Elliswick LTC Newsletter – January 2020

Dear Members,

Welcome to our January Newsletter. Firstly, apologies for the length of this month’s newsletter.  As it is the first one of the year, we have many fantastic news items to share with you.

At the AGM in November 2019, we appointed Rupert Tillbrooke as our new Men’s Captain, David Kendall as our new Company Secretary, and Jim McGown was unanimously re-elected as President of the Club by the Board at the Board/Committee meeting on 20 January 2020, so we are looking forward to a great year ahead with the new look Committee. The Committee has also established a sub-committee with responsibility for the bar. The members of this sub-committee are Eric Rovick, Andree Haxton, Nefyn Provis-Evans and Tom Walters.

We also wish to share with you some important dates that will be happening this year:

  • Finals Day on Sunday the 4th July and 5th July as reserve date.
  • Junior Tournament on Sunday 13th September with reserve date of Sunday 20th September
  • Jazz evening is on 14th March. Lulu and the Hullabaloos will be playing. There will be a mixture of jazz standards, mellow ballads and lively latin style music (which people can dance to if they wish). It’s a very relaxed evening where people can chat and snack whilst the music plays.
  • Dinner dance is on 6th June – Special date for your diary.  We are having a dinner with music and fun roulette and blackjack tables at Harpenden Common Golf Club. More details to follow.

2020 Annual Club Tournament

  • Sign up forms to go up at the club house on Saturday 22 February 2020
  • Closing date for entry Sunday 22 March 2020
  • The draw sheets to be published by Friday 27 March 2020
  • Tournament start date Monday 30 March 2020
  • Tournament end date / semi-finals round to completed by Sunday 28 June
  • Tournament Final date Saturday 4 July 2020


Thank you very much to all those who paid their renewal fees promptly and qualified for the 5% discount!

From the 1st February, you have to pay the full amount. Please make sure any outstanding fees are paid by 29/02/2020. If you miss this deadline, your membership will lapse and your place will be offered to one of the 200 people on our waiting list!

Wimbledon Ballot

To be entitled to participate in the ballot for 2020 Wimbledon tickets, members must be a member of the LTA and have opted in for the Wimbledon ballot by 14 February 2020: join and opt in here https://www.lta.org.uk/. Please join and opt in even if you are not sure you will be able to attend Wimbledon as the more opted-in Club members there are, the more tickets get allocated to the Club by the LTA. Currently, 264 Elliswick members have opted in.

Minutes of the Board/Meeting

If you wish to read the minutes of the Board/Committee meeting, they are available in the yellow folder in the clubhouse. Your views would be gratefully received.

Grounds & Clubhouse

  • The paving at the front of the clubhouse has been re-laid, and steps built down to court 1
  • Tiger Turf are working on removing the creases in the surface behind court 2, which have been getting worse recently.
  • Abacus have carried out the annual maintenance on the floodlights
  • The Floodlight sub-committee has met and we are working on the initial threads of the project
  • The Acoustic partition developed a fault, it has been repaired under guarantee.

Lost Property Box

Please check that you have not left anything in the property box as it will be emptied on Friday the 14th February and any un-claimed items will be given to the local charity.

Team Tennis

Ladies tennis

This summer we will be entering 1 team of Herts league and 4 teams of Hot Rackets. If any ladies would like to play in any of the ladies team, please do not hesitate to register your interest by contacting Victoria Aitchison at [email protected]

Summer Friendlies:
Lynn Frankling will be organising these matches again this Summer.  If any improving players would like to start playing matches, this would be ideal for you. Please contact Lynn at [email protected]

Men’s Tennis

As per last summer, we will be entering one team in the Men’s Herts National League (Aegon), 5 teams in the Herts League and 2 teams in the Hot Rackets League. If anyone would like to play in a men’s team, please do not hesitate to register your interest by contacting Rupert Tillbrooke at [email protected].

