Newsletter – 14 October 2021

Published on October 15, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis court floodlighting & maintenance
We have a scheduled plan in place for the Autumn as follows:
1. upgrade courts 1 & 2 floodlights to LED
2. replace lamp in court 7 that is not working
3. repair cracks in court 5 and convert to artificial clay
Unfortunately, these projects are all being delayed by global supply and distribution issues, as our contractors are struggling to obtain products. Originally, these works were scheduled for October, but we are now looking at the end of November or early December all being well.
Please bear with us as this is out of our hands – but we hope you’ll agree that these are exciting developments for the dark winter months and will be worth the wait!

Tennis trivia
Thanks to tennis member Tim Allen for noticing an interesting point of discussion in Andy Murray’s recent performance at the Indian Wells tournament, where he aced his opponent in a match using an underarm serve.
The Times reported: ‘An underarm serve in the early stages of the second set proved the catalyst for a stirring comeback from a set down.’ The article continued: ‘Despite being allowed under the rules of tennis, the underarm serve used to be considered a disrespectful tactic that is contrary to the spirit of the sport. In recent years however, it has received more acceptance both in the locker room and in the stands.’
Murray has described the underarm serve as a ‘perfectly legitimate play’, and Roger Federer has said ‘players shouldn’t be ashamed if they try it out’.
In fact, the overarm serve became the norm after 1878 when Arthur Thomas Myers used it for the first time at Wimbledon.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 16 – 22 October: Saturday 0900-1200, Sunday from 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1500, and Friday 1500-2100. 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 – 7 October 2021

Published on October 7, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Squash Club Play 
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the start of the new squash club play session is now delayed until Friday 15 October.

American Mixed Doubles Tournament – Friday 29 October
Join our 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! All playing categories and nominated juniors are welcome to take part. Warming pumpkin soup will be on hand, and the bar will be serving drinks! Running time from 6.30-8.30pm. Cost: £7.50 per person. Details and entry here.

Tennis Doubles Ladder
The Tennis committee are considering a new format for internal leagues, using an app called Rungs. This is a ladder based format that several other Clubs in the area use. In order to trial it, we are looking to offer a new doubles competition, which several members have requested.
Please let me know if you would be interested in entering either a Men’s, Women’s or Mixed doubles ladder. or give any feedback.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 9 – 15 October: Sunday from 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1200, and Friday 1500-2100. 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 – 30 September 2021

Published on September 30, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Squash Club Play 
There will be a new, regular squash club play session starting on Friday 8 October from 1815-1945 each week. This will be an opportunity to meet other members and mix in for short games. Balls will be provided and the bar open afterwards to start the weekend! 
Please try to support – contact me for more information.

Croquet Tournament – Results
Well done to everyone who participated in and supported the Doubles Tournament over the last two weekends. One Semi-Final and the Final were played on Saturday 25 September, after being held over from last Sunday due to the weather!
Angela Finch & Priscilla Sowan eventually won out 2-1 after losing the first game against David Hamilton & Margaret Twaddle.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 2 – 8 October: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1500, Thursday 1800-2100, and Friday 1600-1900. 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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Croquet Tournament – Results

Published on September 27, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Well done to everyone who participated in and supported the Doubles Tournament over the last two weekends.

One Semi-Final and the Final were played on Saturday 25 September, after being held over from last Sunday due to the weather!

Angela Finch & Priscilla Sowan eventually won out 2-1 after losing the first game against David Hamilton & Margaret Twaddle.

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Newsletter – 23 September 2021

Published on September 23, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Covid Testing
Unfortunately, I have been self-isolating this week as I have been feeling unwell and several of the nursery assistants tested positive for Covid at the weekend. My test results are due back today, so I hope to be back at the Club tomorrow. Apologies that there may have been some disruption to Club activities, such as Tuesday morning club play. 

Tennis court booking
You may remember that the court booking allowance was adjusted a couple of months ago to try to maximise the use of court space, particularly in peak periods. This was because some members were not using the system correctly in respect of cancelling bookings no longer required.
This was a somewhat blunt instrument to draw attention to the issue and has had some success. However, it appears that this has disadvantaged other members who were using the system in the correct way.
Therefore, the matter has been reviewed by both Tennis committee and the Board of Directors recently. It has been decided to put the booking allowance back to THREE in any seven day period, but only TWO of these bookings are permitted Monday to Friday between 6.00-10.30pm. 
Please remember that if you no longer need a court booking, make sure you cancel it as early as possible to allow another member to use.

