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The aim of the site is to provide all the information you need about the club and its activities.

To find out how to join or renew your membership go to our membership page.

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If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the chairman for further information.

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Annual General Meeting - 9th November 2017: The club will be holding its AGM in Chilham Village Hall at 730pm on Thursday 9th November in Chilham Village Hall. All members are encouraged to attend, elect the committee and have their say in the future of the club. There will be an important update on the clubs development plans for a third court and courtside building. Click here for the agenda.

Wine & Wisdom - Saturday 14th October: 15 teams pitted their wits against 10 rounds of cunningly crafted questions from quiz master Pete Swan. The Woolpack provided an excellent ploughmans style buffet for each table and Hopdaemon brewery donated a polypin of the popular local brew Incubus to help oil the memory wheels for those contestants with a penchant for real ale. After a closely fought contest, The Smileys emerged victorious for the second year with an average age that made it unlikely they could attribute any of their success to the Incubus. There was a well supported raffle and the club is very grateful to those that contributed prizes, especially the club member who donated a hamper brim full of a variety of alcoholic, sporting and clothing items. The club also thanks those that supported this years quiz and hopes they thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The funds raised all go towards maintaining and improving our facilities at the recreation ground. Save the date for next years quiz which will be on Saturday 13th October 2018.

Mixed Tournament - Sunday 24th September at 1pm: 10 pairs battled out the clubs mixed tournament and were arranged into 2 groups of 5 pairs who played each other in a round robin format. Following the tradition set in the June tournament, the groups were named after the clubs proud sponsors, Monin and BTF. The winners of each group then played in a Grand Final to decide this years winners of the Chilham Tennis Club Mixed Doubles Trophy. The final was tightly contested and Marion and Gregg led 3-1 after 4 games beating last years champions without the need for the tie break. Click here for the tournament results, report, photos and slide show.

Tennis Club Garden Party - Sunday 9th July: Liz and Penny arranged a late afternoon-early evening party in Penny's beautiful garden with wonderful views that stretch over to the woods at Blean on one of the hottest afternoons of the summer. Members brought a plate of food to share and a bottle of their own taste and there was also a polypin of Incubus donated by the local Hopdaemon brewery. Pete organised some fun "tennis related" games, there was an auction of promises with Will acting as auctioneer and a good sum was raised for the clubs development fund.

Mixed Tournament - Sunday 25th June: 10 pairs battled out the clubs mixed tournament and were arranged into 2 groups of 5 pairs who played each other in a round robin format. The groups were named after the clubs proud sponsors, Monin and BTF. The winners of each group then played in a Grand Final to decide this years winners of the Chilham Tennis Club and Woolpack shield. The final was a well contested and sporting affair despite a John McEnroe moment from Gregg which was dealt with very calmly by the umpire. With the score at 2 games all, the two teams entered the tie-breaker with all to play for. The tie-breaker swung both ways before Jo and Matt came back from 4-2 down to win 7-5. Click here for the tournament results, report, photos and slide show.

Free Junior Coaching for local School Children: The clubs new initiative to encourage local school children to take up tennis has exceeded expectations. Over 25 schools kids have been given the opportunity to try out tennis and gain the basic skills needed to enjoy the sport and continue playing. On the back on this, the club plans further coaching sessions to meet the demand generated and intends to run a similar free coaching course next summer. The coaching was provided by Danny, our LTA Level 3 qualified coach club, and was jointly funded by Kent Sport and Chilham Parish Council so that the course could be offered to the kids free of charge. Click here for the clubs media release.

The Ashes - Sunday 30th April: Bridge won the fourth Ashes Challenge regaining the trophy won by Chilham last year by a game score of 112 to 71. The event again involved an afternoon of mens mixed and ladies doubles using our courts and 2 more in the grounds of Chilham Castle. There was the traditional finger buffet and drinks in the Woolpack afterwards. The competition was extended to 16 players from each team and Bridge showed they had much better strength and depth with a convincing win. Undeterred, Chilham will practice hard over the coming year to fight again next year to win back the coveted trophy. As always, the club is extremely grateful that it is able to use the courts at the Castle for this event. Click here for the match results.

Chilham Tennis Club is awarded the LTA TennisMark accreditation for the 3rd year in a row: This is very important news for the future the development of the club. A lot of work has been put in over the summer, especially by Pete Swan who spent a lot of time developing the club policy documents required by the LTA, our coach Danny for developing coaching programmes and advising the club on its youth policy, and Penny Rickards who attended a course and is now our Welfare Officer. Without the efforts of these club members the club would not have obtained the accreditation which essentially means that the LTA consider it a well run club. Tennismark is a way of recognising good standards and best practice at tennis venues in Britain. It will enable the club to access funding that would otherwise not have been available and this will be important for the clubs future development. In the past we have been entirely self sufficient but to develop we need to supplement our own funds with grants that are available from the LTA, Sport England and others.

Club Development Plans: In line with club objectives agreed at its AGM in 2015 with regard to club development, the committee submitted 3 scheme proposals to Chilham Parish Council for funding from monies made available by Ashford Borough Council as a result of the Bagham Place development. The 3 schemes are:-
1) Courtside facility with kitchen area and disabled toilet;
2) Third court with markings for 2 mini-tennis courts;
3) 2 standalone mini-tennis courts.
The scheme proposals together with covering letter and factsheet can be downloaded from the following link ChilhamTennisClubSchemeProposals.
All 3 schemes were on display at the parish council community engagement exhibitions in March 2016. The committee have worked hard on your behalf to draw up these 3 proposals and believe they contribute towards a sustainable improvement plan for the club that will provide significant benefits to both current and future members.
There were 5 other scheme proposals submitted and parishioners were asked to express their views on all 8 schemes using a questionnaire that has been delivered to all properties in the parish. These views were fed into the decision on how the funds available as a result of the Bagham Place development will be allocated.
As a result, all 3 proposals were supported by the parish council and an initial allocation of c£47k was earmarked against them. This equates to about 42% of the funds required.
The club is now working with the Recreation Ground Trust to secure a means of progressing the 3 schemes. The club will be running fund raising events to complement the popular wine and wisdoms run each October and hopes to be able to apply for funding from the LTA, Sport England and other bodies funding sport to make up the funding shortfall.

Annual General Meeting - 2nd December 2016: The club held its AGM in Chilham Village Hall at 8pm on Friday 2nd December. All members were encouraged to attend the meeting. Click here to read the draft minutes which will be approved at next years AGM.

Monday Afternoons: A group of adult members currently play from 2pm and would welcome other members (male of female) joining them. Please contact Liz Baker on 01227 738102 for more details.

Wednesday Evenings: This mix-in session from 530pm is well attended but more members of al lstandards are always welcome. Please contact Liz Dear on 01227 752424 for more details.

Saturday Mornings: A mixed group currently play from around 930am and also invite other members to join them. Please contact Margaret Hart on 01233 740501 or Marion Mason on 01227 738068 for more details.

Ice on courts: Members are asked not to spread salt on the courts to defrost ice as this can seriously damage the court surface.

Chilham Primary School: The club has agreed to allow Chilham Primary School to use the courts between 1.45pm and 2.45pm on Wednesdays during the summer term. The club is keen to encourage kids at our local primary school to use our facilities at this weekly session, discover the game of tennis and maybe join the club as a result.

 

 

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