Newsletter – 13 May 2022

Published on May 13, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis Rungs ladders
The Club now runs challenge ladders, using the Tennis Rungs app, for the following competitions: Mixed singles (Men & Women play together), Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles, Mixed doubles, and Off-peak singles (open to all tennis members, but matches must be played in off-peak times).
These are a great way to find players to play against, and cover all playing levels as you find your own level in the ladder. The more players/teams in the ladder the better it works. In particular, the Women’s singles & doubles could do with more entries. So, if you want to join, please let me know.

Pickleball Taster – Sunday 15 May 2022
A reminder about the pickleball taster this weekend from 12.00-2.00pm on tennis courts 1 & 2. All members are welcome to come along. You can find out more about Pickleball here.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 14 – 20 May: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1500-2100, and Friday 0900-1800. 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 – 6 May 2022

Published on May 6, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bill Buah memorials
A presentation was made to Bill’s sons before the American Tournament on Friday 29 April, which was won by Keith McMillan and Melissa Plews. It was announced that the commemorative bench is on order and will be sited outside the squash court entrance. 
It was also confirmed that £800 has been raised for the Asantewaa school in Ghana that the family continues to support. These funds will be sent directly to the school soon, and a memorial page will be available in the Members area of the Club website shortly.

Racketball Taster – Saturday 28 May 2022
There will be a taster from 10.00-11.30am on 28 May instead of the usual squash club play session. If any squash or tennis members want to come along and try the game, feel free to drop in where some members will be on hand to demonstrate.
Also known as Squash 57, racketball is played to similar rules as squash but with a larger headed racket and a more bouncy ball. You can find out more about the game, if you are unfamiliar, here.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 7 – 13 May: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1200, Monday 0900-1500, Tuesday 1400-1700, 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 – 29 April 2022

Published on April 28, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Reminders
Entries close on Tuesday 3 May for this year’s annual club tournaments. More entries from women members would be great – there is a new Women’s 45 & over singles, and lots of men looking for mixed doubles partners!
Members can play in a maximum of 4 events and MUST be available to play on Finals Day Saturday 17 September to enter. You will find full rules in the Members area of the website and in the clubhouse foyer.
Please note that the clubhouse will again act as a polling station for local elections on Thursday 5 May.

Pickleball Demonstration & Taster – Sunday 15 May 2022
Former member Richard Cory will be leading a session to try out the fast-growing sport of pickleball. Pickleball uses a paddle (bat) and plastic airflow ball. The session will run from 12.00-2.00pm and all members are welcome to come along.
We are considering marking out pickleball courts as part of the new tennis court development to allow for wider use and community activities, so your feedback would be very useful. You can find out more about Pickleball here.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 30 April – 6 May: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1200, Bank Holiday Monday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1800-2100, 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 – 22 April 2022

Published on April 22, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Table Tennis – Friday 6 May
Several members have asked about playing table tennis, so we will be making the clubhouse hall available one Friday each month for any member who wants to play. Equipment is available if required.
The bar will be open so you can make it a real social event! The first evening will be 6 May, followed by 10 June and 8 July. 

Kent LTA job offer 
Kent Tennis are looking for someone to become the Kent Tennis Competitions Coordinator, based at Bromley Tennis Centre. You will find the job advert here.
The successful applicant will lead and administer tennis competitions across the county of Kent, working closely with our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers and officials, as well as providing administrative support to the County Lead Coach for the county training programmes and inter-county cup team events.
To apply: Please provide your CV, including two references, and a covering letter (maximum of one page) stating why you are suitable for this role. Email to: phil.lynch@kenttennis.org.uk

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 23 – 29 April: Saturday 0900-1500, Thursday 0900-1500, and Friday 1300-2100. 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 – 18 April 2022

Published on April 17, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bill Buah Memorials
Many thanks to all those who competed in the inaugural memorial Tie-break 10s Mixed Doubles tournament on Good Friday 15 April. And congratulations to winners Shelagh Brooks & Ian Moody, who beat Anna Daniel & Luke Prentice in the Final 4-10, 10-8, 10-8.
Over £600 has now been raised for Bill’s family projects in Ghana, including the Asantewaa school in Accra. Members also donated for a memorial bench, which should be on site within the next couple of weeks, positioned outside the squash court building entrance.

Annual Club Tournaments
Entry is now open for the annual club tournaments, which will run over the summer. Squash and tennis tournaments will run alongside each other this year with Finals Day for both on Saturday 17 September 2022.
There will be an Open Squash singles, plus the following tennis draws: Men’s Open singles & doubles, Women’s Open singles & doubles, Open Mixed doubles, Men’s 40 & over singles, Women’s 45 & over singles, Men’s 55 & over singles, and the Roger De Klerk memorial mixed doubles trophy for Wednesday evening club players.
Also, this year there will be a Plate competition in all Open singles events for players who lose their first scheduled match. Hopefully, this will encourage even more of you to enter!
Members can play in a maximum of 4 events and you MUST be available to play on Finals Day to enter – entry is free. You will find full rules in the Members area of the website and in the clubhouse foyer.

