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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on March 23rd we move to the next stage following instructions and advice from the LTA; the Chippenham Club tennis courts are now closed and must not be used for tennis or any other activity.
Following recent updates from the Government and the resulting LTA guidance both the Chippenham and Swindon district leagues have decided to delay the start of the summer season. If possible, both will look to run in some form later in the summer. We will provide updates when we know more.
Dear Chippenham Tennis Club Members,
I am sorry to make the following announcement about the temporary closure of Chippenham Tennis Club.
The latest guidelines from the Government and LTA on reducing the spread of Coronavirus in the UK has resulted in your committee deciding to close the Chippenham Tennis Club room as from today. Please do not enter it to access tennis balls, turn on flood lights or use any of the toilet or washing facilities. The room is now out of bounds as a potential health hazard.
We have decided to close the tennis club for an undefined period which means; no club nights, social gatherings and matches. Your 2019/2020 membership will continue for club members until advised and applications for 2020/2021 membership is suspended until further notice. For those members who have paid their 2020/2021 membership we will be refunding you in full in due course.
Courts must continue to be locked and If members decide to use the courts for social tennis they do so at their own risk and must abide by the Government’s advice on social distancing and hygiene at all times.
Sad news, but stay healthy …
Dear Chippenham Tennis Club Members,
We are open for Tennis.
Your committee has had a number of discussions by email on the latest position on Coronavirus and we would like to keep the club open. We believe outdoor tennis can be conducted at a distance from one individual to another and we trust this will keep us fit and healthy.
Please note that the recommendations made in this note are based on the current information provided by the UK Government / LTA and will be immediately super ceded by any new announcements from our Government.
Chippenham Tennis Club have in place hand sanitizers in the club room, paper towels and already have posters with instructions on washing your hands.
We strongly recommend washing your hands on arrival before going on court and again after finishing the session, please also maintain a distance of 2 meters from other individuals, do not shake hands and whilst playing try to avoid touching your face, especially the eyes, nose, or mouth.
We can only keep a safe environment if you keep to the instructions above but also if you feel unwell or have been in contact with people who display any of the symptoms of COVID-19, sorry but please do not visit the club.
On a more humane note, this is a time to look out for each other, including our friends in the tennis club. If anyone needs help getting food, medicines, etc. or would like to chat please let us know. Also, if anyone is willing to assist someone who would like help, please let us know and we can help put people in touch’
Dear Chippenham Tennis Club Members,
Despite all the rain and windy conditions, the Chippenham tennis teams have been active in the Chippenham Winter District League and the Swindon Winter League please see the update from Kim Stuckey our Mixed Team Captain “We are catching up on the various matches postponed during the wind and rain of this winter but some outcomes are becoming clearer.
In the Swindon League Team A still have a chance of winning Division 1 but need Devizes to slip up in their last match. The B team have confirmed their promotion from Division 3, their third promotion in a row,
In the Chippenham league the A’s look ok to remain in Division 1, but disappointing after winning the league last year. The B’s are struggling in Division 2 but the Cs have a chance of winning Division 3 in a close tussle with Biddestone” Looks like an exciting finish to the season.
With spring in sight, we would like to invite you to renew your subscription for the new tennis season 2020/21 which starts on the 1 April 2020. The Committee decided to freeze the increase on the subscription for the coming year and we have a new way to re-join. Linda Roberts has been a super star and has managed to move the manual system of administering the clubs’ membership to an LTA run system called Club Sparks. No more filling in manual forms, sending cheques or transferring monies, just log onto http://www.chippenhamtennis.com/membership/ and follow the instructions. If you pay before 31st March you get a £10 refund!
We are aiming to start the new tennis season in a clean and fresh manner so please may we have some volunteers for the maintenance day on Saturday 14 March at 10.30 am to help tidy up the courts, tidy up the old green side netting and a clean-up in the club house.
Ben and Hetty have been active with their coaching through this winter and are naturally keen to provide individual lessons but also group lessons, please contact Ben on 07508 363186 or email email@example.com or https://www.benelliottcoaching.com/
to improve your game.
