Club News

October 22nd, 2019|

A big thank you to members for being so prompt with paying your deposits and securing your place for this year’s Christmas Party.

I am aware that some members have already chosen to pay the full amount in advance. However, for those that haven’t, final balances are now due.

We are requesting that members pay their remaining balances of £15.00 per person by bank transfer. Account details have been emailed to everyone. If you haven’t received this please email Andrew.

Please be sure to put your name and ‘Christmas Party’ or something similar, as the reference, so we know who it’s from and what it’s for! Members who are not able to pay by bank transfer can still pay by cash in the same way deposits were paid.


A reminder to members, that due to the unprecedented number of people attending this year’s party, we have decided to switch venue from The Cottonwood Hotel, to its sister hotel next door, The Ocean View.

With the extra space now available by moving hotels, this has enabled us to provide a few extra places should people still wish to attend. We only have a limited number left, so please sign up now to avoid missing out!


Members who would like to book accommodation at the hotel, after their busy night of partying, can do so at a special discounted rate!

Any member booking a standard double room, including breakfast, can do so for £90.00. This includes a 10% discount. For an additional £20.00 members can upgrade to a sea view room.

Rooms are subject to availability and can be booked directly through the hotel. Please state that you are a Southbourne Tennis Club member at the time of booking.

For any queries concerning the Christmas Party, please contact me directly


Club Championship Finals Day Update

October 13th, 2019|

Despite this morning’s wet and windy weather, Finals Day will still be going ahead as planned, starting at 12 noon.

However, it’s possible matches may be delayed by a further 30 minutes, depending on the weather, although the forecast is meant to be improving as the day goes on!

Thank you to those members taking part for your patience and we look forward to seeing you at 12.00pm


October 12th, 2019|

A note to members taking part in tomorrow’s Club Championship Finals Day.

Due to the bad weather which is forecast for tomorrow morning, Finals Day will now commence at the later time of 12 noon.

The revised order of play can be seen below:

12 Noon

Ladies Singles Tier 1
Natalie Carter vs Emily Pardy

Mens Vets Singles Tier 1
Patrick Browne vs Nigel Carter

Ladies Vets Doubles Tier 1
Kirsty Holmes/Jo Jones vs Cleo Skilton/Carol Dickie

Ladies Vets Singles Tier 1
Rachel Best vs Lena Chavez


Mens Singles Tier 1
Patrick Browne vs John Stevens

Ladies Doubles Tier 1
Natalie Carter/Melanie Castagna vs Jo Jones/Kirsty Holmes

Mens Singles Tier 2
Paul Burton vs Andrew King

Ladies Singles Tier 2
Amanda Nagle vs Bryony Mcenery


Mens Vets Doubles Tier 1
Nigel Carter/Richard Henshaw vs Patrick Browne/Chris Stevens

Mens Doubles Tier 2
Paul Burton/Steve Pardy vs Spencer Bradbury/Daniel Light

Mixed Doubles Tier 1
John Stevens/Natalie Carter or Tom Birch/Emily Pardy vs Zoltan Horvath/Jo Jones


Mixed Doubles Tier 2
Andrew Mouzouri/Becky Redman vs Daniel Light/Amanda Nagle

Mens Doubles Tier 1
John Stevens/Richard Henshaw or Patrick Browne/Andy Redman vs Zoltan Horvath/Matt Sanger

Thank you for your co-operation. We will of course continue to keep member’s updated if the situation changes.

AGM 2019 – Monday 14th October 2019

September 20th, 2019|

We are fast approaching the time for our next Annual General Meeting which will be held on Monday 14th October 2019.

A full agenda and a proxy form to allow you to vote even if you cannot attend the meeting will be up on the website shortly, however some things we will be covering include;
– An update on our application for charitable status
– The trend in membership numbers
– 2020/21 club fees

The AGM is the best opportunity for you to hear what progress the club has made and what we hope will be happening over the next year and beyond. It is also your opportunity to be heard and as a member we really appreciate your thoughts and energy to help make the club even better.

The club committee has undergone significant change over the last year, with four new members, so if you wish to meet them, and understand what they have to say, please come along.

As required by our revised Memorandum and Articles of association all of the club committee will be standing down at the AGM, however all of them will be standing for immediate re-election and this is an important procedural matter. This of course allows potential for anyone else who is interested in becoming involved, so please let myself or Susie Grainger know if you are interested in getting involved.

Lastly, we have a decent team of people who keep on top of maintenance around the club, however we have a burning need for someone to help co-ordinate this and if you are interested, please let us know.

