Apologies - Tennis Summer Picnic cancelled

Unfortunately Maggie Baxter has had a family bereavement and is not running the finals day social event as advertised yesterday in Club News. Unless some other volunteer comes forward to run the BBQ and Desert Isand Discs it will not be happening. Obviously the Finals Day tennis will still be on, just no social afterwards. We will let you know if anything changes.

Meanwhile, enjoy the lovely weather.

June news

It's coming up to a busy period for the Bar.

After an absence of two years we are also delighted to welcome Sky TV back to Brondesbury.

It wouldn't be summer without a BBQ, and the Brodie family have kindly donated one to the Club.

It's going to be used this Saturday offering you food while you get in the mood for the Football, with England kicking off their World Cup campaign against Italy, It's an 11pm start but you better get to the Brondesbury Bar early to guarantee a good seat in-front of the telly. And to sample the BBQ food.

Throughout the month the Bar will be stocking beers from as many of the participating countries as Mike Warren can lay his hands on. Finding an Iranian beer may be difficult....

There are still tickets remaining in the Brondesbury World Cup Sweepstake, Argentina & Germany are yet to be picked. Tickets £1, winner takes all. Contact Adam Lennox at lennoxadam@hotmail.com.

BBQ time again on Saturday June 28th, at the Tennis Summer Picnic. It is Tennis finals day, followed by the BBQ offering burgers and sausages - if not to your taste then please bring your own meat.  And bring a salad or dessert to share with everyone else's contributions. Entry to cover costs is £5. The Bar will be open of course. For music and entertainment we would like all those who will be attending to send us your 8 Desert Island discs - these will be played during the evening - with a moment to celebrate the most popular song and artist. Please send your desert island disc selection to Maggie Baxter at maggiebaxter100@gmail.com

Lastly, it's light late, it's lovely weather, and the football (and soon Wimbledon tennis) will be on regulary in the Bar - but PLEASE consider our neighbours when you leave - especially if it's late - and GO QUIETLY!



Club News May 2014

The Cricket season has begun! which means most weekends there are matches happening. Fixture Booklets are available in the Clubhouse – ask at the Bar. And our new coach Mark Lane has begun coaching so look out for him.

The Bar – When there is a match, the Bar will be open from about 3pm on Saturdays and 4:30pm on Sundays, as well as the usual Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from about 6:30.

Tennis matches start this week. Notice of matches and therefore evening court usage is on the website and in the Fixture Booklet.

Table Tennis – Come and join us at the next Table Tennis tournament on Tuesday May 6th (it is always the first Tuesday of the month) and play on our new table in the back room at the Clubhouse. And don’t forget there is the permanent outdoor table by the Tennis Pavilion. Bats and balls are kept in the Tennis Pavilion for everyone's use.

Cricket safety nets – At the moment we do not have safety nets between the tennis courts and the cricket pitches. The matches are taking place away from the courts until the new netting and poles gets put up in June. The new high cricket ball-stop fencing will be a high specification modern system which should last the Club many years.

Car parking – As you can see, the willows and low netting offer very little protection from 'flying' cricket balls in the car park when a game is in progress. We must remind you that you always park in the car park at your own risk.

Facebook - A reminder that we have a Facebook page - so you can stay up to date with Club news and events.


The future - Mike Bentley, the Club President, gave a report at the Tennis Wimbledon Draw last week. He talked about changing the constitution of the Club so that it becomes incorporated. This protects the Officers of the Club in the event of the Club being sued. If this goes ahead, it will need an EGM. He also announced that the new General Committee is working to put the Club’s finances in order, including amalgamating all the bank accounts into one club account. Each section has an approved budget, and all monies paid out have to have 2 signatories so that there is control on expenditure. We have changed accountants to a local company (Glazers), who have VAT expertise, which we need as the VAT on our activities is very complex. We are receiving quarterly reports from the accountants, and timing general Committee meetings to be able to review these accounts. Mike also talked about possible future plans; the General Committee are looking at various waysin which we might be able to finance a redevelopment of the Clubhouse. We will be setting up a steering group to examine such projects, and we are particularly looking for lawyers, with experience in property & planning, and architects to help. Is there anybody out there willing to get involved or give some advice? If so, please please contact us.

Club News March 29th 2014

Cricket Breaking News

Mark Lane, former England’s Women’s Head Coach has been appointed Head coach for the Colts . Mark will also be overseeing the surrounding Boroughs and coordinate Regional Cricket.

Is your child mad about Cricket?

Join our Colts - REGISTRATION EVENING  FRIDAY 25TH APRIL   5.00pm – 8.30pm

Or Contact Peter Lowrey: 01707391467.


Practice days: 

UNDER 8’S, U9’S, U10’S AND U11’S  -  MONDAY’S 4.30PM TO 7.30PM


UNDER 12’S, 13’S, 14’S AND U15’S    -  FRIDAY’S   5PM TO 8PM.


Mark Lane, along with Peter and Tony will be at Brondesbury on the Monday and Friday sessions.

Table Tennis:


Hope you have seen the 2 new table tennis tables, one permanently outside near the Tennis Pavilkion, and one inside in the room at the back of the clubhouse. This table was christened last Tuesday with an opening tournament that showed topspin matters in table tennis too. Our thanks to Adam Lennox for organising the tables, and to him and David Brodie for working out how to assemble them!

