More than 30 members gathered for a lively discussion at the Club’s AGM on 25th February, focussing on how to make best use of our courts and time, and how to help newcomers enjoy what we have to offer.

Eddie East was elected Chair in a close-run race with Andy Disney, winning by 16 votes to 14. 

Both men join the newly-elected Committee, together with new Secretary Sara Dove, Treasurer Maggie Andrews, Membership Secretary Jeremy Toye, Liz Jay, Alison Yeomans, Paul Calnon, Paul Cowling and new member Jemma Whiskin.

Suggestions put forward at the AGM included ways of meeting the different needs of beginners and experienced players and the timing of club and team sessions, together with innovations such as a speed gun, a remote control on the Lobster and a higher practice wall.

In his last Chair’s report, Jeremy Toye noted the increase in membership to almost 200 during 2018, with particular reference to the dramatic rise in junior members to 100.  “I would like to pay tribute to the outgoing Committee and to all members for making this club such an enjoyable place to be,” he added.

Maggie Andrews reported that in spite of the big reduction in fees for juniors, club revenues and financial reserves were in good shape to tackle the challenges going forward.

The new Committee started work immediately, tackling issues such as the eventual replacement of the court surface, extension of floodlights and applications for grants – plus the matters raised at the AGM.

A PDF of the Minutes can be seen here