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Junior Coaching…

JUNIOR COACHING IS BACK AT STANSTED TENNIS CLUB!

With LTA accredited professional coach Ollie Toms

Who can participate?

Junior members & non-members

Grouped by age ranges, 5-10 years old and 11-17 years old. These groups will be split further by ability.

How much does it cost?

Enjoy a special introductory rate subsidised by the Pat Clower Junior Legacy:

£5 per session for junior members

£6 per session for junior non-members

Fees are payable in advance per half term.

When does it start and finish?

Wednesday afternoons – 5-10 years old

1 May to 22 May (4 week block)

5 June to 17 July (7 week block)

Group 1: 4.00pm – 4.50pm

Group 2: 4.50pm – 5.40pm

Thursday afternoons – 11-17 years old

2 May to 23 May (4 week block)

6 June to 18 July (7 week block)

Group 3: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Contact: juniorcoaching@stanstedtennisclub.co.uk

February 2019 Newsletter

STC NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2019

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.

TOURNAMENTS & TROPHIES

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:

https://www.lta.org.uk/member

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.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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

November…

STC NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2018

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.

BTM, OPTING-IN AND THE WIMBLEDON BALLOT

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:

https://www.lta.org.uk/member

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!).

TOURNAMENTS & TROPHIES

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.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING …

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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

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

 

FEEDBACK FROM HOSPITAL CUP PLAYED 22 SEPTEMBER 2018

HOSTED BY STEBBING TENNIS CLUB

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!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
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.

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING:
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.

2018 MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS:
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.

CLUBSPARK:
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.

RULE AMENDMENT:
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.

2018 LADDERS:
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.

SOCIAL TOURNAMENT:
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!

HOSPITAL CUP:
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.

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

WIMBLEDON BALLOT:
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.

ESSEX SMALL CLUBS LEAGUE:

RESULTS:

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

QUIZ:

AND FINALLY!
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:

NO TRAIL ROUND JAM PET

Best wishes,
Chris

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!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
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!

2018 MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS:
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.

CLUBSPARK:
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.

MIX “N” MATCH TOURNAMENT:
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.

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

WIMBLEDON BALLOT:
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.

ESSEX SMALL CLUBS LEAGUE:
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.

RESULTS:
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

QUIZ:
AND FINALLY!
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:

IN HIS GIANT ARM

Best wishes,
Chris

January 2018 enewsletter

A very happy belated New Year to all STC members!

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!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Please note the date for this year’s AGM is now THURSDAY 22nd FEBRUARY at 8pm at 105 Cambridge Road, Stansted. Please do try to attend as it is an ideal opportunity to find out about what is going on at the Tennis Club, as well as giving you an opportunity of asking questions and airing your views. Debbie Lane has decided to stand down from the committee at the AGM, so there will be a vacancy for a general committee member. If you are interested and keen to make a committed contribution to the Tennis Club and would like to be considered as a committee member, nominations need to have been received by Jon Budd (Honorary Secretary) by Thursday 15th February. If you would like to find out more about what is involved in being a committee member, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or another committee member.

CLUBSPARK:
If current testing proves successful, we hope to be going live with Clubspark on 1st March. This will mean that all members who need to book a court, will be able to do this via Clubspark online, rater than using the current paper club diary. We shall obviously, be keeping you posted over the next few weeks with the progress of testing. You may even be approached to be a guinea pig! Full instructions on how to use it will be sent out prior to it going live.

MIX “N” MATCH TOURNAMENT:
Hopefully, we shall very soon be back on course with arranging and playing matches. It has been very frustrating over the last month with all the bad weather. Thanks for being patient!

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

WIMBLEDON BALLOT:
The closing date for “opting in” to the 2018 Wimbledon Ballot is Friday 23rd February. Only 4 members have “opted in” over the last month. That makes 69 out of a total membership of over 200. If you have not yet done so, please visit the LTA website and “opt in” – it only takes a few clicks of the mouse. If you are not already a BTM (British Tennis Member), you will need to register on the LTA website and then “opt in”. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Don’t forget, if you have not “opted in” you will not be eligible for this year’s STC ballot for Wimbledon tickets. The more members who “opt in”, the more Wimbledon tickets we will be allocated by the LTA.

