Elliswick LTC Newsletter – April 2024

Welcome to our April Newsletter. We have some important news to share with you in this newsletter.



We are delighted that our floodlight planning application was given final approval just last night. Many thanks in particular to Louise Behan for her expertise, hard work and persistence, without which we wouldn’t have made it across the line. We will proceed to schedule works on courts 4-7 for their resurfacing and the floodlight upgrade, subject to the availability of the contractors and materials, as well as finding a suitable window of opportunity. Although we will try to keep disruption to a minimum, the lower courts will be out of action for a significant period of time. We will update members again when we have a timeline for the works.



Please remember to sign up for our Centenary Celebration Day on Saturday, 8 June. This can be done via the link https://forms.gle/hHPmQwwtgrWdvhCH9 or by email to David Kendall ([email protected]). Only members can attend and our numbers are limited to 200.

Also, as part of the Centenary Day celebrations on Saturday 8th June, we would like to put some items into a time capsule to be opened in a 100 years’ time. The time capsule will be placed underground next to the clock with a plaque on top to let the future generation know it is there! The capsule will be no larger than 30cms x 30cms x 30cms. If you have any suggestions as to what could go inside, please send them to Victoria Aitchison at [email protected].



The Committee has recently approved a bar policy. A copy will be posted in the clubhouse and it can be viewed on the ELTC website (https://www.elliswickltc.co.uk/eltc-bar-drinks-policy/ ). All members who enter the bar area should read this policy carefully.



With the new summer season upon us, we would like to share the current ‘etiquette’ guidelines for Elliswick LTC. The club always gets extremely busy at this time of year, with multiple matches taking place and increasing social play as the weather improves.

Everyone at Elliswick, both adult and junior members, should know the particular guidelines for ‘etiquette’ whilst on court. There will always be the odd occasion when the courts are extremely busy, balls will be flying across different courts and members will have to cross courts that are in use. When these situations do happen, let’s all continue to be patient and respectful of each other so we all have a great summer of tennis.

We would like to wish every success to all teams for the upcoming season and let’s have a great summer of enjoyable and competitive tennis!

Please see the current ‘etiquette’ policies below



If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Andree Haxton at [email protected]



The tournament is well under way and thank you to those who already completed their first-round tournament match. Congratulations to all those players remaining in the tournament.  All the second-round tournament matches must be played by the 19th May.  Ladies Singles must be played by the 9th June. Please can you ensure that you complete your match by the deadline dates and the winners put their names down on the result list.  Failure to complete your match tournament by the deadline will result in one or both players/pairs being withdrawn from the tournament. 

If you need a court for your tournament match during the club nights or social mix-ins, please contact Andree Haxton at [email protected], who will try to allocate a court for your match.  If you have any issues, please contact Louise Behan at [email protected] as soon as possible.

Finals Day is Saturday 22nd June 2024. Matches will be played both in the morning and in the afternoon. In case of inclement weather, finals day will be moved to Sunday 23rd June 2024. Players wishing to play in the finals must ensure they are available to play on both days.

Line Judges

We are looking for members who can help with the linesmen/women rota for the 5 matches. Please contact Andree Haxton at [email protected] if you are able to volunteer.



Please can everybody check, and update if necessary, your address and telephone number in Clubspark. We no longer keep separate records of your personal details, so it is your responsibility to ensure everything in your profile is complete and up to date.

This information is a basic club requirement.

To do this, help is available at the Clubspark website as per the link below:


If however you need to change your name, email or date of birth, these have to be changed on the LTA website at:


If you have other queries about using Clubspark, you can visit their support page, submit a request to the helpdesk or chat with them during office hours. The link for this is:




Repairs have been done to the floodlights, roof and gent’s toilets. Also, so far this month, the solar PV system has generated more energy (1655 kWh) than consumed by the club (1510 kWh), meaning that Elliswick has been a net exporter of energy to the grid in April (and should continue to be throughout the summer months).



