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Langford Tennis Club Bedfordshire The courts are OPENING, hurrah hurrah

On Wednesday 2nd December
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LTA Guidelines on Coronavirus

Club Announcements
League Play We have 3 ladies doubles, 5 mixed doubles, 4 mens and 1 veteran doubles teams in the mid beds leagues, if you aren't already in a team but would like to be look at the league match list page and contact the relevant captain

General session General Sessions are currently SUSPENDED
There are now general mix in sessions on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am until 12, Wednesday evening from 7:30pm and Saturday afternoons from 2pm
These are for Adults and invited juniors, basically you just turn up and keep playing until people are too tired to continue. You don't need a partner as we mix up from set to set so it is a chance get to play with lots of different people and get some practice in


June 29th 2020 Latest Guidelines.
LTA GUIDANCE (adapted for Langford TC) WHICH MUST BE FOLLOWED:
Reviewed and adapted 24th June 2020

* Please note the clubhouse will be closed. It will not be possible to use the toilet or hand washing facilities or access the clubhouse for floodlights.
* The First Aid box will be accessible outside the clubhouse in a box near the door. There are wipes available to wipe everything down after use. Please take any used wipes home.
HYGIENE
* If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
* Avoid touching your face as much as possible.
EQUIPMENT
* NEW: Shared tennis balls may now be used. If you choose to do this extra care must be taken to ensure you don’t touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (with hand sanitiser).
* Continue to avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls from the other court where possible - use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent.
* Take all your own equipment (such as racquets, grips, hats and towels).
* Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play.
* Clean your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use.
* Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others.
* Take all your belongings with you at the end of the session.
COURT LIMITS
* NEW: Both courts are now available for play on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Only one court is available for the rest of the week (this will be reviewed regularly according to demand).
* NEW: Both singles and doubles play is now permitted with people from different households as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that 4 people from different households can now play doubles.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Unless from the same household:
* Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play).
* Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high fives).
* Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net.
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT
* Arrive as close as possible to when you have booked a court.
* Avoid touching the entrance gate with your hand if possible.
* Leave the gate open during play to avoid contamination.
* Allow others to leave before you enter the court - if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gate (eg. behind barrier of scout hut).
* Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place.
SPECTATORS
* Spectating is discouraged. Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, limit this to one person with social distancing strictly observed while watching, (eg. stay outside the courts).
NEW: SYMPTOMS
* If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 you must request a test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or phone 119 so that potential contacts can be identified through the NHS Test and Trace system.

The next Club Committee review will be July 6th

June 2nd 2020 To all our Members.
Opening of second court and changes to play

Subject to a successful review of the Club's Covid-19 risk assessment, which is being undertaken today, we've concluded that the second court can be opened up safely.

We do appreciate, however, that not everyone will feel safe with activity on both courts at once. Therefore, as an interim next step, the decision has been made to maintain single court play on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays in order to accommodate all members, including those who might feel safer playing on only one court with fewer people to socially distance from. Two courts will be available for play on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays. The second court will be available for bookings starting from Thursday 4th June.

On the single court days, singles (2 separate households) or doubles (each doubles pair being from the same household) will be permitted. Therefore, a maximum of 2 households will be present.
On days when there are 2 courts available, singles or doubles maybe played on both courts with the same rule for doubles pairs as above, resulting in a maximum of 4 households present if there are 2 sets of doubles taking place.

Bookings must continue to be made via ClubSpark which has been set up with the appropriate court availability. If your plans change and you can no longer play, please go back into Clubspark and cancel the booking so that other players can take advantage of the free court. If you have access to Facebook and the cancellation is short notice, please post a comment so that other players can see the new availability.

Please note carefully the following important rules:
* In all cases, players should continue to bring their own marked balls;
* The previous rules around social distancing, changing ends etc. don't change and should all be strictly followed at all times;
* You are reminded that you must book a court prior to play, no "turn up and play" is permitted;
* Please remember to cancel your booking if no longer required;
* If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 you must request a test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or phone 119 so that potential contacts can be identified through the NHS Test and Trace system.

The Club Committee will be meeting again on Monday 22nd June to review the above easements. In the meantime please feel free to provide your feedback, however, we hope you agree the new steps provides all members (wherever your attitude to risk sits) with a safe environment in which to exercise and enjoy tennis.

May 15th 2020 To all our Members.
On behalf of your committee, I’m delighted to confirm that we have satisfied all the requirements required to safely re-open our lovely tennis club.

