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New Rusty Rackets/ Beginners sessions every Sunday morning 9-10am, starting 18 April.

New Rusty Rackets/ Beginners sessions every Sunday morning 9-10am, starting 18 April.

For beginners and players who haven’t been on the courts for a year or so, we are introducing a new Rusty Rackets/Beginners session every Sunday morning from 9-10am, starting from 18 April. So if you’re feeling a bit nervous about launching straight into a Club morning, please come to this open session, which is free for members and £2 for visitors.

At these sessions we’ll also be offering non-members a chance to win a month’s free membership of STC. Please contact the club or anyone on the committee if you would like more information about Rusty Rackets.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Club Tournaments & Diary Dates Published

The current list of club tournaments and social dates has been published.

You can read it here or use the menu option above.

Autumn 2020 Newsletter

You can read the latest newsletter here.

News from the Club including Court Bookings, Tournaments and Coaching.

Winter 2019/20 Newsletter

You can download the newsletter here

February 2019 Newsletter


The recent snowfalls are a stark reminder that winter is still very much with us. It may be a slower time for tennis, but the list of ‘jobs’ to be done is as lengthy as ever for the STC Committee. The Christmas social on 13 December was well supported by around 40 people and a good time was had by all. It looks as if this may well become a permanent fixture on the STC social calendar!

Winter measures remain in place – please remember to turn off the water, etc if you are the last to leave the club house after a match, coaching or a club session.

The STC AGM will be held on Thursday, 28 February at 8.00 pm at the Quaker Meeting House in Chapel Hill. This is a short but important meeting in the STC calendar and it is hoped that as many members as possible will be able to attend. Separate notices about the AGM will be going out soon via Clubspark, but please put the date in your diary.

JUNIOR COACHING – weekly sessions are now underway with coach Ollie Toms.


The Mix ‘n’ Match Tournament is entering its final stages and should be wrapped up by mid-February. Many thanks to Rick Lim for organising the tournament and keeping everyone on track.

Forthcoming Tournaments for 2019 (dates are correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to last minute change)

Sunday 14 April 1.00pm/1.30pm – ADULT/CHILD TOURNAMENT – dependent on junior coaching (date falls in Easter school holidays)
Friday, 26 April @ 9.00/9.30am – LADIES’ DOUBLES SOCIAL TOURNAMENT
Sunday, 5 May, @1.00pm/1.30pm – MEN’S DOUBLES SOCIAL TOURNAMENT
Saturday, 18 May @ 2.30pm/3.00pm – BOYD TROPHY (Mixed Doubles)
Wednesday, 5 June @ 9.00am/9.30am – LADIES’ DOUBLES SOCIAL TOURNAMENT
Saturday, 29 June @ 2.30pm/3.00pm – PRESIDENT’S CUP (Mixed Doubles with Fish & Chips Supper)
Sunday, 11 August @ 1.00pm/1.30pm – WILBY TOURNAMENT (Mixed Doubles)
Friday, 30 August @ 9.00am/9.30am – LADIES’ DOUBLES SOCIAL TOURNAMENT
Sunday, 8 September – STC FINALS DAY
PEARCE TROPHY (Mixed Doubles) will next be played in 2020
CAYLESS CHILLI TOURNAMENT (Mixed Doubles) will next be played in 2020

PLEASE OPT-IN!! (if you haven’t already done so) to the Wimbledon ballot. The closing date for opting-in is 22 February. It will only take a couple of minutes of your time, but will determine the number of tickets that are allocated to us for Wimbledon this summer. The more members that opt-in, the more tickets we get.

This is free for STC members and it is just a matter of registering as a ‘Lite’ member on the website below:

Once you have British Tennis Membership, you can then ‘opt-in’ to the Wimbledon ballot. The Club draw for Wimbledon tickets will take place on Wednesday, 24 April.