ESSEX SMALL CLUB LEAGUE RESULTS:
I have not received any results from team captains over the last month.

QUIZ:
AND FINALLY!
Thanks to all of you who responded to last month’s e-newsletter quiz – a record number!. Congratulations to Clare Murfitt who was December’s winner and chose a tube of tennis balls as her prize.
Please have a go at answering the question below and emailing 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:

SURE BREAK

Best wishes,
Chris

December 2017 enewsletter

Don’t forget to have a go at the tennis quiz at the end of this newsletter. There will be a prize for the winning entry! There’s only one question this month to encourage as many members as possible to enter.

FRIDAY MORNING SOCIAL:
Please come along and have a game of tennis and enjoy some festive mulled wine and mince pies this Friday (22nd December) from 9.30am. It’s completely free – no donations of money or refreshments required! If you have not already done so, please could you drop me a quick email to let me know if you intend to attend, just so we can keep an eye on numbers for catering.

THE CORK HOUSE:
Thanks to the 20 or so STC members who braved the elements last Thursday night for Christmas drinks at The Cork House. A good evening was had by all!

USED TENNIS BALLS:
STC donated 200 used tennis balls to put in the children’s shoe -boxes which go abroad every Christmas. We have been doing this for several years and it is very much appreciated by the Stansted Churches who distribute them. Also, all the used balls from the Club are re-cycled and we now get £40 per 200 balls from Recycaball. We recently sent 200 balls and another 200 are ready to go. You can see the value to the Club of this income, so please continue to leave your used balls in the boxes at the Tennis Club and do not throw them away. This all involves a great deal of work, sorting, washing and distributing the balls, so a very big thank you to Jan Hollis for all her constant hard work on this particular project.

MIX “N” MATCH TOURNAMENT:
If you have not been able to play your matches over the last couple of weeks due to the frozen courts, please don’t worry as I shall extend the play by dates for each event. Please could you let me know if any of you are having problems arranging your matches.

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING:
This will be held at Fiona’s house on Friday 5th January at 7pm. If you have anything you would like to relay to the committee prior to the meeting, please either contact a committee member directly or use the suggestion box in the clubhouse. We are always very keen to recruit any members who would like to support us by becoming committee members or a “Friend of the Committee”. Please get in touch if you are interested.

LADIES’ NIGHT:
The next Ladies’ Night will be on Monday 8th January starting at 7pm. All ladies are welcome to attend!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Please make a note in your diary that the 2018 AGM will be held on Tuesday 20th February at 8pm at 105 Cambridge Road, Stansted.

WIMBLEDON BALLOT:
Thank you to the 24 members who have “opted in” to the 2018 Wimbledon ballot via the LTA website over the last month. That makes 65 out of a total membership of over 200. If you have not yet done so, please visit the LTA website and “opt in” – it only takes a few clicks of the mouse. If you are not already a BTM (British Tennis Member), you will need to register on the LTA website and then “opt in”. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Don’t forget, if you have not “opted in” you will not be eligible for next year’s STC ballot for Wimbledon tickets. The more members who “opt in”, the more Wimbledon tickets we will be allocated by the LTA.

ESSEX SMALL CLUB LEAGUE RESULTS:

Mixed Premier:
Stansted 8 Harlow 8

Mixed 2:
Stansted 6 Henham 10
Harlow 7 Stansted 9
Stansted 11 Braughing 5

Ladies’ Premier:
Pleshey 4 Stansted 12

Ladies’ 2:
Stansted 14 Henham 2

Ladies’ 3:
Stansted 11 Pleshey 5
Stebbing 12 Stansted 4
Standon & Puckeridge 16 Stansted 0

QUIZ:

AND FINALLY!
Thanks to all of you who responded to last month’s e-newsletter quiz. Congratulations to Sarah Hodgen who was November’s winner.
Please have a go at answering the question below and emailing 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:

GREED OR REFER

Finally, on behalf of the committee, I would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and good health and happiness throughout 2018.

Best wishes,
Chris

November 2017 enewsletter

Don’t forget to have a go at the tennis quiz at the end of this newsletter. There will be a prize for the winning entry! Even if you can’t answer all the questions, please have a go as you never know your luck!