Mens Team – Captain Jem Collier-Garrity at [email protected]

2024 Winter vets – Some matches are still being played.

2024 Herts Summer League.  

We have entered 5 teams to this competition.  Players have been allocated and matches are starting.

2024 Herts National League  

One team only has been entered in this league.

2024 Hot Rackets.

We have entered two teams in this format. ELTC 1 (Captained by Paul Hunt) and ELTC 2 (Captained by Dave Pankhurst) and some matches have been played.  We are involving some junior players in this league. Anyone wish to be part of the team player, please contact Jem.


Ladies Team – Captain: Kate Curson at [email protected]

Ladies winter results;

40s finished 3rd in 3A division

50A finished top 2B division

50B finished 3rd in 3A division

60s finished 2nd in 2B division

Thank you as always to our winter captains and well done to all teams.

Ladies summer leagues are all arranged and teams allocated.

Wednesday nights ladies social are proving very popular.  These are kindly arranged by Victoria via a what’s app group. If you want to be included please email  [email protected]

Don’t forget ladies fizz night on Wednesday 22nd May sign up here! : https://forms.gle/Gdr5DfSDDxFnBdBs5


Ladies Friendly matches: Lynn Frankling has sent out a number of dates and assigned players to these.

Mixed-Team – Captain: Amy Martin at [email protected]

The winter East Herts league has concluded with standings as follows:

1s – finished 4/7  Div 1

2s – finished 7/7 Div 1

3s – finished 6/7 Div 2B

4s – finished 5/7 Div 3B

5s – finished 4/7 Div 4B

6s – finished 3/7 Div 5B

Many thanks to all the captains who organised the teams and arranged the fixtures throughout the winter season.

The Summer Datchworth is now underway with 4 teams entered and matches played at 6.30pm on Monday evenings. Members welcome to come and watch and support the teams!

Thursday night mix-ins have started too, a great opportunity to just turn up and play some mixed tennis from 6pm on Thursday evenings.


Mixed friendlies matches have also commenced. We played two matches so far with one loss and one win.  If anyone wish to participate in these fun and friendly matches, please do not hesitate to contact Andree Haxton at [email protected].



The first Bank Holiday Tournament of the year was great fun and many new members participated in this friendly and fun tournament. The winners were: Christian D’Angiola and Richard Courtman, Kate Curson and Chris Rice.  The sun shone down as competitors enjoyed tennis followed by a barbecue kindly prepared by Dougie.

The Persian Supper Night was a great success.  60 meals were cooked and served in the clubhouse.  £729.34 was raised for Care4Calais! Every penny will be spent locally supporting our asylum seekers from the Holiday Inn in Markyate.

We have the following events in the next few months, please sign up early to avoid disappointment




Please sign up for our once in a lifetime Centenary Day!  It is going to be a unique opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day of tennis activities, childrens’ games and music to celebrate our 100th Birthday!



  • 6th– An astonishing evening with the talented Tim Sutton
  • 13th– Wimbledon Ladies Final Day – Screening at the club with Pimms and afternoon tea
  • 18th– Supper Night – this will only be happening if we have volunteers to cook. Please contact our Social Secretary, Jane Bisseker at [email protected] if you wish to cook for our hungry members on a Thursday night.



The first Junior night of the year started on the 19th April with a very good turnout.  Thank you to Izzy and Jessica who run the tuck shop to raise fund for a 4-week environmental expedition to Ecuador with KWS next summer. We are still looking for a volunteer to run the bar during our Junior Nights on Fridays.  Please contact Andree Haxton at [email protected] if you are able to help.



The committee are keen to hear your views. Please do not hesitate to email [email protected] with any suggestions you may have. Thank you for your continued support. If you wish to read the latest Committee minutes, they are available on the notice board in the clubhouse entrance hallway.


Kind Regards

Elliswick LTC Committee


PS, Don’t forget to keep up to date with events at our website http://www.elliswickltc.co.uk and follow our Facebook page as well.