Please note only one court will be available for play, this is required in order to maintain social distancing at all times. In addition, the court must be pre-booked on-line using the Club’s new on-line booking system called Clubspark. You will receive a separate email regarding this from the booking system shortly. This platform is provided to clubs by the LTA. We have been testing the system over the last few days and it’s working very well, however, as with any new system, please bear with us if you experience the odd glitch. Please ensure you save your login details as using an alternative login can cause errors within the system, meaning you will be unable to use the booking service. Details of who to contact should this happen will be provided. The attached link will enable you to register, which is a requirement before you can make any court bookings. The courts will be available for play starting from tomorrow. Once registered, simply go on-line and book your preferred time slot. You will be limited to one one-hour slot per day.

Please also note that the clubhouse will remain closed at all times and there will be no access whatsoever for flood lights or for the toilet, however, the first aid kit will be outside and accessible.

guidance rules are displayed at the courts. It is absolutely vital that everyone reads, understands and follows the rules rigidly.

Don’t forget to clearly mark your own tennis balls with your initials, bring your own water bottle and hand sanitizer, of course don’t forget your racket!

March 22nd 2020 To all our Members.

Due to recent Government advice on social distancing and to respect the safety of the wider community, it is with great sadness, that the Committee have to announce the closure of our wonderful tennis club, with IMMEDIATE effect, and until further notice. If you are down there now please leave a.s.a.p. if you planned to go later today, please do not go, you will not be able to get in.

With the escalation of events in the UK and around the world, we believe that the safety of our members is paramount.

The closure of just the clubhouse is not a viable option to eliminate the risk of other social contact.

The recommendation from the Government is to stay indoors and only travel if it’s essential; such as going to work, or shopping for food. The gates will padlocked and we will be taking out the large handwash refill and toilet rolls to pass to anyone that needs them, i.e. one of our vulnerable or self-isolating members? Please do get in touch if you need them and we can arrange a safe drop off.

On this note, as a club and committee, we need to look out for each other and help where and when we can. With that in mind, if you are self-isolating and/or in the vulnerable category, please do get in touch with one of your committee members, who will endeavor to get you what you need.
Please also keep in touch with your usual friendship/coaching/social groups as much as possible, communication is going to be very important during this very worrying and testing time.

We will be getting a newsletter out soon, with more info on a very kind offer of IT Help from Andy Weller, alongside fun activities, such as skills/ top tips and challenges from our Coach, Justin; to keep kids and adults active and engaged as much as possible.

We would love to hear from you, if you have any other help/advice/skills we can offer to our members.

In the meantime, stay safe, look after each other and please communicate with us.

Together we can and will get through this, and when we do, there’s a big tennis party to be had!

With the Kindest of Regards to you and your families.


Your LTC Committee.


March 18th 2020 Dear Members

After a lot of discussion and feedback from our members. The committee have agreed to allow restricted access to the clubhouse on the strict adherence to the following guidelines :-

1/ Only ONE person in the clubhouse at any time
2/ You MUST wash your hands before and after playing. No physical contact at any time.
3/ You MUST use the paper towels to dry your hands and take all rubbish with you
4/ You MUST bring your own balls and racquets
5/ You MUST NOT come to the courts, if you are feeling unwell or in any of the ‘high risk’ categories or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms.

This will enable the use of the spotlights for evening play.

The use of the courts and clubhouse, is entirely at your own risk and you must adhere to advice from the NHS/Government and PHE.

Obviously this is a very fluid time and our decision may change at very short notice.

For the safety of other members and the wider community, the Committee can and will make the decision to close the club, if we feel these guidelines are not being fully adhered to.

Please also remember that there are no coaching sessions, social sessions, inter-club tournaments or league matches, until further notice.

With kind regards and keep safe thoughts.


Your LTC Committee


March 17th 2020 The covid-19 situation In England has moved on at pace in the last 24-hours. In view of the Government announcements last night about non-essential social gathering or contact it’s with regret that until further notice we are TEMPORARILY announcing the closure the tennis clubhouse and TEMPORARILY cancelling all Club-arranged group coaching, INTER-club matches and social play on Saturdays and Wednesdays. We believe there are many good reasons for this - not least that even if members and our coach are strong enough to get through covid-19, we know many of us live with or are connected to someone vulnerable who might not be.

Unlike many other UK sports organisations and overseas countries, LTA advice is still to keep playing (healthy heart and lungs etc), and therefore we think it may be acceptable for members to keep playing (especially those that are not needing to self-isolate and that live in the same house), but this is done at members’ own risk. But we are NOT recommending this and players are to provide and take home their own tennis balls. This situation may change in the future if, for example, there is LTA or other guidance or if entire shut-down is enforced or deemed sensible by the Committee.

