October 2017 Newsletter

Autumn Finals Day – Saturday 14th October

The finals of our Autumn Championships are fast approaching. They will take place on Saturday 14th October. Please note this will include our Junior Finals too, so there promises to be some exciting matches. First rounds will take place from approximately 11.30am.

Please come and support all our finalists, young and older. Contributions towards a buffet would also be appreciated.


Barnet LTC Annual General Meeting – Sunday 15th October

Our AGM is due to take place on Sunday 15th October at 2pm. As many members as possible are asked to attend. The Chairman John Kamenou and his committee present the annual reports, and election of the new committee takes place. Minutes of the previous meeting, which was held last October, are available in the clubhouse and on the club website. A nominations list is also posted in the clubhouse. Anyone interested in standing for a post will need to be nominated and seconded by another adult member. In particular, the club will be looking to appoint a new Bar Manager.

A huge thank you to Sheila Rice, our out-going bar Manager, for all her hard work in this position.

If you think you might be interested, please speak to one of the current committee. Please note any items from members to be raised under AOB need to be notified in advance. This can be done by leaving in a sealed envelope in the ‘Suggestions Box’ in the clubhouse or emailing to bltcadmin@barnetltc.org  by Friday 6th October at the latest.

It would be great if there was a good turnout for this event, so please come along and show your support for the club and find out what the committee has in store for the year ahead.


Quiz Night -Saturday 21st October

Another of Martin Dawson’s popular “Half ‘n’ Half” Quiz takes place on Saturday 21st October from 7.30pm. A mixture of music and trivia, entry is £4 per player (nibbles included). Sign up in the clubhouse. You can enter with your own table of 8 or just add your name and we will find you some fellow quizzers!


Casino Night -Saturday 11th November

By popular request the Casino night returns to BLTC Saturday 11th November – definitely a night to book in the diary! Tickets will be sold in advance so watch the notice boards for more details.


Singles League and Team Tennis

As Autumn gets underway, out internal winter competitions are due to start soon.

Team Tennis (doubles) matches take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (from 1pm). Players of all standards are welcome to enter but you must be adult, or a junior with adult status. You play as part of a team, so this is an excellent way of getting to know other members.

Details for both events will be published shortly. 


 Event round-ups

Thanks to Linda and Mike Searles for a successful Pub Night. There were a great selection of beers which seemed to go down very well!  Tina Bloch beat every woman and man in the club to become the Table Tennis champ. Lizzie and Ben Coles were the Darts Champions. Linda and Mike managed to win the pool, when their opponents knocked the black ball down prematurely, which may have been due to the alcohol consumption and lateness of the hour. Great plan!!

There was a good turnout for our One Day Mixed Tournament, with 14 pairs taking part. A-Group winners were Bolaji and Sarah Kuti, runners Up Albert Durbal and Jane Milton. B-Group winners were Steve and Caroline Lawson, runners Up Mark and Dawn Hanson. 


Junior Night

Please note Friday night match play night has now finished until next summer term.


Floodlight Booking On-Line

An email was sent out announcing the launch of our on-line booking system for the floodlights – no more rummaging in the shed required!

For more information, please check our website for details.


You can also see dates for our upcoming winter fixtures in the club tennis diary.


Wimbledon Opt-in

If you have a British Tennis Membership you should have received an e-mail from LTA confirming that you can now opt in to be eligible for next year’s Wimbledon ticket draw. Once you have logged in, just follow the instructions.

For those members without a BTM, you are entitled to free membership as a member of our club. Just follow the link to complete.


Don’t forget to put Barnet LTC as your venue.


Match Balls

If anyone wants to buy a souvenir of their game or just wishes for some relatively good balls at a bargain price, match balls are available to purchase at £1 per can from behind the bar.

September 2017 Newsletter

Tennis in September

We have lots of opportunities for tennis this month; weekdays, evenings and weekends, for all ages and levels. Here is a reminder of what’s on;

Junior Matchplay Night – begins again Friday 8th September until last Friday in September, 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Mixed Nights – Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 20th September, 7pm to 9pm.

Tennis Fit – Thursday 14th September for 4 weeks, 7pm to 8pm.

Mixed 1 Day Tournament – Saturday 23rd September. 1pm start. If you entered for the original date, please re-enter if you are still available.

Mid- week Coffee and Coaching – Thursday 28th September, 10am to 12pm.

See the club website or John’s coaching newsletters for more details.

