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Corona Virus – Court Access Update (12 May 2020)
Following the Government’s announcement relaxing the Covid-19 lock-down restrictions concerning outdoor sports, the Trottiscliffe tennis courts will be available from Wednesday 13th May subject to restrictions and guidelines (available below) which are designed to minimise health and safety risks to club members.
Should you have any questions relating to the use of the courts under the current restrictions please contact the Club’s Health & Safety Officer, Tricia Wallis.
Spring Refresh (11 May 2020)
In preparation for the summer season the courts have been redressed with additional sand which as well as looking fresh should aid adhesion when moving quickly for that volley!
The clubhouse and decking has also been repainted as can be seen in the thumbnail photo.
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Quiz Nite (February 2020)
The club’s quiz nite social event was held in Trottiscliffe Village Hall on Friday 21st February 2020 and was attended by 83 members and guests who enjoyed a fish and chip supper midway through the evening. After multiple quiz rounds and running quizzes, two teams, the ‘Friday Nighters’ and ‘Blood Sweat and Beers’, were tied for first place with 103 points. Following a tie-break question concerning the height of the Eiffel Tower the ‘Friday Nighters’ team were declared the winners.
Thanks go to John & Fran Bennett and Lesley & Bruce Benge for organising and running the event which was enjoyed by everyone who attended. From the money raised £150 will be donated to the Diabetes Foundation and £150 to the Trottiscliffe Community Farm.
- Deadline for online LTA Wimbledon Ballot Opt-in: Friday 14 February 2020
- Half Term Junior Camps: Week beginning 17 February 2020
- Quiz Nite (Trottiscliffe Village Hall): 7:30 pm Friday 21 February 2020
- Wimbledon Ticket Draw (TTC Clubhouse): 11:30 am Friday 17 April 2020
- Annual General Meeting (TTC Clubhouse): 8pm Tuesday 12 May 2020
- Annual Club Tournament: Sunday 13 September 2020
Junior Camp (October 2019)
Despite the wet weather children love sport and over the October half-term break, LoveSport delivered their trademark high energy camps, this time for 5-9 year olds.
Louise Hounsell, the club’s junior coordinator and coach commented: “The younger children worked and played hard, made new friends and kept fit while having a lot of fun. Rain never stopped play, in fact it made everyone work harder … attitudes do not get wet, only clothes!” To book future camps please visit love-sport.co.uk
Macmillan Coffee Morning (28 Sep 2019)
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Macmillan Coffee morning held at the Clubhouse on Saturday 28th September and to everyone who bought along the delicious cakes and prizes for the tombola. The Club raised a total of £416.50 which was fantastic.
If you were unable to make it on Saturday but would still like to contribute, there is a donation box on the table in the Clubhouse in case you have any spare change in your tennis bag or, if you want to donate a bit more, you can do so by writing a cheque made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sincere thanks go to Fran Bennett for organising this worthwhile event.
Annual Tournament (15 Sep 2019)
In the club’s 25th year another successful annual tournament was held with 8 ladies and 8 men playing ongoing tie-break points and changing partners over 5 rounds. The final was contested by John Bennett, Dan Walker, Julia Smith and Lucy Walker who played 10 minutes and then changing partners for another 10 minutes. Dan Walker and Julia Smith were the winners. The sunny weather conditions were perfect and friends and families, plus their canine companions, arrived to watch the tennis which was followed by an enjoyable barbecue. The younger children then took over the courts with our club coach Louise helping them play. Thanks go to Audrey Goodworth for organising the tournament and to Fran Bennett for coordinating the catering.
Mens 1 & 2 – Division Final (7 Sep 2019)
In what was a historic day for the club, on Saturday 7th September 2019, Trottiscliffe Men’s second team took the Summer 2019 Division 9 title with a closely fought match against their club mates in Trottiscliffe Men’s first team. Both teams had won their sections in Division 9 and consequently, both teams have gained promotion to Division 8 for the 2020 summer season. The two winning teams were competing in the final play-off for the Division 9 shield.
Ladies I – Division Final (7 Sep 2019)
On Saturday 7th September the TTC Ladies 1st team played the division IV final against a strong Bromley Wendover 1st team. Trottiscliffe had narrowly won the division by just one rubber from Sydenham who were the only team to beat them during the summer, this match being played the day after our Club Anniversary Ball.
The ladies team won the match by two games and gains promotion to Division 3 of the Kent LTA Ladies Summer League.
Tree Removal (29 May 2019)
Work on the trees between the car park, courts, and the village hall, recreation ground, took place on the 29th and 30th May 2019. The work was jointly funded by the Tennis Club and the Parish Council.
The large ash tree that used to overhang the car park and clubhouse has been completely removed as has the silver birch tree, the roots of which were interfering with the biodigester. The tree towards the back of the courts has also been pruned back in an attempt to reduce the leaves and seeds that find their way onto the courts.
25th Anniversary (04 May 2019)
On Saturday 4th May the Club celebrated its’ 25th Anniversary at Kings Hill Golf Club. Eighty one members and guests enjoyed a three course meal and wine. This was followed with entertainment by Tony Grecco who performed a selection of songs by Michael Buble, George Michael.
The Chairman, John Bennett gave a brief resume of the last 25 years. Audrey Goodworth brought along the photo albums containing some of the various events and holidays which the Club members have enjoyed over the years and Tony Piper put together an entertaining slide showing how we used to look over 20 years ago!
Photos from the event are available from the ‘Galleries’ page.
LTA League Finals – Spring 2019
The Mixed I team won a tight Division 7 final on Saturday 23 March at home against Gravesham. Janice McConnell (captain), Tom Middelboe, Audrey Goodworth and Simon Middelboe drew 2-2 in rubbers but won the tie on sets (5-4). For Jan and Audrey, this was the second final win in successive weeks, the Ladies 1 team having won their division in a match played in wind and rain where they managed a one set victory on countback (2-2 in rubbers) against Brenchley & Matfield. For Tom and Simon, the mixed win made up for losing their Men’s final the previous weekend. The Men’s I team consisted of Simon Middelboe (captain), Tom Middelboe, Jimbo Young and Wilf Brooks who drew 2-2 in rubbers but lost the match by one set on countback.
Half Term Junior Tennis Camps (Feb 2019)
Spring half term junior tennis camps were run by Club coaches Lee Friend and Louise Hounsell on Monday 18 Feb and Tuesday 19 Feb and were a great success.
“The camps were great, lucky with the weather and a good turn out (14 on Monday and 10 on Tuesday) with several current members and then children from the village, as well as Claire Fraser’s 3 grandchildren. It was lovely to have such happy groups, good splits of ages and feedback has been extremely positive. Looking forward to seeing some again hopefully, either joining designated junior squads or for future camps.”
New Court Surface (Jan 2019)
Work started on Tuesday 15 January 2019 to lay a new carpet based court surface and this should be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting.
The new surface is Matchplay 2 XL which is a high performance, needle punched outdoor carpet, with a built in cushion layer. The carpet, together with the white marking lines, are glued to the existing tarmac surface and then the whole area is dressed with sand. Initially there will be significant amounts of sand on the top surface but this will gradually filter down into the carpet base over time. The surface is specified as medium pace (ITF 3) and should provide more forgiveness for those members whose joints are not as supple as they once were!