Newsletter – 24 October 2020

Published on October 24, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Squash & Racketball update
Unfortunately, the courts will remain closed until further notice due to the current Covid restrictions in place. Although there are some forms of permitted play, we do not feel that we can operate safely under these conditions.
Because of the uncertainty around when we will play again, we have decided to suspend fees with immediate effect. However, if you would like to play tennis instead, we will keep your membership open to book courts – you will continue to pay your current fees and there will be no surcharge for tennis.
Please let me know by Monday 26 October if you would like to transfer to tennis. 
All S & R members will receive a separate email during the week to explain the current status of their membership, eg renewal date, any extension period owing, etc.

Liam Hindson – Assistant Manager 
My assistant Liam is leaving his position at the end of October, after three and a half years. The role was created in April 2017 to support with the increased administration requirements involved in the development of the Club.
Over the years Liam has focussed on building the Club’s online presence, improving the website, overseeing the social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as producing much of the promotional material used around the site.
Hopefully, Liam will now be able to play more tennis and we’ll see him on court a bit more! 

American Doubles Tennis Tournament – 30 October 2020
There are a few places left in the Halloween fun tournament. You will play a game of mixed doubles for 15 minutes before everything changes – the court you play on, the opposing team, and even your doubles partner!
There will be pumpkin soup to keep you warm. All playing categories are welcome to take part. Cost is £7.50 per person – enter here.

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

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Covid 19 Update

Published on October 17, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Following recent changes in Government guidance and the introduction of the Local Alert System, please read the following important updates and reminders.

London is now in tier 2 of the Local Alert System, and national governing bodies have updated their advice regarding safe practice.

General
Pre-visit, all players should consider whether they are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, and should not attend the Club if so. The Government Hands – Face – Space guidance should be followed. Full details on symptoms and guidance can be found here.
The clubhouse will stay closed, and should only be accessed for Courts 1 & 2 floodlighting and tennis ball recycling. Please use the sanitizer provided on entry/exit of the foyer.
Sanitizer is also available on all tennis court gates, squash building entrance, so please use frequently when touching communal equipment and entrances.

Tennis
We are pleased to say that the changes do not currently affect tennis play at the Club. Club play will continue with a register being taken by the person running the session.
Please remember though that, once off court, members must maintain individual social distancing at a minimum of 2m when not playing, unless from the same household.
Coaching sessions will continue, but parents or guardians must remain outside the courts and also maintain full social distancing measures.
You can read the latest LTA information here.

Squash & Racketball
Unfortunately, England Squash have confirmed that squash play is not permitted in tier 2 locations between players from different households. Therefore, the courts will be closed with immediate effect.
We will keep the guidance under review and consider limited opening for solo practice and play between members of the same household – look out for a separate email update next week.
You can read the latest England Squash advice here.

The squash building will still be accessible to all members for toilets, drinking water and tennis court floodlighting, but please remember to limit the numbers in the changing areas at any time to allow for safe social distancing, and use the sanitizer at the entrance door on entry/exit. 

Keep safe and well

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

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Annual General Meeting

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The Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 8.00pm.

General proceedings
Due to restrictions on the number of people permitted to meet up indoors, the Club will not be able to hold the AGM in the clubhouse this year. Instead, following recently updated Government legislation, the AGM will be held online.
Subject to any further changes in guidelines, it is planned that a small group of Directors will host from the clubhouse, with all other members eligible to attend by Zoom.
Full details of the meeting will be sent out at the end of this month, including the agenda and all relevant papers. Legally, we must hold the meeting before the end of December, so it cannot be put back any later.

Voting 
There are several matters that will require a vote, including a Special Resolution regarding the future of the Club. An electronic voting system will be in place on the evening, for those that attend the meeting. Alternatively, members will have the right to vote by proxy prior to the meeting. Again, full details will be provided.

Volunteer of the Year
Unfortunately, we cannot make the usual presentations of trophies and awards this year. However, we did not want to miss out on naming a volunteer of the year, especially as there have been significant contributions by many members, both during and post-lockdown.
If you would like to nominate someone for the award, please email me by Saturday 24 October with a brief explanation. The award will be announced along with the distribution of the papers at the end of the month.