Pub Night and Beerfest -Saturday 16th September

We are holding another Pub Night on Saturday 16th September. Doors open at 7.30pm.  For just £5, you can have a guaranteed evening of fun and a bowl of chilli! Darts, Pool and Ping Pong competitions will be played throughout the evening with prizes to be won for those who dare! There will also be some special guest beers making an appearance for you to try and buy. There is a sign-up list in the clubhouse to help gauge numbers, but you pay on the night. Any questions, contact Linda Searles on 07973 834797.

All welcome. Come along for an evening of fun with friends!

Autumn Tournament

Matches are already underway, but if you haven’t yet seen the draw for our Autumn Tournament please do, by either checking the club noticeboard or looking on-line, as the deadline for some rounds is tight.


Junior Autumn Tournament

Following the successful summer championships there will now be a Junior Autumn Championships following along similar lines. Finals Day will be on the same day as the adult finals on Saturday 14th October, so please don’t enter unless you are available that day. See John’s previous Coaching and Competitions e-mail for details.

Floodlight booking sheets and tokens

As the evenings draw in and the Autumn Tournament gets underway, some members have asked about booking sheets for the floodlights. These will re-commence from Saturday 2nd September. We have 5 courts with floodlights, although Court 1 cannot be activated by tokens at the moment. The sheets will be kept in a folder in the shed next to court 8. Please write your name against the date, court and period you wish to play, rather than booking the whole evening.

In the next few weeks, we are hoping to launch an on-line booking system, so look out for further details We are also soon intending to install coin boxes directly on the floodlight operating boxes so that access to the clubhouse is not required. In the meantime, please use the token box, but remember, it only accepts the old-style pound coins.

Summer successes

Our summer season is almost at an end. The mid-week Middlesex matches are complete, so here is a summary of how our teams performed.

Men’s teams - 60 players participated

Men’s Middlesex 1s – 7th in Intermediate Division

Men’s Middlesex 2s – 7th in Div 1

Men’s Middlesex 3s – 1st (Champions) in Div 5 (by 1 point). Congratulations to Captain Albert, who has achieved a 2nd life goal this summer by guiding the 3s to the title (after becoming Bs Singles Champ)!!

Men’s Middlesex 4s – 4th in Div 8 (5 points off promotion)

Men’s Middlesex 5s – 4th in Div 11

Women’s teams – 30 players participated

Ladies Middlesex 1s – 2nd in Div 1

Ladies Middlesex 2s – 8th in Div 4

Ladies Middlesex 3s – 3rd in Div 7

Many thanks, as always, to those who took part, those who captained teams and to our Club Captains, Danny Williamson and Su Pryor, for all their hard work.

3 Peaks Challenge

A message of thanks…

Once again club members have been very generous in supporting us. We raised £2406.25 in total (including gift aid). Muskaan UK are very grateful and this will go towards their education programmes for young people in India and East Africa. Phil and I completed the challenge in 25 hours 30 minutes in glorious sunshine and views from Scafell Pike and Snowdon.  This was a delight since Ben Nevis had greeted us with strong winds and heavy rain.

Many thanks for your kind support. Nick Madejczyk and Phil Ridout


Our scoring posts (correct name Woumar scorers) are often admired by visiting teams. Unfortunately, the yellow and red plastic game and set markers get broken, particularly when players use their rackets, rather than their hands, to clear the score. Bob Price and Martin Dawson will tell you how fiddly they are to replace! Please help to keep them happy by treating them gently….

David Tomlinson

You will have received an email regarding the sad news that our previous Chairman, David Tomlinson, died peacefully at home on Thursday 24th August. Our thoughts are with Yvonne, his wife, and his sons Paul and Michael.

Dates for the Diary

Autumn Finals Day – Saturday 14th October

AGM – Sunday 15th October

Quiz Night - Saturday 21st October

Casino Night - Saturday 11th November

August 2017 Newsletter

Barnet LTC – August 2017 Newsletter

We have lots of information for you this month. Please read and enjoy!

August Bank Holiday Tournament

Our final Bank Holiday event of the year will take place on Monday August 28th. As usual, this is open to all adult members (and juniors with adult status). It will start at 2pm. There will be a £4 entry fee which will include afternoon tea. If you haven’t attended before, please come along to unravel the mysteries of an American Tournament!

‘Lofty Lofts’ LTA Open Tennis Tournament

We had a record number of entries for our Grade 4 Open Tournament this year (over 150), with matches taking place throughout the week. There were some club successes in the Junior events. Tamara Kuti was the winner of the Girls 10 & Under, Kevin Benedict was runner up in the Boys 10 & under and Thomas Butler took third place in the Boys 9 & Under.

