History of the Club
The Club is one of the oldest tennis clubs in the country having celebrated its Centenary Season in 1990. The Club has been on the same grounds throughout its history, initially renting from a farmer and then purchasing the freehold in 1926. The Club is run as a limited company for the members’ benefit and a committee of Directors who are elected by the members manages it. The Club has always moved with the times being one of the first to drop playing in tests and it operates an equal opportunities policy offering tennis to as many people as possible regardless of age or playing standards.
In 2008 we moved into a brand new clubhouse of which we are very proud.
The Club has some of the best facilities in the area with 9 courts; 7 all weather and 2 artificial grass. 4 of the all weather courts are floodlit. We also have a practice wall and a mini tennis area. The old clubhouse is hopefully going to be converted into an indoor mini tennis area. The 2 artificial grass courts have been renewed recently as has court 4 which is now tarmac with new floodlights and this will be used by our coach as required.
Our new clubhouse is a two storey brick building with balcony to include gentlemen’s and ladies changing rooms with showers etc, a large function room with bar and kitchen, an area for juniors to use, an office and disabled facilities including lift. An appeal to raise funds for this project was named "Funding the Future" and resulted in over £100,000 being raised in three years that together with money accumulated over several years brought the project to fruition. The grand opening took place in April 2008.
Club Playing Sessions
There are three adult Club sessions per week from April 4rd until the end of September: Monday and Thursday evenings (6pm to 10pm) and Saturday afternoons (2pm to 6pm). The Club provides balls for members’ use in doubles foursomes, chosen using a peg-board system, playing a set at a time. There is no need to pre-arrange a group to play good tennis three or four times a week. On Tuesday mornings a ‘hardy perennials’ group meets from 10-1pm. The Club sessions are a good way to socialize as well with the bar being open and refreshments sometimes available on Saturdays. The members on a rota basis staff the bar.
Access to the Club Facilities
The courts are not locked and some are available for use by members at all times except during Club sessions (Monday and Thursday evenings, Saturday afternoons), match nights (Tuesday evenings), junior evenings (Wednesdays) and those used by the Head coach. There may also be matches at other times but some courts will be available on a first come first served basis. Members must use their own tennis balls except for club sessions.
All members receive a shoe-tag as proof of membership; please wear it when you are on the courts. Adult members can hire keys to the Clubhouse from the Secretary for a £10 returnable deposit. The floodlights can be used by members up to 10pm for £1 for 15 minutes using the slot meters in the junior area of the new clubhouse. The slot meters are emptied daily.
Clothing and Footwear
The Club has a policy that dress to be worn on the courts should have been manufactured for racket sports; this policy applies at all times. Shoes should be designed for tennis and black-soled shoes or trainers with ribs on the edge of the soles should not be worn as they damage the court surfaces.