Our previous hygiene guidance is still valid, for example, regarding washing hands and not coming to the Club if you have had any contact with anyone with symptoms. We think we are now all fully aware of that.

We will postpone the process and collection of 2020/21 memberships (ordinarily effective from 1 April) until we know when we can re-open. And we propose for the time-being that money paid for coaching will be held until it re-starts.

Should you require more information, current LTA advice is through the link towards the top right of this page

Owing to the fast-moving nature of this pandemic this information could become out of date quickly so please keen yourself informed and up to date. One useful source is NHS advice here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Thank your for your cooperation. Stay safe at this difficult time.

Best wishes,
Langford Tennis Club Committee

2020 AGM

Coming soon (25th Feb @ 7:30pm) at the Church Village Hall

January 2020 Newsletter

HAPPY NEW (ish) YEAR!!

Welcome to LTC’s 1st Newsletter of this new decade!

 Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Langford Church Hall on Tuesday 25th February @ 7.30pm. Points covered will be -

      confirmation of the minutes of the previous AGM, and of any subsequent EGMs
      consideration of the Committee’s report, presented by the Chair or their delegate
      consideration of the accounts for the year, presented by the Treasurer or their delegate
      setting of subscription rates
      election of Officers and Committee
      any items of which due notice has been given and details included in the agenda.

We need a minimum of 7 members to meet Quorum. (obviously the more members we have, the more POV we have)

A notice and agenda has been sent to all members this week.

 It shouldn’t run too late, and refreshments will be provided!

COURT CLEANING

The courts, and surrounding patio areas were cleaned to a very high standard on Friday 7th Feb. The contractor also gave Caroline really positive feedback about the condition of our courts too.

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We will always strive to maintain a high standard of playing facilities. If you have any views on how we can improve this even further, please do let us know.

WINTER LADDERS PART 2

The first half of this competition saw a lot of games completed, and it was looking very tight at the top!

Sadly the weather in 2020 has proven to be quite troublesome to keep this level going.

This hasn’t deterred a few pairings, namely the Deeks Duo, who like Liverpool FC; are sitting quite comfortably at the top!

Well done to the new pairing of Deborah & Jeff, who are off to a flying start this half.

The competition runs until 31st March, so still plenty of time for the rest of us to get some matches played, assuming there are no more storms!

JUSTIN’S TOP TIPS ARE BACK!

The first 2020 Top Tip from our Coach is very apt, as I write this with Storm Dennis brewing!

“There is an old tennis saying that ‘wind is a leveller’ (of ability)

This is not true. Wind does create some variation and unpredictability, but if anything it accentuates skill differences.

If you can embrace the wind and enjoy playing in it, then you often have a huge advantage over your opponent.”

Thank you Justin, we will try and embrace it!

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FIRST AIDERS

Justin is our fully qualified First Aider, as this is critical for the running of all the coaching sessions.

We are always striving for the next level of safety at our club, and would like to see if wherever possible the social sessions, and junior tournaments we run, have at least one member that is First Aid trained.

If there are any members that are already trained, maybe at their place of work. Then we would love to hear from you, as these skills are very transferable to the courts.

Once we know which sessions we have covered, we can look at providing training for any willing volunteers, to ensure wherever possible there is at least one First Aider at the club for these sessions.

We have also put a new First Aid kit on the wall, above the microwave.

Ice packs can be found in the 3rd drawer in the Kitchen.

SAFEGUARDING

Our club has two qualified and DBS checked Welfare Officers. Paul Jaggard and Lisa Oestricher.

The role of the Welfare Officer is to work with the coach, the committee and the LTA to ensure our club provides Safe and Inclusive Tennis and also to support members when issues or concerns arise.

Paul and Lisa’s details can be found on our website, on the noticeboard or they are very often at the club playing tennis!

Please do engage with them and share ideas on how we can continue to make our club as safe and inclusive as possible.

HOUSEKEEPING!

New year, same rules!

Please keep the clubhouse, as you would like to find it!

We are more than happy to provide our members with tea/coffee/squash making facilities, but please wash up and put away whatever you have used.

The fridge must be left on, but everything else must be switched off before you leave.

If you are last to leave, please check the following have all been turned off.

         SPOT LIGHTS

         HEATERS

         LIGHTS

Also, if it is forecast for freezing conditions, it is helpful if the water is turned off. The mains tap can be found in the ‘snug’ area, behind the right-hand curtain, near the floor.

UPHOLSTERY SKILLS?