2019 Christmas Party!

September 14th, 2019|

We are delighted to announce further details regarding this year’s adult members Christmas Party.

Following my e-mail back in August, I can now confirm that our 2019 Christmas Party will take place at The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, on Saturday 7th December starting at 7pm.

For the price of just £30.00pp the evening will include: a four course festive meal, a glass of Prosecco on arrival, then dance the night away with a disco until midnight!

The menu options are:

Winter Vegetable Soup, served with Herb Croutons
Ham Hock and Sultana Terrine, served with Dressed Leaves and Piccalilli
Smoked Trout Fillet, served with Spicy Potato Salad and Pesto

Roast Turkey Breast, served with Chipolata Bacon Roll, Roast Potato, Cranberry Stuffing and Gravy
Baked Salmon Fillet, served with Citrus Cream Sauce and Baby Potatoes
Goats Cheese, Onion & Chestnut Parcel, served with Balsamic Glaze and New Potatoes

Trio of Local Cheeses, served with Celery, Grapes and Biscuits
Traditional Christmas Pudding, served with Brandy Cream Sauce
Dark Chocolate Tart, served with Crème Anglaise

Served with Chocolate Mints

A copy of the menu, and menu pre-order form, can be found on the notice board at the Clubhouse.

To reserve your place, we are kindly asking members for a £15 deposit to be paid no later than Friday 4th October, with the remaining balance of £15 to be paid no later than Friday 1st November.

I would be grateful if members can pay their deposit at the same time as selecting their menu choices using the pre-order form. If I am not around to receive your payment, then please place your money in an envelope, in the Treasurers Box, marked up ‘Christmas Party’ and with your name on.

We look forward to seeing you there, for what promises to be a festive fun filled evening!


September 14th, 2019|

Celia Barron is holding a ladies Fun Tournament on Sunday 29th September, 2pm – 5pm. Entry costs just £5, with all proceeds being donated to Macmillan Cancer Care (our take on the Big Coffee Morning). Tea, scones and cake to follow!

So, if you want to enjoy a fun afternoon of tennis, support a very worthy cause and have an excuse to eat cake, then please sign up now! A sign-up sheet can be found on the noticeboard, inside the Clubhouse.

Help us to raise as much money as we can for this fantastic charity and support the great work they do.


August 20th, 2019|

First up, don’t forget we will be holding our summer beach party, this coming Friday 23rd August, at Fisherman’s Walk beach from 5.30pm. This is an open invitation for all members to attend, along with your friends, family and anyone else who wishes to enjoy an evening of summer sun…we hope! We are intending to meet close to Fisherman’s Walk zig-zag.

People are reminded that they are to bring with them, their own food, drink, bbq’s chairs/blankets etc and any beach games you may wish to play.

Of course this is very much weather dependent! In the event that we have to cancel our beach party, I will be sure to email everyone in good time on the day.


August 20th, 2019|

The good news is the medals are in. This can mean only one thing….it’s time for our regular Box League social! Yes indeed, our worthy winners and runners-up will be presented with their medals at our next Box League social evening. This will be held at The Ludo Lounge in Southbourne, on Thursday 29th August at 7pm. We look forward to seeing you there!


August 20th, 2019|

A note from Celia Barron our Match Secretary….

Are there any members out there who have never been asked to represent the Club in one of our teams, yet think they are strong enough to be considered?

If so, please make a point of making yourself known to either Celia or Dave Sanger (Head Coach) as soon as possible, as they are currently sorting out the teams for the winter season.


August 20th, 2019|

Our Summer Open Junior Tournament is now in full swing (no pun intended)!

As there will be no play taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 20th August, the Tuesday morning club play session will now go ahead as planned.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.


August 20th, 2019|

A reminder entry forms for this year’s Club Championships are now available from the club house.

The deadline for entries is Sunday 25th August, so please make sure you hand your completed entry form to one of the coaches or pop it in the post box when you’re next at the club. Best of luck to all members taking part!


August 12th, 2019|

Enjoy stepping back in time and reliving the sounds from years past, with an evening of music and dance! Whether it’s the “Old Tyme” music hall melodies, or you prefer the sounds of the 60s and 70s, then this event is for you!

Aidan Foy, one of our club members, is organising a “Vintage” Social Evening at Corpus Christi Church Hall on Saturday 24th August, starting at 7pm. Tickets cost just £10. Tony Patching, another of our members, will also be performing on the night.

To encourage as many of our members to attend and support this event, £4 from each ticket purchased by a member will be donated towards the amazing work the club does with our disability groups.

So get your family and friends together for a great night of musical entertainment. People are invited to bring along their own food and drink for the evening.

