Mixed Tournament - Sunday 26th June at 1pm: 18 members competed in the Mixed Tournament on Sunday 26th June. They were orgainsed into 8 pairs that played each other in a round robin competition with each match consisting of 4 games. 3 team tied on 17 points (Sue Martin and Martin Hammer, Jo Labon / Seb Hinckley and Paul Allain, Liz Dear and Darril Ling). Sue and Martin came out as winners based upon their scores in the head to head matches between these 3 pairs. Click here for the tournament results, report and photos.
The next tournament will be on Sunday 25th September at 1pm.
The Ashes - Sunday 1st May: Chilham won the third Ashes Challenge beating Bridge by a game score of 74 to 67. 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 during which, at the third attempt, the Ashes Trophy was handed to Chilham. Bridge will be back next year in an attempt to regain the Ashes but they can expect a strong defence from Chilham to hold onto the coveted trophy. Click here for the match results.
Tennis For Kids: Danny our coach is running a free 6 weeks coaching course for ten 5-8 year olds on Tuesdays afternoons between 130pm and 230pm starting 7th June until 12th July. The coaching has been offered first to pupils of Chilham St Marys Primary School. Click here for more details and to sign up. Kids will get a free racket to use during the course and keep forever if they attend regularly. If the course is fully booked, please add your name to the waiting list as the club may be able to run further courses.
Open Day - Saturday 16th July: The club is running another Open Day on Saturday 16th July from 2pm to 5pm as part of the LTA Great Tennis Weekend. The event is free and is intended for local people who are interested in playing tennis but are not members of a club. Danny, our club coach, will be present, and there will be free coaching group sessions, open to all abilities. Racquets and balls will be provided if required. The aim of the day is to promote tennis in the area and recruit some new members. Click here for more details.
Spring Social - Friday 22nd April - 7.30pm - The Woolpack: Over 30 members met in The Woolpack for nibbles and a drink with other club members and to renew their membership subscriptions. Members who had renewed either at or before the social and were British Tennis Members who had opted into this years ballot qualified for the Wimbledon tickets draw, which took place on the night. (Becoming a British Tennis Member is free ! Just sign up on the LTA website by selecting the free Club Membership option and after you have set up an account go on to opt in to the Wimbledon ballot. This years allocation is listed in the newsletter). Committee members were also there to welcome members and answer any questions they had and talk about ideas they had regarding the club.
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: Another group of adults members currently play from 6pm and are also looking for other members (male of female) to join them. 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 (male of female) to join them. Please contact Margaret Hart on 01233 740501 or Marion Mason on 01227 738068 for more details.
Club Development Plans: In line with club objectives agreed at the last 2 AGMs with regard to club development, the committee has 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 will be on display at the parish council community engagement exhibitions on Friday 18th March in Old Wives Lees village hall from 4pm to 7pm and in Chilham village hall on Saturday 19th March from 10am to 1pm. There were 5 other scheme proposals submitted and parishioners will be asked to express their views on all 8 schemes using a questionnaire that has been delivered to all properties in the parish. These views will feed into the decision on how the funds available as a result of the Bagham Place development will be allocated.
Club members who live in the parish of Chilham are encouraged to participate in the parish council engagement and complete the questionnaire supporting the tennis club proposals. 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.
Ice on courts: Members are asked not to spread salt on the courts to defrost ice as this can seriously damage the court surface.
Annual General Meeting - 4th December 2015: The club helding its AGM in Chilham Village Hall at 8pm on Friday 4th December. All members were encouraged to attend the meeting and it made important decisions regarding the future of our club. A letter (including an agenda) had been emailed to all members.
Chilham Tennis Club has been awarded the LTA TennisMark accreditation:
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.
Wine & Wisdom - Saturday 17th October: 17 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 everyone had the opportunity to test out a reasonably priced bar. After a closely fought contest, A Dangerous Thing emerged victorious with the first 4 teams separated by just 5 points. The club thanks all those that supported this years quiz and hopes they thoroughly enjoyed the evening and save the date for next years quiz which will be on Saturday 15th October 2016. The funds raised all go towards maintaining and improving facilities at the recreation ground.
Open Day - Saturday 27th June: The club ran a successful Open Day on Saturday 27th June as part of the LTA Great Tennis Weekend. The event was free and was intended for local people who are interested in playing tennis but are not members of a club. Danny, our club coach, was present all day, there was free coaching group sessions, open to all abilities. Racquets and balls were provided if required. The aim of the day was to promote tennis in the area and recruit some new members. Click here for the flier for the Open Day.
Mixed Tournament - Sunday 21st June: The club ran a mixed tournament on Sunday 21st June starting at 1pm. We organised some food and soft drinks and make it a social event as well as a tennis competition. On a bright sunday afternoon, 5 mixed pairs battled it out.
Matches consisted of tie break sets with one advantage point played at deuce if required to decide the game. Each pair played each of the other pairs, so each played 4 matches.
In the end, Gill and Ben came out winners narrowly beating Liz and Geoff by 25 games to 24.
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.