make use of the 7 spaces. In addition, we need to remind long standing members and to advise new members of the following:

  • We have no right to use car parking spaces at The Paddock. It is merely a friendly arrangement with a neighbour
  • We may only use The Paddock spaces when our spaces are full
  • When using The Paddock spaces we must always leave 2 spaces empty  so that we do not deprive any resident or visitor of a space
  • We are not permitted to park in the curve opposite the entrance to The Paddock parking. 5 Aug

New Singles tennis ladder: We have started a new Singles Ladder for all members, all ages, ability and gender.  Please click here >> for details.  13 Oct 

Joe's tennis tips: Joe has posted three videos on the club's Facebook page to keep us connected with our tennis.  Click here >> to see them.  20 Apr

Regular court maintenance programme: 

  • On 1 April, all 4 courts were sprayed with moss killer.
  • On 1 May, Courts 1-3 were decompacted, which revives the pile and aims to restore the surface to its original state.  All 4 courts were power brushed and new infill was applied – rubber granules on Courts 1-3 and sand on Court 4.  All this work should ensure the courts now play well.
  • On 30 July, all 4 courts were power brushed.
  • On 19 October, all courts were sprayed with moss killer.
  • On 9 November, all 4 courts were power brushed.                                                                                                                   9 Nov

Supervision of Juniors: When children attend formal coaching sessions or holiday camps, they are supervised by the coaches concerned. However, when junior members and their guests use the club's facilities at any other time that is permitted by the club, parents and guardians must understand that there are no staff on the premises to safeguard, supervise or assist children, and at times there may not be any adults present at all. Parents must therefore accept complete responsibility for their juniors and guests when using the facilities of the club and the neighbouring North Bank estate, and either arrange for their play to be supervised or knowingly allow them to play unsupervised. 19 Nov

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

Clubhouse Security: If court 4 is the only court being used and there is no-one in the clubhouse, in the interests of security please lock the clubhouse. 19 Nov

Court 4 bookings:  Since October 2018 it has been possible to book Court 4 at times that were previously reserved for the North Bank Estate. Court 4 is still a shared resource with the estate, but  we have removed the restrictions on booking for both parties: club members and the estate can now book Court 4 with equal priority at any time when the court is not being used for priority events such as coaching or club sessions.  However estate users are not able to book Courts 1 to 3.  We know that Court 4 has now become very popular, and in order to give estate users fair access to Court 4, club members are encouraged to try to book Courts 1 to 3 in preference to Court 4, especially at weekends.  16 May 

Volunteers needed for working parties: A couple of times a year we get together a working party to do some maintenance work round the club, e.g. leaf clearing, weeding, cutting back foliage, clearing the gutter.  Ian Jeffries keeps a list of volunteers that he calls upon when needs arise (no compulsion if you are unavailable!), so please email Ian at [email protected] if you are willing to be added to the list.  Working parties usually take place at 10am on a Sunday and last a couple of hours. 19 Apr

Cakes for The Paddock: In past years we have provided tea on our terrace for residents of The Paddock sheltered housing, which is situated behind our club.  This year, because of the pandemic, that was not possible, but we wanted to continue the tradition in some way.  So our skilled baking members Kate Engineer, Lorraine Fox and Pat Taylor prepared a selection of delicious cakes for all the residents and the staff of The Paddock.  It was a big project but one that was very much appreciated by all at The Paddock.  A big thank you to Kate, Lorraine and Pat.  29 Sep

Claire Unwin's report: Read our Club Captain's report to the 2020 AGM here >>                                                    13 Mar

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

 

Upcoming events

AGM by Zoom 12 March 2021