Club news and events

Latest News

Maintenance of the courts: There will be an interim maintenance of courts 1-3 on Monday 21 May from 8am till 10:30am.  This will involve brushing the surface and application of moss kill.  The moss kill takes a couple of hours to dry during which time courts 1-3 will be playable, but from 10:30am till 12:30pm players are advised to take care not to put their hands to their mouth and to wash their hands thoroughly after play.  8 May 

Additional Club Session: On Monday 28 May there will be an extra club session from 2:30 to 6:00. 8 May 2018

Skills & Drills session: Saturday 2 June.  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 'secrets of perfect timing - hitting through the ball'. 12 May 2018

American Tournament: There will be an American Tournament on Sunday 17 June from 2:30 to 5:30. We need 20 players for this tournament and so if you are interested in playing please add your name to the list on the notice board. There will be prizes at the end of the tournament and an afternoon tea provided. For more information please contact Mary Dinwoodie (07880 972660) or Angela Attrill (07398 753216) . This tournament is open to all members of club session standard. 30 Apr

Club Social:  On Saturday 30 June there will be a club social and BBQ at The Pavilion. Cost is £7 for the food and entertainment. Please see the notice board for more information. The event will start at 7:30pm. We hope to see many of our new members who have joined this year. For new members the first drink is on the club. Committee members are now selling tickets. We need to have 40 attend the event so please put the date in your diary and buy a ticket from a committee member within the next few weeks. 8 May

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

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 we have is to clear and reorganise the shed adjacent to the clubhouse to provide space for some new umpire chairs etc. Once Ian has the list of volunteers he will contact you with some possible dates for the first project. 19 Apr

Court dragging brush: Following the cyclical maintenance of our tennis courts, the club has now purchased a new dragging brush, suitable for dragging courts 1-3. It’s to the side of court 1 and is the one with the U-shaped steel handle. The company that cleans the courts advises that our artificial grass courts should be dragged on a regular basis. This serves to:

  • Brush up the pile
  • Distribute the granules
  • 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. So it would be greatly appreciated if anyone who has a bit of time could drag a court. Perhaps just before or after club session. If it’s done once a week, that would be enough to keep our courts in tip top condition. Many thanks to volunteers for their time and effort. 21 Nov

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
Sunday 17 June: American Tournament
Saturday 30 June: Social evening at The Pavilion
Weekend 15/16 September: Club Tournament Finals
Saturday 17 November: Quiz at The Pavilion