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NEWS

2021 Opening of Courts

1) REOPENING OF COURTS

As per the last newsletter, our courts will reopen for business on Monday 29th March. Please continue to book courts using the Club Spark booking process detailed on our website. The courts were power cleaned recently and all four of the existing benches repaired and painted “Wimbledon” green. Please be careful the first couple of times you play, especially if you have not been able to exercise much this last lockdown.

Please continue to observe social distancing rules, leave the court 10 minutes before your allotted time expires and take all your property with you when leaving. Please continue to use hand sanitiser before and after play. The tennis nets are set at the correct height so please do not adjust.

With Club summer league matches commencing on 17 April, I would urge those playing in our 5 box leagues to try to complete any outstanding matches before the end of April, where possible. In the unlikely event you have forgotten which league you are in please contact Ollie, our Tournament Organiser.

2) SOCIAL PLAY (THURSDAY AND SUNDAY MORNINGS)

To get you all back in the swing of things, our popular Thursday and Sunday morning 10-12 noon sessions will recommence from 1 April. Covid -19 restrictions still apply, so you must book your place through the relevant WhatsApp group and sign the covid book on the day. Throughout April, three courts will be available on a Sunday for social play. The covid-19 rule of 12 applies, so once our numbers reach 12 then further attendance will not be permissible. If you are not currently on one of these WhatsApp groups, and want to attend these sessions, then please let me know and I will add you.

Whilst Thursday social play is all year round, the Sunday social will last initially until the end of May. Our popular Wednesday evening social play will restart on 26th May. If there is sufficient interest from members, then we will look to continue social play on Sunday mornings beyond May.

Whilst operational arrangements are already in situ on Thursdays, we need a volunteer steward(s) to assist with arrangements on Sunday mornings. Duties include ensuring members sign the covid book, social distancing protocols are observed and matching, so far as possible, the playing abilities of members on the three courts. Should you feel able to be a volunteer steward then please let me know (details below).

3) MEMBERSHIP FEES

For ease of reference the fees, effective from 1 May can be viewed here or in the Membership section on this website.

4) SPORTS CLUB

Under the Government “roadmap”, the bar will reopen on 12th April. Hoorah, hic. You may not be aware that a portion of your membership fee goes towards the running of the Sports Club. Accordingly, I am pleased to advise that in addition to normal bar facilities, wef 19th April the Club will now be selling food at weekends. Saturday food will be available during the afternoon through to evening and on Sundays will be available in the morning through to the afternoon. The later will fit in nicely with the Sunday social!

Once fully up and running sausage rolls/steak bakes etc will be available throughout the weekend for people to purchase. The kitchen will also be open to purchase food on a Saturday evening/Sunday daytime. Items served will include pizza, chips, hot dogs, toasties, tea and coffee etc.

5) OLD TENNIS BALLS

Alfio and I recently returned 250 old balls to a ball recycling company and received back a cheque for £50 to further booster the Club’s coffers. Rather than throw your old tennis balls away, please bring any old unmarked ones back to the club to enable us to generate more money for the Club. Please leave in a plastic bag by the bench inside Court one.

See you on court.


Dave Williams
Chair
23rd March 2021

COVID-19 - TIER 4 RESTRICTIONS

Dear members,

Following on from a zoom meeting with the LTA this morning I have to advise you of the following changes to playing arrangements at our Club, resulting from the Tier 4 restrictions, with immediate effect:-

1) Organised Social Play on Thursday/Sunday mornings
Under the new restrictions it is no longer permissible for clubs to organise social play. I have therefore removed the block bookings for the above events from the Clubs website court bookings section, initially until the end of January 2021.

2) Internal Box Leagues
Under the new restrictions it is no longer permissible for clubs to organise adult competition of any kind. Unfortunately our highly successful internal box leagues come within this restriction and are therefore suspended with immediate effect and until further notice.

3) Friendly matches v other clubs
As these friendlies constitute doubles play, all scheduled friendlies are postponed (or most likely cancelled) until further notice.

On a more positive note singles play is still permissible, provided members book a court using the clubs court booking system. To reiterate, no doubles play is possible, unless a 4 can be achieved from the same household. I appreciate this may seem to be a contradiction to the missive on our box leagues above, but I am afraid these are the rules/restrictions that all clubs are required to adhere too.

Please continue to observe social distancing rules, leave the court 10 minutes before your allotted time expires and take all your property with you when leaving. Please continue to use hand sanitiser before and after play. The tennis nets are set at the correct height so please do not amend.

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I shall be in touch again as soon as these playing restrictions change. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Dave Williams

Chair

22 December 2020


COVID-19 - GOVERMENT RESTRICTIONS


Club Members will, of course, be aware that the country will be in lockdown mode for four weeks from this Thursday (5 November) until Wednesday 2 December. Hopefully the lockdown will cease on 3rd December, but even then we are likely to be placed under one of the three tier restrictions currently in place. Hopefully London will remain in Tier 2, so competitive club play can recommence.

Subject to the White Paper being agreed unamended in Parliament tomorrow, then I am afraid that all Tennis will be suspended for the duration of the lockdown. The four club courts will therefore be padlocked from dusk tomorrow and members will not be able to open the court doors using their existing key.
Please stay away from the Sports Club premises during the lockdown. The bar will close after tomorrow evening with bar staff being furloughed.

I trust that you and your family stay safe during these difficult times. I shall write again once the national situation changes for the better – hopefully the 3rd December.

Kent LTA Notice

Hi everyone. I trust and hope that you and your respective families are well and staying safe in these difficult times.

I received an email yesterday evening from Kent LTA, advising the Club that following their most recent meeting the non usage of all tennis courts has been extended from 31 May to 28 June. Because of this, Kent LTA has further determined that their Summer League be cancelled. The North Kent League usually mirrors the decisions of the Kent LTA so I am expecting confirmation that the North Kent Summer League will similarly be cancelled in the coming days. At the moment it remains the expectation that the Winter Leagues will be played.

Whilst the actions of the Kent LTA are totally understandable, I know the continual non playing of our great game will be of great disappointment to all of you. Assuming the North Kent Summer League is cancelled I shall be contacting you again about the issue of club fees for 2020/21, which ordinarily fall due on 1 April, once the non-playing restrictions are lifted.

Clearly it would be inappropriate to expect full payment based on the existing rates detailed on our website. I am aware that some members have already paid this year’s membership fees and they will be reimbursed in due course. A decision on the level of fees will be taken by your Committee.

Finally for those of you that have the WhatsApp facility on your mobile or tablet, around 50% of existing members are on our general club tennis group. Anyone wishing to be added to this group please contact Dave Kane.

With very best wishes
Kent Tennis COVID statement as at 29 April 2020 Kent Tennis FAQ - COVID-19 as at 29 April 2020
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