Elliswick LTC Newsletter – December 2021

Dear Members,

Welcome to our December Newsletter.

We hope that you all have had a safe Christmas and have enjoyed the festive season. As another year draws to a close, we would like to thank you for all your support throughout these trying times, to help us to manage lockdown successfully. We wish you all a fulfilling, healthy and brighter New Year. Best wishes for 2022!


Plan B Update (24th December)

An update on tennis activity and general guidance following the Government’s announcement of a move to ‘Plan B’ in light of the increased challenge posed by the spread of the Omicron variant:

Tennis Activity Guidance

There are no restrictions on tennis activity, and so all forms of tennis activity including social play, training, coaching and competitions can continue take place, indoors and outdoors with no set limits on numbers, in line with the ‘Return to Play’ guidance. While there are currently no plans for this to change, the situation remains one that can change very quickly and so tennis players, coaches, venues and officials are advised to check the latest information on a regular basis. Further information is available on https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/ and the Government website and via Sport England’s FAQs.

General Guidance

While there are no restrictions on playing tennis, all those involved in our sport should continue to follow Government guidance to help reduce transmission, including for all activity surrounding tennis such as travel to and from your venue. The Government’s full information on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of the virus can be read here, with extracts of relevant information also provided.



As per our recent email, invoices will be sent out on the morning of the 4th of January from our new membership system. The emails will be sent from “Elliswick Lawn Tennis Club <[email protected]>”

Please make sure you check your inbox on this day and look in your junk folder if you don’t find it.

This invoice MUST be paid by 28th February 2022, or your membership will automatically lapse.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Secretary, Sally Radcliffe, at [email protected].


  • The underfloor heating failed in the clubhouse at the start of the month. Martin Wren has recovered most of the heating capability, but it will need further work.
  • The men’s toilet has been fixed; the flush had stopped working.
  • We have a meeting scheduled for January with our planning consultant to discuss the floodlight project’s next steps.
  • We are planning to carry out a deep clean on courts 1-3, hopefully in the 2022/23 year. This will prolong the life of and improve the playing surface.


All the winter matches are well underway, with some matches being cancelled recently due to the weather. All have been rescheduled to play in the New year.

Ladies Tennis
The Ladies annual Christmas lunch was a great success.  Around 30 ladies each brought a plate to share.  We hope those of you who attended enjoyed the Christmas festivities. From the proceeds we donated £125 to the Daylight Club.  We have received a letter of thanks, which is now on the main notice board.

Just a reminder that Tuesday mornings are open from 9am onwards for all ladies of the club.  It’s an excellent way of getting to know other members, having a few games if you’re coming back from injury or a new member having completed one of our many coaching courses

We are looking for lady players to play in the summer matches, if you would like to be considered for match play please let our new ladies captain, Sue Cove know at [email protected].

Mixed Team Tennis

Each of our 5 teams play either 5 or 6 matches in the season, depending on the number of teams in each division. Some of our teams have only played a few of their matches.

Our mix-in tennis on Thursday mornings are open throughout the year from 9am to 11am. You just turn up and guaranteed (providing there are 4 people) a game without pre-arranging a set.

If you don’t have anyone one to play with and would like to play some doubles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, many members belong to an organised group of players that play regularly together every week, mens, mixed and ladies so contact the Secretary at [email protected] if you would like details of this group.


The last social event of 2021 was the Comedy evening, which was a great success.

In the new year, we will be getting a new program together for 2022.  If anyone is interested in doing an event or has ideas please let our Social Secretary, Jeanette Rickerty know, by emailing her at [email protected]


We have a huge amount of unnamed lost property in our clubhouse, which we are unable to store. We will be donating it to charity in the middle of January 2022, if it is not collected. This includes almost 30 water bottles as well as clothing. Please may we ask you to collect them if you think any of them may be yours.


Do you have an old CD player that you no longer use or need? We would be incredibly grateful if you would be prepared to donate it to us. Please contact [email protected], if you are able to help us out.


One of our long-standing members, Alan Punter, is researching the history of Pimlico Place, the terrace of cottages numbered 23 to 38 on West Common (they will be 200 years old in 2022), and the nearby buildings – just south of Rothamsted.  If any of you or your families and friends have photos, documents or recollections relating to any of the people that have lived there in the past, please contact Alan at [email protected].

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.