Club news & events
100 years anniversary party: Members past and present celebrated 100 years of our club with a fantastic party. Sylvia Hines took some brilliant photos which can be seen here >> 8 Jun
Wooden rackets American tournament and BBQ: To continue the Muswell Hill Centenary Celebrations, the next event will be held on Sunday 14 July. The normal Club Session will run from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and from 4:00pm to 7:00pm we will hold a Wooden Racket Tournament vintage 1919. Don your best green flash pumps, ankle length skirts optional and test your skills at hitting a tiny sweet spot! Based on numbers, there will be a formula to ensure everyone who wants a game gets a game and prizes for the winners. Those less adventurous will have the Wimbledon men’s final to watch in the clubhouse! There will be a BBQ (or suitable refreshments weather dependent) from 4:30pm onwards, provided by the club. Family members are welcome. To sign up online, click here >> for a new doodle now that the date is decided. To help numbers for the tournament and the food, please fill it in. Claire will be collecting rackets between now and the 14th (please leave with Joe in the clubhouse or email email@example.com). We think we have tracked down 9 rackets so far, so keep rummaging! 11 Jun
Club Tournament 2019: We need lots of club members to sign up for the club tournament - you will see that Joe has put the form for signing on the main noticeboard so please add your name to those already on the list. The finals weekend will be on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September. 7 Jun
MHMLTC member secures $200k tennis scholarship in USA: Click here >> to find out who. 25 May
More midweek adult group coaching sessions: Following on the successful spring courses with Angie Dean, they are now being run again for 6 weeks commencing Tuesday 11 June. The session from 10am to 11am is Tennis Express for Beginners and Returners, click here>> to book, and from 11am to noon for Improvers and Club-standard players, click here>> to book. Each course costs £60 for six weeks. 4 Jun
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
Court Bookings: On many occasions, courts have been booked but not used. Please remember to cancel your booking if you no longer need the court, so that the court can be used by other members. 14 Oct
Parking Permits: Please attach your 2019/20 purple permit to your windscreen. 23 Apr
Weekly coaching: We are continuing to hold our regular weekly coaching sessions with Joe Anan for 9-11 year olds and for 12-16 year olds on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and we are keen to ensure that these sessions are as well-attended as possible.
But we are also pleased to tell you that since October, we have also been running the LTA 'Tennis for Kids' program for 4 to 8 year olds, on Mondays after school and on Saturday mornings. This is a terrific introductory programme sponsored by the LTA and costs only £25 for six lessons, and also provides each youngster with a new Babolat racket, balls and a tennis top personalised with their name. We have teamed up with LDNTennis headed by local coach Lucy Dean to deliver these courses at our club. Please sign your juniors up to these courses as soon as possible: see below for how to book online.
There are details of all the courses and how to book here>>
The committee is very keen to develop all aspects of our junior programme. We very much hope that the introduction of courses and camps for 4 to 8 year olds will be well supported by members, and that we can continue to develop all the programmes next year. 7 Oct
Junior Course leaflets: We have leaflets for junior courses and this include times and cost of courses run by Lucy Dean and by Joe. If you could help us by distributing some of the leaflets that would be appreciated. They are in the clubhouse. 19 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
Watching Tennis on TV: You may be surprised to know that the US Open in August was not 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
7 game rule 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
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 have been amended 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
Sunday 14 July: Wooden rackets American Tournament
21/22 September: Club Finals weekend