If you’ve been in the clubhouse recently, you would have noticed that a few of the chairs are in need of some TLC!

worn out chairs

Is there any of our lovely members that would know how to re-cover these?

Or if anyone knows of any nice comfy chairs that are looking for a new home, we’d love to hear from you! 

COMMITTEE NEWS

We are delighted to let you know that David Davies has kindly taken on the role of Fixtures Secretary for the club.

Caroline has been doing this for a number of years, and after a shout out, David kindly agreed to take this role on, with the support of Caroline.

David attended the Summer Fixtures meeting on Wednesday at Flitwick, and will be letting the team captains know their matches very shortly.

If any captains need to re-arrange matches, please can they ensure they check with David on court availability first.

Bring on the warm weather!

COMMITTEE WHO’S WHO

An up-to-date Committee Member sheet will be attached to this newsletter.

With mug-shots so you know what we all look like (roughly!) 

SUB-COMMITTEE

The future of the club is always a key item at our regular committee meetings, and with a view to continuing to provide the best standards of facilities and coaching sessions, we have created a sub-committee of four people:

Caroline, Chris Markwick, Paul Metcalfe & Paul Jaggard, will be proposing a 3-5 yr plan to cover such expenditure as new lighting, court re-surfacing, club house, fencing and coaching costs.

This is to ensure our members money is invested wisely, and will be reflected in any membership fee increases in future.

If you have any views on this please do let the sub-committee know. 

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Notification of membership renewal fees will be sent out shortly.

Our treasurer has asked that wherever possible, fees are paid by bank transfer and not cheque.

It makes the allocation of subs more straightforward for Chris.

If not possible, cheques will be accepted, but we cannot accept cash.

Thank you for your understanding.

CONTACT US

Chairperson – Caroline Bowers
chair@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

Membership – Michelle Drakes
membership@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

Coaching – Paul Metcalfe
coaching@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

Welfare Officers – Paul Jaggard & Lisa Oestreicher
welfare@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

 

Winter Ladder

Well done to Shelly & Andrew on winning the 2018-19 Winter Ladder, Paul and Emma were this years runners up


2019 AGM

Another good year, membership close to capacity and the last I heard said we can take another 15 or so people so don't dilly dally if you are thinking of joining

The courts are going to be re-finished again soon as the paint hasn't lasted as well as it should have so watch out for the court closure on the website diary

Winter 2018 Newsletter

A RATHER BUSY 6 MONTHS!

Welcome to the LTC Winter Newsletter. Firstly, apologies for such a long gap between issues. We therefore have rather a lot to get through in this one! ……..

SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP

Well, what a lovely warm Summer we just had (although it certainly feels like a long time ago now!) The weather stayed kind for our annual LTC Summer Championship, held on 15th September.

There were 3 hotly contested matches, that thrilled the crowds! (yes, we had a small crowd and we even had an umpire, thank you Kevin!)

 

Singles – Matt v Mario

Doubles – Matt/Amanda v Mike/Andrew

Singles Runner-Up Plate – Andrew v Jo

 

 

Thanks to all that took part and congratulations to the winners (pictured) Matt, Amanda & Andrew, with our Chair; Caroline, who presented the trophies.

 

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT

Lisa & Jo held another very successful Junior Tournament in June (with help from Justin & Paul J) The 14 Juniors that got off their gadgets for 3 hours, got rewarded with a lovely warm morning, and the standard of tennis was exceptional. All the children take turns in umpiring & being line judges, when they are not playing. Congratulations to Ella & Ethan, who won the coveted box of chocs!

LTA SUMMER LEAGUE RESULTS

Special mention to our MENS DOUBLES C TEAM, who topped their league for the Summer & MIXED B TEAM, who came 2nd in their league.

GIRLS JUNIOR TOURNAMENT

More recently (18th Nov), we hosted our first ever Junior Girls Tournament. With 4 of our younger female players, playing against 4 girls from Haslingfield Tennis Club. (another small-ish & friendly club nr. Cambridge)

An incredible level of tennis was played, and of course great sportsmanship was shown throughout.

Very well played to our strong pairings of, Kira & Emma, Lauren & Iris, who won overall. (I believe there will be an away match at somepoint as HTC enjoyed it so much, but maybe because they want revenge?!)

A big thanks must go to Justin and his friend and fellow coach, Paul Bonnington from Haslingfield Tennis Club, for organising this. It was a great experience for all involved.

WINTER LADDERS

We have 14 pairings taking part this year. If you would still like to join in please email jo@thejaggards.com

COMMITTEE UPDATES

We have a very busy team of 9 volunteers, who meet up a few times a year to try and help run this lovely club.

