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****NEW COACHING SESSION****
Rob Cruickshank has started a new coaching session.

Adult beginners/returners. Wednesdays 7-8pm

Please contact Rob on 07594541788 or robertcruickshank@btinternet.com if you are interested

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Details of Lorton Tennis Club – Newsletter: April 2018

Already the evenings are lengthening and our thoughts are turning to the Tennis Summer Season. This is the first newsletter for a year. We have been sending out messages via Clubspark but the committee thought it might be nice to have an occasional newsletter that you can print out and refer too. There will be masses of info in it so please read carefully and keep a copy for reference.

SUBSCRIPTIONS
Most of you have now paid your membership for this year. If you haven’t please visit the club website lortontennis.org and follow the instructions on the membership page. There are some changes to membership this year. The committee have introduced a couple’s membership to encourage ‘other halves’ to join and would like all juniors having coaching to become club members.
Membership subscriptions for 2018 are as follows: –
Adult £90
Adult over 70 £70
Juniors at primary school £10
Juniors at senior school £25
Couples £165
Family £190
Non-playing members £15
New players are welcome to try before they buy by booking a court online via the website for £10/hour. This can be refunded from membership if they subsequently decide to join.
Please note that the number on the combination padlocks will be changed on Sunday 6th May. Provided you have paid membership by then you should receive an email with the new combination.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday 29th April Ted’s Tournament 3pm. Fun social tournament, mix in and play with different partners. Please bring along something to eat and drink afterwards. Coffee, tea, biscuits and prizes provided.
Sunday 13th May Great British Tennis Weekend Open Day 2.30pm. The club is taking part in this LTA initiative to encourage new players into tennis. Rob Cruikshank will be offering free coaching to juniors and adults. For details and to book a coaching session online please see the GBTW website. Club members please tell friends and family, come along, have a game and welcome potential new members.
Tuesday 15thMay Closing date for entries into Club Championships.
Friday18th May Friday Night Mixed Doubles Social Tennis start.
Friday 8th June Tennis for Kids 6-week subsidised course for kids new to tennis
Wednesday 20th June Leisure Surfaces booked
Sunday 22nd July 2nd Great British Tennis Weekend Open Day. Details TBC.
Saturday 11th August Coffee Morning at Yew Tree Hall
Saturday 8th September Club Championships Finals Day
(Sunday 9th September Club Champs if weather poor on Saturday)

FRIDAY NIGHT MIXED DOUBLES SOCIAL TENNIS
Julie Best has offered to organise the Friday Night Social Tennis which this year will start on 18th May. Please see Julie’s message below.
Dates are as follows;
May 18th
June 1st 15th and 29th
July 13th and 27th
August 10th and 24th
September 7th
For those who haven’t joined in before this is fun evening with good tennis and supper and drinks afterwards in the clubhouse. Once I have everyone’s availability I will organize a rota consisting of 6men and 6 ladies for each Friday.
Please send your availability to Julie Best at – tonyandjuliebest@hotmail.co.uk

Looking forward to hearing from everyone and hopefully some new players will join the regulars .
Many thanks
Julie
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
This season the Club Championships 2018 will be organised by Rachel Wilson.
Finals day has been set for Saturday 8th September (if wet Sunday 9th September). Please put this date in your diary!!!
This seasons tournament is designed to be more inclusive with Rachel arranging your partner for the doubles events. Hopefully this will encourage all club members to have a go! Please see Rachel’s message below

Hi all,
I’m not sure what was in the wine at the AGM but apparently, I volunteered to run the tournament this year!!
I would really love to make it a very inclusive event and hopefully encourage a bigger turn out on finals day to make for a good social occasion. I have very fond memories of my village finals day where I grew up as it was always a complete mix of abilities.
As such I propose that in the doubles events I will draw partners entirely at random rather than people entering as a partnership and I would LOVE as many people as possible to enter.
So that we get a good finals day with all finals being played on the day there will be a strict policy that if you are unavailable on finals day and you are about to win the semi-final then you scratch at match point and the other pair go through.
The same will happen in the singles.
In order that all matches are ready to be played in time I will be RUTHLESS in reminding people about deadlines by which matches need to be played.
Date for finals day is Saturday 8th September with Sunday 9th September if wet.
I look forward to receiving your entries – by 15th May please to the email address below stating which events you would like to enter.

