Keep up-to-date with what has been going on at the club.
12th Dec 2018 6:14 pm
Coaching programme from 1st Jan 2019
Our new head coach, Ben Elliott, has just launched his new website with details of the coaching programme from 1st Jan: clubspark.lta.org.uk/benelliottcoaching
Ben can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and 07508363186
12th Dec 2018 6:10 pm
Charges for using the dome
As part of Chippenham Sports Club, we have access to the dome. It can be used for a variety of sports including as 2 tennis courts.
The rates for using the dome are as follows:
Day time 0900-1700 is £20/court per hr
Night time 1700-2200 is £25/ court per hr
Empty court rate booked within 24 hours of needing the dome is £14/court per hour.
Weekend sessions as long as the booking is a minimum of 6 consecutive weeks – members will pay only £10/court per hour.
To book please contact the Sports Club on 01249 652867 or www.chippenhamsportsclub.co.uk
10th Dec 2018 7:16 pm
Events tab has just been updated
Please click on the events tab for details of 2019 dates/events
07th Nov 2018 7:43 pm
Christmas Crackerjack tournament
Fun social Mixed Doubles.
From 10am on Sunday 30th December.
Bring a plate off food for sharing. Entry fee £4.
Entry list will be put up in the clubroom.
07th Nov 2018 6:46 pm
Registered British Tennis Venue 2018/19
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:
- Welfare Officer who is Linda Opie (Tel 07966 504071)
- Safeguarding policy (inc 2 page summary) and how to report a concern
- Diversity and Inclusion policy
- Accident and Emergency Guidance including our qualified first aiders
- Complaints and Appeals Policy
- Risk Assessment
07th Nov 2018 6:30 pm
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
18th Oct 2018 7:57 pm
Minutes of AGM on 17 October 2018
CTC AGM 17 Oct 2018 Minutes
17th Oct 2018 10:30 am
Nominations for Committee Membership 2018-19
17th Oct 2018 9:59 am
A Report by Sue Pulleyblank 17-10-2018
17th Oct 2018 9:50 am
Financial Forecast AGM
16th Oct 2018 6:15 pm
Head Coach and League Representative reports
HC&LR AGM 2018
16th Oct 2018 6:10 pm
2018 AGM Capts reports
Capts reports AGM 2018
11th Oct 2018 7:51 pm
Treasurer’s Report for the 2018 AGM
CTC Treasurers report AGM 2018 final
10th Oct 2018 12:26 am
Chairman’s report for the 2018 AGM
2018 AGM Chairmans report
07th Oct 2018 6:39 pm
AGENDA for 2018 AGM on 17th October
Agenda for AGM 2018 of CTC
25th Sep 2018 2:15 pm
CTC Charity Open results
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.
15th Sep 2018 12:21 am
Swindon tennis league
Friendly singles matches for adults of all levels
Join for £18 at localtennisleagues.com/swindon
Entries close Mon 8 Oct 2018
29th Aug 2018 9:15 pm
Mens A team Swindon League match report
Another solid season in Swindon League division 1 for our men’s A team.
With a reduced amount of teams in this year’s top division it meant staying in the league was our first priority.
We started the season by collecting a few singles points due to drawing the matches which enabled us to sit nicely in mid table, although still in danger of being dragged in to a relegation battle.
The second half of the matches saw us pick up a couple of wins which removed the relegation threat and in the end meant we finished a respectable 4th.
Thank you to all the contributed, and hopefully we can get a little closer to the top next year.
John O’Meara – A team captain
24th Aug 2018 8:59 am
Mens E team match report
A 2nd promotion in 3 years for the mighty E team with 10 wins 1 draw and 1 lose after consolidating our position in the league last year (which became 8 wins because Calne got kicked out for not fielding teams).
We only really had the one challenger all year and that was Seend whom our only draw and only lose was against and we ended up 12 points clear of 3rd place and only the 2 behind Seend. Difference between us and Seend in the end boiled down to a few to many 7-1’s and 5’3’s instead of 8-0’s and 6-2’s (and perhaps my decision to Watch England in the World Cup instead of playing one of the matches).
We in the most part stuck with the core 4 players Myself, Rob Giles, Tim Fosker and Alun Robinson with help from Tony Wright and Daniel Guijaro along the way. It was tempting to bring in some “ringers” for the penultimate game of the season against Seend in order to try and win the league but in the end we were more than happy with promotion and i decided i’d rather stick with the core guys.
Thanks to all that participated.
Mens E team captain – James Brown
24th Aug 2018 8:58 am
Mens C team match report
The 2018 Summer Tennis Season has been very successful for the Mens C Team . Finishing in overall 2 nd Place in Mens Division 3 . Our tally was 7 WINS , 2 DRAWS and 3 LOSSES . A total of 60 sets / points WON .
