Based on the information published by the Government today, we expect the Club to re-open for all activities on the morning of Wednesday 2nd December, at about 8:15am.
No doubt everyone will be keen to get back on court to make up for the last month. Once we re-open please remember that no play is permitted before 8am, and the floodlights turn off automatically at 9:30pm.
Regulations permitting, on the evening of Wednesday 2nd we plan to have a special 5-court Club Night, from 7pm to 9:30pm. All Senior Members, and any Junior Members comfortable playing on court with adults, are welcome for this "turn up and play" session. The Club will provide balls and floodlights.
New public health restrictions come into force in England at 00:01 on Thursday morning. Although exercise outdoors with one other person will be permitted, the current understanding of the LTA, as published on their website, is that all outdoor sports facilities including tennis clubs are required to close and thus it will not be possible to use the courts to play singles, or play with your own household.
Activities and organised sessions permitted under tier-2 COVID restrictions will go ahead as usual on Wednesday, after which the Club premises will be closed, and the gate locked. All current competitions and tournaments are suspended, and participants will be contacted by Mike and Sarah when they can be safely resumed.
We look forward to welcoming everybody back to the club as soon as it is permitted.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Mens Doubles Final could not happen on Finals' Day so it was played on a grey and blustery October day. Nev & Warren won the day 6-0 6-4 against James & Ryan. Congratulations to all players for some fantastic tennis!
Our Winter Doubles competitions are now underway, as well as our 2020 Singles Championships. The Singles finals will be played on Saturday 28th November. While sanctioned tournaments may continue in High COVID risk conditions, spectators are only permitted when the COVID risk is Medium.
Our first three Pop-up Café events proved to be hugely popular. Donations and proceeds from the sale of refreshments, homemade cakes, candles, jams and other donated items exceeded £390 for Macmillan Cancer Support! Many thanks to everyone who has donated or attended, with particular gratitude to the bakers who supplied amazing home-baked goodies.
Unfortunately due to London moving into High Risk COVID-19 restrictions from Saturday morning, the remaining Pop-up Charity Café dates will have to be cancelled. Tennis activities such as club and coaching sessions will continue as planned. Members can read the latest LTA advice at https://lta.org.uk/coronavirus.
To raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, we will be hosting a Pop-up Charity Café and Homemade Goodies Shop at a number of Club Social sessions throughout October (full list of dates below). There will be tea, cafetière coffee and sweet treats available, as well as home-made items to buy (including candles, jam and face masks) with all the proceeds going to Macmillan. Donations can be made via cash or directly to Macmillan on your smartphone.
Saturday 10th – there will also be coach-led social!
Please note that the pop-up café will be qualify as a hospitality venue for the purposes of COVID regulations. Please bring a mask, and signing in, via NHS App or paper guest book, will be mandatory.
Due to the very wet weather forecast for Saturday we have decided to postpone coach-led social until the following week (10th October). We hope you will be able to join Head Coach, José, at 1:30pm for an hour of fun games and drills, followed by some convivial sets of social doubles. This regular (pre-covid) feature of the club calendar is very popular with players of all experience levels, from club social regulars to "rusty racquets".
Don't worry if you can't make it this month, it will be back on Saturdays7th November and 5th December.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Finals Day in early September a success, especially with all the extra work that was required to comply with the COVID regulations.
Spectators were treated to two high quality games of tennis in warm and sunny conditions. In the Ladies Doubles, Liz & Steph beat Louise & Naomi 6-2 6-3, and in the Mixed Doubles, Sam & Sarah beat Dave & Liz 7-5 6-0.
We were unfortunately unable to play the Mens Doubles Final due to COVID Quarantine restrictions. James and Ryan will now play Warren and Nev later in the Autumn. Update: Nev and Warren won 6-0 6-4 when the final was played on 24th October.
The LTA, in consultation with the government, have confirmed that from Monday informal social play is limited to groups of no more than 6 individuals, but organised activities such as coaching, competitions and club sessions are exempt from this rule provided they are compliant with the appropriate LTA COVID-19 guidelines.
The club has already taken the necessary steps to implement the LTA Guidelines so we expect all competitions, coaching courses and club sessions to continue as planned.
In light of the rising infection rate it is imperative that all players implement good practices when playing, including not attending if feeling unwell, washing hands frequently, maintaining 2m distance from others (especially before and after playing) and avoiding skin-to-skin contact.
Players attending organised club sessions are reminded to follow the existing COVID-19 protocol. The club has also enrolled in the new NHS QR Code Contact Tracing scheme and logging your participation in a club social session will be mandatory once the app launches on 24th September. There is currently one poster displaying the QR code in the clubhouse kitchen window (on your right before you reach the door), and we will add further weatherproof posters to the court gates in due course.
This coming Saturday, 5th September, is the conclusion of the Club Championships. Normally the highlight of the Club's social calendar, we are unable to put on the usual barbecue and sumptuous buffet, but please do come along to support your fellow members and enjoy some fine tennis.
Play will begin at 1pm with the Ladies' Doubles Final, followed by the Men's Doubles and concluding with the Mixed Doubles. Volunteers for line judges are very welcome, this is a particular treat for the players being able to concentrate on playing and not call their own lines!
Please bring your own picnic food and drinks. Tea and coffee will be available but it will be served by a Committee member, there will be no access to the kitchen. Please also bring an umbrella in case of rain showers, there is limited space in the clubhouse for sheltering and priority will be given to players.
We ask that all attendees use the sign in/out sheets at the gate so we have a record for Test & Trace, and masks are recommended for spectators.
Update: This work has been completed and the courts will be available to play again on Friday 18th from 8am.
The feedback from members about the re-colouring of courts 4 & 5 earlier in the year has been very positive. It has also shown up the wear on courts 1, 2 and 3! We are informed that September is the last month in which it is normally possible to re-colour courts so we have scheduled this to take place from Tuesday 15th September. If the weather is fine then it will take about 1 week before they they are playable again, although we found in July the start date had to be postponed several times due to wind and rain.
In preparation for the work, courts 1–3 will be power washed on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September.
The courts have been marked as Closed for Maintenance in the booking sheet, and we are sorry that ClubSpark displays this information so poorly that it does not say this clearly. ClubSpark are apparently aware of the defect and working to fix it. As the actual dates of the work becomes clearer based on the weather forecast, we will post regular updates on our Facebook Page.