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

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Newsletter – 15 April 2022

Published on April 15, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bill Buah Memorials
Today is Bill’s memorial Mixed doubles tournament, starting at 10.30am, and running until around 2.00pm. The weather looks good and the bar will be open if you want to come along and watch.
Remember that we are raising funds for Bill’s family projects in Ghana and towards a memorial bench. If you can’t pop by today, you can still make a contribution by bank transfer to: SLTCC, Co-op Bank, Sort code 08-92-99, Account number 65102590, Ref. BB.

Community Tennis Coaching – extra sessions
Due to popular demand, we have added a couple of additional drop-in coaching sessions on Easter Monday. Both the Improve & Play at 7.00pm and the Advance & Play at 8.00pm will run as usual. You will find details and booking here.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 16 – 22 April: Saturday 0900-1500, Sunday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1300-2100, and Friday 1330-1930. 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 – 8 April 2022

Published on April 8, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bar reopening
The clubhouse bar will reopen evenings again from Tuesday 12 April. Many of you who have joined during the Covid period may not have even been in the bar, so please come in and have a look!
We sell a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, crisps, nuts and chocolate, plus you can buy your tennis and squash balls, grips and other accessories.  
Full opening hours will be Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm, Wednesday 6.30-9.30pm, Thursday 6.30-9.30pm, Friday 6.00-7.30pm, Saturday 9.00-3.00pm, Sunday 9.00-3.00pm. Hours may vary on bank holidays, or during adverse weather. 

American Mixed Doubles Tournament – Friday 29 April 2022
Due to the cancellation of last week’s American Doubles tournament, this event has now been rescheduled for Friday 29 April. There are still a few places left as some members can’t make the rearranged date, so please contact me and I’ll send you the link to enter.
All playing categories and nominated juniors are welcome to take part. The entry fee is £7.50 and you can enjoy food and drink at the bar afterwards.
The competition will start at 6.45pm. 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! Find out more…

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 9 – 15 April: Sunday 0900-1500, Monday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1800-2100, and Good Friday 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 – 1 April 2022

Published on April 1, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bill Buah Memorials
Many thanks to those who have already entered the inaugural memorial Mixed doubles tournament on Good Friday 15 April. Let’s make it a memorable event and raise lots of funds for Bill’s projects in Ghana!
You will need to find a partner and book your place here. Once you have booked please email me with your partner’s name. Cost is £10 per pair.
For those who have contacted me to make a donation towards the memorial bench, you can now make your contribution by bank transfer to: SLTCC, Co-op Bank, Sort code 08-92-99, Account number 65102590, Ref. BB.

Club Manager Hours
Unfortunately, after feeling unwell last weekend, I tested positive for Covid on Monday, so have not been at the Club this week. Apologies if some of you have had delayed replies to emails. Hopefully, I’ll be around this weekend, but am on holiday next week from Tuesday.
Therefore, all being well, I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 2 – 8 April: 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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Newsletter – 25 March 2022

Published on March 25, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bill Buah Memorial Tournament – Good Friday 15 April 2022
The inaugural tournament will take the form of a Mixed doubles competition from 10.30am-3.30pm. There will be groups in the morning followed by a knockout round in the afternoon. Matches will be best of three match tie-breaks – Bill’s favourite!
You will need to find a partner and book your place here. Once you have booked please email me with your partner’s name. Cost is £10 per pair. Remember all proceeds go to the Buah family projects in Ghana. 
As an additional memorial, several members suggested an inscribed bench to sit in the grounds and were prepared to make a collection towards the cost. Please contact me if you would like to make a donation.

Design
The Club is considering updating its branding and logo to more fully represent the Club going forward. We would welcome any designs or ideas from members. Remember, we are not looking for anything professional – just things that you might think the Board might consider.
The new logo would be used on paperwork, advertising and potentially clothing, such as sweatshirts. If you would be interested in purchasing any Club clothing, please let me know as it would be good to gauge interest.

Club Manager Hours
I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 26 March -1 April: Saturday from 0900-1500, Sunday from 0900-1200, Monday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1800-2100, 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 – 18 March 2022

Published on March 18, 2022 by in SLTCC news

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Bill Buah Memorial Tournament – Good Friday 15 April 2022
The Club has decided to run an annual tournament in honour of Bill to raise funds for projects he supported in Ghana. In particular, a school which was supported both financially and with the provision of resources, which Bill would take with him on his trips.
The Asantewaa school in Accra was established in September 1996 and provides education for children between the ages of 2-16 years, and currently has 80 pupils, 9 teachers and a chef. The children study a variety of subjects including Maths, English, Science, and computer skills.
The family aim to continue this work, and the Club thought this would be an appropriate memorial for Bill. Further information regarding the tournament will go out next week.

Members update
Apologies that the induction and consents for data protection didn’t go out last weekend, but there was a problem formatting into the ClubSpark email system, so please keep an eye out for these documents this weekend.

Club Manager Hours

I will be available at the Club over the following hours between 19-25 March: Saturday from 0900-1500, Sunday from 0900-1200, Monday 0900-1200, Wednesday 1330-1930, 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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