Newsletter – 18 January 2021

Published on January 18, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Covid-19 update
Unfortunately, there is nothing more to report at the moment on when we may be able to reopen. However, that doesn’t mean that things aren’t going on at the Club! 
So, from this week, we’ll be returning to two newsletters each week – on a Monday and Friday – to keep you up to date until we can meet again!
Any contributions for the newsletter from members are very welcome – we have received some great lockdown poetry. Perhaps, you might like to produce a video?
Also, each member will receive an individual email regarding membership status, such as renewal dates and payments, as well as updated consent forms for activities at the Club.
You can keep up to date with back to play developments on the following governing body websites:
LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/
England Squash – https://www.englandsquash.com/back-to-squash/guidance-for-players
Croquet Association –  https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=press/news&NewsID=6949&pup=y

Best wishes

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

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Newsletter – 11 January 2021

Published on January 11, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Covid-19 update
The LTA is lobbying Government regarding the resumption of tennis as a ‘socially distanced sport’, and is urging players to petition Government to exempt tennis from the current national restrictions.
You can read an excerpt from the LTA statement below:

The LTA will continue to push for tennis to resume as soon as restrictions can be relaxed. Players up and down the country want to get back on court, whilst coaches, venues and officials will again be affected by this latest lockdown.

To help bring to life the importance of tennis to the nation, and help the campaign for courts to be re-opened as soon as possible, we encourage the tennis community to:

  • Sign this petition calling on the Government to allow outdoor courts to open as soon as possible
  • Write to their local MP, outlining the positive impact that tennis has on them and their local community. You can find your local MP here.

Club matters
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be using the newsletter to update you on various matters regarding how the Club works. This will cover things such as Club policies, good practice, volunteering opportunities to get involved, and much more.
Information is regularly updated in the Members area of the Club website, which can be found in the footer at the bottom of the homepage here.

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

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Sadly, it appears that 2021 is not going to provide much relief from the impact of Covid-19 – certainly not in the near future anyway.

Following the Government statement on 4 January announcing another national lockdown, the Club is now closed until further notice.

Unfortunately, this means ALL facilities, including the practice wall. This will be a legal requirement, so we could be liable to fines for any breach of the regulations. 

We will keep you informed regarding developments by newsletter as usual, as well as through our social media platforms. Also, keep an eye on the website for additional information.

Sports specific guidance can be found using the links below:
LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/
England Squash – https://www.englandsquash.com/back-to-squash/guidance

Many thanks for your continued support – keep safe and well, and see you soon!

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

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Newsletter – 1 January 2021

Published on January 1, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Happy New Year to everyone!

Covid-19 update
Further to my previous update, we have now received more details from the LTA regarding the current guidelines.
Please remember that NO doubles play is permitted, and NO mixing in singles play or swapping courts. Each member can only meet to play with ONE other person from a different household in any booking period.
Only TWO players should be on any court at any time – the only exception is where ALL players are from the same household. NO spectators are allowed – if you are not on court, you should not be at the Club!
Unfortunately, not everyone reads the newsletter so if you see anyone not adhering to the guidelines please inform them and also let me know. If we are found to be in breach of the rules, there is a danger we could be fined and/or closed!
Full guidance for playing tennis can be found using the links below:
LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

Poem
A final poetic reflection on 2020 from Tim Allen, looking forward to better times in 2021.

Lockdown Blues at Christmas

Tiers are NOT our only consolation
They steal away all of our elation
I am getting far too old
To put my life on hold
And some of you must surely feel the same
As you serve a double fault and lose the game
At least we still, instead of smashing fist into wall
Can take out our anger on a defenceless tennis ball
But why one against one when we want two against two?
S**T!!! We’ll scream out for joy when all this is through
But we’re closer in spirit now at our little club
Friendships are stronger—there’s even more love
But what a price it is to pay
Till our next Finals Day

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

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Newsletter – 24 December 2020