Rachel Wilson

markrachie@aol.com

Competition categories are: –
– Mens Singles
– Mens Doubles
– Ladies Singles
– Ladies Doubles
– Mixed Doubles

The closing date for entries to the Lorton Tennis Club Championships is
Tuesday 15th May

LADIES TEAM TENNIS
This year the Ladies teams are being managed by Emma Beattie and Julie Best. Ladies who would like to play in league matches, which are spread over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from mid May – early July, should contact Emma emalou2000@hotmail.com/ 01900 67931/07765067288.
MENS TEAM TENNIS
Two teams are entered in the West Cumbria League this year, one in each division. Men’s Captain Graham Morgan graham@gohigher.co.uk is managing the 1st team and Tony Norman annnorman66@outlook.com the 2nd. Please contact them if you are interested in playing team tennis.

CLUB COACH
Chris Lockyer is our Club coach and can be contacted on 07900286909. He is currently running junior coaching on a Thursday evening and Ladies coaching on a Monday evening at 7pm. If you would like a private lesson or would like to suggest a group session, please contact Chris or a committee member.
Congratulations to Rob Cruikshank who is now an LTA level 2 coach and will be able to help with the coaching.

COURT RESURFACING
The club has been very fortunate to secure some grant funding from Cumbria county council and the Cumberland Building Society which will enable a court to be resurfaced this year. A date has been booked with Leisure surfaces in June and the committee is working to finalise details.

CLUB COMMITTEE
The Club’s Tennis Committee meets regularly. If you have any items you would like discussed, please contact the chair.
Chair – Dave Hulme simritchie@gmail.com
Vice Chair – Chris Edmunds
Senior Committee member- Penny Lees
Treasurer – Julie Best
Secretary and website– Anghie Cooley
Membership – Gill White
Facebook Media Officer – Robert Cruickshank
Ladies Captains – Emma Beattie/ Julie Best
Men’s Captains – Graham Morgan/Tony Norman
School Co-ordinator – Cal Williamson
Marketing/Publicity – Peter Hemingway
Chair’s PA – Sue Ritchie
Tennis Coach – Chris Lockyer
Safeguarding/Club Championships Organiser – Rachel Wilson
Jane Fairey

WEBSITE DETAILS
This is updated regularly by Anghie and has information about the club and club activities. Keep up to date with everything that is going on by visiting:-
lortontennis.org
FACEBOOK
Rob Cruikshank is keeping this up to date. If you have any pictures, events etc please let him know. Why not visit the page and like it!
ONLINE COURT BOOKING
Please use the online court booking available via the club website, your own club spark account or by downloading the Clubspark booker app for your smart phone (free from your usual app store). Visitors can also book and pay for a court this way.
WHATS App GROUPS
There are three Whats App groups running in the club. They are very useful to find someone to play with, make up a 4 or check the weather etc. If you would like to be added please contact Joe Broomfield on 07855688026 (general group), Chris Macleod on 07889181080 (Sunday social group), or Emma Beattie on 07765067288 (ladies coaching group).

OPEN CLUB SESSIONS
SATURDAY friendly sessions continue. Everyone is welcome. The start is around 10am and lasts for 2/3hours.
SUNDAY similar format to Saturday. Starts at 4pm through the summer. There is a Whats app group running if you want to check other’s availability. See above.
MONDAY MORNING. A group of ladies enjoy informal Ladies Doubles every Monday Morning at 10am. If you are interested in joining the group please contact:-Elspeth White michael@elspethandmike.plus.com
WEDNESDAY MORNING. A group of men play, contact Tony Norman anton66@btinternet.com and a group of ladies, contact Judy Hudson judyhudson97@hotmail.com

CAR PARKING
Please do not park on the grass as it becomes very muddy and untidy looking and muddy shoes may cause slips and damage to court surfaces. Thank you.

BALL MACHINE FACILITY
Everyone is welcome to make use of the machine. Contact a committee member if you need tuition on its use. We tend to ‘lose’ the balls over time so if anyone has older balls they no longer need please bring them down to the club and they will be put to good use in the ball machine.

RECYCABLE
When you have finished with old balls please place them in the orange bucket just inside the changing room door. The club will receive 20p/ball and the balls will be put to further good use and not end up in landfill or rivers.

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