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Don’t forget to enter!
Mens doubles and Ladies doubles
To be played on courts at Chippenham TC, Chippenham Park TC and Marshfield TC.
A full day of tennis including 2 course buffet lunch and afternoon tea.
£20 per person for entries received by 14th August. £25 per person thereafter, deadline 6th Sept.
Enter via email and pay online:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your partner’s name and mobile phone number.
Pay online to HSBC sort code 40-17-17, account no 91543466 putting your initials and surname in the reference field.
The event will raise money for Wiltshire Search and Rescue
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.
The Bowls Club have kindly invited us to play bowls with them – details below. We tried this a couple of years ago – it was trickier than you might think, great fun and they provided fantastic hospitality. No previous skill is required – they will provide instructions. We need at least 12 players. Please RSVP to email@example.com or text 07710 397614 if you would like to play.
2.35 – 2.40. Finding some bowls to bowl with. We have a selection of sizes. Tennis members will be helped in this task by our members.
2.40- 3.15. Instruction and practice
3.15 -4.00 A game. Time for about 5 or 6 “ends”.
4.00-4.30 Tea and a chat! We shall also have a raffle.
It is absolutely imperative that the flattest shoes possible are worn as the green is a precious commodity and always a bit vulnerable. Usually trainers are OK but not highly ridged ones.
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.
Limited to 20 places. This is a very popular annual event and – as at 20th Jan, all but one of the places are reserved. Please contact Helen Stuckey to grab this last place or to go on the waiting list in case anyone else drops out.
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
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Charity Open on 16th Sept. We had entries from across the region including Bristol, Cirencester and Highworth. The weather was kind and we played lots of tennis making good use of the extra courts provided by Biddestone and Chippenham Park.
Wiltshire Search and Rescue provided an excellent lunch and afternoon tea (including scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam!). Proceeds from the day including the raffle and auction raised over £1,500 for this very worthwhile charity. Indeed at the end of the afternoon the team had to respond to a 999 call – a vunerable missing person near Castle Combe – who was successfully located with the help of a police helicopter.
The Ladies Championship winners were Theresa Russell and Jo Kallevic from Bristol Central, the runners up were Rowena Wakefield and Louise Crawford from Cerney Lakes. The Ladies Plate winners were Angie Baldock and Sharon Hall from the Over 45’s.
The Mens Championship winners were Dale Curtis and Gary Chorley from Chipping Sodbury, the runners up were Ed and James Humphrey from CTC. The Mens Plate winners were Colin Thomas and Alan Foreman from Biddestone.
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.