Ben has started the singles pyramid, which is located on the club notice board, looks great fun even for the ones at the bottom!
Our recent Delta evening last month was won by both mother and son, Linda Roberts and Mike Roberts, well done to you both especially Linda who had us all running around the court. Thank you to Kim Stuckey for organising a great evening with lots of tennis and a refreshing visit to the Hungry Horse afterwards.
Next club event is the Chippenham Tennis Club Quiz which is being held at the Chippenham Sports Club at 7pm on the 14 March, you will be in the capable hands of Ada and her husband the quiz master Chris and it will be a fun evening. Please let Ada know your attendance.
Despite the weather, club nights have continued in the right spirit and I am pleased to let you know that the anchor man of these nights Alex Ralton has had his hip “done” and was recently seen playing snooker and will no doubt be at the quiz and the tennis courts soon.
Further events coming up are the Seagry Cup on the 5th of April, more information later and Pizza night on the 24 April at the local delights in Chippenham.
Enjoy the new season and look forward to seeing you on the tennis court.
Our recent Delta evening last month was won by both mother and son, Linda Roberts and Mike Roberts, well done to you both ,especially Linda who had us all running around the court. Thank you to Kim Stuckey for organising a great evening with lots of tennis and a refreshing visit to the Hungry Horse afterwards.
On 29th December 2019, we held the annual crackerjack tournament which was great fun and a welcome breath of fresh air. Worthy winners were Linda Opie and Kim Stuckey with runners up James Brown and Sue Pulleyblank.
Mens, women’s and mixed 2020 tournament, details belowDownload Wilts LTA Senior County Champs Poster 2020
Our new clubroom doors have been installed and the kitchen area relocated. It looks fantastic and is a great improvement to our facilities. Further options are being considered to make our clubroom even more welcoming and friendly – please let Charles Gordon know of any thoughts or suggestions on ways we can make things even better for all our members.
Dear Chippenham Tennis Club,
My first circulation “From the Chair”
I would like to thank Helen for running a very successful tennis club, and the support provided by all the committee members and to the retiring committee members June, Linda John and Chad.
We just completed our latest Chippenham Tennis Club (CTC) Committee meeting last Thursday and we have agreed to support the following 4 aims.
!) To Be more Inclusive:
We have a fantastic club which is very successful in the district leagues and has been run exceptionally well, I think it is time to build on this and add more focus to ensure that ALL our members gain the full benefits of the club. In terms of team success and numbers of teams participating in the Mens league this is functioning very well however I don’t think we have enough Woman and Mixed teams, I believe we should really focus on recruiting more ladies players to the club and ensure that they get the full backing of the whole club.
2) To boost Club Nights
Another task the CTC has set, is to boost the club night attendance and be more inclusive to all our players, we are currently working on a number of ideas which I will update you in due course but we have started a new policy of New Babolat tennis ball on every Friday Club night!
We have also introduced a club afternoon at 1pm on a Thursday afternoon, all members welcome.
3) Boost the social side of CTC
We are currently in the process of updating the club room to add trifold glass doors which will open out towards the courts and work starts on the 25 November, to move the sink, dishwasher etc and the table tennis table will be removed to another room in the social club.
The committee has agreed to look at a phase 2 of this project to improve the rooms facilities and make the room more welcoming, Some of the ideas are being looked at include removing the current chairs and replacing them with more comfortable sofas, chairs and tables, and possibly a coffee machine. The aim is to have a club room where you can relax and meet up with fellow members.
Please can I ask you for any ideas on how you would like to improve the club room.
4) Review our Communication
The CTC also looked at how we can communicate to ALL the members in a more effective method than long emails like this!
Events coming up
CTC Christmas Dinner is being held at the Gladstone Arms and sorry is now fully booked!
Christmas CrackerJack event. More details to follow.
I am sure you all will agree with me that Ben has integrated very well with the club and has an exciting coaching program for the Juniors and Senior members.