NEW VILLAGE DEFIBRILLATOR

After a successful bid by the Playing Fields & Village Hall Committees to obtain a grant for the purchase of a new defibrillator. We are delighted to let you know that this is now in place and situated on the village hall wall opposite the courts.

Please take the time to make yourselves aware of it’s location.

Training on these machines and basic 1st Aid CPR was offered out to the village residents and local clubs.

A few LTC members took the opportunity to attend the training and learn life-saving skills.

We also have 6 members that have agreed to be the ‘Defib Guardians’ and ensure that the machine is in full working order at all times.

Well done to all involved in getting this vital piece of equipment in place.

HEALTH & SAFETY

The more observant of our members would have noticed our 3 lovely new post pads, the other members may just notice that they no longer hurt themselves when running into the spotlight posts!!

This was completed as part of our annual Risk Assessment that is required by the LTA.

There has been a key safe attached to the gate, which can be used to get out of the courts, in case of a power cut.

We will also be painting the steps around the clubhouse, with non-slip paint.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT CLUBHOUSE HEATERS ARE SWITCHED OFF BEFORE YOU LEAVE!

 

PLAYING IN THE DARK?

There has been a few ‘electrical issues’ with the spot lights recently. This has occurred when members have used the fuse box to turn off the lights. Please ensure that you only use the switches (circled in red) to put the spots on or off. Thanks!

CLUBHOUSE KEYS

New Clubhouse keys coming soon!

The lock will be changed and new keys issued to all members.
Our Membership secretary will inform you of how and when this will happen.

Good news is the new keys will be cheaper!

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

LTC AGM 27TH FEBRUARY 2019 @ LANGFORD CHURCH HALL.

 

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA?

There are a few Adult & Junior coaching spaces available.

Session times for Juniors are Wed 4.30pm, 5.30pm, Thur 4.30pm, 5.30pm & Sat 10am, 11am.

Session times for adults are Wed 6.30pm, Thur 6.30pm & Sat 12pm. They are hour long slots for a 10 week course. 5.50ph for members, or 7.50 for non-members, a bargain as we do have a rather good coach!

If you’d rather a one-to-one with Justin, to top up your skills, the cost is 35ph.

For more info please contact:

pauln.metcalfe@ntlworld.com

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

Club Membership is at 132 with 80 Adults and 52 Students/Juniors.

We cap our membership at 150, so have plenty of availability if you know anyone who would like to join our local, friendly and successful club.

Contact Shelly on membership@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

  

CARDIO TENNIS CANCELLED!

(DON’T PANIC IT WILL RETURN!)

It has been temporarily cancelled throughout December.

 

This is to increase court availability for the Winter Ladders Competition matches. They are therefore available from 7.30pm every Thursday in December.

 

Please do make use of this extra time to get as many matches played before the end of the year.

We will re-instate Cardio on 10th January 2019.

TENNIS BALL RECYCLING

We continue to bag up and send off 250 used tennis balls for recycling.

Unfortunately not all tennis balls are able to be recycled. These include ones that are heavily weathered, have damage to the nap and are non-pressurised.

The ones we are unable to recycle are now put in the netted sack by the notice boards for anyone to take home for their pooches to play with!

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SOCIAL SURVEY MONKEY!

A little Survey Monkey has been emailed out to all members to try and organise a social night in March 2019.

Four options were put forward at our last committee meeting.

1/ Quiz, Live Music & Food evening at the Church Hall

2/ Pub/Restaurant Dinner

3/ Race Night with Food at the Church Hall.

4/ Greyhound Racing at Henlow Dog Track.

Thanks to all those that have completed the survey so far, we do have one that is proving more popular than the others, but we will wait for more responses before a decision is made. Get voting!

CLUB CLOTHING

Jo Jaggard has placed another order with our suppliers for some more good quality LTC Merchandise.

It really is great to see so many people wearing it.

Look out for some branded JOMA clothing coming in the new year. This should provide a wider choice in addition to our current range.

HOUSE KEEPING

We are more than happy for you to make use of all the club’s kitchen facilities.

But.. please do wash up after yourselves, and keep the kitchen area clean for the other members and visitors to the club.

If the bin bag is overflowing, please change it. (There is a big bin in the carpark – key for this is in the top kitchen drawer)

Any recycling bags can be left in back room for collection or taken home and added into your own recycling bin.

And as for the toilet…..(joking)

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Moan over!!

The committee would like to thank Steve Fielding for his hoodonation! (see, no excuses not to run that around too ha ha!)

** NEW FEATURE! **

JUSTIN’S TENNIS TOP TIPS!

