Winter 2018 Quarterly Newsletter

Newsletter Winter 2018 by Marion Nuttall. Secretary @ SALTSC | 19th December 2018


Welcome to Newsletter number 3, the last one in the year. I hope you enjoy reading this as you take a break from the normally frantic preparations for Christmas.

Since my last Newsletter the CLUB TOURNAMENT has been completed and cups presented at a Presentation Evening on 17 November. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up.

Winners > Runners-up
Ladies Singles: Aimee Kirkup > Shelagh Parkinson
Men`s Singles: Michael Brown > Greg Whitehead
Ladies Doubles: Aimee Kirkup & Mercedes Blagbrough > Julie Bennett & Sarah Barraclough
Men`s Doubles: Michael Brown & Joe Ridings > Peter Oates & Clive Parkinson
Mixed Doubles: Sarah Barraclough & Greg Whitehead > Sarah & Clive Parkinson

Handicap events
Men`s Singles: Stuart Masheter > Kenny Broadbent
Men`s Doubles: Russ Baker & Greg Whitehead > Kenny Broadbent & Robin Baddley
Mixed Doubles: Sarah & John Alex Barraclough > Russ Baker & Bel Greenwood

Cups and prizes were presented by the President, Kevin Eastham with Jonathan Churchman and Stuart Masheter. Over 40 members enjoyed the PRESENTATION EVENING and the Tennis Committee is grateful to everyone who donated raffle prizes. Donors included YMCA, Kinetics Gym, Lyndum Hotel, Glendower Hotel, LSA Carpet Cleaning, Gill Rigby, Jonathan Churchman, Barbara Reynolds, Crescent Yoga, Rowan Charles Shop, Jeanette`s Tropic Skincare and others.

Confirmation that the Ladies A Team were runners-up in the Fylde League Division 5 was celebrated by a meal at Tiggy`s enjoyed by the regular players of the Team and others who played as reserves when needed.

There`s more to being a TEAM than what happens on court.

Some of the Ladies A Tennis Team having an enjoyable meal out to celebrate their success in their first season.
Clockwise from top left: Marion Nuttall, Laura Chadwick, Carol Booth, Eva Graham & Mo Pemberton [Captain]. Unfortunately Zoe Williams [who played in most of the matches], Helen Bond & Helen Ikin were away and not able to be there.

Russ Baker has stepped down from his role as TENNIS CHAIR and we are grateful to Stuart Masheter who has taken over the functions of this role until our AGM in 2019. Sarah Robson has been appointed CLUB WELFARE OFFICER.

Coach, Jonathan Churchman and Terry McEwing attended a TENNIS COACHING EVENT at The Grand Hotel, Blackpool and a number of schools have requested a follow-up visit to discuss coaching for pupils. Hopefully this will result in more Junior Members for the Club.

Many of you will have seen Club Member William Bickerdike working as a ball boy for the recent ATP World Finals at the O2 London last month. Will, taking a break from helping to coach young children at the Club, was often seen in prominent positions on the court working hard retrieving balls. The week culminated with the amazing Final after which Will was photographed standing with the winner, Sasha Zverev and the other ball boys and girls.

Congratulations to Will on being chosen for such an event..

At the time of writing the matches are in full swing and a number of members have watched home matches on Thursday evenings. The first team has unfortunately lost its first 4 matches; the second team has lost three and won one and the third team has won its first three.

A coffee morning in support of Macmillan Nurses was held in September and raised £579.81 with over 50 people participating. Organisers Carole Barrett & Barbara Reynolds, were delighted that the target of £550 had been exceeded and that every year since it started the amount raised has increased. They want to thank everyone who gave donations, baked delicious cakes and Mercedes Blagbrough for decorating the lounge - in fact everyone who gave up their time to make the event so successful.

Members of the BACKGAMMON GROUP have been awarded £100 from the UK. Backgammon Federation to buy equipment-- boards, timers and scorecards. These items will be purchased soon. If you have never played backgammon before then come down on a Monday evening and see why this ancient game (over 5000 years old!) is still much loved.

Yoga is going well and I have received several positive comments, all unsolicited, from both non-members and members of the Club.

Sarah Barraclough has reported that 21 new members joined the Club since September bringing the total to 324 including Social Members.

As the Club President I write to wish everyone a good and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. This year we have tried to keep you all as up to date as possible of the events and activities.

Particular thanks are due to Marion Nuttall for delivering a quality Newsletter on a regular basis which has been well received by a lot of members. We are also pleased to see the Club being used more frequently for many activities such as backgammon and poker.

The Tennis Committee has kept us well informed of events and activities culminating in an enjoyable Tennis Tournament prize giving buffet last month which was organised by Sarah and John Barraclough. The season has been a busy one with Russ Baker, Stuart Masheter, Sarah Barraclough & other team captains fully engaged in arranging teams for a lot of matches. Jonathan Churchman has been particularly valuable, not only in coaching at all levels but also in ensuring the success and continuity of Tuesday Club Nights.

At this time of year the squash teams are busy with matches and on Thursdays the spectators` balcony has been fairly full. Thank you to Tim Davies, Secretary and Steve Carter & Rob Brentwood for helping to coordinate everything. Earlier in the year the death of Bob Tidman came as a shock to many who have known him for a long time as a very skilled and active squash member. The Club sent messages of sympathy to his wife, Sue and family.

The Committee has decided to lodge a planning application (at no further cost) to enclose tennis court 1 adjacent to the provide an indoor facility. Whether it is a possibility will depend upon many issues and the availability of significant finance from the Lawn Tennis Association, who tell us that in the UK covered courts are under-resourced. As promised in the past. nothing will be spent until members have had an opportunity to express their views and opinions.

Being a `Members Club` means a heavy reliance on volunteers. As well as visible work, some of which is mentioned previously, a lot of `behind the scenes` work is done voluntarily by many members with Barbara Reynolds & Alex Goldie seemingly almost `living at the Club`. A huge thank you to everyone, without you our playing, social and administrative activities and work would not be possible. Needless to say being on the Committee brings with it responsibilities as well as tasks to be undertaken and I encourage you to help reduce the load by contributing wherever you can. The AGM will be on Monday 18 February 2019 and nomination forms for election to the Committee will be available early in the New Year.

All Committee Members join me in sending you and your families our very good wishes for Christmas & the New Year and hope you find time to relax at the Club.

Kevin Eastham. [President].

I would like to thank those of you who have contributed articles for the Newsletters this year and also members who have told me how much they like receiving them. As you know the publication of a Newsletter has been very much on trial this year and its continuation and form it takes will be discussed with the Committee elected at the AGM. What is in the Newsletter depends on the information I receive and when I receive it. As we are at an appropriate time for reviewing the Newsletters future I welcome your comments, both compliments and constructive criticisms, and ideas.

Thank you again for your support and I hope you have a good Christmas and New Year.
Marion Nuttall