Club news & events

Latest News

AGM 2020:  Our AGM will be on Friday 13 March  at The Pavilion, Albert Road Recreation Ground, Durnsford Road, N22 7XL.  The meeting will start promptly at 8.00pm and after the meeting there will be a light buffet supper.  Please see the notice board for more information and please add your name to the list if you are able to attend.  The current committee has agreed to continue in their respective roles for the coming year.  Under our new constitution, if a club member would like to stand for election to the committee against a standing member, they need to request a nomination form from the Club Secretary and return the completed form to the Secretary by 14 February. 23 Jan

Change of Weekend Club Session starting time: From Sunday 29 March until the end of October, weekend club sessions will return to a 2.30pm starting time. 12 Feb

Good Friday: Play is not allowed on our courts on Good Friday 10 April. 12 Feb

Extra Club Session - Spring Bank Holiday: There will be an extra club session on Monday 25 May from 2.30pm to 6.00pm on three courts. 12 Feb

American Tournament: Mary Dinwoodie and Angela Attrill have kindly offered to run an American Tournament on Sunday 7 June.  The tournament will ideally need 24 players and there will be more information nearer the time. 12 Feb

Clubhouse Heaters: The heater in the main room of the clubhouse has been left on all night which is wasteful and dangerous.  Especially while Joe is away but also in general we would ask club members to please remember to turn the dial on all of the heaters that have been used, down to the frost setting, if they are the last to leave the clubhouse, day or night. 12 Feb

Lost Property: Once again we have a basket full of lost property which, if not claimed by Sunday 29 February,  will be given to a charity shop.  12 Feb

Wimbledon Ballot: will be held in the clubhouse on Tuesday 28 April at 7.30pm.  Click here >> for all the details.  23 Jan

Clubhouse keys: If you have keys to the clubhouse, please bring them with you if you have a court booking, as in winter, we cannot guarantee that the clubhouse will be open. If you don't have keys, you can borrow a set from Joe to make a copy.  5 Dec 

Work on the grass bank: When the path behind courts 2 and 3 was widened in June, it left a steep drop from the grass bank.  The club decided that in the interest of safety, the drop should be replaced by a gradual slope down to the path.  Work to have this done has been carried out.  Soil was sliced off the bank and removed to another part of the estate and the area has been raked and reseeded. It will take a while for the grass to emerge but it should look good come the spring. 5 Nov

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 

New Tennis for Kids and Juniors:  Please click here >> for details. 24 Oct

Club Sessions: A reminder that in the interest of fairness, club session players are not allowed to pre select pairings for a set. We try to make the sets as balanced and fair as possible but have become aware that some members seem to be unwilling to comply with the spirit of our club sessions. 26 Sep

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 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

MHMLTC member secures $200k tennis scholarship in USA: Click here >> to find out who. 25 May

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 

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 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 ianjeffr@gmail.com 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

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

Upcoming events

13 March: AGM
28 April: Wimbledon Ballot
7 June: American Tournament