In the Adult competition, Stephen Williams won the Men’s Singles and Nicky Fenn made it through once again to the Ladies Finals.

Well done to all who took part.

We are very grateful to Dean Barker of Lofty Lofts, who sponsored the event for the third year running, and to all those members who volunteered their time to sell refreshments.

Autumn Club Finals – Saturday October 14th

No sooner have our Club Championships come to a close than our thoughts turn to The Autumn Tournament. Entries can soon be made on-line. In the mean-time, there are sign-up sheets in the clubhouse. The closing date is fast approaching; Thursday August 17th!

Autumn 1 Day Mixed - Saturday 2nd September

This year the Autumn 1 Day Mixed Tournament will be held on the earlier date of Saturday 2nd September, starting at 1.00p.m. Enter by e-mailing John Hall (JohnH811@aol.com). You can enter with a partner of your choice. If you have no partner but would like to enter you can write ‘Partner Wanted’ in your e-mail entry and John will match you up if possible. Please bear in mind that there is no guarantee of being able to find a partner so it’s much safer to find someone yourself!

New Autumn Junior Championships

Following the success of the Junior Club Championships in the summer, John Hall is introducing a new Autumn Junior Championships. The finals will take place on the same day as the adult finals (Saturday 14th October). Details of the qualifying rounds and how to enter will be available shortly. 

Summer Camps

Places are still available for John Hall’s summer camps for mini tennis and older juniors. These are not only great fun, but a way of improving quickly over a few days. Choose from full weeks or any number of individual days. Please click the link below to go to the coaching page of the club website where you can download an application form. You can also access forms for junior and adult weekly courses via the same link....


Mixed Nights - Tuesday 12th September and Wednesday 20th September

We will be running 2 coach-led Mixed Nights in September. They will take place on Tuesday 12th September and Wednesday 20th September. There will be doubles drills and tactics with the coaches, followed by a mixture of mixed, men’s and ladies’ doubles - something for everyone! Mixed Nights will run from 7.00p.m. until 9.00p.m. (half an hour later than Men’s and Ladies’ Nights). The cost will be £4.00 per player. No need to book. Just come along.

As usual there will be a number of events running; Men’s singles, Ladies Singles, Men’s Doubles, Ladies Doubles and the Handicap Events – Men’s Handicap Doubles, Ladies Handicap Doubles and Mixed Handicap Doubles.

Please note; for the Men’s and Ladies doubles, you are assigned a partner. This year all doubles events (apart from handicaps) will be 2 sets and a match tie-break at 1 set all. This is to make Finals day a bit more spectator friendly!

All events are ideal for all levels, so please join in. The bigger the entry, the better the tournament. Members are asked once again not to enter unless they know they are available to play on Finals Day. Also, if you are intending to go on holiday during September or October, please check with John Hall, who will make a decision as to whether you can enter.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

For those of you who are fans of social media, you can enjoy a more informal take on our events by viewing our Facebook page. Members are always welcome to update the page with news, photos or reports of events. We are particularly keen for any roving reporters keen to relate our tennis successes. You can also follow us on twitter @BarnetLTC.

Summer Club Finals Success

Our Club Finals took place on 9th July. It was wonderful to see so many there supporting the players in our 18 finals. Congratulations to all our adult and junior finalists and winners. There were some closely fought matches. All results are available on our website page. There are also photos on our Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who brought along food to share. It made it a really good day. Thanks also to Mike and Linda Searles for running the BBQ.


Those members who wish to bring non-members along for a game, please remember that they should be signed in to the visitor’s book (hanging next to the floodlight token box in the clubhouse) and a £5 fee paid (money box on r.h.s of token machine). If the clubhouse is locked then you can post this into the postbox on the clubhouse wall. A visitor may not play as such more than 4 times in one year.


One final date for you – our AGM will take place on Sunday October 15th.

After several years in the role, Sheila Rice will be stepping down as Bar Manager. If you think you could take on the position, please get in touch.



Barnet LTC – July 2017 newsletter

 Ladies and Men’s Nights

Our club sessions have almost come to an end, with the final Men’s Night taking place this Wednesday. We hope that those who have attended have found them useful. From next week, members are still welcome to come along and play in. This will continue throughout the summer until floodlights are once again required. Ladies will continue to have priority on Tuesdays and Men on Wednesdays.