Keep safe and well

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

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Newsletter – 10 October 2020

Published on October 10, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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There are a few maintenance items on the agenda over the coming weeks…

Croquet lawn
The lawn will close on 18 October 2020 for the end of the season. Autumn work will be completed by the end of the month, with a soil conditioner treatment prior to reseeding to repair patches. 

Squash courts
Court 2 will be out of action for a few hours on Monday from 1000-1300 so that repairs can be made to the crack in the side wall and the court lines can be remarked.

Tennis courts 1 & 2
These courts are scheduled for repainting this Autumn, as well as some minor repairs. The courts will be unavailable for about a week whilst the work is undertaken. Dates are not confirmed at the moment, but should be early November.

Tennis courts 3 & 4
The Club Board of Directors agreed this week to go ahead with replacing the existing lights on Courts 3 & 4 with LED floodlighting. Again, the courts will be out of action for a couple of days whilst the work takes place.
LED lighting will give a much better quality light, ready for the Winter, as well as cost savings to the Club in terms of energy costs and maintenance. This is part of the Club’s drive to become more environmentally friendly. 

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

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Newsletter – 2 October 2020

Published on October 2, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Dear Member

American Doubles Fun Tennis Tournament – 30 October 2020
Join our annual Halloween themed tournament. You will play a game of mixed doubles for 15 minutes before everything changes – the court you play on, the opposing team, and even your doubles partner!
There will be pumpkin soup to keep you warm. All playing categories are welcome to take part. Cost is £7.50 per person – contact me to enter.

Roger De Klerk Trophy
If you are in the Improver/Intermediate playing category, you can still enter the annual tournament, which will take place on Saturday 10 October 2020. The event is for Mixed doubles pairs, so you will need to find a partner, and will run between 10.00am – 3.00pm.
If you are unsure of your playing category, contact me to confirm your eligibility, but anyone who attends Wednesday evening club play can enter. Please email me if you would like to enter, along with your partner’s name.

Tennis singles leagues
The current round of the leagues has just started. Congratulations to David Evans, Werner De Wit and Corinne Henry who won the Gold, Silver and Bronze sections respectively. All members are welcome to join the leagues, so please contact me if you would like to join next round.

Kent Club tennis teams
This weekend see the start of the various Kent tennis leagues. The Club has entered four Men’s, three Women’s and two Mixed teams this year. The fixtures are detailed on the court booking calendar, so feel free to come and support the teams.
We are always looking for additional players so let us know if you are interested in representing the Club. Last Winter season the Women’s 1 team won Kent Division 4A and the subsequent play-off to be champions, and the Mixed 2 team were runners-up in North Kent Division 2A.

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

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Club Statement – 25 September 2020

Published on September 25, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Following recent Government statements and updated advice from the relevant governing bodies, please read the following important updates and reminders.

We have had one report from a neighbour regarding activity at the Club, which resulted in a police visit. Therefore, I cannot stress enough that, we all need to commit to the guidelines in order to avoid fines and potential closure.

General hygiene guidance and restrictions
Pre-visit, all players should consider whether they are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19., and should not attend the Club if so. The Government Hands – Face – Space guidance should be followed. Full details on symptoms and guidance can be found here.
Unfortunately, the clubhouse will stay closed for the time being, including the kitchen area, which is isolated for use by the pre-school.
The clubhouse foyer area should only be accessed for Courts 1 & 2 floodlighting and tennis ball recycling – only one person at a time is permitted in the foyer, excluding staff. Please use the sanitizer provided on entry/exit of the foyer.
Sanitizer is also available on all tennis court gates, squash building entrance and croquet chalet, so please use frequently when touching communal equipment and entrances.

NHS Test and Trace
In addition to our own records, we are supporting the adoption of the NHS contact tracing app. You can download the app onto a smartphone from either the Google Play store for Android or the App store for iPhone.
There are posters with barcodes to scan into the app around the site, and on all building entrances. You can find out more information here.