Mixed Team Tennis

The East Herts Winter Mixed season is well underway, with 7 teams competing for ELTC. We are now looking forward to the Summer Datchworth season. Last year we entered 3 teams and we will enter the same number of teams this year. If anyone would like to play in a mixed-team team, please do not hesitate to register your interest by contacting Eric Rovick at [email protected].

Also, the Mid Herts Mixed League (historically called the mixed friendlies) starts up in late April or early May. Historically we have used a mix of senior and improving players in this league, for many it is an introduction to competitive tennis. If you wish to play in these friendly matches, please do not hesitate to contact Andree Haxton at [email protected].


Please make notes of the following events in your social calendar for 2020

February Bacon rolls on Saturday Mornings June 6th Dinner Dance
March 14th Jazz Night June 11th Supper Night
March 30th Club in-house Tournament to begins July 4th Finals Day
March 31st Men’s Night begins July 5th Finals Day (Reserve)
April 1st Ladies Night begins July 9th Supper Night
April 2nd Club Night Mix-In begins August 31st Bank Holiday Tournament
April 23rd Supper Night begins September 10th Last Supper Evening
April 24th Junior Night begins September 13th Junior Tournament
April 25th Open Day/New Members Day September 18th MacMillan Coffee Morning
May 8th Bank Holiday Tournament September 19th Wine Tasting Evening
May 9th Family Fun Day September 20th Junior Tournament (Reserve)
May 13th Ladies Wednesday prosecco evening October 17th Quiz Night
May 21st Supper Night November 14th Comedy Night
May 25th Bank Holiday Tournament
November 21st AGM


Bacon Rolls – Do you have a child who would like to cook on a Saturday morning and provide our members with some breakfast after a hard game of tennis? They may be raising money for a charity or challenge, please let Jeanette Rickerty know at [email protected] know.

Supper nights – If you love cooking please get in touch with Jeanette or put your name down on the rota on the notice board.  Our supper nights are once a month from April to September.  A two-course meal is served at 8pm after the Club Mix-in on a Thursday evening.


  • The date for the 2020 Junior Tournament is Sunday 13th September with reserve date on Sunday 20th

Our Junior Secretary, Deborah Temple will liaise entry to competition games with the Junior Captains of each age group, in conjunction with Ben Wood who allocates the teams.

  • The Friday Junior Nights will recommence on the 24th April and Deborah is looking for volunteers for the Rota.  Please email Deborah [email protected] if you are able to help with the 6-8pm shift.

Charity Fund Raising

Please help support one of our members, Mandy Macqueen, who is running the London Marathon 2020 to raise funds to help more people to share what’s worrying them with a trained counsellor.

1 in 4 people suffer from a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, bereavement or life changing events.

The Counselling Foundation, based in St Albans, offer subsidised counselling that can help to improve family life, reduce isolation and encourage people back into paid or volunteering work.

All donations are much appreciated, please click on the link below to donate. Thank you.

For further information about Mandy and the Couselling Foundation please click on the link below:



Choir in Harpenden

One of our multitalented members (Tim Sutton) is inviting you to join his choir group (Upbeat).  Please see the information below:

Upbeat is a funsociable choir, and a great musical experience, for adults of all ages. We cover a broad range of music from classical to popworld to folk. You’ll learn singing techniques and performance skills with an experienced West End conductor. You’ll meet other like-minded people in your area.

You’ll have the opportunity to sing in concertsNo need to audition or read music.

A termly fee includes access to scores and sound files to help you learn.

We welcome singers of all abilities who would like to sing with others, learn great music and have fun.

For more information, contact Tim on 07976 754741 email: [email protected]

Don’t hesitate – get in touch and be part of the Upbeat family today!

​The first rehearsal is on Thursday 6th February at 7:45pm for 8pm at The Old Library, St. George’s School, Sun Lane, AL5 4TD.


Kind Regards

Elliswick LTC Committee


PS, Don’t forget to keep up to date with events at our website http://www.elliswickltc.co.uk