Play Tennis Day

Many thanks to all those members who came along to our Play tennis Day on Saturday 20th June.

It was once again our best attended tennis afternoon of the year – undoubtedly helped by both the summer sunshine, and the extraordinarily delicious, meaty and wholesome barbequed sausages and burgers, much commented upon by our ravenous attendees, which were supplied by our local butcher D & E Hines and expertly prepared by my sous-chefs Anne and Helen, and myself. With a record selection of sauces available to choose from this year, junior member Mikey Daniels calculated that, together with the options of cheese and/or onions, there were no less than 3,560 different combinations of food to choose from. I wouldn’t argue with him because he’s doing AS level maths, but I defy McDonalds to compete with that.

Meanwhile on the courts, our coach kept up to 25 youngsters amused at any one time, overseeing games of short tennis, ‘follow my leader’ and ‘stuck in the mud’ whilst the older juniors and adults engaged themselves in a fun mini-tournament where standards ranged from pretty good to ‘which end do I hold this stick’; which after all demonstrated the whole idea of introducing people to tennis, and by the end of the day everyone could hold their ‘stick’ the right way round, hit a few balls and even score some points! Although I have to admit, the kids were a lot better…! As people meandered between the barbeque and the courts, burger in one hand and a racquet in the other, it was really pleasing to see so many people enjoying some tennis in the sun, and we were delighted to sign up several new members, taking our membership to well over the 100 mark.

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Go and get that ball!

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Crowds, tennis sale and BBQ

A New Roof

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Following a visit to Wimbledon this year, I took the opportunity to discuss with the organisers the possibility of a centre-court like roof for our own courts, which would be very beneficial in the wet winter months. However it appears that it cost them £380 million, and the treasurer informs me that we simply don’t have that sort of money lying around. Not in cash anyway. So I’ve done some research of my own and have found a roof which we could have for virtually nothing, just transportation costs from its present rural location, and a few hours work to erect it over our courts. I’ve taken a picture of it to whet your appetite, see the next page.

Social Events 2009

Here’s a taster of what’s lined up for the rest of the year. For full details just call any committee member:

Saturday 11th July: Chairman’s BBQ. Tickets all sold now so we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Saturday 18th July: Round Robin at the courts, call Bernadette to book in. Keep an eye on the newsletter for further dates.

Saturday 12th September: Club tournament Final’s Day at the courts. All welcome to come and watch, most likely a BBQ too!

Saturday 10th October: Quiz-night, jointly with the Village Hall committee, at the hall. Food provided, £8 per head. Look out for more details soon as these evenings tend to sell out very quickly!

Saturday 28th November: A trip to Towcester races, look out for more details or contact Helen Woodhead who is organising it.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy meeting old and new friends at these events, and we look forward to your support at as many that you can get to!

South Beds League

Our various teams in the South Beds league are generally finding the competition very tough so far this year. We’ve entered four Mens teams, a Ladies and two Mixed. The Mixed A team and the Men’s C team were both promoted last year, so it was always going to be a difficult season for them. We’ve had some victories with the Men’s A and Ladies teams, but the others have not been so fortunate. However the season isn’t over yet, and we’ll keep trying our best and report out at the end of the season as to how we’ve ended up.

And we always enjoy a few sarnies with a nice cup of team and some cake afterwards, no matter who won!

Village Fete

Several of us manned our stall at the fete this year, offering youngsters (and several young at heart adults) the chance to ‘select a red-sticked lollipop’ or to ‘throw the tennis balls through the hole’ to win a magnificent prize. Despite running out of prizes, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we came away with a small profit, although clearly the main objective was to promote the club. We also donated three free tennis lessons as part of the grand prize draw. Oh and we gained a few new members too!

Social Tennis Sessions

Confirmation that our Tuesday evening social sessions now run from 6pm to 9pm so that those who may work late still have the opportunity to come along. We hope more members will take advantage of these sessions in the current fine weather. It’s all included in your membership! And don’t forget we also play on Sunday mornings from 10am….all are welcome.

EBLTC on the Web!

A reminder that we now have our own website. Take a look at www.ebltc.org.uk and you’ll find everything you need to know about the club, including some new photos!

League Ladder

Glenn Wigley has come up with the idea of a league ladder, for those players who’d like some more opportunities for competitive tennis within the club. Details are still being worked out, but Glenn would like to hear of your level of interest, or any other ideas on how it could be organised. If you’d like to know more then please call him on 01525 220006.

Round Robins!

Contrary to popular belief, in tennis talk a round robin is not a fat red-chested bird with a bad temper. And you can stop making up your own jokes! In fact it’s a simple tournament involving usually 12 players who alternate playing in pairs, against as many different pairs as time allows. Each player keeps note of how many games they have won individually, and that decides the winner. It’s so easy even I go in for them. And someone’s always there to explain the rules, and hand out the lavish prizes!

The next round robin will be held on Saturday 18th July at 3pm. If you’d like to take part – and it really is a lot of fun – or have any questions, then just call Chairman Bernadette Hillman on 01525 222531

Charity Bike Ride

Membership secretary Jon Moon is attempting to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in August to raise money for Camfed, an organisation that educates women in Africa. If you’re interested in learning more about his challenge, or indeed sponsoring him, then details can be found on


Below, here are Jon’s team practicing for the event, which seems to involve rather more than just a gentle bike ride – yes that ‘person’ on the left is a chap! Please contact Jon if you’d like to know more as I’ve been sworn to secrecy.

Wimbledon 2009 tickets

Congratulations to the following members whose names were pulled out of the hat for Wimbledon tickets this year. They were Ross and Shelagh Bagni, Peter Hill, Peter Messetter, Mary Jarrett, Bernadette Hillman, Matthew Bygate and Martin Clarke, with Helen Woodhead and Roy Cook as reserves. There was quite a bit of swapping of tickets between people and subsequent price negotiation, so I’m not sure who ended up going on which day, but congratulations to everyone who did go, it was certainly an exciting tournament this year!

Peter and Laura Messetter, two lucky Wimbledon draw winning members on Court 2

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Jane Cross on Court 2, awaiting her Spanish hero….

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…Fernando Verdasco, although what he’s got that I haven’t, I can’t think

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I mean, just look at that paunch.

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See what I mean? Me on the left.

Easy Fundraising

Just a further reminder. Many thanks to everyone who’s been participating with easyfundraising – we now have over a dozen participants who between them have raised over £100 for the club, simply by shopping online and at no cost to them. Think how much we could raise for the club if everyone joins in! So if you’re someone who shops online but hasn’t registered yet, then please do so by visiting: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/eatonbraytennisclub. Then, when you’re buying, remember to enter the shop via a link from the easyfundraising website (or bookmark that link in your favourites).

Easyfundraising includes most major online retailers, and in addition the Insurance section includes all the well known insurers such as Direct Line, Esure, More Than, Marks & Spencer Finance, Sainsburys Finance, Budget, HSBC, Nationwide, The Post Office, Prudential and lots more. So if you’re planning to insure your car or home soon, log on to easyfundraising first to find yourself a great deal AND raise funds for us. For example, take out home insurance with Direct Line and you’ll generate £37.50 for us (donations apply to new policies only, not renewals).

You can also raise funds by booking your next holiday through easyfundraising’s extensive Travel section. Featuring all the main tour operators such as British Airways, Expedia, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Virgin Holidays, Airtours, Lastminute and many more, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday at the right price, and raise funds for us at no extra cost at the same time.

So logon to: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/eatonbraytennisclub to support us today. Any questions, please call Jon Moon on 01525 223131