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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.

Cardio Tennis & Upcoming events

Fun at Cardio Session 28th September
If you have never tried this – it is a great way to get a bit fitter while swinging a racket around !
Cardio Tennis 5Cardio Tennis 6Cardio Tennis 1Cardio Tennis 4Cardio Tennis 2
7th October Richard Burns Tournament
A fun Tournament where all players are drawn out of a hat for doubles play – open to everyone.
£2.50 per person – all funds going to Katherine House Hospice, in memory of Richard.
Please bring a plate of food for sharing afterwards, if you are able,
12.45 start.
End of Season Get – together !   9th November, Thursday
We thought it would be great to have a get-together to celebrate the end of the Summer, so have booked a room at The Crewe Arms at Hinton in the Hedges, for a “Pie and Pudding” night.  £12 per person (payment in advance to Andrew or Mary).
Options below
Steak & Ale
Chicken & Mushroom
Sticky toffee pudding
Fruit crumble
we can have delicious food (everyone buys their own drinks), and a good old natter.
Details to follow, please pop it in the diary.
Any questions on any of the above – ask Mary or Andrew 07977 753470
Light Tokens
Now the nights are drawing in please stock up on some tokens.  For the next two Sunday
Club sessions, you can buy tokens, hopefully from Jenny or Stuart –  so please plan ahead and get ready for the Autumn.
Court Cleaning
Courts 1, 2, and 3 are being cleaned this week, and courts 4 and 5 are being done w/c 2nd October.  Please bear with us – it needs to happen !
If a net is down, obviously leave that court alone.  There should always be a couple of courts
available, so hopefully it won’t be too much of a problem.  Thanks.

September Events Inc Club Championships Finals Day

3rd September, Sunday  Tennis Club Championship Finals
Starting at 10am prompt, the finals will run in the following order –
Mens Singles
Ladies Singles
Ladies Doubles
Mens Doubles
Mixed Drawn
Mixed Doubles
(Singles players – please arrive by 9.30am)
Tea and biscuits will be served all day, so please come along and cheer on the finalists.  If you could bring a plate of food to share – that would
be marvellous.
Tennis B B Q 10th September, Sunday
After Club Tennis at around 4.30pm, we will have a BBQ, and you are welcome to come along and bring partners and family too.
There will be a very modest charge for the burgers (£3), with salads, quiches and all sorts of goodies for us all to share.
Please bring a plate of food for sharing if you are able .
It will be great for us all to get-together, and hopefully the weather will be kind to us as Summer winds to an end.
To help with the shopping, please e mail me to let me know how many you are bringing –
Cardio Sessions
Peter Cowley is kindly going to run a couple of “Cardio Sessions” for us to try.  I have been doing cardio for about 4 years –
It is great fun – a bit of exercise to music that involves hitting a tennis ball and having some fun rallies – the hour whizzes by, and you don’t even notice
how much exercise you have had.
So please come and give it a try – it is free for members for the taster sessions – they are on –
12th Sep Tuesday 7.30pm
28th Sep, Thursday 7.30pm
If enough of you like cardio, we can then arrange some more sessions.
To help Peter – if you are hoping to come, please txt him on 07539 244155, so he knows the numbers to expect.

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


The Club Championship Finals Day is on Sunday 4th September 2016.

First Finals begin at 10 am.
Finals being played : Ladies and Men’s Singles, Ladies and Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles (drawn partner & chosen partner)

Please come along and support the finalists in this annual event. As usual, it would be much appreciated if everyone could bring a plate of food to share. Tea and coffee will be available.
There will be Club play following the finals for those of you who wish to play, so bring your rackets with you.

N.B. All courts will be closed until finals are finished.