Newsletter – 21 January 2022

Published on January 21, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bill Buah
Many thanks to all of you who contacted me regarding Bill’s untimely passing last weekend. I’m passing on all your comments and wishes to the family.
Further information regarding the funeral will be circulated as soon as I have it. It is likely to be several weeks to allow for family to travel from Ghana.

Tennis Court 5
Finally, the outstanding materials have been delivered to finish the conversion of court 5 to artificial clay. The contractors will be on site this Saturday and Sunday to complete the installation.
Unfortunately, this means that I have to cancel all court 5 bookings this weekend. If you have a court booked, please check other courts as there is some limited availability. 

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 22 – 28 January: Sunday 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1200, Wednesday 1700-2000, and Friday 1200-1800. 
Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine. 

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 18 January 2022

Published on January 18, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bill Buah
It is with great sadness that I have to inform members that Club tennis coach Bill Buah has passed away. 
Bill contracted Covid-19 prior to Christmas, and was eventually hospitalised as the illness worsened. Unfortunately, after fighting it for several weeks, he lost the battle at the weekend.  
Bill was a tennis coach for over 25 years, starting at Sydenham TC in 2004. In recent years he was particularly associated with the beginner/improver adults, helping develop confidence and skills in new players.
Many adult members started out with Bill when they were juniors, and he was still covering junior groups for the rest of the coaching team in December. He made sessions fun and instilled a love of the game in players.
I have passed on our condolences to his family on behalf of the Club. Bill’s son Wayne is making the funeral arrangements, which will be held in a few weeks time in the Dulwich/Peckham area. Please email me if you would like to attend so that I can give him an idea of numbers, or if you would like me to pass on any comments.
Bill was a great servant to the Club, and will be well known to many of you. He provided me with unstinting support since I have been here. He was such a familiar sight around the Club, and I find it hard to believe that I won’t hear him again saying ‘turn, turn, turn’ to coax a player into the right position for a shot. RIP Bill.

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 14 January 2022

Published on January 14, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Wimbledon Ballot 2022
The LTA Wimbledon ballot is now open for this year’s Championships taking place between 27 June – 10 July 2022. The ballot provides an opportunity to buy tickets for the main courts throughout the tournament.
To enter you must be a registered LTA member. If you are a member already, you should have received an email from the LTA providing details of the ballot. You can find information about joining as a member here.  

Mixed Doubles ladder
Further to my previous communications regarding the doubles ladders. The Men’s & Women’s competitions have been running successfully for a couple of months now, so we have decided to introduce a Mixed doubles ladder too!
Please email me to confirm your entry, including partner name. If you do not have a partner but are interested in playing, please indicate ‘partner required’. Closing date for the first draft is Sunday 30 January. 

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 15 – 21 January: Saturday from 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1500, and Friday 0900-1200. Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine. 

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 7 January 2022

Published on January 7, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis Court 5
Unfortunately, there were issues with the delivery of materials for the conversion of court 5 to artificial clay, which meant it was not completed as scheduled prior to Christmas. We are still awaiting a new date for the work.
However, the repairs to the cracks have been completed so we plan to reopen the court for play on Monday 10 January with its tarmacadam surface. The carpet and clay materials will be relocated along the side of the court, but please be aware when playing to ensure safe play.

London Winter Run 2022 – Sunday 13 February
Tennis member David Bent-Hazelwood is running the above 10K event to raise money for Cancer Research UK. His wife died of cancer in April 2021, which is his motivation.
David says that last year his time was 52:56; and he is hoping to go under 50 mins this year. If you feel able and moved, please donate here.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 8 – 14 January: Saturday from 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1200, and Wednesday 1800-2100. Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine. 

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 31 December 2021

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Covid update
In the absence of any updated Government guidance regarding the Omicron Covid variant, all playing facilities remain open until any advice to the contrary. However, we do ask that all members use common sense and discretion if displaying any symptoms and test regularly before attending the Club to ensure a safe environment.
You can find the latest tennis advice from the LTA here, and from England Squash here. Rest assured that the Club is following guidelines and reviewing risk. As such, the bar/clubhouse will not reopen for the time being, except for access to tennis court 1&2 floodlighting controls, but you will be able to make purchases when I am on site.

