Elliswick LTC Newsletter – May 2019

Dear Members,

Welcome to our May Newsletter. We are very pleased to inform you that on a very fine Saturday afternoon, the 11th of May, our new clubhouse extension was officially opened by the Town Mayor of Harpenden, Councillor David Heritage, and his Consort, Councillor Teresa Heritage.

The function was also attended by Martin Corrie, President of the British Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Trevor Adamson, President of the Hertfordshire LTA, Jim McGown, the club’s President, Eric Rovick, the club’s Chairman, and numerous other dignitaries and club members.

The extension has substantially enlarged the clubhouse to include a much larger lounge, additional catering space and office facilities.

Please check out the lovely photos of the Grand Opening Day on the club’s website: http://www.elliswickltc.co.uk under the Gallery.


We are now entering the final month of the tournament, with Finals Day taking place on Saturday 29th June. Congratulations to all those players who have made it through their initial round(s). At this point it is imperative that all matches are played by the deadline dates, to allow further rounds to be arranged and played on time. If any players are encountering difficulty scheduling matches by the deadline, please don’t let it just slip – contact the Tournament Secretary, Louise Behan, asap ([email protected]).


We have held some meetings with interested parties to work out how the two areas should be used, and how and when the acoustic partition should be deployed. We will train certain people to open the partition, it is quite tricky and there is potential to cause damage if the correct procedure is not followed. Also, we must not drag furniture across the floor from one area to the other. We will be keeping a snagging list of issues in the new building for the next six months.

We have a maintenance agreement with the electricians that means we can call them out for the floodlights in case of malfunction. Hopefully we will not have to use that service too often.

The defective floodlight mast has been repaired. Nefyn is meeting Abacus this week to put in place a new maintenance contract for the lights.

Dave Watkinson has sorted out the new planting areas and lawn following the building works.


Ladies Team

  • The Herts League and Hot Racket matches have started with some good results so far.
  • Ladies mornings on Tuesdays and Ladies evenings on Wednesdays are well attended.  These are open to all abilities so please come and join us play.
  • The Ladies Friendly matches are well underway with great results so far and delicious lunches that follow.  If anyone is interested in playing these matches which take place week days please contact Lynn on [email protected]

Men’s Team

Herts 3 pair summer league: Matches have now commenced but not yet really into full swing. The 1st and 4th teams are yet to play. The 2nd and 3rd teams have both lost their opening 2 matches. The 5th team has played 2 and won 1.

Herts Team Tennis – 4 players all playing singles followed by 2 doubles matches:
The team play in the top division in Hertfordshire and have won one and lost two of their opening 3 fixtures. The next two matches will determine whether we retain our premier league status.
Hot Rackets – 2 pairs playing doubles. 1st team – played 2 won 1. 2nd team – played 2 lost 2

Winter Vets. The final standings have been published.
+45A – relegated from Championship to Division 1 after finishing 6/7.
+45B – retain position in Division 2A after finishing 5/7
+45C – finished bottom in lowest Division 4A – 8/8.
+55A – relegated from Championship to Division 1 after finishing 6/7
+55B – relegated from Division 1B after finishing 6/6.

Men’s Singles ladder: This has been upon the notice board for sometime now and we are not certain whether any matches have actually been played. Great format for regular competitive tennis. If you’re already in it then please try and start issuing challenges. Interested in joining? Then please send Simon your details – [email protected]

Mixed Teams

The Datchworth Summer League is well under way, with 6 of the 14 matches now played. All of our 3 teams are competing well in their respective divisions, sitting comfortably mid-table.


SUPPER NIGHTS – Our first supper was a great success.  Our thanks go to Chris Rice who produced a great 2 course meal for £6.  Next supper is supper will be on Thursday 13th June at 8 pm.  Sign up about a week before (list on notice board).  We are still looking for someone to do the August and September dates.

BANK HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT – Unfortunately this event was cancelled due to not enough people being available.  August will be the next Bank Holiday Tournament so go onto our website for information on the format

WIMBLEDON DRAW – Our thanks go to Jules and Phil and their helpers for another well organised draw.

PROSECCO EVENING – About 30 ladies came to the Prosecco and nibbles evening and enjoyed some great tennis, as well as socialising.

MEN’S TENNIS & CURRY NIGHT – This will be held on Tuesday the 18th June.  Sign up sheet is on the notice board in the clubhouse.  Please put your name down if you would like to attend.

WINE TASTING EVENING – This is now full.  The evening will take place on Saturday 8th June.  Prompt 7pm start.

FINALS DAY – Saturday 29th June (Reserve date Sunday 30th).  Please let us know if you are able to help with serving teas and coffees during the day.  We will need volunteers to help the day run smoothly and to clear away at the end of the day

DINNER DANCE – This event is open to all members and their friends and families. Please make sure you let us know asap if you would like to attend the evening either individually or reserve a table, on Saturday 20th July.  The event will take place at the Harpenden Common Golf Club.

If you are interested in attending any of the above, please email [email protected].


Friday Junior Nights are in full swing.  For those who are new to the club this is a time for the Juniors to practice their skills or enjoy some free time and mix with friends or other players. 4:30pm to 6pm is for young children (primary school) who should be supervised by an adult or guardian.  6-8pm is for the older children (secondary school) who do not need to be accompanied by parents but must be supervised.  We have a rota in place for the later session in which we request volunteers to ensure that we can offer the session.  If you are able to help please contact Deborah at [email protected]

Box league sign-up is now closed.  Thank you to those who have put their name forward to play in the box league, and we are in the process of contacting those who have expressed interest.  The box league games are to be arranged by the individual players to take place at a mutually convenient time and played before the 15th September (Junior Tournament date).  We are happy to release two courts during the Friday Night Junior Night as an additional option.

Board games are now available in the club house for Juniors.  We kindly request that these are not removed from the club and after play the pieces are all returned to the appropriate box so they can be shared and enjoyed.  Thank you for your consideration.

Junior Tournament entry is now open.  The Tournament date is Sunday 15th September and is an all-day event.  It was a huge success last year, watching our talented kids and enjoying the sunshine.  All day BBQ and bar.  Sign-up is now on the Junior Board at the club house.

Kind Regards

Elliswick LTC Committee