22 February – Deadline for ‘Opting-in’ to Wimbledon ballot
28 February – STC AGM
31 March – deadline for ‘Early Bird’ membership rates
24 April – STC Wimbledon Ballot Draw



So the clocks have gone back and already those long, hot summer days are beginning to feel like a distant memory.
We’re almost through the worst of the leaf fall so the next challenge will be colder weather and the inevitable icy/slippery conditions. Please take extra care when using the courts at this time of the year and make sure your footwear is up to the challenge. Tennis shoes with a worn tread are probably no longer fit for purpose.

Winter measures will soon be in place. This means that, if you are the last person to leave the club house, you should ensure that the water is turned off at the mains, the kitchen taps left open and the toilet flushed. These measures are in place to prevent pipes from bursting when temperatures fall below freezing.


This is a perplexing subject which raises its head every year, but it is much easier to understand than Brexit (promise!)
In order to be in with a good chance of getting lots of tickets for our Wimbledon ballot, as many members as possible have to ‘opt-in’ on the LTA website. However, you can only opt-in if you have British Tennis Membership. This is free for STC members and it is just a matter of registering as a ‘Lite’ member on the website below:

Once you have British Tennis Membership, you can ‘opt-in’ to the Wimbledon ballot. The deadline for ‘opting-in’ is 22 February 2019. Even if you opted-in last year, you will have to do it again (sorry!).


The Cayless Chilli tournament was played on 7 October and the trophy was won by Carol Cook and David Murfitt. Runners-up were Clare Murfitt and Iain Mott.

The inaugural tournament for the newly donated Kitson trophy was played on 26 October and was won by Lisa King and Carol Cook. Runners-up were Diane Brown and Sue Simpson. A brief history of the trophy’s donor is given below (with thanks to Debbie Lane for the info):

“To celebrate his 100th birthday, former Stansted Tennis Club player Dick Sweet has kindly donated a trophy to Stansted Tennis Club in memory of his old friend, Jim Kitson.
Jim Kitson’s father was the landlord of the King’s Arms pub at the bottom of Chapel Hill. He owned the patch of land that would later become the present site of Stansted Tennis Club. During 1933, the ground was cleared and two grass courts were prepared with Dick and a few others helping out along the way. Nets and a shed were somehow procured and, in the spring of 1934, play began.
During the war, Jim had risen to the rank of Major by the time he was demobbed. Sadly he died of a brain tumour in the 1970s.”

The results are in from the various ladder tournaments held during the summer:

Ladies’ Singles: Daphne Lunnon
Ladies’ Doubles: Diane Brown and Daphne Lunnon
Men’s Singles: Jon Budd
Mixed Doubles: Iain Mott and Caroline Mott

There were two additional prizes for participants who played the most matches across the competition without ending up at the top. Well done for an impressive effort by:
Ginette Basten and Fiona Kelly.
The Mix and Match tournament is already underway and those involved should by now have received details from Rick Lim who is the tournament co-ordinator.

If at first you don’t succeed …. after 2 failed attempts to provide a ‘taster’ session for Junior Coaching, another date has been set and this time (fingers crossed), it will go ahead. Please see the calendar below and emails for more information.


Yes, indeed, that season is almost upon us! For the past few years, STC has had a presence at the Angels & Trees Festival in the church of St Mary The Virgin in Stansted and this year, Fiona Kelly has volunteered to create a display for us to enter into the Festival. The Festival runs on 8 and 9 December if you want to see the display for yourself.

There will also be an opportunity to meet up with fellow STC members off the court at the Christmas Social on 13 December. Details will be sent out separately.

Felicity Shakespeare
On behalf of the STC Committee


2 December – Junior Coaching Taster Session
8 & 9 December – Christmas Trees & Angels Festival
13 December – Christmas Social
22 February 2019 – ‘Opt-in’ deadline for Wimbledon ballot
26 February 2019 – STC AGM

October 2018…

Phew, what a scorcher   that summer was! With temperatures often topping 30°C and more, the heat, while welcome, caused havoc  with many of our match fixtures and play generally.