Our coach, Justin Layne, has kindly agreed to give a Tennis Top Tip for each Newsletter (hopefully we will run more than 2 a year in future!)

So here is the first for your delectation….

“Change your grip before it wears too thin. It is the only contact you have with the racket and can make a large difference to your level and help prevent injury from gripping the racket too hard”

FEEDBACK

We value and welcome your feedback, good and bad, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

In addition to this, we will be looking for a Junior Rep to help feed back the points of view from our youngest members - the next generation

 

MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR

 

“Dear Members,

It gives me great pleasure to reach out to you as we enter this festive period. I’m sure you will all be delighted and impressed to read about all the activity going on at the club, organised by your committee, on your behalf. Please don’t be shy to come forward with any new ideas you may have, we are always pleased to hear from you.

 

We’ve kicked off the Winter League, with a successful start across all teams. We now have 14 teams representing the club, that’s mighty impressive for such a small club. Good luck for the rest of the season.

 

On behalf of your hard working committee, we would like to wish you and all your loved ones a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!”

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CONTACT US

Chairperson – Caroline Bowers

chair@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

Membership – Michelle Drakes

membership@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

Coaching & Juniors – Paul Metcalfe

coaching@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

Welfare Officers – Paul Jaggard & Lisa Oestreicher

welfare@langfordtennisclub.org.uk

 

2018 AGM Another successful year, membership continues at close to the maximum, people keep playing and the courts have been re-finished again

2017 Summer Tournaments There are informal social summer tournaments planned for

• Saturday 8th July 2pm
• Saturday 5th August 2pm

The format is decided on the day depending on numbers but it usually takes the form of an American Tournament.

You play 4 games with your partner (drawn on the day) and then 4 games with the opposing gentleman/lady against your partner. Confused? You will be…. But it’s great fun.

The tea and cake is always worth turning up for! To enter just turn-up on the day. There is a small entrance fee to cover the refreshments

2016 AGM Caroline takes over from Mike as Club Chair, let the celebrations commence

Sunday 20th September Summer Championships 2015 - Finals Day

Sunday 21st September Summer Championships 2014 - Finals Day
An excellent day, strong play, aching feet, heartache and great joy for results click on Internal Club Competitions

Saturday 31st May First Fun Tournament of the year
Thank you to Clare for organising. Winning lady was Caroline and winning man was Neil. A special mention (thank you) to Verity for a particularly scrummy cake (easy to see what motivates me the most!)

Friday 16th May The clubs first ever Social Evening and an excellent evening it was to!
Thank you to Deirdre for organising, Marjorie, Christine and Clare for cooking and helping. A special thanks to Kevin, for organising an excellent quiz (and I say that despite not being in the winning team) and Chris M for entertaining us all and very good he was to

Summer 2014 Club Championships: The draw has now been published so PLAY! PLAY! PLAY! Tennis From May to the end of August. Finals in September

Happy Summer and good luck to everyone

2013 Winter Ladder Our new handicapped winter ladder proved to be very popular with 14 pairs entering and lots of play during the winter season
The winners were Clare and Colin, an aggressive partnership that managed to win despite having their handicap adjusted in the middle of competition
Runners up were Sarah and Julian who made a slow start but finished strongly to a solid second place

Well done to everyone who played and don't forget, we can do it all again next year!

Saturday 6th July Langford Village Fete
Another well attended session, thank you to the members that volunteered to man the stand. The fastest serve competition was won by Robbie Irvine who was exceedingly subtle about letting Paul know that he had been beaten. Never mind Paul there is always next year!

Sunday 23rd June Open Day 2pm-5pm
In conjunction with the Bedfordshire LTA we are participated in "Play Tennis in Beds" event
Over 40 potential members attended and nine people signed up on the day!
Thank you to everyone that helped on the day
Saturday 18th May 60th Anniversary tournament

The tournament was organised by Clare and Caroline, thank you both. We had an excellent day and well done to all attendees

The winning lady was Sarah Cullip and the winning man was Paul Metcalfe. They showed their prowess by winning the final set 6-0, congratulations on some excellent play

