Newsletter 31/1/18

Posted by Sue Kwan on 31 January 2018

AGM Report
AGM January 23rd 2018 
The AGM was held on Tuesday 23rd January at the club. Members can access the presentation used and other documents on the website via this link

The agenda covered a "Thank You" to the many volunteers who have helped run and support the club over the past year. Mary Bartlett talked through the Treasurer's Report and reported that our financials are in good shape ending the financial year in September 2017 with £114k in the bank. Reports were received from Men's, Ladies, Junior, Coaching and Social Responsibility (charity giving) perspectives. The full Ladies Report can be viewed via the link above. The Business Plan is proceeding to plan and we are ahead of membership recruitment targets but still with much work to do to get to 600 members. 

The main discussion topic was on the Resolution that requested approval for £32k of additional funding to complete court 17 & 18 (acrylic) and court 8 (artificial clay) resurfacing. It also asked if members wanted to accelerate resurfacing of Court 8 to this year in addition to doing Court 17 & 18. The additional funds were approved as was acceleration of Court 8 resurfacing. However, the acceleration of court 8 work to this autumn is on the condition that club reserves did not drop below £25k at any point between October 2018 and March 2019 due to court 8 work. Given the likely operational income and outgoings during this 6 month period it is doubtful that there will be sufficient reserves to fund court 8 this year and stay above £25k reserves. Members should therefore expect court 17 & 18 resurfacing to acrylic to be completed this year and court 8 to artificial clay in 2019. If we have a good upswing in member income over the summer then the Committee will reconsider doing court 8 later this year, if there is no risk of dipping below £25k reserves. 

Thanks to all the members who attended and expressed their views on how best to improve the club!
Neil's Note
Hello all, January seems to have flown by in a blur! Daffs will soon pop up and it will be spring before we know it. I was talking to Craig and Colin this week about their work over the winter. They are targeting our first Open Day to open the grass courts - Saturday May 12th. This is weather dependent of course but they hope to have them in better shape than last year after much spiking, treating and cutting over the autumn and winter. In the next few weeks they will also be putting in a new gravel path around the back of the grass courts by the storage containers so there is better access to Court 6 (the top grass court) and Court 14.

The AGM went well as you can see from the section in this Newsletter. It was good to hear member's views on a variety of topics and the Committee took away some actions on parents and mini's practice sessions, parent coaching while little ones are having a session, direct debit provision and buddying with new members. One good suggestion was to publicise our Facebook page so please see the section on that in this Newsletter and follow / like / post frequently! Many thanks to the members who came along to the AGM. 

Talking of things flying by... Kate and I are off for a couple of months tour of New Zealand and Australia so my next Neil's Note will be in April. I hope you have the opportunity to get on court soon and spring comes quickly! Please contact one of the Committee in my absence if you need any help.
Get on Facebook!
Facebook - Please Follow!
Our Facebook page is We will be placing much more emphasis this year on using Facebook for marketing and new member acquisition as well as a news channel for existing members. Please follow us and like and post! The more follows we have and posts the better our reach will be to prospective new members, young and old!
Junior Nights Back After Half Term
We are planning to start Friday junior evenings after February half term ( weather permitting).
Wimbledon Ballot opt in Closes Friday 23 Feb.
Wimbledon Ballot opt in Closes Friday 23 Feb.

Not sure if you've opted-in? You can check in "read more" below. Our usual plea - Just Do It!

If you’re on this list then you are currently not opted in, and NOT able to be in our ballot, 

For those who have opted in and want the chance to buy tickets, Ballot Night will be Thursday 10th May.

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New Baby!
We would like to say huge congratulations to Tom Edis, one of the founders of Challenge Tennis, who became a Dad for the first time on Sunday 28th January. His daughter Mila Grace Edis was born at a very healthy 7lbs 3oz, both Mila and Tom’s lovely wife Jess are doing well and they are both looking forward to their new Challenge ahead.
Membership Dues Coming Up
COMING SOON 2018 – 19 Subs will be due on 1st April.

Renewal letters and invoices will be e mailed to everyone by the end of February.

Early payment discount will apply for payments made in March ??

Ball Recycling
Thanks for all the ball recycling. 4 x 200 lots sent away = 4 x £40 for charity received. Keep them coming...
CT News
Book and pay for this term’s tennis course by the end of the day on 31st January to pay the 2017 price.
Tots promotion, book for the rest of the term and get 2 weeks free. That’s only £30 until easter.

We are now taking bookings for our popular February Half Term and Easter Camps. 
Book early to avoid disappointment


PHIL'S CARDIO on Monday is really popular. Please do start booking onto the course via our app if you can so that we can see numbers attending. Phil also run’s a Cardio class on Wednesday morning and Tom runs a class on Thursday morning. Only £84 for 12 sessions.

1 ON 1 LESSONS provide you with attentive technical coaching to accelerate the rate at which you improve. Contact us via for information on our coaches Indi availability. New, starting in January 2018 we now have Indi availability on Sundays! If Indi’s aren’t your thing then what about some

Looking to rally with an experienced player but an Indi isn't for you? Coaches are now offering Hit sessions at a reduced price. Come along and play against a coach. Again, contact us for more information.

We are looking to introduce more ADULT CLASSES at the club in line with your suggestions. So if there is anything you would like us to provide, please let us know. In the meantime we are planning to start an Adult Team Training session during the week. The time or date has not yet been finalised so if interested please contact us for the chance to recommend a suitable time for the session.

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