Pre-Season Tidy Up on 24 March – Volunteers Needed!

Attention All Members! We are holding our annual Groundwork Day to spruce up the club, courts and grounds 0n Sunday 24th of March from 10am to midday.

Bring secateurs, a broom, a hoe, a spade or anything else that may help get the club looking back to its best after a long winter. Come for a couple of  hours, come for half an hour but would really appreciate if you can spare a bit of time. This year it will be co-ordinated by Dave Gaughan so please drop him an email ( davidwgaughan@hotmail.com) or text (07966362941) if you’re able to help and what you can bring along to help with the tidy up.

Opening Day Tournament & Social Evening – 30 March

It’s that time of year again when we can start looking forward to coming out of hibernation with the lighter evenings, warmer playing conditions and of course the annual Opening Day Tournament and Social Event.

Opening Day 2019

The afternoon will see an “American Italian” Doubles Tournament taking place between 2pm and 4pm mixing all age ranges and abilities for a fun packed event.

Then from 7pm we have a fantastic Italian-themed evening featuring authentic Italian Pizza by Ffwrnes Pizza, speciality wines and beers with Karaoke providing the back drop to see in the new season. Tickets will be available at the bar from this Wednesday 13th March.

WTC Lease Update

Update from the WTC Committee about the current lease position:

The club served a notice on the landlords in January to force them to say whether they were looking to develop the site or not. While they are not seeking to end the tenancy at the end of 2019 they have told us they do want to take the site back in 2-3 years’ time. We can only suppose this is for the purposes of development.

We are taking further legal and other professional advice about how we can best resist this threat.

If the landlords remain on this course, then there is a high risk that we will have to go to court to fight for a new lease on reasonable terms.

We would like to thank everyone from across the community for their support.  It has been amazing and has been invaluable as we take the fight forward.

We will keep everyone informed of developments and hope we can count on the continuation of the support shown so far as we battle to ensure the club remains a valued community asset for many more years to come.

Useful Tennis Blog Added to Contact/Links

Tennis enthusiast Jon Lindboe has been writing about tennis-related subjects like equipment, news and Wimbledon since 2011 on a not-for-profit basis. His PERFECT TENNIS blogs have been added to the WTC Links page (under Contact/Links). Check them out!

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16 February WTC Fundraiser – The Bloodshot Canyon Brothers

Popular local band The Bloodshot Canyon Brothers are playing a gig at the Club on Saturday 16 February to help raise funds for the fight to save WTC. All experienced musicians, the ‘Brothers’ have performed at the club over the years and play a variety of guitar-based rock and pop classics. Tickets are only £5 from the bar!

blood canyon brothers web

WTC Annual General Meeting – Thursday 31 January

The Club’s Annual General Meeting which will take place on Thursday 31st January from 8pm in the Clubhouse. The AGM is the opportunity for members to hear about the work of the committee over the last 12 months and critically, to get an update on the situation with the lease.

There are still opportunities to join the committee and contribute to the running of the club. If you wish to nominate a club member for a vacant post, you should get their agreement before putting forward his or her name. If you are willing to volunteer to fill a vacancy yourself but cannot attend the meeting, please inform a committee member who will ensure that your name is put forward for election. Nominations for members who have not held posts previously at WTC or who have not held a post of any kind in the last year or two are particularly welcome. Nominations should be sent to the club chairman, Mike Lubienski (mikelubienski@ntlworld.com), or to the club secretary, Dave Walton ( damawa02@gmail.com) at least 7 days before the AGM.

Additionally, if you have any suggestions for changes to club rules these need to be sent to the club chairman, Mike Lubienski, in writing at least seven days before the meeting.

The bar will be open and we are offering a free drink to all WTC members attending.

Notice of AGM 2019

AGM 2019 Nomination Form

Remember to ‘Opt In’ for the chance to get Wimbledon Tickets!

Here’s a reminder to Opt In for the 2019 British Tennis Members Wimbledon Ballot is now open! You have until 11:59pm on 22 FEBRUARY 2019 to do so.

You will need to be an LTA Lite member, if you haven’t registered with the LTA you can do so here:

https://www.lta.org.uk/member/

Once you have registered you can Opt In to the Venue Ballot here:

https://www.lta.org.uk/Members-Area/home/benefits/british-tennis-membership-wimbledon-ballot-opt-in/

It’s free to Opt In and will get you an entry into the WTC Wimbledon Draw in the Spring (date to be confirmed), assuming you renew your club membership in 2019 of course! Any members who are experiencing problems in the ‘opting-in’ process can connect Christian Wiggam (ccwiggam@gmail.com) for help.

Charles Woodings

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing on Monday 26th November of one of our oldest social members, Charles Woodings, at the University Hospital of Wales. Charles had not been well for some time and had not been able to get to the Club much over the past 12 months or so, but for very many years Charles was one of the regulars on evenings when the bar was open.

Charles was born and raised in Abergavenny but moved to Cardiff as a young man where he served in the police force with distinction for many years. Charles had a raft of stories about his time on the force – both amusing and sometimes truly hair-raising. Charles loved music and was a keen member of a number of male voice choirs, a passion which saw him travel round Europe and beyond on various choir tours. In retirement, he maintained a keen interest in the politics and current affairs, the fortunes of the Welsh rugby team and a fierce determination to complete the Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword within half an hour!

While never a tennis player himself, Charles contributed much to the social fabric of the Club and helped out in numerous ways over the years. Charles generously donated a significant sum of money towards the resurfacing of courts 1-3 back in 2015 but never mentioned it and never wanted it to be well known within the Club. He was a private, reserved man but many of us counted him as a true friend. He will be missed.

The funeral is on Tuesday 11th December at 10:15 am at Thornhill Crematorium, then afterwards at the WTC Clubhouse.