Thankfully, the Club Tournament was not affected and went ahead as planned on Sunday, 9 September. Daphne Lunnon’s report, including a full list of winners and runners-up is attached. A big ‘thank you’ to the army of 15 or so volunteers who turned up the day before to make sure the club was looking its best for the tournament.

The finals of the Hospital Cup Tournament were also played in September and a full report by Debbie Lane is attached.

Every season brings its own challenges to the club and autumn is no exception. The trees that give such welcome shade in the summer have begun to shed their leaves in earnest. Shout out to Lynn Timms who has been faithfully clearing the leaf fall so far – keep up the good work, Lynn!

On a more serious note, wet leaves can be as slippery as ice, so if you are planning to play, make sure that you clear the courts of leaves first. Brooms are available in the clubhouse, in the cupboard opposite the entrance. If the door is locked, the keys can be found hanging next to the floodlight boxes in the cloakroom.

Following on from the EGM in May, the club now has a new Management Committee (a full list of members and their contact details is available here) The Committee has had 3 meetings since being formed. Generally speaking, the Committee meets every 6 weeks or so, Minutes will be published on the clubhouse noticeboard. If you have any suggestions or ideas that you would like the Committee to consider, then please use the suggestion box in the clubhouse or contact any of the Committee. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, 1 November.

The new season for the Essex Small Clubs League starts in a few weeks. Details of the teams playing in the winter league and their captains are on the attached sheet.

As part of an initiative to encourage youngsters to start playing tennis, the Committee has been working closely with Ollie Toms (who already runs Cardio Tennis at the club) to organise some Junior Coaching ‘Taster Days’. Please keep an eye out for emails regarding this exciting new venture!

The next ‘in-house’ tournament will be the Cayless Tournament on the morning of Sunday, 7 October starting at 9.00 am.

A full list of tournaments and competitions will be available after the next Committee meeting in November.

Felicity Shakespeare

On behalf of the STC Management Committee




This year’s Hospital Cup finals were very well hosted by Stebbing Tennis Club.  Despite the really miserable weather there were approx. 20 spectators.

All the players were very sporting to play in the rain & the standard of play, as usual, was extremely high.

Many congratulations to Mike & Richard Cosgrove ( Clavering ); Katie Harris ( Henham ); Petra & Julia Studholme ( Elsenham ) &Paul Kent & Clare Jackson ( Grove ) .  There was no men’s singles final awarded this year.  Also congratulations to the runners-up who played so well in very difficult conditions.

Unusually, the winners were from four different Clubs which is very pleasing.

Simon Playfair and Karen Ainsworth reached the semi finals of mixed doubles and Fiona Pye and Lisa King reached the semi finals of ladies doubles.

Jan, Garth, Debbie, Daphne and Fiona Pye all turned out from Stansted to watch the finals and we were extremely well looked after by Stebbing hosts who supplied us with lovely refreshments and lots of well received hot tea!

Debbie and Clare were the reps for Stansted TC this year and Clare made up two lovely hampers from the donations you gave for the raffle (we sold £100 worth of tickets).

Jan made the presentation to the winners at the end of the day.

There was no rep from the Hospital League of Friends who was available this year on finals day so Jan has been invited to present the cheque for £1200 at their next Committee Meeting on Tue 13th November at 7.30 at Radwinter Road Hospital.  If anyone would like to attend please let Jan know.

Debbie Lane

September 2018…

It’s been a while since the last news update here on the website, but with some luck and a fair wind the site should be updated and refreshed soon.

A lot of Tennis has been played; most recently the Pearce Frodo mixed doubles  tournament won by Rik Lim and Diane Brown.  Earlier in September the annual Club Finals’ Day took place.  Daphne Lunnon summerises…

For those of you who missed Sunday’s summer knockout tournament Finals’ Day, please see the results below. We were lucky with the weather and even luckier with the tennis – some really good matches throughout the day.

