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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!

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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.

250 Sign-Up At Xmas Lights Switch-On

WTC volunteers braved the cold at this weekend’s Whitchurch Christmas Lights Switch-On Event to collect almost 250 signatures for our petition to help save our Club from the threat of land development. Thanks to all who helped out!

Xmas Lights

That makes it over 1,000 physical or electronic signatures so far for the petition. If you haven’t signed up so far, or have friends who may want to make their voice heard, click on the link below:

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-WTC

Public Meeting Shows WTC Has Great Support

The public meeting to raise awareness of Whitchurch Tennis Club’s fight to retain its lease was held on 25th of October 2018. It was extremely well attended with over 150 members, local residents and community representatives including Anna McMorrin MP, Julia Morgan AM, Councillors Tim Davies and Linda Morgan, who all confirmed their support for the Club. Julie Morgan AM pledged to work on a cross party basis to do all they can to stop the club’s closure. Mark Lewis from Tennis Wales, and on behalf of the LTA, confirmed their full support for the Club in its fight.

On the night a brief outline of the history of the Club was given by our President, Frank Rees, including reference to a previous threat when the club was situated behind Park Road, causing it to be re-sited to St. Francis Road in 1946. At that time the Hughes family, grandparents of our current landlords, had the foresight to retain the site as a green space for leisure in the area. He also mentioned how in 2012 at the Club’s Centenary Dinner the landlords spoke of their proud family association with the Club and their ongoing support: “We wish the club every success in the centenary and for the next 100 years”.

Addressing the audience, our Club Chairman, Mike Lubienski, noted that, ironically, as we face our greatest challenge yet, the club is thriving on and off court, with a strong balance sheet, growing membership, our teams are flourishing and with over 150 local children participating in the coaching  programmes run at the club.

Mike informed those present of how potential development of the Club could affect not only 300+ members but also our neighbours and people in the wider Whitchurch and North Cardiff communities. He also highlighted the club’s excellent relationship with local primary and secondary schools, which use the facilities on a regular basis and the detrimental effect it would have on them.

The situation is serious. Our current lease ends on the 31st December 2019. The lease ran from 1980 for 30 years with an option to extend for another 10.  We exercised that option to extend in 2007 and at that time sought to discuss a further extension. From that time on we have sought to engage with the landlords on an extension to the lease, in particular during 2012 when they were hugely supportive of our centenary, formally during our regular rent reviews and with many official approaches from the committee at other times.

Most recently, at the end of 2017, the outgoing Chairman wrote and was told the landlords would respond within 6 months. The 6 months passed in June and despite many approaches from the club Chairman and the media no response has been forthcoming. Whilst the family has a long tradition with the club and has always been supportive the refusal to enter into dialogue with the Club is hugely concerning .

That is why the club has, reluctantly, gone public with its concern, is taking legal and planning advice and has launched a public petition. We are also looking to launch a fundraising campaign and that is why we need your support.

Please sign the online petition https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-WTC

If you are not able to do that paper copies are available at the club and encourage your friends to do so – we have already met our original target of 1,000 signatures. That shows the level of support we have and we are now working towards 5,000 signatures. Please encourage your friends and family to support us and follow the Club on Facebook and/or Twitter and to check the Club’s website for updates. In addition social membership at the Club until March 29th 2019 was offered on the night at £10 per person and take up has been good. Finally, campaign sub committees have been set up, including members of the local community who were keen to support us in our efforts.

We will keep you informed of our efforts to ensure that this historic and vital community asset survives for the next 100 years as the landlord previously publicly stated.