A keyless fob is required for access to the club grounds and clubhouse. In addition a code is required for the front door shutters. You will be given the code upon joining as a member. Please contact a member of the committee if you are unsure how to use the fob or operate the shutters.
Please also note that Junior members’ fobs can only operate the main gate for access to courts. Adult members can access the toilets. In addition, and on a trial basis, adult members can request access to the main clubhouse (store room, sitting room and kitchen) by contacting Jane Welman. For other situations, the clubhouse is generally open during club nights and periods of coaching.
Juniors are not allowed to bring guests to the club.
Courts are often in use for coaching and matches and at other times during the week as follows:
Monday Nights – Men’s Night. From 7pm. Ideal for experienced players who want to be involved in matches and/or play a more competitive game.
Tuesday Nights – Ladies’ Night. From 7pm. For ladies who want a social game of tennis.
Wednesday Nights – Club Night From 7pm. Social tennis for players of reasonable ability*. The format is to play rubbers of 7 games with different partners for each rubber; however, couples who wish to play together throughout may do so if they prefer. Although centred around adults, junior members may participate provided they meet the required standard.
*If in doubt, please contact our coach, Peter Harding, with a view to attending a rusty racquets or adult improves course first.
Courts are generally available during the daytime. In the evenings, with the exception of Club Night (Wednesdays), the club endeavours to ensure that a court is available for booking except when home matches are scheduled to take place.
Men’s and Ladies Ladders are displayed on the Veranda to encourage participation in competitive play.
Courts can be booked by logging on to the LTA ClubSpark website at https://auth.clubspark.uk/account/signin New members will be sent an invitation to open an account when joining the club. Please contact the webmaster in any difficulties are encountered.
Each court is separately controlled by a token-operated control panel on the veranda. Each token lasts 30 minutes. Members may purchase tokens for £2 each or 6 for £10. They are kept in a jam jar on the kitchen counter and sold on an ‘honesty’ basis. The kitchen is open to adult members by request and on a Wednesday evenings and at other times when coaches, captains or committee members are present. Please get in touch with Jane Welman (membership secretary) if the tokens have run out.
Each pair of courts has a red/blue warning beacon mounted on the centre column, which illuminates to warn players on court that the token meter will expire in five minutes. This gives adequate time to put in more tokens as required. When the timer expires on the lights for either court, one lamp will remain on for 10 minutes to allow players safe exit from the court.
IF THE LIGHTS GO OUT THERE IS A 10 MINUTE DELAY BEFORE THEY WILL RE-LIGHT.
As a reminder, in order not to cause problems for the club’s neighbours, the lights are to be switched off at 2130hrs unless in the middle of a competitive league match; however, the lights will switch off automatically at the curfew time of 2200hrs. Please remember to select the lights to the off position with the key at the control panel otherwise they will come back on again the following day!
Adult members are reminded to sign in guests on the sheet on the noticeboard by the veranda before play commences. Each adult member can do this up to 5 times a year at the reasonable sum of only £5 per court, billed at the end of the financial year. (From time to time, the Club offers the use of 1 free court per year for existing members who renew their subscription by the due date.) Members are also reminded that guests can only be taken to the club by adult members. If juniors want to play with others (strongly encouraged!), please ask the non-member to join-up; the cost is a very reasonable £40 with end-of-season discounts possible at the discretion of the membership secretary!