Adam has kindly offered to organise a monthly table tennis tournament, on the first Tuesday of each month, from 7pm. The Bar is open (and on Thursdays and Fridays of course), so please make it a regular in your diary. Next Tuesday 1st April is Bron TTT night (Table Tennis Tournament).  The bats and balls are in the same room, please go and play anytime. As the weather improves (and the wind drops?) you are welcome to play outside too.



Tennis for Juniors:

Our Summer Term Programme starts on Tuesday 22nd April and Easter Camps run over the holidays (7th-17th April) and both are filling up fast.
Go to our website for more details: http://brondesburysc.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=52&Itemid=157 or email our Head Coach, Marina, on marina@brondesburysc.co.uk if interested. 

Club News March 2014

At last the pitches and courts are drying out, so it is time to spend more time down at Brondesbury.  You have surely noticed the absence of trees between the car park and the cricket pitch. We had to remove the Leylandi along this side as they were all diseased. We will shortly be replanting this line with willows. The trees will only be 2' tall initially, but should grow to 8' by the end of this year. This does mean there will be very little protection from 'flying' cricket balls in the car park when a game is in progress. During the cricket season, we will be reminding you that you always park in the car park at your own risk.

Just to let you know we now have a Facebook page - so you can stay up to date with Club news and events.


It would be great if you could 'like' our page, so please have a look.

Also, we are about to purchase 2 new table tennis tables - one will replace the current table in the back room at the Clubhouse, and the second one will be a permanent outdoor table by the Tennis Pavilion. Bats and balls will be kept in the Tennis Pavilion for everyone's use.

We are going to be having a table tennis tournament on Tuesday 25th March starting at 6pm to christen them. To register for this, please email squash@brondesburysc.co.uk



Give It A Go!

The squash club is taking part in Give It A Go! once again. Throughout March we will be offering free squash coaching, it is an ideal introduction to the sport. The sessions will be taking place every Saturday (1st March -5th April) from 10am-11am.The sessions are open to all age groups.

Places are limited so to confirm attendance at any of the sessions please email squash@brondesburysc.co.uk


Hope to see you there!


Adam Lennox

Squash Secretary

Club News

Just to let all members know that Tree Surgeons will be on site today, Tuesday 28th, and Wednesday
29th January between 9am & 3pm so the inner car park will be out of use. The trees at the end of the carpark are diseased and sadly need to be removed. Other trees in the car park are being pruned. Please take care when walking into the site during these times.

Members and guests may park in front of the gates, or use Harman Drive (parking restrictions apply 10-11am at the bottom end and 2-3pm at the top end) or Farm Avenue (parking restrictions apply 2pm-3pm)

We will be replanting the area later in the season.


Thames Water are here sometime between 8am-1pm on Wednesday 29th January and will
be turning off the water for half an hour to read our meter.

Club News

New General Committee members

There have been some changes to the Committee after the AGM, so just to update you the current members are:

President - Mike Bentley
Secretary - Madeleine Abramson
Treasurer (acting) - Bob Baxter
Bar Chairman - Adam Lennox & Mike Warren
Cricket Rep - Bob Baxter/Jamie McCombe
Tennis Rep - Edward Ben-Nathan
Squash Rep - Adam Lennox
Committee member - Adam Tyson
Committee member - David Brodie
Our part-time Club Administrator is Sam Teimao, contactable on brondesclub@gmail.com
Sam looks after the day-to-day running of the Club and its facilities, organises bookings, and helps with PR.
We have recently looked again at the Club's Constitution and we should be holding AGM's in January. As the last one was in September 2013, we will not hold another AGM this January - the next one will be in January 2015. The Minutes of the last AGM (September 2013) are available; if you would like a copy please email to that effect on secretary@brondesburysc.co.uk

Bar - Winter opening hours

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 7pm-10pm
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday 7pm-10pm
Friday 7pm-12 midnight
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

If anyone would like to arrange an event or function at the club please contact brondesclub@gmail.com

Tennis News


Marina Lavarello is now well established as the new head coach, with new coaching programmes for adults and children going well.

Floodlights update

The tennis court floodlights are being put in this week and next (weeks commencing November 18th and 25th), and there is likely to be some effect on court availability.


Cricket News

The Cricket Section now has our annual Clubmark and Accreditation. We are trying to set up an Academy with a professional coach with backing from Middlesex County Cricket Club and we would hope to have news re this project in early 2014. We will be building up to the new season from January onwards, with indoor nets starting to take place at Lord's.  We are also actively trying to recruit new members as usual for next season.


Squash News

The club hosted a tournament last Saturday with players from varying clubs across London. It was such a success that a regular tournament will be a feature for 2014.
The squash club now has two coaches available for individual and group lessons, Patrick Ado & Abid Khan - see website for details. The squash club is going from strength to strength but we are still looking for new members. If anyone would like to have a go or knows of people interested in playing, please spread the word about Brondesbury Squash (squash@brondesburysc.co.uk for all enquiries).


And lastly - just a gently reminder to park sensibly, and to respect our neighbours regarding leaving the bar late and dropping off children. Thank you!

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