Croquet & Tennis club play
We are pleased to say that club play will continue for now. Members attending still need to sign a register with the person running the session. This is usually Jane for croquet, Bill for Wednesday evening tennis and me for Sunday morning tennis.
Club play is still exempt from the rule of 6 under Covid secure conditions. However, once off court, the general rule of 6 guidelines DO apply. Because of the difficulties in designating groups of 6, we are asking that ALL members maintain individual social distancing at a minimum of 2m when not playing unless from the same household.
This will be under review over the next couple of weeks to see if we can comply, otherwise we may have no alternative but to cancel club play.

Squash building
The squash courts will remain open for restricted play under Covid secure conditions. Squash and racketball can be played as previously outlined by England Squash here. By playing you are accepting responsibility for adhering to these rules
The building will still be accessible to all members for toilets, drinking water and tennis court floodlighting, but please remember to limit the numbers in the changing rooms at any time to allow for safe social distancing, and use the sanitizer at the entrance door on entry/exit. 

Keep safe and well

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

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Thirty30 Club Doubles Tournament 2020

Published on September 21, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Thanks to all participants in the inaugural Thirty30 Doubles on Saturday 19 September 2020.

Congratulations to Adam Faries &  Thomas Nette who defeated Chris Kuun & Matt Whitaker in the Men’s Final, and Katharine Beaudry & Bella Ellis who beat Alex Gregory & Melissa Plews in the Women’s event.

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Email: dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 18 September 2020

Published on September 18, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Club Member Information
We are really pleased to have welcomed so many new members over the last few months since reopening. Along with some changes in operations at the Club, we thought this was an opportune time to update information for members. 
We have been putting together a new induction email and making amendments to the Members area of the website. Hopefully, this will provide you with all you need to make the most out of the Club.
Every member will receive a dedicated email regarding your membership over the next two weeks, so please keep an eye out for it!

Squash & Racketball
The squash courts are gradually coming back to life after reopening more fully last weekend. However, it is important to ensure that all current guidelines are followed, in particular regarding playing ‘bubbles’ and good hygiene practice.
There are new posters around the squash building with more details, or contact me directly if you are unsure about anything.

Roger De Klerk Trophy
Following on from last week’s newsletter, the annual tournament for Improver/Intermediate players will take place on Saturday 10 October 2020.
The event is for Mixed doubles pairs, so you will need to find a partner, and will run between 10.00am – 3.00pm.
If you are unsure of your playing category, contact me to confirm your eligibility.
Please email me if you would like to enter, along with your partner’s name.

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

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Thirty30 Club Singles Tournament 2020

Published on September 14, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Thanks to all participants in the inaugural Thirty30 Singles on Saturday 12 September 2020.

Congratulations to Michel Gonzalez who defeated Matt Whitaker in the Men’s Final, and Vikki Courtney who beat Katharine Beaudry in the Women’s event.

There are still spaces left in the Doubles events this Saturday, so please contact me for details and booking. Entry is £10 per pair.

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Email: dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 11 September 2020

Published on September 11, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Covid-19 guidelines and updated advice
The Government announcement on Wednesday was a timely reminder that we all need to continue to adhere to general guidance on public health. In fact, some of this guidance will be the law from Monday 14 September, so there is even more need for vigilance.
Fortunately, most activities at the Club are unaffected by the update, but perhaps some compliance may have slipped! Please read the latest advice for players from governing bodies regarding hygiene and safe practice:
LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players—covid-19.pdf
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

Squash & Racketball
The good news is that, in line with the latest advice, we are able to move to the next stage of reopening the squash facilities. From Saturday 12 September courts will be available to book throughout the week for a trial period.
S&R members will receive a separate email with full details of the rules of use and court booking guidelines. It is important that members follow these guidelines, so that we can keep the facilities open after such a long time out of action.

Ann De Klerk
Finally, some sad news. I have just found out that long-time Club supporter Ann De Klerk passed away recently. Her son, Roger, was a member until tragically killed in a road accident around 10 years ago.
Roger was a regular attendee at club night on Wednesday evening. After his death, she sponsored a tournament every year for the Improver/Intermediate players. This year’s competition is planned for early October as a one-day event.

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

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