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Merry Christmas and we wish you all a healthy 2021

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What a year:

  • The pandemic took hold in March but luckily for us tennis was allowed to be played by May.
  • A big thank you to all tennis players for continuing to observe the rules we now have to follow and a huge thank you to members of the tennis committee and many other volunteers who continue to make the Tennis section such a great success
  • The courts were busier than ever over the summer and the new booking system allowed members to choose both a time to play and their favoured courts to play on.
  • We welcomed nearly 100 new tennis members this year, both adults and juniors - we hope you continue to enjoy your tennis at our wonderful club
  • The coaching team excelled and managed to survive and thrive.  Thanks to Stuart and his continually excellent leadership and welcome to our two new coaches this year, Ed and Mike who have settled in very well.
  • The new lights on courts 1, 2, 4, 5 and 14 were completed in May and members have really enjoyed the lighting levels this autumn and winter
  • The favoured courts have continued to be the artificial clay courts - and thanks to the grounds staff led by David Killworth who have done a great job to keep the new clay courts in great condition.  The graph below shows the percentage usage of each court during the period from May to October this year:

 

 

  • The older astro courts suffered in the wet conditions this year and three of them were 'rejuvenated' in order to ensure they drain more quickly.  This work was largely successful, but we do still have some challenges with court 13 which over the years has been very heavily used for coaching.  We will continue to try to resolve the issue.
  • We have been able to commence the replacement programme of the astro courts - starting with courts 1-3, and we expect the three new artificial clay courts to be ready for play mid January.  The laying of the carpet was completed this week, and after Christmas the lines will be cut and laid, and the rest of the sand brushed into the carpet:

  • With regards to future developments, we will re-carpet courts 9-14 and install new floodlights as soon as funds allow.  The cost of re-carpeting the courts will be covered by the tennis levy, which is paid by each member at the same time as the membership fees. The levy is paid into a sinking fund and gradually builds each year.  We hope to be able to re-carpet courts 13 and 14 some time in 2022.  With regards to replacing the old floodlights on courts 9, 11 and 13, we will need to raise funds to carry out this work.  We look forward to a time when courts 9-14 are up to the same standard as courts 1-8.
  • Sadly this year all social events and our wonderful annual tournament had to be cancelled. We hope we are able to resume social activities and hold the tournament in 2021.  Luckily John Berry and his team opened the club-house and organised 'pop-up' food events from time to time, and this was very successful during the sunny summer period.  The advent of the marquee has allowed such events to continue into the autumn.  Thanks to john and his team for keeping us fed and watered....
  • We heard today (23rd December) that Cheshire will be moving into tier 3 on Boxing Day, which means that although we can continue to play tennis, all hospitality must be closed, and so the clubhouse will remain closed for food and drink after Christmas.  This situation may develop further and we will inform you of any changes.
  • I sincerely hope that 2021 brings better news.
  • So for now I wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and look forward to some great tennis in the New Year. Stay safe and take care.

Ruth Samuels

Tennis Chairman

December 23rd 2020


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