Opening Season Letter 2017



2 Saltford Close




Tel 0115 9878612

April 2017


Dear Member,

The summer season begins on 1st April and there are many activities planned for the new season.

I enclose a membership form listing the various categories and fees. Please complete as appropriate and send with your payment to Ann Pullan, making cheques payable to the Lady Bay Tennis and Sports Club.  The Committee very much appreciate early settlement of fees.  It was voted at the 2017 AGM not to increase the subscriptions.

Visitors’ fees will remain at £3.00.  Visitors may only play a maximum of three times and must be accompanied by a full member of the club.  Please note all visitors must sign the visitors’ books kept in the clubhouse, and give or send the monies to a Committee Member. This fee will be deducted from membership fees should they subsequently join the club.

Could members please notify myself or Ann Pullan of any change in address or phone number – the phone list is updated regularly and a copy kept in the clubhouse. It is also helpful to keep us informed of your current e-mail address as this can be very useful for sending information out, and also saves cost.  


Social Tennis

 There will be an evening of organised social tennis, followed by pizza and wine, on Wednesday 5th April at 6.15 p.m. These popular social evenings will continue every other Wednesday (see dates on fixtures calendar) when four courts will be available. All members of all standards are welcome.

In addition to the “just turn up and play” Tuesday Ladies` afternoons,  Monday Ladies` evenings, alternate Wednesday pizza tournament evenings, and Thursday Men`s evenings,  there are nowadays quite a few people who play at various times of the week and weekend in organised fours.  If you are not in an organised four, but would like to play on a regular basis, there is now a list up in the clubhouse.  Please add your name and contact details, with details of the days and times you are available. If, when you add your name to the list, you see there are other people on there who are available at the same time as you, then please contact them.

If you would like to play on a regular basis, but don’t want to commit to a weekly four, then please also add your name to the list with details of when you are available.  That way, when somebody in an organised four is away, injured or has other commitments, they can look and see who may be able to play for them.


Social evenings

 Men’s night will commence on Thursday 6th April at 6 pm and Ladies’ night on Monday 3rd April at 6 pm. We are always looking for new players for matches and we have teams in various leagues to suit most standards of player.


AEGON Team Tennis
We have both Men`s and a Ladies` teams in the National divisions of the AEGON Team Tennis who will be playing top club teams from around the country.  We also have a Men`s AEGON team at county level. We have many up and coming young players who, along with adult members, take part in these matches and the standard of tennis is high, with many clubs fielding ATP tour players.  Spectators are welcome – see notice board for details – come along and support your club teams.

We also have several AEGON junior teams.


Look out for the various tournaments organised during the season. These include the Sue Waterland Ladies (club members only) doubles tournament on Monday 12th June at 6.15 pm. This is a draw-for-partners event in a ‘round robin’ format so plenty of games for all. There is also be an Open Ladies doubles tournament on Tuesday 18th July – please see the notice board for entry forms nearer the time.



As you will know if you are a returning club member, Pete Godber and Carol James have done an amazing job since taking over the coaching programme in 2015 which resulted in a 35% increase in our junior membership last year.  We also have several new adult members who came for coaching and now play regularly in the league teams.  The coaching programme has been developed considerably over the last two years, and now offers something for people at all levels – from tots to senior citizens, beginners to experienced players… our motto is you can always learn something new.

For more details, contact Peter Godber on 07944 528797 or Carol James on 07712 459348.


Upkeep of facilities

 In order to keep subscriptions down while maintaining the quality of our facilities, we rely on volunteers to keep the place neat and tidy. If you would be willing to join the clubhouse cleaning rota or do a little gardening or odd jobs then please let a committee member know.

Certain footwear does mark the court and only ones with non-marking soles should be worn.

Would all members make sure that the lights are always switched off in the toilets.  The price of electricity is now very high and we need to keep our costs as low as possible.  There is now a heater in the clubhouse, so please could you ensure this is switched off when not in use, and also that when switched on the doors and windows of the clubhouse are closed.


Wimbledon ballot

 If you would like to be entered into the ballot for Wimbledon tickets, please add your name to the list that is up in the clubhouse.  We do not yet have any details regarding the number of pairs of tickets we have, or the dates, but this should be available shortly. Please ensure that you are registered as a British Tennis member, and that you have selected Lady Bay as one of your “places to play”, as only those members are eligible to take part.  The ballot will be drawn at the Pizza tournament on 19th April, so if you are going to be away, or will not be down at the club before then, please ask somebody to add your name to avoid missing out.  Once the tickets have been allocated, the club notifies the LTA, who will contact the recipients and send the tickets directly.
Club development

Floodlights – we now have planning permission for the lights to be used on the 3-court block until 10 pm.  The portable lights on the two court block are until 9pm

For those of you who use Facebook, why not look up the Lady Bay Tennis and Sports Club group, all are welcome to join it.  There is also a club website which is updated regularly.

To ensure that the club provides what its members want, we would like to have your input. We will be putting a suggestions box in the clubhouse so please drop your ideas in there or pass them on to a committee member.


We look forward to seeing you all on the courts in 2017!


Yours sincerely,


Mary Prest



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