Peter Chappell

After being Brondesbury Sports Club groundsman for over 40 years, Peter Chappell has decided to retire this summer.  Peter will continue  to perform his duties until a successor commences, probably in September or October.

Nobody else comes close to Peter’s experience of serving the club.  We all owe him a debt of gratitude and wish him all the best.  In my own time at the club I have always found Peter to be friendly and helpful, and that is the experience of everyone I have spoken to.   We will arrange an occasion to toast his future before he goes!

Lockdown update

Club News? But the Club has been closed for weeks – what news can there be? Indeed, nothing urgent, so if you have better things to do, please get right on with them.

But behind the closed gates, life still moves on, and you might be interested in this update on what’s happening. For example, as part of an effort to make members more attuned to the Club being one for three sports, not only the one covered by your particular section, Club News should now be going automatically to all Tennis, Cricket and Squash members.

You will possibly have noticed a singular lack of action on the car park. You have to take my word for it that it is more complicated than it might seem. We need to consider the interaction with the planning permission for the new court – the one that was to be on the bowling green, but which now we may delay or not go ahead with, not to mention the planning for the floodlights on tennis courts 1-3 which (oddly) could affect things. Notwithstanding, I am now working with Martin Rizk to see if we can arrange for resurfacing of the current car park as is, possibly expanded slightly, and do so before the cricket season starts in (we hope!) May. No promises.

Cricket, having managed just half a season last year, is of course in the winter lull anyway. Hopefully our members are buoyed up by the stunning English test victory, and will be inspired to achieve even greater success in 2021. (I realise that other clubs could be similarly inspired, but we must Root for our own side. Now there’s an idea…) Some remedial work should begin soon to correct minor issues on the cricket nets. The outfield has been thoroughly waterlogged with all the recent rains, and we would have had to cancel Schools’ use – were it not that nobody is at school! The Board has considered drainage works for the outfield, but the quotation proved to be prohibitive.

The planning application for floodlights on Courts 1-3 went in last week. You can easily view it on the Barnet website; just search for ‘Harman’ within planning applications. Why would you do want to do that? Because it is a surprisingly good read! All sorts of detail about modern floodlighting and lack of light ‘spill’ to neighbours, how the floodlights will be used (timing and other restrictions), power usage – a mine of information. We can reasonably hope for approval, but it will take time, so I guess we are looking at installation in time for next winter.

Tennis remains at a standstill, of course, and we should have particular sympathy for our superb coaches whose whole livelihood is suspended. The papers suggest a return to singles play at the end of March, but it’s all guesswork at the moment. I’m afraid that is unlikely to extend to squash, which has been affected so badly by being an indoor sport. I hope that meanwhile members are well and managing to keep fit (excluding those who regularly beat me on court, for whom I can recommend some excellent TV series to watch all day).

Club Closure from Tuesday 5 January


Dear all

With great regret, following the government announcement on Tuesday evening, the Club is closed with immediate effect until further notice.

We all hope that the vaccines will see the back of this awful virus, but it will take time.  Until we can meet again, best wishes from everyone in Club management and we wish you and your families well.

Richard Abramson

Christmas Greetings

Dear Brondesbury members,

Wishing all members, staff and coaches a wonderful festive season and a happy and healthy 2021.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind members that the Club House and Tennis Pavilion will be closed on 25th, 26th December and on 1st January.

Festive Greetings

AGM documents

At the AGM on November 29, Martyn will be taking us through the accounts on screen.  There is therefore no necessity to download them but you may wish to do so.  Two documents are available for members to view/download:

- The 2020 AGM agenda

- The 2020 accounts

To access these, log on to the Brondesbury website, click on documents -> club documents -> AGM.

As a reminder, the link for the AGM, commencing at 6pm, is below.

Meeting ID: 828 3776 2683
Passcode: 589625


Club AGM 29 November

The Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Sunday 29th November 2020 at 6pm. Due to the pandemic the meeting will take place via video conferencing (Zoom).   As well as Club matters such as the President’s and Treasurer’s reports, it is an opportunity to hear an update from Tennis, Cricket and Squash on their activities over the past (very difficult!) year.

The Zoom link will be as follows:

Meeting ID: 828 3776 2683

Passcode: 589625

Phone in:  0203 901 7895

The Club Officer roles have to be approved at each AGM.   There are currently individuals proposed for each of these roles, as set out below.

Position Current Candidate Proposed Seconded
President Richard Abramson Richard Abramson Beverley Bamford Martyn Webb
Hon. Secretary Lara Greenfield Lara Greenfield Beverley Bamford Adrian Fletcher
Hon. Treasurer Martyn Webb Marina Heritier Richard Abramson Edward Ben-Nathan
Cricket Director Bob Baxter Bob Baxter James Overy Beverley Bamford
Squash Director Vacant Adrian Fletcher Laura Rakos Adam Lennox
Tennis Director Beverley Bamford Beverley Bamford Edward Ben-Nathan Martin Rizk

Should any other member wish to be considered for a Club Officer position, they should advise me by Sunday 15th November along with the names of two members to propose and second the nomination.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions or require any additional information please don’t hesitate to contact me on

Kind regards

Lara Greenfield


Club to close from Thursday

Message from Richard Abramson, Club President

I am so sorry to once again announce the closure of the Club with effect from this Thursday, 5 November.  Members will no doubt be aware that this a government requirement as part of the new lockdown.  Arguments have been and are being put that singles tennis should be allowed, but so far the government has held firm that no exceptions will be allowed. 

We will be in touch again once activities can resume.  Meanwhile I hope that everyone keeps up their spirits and their exercise.  (The amount of exercise needed might depend on the quantity of spirits involved.)

With best wishes


Update from the President

This message is from Richard Abramson to all club members

What an eventful few months we have had!  Much of what has gone on will be obvious to members, but not everything, so this newsletter is to give an overview of where the club is today.

It is very good to see first tennis and now cricket being played again.  I hope that you share my thankfulness for the considerable efforts put in by the many volunteers involved  and the coaches to make it all happen in a timely fashion and in accordance with government and sporting body guidance.  We slowly approach something like normality, but restrictions continue and will further evolve over time.   Tennis and multi sports camps and cricket training are operating, making the club once again a hive of activity, albeit at a social distance!  The schools which use the site during the week expect to resume doing so from September.  Cleaning appropriate to the Covid regime is in place in both pavilions.  As I write, it is possible that squash too will resume soon; let us hope so.

With immaculate timing, some of the first significant projects I had been involved with are refurbishments of the tennis pavilion and the main pavilion bar.  And we can’t use them!  That too is changing though; the tennis toilets have been available for some time and are a boon to many of us, and drinks were served outside the main pavilion for the first time last weekend, accompanying the resumption of cricket matches.  The bar has been made attractive and efficient, and the areas out of public sight tidy and hygienic.  We look forward to a gradual return to full use.

The squash courts have been repainted, new lighting installed and new doors.  Inadequate fencing along the Blackberry path and behind the squash courts has been replaced.  Irrigation and drainage for the cricket squares are being installed.  The next major project is the resurfacing of tennis courts 1 to 3, work on which will begin August 17th.  The tennis committee will continue to adapt the court booking system to meet the circumstances for as long as it is maintained.

The plans for a new court on the bowling green site are on hold for the present, pending more certainty about the club’s financial situation in the light of the pandemic.  This includes work on the car park.  Meanwhile stones have been laid to ameliorate the unfortunate mud bath that emerged after the tennis toilet drain was dug, for which I can only apologise!

My best wishes for an active, happy and healthy summer.


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