Published on December 24, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Covid-19 update
Further to my previous update, we have now received more details from the LTA regarding the current guidelines.
Toilets can remain open, so the squash court building will still be accessible by passcode. However, the changing facilities and showers MUST NOT be used. Please come ready to play and leave straight after your game. If it appears that members are using the changing rooms, then we may have no alternative but to close the building, which will also reduce the availability of floodlighting!
Singles play only is permitted – apart from family households – there is NO other exemption. Singles play means TWO players booking a court to play and then leaving after the game. Therefore, to be clear, you cannot arrange to meet as a group of 3 or 4, even if on separate courts, and then mix around.
Please remember that we are extremely lucky to be allowed to continue playing tennis at the moment, so please ensure you abide by these guidelines. It has been made clear that tennis clubs could be shut if compliance isn’t absolute.
Full guidance for playing tennis can be found using the links below:
LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

Thirty 30 tournaments
The organising body for Thirty30 tennis picked up on our tournaments held back in September, and made them the focus of a recent blog, whcih you can read here: 
https://www.thirty30tennis.com/post/t30-tennis-blog-sydenham-tennis-club-s-2020-annual-tournament-uses-the-quick-fire-thirty30-format

Merry Christmas to you all and I’ll see you in the new year. Hopefully, 2021 will offer better surprises than 2020!

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

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Covid-19 Update – 20 December 2020

Published on December 20, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Following the Government statement yesterday, there are some significant changes to permitted play at the Club. These changes take effect immediately.

Tennis courts are still available to book, but members can only meet with ONE person outside of their household.

Therefore, singles play only is permitted. However, this does not mean that you can turn up as a larger group and swap around playing singles.

NO doubles play is allowed. The only exception is if you are a family group from the same household, ie parents and children can play on the same court in larger numbers.

NO organised activity is permitted, so club play cannot take place. Apologies for the late notice for this morning.

The guidance on competition is slightly unclear, so that the Singles leagues will be suspended until we receive the full update from the LTA this week.

More detailed guidance can be found using the link below:
LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

Many thanks for your continued support – keep safe and well, and see you soon!

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

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Club AGM Report

Published on December 16, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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The 44th Annual General Meeting took place last night via Zoom – there were 32 attendees.

The full minutes will be produced in due course and will be available in the Members area of the website, along with all other relevant documents such as the Annual Accounts.

There were several matters requesting approval from members, for which we received 144 verified votes, either in person at the meeting or by proxy form. Special resolutions require a 75% majority to be approved.

A summary of the results follows:

Special Resolution A:
That the Board of Directors is authorised to take both the following steps:-
1. On or after 30 September 2021, to close the croquet lawn for the purposes of croquet and then to construct a new tennis court on the area where the croquet lawn is currently situated; and
2. To apply for planning permission and take all other necessary steps to construct a new clubhouse building, incorporating two new squash courts, on the currently unused section in the North West corner of the club grounds.
Vote: For 115, Against 27, Abstain 2 – Passed by 81.0%

Special Resolution B:
That the Articles of Association of the Company be amended by deleting all the objects of the Company that by virtue of the Companies Act 2006 have been treated as provisions of the Company’s Articles of Association.
Vote: For 103, Against 21, Abstain 20 – Passed by 83.1%

Special Resolution C:
That with effect from the conclusion of the meeting the Articles of Association of the Company be amended as follows:-
1. Articles 33 – add a new article stating:- ‘In the event that it is not possible, for any reason, for all members to attend a meeting in person a meeting may be held and votes may be permitted to be cast by electronic or other means. The meeting may be held without any number of those participating in the meeting being together in the same place.’
2. Article 39 (formerly Article 38) – add the following words:- ‘…or sent by email or other electronic means to the secretary of the club…’
Vote: For 108, Against 19, Abstain 17 – Passed by 85.0%

Special Resolution D:
The Articles of Association shall be altered to take the form of the Articles of Association attached to this resolution and are in substitution for and to the exclusion of the Articles of Association previously registered with the Registrar of Companies.
Vote: For 105, Against 21, Abstain 18 – Passed by 83.3%

Election of Directors:
Katharine Beaudry – For 115, Against 2, Abstain 27 – Passed
Simon Taylor – For 111, Against 1, Abstain 32 – Passed
Keith McMillan – For 108, Against 1, Abstain 35 – Passed
Jane Sheridan – For 120, Against 1, Abstain 23 – Passed

Election of Bar Committee:
Simon Taylor – For 111, Against 1, Abstain 32 – Passed
Keith McMillan – For 108, Against 2, Abstain 34 – Passed
Paulius Kriksciunas – For 109, Against 1, Abstain 34 – Passed

Election of Club President:
Shelagh Brooks – For 114, Against 0, Abstain 30 – Passed

Many thanks to all those who participated and voted.