Many thanks to those who came along to watch and support. And particularly to those who:

– helped put chairs/benches/blankets out (and packed them away again)

– brought along contributions for the refreshment table – we had a veritable cake-fest

– supplied endless cups of tea and coffee and did a sterling job keeping on top of the washing up.

It was very much appreciated.

Men’s Singles: Ross Armorgie (1) beat Jon Budd (2) – 6-1, 6-0
Ladies’ Singles: Daphne Lunnon beat Lisa King – 0-6, 6-4, 6-3
Men’s Doubles: Phil Berry/Adrian Olver (2) beat Jon Budd/Simon Fox (1) – 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
Ladies’ Doubles: Lisa King/Fiona Pye (1) beat Diane Brown/Daphne Lunnon (2) – 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Mixed Doubles: Sue Armorgie/Ross Armorgie (2) beat Daphne Lunnon/Martyn Taplin (2) 6-4, 6-1.

Trophies for all events were presented to the winners by Club President, Garth Lane. Garth also presented the Roger Loveday Trophy for most improved player to Lynn Timms.

March 2018 enewsletter

Welcome to the March e-newsletter, which will hopefully let you know all that is going on at the Club at the moment! Please note the various important deadlines which are coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Don’t forget to have a go at solving the tennis anagram at the end of this newsletter. There will be a prize for the winning entry!

15 members attended this year’s AGM on Thursday 22nd February. Many thanks to Jan Hollis for hosting. Debbie Lane stood down as a General Member. She was thanked for all her hard work and enthusiasm whilst on the committee and was presented with a bouquet of flowers. Fiona Kelly was elected to serve on the new committee as a General Member – welcome Fiona!
Please could you let me know if you would like your name added to the “Friends of the Committee” list, which is due to be published soon.

The next Committee meeting will be held this Thursday, 22nd March at my house. If any members have any issues to raise, please either contact a committee member directly, or use the suggestion box in the Clubhouse.

Please note that in order to benefit from the discounted rates, the deadline for renewing your STC membership is 31st March (less than two weeks away now)! The deadline will be strictly adhered to. Please could you let me know if you do not intend to renew your membership – this will save you being sent lots of reminders.

On behalf of the committee and all STC members, I would like to say a very big thank you to Fiona Pye for all of her hard work and perseverance in getting ClubSpark, the online court booking system, up and running recently. Fingers crossed, there have been very few teething problems and I am sure you will agree that it looks very clear on the diary. Fiona has asked me to remind members that the common mistake is not going into “Advanced Options” and then not realising that the category and sub category boxes are drop downs. If this sequence is followed it all falls into place and the “Name” box is shown, which is the information shown on the diary. Please also note that initials of players , rather than full names should be used for reasons of security.

Please note that there has been an amendment to the “Busy Court Rule”. From now on, the 7 game rule has been removed, so it is simply 20 minutes before those playing need to come off court and those waiting go on.

Please note that the sign up sheets are on the Clubhouse noticeboards for both the Junior and Adult ladders for the upcoming season. The deadline for entires is 31st March. If by that date, there are not the minimum amount of entries required, then that particular ladder will not run this year.

The sign up sheet is on the Clubhouse noticeboard for the Ladies’ Doubles Social Tournament, which will take place on Friday 13th April at 9am. There are 6 places remaining!

Please note that the sign up sheets for this year’s Hospital Cup are on the clubhouse noticeboard. Not many have signed up so far, so why not have a go! The deadline for entries is 6th April.

The next Ladies’ Night will be on Monday 9th April starting at 7pm. All ladies are welcome to attend!

Good news ! I received an email today from the LTA allocating us 18 pairs of tickets for this year’s STC Wimbledon Ballot. Please keep an eye on the rather full clubhouse noticeboard for the sign up sheets which will be posted quite soon.