Remember you can book a lesson with him and join him on the team practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday nights
Just a reminder that the Club provides floodlights for club nights, matches and Ben’s group coaching sessions. At other times please use the coin slot meters to pay for floodlights – it’s only £1 for a court for an hour and is great value!’
Likewise please ensure that guests enter their names in the visitors book and their payment in the letterbox provided in the club room.
Enjoy the rest of the year and any issues or ideas you might have please contact me directly.
We were blessed with fine weather. Marshfield and Chippenham Park had kindly lent their courts. 32 pairs entered. Becky Park and her team from Wiltshire Search and Rescue provided a fabulous lunch. Thank you to everyone who provided homemade cakes, auction items and raffle prizes, and to all our players. Together we raised over £1,800 for Wiltshire Search and Rescue. The winners of the Ladies doubles were Sylvia Gilmore and Becky Kearns from Trowbridge TC, with runners up Lynne Gill and Louise du Toit, and ladies plate winners Jo Williams and Rosie Zhang. The winners of the Mens doubles were Shane and Dan Horsell from Cirencester TC, with runners up Jeremy du Toit and Alun Robinson, and mens plate winners Philip Price and John Anderson.
Mens singles; Winner – Ben Elliott, Runner up – Jake Williams
Ladies singles: Winner – Hannah Carter, Runner up – Tham Hong-Davis
Mens doubles: Winners – Jeremy Dutoit and John O’Meara, Runners up – Andy Smith and Kim Stuckey
Womens doubles: Winners- Tham Hong-Davis and Jan Smith, Runners up – Hannah Carter and Helen Stuckey
Mixed doubles: Winners – Ben Elliott and Helen Stuckey, Runners up – Mike Roberts and Tham Hong-Davis
Thank you very much to Ben for organising the competition, and Alun, Gary, Linda, Charlotte, Ada and Andy for helping with the BBQ.
Huge congratulations to Ed Opie who won the Wiltshire Men’s County Championships singles competition held at Marlborough this weekend. Meanwhile, at the club, 8 ladies and 8 men enjoyed our social doubles Seagry Cup competition – the leading ladies were 1st – Hannah, 2nd – Helen, 3rd – Tham, 4th – Wendy. and for the men; 1st – Mike, 2nd – Kim, 3rd – Charles and 4th – Alun. I wont mention the winner of the wooden spoon!Download Seagry Cup 2019 winners
This is now available through iProSports and includes various designs of short sleeved tops, half zip top, cowl neck top, hoodie, shorts and skirt.
Several members have already received their kit and are very pleased with the quality , materials (cotton, Sports-dri and Coolfit), colours (mainly purples and greys) and designs.
To order your kit go to: https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/chippenham-tennis-club/
15 teams entered our quiz evening on Saturday 26th January. Ada Walker’s husband Chris was the quiz master and had devised some very tough rounds! Who knew the periodic table symbol for tungsten, or who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2016, or could recognise a picture of a ring ouzel? Well done to everyone but particularly 1st Team – The Cabbages (with Sue Pulleyblank and Linda Roberts), 2nd Team – The Horticulturalists (from Chippenham Park TC) and 3rd Team – The Passingshots (Kim, Nathan, Mike and Al). Particular thanks go to Chris and Ada for organising the quiz.
Chippenham Tennis Club has recently achieved British Tennis registered venue status. This means we meet the LTA’s minimum safeguarding standards ensuring we are a safe and inclusive venue. Please see the Club tab – Policies drop down – for details of our:
If anyone would like to play the occasional game of singles please add your details to the sheet on the clubroom notice board. Adam Jeffcoat (Tel 07800667850) has kindly volunteered to set up a “CTC Social Singles” Whats App group so that you can exchange availability to play
Chippenham C took on the daunting challenge of the Swindon League Division 6, widely recognised as one of the toughest tests in Men’s World tennis. After a cautious start, a close win and heavy defeat in the first two matches, the team blossomed and won all bar one of the remaining matches to secure the Division title playing some great tennis along the way. Now we’re looking forward to the even tougher challenge of Division 5 next season. Many thanks to Andre, Daniel, Charlie, Rob, Dave, Kim, Andy, Alun and James, particularly those of them saddled with me at various times during the season.
