We were delighted that we could once again get together for our first friendly tournament of the season.
Despite having to limit our numbers, observe our COVID-19 protocols and maintain social distancing (not to mention the bitterly cold
and dull weather) a good time was had by all!
Each player took part in three mixed-doubles matches of seven games, with the total number of games won being added up at the
On the women's side, there was a tie between June and Kuniko. On the men's side, there was a clear winner in Rohan. Congratulations to
Our thanks go to Jane for getting us all together and to Peter for devising the schedule of play. We look forward to being able to
stage another event before too long.
27 September 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE 28 July
We are pleased to announce that Club Play will start again, from Saturday 1st
August. Club Sessions will be on SATURDAYS 9am -
MONDAYS 1.30pm - 4.00pm
WEDNESDAYS 1.30pm - 4.00pm
On these occasions, the booking system will not apply. You turn up and mix in
with whoever is there. All three courts will be available for doubles play. Members must sign in, so that we have an accurate record of attendance. Club balls will be provided, as long as there is a
committee member there to open the clubhouse. The clubhouse and patio area will NOT be open, except for access by a committee member.
Outside of these club sessions, the booking system will continue to apply and
MUST be used. You cannot just turn up and play, even if courts are empty. You MUST book in advance.
Please note the following points:-
The protocols we have put in place MUST be followed by all members. Social distancing and good
hygiene are paramount for the safety of all. Please read the protocol notice (on the left of this page) and follow the rules. A copy of our detailed COVID-19 Policy can be found by clicking menu at top left of this page.
Any member who contracts the virus, having played on our courts, should notify a member of the committee immediately.
Nigel Holmes steps down as Chairman after 15 years
Nigel originally intended to serve as FTC Chairman for just 3 years, but was persuaded by popular demand to extend his tenure.
Now, Nigel has decided that the time is right for him to hand over his responsibilities. Our
new Chairman is Stephen Wade.
Nigel has overseen many important developments at the club, including the re-surfacing of the courts (twice), the replacement of our
clubhouse and negotiating a new lease with Bromley Council.
In recognition of Nigel's many years of service to the club, we presented him with an engraved wine cooler and some wine to go in
Mince Pie Tournament
"Mince Pie" competitors
As 2019 came to a close, we had our traditional "mince pie" tournament. It turned out to be a sunny, if not very warm, Sunday morning.
In a friendly but competitive spirit, 17 members took part, spurred on by the chance to win a bottle of wine and to have their photo taken.
Brian Keegan deserves a special mention for managing to be runner-up in both the men's and ladies' sections, for reasons which are too complicated to explain here. It
is unlikely that this feat will ever be repeated.
However, the overall winners were June Beesley and Terry Beedell. Congratulations to them!
We thank Jane Wells for organising the event and all those who brought lovely food, including the mince pies. The tournament schedule was put together by Peter
Sargent, who once again failed to fix the result he wanted.
June and Terry
Mens Singles Champion 2019
Many congratulations to David Stirk who retains his Singles title for another year.
David defeated Chris Ponulak in a repeat of last year's final. The quality of the tennis did both players proud and it was not difficult for the spectators to see why David and Chris have
contested the final for the past two years and have both been previous champions of the club.
..................................................Chris serving to David in Mens Final...................................................
We had a beautiful morning on which to complete the first two finals of our summer tournament. In the Mens Doubles Final,
David Stirk and Brian Keegan defeated
Paul Taylor and Paul Stainsby, 6-4, 6-0.
In the Mens Veterans Final, Chris Ponulak defeated Peter Sargent 6-0, 6-0.
For a detailed report on these two matches, read the October article in the Farnborough Local (click on your left).
We are expecting the remaining Finals to be played soon.
Watch this space............
The following article appears in the local press.
QUIZ NIGHT 2018
On Saturday evening, 5th May, over 100 members and guests turned up at St Paul's Church Hall, Crofton, for our latest very successful Quiz Night. The questions
were challenging, the competition was fierce and the cake was delicious!
Many thanks to Louise Nicholas and her "team" for organising a great evening.
To find out more, contact us via the links on this website, or just pop along during one of our club sessions (for example, on a Saturday morning) where members will
be delighted to help you.
In the "Contact" section, there is an application form which you can download. The form gives details of the fees applicable.
We have hit the front page of the newspapers!
Read the article below.
In 2015, FTC was 40 years old. To celebrate our 40th anniversary a special Dinner was held on Saturday Evening, 3rd
October, at Cherry Lodge Golf Club in Biggin Hill. Current members were joined by many former members, including several who were there at the very beginning of the Club's history. Our thanks go
especially to Margaret Gooden and her family for organising the event. Margaret and her late husband Colin Shakspeare were two of the founder members back in 1975.
Our Chairman, Nigel Holmes, speaking at the 40th Anniversary Dinner
The red carpet was rolled out and trophies were presented to the runners-up and winners of this year's Summer
The Colin Shakspeare Cup presented by his daughters Rachel and Jocelyn to June Beesley and David Howell (Mixed Doubles Champions)
Please contact:- Paul Taylor 01689 253031