Club News

Court re-surfacing update

As you may recall, at the end of September the club bid for funds to cover the gap between our reserve and the estimate for the court re-surfacing work.

The latest information we have is that our bid has been approved for funding and we are currently awaiting finalization of the grant from Bromley. We are optimistic that we will be granted sufficient funds to cover the gap and that the court re-surfacing work should be able to proceed.

We do not yet know timescales though, again, we are hopeful we may be able to go ahead with the work at some stage this year. If we do, this will impact play at the courts for a number of weeks - timescales are yet to be firmed up - and this is why subscriptions were kept the same as last year at the AGM.

Anyway, we are moving in the right direction and will keep you posted.

Mixed Doubles Final

The Mixed Doubles Final was played on Saturday 3rd February, having been delayed by injuries, holidays, business trips, the weather and Covid! A small crowd watched an entertaining match during Club Play and the players gave their all to try and win the final trophy of the season.

Congratulations to the winners, Shirley Wicks & Rohan Sehgal, and well played to June Beesley & Paul Stainsby, who gave it their best shot!

See the Matches page for further details on all the 2023 summer winners.

Mince Pie American

To the delight of those who were able to play, the annual Mince Pie American went ahead on the 28th December, in spite of the inclement weather. Well done to all who turned out to play in the rather uncomfortable windy and drizzly conditions.

Congratulations to Margaret Gooden and Brian Keegan, this years’ winners, and thanks once again to Jane Wells and Peter Sargent for organising the event.

 

Annual General Meeting - Headlines

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Sunday 26th November. Our thanks to Sue and Jan for organizing and to all those members who attended and joined in the discussions and voting. The main headlines are summarized below for members information.

Subscriptions for 2024/25

The AGM agreed to maintain subscriptions for 2024 at the same rates as 2023.

This is partly because we have closed the gap somewhat in our court maintenance funds and also because, if we do get the money to go ahead with re-surfacing, there will be a period of disruption next year, probably lasting for several weeks.

On-time renewals will be £100 for Seniors, £50 for Juniors.

Late renewals (after 30th April) will be £120 for Seniors, £60 for Juniors.

New Member rates will be £120 for Seniors, £60 for Juniors.

Tournaments sub-group

There was an open discussion on how we could speed up the playing of tournament matches, in order to ensure the tournaments are all finished either in time for a Club Finals Day or, at least, by the time of the AGM.

The Committee proposed that a working group be established, comprised of a few Committee members and a few Ordinary members. This group will be led by Sue Leonard (Tournament Organiser), with support from Jan Whitehead, Ken Shapley and Jane Wells.

Their objective is to decide the most workable formats for each of the tournaments for next year and bring proposals to the Committee in Q1 2024.

If any members would like to feed ideas into the group, please email Sue at susanleonard@sky.com

Officers and Committee Members for 2023/24

  • Chair Person - Peter Sargent
  • Honorary Treasurer - David Howell
  • Membership Secretary - Jan Whitehead
  • Grounds Manager - vacant
  • Match Organizer(s) - Brian Keegan & Kuniko Sato
  • Tournament Organizer - Sue Leonard
  • Social Secretary - vacant
  • New Member representative - vacant 
  • Honorary Committee Members - Helen Morris, Jerry Hosea

 

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