Chairman's Message

As I write this I’m amazed at what has been happening and will soon be happening within the club.  The big news of last year was the appointment of a new coach and this year will see the resurfacing of one of the courts, another Open Day and the introduction of an on-line court booking system.

First a round-up of how our teams did in the 2017 season.  Starting with the high point we entered 2 teams in the Senior league and they covered themselves and the club with glory with the A team winning the league and the B team coming second.  Sadly none of the other teams reached such dizzy heights with the Men’s A team finishing 6th in Division 1, the Men’s B team also finishing 6th but in Division 2 and the Men’s C team finishing 3rd in Division 4.  The Ladies team finished 5th in Division 1.  The Mixed teams also had varying degrees of success with the mixed A coming 5th in Division 1, the Mixed B coming 3rd in Division 2 with the Mixed C team fairly close on their heels in 5th.  We’ll be entering the same teams in the league for this season so Good Luck to everyone.  If you’d like to play in any of the teams the dates of the practice evenings are on the attached Programme of events.

After much discussion and with several players going along to trial the various surfaces, a decision has been made regarding the resurfacing of the courts.  Court 3 will be resurfaced in mid March with Tigerturf sand dressed carpet.  Resurfacing of courts 1 and 2 will be considered as an option for next year but at the present time court 3 is the priority as the carpet is more worn than the other two.  There are also problems with the tree roots at the back of the court.  We will also be looking to tidy up the gap at the side of court 3.  Our Make Do and Mend session when we tidy up the courts and surrounds will be on 25th March starting at 2pm.  Many hands make light work so if you’d like to come along to help get the courts in tip top condition for the coming season you’d be very welcome.

Sadly our coach, Richard Porter, decided it was time to hang up his racquet (temporarily at least) and resigned from the club.  We wish Richard many happy hours enjoying his cycling and thank him for his past service.   We are very pleased that Kris Jenkins has now joined us as coach and is already running group adult and junior sessions on a regular basis.  Kris is also available for individual tuition.  His details are on the website and the notice board.

From 1st April we will be introducing a court booking system to enable members to book courts online. Although all our courts are not often in use at any one time we see this as a big step forward for the future of the club – according to the LTA making it easier to play i.e. court booking is a big incentive in encouraging people to play.  The system will be very easy to use and will avoid the disappointment of anyone arriving to play to find all the courts in use.  The system is run by the LTA and will be linked to our website and the Halstead and District League for anyone wanting to see how our teams are progressing during the season.  There will also be a link to Facebook which is invaluable for keeping in touch with our younger members.

We will be holding our regular events this year i.e. Strawberry Tea, President’s Day and the Interclub tournament but we are hoping to introduce a few other events as well so keep an eye on the website, Facebook page and notice board so you can come along to these fun social events and meet other members.

Finally thanks to everyone who has contributed to the day to day running of the club and here’s hoping for a successful 2018 for everyone on and off the courts


Sandra Orford,

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