Mens Swindon League C team captain
The Ladies A team was determined from the start of the season to gain promotion to division 1. Although they started strong at the beginning of the season; losing more sets than winning during the mid season meant they dropped from the top of the table quickly. Solid play in matches at the end of the season held off close rivals Marshfield ladies A gaining promotion. The ladies are delighted to be promoted with Landsown ladies A to division 1.
Linda Opie and Sue Pulleyblank, Ladies A team captains
It was a slightly less frenetic season this year, due to only having 6 teams in Division 4, and thus only having to play 10 matches in total. The matches took us from Malmesbury in the north to Frome in the south.
We had to travel down a very narrow lane in Malmesbury to reach their courts; we went to school in Melksham, to the park in Frome, to the pub in Biddestone and competed with the bowling club for parking space, and eating space in Trowbridge! Along with this we entertained our guest teams to certain defeat in Chippenham, and sandwiches and chips at the bar afterwards! There was one exception to this rule, the team from Trowbridge who refused to lie down, and instead forced us to run out of light so they could steal half a set, and this turned out as our only loss of the season!
Although I am not as comical as Judge Ralton, I agree with his sentiments on Texit. Unfortunately Trowbridge’s exit will be upwards to Division 3, and we may well follow, deal or no deal!
Our players, who played a big part in playing well, were: Wicked Wendy, the Hon Secretary, June, Helen “What a woman” Stuckey, most improved 2017 Sarah, and well-travelled Melanie. We were ably helped by Alison, 1st wedding, Smith, Linda, 2nd wedding, Roberts, and Helen, 3rd wedding, Stuckey, or have I mentioned her before?
At times we were required to play beyond our means, and capabilities, I speak for myself, for our A team, but managed to stay complete as a B team and come out on top, apart from Trowbridge, who we trounced 6-2 on the second occasion, as was only right and just!
So now we go on to new adventures and pastures next year, maybe in Division 3, maybe not.
Ladies B team captain
The Ladies C Team finished a close second to Calne B so hopefully we will go up next year. However it was a little disappointing as we were leading at the half-way stage. Calne finished 51 points and we were only 4 points behind on 47 points. A definite improvement on 2017. Results: Played 10; Won 5; Lost 4; Drawn 1. All four defeats were by the slimmest margin of 3-5.
Ada Walker, Ladies C captain
Very praiseworthy efforts. our first outing into mixed tennis was for the first half of the season very successful with the team leading the division. our matches produced some exciting tactics from both the back of the court with rallies lasting twenty shots and the net which saw some winning shots from the middle of the strings and occasionally the frame, still they all count. The second half of the season was not quite so good partly due to our oppositions good play and also their team selection, one club i remember, membership 1000 strong fielded their best lady player who while a delight to watch proved to be too strong for our team. We finished a very credible third and i would like to take this opportunity to thank all who played for their fantastic contribution which has definitely caused a resurgence of interest in those who want to play mixed tennis. Very well done. John Shipp Mixed C Captain
Players should go on to the courts in the order of arrival – but ideally in mixed pairs. All players should mix in.
Players should rotate after each set or when the next doubles finishes.
The winning pair stays or moves towards court 1. Pairs should then split so they play each other.
This format should provide a balance between inclusive social tennis and tennis at the appropriate standard of competitiveness as the club session progresses
If players are waiting matches should stop at first to 5 games (tiebreak at 4-4) and then waiting players should feed in to substitute the losers.
Singles or American doubles should be played if there is an odd pair and a court free
Please spread court usage to avoid wearing out the closest courts i.e. 1 and 2
The Club Session Roster on the clubroom noticeboard shows the committee member allocated for each club session, who will guide play.
This approach has been agreed by the committee, but we are open to feedback!
To provide first class facilities, coaching and support, in a safe and inclusive environment, to enable members, of all ages and abilities, to get the most out of playing tennis and being part of our club.