or welcome back, to Wiveliscombe Tennis Club for a summer season built on a bumper
year in 2016.
Club Chair Jeremy Toye told the AGM in March I suspect
2016 was one of our best years in recent times, with more activity on the courts
(and more often). And with more options available for everyone to take part at
the level they chose.
One explanation for this may be that although we
had very similar numbers signing up for membership (about 100, adults and youngsters),
more of them seemed to turn out to play on a regular basis - and the quality of
tennis has consequently improved, he said. Another reason may be
that we are now attracting a wider range of age groups. And yet another reason
could be that we have a great group of people at the Club who make a trip to tennis
much more than hitting a ball.
Jeremy paid tribute to the outgoing
Committee for its sterling work over the past year, matched on court by Andrew
Disney. Details of the new Committee are included in this newsletter, together
with tributes to two long-serving members, Sally Bonfield and Sue Courtney, who
are stepping down after many years of excellent support.
For 2017, well
soon have the three courts cleaned and painted together with the practice wall,
and were looking at improving and extending the floodlights to the third
court. Treasurer Eddie East reports that the Club is in good shape
so well be looking at upgrading the clubhouse too. And once again, we have
held fees at the same level as last year, having checked that our rates compare
well with other clubs in the area.
Open Day on Sunday, April 2 was blessed
with warm sunshine and a good crowd of all ages, on and off court. Lets
Lets hope thats a good omen at the start of the season.
here for the 2017 membership application form.
Fees have been held
at last years level, and family membership is no longer restricted to two
children. Please do all you can to encourage friends and relatives who would like
to play tennis to join the club, by either giving them a copy of the application
a copy or by contacting
Lincoln on 01984 624184.
Better still, invite your friends to join us
on Open Day, which this year will run from 11am until at least 1pm on Sunday,
April 2. Existing members are also encouraged to spend time at the club and on
court on Open Day, when cakes and drinks will add to the enjoyment.
Open Day, we will have the official draw for Wimbledon tickets.
Alison Yeomans reports, we have six pairs of tickets, one more than last year.
The increase is the result of Alisons efforts to persuade every member to
firstly become a member of British Tennis (www.lta.org.uk)
and then to opt in for Wimbledon tickets even if you dont want to
go yourself. That way, we maximise the number of tickets we are offered, not only
for Wimbledon but for other events
such as the Davis Cup rounds.
This year, alas, the Committee will be without the undeniable
benefit of having Sally Bonfield and Sue Courtney as two of its longest-serving
members. Sally has acted as both Chair and Secretary during more than a dozen
years on the Committee, adding her wisdom and guidance with a characteristically
unassuming manner. But the good news is that Sally will still be out on court,
no doubt able to raise her game now the burden of office falls away. The same
goes for Sue Courtney, a club stalwart who set up and ran our website for some
eight years, as well as being the all-important Treasurer. She too is stepping
down from the committee, but has kindly offered to help her successor take over
the website. All we need to do is find that successor, so please come forward
with any offers, not necessarily from members.
Getting the website right,
along with our contributions to Facebook and Twitter, are vital to keep the club
healthy and growing.
As a result of these events, the Committee now has
new recruits as well as a
reassignment of roles. Liz Jay steps in as Secretary,
while Chris Field and Maggie
Andrews come on board for the first time. Maggie
has already agreed to take on the role of Welfare Officer from Sally.
full list of the Committee follows. Please make active use of their roles with
any ideas or suggestions.
Results of a questionnaire seeking just such details
will be issued soon, and there is still time to submit your copy if you have not
already done so.
One of the highlights of the year was when two of our younger
members took on a 12-hour tennis marathon which started in Wiveliscombe
square. Andrew Disney and Noel Binding raised £543 for Sports Relief.
Few will need reminding that our weekly Club Sessions are every
from 6.30pm to 10.00pm, and every Sunday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. These
have become increasingly popular, so get there early to warm up and
But there is now much more going on throughout the week at the Club.
a venture launched last year, Andrew is offering CardioTennis sessions on
Tuesday mornings from 9.30 to 10.30am, and on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8pm.
