Spring Social - Friday 28th April - 7.30pm - The Woolpack: Join us in The Woolpack for nibbles and a drink with other club members. This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the club, pay your subscription if you have opted online to pay by cheque, and the Wimbledon tickets draw also takes place on the night.(Becoming a British Tennis Member is free ! Just sign up on the LTA website by selecting the free Club Membership option and after you have set up an account go on to opt in to the Wimbledon ballot. This years allocation is listed in the newsletter). Committee members were also there to welcome members and answer any questions they had and talk about ideas they had regarding the club.
Chilham Tennis Club is awarded the LTA TennisMark accreditation for the 3rd year in a row:
This is very important news for the future the development of the club. A lot of work has been put in over the summer, especially by Pete Swan who spent a lot of time developing the club policy documents required by the LTA, our coach Danny for developing coaching programmes and advising the club on its youth policy, and Penny Rickards who attended a course and is now our Welfare Officer. Without the efforts of these club members the club would not have obtained the accreditation which essentially means that the LTA consider it a well run club.
Tennismark is a way of recognising good standards and best practice at tennis venues in Britain. It will enable the club to access funding that would otherwise not have been available and this will be important for the clubs future development. In the past we have been entirely self sufficient but to develop we need to supplement our own funds with grants that are available from the LTA, Sport England and others.
Club Development Plans: In line with club objectives agreed at its AGM in 2015 with regard to club development, the committee submitted 3 scheme proposals to Chilham Parish Council for funding from monies made available by Ashford Borough Council as a result of the Bagham Place development. The 3 schemes are:-
1) Courtside facility with kitchen area and disabled toilet;
2) Third court with markings for 2 mini-tennis courts;
3) 2 standalone mini-tennis courts.
The scheme proposals together with covering letter and factsheet can be downloaded from the following link ChilhamTennisClubSchemeProposals.
All 3 schemes were on display at the parish council community engagement exhibitions in March 2016. The committee have worked hard on your behalf to draw up these 3 proposals and believe they contribute towards a sustainable improvement plan for the club that will provide significant benefits to both current and future members.
There were 5 other scheme proposals submitted and parishioners were asked to express their views on all 8 schemes using a questionnaire that has been delivered to all properties in the parish. These views were fed into the decision on how the funds available as a result of the Bagham Place development will be allocated.
As a result, all 3 proposals were supported by the parish council and an initial allocation of c£47k was earmarked against them. This equates to about 42% of the funds required.
The club is now working with the Recreation Ground Trust to secure a means of progressing the 3 schemes. The club will be running fund raising events to complement the popular wine and wisdoms run each October and hopes to be able to apply for funding from the LTA, Sport England and other bodies funding sport to make up the funding shortfall.
Annual General Meeting - 2nd December 2016: The club helding its AGM in Chilham Village Hall at 8pm on Friday 2nd December. All members were encouraged to attend the meeting. Click here to read the draft minutes which weill be approved at next years AGM.
Wine & Wisdom - Saturday 15th October: 15 teams pitted their wits against 10 rounds of cunningly crafted questions from quiz master Pete Swan.
The Woolpack provided an excellent ploughmans style buffet for each table and the club provided a polypin of the popular local brew Incubus to help oil the memory wheels for those contestants with a penchant for real ale.
After a closely fought contest, The Smileys emerged victorious with the first 5 teams separated by just 7 points. It was noted that due to the average age of the winning team it was unlikely they could attribute any of their success to the Incubus.
There was a well supported raffle and the club is very grateful to those that contributed prizes, especially the club member who donated a hamper brim full of a variety of alcoholic, sporting and clothing items.
The club also thanks those that supported this years quiz and hopes they thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The funds raised all go towards maintaining and improving our facilities at the recreation ground.
Save the date for next years quiz which will be on Saturday 14th October 2017.
Ladies and Mens Doubles Box Leagues: Following emails sent to members a few weeks ago these box leagues are now up and running from now until the end of the year. Click here for more details. The box league matches will be best of 3 sets and the courts will be shown as booked on the clubs online court availability schedule (click here to view) when they are scheduled to take place.
Mixed Tournament - Sunday 25th September at 1pm: 8 pairs competed in the Mixed Tournament on Sunday 25th September and played each other in a round robin competition with each match consisting of 4 games. In a another closely fought contest, Linda and Darril ended up as winners on 19 points, with Liz and Will second on 18 points and Augi and Paul third on 17 points. Click here for the tournament results, report and photos.
Mixed Tournament - Sunday 26th June at 1pm: 18 members competed in the Mixed Tournament on Sunday 26th June. They were orgainsed into 8 pairs that played each other in a round robin competition with each match consisting of 4 games. 3 team tied on 17 points (Sue Martin and Martin Hammer, Jo Labon / Seb Hinckley and Paul Allain, Liz Dear and Darril Ling). Sue and Martin came out as winners based upon their scores in the head to head matches between these 3 pairs. Click here for the tournament results, report and photos.
The Ashes - Sunday 1st May: Chilham won the third Ashes Challenge beating Bridge by a game score of 74 to 67. The event again involved an afternoon of mens mixed and ladies doubles using our courts and 2 more in the grounds of Chilham Castle. There was the traditional finger buffet and drinks in the Woolpack afterwards during which, at the third attempt, the Ashes Trophy was handed to Chilham. Bridge will be back next year in an attempt to regain the Ashes but they can expect a strong defence from Chilham to hold onto the coveted trophy. Click here for the match results.
Tennis For Kids: Danny our coach ran a free 6 weeks coaching course for ten 5-8 year olds on Tuesdays afternoons between 130pm and 230pm starting 7th June until 12th July. The coaching was offered to pupils of Chilham St Marys Primary School. The ten pupils got a free racket to use during the course that they could keep forever if they attended regularly.
Open Day - Saturday 16th July: The club is running another Open Day on Saturday 16th July from 2pm to 5pm as part of the LTA Great Tennis Weekend. The event is free and is intended for local people who are interested in playing tennis but are not members of a club. Danny, our club coach, will be present, and there will be free coaching group sessions, open to all abilities. Racquets and balls will be provided if required. The aim of the day is to promote tennis in the area and recruit some new members. Click here for more details.
Monday Afternoons: A group of adult members currently play from 2pm and would welcome other members (male of female) joining them. Please contact Liz Baker on 01227 738102 for more details.
Wednesday Evenings: Another group of adults members currently play from 6pm and are also looking for other members (male of female) to join them. Please contact Liz Dear on 01227 752424 for more details.
Saturday Mornings: A mixed group currently play from around 930am and also invite other members (male of female) to join them. Please contact Margaret Hart on 01233 740501 or Marion Mason on 01227 738068 for more details.
Ice on courts: Members are asked not to spread salt on the courts to defrost ice as this can seriously damage the court surface.
Chilham Primary School: The club has agreed to allow Chilham Primary School to use the courts between 1.45pm and 2.45pm on Wednesdays during the summer term. The club is keen to encourage kids at our local primary school to use our facilities at this weekly session, discover the game of tennis and maybe join the club as a result.