The season started badly particularly that first match vs NSI played in 50 mph winds plus , and floodlights that seemed to be modified car headlights [ useless ] !!! Match ended a draw , but this is a team we should of beaten 8 – 0 or similar . Moving on with still no consistency in results had another draw , a 8-0 win vs our D team [ sorry guys ] and a 8-0 Loss vs Frome B . Who turned up with their A team captain , he could could certainly hit the ball too well for anyone’s liking . So ending this first 4 matches we were languishing mid table .
The next 4 matches went better than expected as by this time we had lost Julian Mitchel to a 2 week holiday followed by some LTA competition . However we managed a further 2 wins vs Devizes and NSI , draw with Biddestone A and a loss vs Trowbridge B . These results were just enough to push us up the table into 2 nd place . As all the other teams at this point also had very inconsistent results .
The next 4 matches went better again with 2 x 8-0 wins , a 6-2 win and a 6-2 loss to Biddestone A , who fielded a very good team and played exceptionally well overall . I should also mention here both Kim and Andy Smith [ who had just joined us following an injury some weeks before ] they both played absolutely brilliantly . The 8 -0 Wins vs Trowbridge and Devizes were brilliant performances again Kim and Andy in the thick of all the play , but also Julian Mitchel fantastic , what can I say !!! , Dave Rumble played his best matches in this latter half of the season , and his serving was flawless . Charlie Bloomer well I don’t think anyone in the team can hit a ball any harder , and i really enjoy listening to the competition complaining how he regularly hits a serve through the wire fence , exceptional Charlie .
To round this up I have never seen commitment , determination , drive , enthusiasm and exceptional performances by any team . Its just incredible how performances just got better and better as the season progressed .
So really well done and thanks guys !!!
Division 2 here we come . Its just going to be another good next season as the last !!!
Mens C Team Captain – Andre Sainsbury
22nd Aug 2018 11:46 pm
Mens A team match report
An undefeated season consisting of 11 wins & 1 draw saw the men’s A team become champions of division 1.
A mixture of youth & experience was our strategy, whilst also making sure we didn’t ‘steal’ players form other teams. Something that becomes more difficult when all other teams are doing well and seeking promotion.
Having started the season well we continued the high standard throughout the whole of the season and ensured we didn’t give any of the chasing teams too much of an opportunity to catch us. Last seasons winners Frome were the only team that could catch us on the last match of the season, but they needed to win 7 sets against us to do that. With both sides missing a few players it was a comfortable night in the end and we ended up winning the league by 12 sets.
Mens A team captain
22nd Aug 2018 11:45 pm
Mens Swindon League C team match report
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
21st Aug 2018 9:40 pm
Ladies A team match report
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
21st Aug 2018 9:36 pm
Mixed A team match report
It was always going to be a tough season back in Division 1 of the Mixed, but the A team finished a creditable 4th and safely plays a second Div 1 season in 2019. The two Devizes teams were head and shoulders above the other teams, as one of our pairs found in the first match of the season, eventually winning a game after sixteen attempts (and somehow still winning a set!).
Our ladies, Jan Smith and Linda Opie played every match and Kim Stuckey only missed one match (dropping himself for Ed Opie in the Devizes A match to allow some unique mother-son on court bonding…it worked as they won two sets).
Our other men’s player, Six Million Dollar Man Andy Smith, came back better every time he had a new artificial limb attached, hitting 200mph serves and leaping not just the net but the court fence surround. Thanks also to Ollie Ralton, Dylan and Julian Mitchell for filling in while Andy had an oil service and MOT.
Mixed A team captain, Kim Stuckey
20th Aug 2018 11:45 am
The travels and/or travails of Ladies B team!
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
20th Aug 2018 11:41 am
Mens D team match report
After promotion from the 4th division the D teams aim was to consolidate their position in the 3rd division with almost the same team team. The story of the season was for many very close matches with only a small number of games difference between the winning and loosing team. This was mostly the D team with the exception of one win against Frome who went on to comfortably win the league (they only lost 2 matches the whole season). Our worst performance was against our own C team when we lost 8-0 and 6-2 but in reality had many close sets and the score flattered our opponents. These scores helped them gain second place and promotion for next year (congratulations!). Our record for the year was 1-6-5 winning less games than any one else in our division but finishing mid-table. Our strength was in being able to get out a strong team for all our matches and making the opposition work hard for all their points. The highlight for the year was the food provided by the Frome team after the match – it was exceptional and we would have been happy to have gone out for a meal of such quality.
Thanks go to Alistair P, Alistair M,Charlie B,Dave R, James L, James B , Oliver R and Tom P (who stood in as captain for the last 2 matches).
Tim Sheward, Mens D team captain
20th Aug 2018 11:38 am
Ladies C team match report
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
20th Aug 2018 11:35 am
Mixed C Match Report
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
30th Apr 2018 4:39 pm
The Seagry Cup winners
….were Ada Walker and Mike Roberts.
Runners up were Hong Tham and Alun Robinson
25th Mar 2018 12:10 am
Club session format guidance
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!
18th Jun 2017 5:00 pm
Victory in the over 50s
Well done to our over 50s team on their victory in the KO cup. Third year in a row!