Activities & Events
Just a quick reminder that all club play sessions will recommence from 4 January 2022. Drop-in coaching sessions will start on Friday 7 January, as will Fun Friday after school club for the children. You will find booking for Community drop-in here, and Fun Friday here

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 1 – 7 January: Sunday from 0900-1500, Tuesday 0900-1500, and Friday 1200-2100. Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine. 

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 23 December 2021

Published on December 23, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Merry Christmas to all members…

Clubhouse and floodlighting
Just a reminder that the bar/clubhouse is closed now until Friday 7 January 2022, although this is subject to any further announcements regarding Covid restrictions after the festive period.
There will still be access to the clubhouse foyer and squash court building for the floodlight controls, but please remember to switch off lights after use and ensure doors are closed as staff will not be on site often until the new year.

Squash courts
Remember that squash courts are also available to book and play throughout the period. Again though, please remember to switch off court and changing room lights and ensure doors are closed as staff will not be on site as much, and ensure. 

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 25 – 31 December: Monday 27 December from 0900-1500, and Thursday 30 December from 0900-1200. Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine.

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Newsletter – 16 December 2021

Published on December 16, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis Court 5
Unfortunately, the repairs to tennis court 5 have taken slightly longer than expected. Therefore, the laying of the new artificial clay surface will now be completed next week.

Volunteer of the Year 
Further to last week’s AGM, congratulations to Alastair Putt who received his award as this year’s Volunteer of the Year from the Board of Directors. A squash and racketball member, Alastair has taken on the running of leagues and tournaments over the last year, as well as acting as Chair of the section committee. This has been particularly important after squash and racketball were closed for significant periods in 2020-21.   

Christmas and New Year
Please see below dates that activities and facilities will be closed over the festive period.
The bar/clubhouse will be closed between 20 December 2021 and 7 January 2022, although there will still be access to the foyer for the floodlight controls. Club play sessions will end on Sunday 19 December 2021, and will restart on Tuesday 4 January 2022.
Remember that all courts are available to book and play throughout the period. 

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 18 – 24 December: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1500, and Monday 0900-1500. Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine.  

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 9 December 2021

Published on December 9, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Club Annual General Meeting
Many thanks to all those who attended the AGM on Wednesday 8 December 2021. All officers up for re-election were re-elected, and Vikki Chambers was newly elected to the Bar committee. An up to date list of all current role holders is available in the clubhouse foyer.
An update was provided at the meeting regarding the new clubhouse project, including the plan to build an additional tennis court next Spring. The display has now been put up in the clubhouse foyer for all members to view, and we will be looking for volunteers to join a project team to support fundraising in the new year.
Please feel free to ask me anything about the project or volunteering.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 11 – 17 December: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1800-2100, and Friday 1300-1900. Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine.  

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 2 December 2021

Published on December 2, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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AGM – Wednesday 8 December
Please remember that the Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 8.00pm in the clubhouse. 
There will be a free drink and mince pie available from 7.30pm for those that come along, so please can you let me know if you plan to attend so that I can organise the catering!
The full notice, including the agenda and all relevant information were sent out previously, and can also be found in the clubhouse foyer and in the Members area of the website here.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 4 – 10 December: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1200, Monday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1700-2130, and Friday 1300-1900. Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine.  

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 25 November 2021

Published on November 25, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis Court 5
The contractors have now provided a schedule for the work on Court 5. Starting on Monday 6 December, the cracks in the tarmac will be repaired, the edging broken out and levelled, and the fencing reset. The following week, commencing 13 December, the artificial clay will be laid on top of the repaired tarmac.
Therefore, Court 5 has been blocked out for use from 6-17 December, although it may be possible to reopen the court once the repairs have been completed until the clay work begins.
This has meant some rescheduling of activities and amendments to existing court bookings. If you have court bookings in place during the periods above, please check in case of cancellation or change of court. 

Tennis coach holidays 
Both Toby and Bill are on holiday until mid December, which has also necessitated some reallocation of courts. However, due to changes in the coaching programme, this will mean that more courts are available at certain times over the next week or so, so do check the booking sheets.
Whilst Bill is away, there will be limited support for Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon club play sessions on 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19 December. Toby’s regular coaching sessions will be covered until 17 December by Bruce, Bill until he goes away, and Cristiano on his return from university on 4 December.  

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 27 November – 3 December: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1700-2130, and Friday 1300-1900. Remember that during these times you can obtain drinks & snacks from the bar, as well as balls & accessories, and hire the Slinger ball machine.  

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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