Buriton Tennis Club

News for Members 

Our AGM on 4th March was an enjoyable social occasion as well as providing updates on recent developments and future plans.  The draw for the Club's allocation of Wimbledon tickets was made and there were demonstrations of how to use the new on-line court booking system and the on-line ladder competitions. 

Out-going Chairman, Doug Jones, provided a full report on recent developments and out-lined future plans before Club Treasurer, Peter Taylor, summarised the club's financial position.

Doug was warmly thanked by all Members for his seven years 'in the chair' and he was presented with an inscribed glass tankard: "For great service and no faults".  Liz Davies stood down from the Committee after over 25 years service and also received a presentation and very warm thanks.

Paul Martin was elected, unanimously, as incoming Chairman.

 The online booking system is now in use for both courts withh bookings available via: http://fastcourts.com/buriton-tennis-club/. Please contact Sarah Ditcham if you have any queries: sarahditcham@me.com or 07718 660720.  

The ladder is hosted at tennisrungs.com and Sarah Ditcham can provide full details to Members: sarahditcham@me.com or 07718 660720.

 Don’t forget our weekly club sessions – open to all Members to mix and meet with others and to play some enjoyable tennis: Mondays 9-11; Wednesdays 9-11; and Wednesdays 2-3pm for Ladies.  There’s often coffee after the sessions in one of the pubs …

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Directions for visitors

Buriton Tennis Club's courts are located on the village Recreation Ground, adjacent to the Village Hall, just off the High Street at GU31 5RX. Directions and map here: http://www.buritonvillagehall.co.uk/directions

 

Information about joining the club

For information about joining the club or using the courts, please contact Maggie Johnston on 01730 262293 or maggie.johnston@dsl.pipex.com. Maggie’s address is: Tythe House, Greenway Lane, Buriton. This is the first house on the left after the Maple Inn junction when leaving the village via Greenway Lane.

Tennis balls

Tennis balls are available from two Committee Members living in Buriton village at £4 a tube:

Liz Davies - 01730 268149

Barbara Muir - 01730 231554

Racquet stringing

Two club members are able to undertake racquet stringing:

James Harwood - 07929 043533 and semaj12@hotmail.com

Mark Sinclair - 07717 069643 and mark57sin@hotmail.com

Coaching and enquiries about league tennis matches with other clubs

Paul Evans - 07779 331452 and paultennisevans@yahoo.co.uk  

Sarah Ditcham - 023 9241 3880 or 07718 660 720 and sarahditcham@me.com

 

An introduction to the club

 Although there was a grass court on the Recreation Ground before the Second World War, today’s Buriton Tennis Club was really only formed in the late 1970s – brought about by the late Peggy Larken, Don Hoolahan, Tom Hall and Leonard Sandford.

The Club’s founders were keen to provide more opportunities for youngsters of the parish to play sport and to establish a club with informal, friendly traditions.

The Club’s Committee strives to maintain these ‘family’ traditions to this day – and well into the future.

The Club helps to fund a qualified Coach, Paul Evans, who provides excellent support for scores of local youngsters – and for many others who are still young at heart!

We organise regular club sessions, tournaments and social events. And teams represent the Club in local leagues and friendly matches: ladies, men’s and mixed doubles.

During recent summers the Club offered free coaching sessions and ‘open court’ time to local children (aged under 16) and we hope to continue this arrangement into the future.

Also in 2010 - 2011 we completely resurfaced and repainted both our courts, and our practice wall area, to provide excellent playing conditions. 

We endeavour to keep membership subscriptions at relatively modest levels but, in order to do this, we rely on the support of club members to help with other fund-raising events.

Current annual membership fees

  • Juniors (under 16): £12
  • Students (16-18 years): £17
  • Adults: £45 each
  • Family Membership: £85

Fees are payable from 1st April each year.

Committee

The Club’s Committee, elected each year at our Annual General Meeting, currently comprises: Paul Martin (Chairman), Maggie Johnston (Vice Chairman), Mandy Blair (Secretary), Peter Taylor (Treasurer), Alex Butler, Sarah Ditcham, Di Eades, Paul Evans, Nigel Harrison, James Harwood, Doug Jones and Barbara Muir.

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