Club Manager Hours
Subject to my Covid test results, I will be available at the Club over the following hours from 24 – 30 September: Friday 1300-1900, Saturday from 0900-1500, Sunday from 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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Congratulations to all participants in the Annual Club Tennis Tournament Finals on Saturday 18 September 2021.

Also, many thanks to all those who volunteered to umpire a Finals, those members who donated cakes to raise funds, and all spectators for making the event so enjoyable.

You can find the full list of results here.

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

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Newsletter – 17 September 2021

Published on September 17, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Club Tournament Finals – Saturday 18 September
The Annual Club Tennis Tournament draws to a close tomorrow. The bar will be open all day for refreshments, so please come along and watch the action on court as the players would love your support.
The Order of Play is as follows:
1100 – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, 40 & Over Singles, Bronze Singles
1300 – Men’s Doubles, Roger De Klerk Trophy, 55 & Over Singles, Silver Singles
1500 – Mixed Doubles

Croquet Tournament
The Croquet section will be holding its Annual Tournament this weekend too. Preliminaries on Saturday, followed by the Finals on Sunday. Play starts at 2.00pm each day, so feel free have a look if you are on site. 

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours this coming week: Tuesday from 1500-2100, Thursday from 1500-2100, Friday 1300-1900, Saturday from 0900-1500 and Sunday from 0900-1500. 

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

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Tennis Finals Day – 18 September 2021

Published on September 11, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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The Annual Club Tennis Tournament Finals will take place on Saturday 18 September 2021. The bar will be open all day for refreshments, so please come along and watch the action on court as the players would love your support.

There will be ten Finals taking place, starting at 11.00am, ending with the presentation of trophies around 6.00pm. Several of the tournaments date back to the first events in 1900, so there is a lot of history on the line. You can see the Honours boards in the clubhouse.

All Finals are officiated, so if you would like to volunteer to umpire a match please let me know as soon as possible. Also, if you would like to provide a cake or dish to sell on the day, all proceeds will go towards the new clubhouse development project.

Hope to see you on the day!

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

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Newsletter – 10 September 2021

Published on September 10, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Emma Raducanu
You may have been following Emma’s amazing run at the US Open championships over the last few weeks, after doing so well at Wimbledon earlier in the year. Did you know that Emma went to school in Orpington and was coached in the Bromley area.
The Women’s Final is Saturday 11 September at 9.00pm our time, so let’s hope she can bring it home for Kent Tennis, who supported her in her development. Anything is possible when you start playing tennis! 

Reminders
The bar is now open Tuesday to Thursday from 6.30-9.30pm, and Friday from 6.00-9.00pm, as well as all times at the weekend when I am on site. Remember that, apart from drinks & snacks, you can buy tennis & squash balls, grips and other accessories too. It’s been nearly 18 months since the bar was open properly, so please support if you can.
The new midweek daytime tennis club play session started successfully last Tuesday, so the more the merrier! All members are welcome, irrespective of playing level, as well as Off-peak members who cannot attend the usual club play sessions – every Tuesday between 0930-1130.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours this coming week: Monday from 0900-1500, Thursday from 1800-2100, Friday 0900-1200 and Sunday from 0900-1500. 

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

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Newsletter – 3 September 2021

Published on September 3, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis club play
Further to my newsletter a couple of weeks ago, the new midweek daytime club play session will start next week on Tuesday 7 September 2021, continuing every Tuesday between 0930-1130. All members are welcome, irrespective of playing level, as well as Off-peak members who cannot attend the usual club play sessions.
Due to the popularity of Wednesday/Thursday evening club play sessions, these will be extended by an additional half hour on all four courts from next week. This should help to cater for those who cannot arrive on the dot of 6pm, and should allow for games to end naturally rather than having to finish abruptly for the following booking. 

Bar reopening times
From next week, the bar will be open again most weekday evenings. For those of you with long memories, there will be some familiar faces behind the bar! And for those newer members, who may never have been in the clubhouse, why not pop in!?
Opening times are Tuesday to Thursday from 6.30-9.30pm, and Friday from 6.00-9.00pm, as well as all times at the weekend when I am on site. Remember that, apart from drinks & snacks, you can buy tennis & squash balls, grips and other accessories too.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours this coming week: Monday from 0900-1500, Wednesday from 1800-2100, Thursday from 1800-2100, Friday 1300-1900, Saturday from 0900-1500, and Sunday from 0900-1500. 

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

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