Barnet LTC – February 2018 Newsletter
Whist Night – 17th February
On Saturday 17th February we will be holding another Whist Drive. Our last two have proved to be really popular evenings. Please arrive at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm prompt start. Cost is £4 per player, including nibbles. For those already familiar with the game, it will be a progressive format with plenty of prizes along the way! All standards, including beginners, welcome. There will be practice sessions after Friday evening social tennis for those who wish to hone their skills. Any questions, please contact Mike or Linda Searles on 07973 834797.
Ballot for Wimbledon Tickets
A final reminder that you have until February 17th to opt in to the BLTC Wimbledon Ballot. This is important for two reasons. Firstly, the club’s allocation of tickets will be based on the number of its members doing this. Secondly, as a club member you will only be eligible to be entered in to our draw, and therefore win tickets, if you have completed the opt in process. Even if you don’t want Wimbledon tickets yourself, you will be helping your fellow members by opting in.
You will need your BTM username and password to sign in.
Any problems, phone LTA on 020 8487 7000
The draw will be made at our Easter Monday American Tournament on 2nd April.
Team Tennis Update
With just a few matches left, there is currently a clear leader – Mike Searles’ ‘Hit & Miss’. However, anything could happen….
Team Matches Sets Games Total
1. Hit & Miss(C) 5 4 1 22 8 166 106 21
2. Smith’s Smashers (E) 4 2 2 11 13 93 99 13
3. Slam Dunks (D) 4 2 2 15 9 118 84 12
4. Looney Legends (B) 5 2 3 8 22 108 156 12
5. Rice’s Rock n Ralliers (A) 4 1 3 10 14 90 105 8
Team captains are reminded to collect the £5 fee from each player and hand it in to our Treasurer, Isabelle Ridgewell, once all monies obtained.
The Men’s Singles League gained some momentum near to the 31st January deadline. John Hall is extending the deadline till Sunday 11th February in order to hopefully get even more matches played. There won’t be any more extensions after that, whatever the weather. After this new divisions will be formed. The ladies and juniors have a bit longer to play their leagues, as there are more in their divisions.
Courts 1-4 - update
The sub-committee, tasked with overseeing the project to resurface courts 1-4, have been busy over the last two months. The Play Test process is largely complete and we are in receipt of consultant Lee West’s Report, following a study and site-survey of the sub-ground. A number of quotations have been received - and on-site meetings at BLTC have subsequently taken place with those sub-contractors leading the Tender process. A meeting of the Committee has confirmed the surface of choice to be artificial grass, as opposed to synthetic clay. A choice of sub-contractor is soon to be made, so that we may be in a position to reserve a slot to commence works to the project in August. Watch this space for more details!
Our courts can get very busy, particularly on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Here is a reminder of the club’s rules for court play. Please try to avoid these times when arranging singles league matches.
q Please note that with the exception of competition matches, courts must be vacated at the end of each short set (first to six games, tie break at 6 all) if there are other members waiting to play. If players are practising rather than playing points they must vacate the court after 20 minutes. This applies to ALL courts (including the Junior Court(s).
q Please note, except during tournament play, no singles play is allowed when ALL courts are in use and two or more members are waiting to play. This also applies to the Junior Court (s) when other Juniors are waiting to play.
It is also worth noting that when court 7 (junior court) is being used for coaching, court 8 becomes the designated junior court, so if juniors are waiting to play, please vacate.
Lights and heaters
Another reminder to make sure that if you are locking up the clubhouse, all heaters and lights are turned off, including the ones behind the bar.
Recycling tennis balls
Our ladies captain Su Pryor is still recycling used tennis balls to raise money for the club. A few members have asked if a bucket could be placed in the shed for times when the clubhouse is not open. There is now one there, as well as just inside the clubhouse door. Thank you for continuing to support this initiative.
Don’t forget to opt in!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AT BLTC!
Seasonal Membership Offer
Here is a reminder of the great seasonal deal we are once again offering on membership. From January 1st, pay for the whole of 2018/19 season and you can become a member straight away – that’s up to 3 months extra free! Please contact our membership secretary Judy Williamson on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Don’t forget our referral scheme for membership. Introduce a new full member to the club and you will get a £20 voucher to take off your own renewal fee.
We have been told recently by Lee West, the LTA's technical consultant, that courts 1 to 4 only have another 12 to 18 months of playability. Over the past year a sub-committee has been working on planning for resurfacing and this has included play testing of various court surfaces. We have narrowed the choice down to between 2 or possibly 3 choices and are receiving quotes from contractors on these surfaces. Fortunately, Lee West has advised us that the general surface is quite flat and the small dips that have appeared in places can be individually repaired rather than needing a new layer of macadam. That will help a great deal with the budget as a new layer of macadam would have added approximately £30,000 to the cost. We have also been advised that the work should take place in the summer rather than spring and the work would take approximately 4 weeks. We are therefore looking at August this year as the most favourable time to go ahead with the resurfacing. We will confirm the court surface and schedule of works as soon as these are known.
Weekly Adult and Junior Coaching Groups
The Spring Term for our junior and adult weekly courses begins from this weekend. If you click the link below you can download a course form from the coaching page of the club website. The courses cater for a range of ages and abilities, and there is a mixture of technical and tactical training.
Bob’s Big Birthday
Bob Price, one of our long-established members, recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Bob not only continues to play regularly but also carries on helping out at the club with a host of duties – many of which go unnoticed – such as emptying and putting out the bins, repairing the scorers and other odd jobs. The club wishes Bob many more years on court and send him their very best wishes.
Ballot for Wimbledon Tickets
Another reminder that you have until February 23rd to opt in to the BLTC Wimbledon Ballot. This is important for two reasons. Firstly, the club’s allocation of tickets will be based on the number of its members doing this. Secondly, as a club member you will only be eligible to be entered into our draw if you have completed the opt in process. You will need your BTM username and password to sign in.
Dates for Your Diary
Saturday 7th July - Club Finals Day
23rd July - 28th July - ‘Lofty Lofts’ Open Tournament
Saturday 13th October - Autumn Finals Day