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April 2019 Newsletter – Old College Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

Dear Member,

 

Here are a few updates from the Club Committee and some dates for your diaries.

 

Annual General Meeting

Thank you to those who attended the Annual General Meeting last week. This was an opportunity for the Committee to update members on activities of the club over the past year, on plans for the coming year and longer-term development, and to go through the financial accounts. The following resolutions were passed at the meeting:

  1. Reinstatement of the Social membership category
  2. Amendment to Club Rule 5.4.1: Deletion of wording ‘Persons of either sex are eligible for membership of the Club
  3. Amendment of Club Rule 6.8.1 to allow nominations to the Club Committee by electronic notification

The proposed amendment to Club Rule 6.8.1 to remove the requirement for notification of nominations to Members’ Representative in addition to the Executive Secretary was not passed as it did not receive the required two thirds majority vote.

 

Committee positions

At the AGM we approved membership of the Club Committee for the coming year and welcomed new Committee members: Barrington Bent as Social Secretary and Jonathan Haslam as Chair of Croquet.  Many thanks to outgoing members Jimmy Gasteen and Clive Brook for all their efforts during their time on the Committee.  Your Club Committee is shown below and can also be found on the website here with contact details and photos. Do feel free to contact us if you have queries or talk to the Members’ Rep, Aruna Iyengar.

Club Chair                                            Alyson Fox

Deputy Chair                                       Jan Rakowicz

Executive Secretary                           Andrew Sheppard

Treasurer                                             Jo Cheung

Chair of Tennis                                   David Winks

Chair of Croquet                                 Jonathan Haslam

Director Membership                       Pamela Kuepfer

Director Clubhouse & Grounds       Simon Godfrey

Members’ Representative                Aruna Iyengar

Social Secretary                                  Barrington Bent

On the Tennis Committee we welcomed the new Men’s Tennis Captain, Marc Bayliss, and Director of Juniors Matt Cowie. Thanks to outgoing members Will Skidelski and Lorna Tidmarsh for their work with the men’s teams and juniors, respectively, over the past 3 years. Many thanks also to Jane Buswell who has stepped away from the huge, and largely unseen (and un-thanked), role of managing the court allocations for our 20 competitive league teams. This will now be taken on by individual team captains.

 

Honorary President 2019

It was our pleasure at the AGM to announce that Maria Szekely has been chosen by the Club Committee to be Honorary Club President for 2019. Maria has worked tirelessly for the club for many years in different capacities. She was Club Chair from 2002-2005 during which time courts 3, 4 and 5 were resurfaced and floodlights installed on court 3; the online court booking system was introduced; and team selection processes and team coaching were introduced. Whilst Maria is the first to say that she was merely part of a team and that appreciation should be passed elsewhere, she has also done much else for the club, including managing court allocations for many years, acting as junior section representative, acting as captain for several women’s, mixed and midweek teams, hosting social events, and even turning her hand to redesigning and refurbishing the kitchen. We are delighted to acknowledge her huge contribution and commitment to the club.

 

Tournament Director (Tennis)

It’s that time of year again; the clocks have gone forward, birds are singing, tennis shorts and skirts are being dusted off and pale legs emerging, and thoughts are turning to whom we can persuade, bribe or blackmail to be our partner in the summer tournament. However, if we don’t have a volunteer to be Tournament Director we can’t have a tournament. It requires someone who is organised, has a reasonably broad knowledge of the OC playing community, has good judgement to know when to stick or flex the rules, and will respond quickly to queries. So please do get in touch with Chair of Tennis David Winks (davidwinks250@hotmail.com) if you will take this on. Remember, no director no tournament.

 

Tennis courts

We are at last nearing the end of the Court 3 saga which, fingers crossed and with a prevailing wind, should be painted next week. We would like to thank members once again for their patience while we have waited for this to be done.

Some months ago we asked members for their views on a hitting wall. Feedback was very positively in favour and so, after going to see different options at other clubs and taking account of some concerns expressed over potential noise, we have decided to install a Rebo hitting wall at the back of Court 3.  This will go up shortly after the painting has finished. Do give it a go and let us know what you think.

Following the success of the LED floodlights on courts 6 and 7 we will convert the lights on court 1-5 to LED also. Since this entails increasing the height of the existing masts by 0.5 metres we must apply for an amendment to our current planning permissions. We are progressing with this as well as consulting with the local residents and our landlords Dulwich Picture Gallery. We don’t anticipate any problems (famous last words) and this work should be completed for next winter.

 

Art and Open Day

The talented artistic community of Old College will once again host an Art Open House as part of the Dulwich Festival from May 12th – 19th. There will be private and members viewings, accompanied by food and lashings of alcohol. Any artists that would be interested to participate please contact Rosie Campbell, aka Rosie Allen (rosiecampbellcoaching@gmail.com). This was a terrific success when we did it two years ago so do please support the event once again, and keep your eyes peeled for announcements nearer the time.

On Sunday May 19th the club will have an Open Day for both tennis and croquet. As part of the Great British Tennis Weekend the coaching team will put on tester sessions for prospective members of all age groups and abilities. Simultaneously, the croquet section will be on hand to show off the lawn and demonstrate the game to potential new members. Do please spread the word and invite friends and family to all events.

 

 

Best wishes,

 

OC club Committee