Elliswick LTC Newsletter – September 2019

Dear Members,

Welcome to our September Newsletter.

The Junior Tournament was a big success again this year, thanks to the exceptional organisational skills of our Junior Captain, Deborah Temple. The standard of play was excellent and the wonderful sunshine made it the perfect day.  We would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers who willingly stepped forward to help with the scoring, the social catering team for keeping us all fed and watered and to all who helped to make sure it all ran so smoothly. It was a wonderful day for our tournament players and spectators.  Many thanks to Sally and Miles Radcliffe for doing the BBQ and to Jeanette, Mhairi and Sandra for helping with the teas and coffees and other catering during the day.  A lot of hard work, but much appreciated by over 80 people who enjoyed great tennis on a beautiful sunny September day.

The autumn season is underway now. The summer club nights (men’s, ladies, juniors) have all come to an end that the evening light is fading. The floodlights are available to use for members nightly until 9:30pm. Please book your court in advance (the booking system allows up to two weeks advance booking) as the courts get booked up quickly.

We have some fun social events to look forward to in October and November, such as Quiz Night on Saturday the 19th of October and Comedy Night on Saturday the 16th of November. Our Annual General Meeting is to be held on Saturday the 24th of November at the clubhouse at 10:00am.


Court Booking Policy :

Only adult members (full-paying and playing) can book courts. Juniors have priority on courts from 15:30pm until 18:00pm Mon-Fri, if not used for coaching.  Also, juniors have priority on Court 5 except during:

  • adult mix-in sessions
  • between 08:00-12:00 on Saturday
  • 10:00-12:00 Sundays; and
  • when used for coaching

Visitor fees:

Please make sure that you pay a visitor fee for any playing visitors (non-members). You must sign them in, in the book just inside the clubhouse, and pay a £3 visitor fee in the envelope and insert it in the slot provided in the entrance hallway.


  • The paving slabs on the entrance path to the clubhouse are uneven. We aim to get this fixed as soon as practicable and we are soliciting bids for the work at present. In the meantime, please make sure you and yours take care to avoid any trips or falls as you walk to the clubhouse and court 1.
  • The Tournament Winner boards will be updated shortly with the junior and adult results for this year


Ladies Tennis

Winter matches will shortly be underway and to wish the ladies luck through the colder months.  Ladies night is now finished until next Spring but ladies morning is still running on Tuesday mornings from 9am.

Men’s Tennis

With the summer season now almost concluded almost all team results are in with the final positions likely to be as follows:

Herts 3 pair format

1st Team – Div 1B – 4th out of 8 – stay in division.

2nd Team – Div 1A – 6th out 7 – relegated back to Div 2

3rd Team – Div 3B – 4th out of 7 – stay in division.

4th Team – Div 3A – 3rd out of 7 – promotion possible depending on outstanding results.

5th Team – Div 4B – 6th out of 7 – relegated to Div 5.

Hot Rackets

1st Team – Div 2B – 1st out of 8 – promoted back to Div 1

2nd Team – Div 5A – 4th out of 6.

My thanks to fellow captains, Ant Harrison, Neil Berry and David Kendall in the Herts Leagues and Paul Hunt and Ben Dearman in Hot Rackets for their time and effort spent arranging the fixtures and finding players to represent our club. Also a thank you to all those who played in the matches which we hope you all enjoyed.

Autumn / Winter Vets matches are now commencing so best of luck to all our teams taking part in the over 45, over 55 and for the first time over 65 age categories.

Mixed Team Tennis

Team tennis is transitioning from summer to autumn and winter leagues. The mixed Datchworth league is in full swing now.


  • Our last supper night was a great success.  Many thanks to Dugie and Suzette Carlean and Tessa Fahrenheim for a great South African BBQ that was enjoyed by everyone who attended.
  • QUIZ NIGHT – Saturday 19th October.  A prompt 7pm start with a fish and chip supper being served at 8pm.  Prizes for the winning table.  If you are interested please put your name down on the list on the notice board.
  • COMEDY NIGHT – Saturday 16 November.  Tickets are £15 per person.  Please put your name down on the notice board where you will find the details of who is performing etc.  If you are interested please:
  • Send your payment to the Elliswick account (please email Andree Haxton at [email protected] who has the details)
  • Let Jeanette Rickerty know at [email protected], when you have done this so we know the number of people attending.

Please note that no food will be provided.  If you wish to sit with friends or family please also let us know.


Junior Tournament

Congratulations to the following Winners and Runners Up whose names will soon appear on the board at the clubhouse.

U8 Mixed ~ Winner Hugo Nicolas ~ RU Bradley Holmes

U10 Mixed ~ Winner Henry Martin ~ RU Ben Holmes

Boys U12 ~ Winner Alex Sweeney ~ RU Stuart Martin

Girls U14 ~ Winner Emily Gardiner ~ RU Isobel Spittal

Boys U14 ~ Winner Ewan Martin ~ RU Ben Whiting

Boys U16 ~ Winner Samuel Lowe ~ RU Oliver Dean

League Tournaments

The Mini Winter (U8, U9, U10) League and Autumn League (U12 Boys, U14 Girls, U14 Boys) has now started and matches are being played.  Good luck to all the teams and thank you to the Team Captains.

Junior Night

Friday 27th September was the last Junior Night for this year and we will return in the Spring.  The Junior Bulletin Board is now relocated in the main club room so please keep a lookout for updates on box leagues and future events.

Jumbulance Cycle Ireland – Charity Appeal

Just to remind you that one of our members, Neil Berry, is about to embark on a long cycle ride to raise funds for the Jumbulance Trust charity (www.jumbulance.org.uk) as they strive to make travel opportunities accessible to the disabled and seriously ill members of our society. The running total from the Justgiving page, gift aid and pledges already received stands at around £3,000 which will inspire Neil to keep pedalling when he starts the 7 days of cycling from the bottom to the top of Ireland from October 7th.  Should you still be considering to support this very worthy cause, please feel free to visit the website: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Neil-Berry60

Kind Regards

Elliswick LTC Committee

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