News archive

Court Maintenance:  All 4 courts were brushed today by our maintenance company and all the debris that was blown onto the courts from the surrounding trees was removed. 28 Jan  2020

Payments for floodlights: The coin boxes accept only current pound coins: please don't try to feed in any other coins. If Joe has opened the coin boxes for you to make payment for the floodlights, please don't put in out-of-date or foreign coins. 5 Dec 2019

Maintenance of tennis courts: On Wednesday November 13 moss kill was sprayed on all 4 courts.  On Tuesday November 26 all 4 courts will be power brushed between 8am and 1pm.  (The infill will not be topped up this time) 1 Nov 2019

Quiz Night at the Pavilion:  We now have enough teams  for the quiz to go ahead, as planned. However, we would welcome another table or two if anyone finds they are able to come. The cost for the quiz and food is £7 per person and we would ask you to arrive from 7:30pm ready for a start to the quiz at 8:00pm. The quiz will be in two parts with a buffet supper between the two parts.  The venue is The Pavilion Sports & Café, Albert Road Recreation Ground, Wood Green, N22 7XL. If you have the evening free please come and support this club event. Please email Michele Freedman or add your name to the list on the notice board. 7 Nov 2019

Club Tournament 2019:  The club tournament finals were held on Saturday 21 September and the results are here >> .  The sun shone all day and a delicious tea was served to players and spectators. The winner of the Joe O'Brien Cup for special services to the club is James Entwisle.  Photos of the finals are here >> 21 Sep 2019

Half-term coaching for juniors - 21, 22, 23 October
4-9 years
 (mini-tennis): 9:30am to 12:30pm. Run by LDNTennis. Fee £15 per day or £40 for all 3. Book via the website
9-11 years: 10:30am to 12noon with Joe. Fee: £14 per day, £26 for two days or £37 for three days. Book direct with Joe Anan.
12-16 years: 12:15pm to 2pm with Joe. Fee: £14 per day, £26 for two days or £37 for three days. Book direct with Joe Anan. 26 Sep 2019

Skills and Drills: On Saturday 19 October, Tim Brennan will be taking this last session for the year from 2:30 to 3:30 pm and the theme will be 'perfect ball placement in serving'. This session is open to all members of club session standard. 26 Sep 2019

Tuesday Morning Adult Coaching:  The current courses will run until 15 October and will resume in March 2020.  26 Sep 2019

More midweek adult group coaching sessions: Please click here >> for details of courses with Angie Dean.  4 Aug 2019

Junior Coaching with Joe Anan and LDNTennis: Please click here >> for full details.  4 Aug 2019

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 2018

Tea for the residents of the Paddock and another Wooden Racket Tournament: On Sunday 1 September our neighbours, the residents of the Paddock, have accepted our invitation to tea. The timetable for the afternoon will be as follows: Club Session from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm, the tea for the residents between 3:30pm and 4:00pm and from 4:00pm onwards there will be a Wooden Racket Tournament. 12 Aug 2019

Skills and Drills: On  Sunday 25 August from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, Tim Brennan will be taking this session with the theme of 'The Three Secrets to Highly Consistent Strokes'. The session is available for all members of club standard. 4 Aug 2019

Tea in the clubhouse: On Sunday 25 August there will be a tea in the clubhouse at 4:00pm prepared by Mary Dinwoodie. 12 Aug 2019

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 2019

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 We think we have tracked down 9 rackets so far, so keep rummaging! 11 Jun 2019

Parking Permits:  Please attach your 2019/20 purple permit to your windscreen. 23 Apr 2019

Skills and Drills: On  Saturday 13 July from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, Tim Brennan will be taking this session with the theme of 'Volleying from all parts of the court'. The session is available for all members of club standard. 24 Jun 2019

Lost Property: The lost property basket is full again and in addition we have many pairs of glasses and reusable water bottles. Any lost property not claimed by Saturday 13 July will be given to a charity shop or in the case of the water bottles disposed of.  24 Jun 2019

Widening of path behind the courts:  The path behind Courts 2 and 3 which leads to Court 4 is being widened to allow better access.  This is more important now than in the past because Court 4 gets so much more use.  The work will be carried out from Tuesday 11 June to Saturday 15 June inclusive. They will work from 8am till 3.30pm. All the courts will still be in use during the work but the gate to Court 3 will not be available.  To get to Court 4 it will be necessary to walk over the grass at the top.  4 Jun 2019

Celebration of 100 years of MHMLTC: On Saturday 8 June we are throwing a party to mark 100 years of the club. The venue will be The Pavilion.  The party will start at 7:30pm with a celebratory drink and canapés, accompanied by live background music.  This will be followed by a buffet supper at 8:15 and at 9:00, after a few short speeches, there will be a demonstration of 1920s dances, followed by the opportunity to dance for those who wish to.  Michele Freedman, Lorraine Fox, Mike Lee and Ian Jeffries are now selling tickets which are £15 per person.  20 Mar 2019

New midweek adult group coaching sessions: There are two new midweek adult group coaching sessions on Tuesday mornings, which started on Tuesday 23 April for six weeks:  23 & 30 April, 7,14, & 21 May and 4 June. The coach for these sessions is Angie Dean. The session from 10am to 11am is Tennis Express for Beginners and Returners, and from 11am to noon for Improvers and Club-standard players. Each course costs £60 for six weeks. You can sign up for the courses by following the link here>>  27 Mar 2019

