New Years Day Social Tennis (Posted 01 Jan 2022)
Over twenty members enjoyed a New Years Day social tennis event on Saturday 1st January 2022 which was kindly organised by Annette Eccott. The format for the first sessions involved mixed ability doubles pairings playing against other pairings in a timed tie-break format. Following a break for mulled wine, a five-aside format was adopted using soft junior balls. The new format was enjoyed by everyone and proved to be surprisingly competitive!
The tennis was followed by a selection of homemade soups, French bread and warm mince pies. Thanks go to Fran Bennett and Lesley Benge for organising the refreshments. Photos are available via the following link.
Junior Rainbow Tennis (Posted 20 Oct 2021)
Colours of the rainbow junior tennis event – 14 November 2021Dig something out of your wardrobe that is bright and colourful to wear, perhaps pick a colour of the rainbow or see how many different colours you can wear and join us for a fun and colourful Autumn junior social tennis afternoon – Prize for the most colourful looking player!! 2:30 pm – Open to any juniors who currently play with a slower ball, (e.g. red/orange/ or any primary school age) We will get them running around, hitting balls, and having lots of fun with each other. 3:30 pm – Open to older juniors, 11+ years. A chance to hit against other juniors of their same age and ability while having fun and meeting others. Please come and join us, prizes to be won, and lots of lovely refreshments throughout the afternoon!
Annual Tournament and BBQ (Posted 19 Sep 2021)
As a result of the weather forecast for the afternoon, the tournament was moved to Sunday morning the 19th of September.
Despite the short notice change, sixteen members played a series of mixed doubles, changing partners after fixed time periods. The points scored by each player then determined the top two ladies and men who then competed in a final. The event was won by John and Fran Bennet with Paul Lyons and Audrey Goodworth taking the runners-up spot. After the final members and their guests enjoyed Pimms and a BBQ with Lee Friend, the Club Coach, taking the role of Level III Chef. Thanks go to Lesley Benge and Fran Bennett for organising the food and to Audrey Goodworth for organising the tournament.
Mixed 1 – Division Winners (Posted 12 Sep 2021)
Congratulations go to the Mixed 1 team as winners of Kent LTA League Division 5
The Mixed I team continued what has been a strong summer season by beating Blackheath III in the Kent LTA Division 5 final on Sunday 12 Sept 2021.
In what was a tight match in unseasonably warm weather and against highly rated and hitherto unbeaten opposition, the team of Audrey Goodworth / Simon Middelboe and Annette Eccott / Tom Middelboe won 4-0.
Despite the scoreline, the match could have gone either way, with two of the four rubbers going to a Championship tie-break.
Hedge Cutting (Posted 20 Aug 2021)
With the smell of petrol in the air, the Friday morning squad played with the accompaniment of chain saws and hedge trimmers as a group of volunteer members cut back the overgrown hedge along the recreation ground boundary. Thanks go to Dick Hogbin, Steve Dakin, and Lloyd Smith for undertaking this arduous work. Steve and Lloyd are included in the photo.
The maintenance group are attempting to resolve a long-standing car park drainage problem at the club where water and mud overflow from the main drain and then flows towards the courts and onto the court surface. The solution is to excavate the ditch along the base of the hedge between the courts and the recreation ground and before this happens the hedge needed to be cut back to gain access.
Afternoon Teas & Presentation (Posted 2 Aug 2021)
Sunday the 1st August 2021 saw a highly successful social tennis afternoon kindly organised by Howard Gilroy. The event was well supported by a variety of members who enjoyed social tennis followed by generous measures of Pimms, strawberries, and a delicious selection of cake supplied by the White Finch Bakery in Meopham. Thanks go to Howard for organising and hosting this event and hopefully other members might like to organise similar sessions in the future.
The photo shows Tony Piper presenting John Bennett with a cut-glass tennis ball and engraved stand to recognise John’s thirteen years of service to the Club as Chairman. John stood down from the committee in April this year with the Club’s finances in a positive position, healthy membership numbers, and a thriving junior section that continues to grow.
Junior Social Tennis (Posted 11 Jun 2021)
The inaugural junior event held last Sunday 6th June 2021 was a resounding success!
Junior members, families, and guests all enjoyed the on-court tennis activity in what was a very successful community event. The weather was glorious and everyone I spoke to said they enjoyed the morning and were looking forward to similar events in the future.
On behalf of the Club, I would like to record my thanks to Lucy Walker, Dominic Grantham-Hill, and Louise Shaw for organising and running the session and hope that the team has the energy and enthusiasm to continue to build on this success for the future. Tony Piper, Chairman.
Open Ladies Session (Posted 26 Apr 2021)
The Club has created an open ladies session that will run from 13:00 to 15:00 on Mondays with the first of these regular club sessions starting on the 3rd of May 2021. The event is open to lady members of all abilities and aims to provide regular tennis but to also socialise between games and make new friends.
Audrey Goodworth has kindly agreed to act as the organiser for this event and members should contact Audrey by phone or email to get more information or to express their interest in joining this Club session. Audrey’s contact details are as follows: Tel: 07799 643709 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org