Welcome to Moreton Tennis Club
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE WIMBLEDON BALLOT
The way in which the LTA are allocating Wimbledon tickets to clubs is changing. The number of tickets which the Club will receive for distribution to members will depend on how many members, who are British Tennis members, opt in to the Wimbledon Ballot.
Even if you do not want tickets yourself, other members do, so please OPT IN! To do this, please sign in to your British Tennis account and follow the instructions.
New daytime club sessions - change of start time
To take account of frosty winter mornings, there is a change in the start time for the Tuesday club sessions. These will now start at 1:00pm, instead of 10:00am. The start time will revert to 10:00am from April. All members welcome!
Coffee Morning Profit
The next Coffee morning at the Redesdale Hall will be on Tuesday 27th January.
Halfway through the winter season, the Men's A team are in contention near the top of their division in the Stratford league.
The Cecil Haslam Tournament 2014
On a beautiful early summer Sunday, this memorial tournament was enjoyed by only ten members.
We want more members joining in next year! The winners were Jenny Nelder & Chris
Adams who beat Judy Formby & Gavin Smithers in the final.
Winners: Jenny Nelder & Chris Adam Runners Up: Judy Formby & Gavin Smithers
April 25th AGM
At the AGM, the membership voted to approve the proposed increases in the
subscriptions. If you have not yet renewed, please do so now. Any queries,
then please contact a Committee member.
This will start on Thursday 2nd October in the usual format, that is, the organiser will contact eight players who will play three sets over two hours from 7:00 to 9:00pm, (6:30 to 8:30pm on Fridays). The cost is £2.50 per person to cover the cost of the floodlights.
Winter sessions take place every Monday, Thursday & Friday evening. The organisers are Terry Parkes, Monday, Catherine Arkell, Thursday, and Sue Bull, Friday.
Exciting News - Your Chance to Buy a Moreton in Marsh Tennis Club Logo Sweatshirt
Click this link for an order form for the above (with embroidered Moreton in Marsh Tennis Club logo).
Social tennis on Mondays and Thursdays during the Winter,
and Monday Tuesdays and Thursday Spring and Summer.
Mens, Ladies and Mixed matches for those who like the
Nobody seems to know just when Moreton Tennis Club was formed, but our thriving, friendly club has been sitting, tucked away in the corner of the cricket field for at least 80 years. Minutes of an Annual General Meeting held on 27th April 1927 exist but indicate an already well-established Club.
Reading through all the records from the intervening years shows how times have changed – but also how much is still the same! The sort of problems we have now – lack of funds, publicity, maintaining the courts, even getting a water supply etc. etc., crop up with monotonous regularity throughout the decades. Yet the same is true also of the successes and highlights – summer-weekend gatherings, whether for matches, tournaments or, more recently, our Tennis Marathons to raise money for local charities, are as much enjoyed today as they were in the 1920s and 30s. One noticeable difference is that up until the 1980s everyone was referred to, very formally, as Mr, Mrs or Miss whereas now it is all Christian names!
During the Second World War the Club as such hardly existed and annual subscriptions were replaced by the payment of one shilling (five pence) whenever members were able to play. In May 1941 the Club offered the use of one court to the local RAF Station for thirty pounds a year but the Sports Officer said the RAF could only afford twelve guineas and the Club agreed – provided the RAF maintained the courts! The RAF continued its association with the Club after the War, finally bowing out in 1956.
Things returned to normal after the War and the only gap in our records occurred in 1945 when, presumably, everyone was too busy celebrating to bother about Annual General Meetings!
Since then, things have steadily improved, except for a minor “blip” in 1963 when there were only eight adult members with forty-one Juniors. Floodlights were installed in 1987, the pavilion was doubled in size in 1993 (when a water supply was eventually laid – exactly fifty years after it was first discussed!), we even have a fridge and micro-wave in our kitchen now – all mod cons!
The Club has benefited from the services of the same LTA coach for over twenty years which has resulted in the development of a strong Junior membership. In the Twenties the Juniors were referred to as “The Imps” – I wonder what reaction we would get from our current youngsters to such a title!