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Spring / Summer Newsltter 2014


Chairman’s Message

A warm welcome to all members old and new and best wishes for a thoroughly enjoyable Spring/Summer season.  This newsletter and subsequent ones will appear on the CLUB WEBSITE ( and new events/developments will be posted there – so please look there regularly to keep up to date.


At our AGM on 27th March Mark Embrey stood down as Chairman and I had the “good fortune” to be elected to replace him.  However, Mark doesn’t get off that lightly and changes role to Membership Secretary.  May I take this opportunity on behalf of all members to thank Mark for his excellent Chairmanship over a number of years.

Your new Committee is:

Chairman – John Perrott

Secretary – Angela Millington

Membership Secretary – Mark Embrey

Treasurer – Mark Bland

Vice chairman – Tim Cole

Men’s Team Captain – Ben Palmer

Val Hunt, David Brass and Steve Rogers.

Contact details will be in the Club Directory to be circulated.

Thanks for their stalwart service go to Dean Hammond, Jill Rogers and David Wiggins who stood down and to Angela, Mark, Tim, Val, David and Steve who agreed to continue – much appreciated.

Club Activities

Men’s and Ladies sessions take place every week members are encouraged to attend so you can meet other members and enjoy “social” tennis.

The sessions are:-

Men’s – Saturdays from 8.30am

Ladies – Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30am

The ladies are also thinking of an Evening Session if there are sufficient numbers – please contact us if you are interested.

Club Night

For all members will continue to be on Thursday’s starting at 19.00 with an extra one on Tuesdays starting 7.30 pm– please come and join in !!



Jared the Club’s coach is continuing his Wednesday evening sessions when the new school term starts.

Time                               Age Group

16.30 – 17.00                    4 – 6

17.00 – 18.00                    7 – 11

18.00 – 19.00                    11 – 16

19.00 – 20.00                    16 and above including adult

All standards are welcome and we are encouraging adult members who want to “resurrect” their game to attend a “RUSTY RACKET” session as part of the 19.00 – 20.00 slot !!

Jared will also organize a couple of SUMMER HOLIDAY SESSIONS – keep in touch through the website for details.

Jared is also looking for SPONSORSHIP to do a 10k assault course.  Sponsorship forms are available in the Clubhouse or through the link on the website.  Proceeds will be spent on equipment for the coaching sessions – so be generous and benefit the members (particularly the juniors) being encouraged to play or looking to improve through the coaching programme.


The Club participate in two leagues the WINTER WOOLIES (Nov-March) and the WILSON LEAGUE (Apr-Sept – Men only).  More on WW at a later date, other than to say the two teams finished 3rd and 5th respectively – a great effort and well done to all those who took part.

WILSON LEAGUE – the season involves 14 major doubles matches (four players per match required) – details are on the website.  We do need to strengthen our squad so please volunteer to be available when you can – contact Ben Palmer so he can register you.






What’s happening


PLAY A SPORT FOR WINNERS – JOIN ECCLESHALL TENNIS CLUB and encourage others as well.  Yes, tennis in GB is definitely a sport for winners so why not join up and play a high profile sport that produces winners for GB.   To check out members playing groups go to Join Us then Court Reservations page.

MEMBERSHIP 2014-15   – details are on the “Join Us” page . So don’t delay – get yourself joined up with us straight away and take advantage of great playing facilities and one of the cheapest membership rates in the region.

A CAUTIONARY TALE – this is for all of you players who can’t be bothered to move loose balls from the court whilst a game is in progress.  Well apart from the danger of tripping on a loose ball and hurting yourself it could mean the difference between winning and losing a match.  At a recent men’s doubles match and on match point a ball was returned in play and before the opponents could return it had landed on a loose ball left lying a couple of feet from the net.  This impact rendered the ball unplayable and thus the match point was won much to the opponents dismay.                             You have been warned.


Happy tennising.