Club Finals Day

Our own Finals Day takes place on Saturday 8th July. This is the culmination of several weeks of competition, so please come along and support our finalists, both adult and junior. If you are talented enough to have got through to a final, order of play will go out once all semi-finals have been played (which is often only the evening before!). Adult finals will commence from 11.45am on the astro courts, which will need to be cleared for preparation by 11.15am. Junior finals will be from 2pm and take place on the claytex courts.

The bar will be open all afternoon to help you quench your thirst.

Our fantastic in-house chef, Mike Searles, will be running a barbecue from 4pm, but members are invited to bring a dish to help keep players and spectators nourished during the day.

We have a record 18 finals (counting adults and juniors) to get through on Finals Day. It would be great to have umpires for as many as possible, although not all can have umpires as we haven’t got enough umpire’s chairs for all 4 courts. If you can help please contact our Doug (our official Director of Umpires) - Phone: 07595 763690; E-Mail: douglas.morley14@gmail.com

Here’s hoping for good weather to complement some great tennis!

Great British Tennis Weekend

The club is holding two more open days as part of the LTA’s Great British Tennis Weekend on Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 23rd July from 2pm to 6pm.

Once again there will be a full programme of professional coaching “taster” sessions from 2pm to 5pm and a free tennis play for all from 5pm to 6pm.

Details of the membership offer will be available on our website soon. There will be a special membership and coaching offer for any girls who sign up.

Lofty Lofts LTA Tournament

Entries are now open for the annual ‘Lofty Lofts’ Open Tournament, which will be held at the club from Monday 24th July to Saturday 29th July. There are events for every age group starting at 8 and Under through to adults. Junior events are scheduled during the day, and adults are normally in the evenings. To enter please click the link below


Please note, there will still be at least one court available for our members at all times.

Junior Summer Camps

If you are looking for some fun for your children during the school summer holidays, then our coaches are running summer camps throughout and are now available to book. There are camps for mini tennis red and orange 5-9 years, and older juniors playing in full court. The camps are great value and fun, with a mixture of technique, tactics and matchplay appropriate to each age and ability. You can book for a full week or pick and choose and number of days to suit. Please click the link below to go to the coaching page of the club website, where you can download a form....


Three Peaks Challenge   

Here is a request from one of our members, Nick Madejczyk.


I know everyone gets a lot of charity requests but I thought I'd do the “don't ask don't get” thing!

3 friends and I are doing the 3 peaks in 3 countries in 24 hours challenge. That is; Ben Nevis (1,345m) in Scotland, Scafell Pike (978m) in England and Snowdon (1085m) in Wales. Three countries in 24 hours! The scheduled dates are 16th to 17th July.

After months of training we decided to raise money for a charity that an old college friend helped to set up and run.  It is called Muskaan UK and they run several projects in India and East Africa for disadvantaged young people.  They provide clean water, education and support for the homeless.

So, if can spare a few pounds (no amount is too small), please donate via:


Best wishes,

Nick Madejczyk and Phil Ridout


As you read this the tournament at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club will be underway. For those members lucky enough to have tickets – ENJOY!

June 2017 Newsletter

Barnet LTC – June 2017 Newsletter


 Election Day

Once again, the club will be in use as a polling station on Thursday 8th June. This means that whilst members are welcome to play, access to the clubhouse will be very limited, and if possible, to be avoided.



With summer under way, we are holding a BBQ after Friday Night Social tennis on June 23rd, so please come along and end your week with a good evening of tennis and a burger or two!


Club rules and etiquette

New members will have been sent a copy of our club rules for behaviour and etiquette on court. As courts get busy, it is worth reminding everyone of some of the points that are included:

Please do not cross a court where play is in progress.  Wait for the point to finish, and then ask the player if you may cross.  Use the nearest gate to enter or leave the court, closing it after you.

If your ball strays to the back of a nearby court where play is in progress, wait for the point to finish before retrieving it.

Please do not make any undue noise – please no swearing or racquet throwing. Mobile phones should be on silent or switched off during play.

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).

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.



Club Safety

You will have been hopefully received the new gate code. This is to help keep our club safe and secure. With this in mind please also ensure that the gate is kept closed at all times.


British Tennis Membership

As a member of our club, you will have received information about a new British Tennis Membership on offer from LTA. As a member of a registered venue, you will automatically be entitled to Lite Membership, which is free of charge. An additional Team Membership has been launched which costs £20 per year. Please click on the link to see if it might be of interest to you.



Dates for the diary;

Club Finals Day – Saturday 8th July (including BBQ)

Great British Tennis Weekend 2 – Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July

Lofty Lofts Open Tournament – Monday 24th to Saturday 29th July

October Quiz Night – date tbc

November Casino Night – Saturday 11th November