Welcome to Moreton-in-Marsh Tennis Club
New Courts Official Opening
Cecil HaslamTournament July 2016
The tournament winners were Sue Heady and Chris Adams, runners-up were Rita Prior and Neil Suffolk - thanks to all those who took part and a big thank you to Terry Parkes who organised the event.The photo shows Rita Prior, Chris Adams, Sue Heady and Neil Suffolk
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE WIMBLEDON BALLOT
The way in which the LTA are allocating Wimbledon tickets to clubs has changed. 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 weekend club sessions
New for 2016:Sunday morning social sessions 10 am - 12 am. All members welcome. Please note in winter there are matches every other weekend and the social sessions will alternate with these. Check diary in clubhouse for dates.
The club run coffee mornings at the Redesdale Hall to raise funds for the club on several Tuesdays per year. Contact Jim or Moira Seedhouse for dates if you are able to help with time or a cake.
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).
We provide Social Tennis
Winter: Under floodlights, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays (see notices in Club house on how to participate),
Spring and Summer: 6.30pm,Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10.00 am Sunday(just turn up).There are other sessions during the day.
We also provide Mens, Ladies and Mixed matches for those who like the competitive edge.
The Moreton-in-Marsh Tennis Club is located in one corner of the Moreton-in-Marsh cricket field, which is off the Batsford Road.
General Club Rules
- Upon receipt of subscription members will be told the code for the club entry system.
- The Tennis Courts should be approached (if in a car), by driving on the tarmac road to the cricket pavilion and continuing behind the pavilion along to our parking area. Please drive slowly and carefully (speed limit 10mph).
- Proper tennis shoes, with flat, non-marking soles must be worn on the courts at all times. Anyone wearing unsuitable shoes will be asked to stop playing as court damage may result.
- Singles should not be played when other members are waiting to play. Short sets (i.e. first to six) should be played when others are waiting, players must give way at the end of their current set or after 30 minutes whichever is the earlier
- A reasonable standard of both dress and behaviour is expected of all members at all times.
The floodlights are available for use by all members. They operate with special tokens which are available from Josephine Burchnall, Cricket Lodge, Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos (Tel: 01608 650506); or Terry Parkes (01386 700301)
Each token costs £2:50 and will provide light for 15minutes.
A Little Bit of History
"Eighty Years, and Counting"
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!