Fees unchanged (again) for 2017

New Committee officials and members elected


Mixed DoublesSundayJune 4
Men’s DoublesSunday June 11
Ladies’ DoublesSundayJune 25
Great British Tennis Day SundayJuly 23
FINALS DAYSundaySept 10
Winter TournamentSundayNov 19

Welcome, 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, we’ll soon have the three courts cleaned and painted together with the practice wall, and we’re looking at improving and extending the floodlights to the third court. Treasurer Eddie East reports that the Club is in good shape
financially so we’ll 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. Let’s Let’s hope that’s a good omen at the start of the season.


Click here for the 2017 membership application form.

Fees have been held at last year’s 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 form, downloading a copy or by contacting
Sue 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.

During Open Day, we will have the official draw for Wimbledon tickets.
This year, Alison Yeomans reports, we have six pairs of tickets, one more than last year. The increase is the result of Alison’s 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 don’t 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.

The New Committee

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.

A 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 Committee
members took on a 12-hour tennis marathon which started in Wiveliscombe
town square. Andrew Disney and Noel Binding raised £543 for Sports Relief.

Club Events

Few will need reminding that our weekly Club Sessions are every Thursday
from 6.30pm to 10.00pm, and every Sunday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. These
sessions have become increasingly popular, so get there early to warm up and
join the fray.

But there is now much more going on throughout the week at the Club.

In 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.

Andrew can be contacted by email or 07712 116123.


Last year’s 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 Men’s. 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 we’re 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 Men’s on
June 11
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 don’t forget the ever-popular Winter Tournament on Sunday, November 19 – which serves to remind everyone that play at the Club continues throughout the

West 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.

Home 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, 01984 629555
. 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.

Adult Coaching

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

Junior Coaching

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.

Andrew 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.

Clubhouse Care

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. We
are looking at a wholesale redesign of the clubhouse interior, so please let us know if you have any ideas.

Useful Contacts

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.

Club Rules

Court 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.

Guest 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
sink 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.

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