The AGM for the Tennis Section will be held on Sunday, Oct 14th, at 6:30PM. We hope you will be able to attend. If you are interested in joining the tennis committee please let me know. If you are considering taking on the role of Tennis Secretary I am happy to send you a document outlining what's involved.
As some of you must have already discovered, we have successfully replaced the surface on the block of four courts. The project included a small element of repair to the underlying tarnmac. The sand, which fills the artificial grass, has yet fully to bed down. The more we play on it the quicker it will even out.
The project to build a toilet facility adjacent to the tennis pavilion is still in the stage of acquiring quotes. We now have two but need three in order to apply for loan and grant funding. I am hopeful that this project will get underway in the next six months. As it involves the building of a drain connection to the main public sewer, the build process will inevitably involve some disruption.
Finally, you might have been aware that last summer our application for planning permission for a new court to be built on the bowling green next to the car park was refused by the council planning committee, despite a strong recommendation by the planning officer. We appealed against this decision and we have just heard from the planning inspector that our appeal has been granted. This project will be on a far greater scale than the toilet facility and will involve commensurately greater funding. The specification includes low-level LED floodlighting and an acoustic barrier to inhibit the transmission of noise to adjacent residents. To accommodate the required extra space for car parking, the car park will be extended towards court 1, leading to the removal of the conifers and some of the soil etc. Because of the need to build up funds for this, I doubt we will be building this until 2020.
It might seem a tad early, but you can now opt in to next year's Wimbledon Ticket ballot. This is required if you wish to participate and, even if you don't, please can you do so, as it will help to increase the numbers of ticket pairs the club is allocated. Just login and opt in or call British Tennis on 020 8487 7000, when you can opt in both for yourself and others in your membership.
If you are not yet a member of British Tennis, you can join for free via this link. Please remember to affiliate to Brondesbury, which is in the LTA's Middlesex region.
The carpet on the block of four courts has now been relaid, including a small amount of repair of the underlying asphalt on court 7. The nets should be re-installed on Monday.
Replacement of the court surfaces in the block of four courts will start this Saturday and last up to three weeks. Although they are not worn, they have become dangerously slippery, especially over the winter. It is likely that all four courts will be unavailable for play therefore from Aug 18 until Sept 10th. The coaching programme was in any case beginning its two-week holiday then and, for this year, has been suspended for a further week. Play will thus most likely be limited to the block of three courts during this period.
We are also in the process of procuring tenders to build a toilet block accessible from the current tennis pavilion. I will let you know as and when any implementation decision has been made and what impact this might have on use of club facilities.
Caitlin with Marina
Huge congratulations to Caitlin, who won her first national tournament this past weekend. The U10 national event (for girls 10 and under) took place in Glasgow where she travelled together with Marina, who provided coaching support throughout the weekend.
Well done, Caitlin! U10 Scottish Junior Open champion 2018!
The monthly tournament will be run tomorrow, Sunday, July 1st, at 2pm. Just turn up.