Another Tournament Win for Edgar

Another Victory for Edgar as he wins in the East Winter County boys 14U Tournament.
Edgar played really well, winning all his matches – even beating the 2nd seed (taking one set to love!), 
and a player ranked 3 levels higher than him.
Well done Edgar  !!”

Junior Member wins first Tournament

Congratulations to Edgar Kharlamov (pictured below), who has just won his first U14 Tournament.

It was an LTA Grade 5 East Winter County Tour Tournament held at
Dallington LTC, Northampton.

It was a round robin format and Edgar won all his matches also winning all
three tiebreaks he played.


April Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to all you lovely people who have joined the club again this year – here are some details of what events are coming up……

This Friday  20th April Fun Quiz night

emphasis on the word “fun” come along and join in a team -£5 per person, including a light supper, tea and coffee.

Bring your own wine, beer etc., if you prefer.

Turn up and pay on the door if you prefer

Max 6 people per team  Starts at 7.30pm

More info from Carolyn Markham 01280 848365 or

Team Coaching Sessions

Free to members, come and improve your match play

All sessions 7.30 – 9pm

Thursday 26th April

Tuesday 1st May

Tuesday 15th May

Tuesday 22nd May

2nd June Saturday Fun Race Night Book it in the diary

Supper at the Crewe Arms with  fun having a flutter on the horses

More details to follow

7th June Tennis Club Committee Meeting

For all you lucky folk on the committee,

30th June Saturday Adrian Taunton Tournament & BBQ

Come and join in our tournament, details to follow.        

BBQ We will BBQ after the tournament,

so, join us and do both – or just play or BBQ – whatever you prefer.  

Guest fees

Just a reminder guest fees are now £6 for adults or £3 for students or under 17’s

New Shoe Tags

We have now gone pink for 2018 – so please catch either Mary or Andrew to swap your’s if you haven’t already

Student Membership

We now have a Student Membership category of £60 per year, for those who still want to join us when they are back home, spread the word….

Happy tennis – no more rain now – sunshine until October (fingers crossed )


Mary Bullock

Membership Secretary

Newsletter March 2018

Brackley Tennis Club Newsletter


Finally it looks like Spring might be around the corner, so it is time to get back to Tennis – here is an update on what has been happening and plans for the new season….



Firstly our AGM, which was held in February was well attended, the members voted on a number of key points regarding fees, the constitution of the club, and giving more flexibility to the committee in the future.   The draft minutes of the full meeting will be circulated soon, but the key points to note are :


  • There will be NO INCREASE in fees for club membership for 2018/19
  • The fee for visitors playing as a guest of a member will increase to £6 per visit, and will continue to be limited to 6 visits per guest per membership year. Under 18’s will pay £3
  • From 1st April 2018 Members will no longer pay the £1 floodlight fee on club nights
  • The President (Carolyn Markham) and Chairman (Andrew Bullock) were voted to remain in post, and the entire committee were also selected to stand for the club once again.

On the subject of fees, the Pay & Play day (the day when you can visit the club to pay your annual fees for 2018/19 and play a club tennis session) has been set for Sunday 8th April starting at 2pm. This is traditionally a busy day, so to prevent people hanging around why not either come and play a set or two, or come later in the day – we envisage taking fees until around 4.30pm. Remember to bring along your yellow shoe tags – as these will be exchanged for a new colour for our new membership year !


During this registration process, we will also be asking you to complete a data protection consent form. This allows us to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations, which controls the way any personal data the club holds about you is used.


The club Ballot for Wimbledon tickets will also take place during the pay and play session, with the draw taking place around 2.30pm.  Members not physically in attendance will still be eligible for their tickets should their name be drawn from the ballot.


As always the club is looking for new members, young or old, experts or novices, so why not encourage some of your family and friends to come along and have a go ?


The club has entered a number of leagues again this year, so any member who is interested in playing matches for the club is asked to register their interest with our Club Captain Richard Carey on


The committee has also been busy on a number of maintenance issues over the last few weeks, having had three floodlight bulbs and other lighting works completed (at a cost of over £1000 !), drainage channels cut for the corner of court three, mens’ urinal repairs completed, and other minor works around the clubhouse.  Bob continues to do an excellent job maintaining the club and courts for which we thank him as always.


We have also notified Anglian Water on the state of the continually running drain at the bottom of the car park, and notified the local authorities regarding the deteriorating access road to the club – watch out for those very large pot holes !  We are trying to push for the road to be fixed, but ownership of the land and responsibility for it is not clear, so it is taking time to resolve – sorry !


Whilst talking about maintenance, members are reminded to please lower the nets after play as the inclement weather/snow we have had recently has caused the wire significant strain and these can snap if left tensioned.  It is a good habit to get into, as hot weather can also strain the wires, and in a few weeks we might be having some proper sunshine.


And now to social matters !  Following the success of the “pie and pud” night at the Crewe Arms in November, the club are planning a number of other events we hope you can enjoy :


  • Fun Quiz Night – this will be held in the Clubhouse on Friday April 20th


  • Horse Racing Night – At the Crewe arms in Saturday, 2nd June


  • Club BBQ – Saturday June 30th – to be held in conjunction with the Adrian Thornton memorial tournament


Finally a reminder to all members that free group Coaching takes place every 2nd Sunday of the month with Aaron Cowley – why not take the opportunity to improve your game ? These take place in conjunction with the normal club tennis sessions from 2.30pm.  For this month only the session is this Sunday, the 18th.


We hope to see you at the courts, but if you have any queries – just get in touch with Mary or Andrew or any committee member.

Open Day well attended

Our Open Day in July was really well attended and the weather was kind as well.
It was great to see lots of new faces coming to have a look at the club, pick up a racket and have a go.
Most importantly it raised the profile of the club (quite a few people didn’t know of our existence).
It was lovely to get feed-back of it being friendly with a nice atmosphere.
A few new members have joined and several others have gone away to think about joining.
Overall it can be viewed as a success and It may well become an annual event.

Summer 2016 League report

Well done to all players and a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the captains for a very good summer season in the Northants, Banbury and OLTA leagues.  Final positions below but BIG congratulations to the Ladies A in Northants Div 2 – captained by Janet Sandford – and the Mixed A in Banbury Div 2 – captained by Steve Robinson on winning their respective divisions with resounding results.

Mens A – Division 3 – 5th (out of 11 teams)
Ladies A – Division 2 – Winner
Ladies B – Division 3 – 3rd and unlucky to have been pipped to 2nd place with a very strong Roade winning the division

Mixed A –  Division 2 – Winner
Mixed B – Division 3 – 6th
Mixed C – Division 4 – 4th – excellent result with many new players and a triumphant 8-1 victory in their last game.

Mens A – Division 7 – 7th.  A difficult season due to player availability and having to repeatedly field different players – a total of 10 across the season.
Ladies A – Division 8 – 2nd. Narrowly beaten by Cholsey so fingers crossed for promotion!
Ladies B – Division 9 – 4th (out of 9 teams).  A great result with a number of ladies playing competitive matches for the first time