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

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Newsletter – 15 December 2020

Published on December 15, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Covid-19 update
Further to my previous newsletter, it has now been confirmed that London will move into tier 3 from Wednesday 16 December 2020.
There are NO changes to outdoor tennis activities, which can continue in the same way as tier 2. The only additional restrictions are on travel into/out of tier 3 areas but, as the surrounding areas are also tier 3, this should not affect many members.
However, we do ask that members consider their use of facilities when Covid cases are rising, and if using the Club please ensure you are following ALL safe practices and social distancing.
Unfortunately, the squash courts will now be closed until further notice. With the constant changes to what is and isn’t allowed, we have taken the decision to reopen only when facilities can be available to most members in an appropriate format.
All memberships will continue to be on pause and no payments collected. If your renewal comes up and you receive a reminder, please let me know so that I can put on hold.
Full sports specific guidance can be found using the links below:
LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/
England Squash – https://www.englandsquash.com/back-to-squash/guidance

Christmas closure
With the clubhouse and bar remaining closed due to the current restrictions in place, the Club will close for all organised activity between 21 December 2020 – 3 January 2021.
Obviously, subject to any further restrictions being announced, the tennis courts will remain open to book as usual during this period.
The final coaching groups and drop-in sessions will take place on Saturday 19 December, and restart on Monday 4 January 2021.
The last club play sessions will be Wednesday 16 and Sunday 20 December – the first sessions in the new year will be Wednesday 6 January and Sunday 10 January 2021.

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

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Newsletter – 11 December 2020

Published on December 12, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Post-lockdown update and return to play
Hope you are all enjoying getting back on court after the recent lockdown. We are now awaiting the next Government update on 16 December, and whether London moves into tier 3.
If so, there should be no changes to outdoor tennis activities, but there may be further restrictions to squash and racketball. We’ll keep you informed next week.
Please can I ask that when using the clubhouse foyer or squash building, you remember to turn off ALL lights on leaving. With the clubhouse closed, staff are not on site as often late at night to turn off.

Neighbours
I can understand that members will be excited to get back playing again, but can I request that we all respect our neighbours around the Club. We have had a couple of complaints about noise, in particular early in the morning and late at night.

American Doubles Tournament – 11 December 2020
Finally, congratulations to Akansha Andole and Peter Hajek who were the Women’s and Men’s winners of the American Doubles Tournament on 11 December 2020. This is a great fun format, so look out for the next tournaments in the new year.

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

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Club AGM – 15 December 2020

Published on December 11, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Please remember that the Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 8.00pm.

You will find the full notice here, including the agenda and details regarding the conduct of the meeting, and all relevant documentary information below. Please print out documents for reference if required.
 
Due to the Covid restrictions and in accordance with the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020, the meeting will take place virtually using the Zoom video conferencing – please request a link to join the meeting by email.

If you want to table a question at the meeting, please send in written questions beforehand so that we can schedule into the agenda. There will be opportunity to speak at the meeting but this may be limited by the online format.

If you are unable to attend, or would like to register your voting intentions prior to the meeting, you can do so using the link here. Proxy forms must be received 24 hours prior to the meeting and cannot be validate at the meeting.

Documents attached
1. The Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020
2. The Directors’ Report, incorporating the Chair’s Report
3. The proposed Special Resolutions
4. The current Articles of Association showing the proposed amendments
5. The Club’s 2020 business plan
6. Appendix I to the 2020 business plan

Please contact me if you have any queries.

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

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