The finalists still had enough energy left to pose for a picture at the end of the day. Thank you to our resident happy snapper Kevin Howell
May Tournament Finalists
Winter Ladders 2012-13 The doubles ladder was won by Colin Plumb and Christine Deeks
They had been runners up the previous year but this year they improved and took the top position. Well done to you both
October 1st Summer Ladders finished, Winter Ladders Start
Leanne Klopper and Mike Deeks won the mixed ladder and Andrew Fox won the singles ladder. As the winter ladders have just started now is a very good time to enter and start playing before the weather closes in
September 22nd Last Saturday Tournament of the year
Thank you to Clare for organising and catering an excellent day and a special thank you for organising the great weather. We had 12 entrants, for once balanced equally between boys and girls (ok men, women and a few grandparents) Perhaps we should call it the Langford Tennis Olympics as the updated format resulted in two final sets to rank the top players. Clare and Mike achieved Gold, Christine and Colin took the Silver with Vicky and William a very close 3rd for the Bronze
July 7th Langford Village Fete - the Tennis club joins in the fun
A good day although the weather made it a bit stop start, despite this a lot of people took part in the fastest serve (over 90 mph) and beat the coach (nobody did)
28th June Things are hotting up in the club ladders with two ladder matches on the same evening, we will need a court booking system at this rate! The evening also saw new Doubles ladder leaders with Jenni and Robbie moving to the top spot with a well deserved win over Leanne and Mike

Plenty of time to go so Contact Mike to join in the fun!
16th June Thank you to Caroline Bowers for organising this Fun Tournament. There were 9 entrants this time and I believe that congratulations are due to Shane who won at his first ever Fun Tournament
5th May Thank you to Clare Warren for organising this Fun Tournament and good weather to go with it again. 12 entrants played in the American Tournament style and Clare won the ladies side and Robbie won the mens. Well done to both of you
Second month in a row for Clare, have you been having coaching??
April - May Get back into Tennis Course
Runs from Sat April 21 to Sat 26 May inclusive
14th April Congratulations to Clare Warren for organising, and winning, this Fun Tournament and sorting out some good weather to go with it. Clare won 14 out of a possible 16 games on her way to victory. Well done Clare
Did I hear someone call FIX! surely not. In case you were wondering there were 8 other entrants
31st March The Winter Ladders have finished today
Congratulations to Paul Metcalfe for winning the Mens Ladder. Paul managed to beat all challengers on his way to victory
Congratulations to Sarah Cullip and Mike Deeks for winning the Mixed Doubles. They were beaten on their way to becoming champions but managed to win sufficient games to gain overall victory
3rd March The Fun Tournament was well attended with a three way tie for first place
Congratulations to Paul Metcalfe, Steve Fielding and Colin Plumb
all scoring 11 wins out of a possible 16
January 1 2011 Junior League Finished - 2012 League begins
A round of applause please for Chris Warren who won the clubs first ever Junior League
January 2 Winter Ladders finish end of March
When the weather permits you should be planning your campaign on the clubs Winter Ladders
Currently in the Ladies Ladder there are no entrants so put your name down and you could win!
Mixed and Mens Ladders have seen a reasonable amount of play so if you are wanting to win it is time to get those challenges in
28th December Ladies afternoon
Not sure what they were in the morning but in the afternoon they were definitiely ladies, lots of fun, tennis, mince pies and tea or alcohol depending on who was driving.
The event was another success for Caroline and there is a rumour going round that the next event will be at Easter so watch this space
30th November More Mixed ladder action
A round of applause please for Shirley and Andrew on winning their first ladder match, more coaching needed for Sarah and Mike
1st November Mixed ladder action
Kudos (and valuable points!) to the first pair of couples taking to the courts, Christine and Colin snagged the winning points at the 11th hour with victory in the tie break
31st October Mens singles ladder action
Having seen the glory that is bestowed upon the winning players it appears that people are starting their winter ladder campaigns early as we have already had two matches with Paul M taking an early lead in the tables
22nd October Caroline'll fix it
Almost immediately an appeal for a replacement fridge was launched Caroline came up trumps with an excellent replacement, appeal over
Now if you could just organise me winning the lottery....
21st October The external renovation of the club house has now been completed to a high standard
Internally, the dunny has been cleaned and re-painted, thank you Neil
A modern wood table and comfy chairs have replaced the previous garden furniture, thank you Caroline
The fridge is looking tatty, if anyone knows of a good one that is going spare then the club would be delighted to accept, collection can be arranged
1st October Jenni and Robbie won the mixed doubles ladder - well done for a sterling performance
Robbie won the Singles League after only one challenge, maybe we will see more activity in the Winter Ladder

The Winter 2011 Ladder is now open - let battle commence
Also 1st October Octobers Fun Tournament the winning lady was Vicky and the winning man was Paul M. Well done to both of you and commiserations to everyone else

With the fantastic weather we were expecting more entrants but the eight that did turn up had a cracking afternoons tennis followed by a very sociable time on the patio with the barbecue
21st September Congratulations to the Mixed A team for coming 2nd in the LTA Summer League Division 3 which should see them promoted to Division 2 for next summer
"Must try harder" to the Mixed B team who came 3rd in Division 4 and therefore missed promotion
17th September to
22nd October
Owing to the success of the present 'Return to tennis' course, we are running another one aimed at adults (new club members and non-members) who are starting out and want some coaching with like-minded souls!

