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The Great Brondesbury Christmas Quiz - This Saturday at 7.30pm

Bring an empty stomach and a brain full of facts. 
If you know the answers to the following questions, you could be going home with a set of his ‘n’ hers vanity cases, a Teasmade and a cuddly toy ... oh, and a smug expression on your face:
• Which is higher - the Great Pyramid of Giza or Janna’s toss up? 
• Who won the final sack race on Sports Day - Angus or Joe?
• How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas - thick crust or deep pan crisp and even?
See you on Saturday for more challenging questions, Christmas crackers, mathematical puzzles, physical challenges and a bountiful Brondesbury buffet. 
The drug testing tent opens at 6.30. Grab a seat and a choc ice for the premiere of “Chariots of Ire - The Sports Day Movie” at 7.30

Tournament On Sunday

The monthly tournament will be held on Sunday at 2pm. Just turn up.

The Great Brondesbury Christmas Quiz

  — Saturday 9th December at 7.30 —
Entrance fee: £10 per adult
                        £5 per junior

Guess these Christmas Carols:
If you can answer these questions (and more) you should tootle on down to the quiz and win a prize. The coaching team (unbeaten in a Christmas quiz since January) have issued a challenge:
“Any team that beats us on the night will get a free drink at the bar, paid for by us.”
Why not come along and give them a damn good thrashing, then we’ll settle down to the following events:
• Early buffet and drink
• Sports Day video
• Sports Day awards
• Christmas Quiz 1
• Late buffet and drink
• Christmas Quiz 2
• Answers, prizes and the sound of coaches sobbing into their scoresheets
See you all on the 9th

Wimbledon Ballot 2018

To participate in the 2018 Wimbledon Ballot, you need not only to have an LTA British Tennis (BT) number but you need to opt in to each year's ballot. Last year 300 of us opted in by the cut-off date in Feb 2018. So far only 125 of us have opted in. The more that are entered into the ballot the greater will be the number of allocated pairs of tickets in the ballot. Please do so now. 

If you don't yet have a BT number you can join here, and can then opt in to the 2018 ballot. (You must affiliate to Brondesbury, which is in the LTA's Middlesex region.) Alternatively you can call them on 020 8487 7000, which might make it easier to enable multiple family members to opt in.

The Great Brondesbury Christmas Quiz

Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm
Can you answer the following questions:
• How long was the Hundred Years War?
• How long is a piece of string?
• Who was the first woman in space?
• Was she strong and stable?
• When did England change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar?
• When will Alex Dillon make the same change?
• Who was the second person to run under 4 minutes for a mile?
• Who recorded the fastest serve at Brondesbury this year?
If you can answer any of these teasers, you will probably win a prize on the night. Put the date in your diary, form a team of 4-8 quizzers and come and celebrate an early Christmas with us. 
The evening will include:
• Sports Day Video
• Medal presentations 
• Quiz
• Christmas Buffet
• Surprise entertainments
Let me know if you’re keen to join in and I can expand or contract the food supply. Those without a team will be auctioned to the highest bidder on the night. 
Hope to see you all there,

2017 Tennis AGM Report

 The evening began with a presentation of a cheque by two special club representatives, Lindsay Fitzpatrick and Pryanka Malhotra, to Paul Ricketts, the local representative of the Samaritans. The cheque was for over £2600, money which was raised by the club on the recent fun Sports Day organised by Matt Bamford. Lindsay and Pryanka gave a highly enthusiastic and professional presentation of the fun they and other kids have at Brondesbury and how proud the club is to honour the memory of Robin Francis by making this contribution to the Samaritans.

Paul then spoke eloquently about the importance of the work they do in helping people in desperate need and thanked the club for this contribution to enable them to continue in their important work.

The formal part of the evening then began. I delivered the overall section summary, which you can find document here

Martyn Webb, our Club Treasurer, delivered an overview of the club's financial position, using the following pdf draft accounts .

Because Marina was unfortunately ill, Angus delivered the Head Coach's report of the season, which can be found document here .

I then reported on the project to build a new court on the bowling green. The requirement for the new court is because of the success of the coaching programme and its unmet need for more capacity. The planning application came before the committee (of councillors) for the second time and, despite the planning officer's recommendation to approve, they refused it by a majority of 4-3. The club will be appealing this decision which will in due course be heard by a Planning Inspector. 

One consequence of the delay in getting approval is that we are now likely to be unable to access the LTA's loan facility as this now depends on us installing a court booking facility, which we will not do. The loan would be 50%, interest-free, and for 10 years. The cost of the new court, given the extra car parking spaces needed next to court 1, means the total cost is likely to be roughly £150k. This could, just, be affordable with club funds but would mean that the project to build a toilets facility at the pavilion, estimated at £60k, would have to wait for more funds to accumulate.

Discussion then took place amongst the attendees. Mike Bentley, Club President, for example, expressed his long-held view that we should implement a court-booking system. The Tennis committee, however, is committed to the current policy and believes it commands widespread support.  

AGM on Sunday - Agenda

The AGM will immediately follow the presentation to the Samaritans, which will be at 6pm. The agenda will be:

  • Secretary's Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Head Coach Report
  • Projects Status (new court and toilets)
  • AOB

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