Southbourne Tennis Club News

Chairpersons Update ( version two) February 2020

By |2020-02-14T15:12:10+00:00February 14th, 2020|News|

Good news, social events for the diary and an important point to note

Web site

A huge thank you to Adam Spicer who has spent many hours revising, editing and improving the overall site . It is now live and I would like to encourage you to have a look and let us have your feedback. We will do our best to ensure that it remains accurate and relevant but we do rely on your help to do this. Thank you in advance for your comments.

Social events

Saturday 21st March at The Bournemouth International Centre – Adam Spicer is about to undertake a major personal challenge by taking part in a Boxing match in front of 1500 people to raise money for cancer research in memory of his Dad ,his Grandad and his Uncle Kazuo all of whom who passed away recently from cancer. Top two largest (must be large!!!) donations will be able to: 1. Nominate his ring name! 2. Choose his walk out music!

His JustGiving page is at There is also space for four businesses to have their logos printed on the shirt that he’ll box in. A donation of at least £50 is required to do this! Please be generous! Finally, he will have a VIP table reserved for anyone who would like support him on the night. You’ll be close to the ring, have waiter/waitress service and you can cheer him on! It’s £40 per person and includes entry. Please contact Adam directly for more details.

Saturday 4th April Clubhouse 6.45 for 7 pm £ 10pp

Puzzles and Brainteasers Quiz Night with Fish and Chip Supper. Carolyn and Stewart Day are kindly following on their very successful quiz night last year with a slightly different set of questions and hopefully your correct answers! Sign up sheet on the notice board. Book early to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.

A point to note £££

Sadly in spite of several requests for help no one has volunteered to take on the role of Grounds and Clubhouse Maintenance Person. So unless this changes within the next few weeks the Committee will have little choice but to consider making it into a paid role BUT this will impact on all members as we will have to find the money to pay for someone to do the work. We are in discussion about whether to ask you all for donations in the first instance as well as raising the annual membership fees.

We will keep you informed but in the mean time please let us know if you have any other ideas of how we can move ahead with confidence that the courts, grounds and club house can be maintained appropriately and crucially ensure that we remain compliant with all health and safety requirements.

Thank you to Peter Richardson, John Woodham and co for all their very hard work in the past.

Chairpersons Update February 2020

By |2020-02-04T10:21:38+00:00February 4th, 2020|News|


I am delighted to inform you that we have recently received our first formal offer of sponsorship. So you will see banners displayed along the end fence of courts 1-3 advertising Slades Estate Agents. These will be in place for a year in the first instance.

You will also see a newly designed leaflet , also sponsored by Slades which has been professionally designed and printed, for distribution locally with the aim of us attracting new members.

A further item of sponsorship which they have agreed is for one of the summer tournaments. So if you or anyone who know has their own business locally do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your interest in sponsoring us.

2.Cardio Tennis

a. Early on Monday mornings you will see a small but very dedicated, extremely keen group of tennis players enjoying their cardio tennis session. This is definitely a great way of getting fitter, more agile and building up your strength as well as developing a need to drink lots of water! There are spaces for more people to join them. See Matt for further details or just turn up.

3.Congratulations to our 1st Teams

Southbourne Mens and Ladies 1st teams have won all their matches so far. We are half way through the winter season so we hope that they will maintain this success until the summer season starts. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for continuing to ensure the good reputation of Southbourne Tennis Club

4.Calling all members:we need you

You will all have spotted the call for help with many aspects of ensuring a healthy future for all the members of Southbourne Tennis Club. However at the moment our attempts to get you to volunteer your time and energy seem to have had little results.

But this could all change! If you subscribe to Amazon Smile they will donate to a charity of your choice. As you will be aware we are now a charity, number 1185919. We look forward to receiving your contribution. Thank you in advance for your help and support

5.Jenny Hawkes – Volunteer Extraordinaire

Jenny has definitely responded to calls for help over many years. She will probably be very embarrassed to read about what she has done and continues to do but her contribution can no longer go unrecorded.

When she(and her husband) are not weeding or tending the flower beds she is baking cakes, mainly for the Saturday afternoon learning disability group. Over the course of five years she has raised an amazing total of £900. Our very sincere thanks to her for this real dedication to one aspect of the clubs’ programme.

6.Members yet to be identified

a. Yes, you too could have your name in lights – or at the very least a mention in the chairpersons update !

b. Social Secretary URGENTLY needed.
Andrew King who did such a great job for the eight months that he took on this role no longer feels able to continue. We are considering how to create a less demanding job for the role, probably by separating out the kitchen and refreshments element of the job. There are a few members who have expressed their willingness to get involved in organising the smaller social events that have been run in the past which should further reduce the burden. Also with such a successful Christmas party we have a tried and tested blueprint in place for that too.

So please seriously consider supporting club by volunteering to replace Andrew.

7. Chairperson

Having been in post for three years I will definitely be standing down at the AGM in October. Ideally I would like my successor to be identified by early summer to give me time to do a full handover in good time. As some of you will know I have already approached about ten of you but as yet there have been no takers.

The Committee has changed considerably during the last three years and I can confidently say that they are a really hard working group of people who get very actively engaged in the rather complex issues involved in running a successful club. We also have a lot of fun whilst exploring the benefits or not of LED Floodlights, the coaches contract, puddles on the court surface, improvements to the club house and how to get more members involved. They would love you to consider taking them on! Please feel free to email me or chat to me at the club to find out more. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Susie Grainger

Southbourne Tennis Clubs Disability Tennis fundraising

By |2020-02-03T20:31:15+00:00February 3rd, 2020|News|

Just a reminder that myself and 5 other members of the club are taking part in a Bright Ideas Charity 24 hr Tennis Marathon 2020 on 22/02/2020 and we’d really appreciate your support. All the money raised will go into the Southbourne Tennis Clubs Disability Tennis so you will be supporting giving people with a disability more opportunity to play tennis.

Thank you so much to all that have donated so far.

If you would like to Donate please go to my JustGiving page – just follow this link and click on the JustGiving option and click Donate:

Wimbledon Ticket Ballot

By |2020-02-03T20:29:34+00:00February 3rd, 2020|News|

A reminder to members….for those wishing to be included in this year’s Southbourne Tennis Club Wimbledon ticket ballot, please make sure you have chosen to ‘opt-in’ by logging into your British Tennis account, via the LTA website, and selecting the option to opt-in. The LTA website can be found at

A poster giving further details and instructions on how to do this can be found on the Clubhouse noticeboard.

Social Secretary Position – A message from Andrew

By |2020-01-26T21:52:17+00:00January 26th, 2020|News|

Well, it’s been just under a year now since taking over in my role as Social Secretary and whilst I’ve tried my best to devote all my efforts into making the role a success, I simply no longer have the time required to give it the attention it deserves.

I have, therefore, taken the decision to step down as Social Secretary and to hand the reigns over to somebody who will be able to devote more time to the job than I am currently able.

The Committee are always on the lookout for more willing helpers to assist with any number of tasks at the club. If you, or any other member you know, would like to consider taking on the role of Social Secretary or helping in any way you can, please make yourself known either to me, a committee member, or to one of the coaches.

I am sure this will come as a surprise to many of you, but I hope you will all understand my reasons for making this decision. I want to say a big thank you to members for their support, in particular, those who have given their time to help me in my hours of need!! I couldn’t have done the job without you.

I hope it won’t be too long before my successor is found and a new year of exciting events can begin!

All best wishes

Andrew King