News

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: audrey_goodworth@yahoo.com

Junior Activity (Posted 15 Apr 2021)
The Junior Coordination Group’s aim is to have a strong thriving junior membership where each junior member feels included as part of a community and is encouraged to enjoy the club and all that it has to offer. Whilst Covid restrictions have previously limited planned activity the following activities are planned for this year: turn up and play times, mini matchplay, mixed generation tournaments, social events, etc.
If you have any suggestions or would like to get involved with the Group please contact Lucy Walker. Tel: 07721 020895 Email: lucywalker2@googlemail.com

Evening Rotas (Posted 27 March 2021)
The evening tennis rotas are restarting on Monday 5th April 2021 and the new schedules are now available via the member’s page of the club website.  Those members who have indicated that they wish to participate in these sessions should check the schedules online and note the dates that they are currently due to play.
Any queries should be made to the relevant evening organisers or to John Bennett who coordinates the overall rota system.  The evening organisers are as follows: Mondays – James Young, Tuesdays – Lesley Benge, Wednesdays – Phil Stevens, Thursdays – Anders Astrom.

Card Payments (Posted 16 March 2021)
As part of the Club’s move to cashless transactions, online debit and credit card payments are now available as a new facility on the Club’s website.
A link to a new payments page is now available at the bottom of the website home page.  This link will open a new ‘payments’ page which includes the Club’s bank details for online transfers and the new ‘Pay by Card’ option.
Hopefully, this will provide improved convenience for members paying for smaller, ad-hoc amounts such as guest or rota fees, etc. 

Facility Improvements (Posted 6 Feb 2021)
The Committee is currently considering making improvements to the facilities to benefit members once tennis can restart.  The improvements under consideration are as follows:
1. Replacing the muddy grass bank by the entrance to the courts with tiered inbuilt wooden seating and gravel steps to be used as a viewing area;
2. Bringing forward the date to replace the floodlights with LED units.  The LED lights will provide increased court illumination and reduce the Club’s carbon footprint;
3. Building a semi-permanent awning outside the Clubhouse.

Long Term Planning (Posted 5 Dec 2020)
The Strategy Group have now produced their report containing a significant number of recommendations which have been reviewed and agreed by the Committee.  An overview has been produced and this is available on the member’s page of the website.
Club membership is primarily about playing tennis but it is also about being part of a community. Tennis clubs can only thrive with the support of their members – Members need to be generous with their energies and the Club needs to make it easy for them to do so – you don’t need to join the Committee but just show a willingness to participate and contribute to the overall future of the Club.

Mixed 3 – League Final (Posted 9 Sep 2020)
The Mixed 3 team visited Shooters Hill on Sunday 6 Sept to contest the Kent LTA Division 8 Final.  Travelling without their illustrious captain, Sue Piper, the team pairings were James Young & Ginny Waliker (1st pair) and Phil Stevens & Hilary Dowling (2nd pair) with Phil donning the skipper’s armband! Weather conditions in SE London were perfect and the newly laid carpet courts played beautifully. The opposition fielded a very strong 1st pair with Jimbo & Ginny going down 0-6 4-6 and Phil & Hilary doing no better with a 0-6 3-6 score line.  Our chance of taking rubbers came against a weaker 2nd pair but TTC were unable to capitalise. Despite the disappointing 4-0 loss, an enjoyable day was had by all and we eagerly await the start of the new winter season in a promoted division.