The course will be run by Justin Layne, our LTA qualified and experienced coach, for up to eight adults (aged 16+) and will run 12 - 1pm for six weeks - Sat 17th Sept to Sat 22nd Oct inclusive.

Price is 18 for the six-week course payable upfront, or 24 if paying on a weekly basis. The low cost is because of kind sponsorship from Team Beds & Luton (with lottery funding).

Places are limited to the first 8 to register. Click the image to enrol and pay online... or email Paul Metcalfe for more information.
Get back into Tennis
1st September Clare and Geoff move to first place on the doubles ladder by beating the current leaders, talk about doing it in style.
Make the most of the good weather and challenge another couple today
23rd August More mixed doubles play in the ladders, its a crazy mixed up world but Deirdre and Don move to 1st equal in the ladder by losing to Jenni and Robbie. What do points make? Prizes!
11th August We have now given the go ahead for the external refurbishment of the clubhouse which will improve the general appearance of the site and make it weatherproof again!
The work is expected to start around mid september and may involve some disruption to play although it is hoped this will be minimal
6th August A very enjoyable fun tournament, peak holiday time and we still got 10 entrants. Teams were well picked (I was on one of the joint winning teams so I would say that) and everything flowed smoothly. Thank you John for organising the day and the food
26th July There are now 5 pairs with scores on the board in the Mixed Doubles Ladder, if you have joined yet then still plenty of opportunity to run up the ladder as it is played on a leap frog system. The scoring that is, not the tennis
20th July Membership is now up to 75, excellent news. Of course if all those 75 people get a friend to join why then we would have, um 1,2,3... lots of players
23rd July to
27th August
Team Beds & Luton are sponsoring places on coaching sessions at Langford, to qualify you need to be aged 16 or over and returning to, or wanting to start playing, tennis

Places are limited so Contact Paul Metcalfe for details or click the image to the right

Get back into Tennis

9th July Fun tournament organised by Mike, lots of people played other people, pairings drawn out of a hat. Various "constructive" criticism was received so John has a cunning plan for the next fun tournament to increase the enjoyment
If you want to see just how cunning John's plan is then you had better come to the next tournament on the 6th August
3rd July The first match in the Singles Ladder has just been played with Robbie beating Geoff, congratulations to the both as they are now 1 and 2 on the ladder
2nd July The Fete was very successful, a big thank you to Paul, Justin and Caroline for all their efforts in putting it together and everyone else who "helped". The serving speedometer proved especially popular with people coming back time after time.
There should be quite a few new members coming from this event and with Justin already planning what more can be done for next year it looks like a permanent fixture
27th June There are now 7 pairs in the Mixed Doubles Ladder, one game played and a new challenge issued, almost as much action as at Wimbledon
20th June The first match in the Ladders has just been played with Clare and Geoff beating Sarah and Mike, congratulations to the new ladder leaders
13th June The singles ladder is now underway with 5 people signed up for it, if you have the energy click the link and join the Ladder
11th June Two more pairs have signed up for the mixed doubles ladder, at this rate the whole club will be in there soon which is great
10th June Ladders get added to the club website see the new link for Ladders above this comment, if it isn't there then press F5 to refresh the page and it will appear
9th June Club Mixed Doubles ladder gets 3rd team entered - Christine and Colin are feeling competitive meanwhile Sarah and Mike remain at the top of the table (ok, they are there because they entered first and no matches have been played yet but they are looking comfortable and aren't going to move without a fight)
4th June Fun Tournament - Superbly organised by Caroline

Congratulations to the winners Sarah and Mike and must try harder to everyone else
3rd June Club Mixed Doubles ladder gets 2nd team entered - are Sarah and Mike going to have to fight for first place, Geoff and Clare think so
1st or 2nd June Looking after the courts
There are already long tyre skid marks on the surround to the courts, I am fairly sure we can rule out adults so those of you with younger members please can you impress upon them that the courts cost a lot of money and bikes MUST be kept off the court surface.
20th May Courts are now open again - bring your sun glasses
w/c 16th May Courts are being cleaned and repainted and will be out of action for most of this week
7th May Fun Tournament - Fed, watered and organised by Clare - excellent day

Well done to the winners Caroline and Neil and commiserations to everyone else
   
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