CHRISTMAS DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
On Thursday 14th December from 8pm, there will be an STC gathering at The Cork House in Lower Street, Stansted to celebrate Christmas as well as another great year of tennis at Stansted Tennis Club. All members are very welcome to come along.
At the adult morning club session from 9.30am on Friday 22nd December, all members are warmly invited to come along to play tennis and/or enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies.

CLUBHOUSE CLEANING ROTA 2018:
I shall be compiling the 2018 Clubhouse Cleaning rota next month. Thanks to everyone who has kept the clubhouse looking so clean and tidy so far this year. This year we really struggled to fill the 12 places. So, if you would like to volunteer to go on next year’s rota, please could you drop me an e-mail. It would be lovely to hear from you!

MIX “N” MATCH TOURNAMENT:
The draw for Round 1 of the new Ladies’ Doubles Mix ’n’ Match tournament has just been announced. Round 2 of the Mixed Doubles Mix “n” Match tournament has just got underway. Please could all players involved ensure that they make early contact with their opponents to arrange a date as we are now getting into the busy run up to Christmas.

CAYLESS CHILLI TOURNAMENT:
14 players took part in this popular adult doubles tournament. Congratulations to Chris Hollis and Lisa King who beat Sam Philp and Sue Simpson 6-4 in the final. The consolation draw was won by Jon Budd and Diane Brown. After the tennis, the players enjoyed a magnificent chilli lunch.

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING:
This will be held at Debbie’s house on Friday 24th November at 7pm. If you have anything you would like to relay to the committee prior to the meeting, please either contact a committee member directly or use the suggestion box in the clubhouse. We are always very keen to recruit any members who would like to support us by becoming a “Friend of the Committee”. Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer.

LADDERS:
Thanks to those of you who have responded for the request in last month’s letter for ideas to amend or improve next year’s ladder competitions. Please do let me know your views if you have not yet responded. All the ladder results are now up on the Clubhouse noticeboard and congratulations to all the winners.

LADIES’ NIGHT:
The next Ladies’ Night will be on Monday 11th December starting at 7pm. All ladies are welcome to attend!

ADULT SOCIAL TOURNAMENT:
12 players competed in this doubles tournament, the last of the season, which took place on Friday 17th November. Congratulations to the winners, Clive Carroll and Lisa King, who beat Tudor Owen and Ruby Hollis, 6-2 in the final. The players enjoyed a bring and share lunch after the tournament.

WIMBLEDON BALLOT:
Thank you to the 4 members who have “opted in” to the 2018 Wimbledon ballot via the LTA website over the last month. That makes a total of 41 out of a total membership of over 200. If you have not yet done so, please visit the LTA website and “opt in” – it only takes a few clicks of the mouse. If you are not already a BTM (British Tennis Member), you will need to register on the LTA website and then “opt in”. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Don’t forget, if you have not “opted in” you will not be eligible for next year’s STC ballot for Wimbledon tickets. The more members who “opt in”, the more Wimbledon tickets we will be allocated by the LTA.

ESSEX SMALL CLUB LEAGUE RESULTS:

Mixed Premier:
Stebbing 11 Stansted 5

Ladies’ Premier:
Standon & Puckeridge 8 Stansted 8

Men’s 3:
Stansted 14 Stebbing 2

QUIZ:

AND FINALLY!
Thanks to all of you who responded to last month’s e-newsletter quiz. Congratulations to Felicity Shakespeare who was October’s winner.
Please have a go at answering the four questions below and emailing your answers to me within the next 48 hours. There will be a prize for the member with the most correct answers. If there is a tie, names will be drawn from a hat. You can use any technological device to help with the answers.

1. Who did Grigor Dimotrov beat in the final of the Nitto ATP Finals?

2. If a ball is discovered to be “soft” at the end of a point, should the point be replayed?

3. Complete the following sequence:
1991 – Miss B.C.Fernandez (PUR), 1992 – Mrs A. Neilland (LAT), 1993 – Mrs A. Neilland (LAT)…………………………….

4. Where will the STC Christmas drinks celebration be held on Thursday 17th December?

Good luck and best wishes,
Chris