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Junior mix-in

Monday ” Match” play Mondays 6:00 – 8:00pm

Play tennis with other junior members under the supervision of our Senior Leaders who will give you tips on how to effectively play singles and/or doubles / social game.

A great opportunity to enhance your game, put those skills you have been learning into play and maybe meet some new junior members to organise your own weekly tennis games.

In the present circumstances, you do need to pre-register. Please use this link

An American Tournament – at last!

The Bank Holiday on Monday May 31st was our first American Tournament for nearly 18 months. After a miserable May for weather (and for other reasons!), we were blessed with a sunny day, perhaps a bit too hot for the players. We did have to make a few changes to ensure we were Covid-secure, in particular we asked players to pre-register. What didn’t change was the friendly atmosphere, good standard of play and of course the tea. Thank you Debra! Cath Pearson and Linda Robson were joint 1st for the ladies. The result for the mens was very close, with Andy McElligott ending on an average score of 5.40 games in each round with newcomer Alistair Jones on 5.33.

Juniors : interested in a free coaching session?

We are offering a free coaching session with Kathy Charles or Jamie Cheetham to a Junior member who introduces a new U18 member to the club. The coaching session will be a joint one, for you and your friend. Your friend is welcome to come as a visitor before deciding to join : they can now do so at just £2 a visit, half the normal visitor fee.

(The offer is also open to U18s in the same family. If one joins, then the other joins, both will benefit from the coaching session)

For more details click here

Details for club from May 17th

There has been a significant relaxation of  Government restrictions on outdoor tennis from 17th May, which is mainly good news as listed below. However there are some points you need to bear in mind.

    • Our social mix in tennis sessions have now returned  click for photo
    • Shared tennis balls are now available in the ball rack for use by adult members.
    • We shall also be holding an American Tournament on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May – to enter this tournament you will need to register in advance Click here for further details and entry form
    • League matches are now underway
    • Team captains may now use the main lounge area of the pavilion for league matches, subject to a maximum occupancy of 12 people in this area, divided into groups of no more than 6 people.  Players are encouraged to wear face coverings when in the lounge area.
    • The guidance is still that players should normally come to the Club dressed ready to play but in case of need the changing rooms may now be used,
    • We are continuing the current arrangement of one person at a time in the changing rooms and toilet areas for the time being  due to limitations on space and ventilation


Mix-in sessions have re-started!

The smiles say it all. The first mix-in session for many a month was on Monday May 17th with eighteen players taking part. It is so nice to be able to post a positive piece of news!

Thanks to Linda Robson for the photo

Our other mix-in sessions are Wednesdays from 6pm, Fridays from 11am and Sundays from 2pm.

American Tournament : May 31st

We are holding our first American Tournament since August 2019! It will be on the late May public holiday : May 31st.

It will differ in some details from our usual arrangements, most notably in that it will NOT be a roll-up. You will need to register in advance (an email has been sent out about this) as we will still need to limit the number of participants. Having names beforehand will help the organisers manage the afternoon within the remaining Covid regulations.

Let’s hope for fine weather and a good afternoon of tennis!

Changes at the club from May 17th

Social Mix-Ins to return from Monday 17th May
Step 3 of the Government’s Roadmap is scheduled to come into force on Monday 17th May and from that date up to 30 people will be allowed to play tennis together outdoors.
We are therefore proposing to re-commence our Social Mix-in tennis programme as soon as Step 3 is implemented with sessions planned every week from 17th May as follows:-

  • Mondays – from 9am to 12 noon
  • Wednesdays – from 6pm to 10pm (Senior Members only)
  • Fridays – from 11am to 1pm
  • Sundays – from 2pm to 4.30pm
  • Please join us if you are free. No pre-registration required.

    Shared Tennis Balls
    When the Social Mix-Ins recommence from 17th May, we plan to make available shared tennis balls in the rack in the entrance hall. These balls are for use by adult members only. Please ensure that you return the balls to the rack after use and try to find any lost balls.

    This is of course subject to there being no change in the Government/LTA advice.

    Winter league 2020 – 2021

    Here are the league details for the Winter 2020-2021 season. This was a “stand-alone” season which meant it was never the intention to have promotions or relegations at the end of it.

    This information was originally posted in October 2020. It was possible to play some of the matches but given the national lockdowns in November and then from January, the season was very curtailed.

    Click on the links for results of the matches which were played.

    You will notice that there are some cases where a lower team appears to be in a higher division eg Ladies E is in Div 3a whereas Ladies D is in Div 3b. The two divisions are equivalent.

    Team Division
    Mens A Premier
    Mens B Premier
    Mens C Div 3B
    Mens D Div 3A
    Mens E Div 4A
    Ladies A Premier
    Ladies B Div 1
    Ladies C Div 2A
    Ladies D Div 3B
    Ladies E Div 3A
    Mixed A Premier
    Mixed B Div 2B
    Mixed C Div 2A
    Mixed D Div 2B

    Vets League

    Team Division
    Mixed A Div 1
    Mixed B Div 1