For further details and to purchase tickets, please call Aidan on 07775868253

Our thanks to Aidan for supporting the club in this way.


Entry forms for the Club Championships 2019

August 10th, 2019|

Entry forms for the Club Championships will be available from this Monday in the club house.

The entry deadline is 25 August so hand your form in to one of the coaches or pop it in the post box when you’re next at the club.

Best wishes and good luck!

Summer Open tournament information

August 10th, 2019|

As you are probably aware, we are hosting our annual Summer Open at the club week commencing Sunday 18 August.

Below are details of the times and dates when there will be reduced court availability due to the matches.

The referee will be releasing the courts during the day as the tournament progresses so keep an eye on the booking system for court availability if you wish to play.

SUN, 18th – 12 noon onwards (morning club session will take place as usual)

MON, 19th – FRI, 23rd – play commences at 9am

SAT, 24th – 9am start


July 30th, 2019|

A huge thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to support both the second Nature Valley British Tennis weekend and the Littledown Family Fun Day. The main aim of taking part in these events was to attract new members so that we remain in a healthy financial situation and continue to improve the club .



July 30th, 2019|

More help is desperately needed in the following areas:

  • fund raising energy ,expertise and enthusiasm
  • fund raising ideas e.g. one off donations, annual giving as part of membership renewal, founders fundraising ball, £100 club, your ideas please
  • maintenance – Peter Richardson is no longer able to co-ordinate this crucial element of the clubs’ responsibility. We need someone to take this on. There is a small team of volunteers who undertake the work but we need someone to oversee the work and ensure that the club is maintained to the high standards that we expect.
  • Kitchen health and hygiene – another plea. Please ensure that you not only wash but also dry up and put away your used crockery. From time to time there are whole bowlfuls of washing up waiting to be done by the first person who arrives in the morning.


July 30th, 2019|

  • We have finally submitted our application for charitable status. This required many hours of work as we had to provide full details of all our documentation including accounts, annual report, memorandum and articles of association,business plan etc (see later) .The Charity Commission will appoint a specialist caseworker to consider our application: however, they have a backlog from February 2019 so we are unlikely to hear anything for some time.
  • The Committee held a meeting with the team captains to discuss a number of issues with them but also to ensure that they and the regular team members receive the recognition that they deserve for the major contribution that they make to the excellent reputation that Southbourne Tennis Club enjoys. Whilst we are rightly extremely proud of the fantastic programme of community tennis across the whole ability range that we offer we need to equally acknowledge the people young and older who turn out all year to represent the club.
  • Clubhouse – you will already have spotted a few small changes to the layout of the clubhouse. This is largely due to the ‘Members Experience Working Group’ arising from the Club Business Development Plan ably chaired by Richard Dear. He and his team have been meeting regularly to explore how we can improve the overall ‘feel’ of the club and continue to ensure that it is attractive to existing and potential new members. They are seriously considering purchasing a coffee machine, buying new chairs and tables to create more of a cafe style space and altering the notice board layout to make it more user friendly subject to sufficient funds being available. We hope that you will all feel that these small scale changes will be an improvement. We are also hoping to engage with a student from Bournemouth Arts University to develop a plan for the redesign the overall interior of the clubhouse.
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Monday evening club sessions

July 30th, 2019|

There has been some confusion recently during the redesign of the club web site about who these sessions are for . So I would like this opportunity to clarify this once and for all to avoid further confusion and upset. They are only for members who are of team standard. We would be grateful if all members would respect this so that those members who are of a higher standard have the chance to play with people of a similar level. Thank you for your help and support.


July 18th, 2019|


With the start of the new Premier League football season just weeks away, that can mean only one thing….Fantasy Premier League!!!!

Southbourne Tennis Club would like to invite members’ entry into the FREE Southbourne Tennis Club Fantasy League! No prizes, it’s just for fun!

For those already familiar with the game and have a team set up:

Simply login to your team.
Click create and join leagues, followed by join an existing league.
Under the heading, ‘choose a league type to join’, click join private league.
You will then be asked for a code. To join the Southbourne Tennis Club League you will need to enter code: gqrz15 then click the join league button to confirm.

For those new to the game, before selecting your team, you will first need to create an account by going to and clicking on the sign up now button in order to register. Enter your details using the online form and follow the on screen instructions to complete your registration. Once registered, build your team, then follow the instructions above to enter the Southbourne Tennis Club League.

Any problems please speak to either Matt Sanger (league admin) or me.

Please note: Ideally teams should be confirmed before the first match kicks-off on Friday 9th August. However, members can join the competition at any stage.

Best of luck!

Andrew King