Women-only tennis sessions are offered on Tuesday evenings from 7pm.
can be contacted by email or 07712
Last years tournaments produced some
exciting matches, culminating in one of the best Final Days in recent memory.
Ann Parker and Sue Lincoln won the Ladies, Helena Trump and Jeremy Birchall were
the Mixed winners, and Rainer Schiedel and David Face snatched victory in a three-set
match for the Mens. The titles for the Singles, now ably revived by Noel,
went to Andrew Disney and Maggie Andrews.
This year, we are running all
the traditional doubles tournaments in June, when were hoping that enthusiasm
(and decent weather) will be at its height. And all three will be on Sundays.
The Mixed Doubles will be on June 4, the Mens on
and the Ladies on June 25. There are no fixed teams, so anyone can
come along and take part.
Noel will be launching the Singles competition
again, with promises of another Saturday afternoon party.
On July 23,
the Club will participate in one of the two Great British Tennis weekends
sponsored by the Lawn Tennis Association. More details later.
And the season
wraps up in style with Finals Day on Sunday, September 19. And dont
forget the ever-popular Winter Tournament on Sunday, November 19
which serves to remind everyone that play at the Club continues throughout the
Somerset League Matches
The club has two teams in the league, and all
are welcome so do come along. Both teams did well last year, so with training
sessions already under way, we look forward to more success this year.
matches are generally played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer,
so please keep an eye out on the club notice board because the courts will be
pre-booked to play these matches. The Membership application form has a box to
tick if you are interested in playing, or contact one of the people named below.
A Team captain is Alison Yeomans,
. B Team captain is Eddie
East , 01984 629342
. Paul Cowling, who ran the B team for several years,
is now looking to pull together participants for a new over-60s league featuring
four West Somerset clubs. Call him on 01984 624142 or email.
Ivor Griffiths runs coaching sessions on Wednesday mornings
from 9.30 to 11.00am throughout the year, aimed at all ages and abilities. The
cost is £5 per session for members and £10 for non-members. Ivor is
contactable on 01984
Andrew Disney offers individual coaching
for adults at £15 an hour. Contact him on 07712 116123 or email
Andrew runs sessions for juniors on Fridays during term time
between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. The 4-5pm slot is for 5- to 8-year-olds, the 5-6pm
session is for 8- to 12-year-olds, and the 6-7pm slot is for 12s and upwards.
is soon to launch a new six-week training programme for youngsters, sponsored
by the LTA. More details later.
We would like to encourage as many juniors
and young people as possible to play at the club and take part in coaching and
junior club events. Those involved in junior coaching are eligible for half-price
club membership. Please contact the
Membership Secretary about this offer.
Graham and Carol Gregory keep both the inside and the outside of
the club in sparkling shape. To help keep up appearances, however, please make
sure that all litter is removed and crockery/cutlery put back in the cupboards.
are looking at a wholesale redesign of the clubhouse interior, so please
let us know if you have any ideas.
Committee; Maggie Andrews, Noel
Binding, Andrew Disney, Eddie East, Chris Field, Liz Jay, Sue Lincoln, Jeremy
Toye, Alison Yeomans.
We are always keen to receive any suggestions or
comments from prospective or current club members, so do please contact one of
the club officers or committee members.
Availability - please check the club notice board for the court availability
chart, lists of home matches for the 2 teams and additional notices on the main
clubhouse door for times when the courts are NOT available for general use.
Floodlights - tokens are available from the Central shop in West Street
at a cost of £1.50 for 20 minutes. There is free use of the floodlights
on a Thursday evening at the club session. Instructions for use of the floodlights
are next to the token meter. PLEASE DO NOT USE FLOODLIGHTS AFTER 2230.
Fees - if you bring a guest to play the cost is £5.00 per person per
session, for a maximum of three sessions; after that, the guest should be invited
to join the Club. The fee is to be put in the slot in the cupboard next to the
area in the clubhouse please.
Non-members - if you have any enquiries
from non-members who are visiting the area and would like to use the courts on
a one-off basis, the fee is £10.00 per court for a maximum of two hours.
A key is available for a £10 deposit from the Central shop in Wiveliscombe.
This is a facility which should not be offered to local residents who are encouraged
to join the club if they want to play regularly.