Mixed Premier:
Stansted 16 Elsenham 0
Harlow 15 Stansted 1

Mixed 2:
Stansted 14 Harlow 2

Ladies’ Premier:
Stansted 10 Pleshey 6

Ladies’ 2:
Stansted 12 Bishop’s Stortford 4

Ladies’ 3:
Pleshey 12 Stansted 4


Thanks to all of you who responded to last month’s e-newsletter quiz. Congratulations to Diane Brown who was February’s winner and chose a bottle of bubbly for her prize.
Please have a go at solving the anagram below and e-mailing your answer to me within the next 48 hours. There will be a prize for the winner. If there are a lot of correct entries, the winner will be drawn from a hat.

Decode the following anagram to discover the name of a famous tennis player:


Best wishes,

February 2018 enewsletter

Welcome to the February e-newsletter, which will hopefully let you know all that is going on at the Club at the moment!

Don’t forget to have a go at solving the tennis anagram at the end of this newsletter. There will be a prize for the winning entry!

A reminder that all members are welcome, and indeed encouraged, to attend the STC Annual General Meeting. It is taking place THIS Thursday, 22nd February, starting at 8pm at Jan’s house, 105 Cambridge Road, Stansted. Thank you to those of you who have let me know that you intend to attend and also for those of you who have sent your apologies to myself or Jon Budd. If you are intending to be there on Thursday and have not yet let me know, please could you do so for catering purposes – thank you!

I have had several enquiries about membership renewal. The new subscription rates will be proposed at the AGM on Thursday. Once these are accepted, reminders will be sent out to all members. Don’t forget that you pay at the discounted rate if you pay by the end of March.

Many thanks to the five members who have volunteered to help Fiona with the final testing of ClubSpark – the online court booking system. It is due to go live on 1st March and from that date the paper diary in the outside clubhouse noticeboard will be removed. Fiona and I will be sending out full instructions on how to use the system and Fiona will be talking about it at the AGM, so if you have any questions, please do attend, as we really welcome your views on this.

We are still very behind with Mix “n” Match matches after yet another month of frustrating weather conditions. For those involved, please try to play your current matches as soon as possible and do let me know should you run into any difficulties with arranging.

The next Ladies’ Night will be on Monday 12th March starting at 7pm. All ladies are welcome to attend!

The closing date for “opting in” to the 2018 Wimbledon Ballot is THIS Friday, 23rd February. We have 110 members who have opted in so far, just a few more to go to beat last year’s figure of 119. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Remember, if you have not “opted in” then you will not be eligible to enter the STC Wimbledon ballot.

I know that the winter season, so far, has been extremely frustrating for team captains and players alike, as so many matches have been cancelled due to the bad weather. In the past, STC has registered our preference for one season running from March to November and to have a break/catch up between November and February. We are really keen to hear the views of any STC member who is involved in any way with organising or playing. If we have a strong enough response we may be able to propose changes to the timetable structure of the league. Please do contact me with your views.

Ladies’ Premier:
Stansted 8 Henham 8
Stansted 12 Dunmow 4
Stansted 15 Standon & Puckeridge 1

Mixed Premier:
Stansted 7 Elsenham 9
Stansted 8 Dunmow 8

Mixed 2:
Castle Hill 12 Stansted 4
Stansted 13 Castle Hill 3

Men’s 3:
Pleshey 4 Stansted 12

Thanks to all of you who responded to last month’s e-newsletter quiz. Congratulations to Fran Cayless who was Januaryr’s winner and chose very kindly to donate her prize money to charity – thank you Fran!
Please have a go at solving the anagram below and e-mailing your answer to me within the next 48 hours. There will be a prize for the winner. If there are a lot of correct entries, the winner will be drawn from a hat.

Decode the following anagram to discover the name of a famous tennis player:


Best wishes,