Buriton Tennis Club
News for Members
Autumn 2013 sees the introduction of our new on-line booking system and a winter ladder tournament. There is also news here about our Christmas Party and a reminder of our weekly day-time club sessions:
Our online booking system for Court 2 goes live on 4th November. Members will be sent their account details and login link on Sunday 3rd November and will then be able to book courts via: http://fastcourts.com/buriton-tennis-club/. This development will be monitored over the winter and spring so that any ‘teething problems’ can be addressed. Please let us know what you think …
Our online Winter Ladder Competition also starts on Monday 4th November and will run until the AGM in March 2014 when the winners of the Men’s Singles Ladder, Ladies Singles Ladder and Junior Singles Ladder will be announced. If you wish to enter please contact Sarah Ditcham (email@example.com or 07718 660720) and she will provide you with all the information that you need to take part in our ladder, hosted by tennisrungs.com.
This year’s Christmas Party will be held at The Five Bells, Buriton, starting at 7 pm. Tickets are just £10 per head which includes a buffet supper and your first drink. Contact Paul Evans (07779 331452 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
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 …
Our AGM in March was both enjoyable and informative. Doug Jones was re-elected unanimously as Chairman and he expressed his thanks to all Committee Members (and others) for another successful year before presenting a beautiful bouquet of flowers to Anne Beeson to mark over 25 years of dedication to the Club. Two new members of the Committee were welcomed on board: James Harwood and Alex Butler.
Club Treasurer Peter Taylor gave a clear presentation about the Club’s finances which, overall, are in good shape. He explained that the Club needs to continue to save money every year into its existing “sinking fund” the purpose of which is to ensure the costs of the necessary future maintenance can be met as required. In summary the Club needs to save at the rate of £2,500 every year highlighting the importance of the Club’s various fund raising activities. But the good news for 2013/14 is that there is no increase in Membership Fees.
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 email@example.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 are available from two Committee Members living in Buriton village at £4 a tube:
Liz Davies - 01730 268149
Barbara Muir - 01730 231554
Two club members are able to undertake racquet stringing:
James Harwood - 07929 043533 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Sinclair - 07717 069643 and email@example.com
Coaching and enquiries about league tennis matches with other clubs
Paul Evans - 07779 331452 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Ditcham - 023 9241 3880 or 07718 660 720 and email@example.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.
The Club’s Committee, elected each year at our Annual General Meeting, currently comprises: Doug Jones (Chairman), Maggie Johnston (Vice Chairman), Mandy Blair (Secretary), Peter Taylor (Treasurer), Alex Butler, Liz Davies, Sarah Ditcham, Di Eades, Paul Evans, Nigel Harrison, James Harwood, Paul Martin and Barbara Muir.