Mother and Daughter battle it out on club championships finals day.
Brackley Tennis Club had a great day in the late Summer sunshine, on September 2nd, made even more special when the mixed doubles competition saw mother Pauline Leftwich facing her daughter Ally Morgan over the net.
Pauline is used to fierce competition, having played for the club teams for many years. Now at the fabulous age of 80, she made it to the finals with her partner Keith Fox, and with the perfect combination of experience and youth, they beat Ally and her partner Ryan Horbatowski as the crowd at the club looked on in delight.
Pauline regularly still plays in the teams “It is great to see her playing so well at 80 – she is an inspiration to us all” said club member Mary Bullock.
Ally didn’t go home empty handed as she won the ladies doubles with Janet Sandford, when they beat DI Gamble and Shirley Griffith.
Any one thinking of joining the club can contact the Membership secretary via the website bracklytennisclub.co.uk, or ring 01280 841604.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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 )
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 email@example.com
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.
Meeting starts at 1930hrs
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