The History of Tennis - a taster in Real Tennis!: A social event, hosted by Chris Bray, Professional Real Tennis coach at Middlesex University Real tennis centre has invited MHM members and family to learn more about the history of lawn tennis. He’ll explain the reason for the irregular court, the hand stitched ball, the a-symmetrical rackets and the chess like scoring system which all evolved into the game we know and love. See more here >>. He’ll play a short exhibition match with the other pro and then offer us a taster into Real Tennis. Refreshments provided and only a small donation of perhaps £5 each to cover costs, depending on numbers. Please indicate on the Doodle here>>  your preferred dates so we can make this part of our Centenary Celebrations!  10 May 2019

Court 4 bookings:  It is now 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 for a trial period we have removed the restrictions on booking for both parties: club members and the estate can now book with equal priority at any time when the court is not being used for priority events such as coaching or club sessions; estate users are not able to book Courts 1 to 3. We are reviewing this arrangement in summer 2019 when there is more demand from the estate to ensure that they can get fair access to the court. 21 Nov 2018

Maintenance of tennis courts: On Tuesday 2 April moss kill was applied on all 4 courts.  On Monday 13 May maintenance will be carried out on all 4 courts between 7.30am and 1pm. Courts will be brushed and infill will be topped up (rubber granules on courts 1-3, sand on court 4). 21 Mar 2019

Wimbledon Ballot: On Thursday 2 May at 7:30 pm prompt in the Clubhouse. Members who have opted into the Wimbledon Ballot should by now have received information about the ballot and a list of the 27 pairs of tickets we have been allocated.  Please be at the clubhouse by 7:15 pm, armed with your prioritised list of dates.  If you cannot attend in person, you may send a family member or friend as a proxy, who need not be a club member. In the event that neither option is possible, Ian Jeffries, as a Ballot Administrator, will act as a proxy if you send him your ticket preferences - email: 20 Mar 2019

The new Court 4 is now open: The club is pleased to announce that after consultation with the Methodist Estate, we now have a new surface on Court 4. 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. We hope that members will like the new surface.  Click here >> for some photos and a video of the work as it took place. 25 Sep 2018

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 fun slideshow. 16 Sep 2018

The Winter Leagues started in October. Information about fixtures & results are available here >>.  Vets fixtures & results are available here>>Oct 2018

AGM: Our AGM will be held on Friday 15 March 2019 at 8:00 pm at The Pavilion, Albert Road Recreation Ground, Durnsford Road N22 7XL. Please arrive at 7:30 for a prompt 8:00pm start to the meeting and please put your name on the form on the notice board or email to say if you are able to attend - we need to know numbers for catering. There will be a buffet supper at the end of the meeting and the first drink of the evening will be on the club.  1 Feb 2019

Quiz: Our quiz this year will be on Saturday 17 November at 8pm at The Pavilion, Albert Road Recreation Ground, Albert Road, N22 7XL.   Just £7 including food.  Please sign up on the poster in the clubhouse - either as a team of 6, or individually and you will be found a team. Please arrive by 7:30pm for a prompt 8pm start. 8 May 2018

Change of Start Time for Weekend Club Sessions: From Sunday 28 October 2018 until Saturday 30 March 2019 weekend club sessions start at 2:00pm and finish at 5:30pm. 14 Oct 2018

The Paddock for tea: We have invited the residents and staff of The Paddock, the retirement flats behind the tennis club, for tea in our clubhouse on Sunday 2 September at 4pm. 20 Aug 2018

One day ladies singles club tournament: On Sunday 22 July from 11am to 2:30pm (possibly 3:30pm). We have had no entries for the past few years to the club tournament and so this is a different approach to find a home for one of the most prestigious trophies in our cabinet!  It will be a one day ladies singles club tournament. The tournament will use a handicapped scoring system i.e. stronger players start at a score disadvantage and vice versa. Handicapping balances everyone out and we ran something at the Pavilion and it worked really well. Joe helps with assigning your handicap and his decision can be disputed all you like but it's only a bit of fun after all! Last time the handicapping worked very well and did level the playing field and give opportunities for people to mix and play against people they may not always encounter. Those who were bold enough to sign up last time will remember it was first to 10 points and the fixtures were pulled out of a hat. To help with the complex scoring e.g. a -4 player v a + 3 player, each match had a scorer.  So ideally we need at least 12 people to take part to make it fun. Over to you! We have an excellent group of ladies at the club and those who took part last time said it was fun. We'll have some refreshments when it's all over bar the shouting. Please let Claire U know if you would like to take part. 8 Jun 2018

Sunday Tea: There will be a tea in the clubhouse on Sunday 15 July at 4:30pm. All members are welcome to attend whether playing at club session or not. 3 Jul 2018

Club Social: 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. Michele Freedman, Mike Lee, Ian Jeffries and Lorraine Fox are now selling tickets. We need to have 40 attend the event so please put the date in your diary and buy a ticket straightaway. 8 May 2018

American Tournament: On Sunday 17 June. The winners were Ouida and Richard.  Many thanks to Mary and Angela for making the arrangements and providing the tea.  It was a most enjoyable afternoon.  17 Jun 2018

Club Captain's report: Claire Unwin's report at the AGM, is reproduced in the Club News section (Latest Article) or just click here>> Mar 2018