May offers us a feast of damp, sorry, bank holidays! We have plenty on at the Club and we’ll certainly be hoping you’ll come to visit. Our opening hours over the coming weekends are posted below;
It must be spring… the bubble will shortly be taken down for the summer and will go back up in September. Courts A and B will be available for play and booking but please do ensure you book online and pay for lighting where appropriate.
Our grass courts are being prepared. For Steve and Craig this is a busy time of year! The court markings will be made next week. However we have one more fertilising round so until that’s done we won’t actually have the courts ready for you. And please don’t walk on them for now as the fertiliser gets everywhere and it won’t do its job! We expect the courts to be in action in the next couple of weeks and we will keep you informed. If the nets aren’t up, it means they’re not open for play.
Club Clothing and Shop
We have a new range of summer clothing on the way. Plus our new gilets are now on sale. Members’ discounts apply with free p&p for orders over £50. And don’t forget that David has a wide range of kit (including some Club kit) available too and is on hand for advice, racket restringing whilst having a range of equipment and clothing available to purchase too.
There are a few organisational matters to update you… Kim is away on holiday for a week from Tuesday. For any urgent business please do speak to Rebecca or for non-urgent matters email and Kim will deal on her return.
You may have heard that there was some movement in our Board and Committee positions. I’ve hesitated in communicating what’s been going on whilst we sort out a plan! I was saddened to receive a resignation from the Board by Mark Wylie. We’re thankful to him for stepping up in the first place and for getting a grip over a number of matters and for the progress he made in setting our sponsorship plans and a number of other initiatives. Sometimes, for whatever reason, things don’t work out as planned. I am sure you’ll wish to join the Board to thank Mark for his endeavours and commitment. He’s certainly remaining a Member of the Club he’s assured me that he’ll remain as enthusiastic as ever with our plans and support us going forward.
And to our Tennis Committee. I am delighted to report that Bill Greeno who stepped back a few weeks ago has had a change of heart and decided to step back into his role as Chair of the Tennis Committee. I’d like to thank Holly Kunzer who chaired the committee in his absence and she’ll continue to be a valued member of the team going forward. Bill has also accepted a request from the Club’s Directors to join the Board. Under our constitution the Club’s Directors can invite a Member to join the Board at any time and co-opt them into the role. This will be subject to formal ratification by you, our Members, at our next AGM. We are going to review and simplify our processes and responsibilities going forward and I’ll communicate those in due course. Martin Tinsley, our Club’s President, will continue to attend Board meetings but will once again step back from a voting position.
That’s all the laundry aired. We have a really busy few months ahead of us. Just take a look at our events calendar HERE to see how many events we have planned!
Indeed with the thatched roof works complete and the disabled wc nearly finished, we are well on the way to presenting our Club in the best possible light for the new season.
I’ll mention some dates and events to you as they are selling out or may be popular!
Coronation Weekend | Saturday 6th May – Monday 8th May
We are getting ready for next weekend’s celebrations! Lots will be happening at the Club and we are hoping to see you all!
Saturday 6th May
King Charles lll. Coronation | Live Stream at the Bar
Sunday 7th May
The Coronation Street Party on Connaught Avenue from 12 – 5pm. The Tennis Club will be represented so please do come and see us! We could do with a bit of help on the day and if that’s you? Please do speak to Rebecca who is coordinating our activities on the day. We will be running our Coronation Competition for non-members with some great prizes to be won:
3 Month AAA membership
3 Month Gym Unlimited membership
3 Month Social Membership
Please do bring friends, family and neighbours to visit our stand next Sunday and do encourage them to enter.
Monday 8th May
It’s The Big Help followed by our Coronation Tea. Blimey – who knew a formal tea could be so popular?! Get in fast because when it’s booked up… it’s booked up! Chef wil be serving a range of sarnies, cakes, scones and the Buckingham Palace recipe ‘Copronation Quiche’ too – Y-UM! Menu and booking details are HERE.
As for The Big Help – if you can spare an hour or two on the day – we need YOU! Details are HERE.
Charity Quiz Night | Friday 19th May
Come and join us! Friday 19th May 7pm for a very special charity event at FOS|LTC. organised by our Walking Footballers. Non-Members welcome! Test your general knowledge whilst having a few drinks with your friends. More information HERE.
Club Open Day | Saturday 20th May
This date really marks the beginning of our Summer. It’s on between 11am and 4pm. The swimming pool will open for the first time this year and the Poolside Kitchen will return with a refreshed menu too. Come on down for lunch! As ever, we NEED your help please! Not only to spread the word (easy), to get involved in hosting on the day (easy but a commitment – please speak to Rebecca if you’re up for it) and if you play tennis to sign up for our Open Day Tournament! It’s FREE to enter (also easy!). And weather permitting will be held on grass. Details HERE.
Roast Sunday Lunch | Sunday 21st May
We are already getting booked up! Chef has put together a delicious menu. To see what’s on offer and book your table HERE.
Social Club Sporting Sessions and Classes
Don’t forget about our social sessions! The weather is getting warmer and how better to enjoy a social game of a range of sports with fellow Members? We are running plenty of social sessions, so please join in the fun!
Tennis ‘Club’ sessions: Tuesdays 12 noon, Wednesdays 7:30pm, Saturdays 3pm, Sunday 10am
Squash ‘Club’ sessions: Mondays and Thursdays 7pm – 8pm
Racketball ‘Club’ sessions: Tuesdays 6 – 7:30pm
Croquet ‘Club’ sessions: Wednesdays 3pm
Walking Football: Monday 2 – 3.30pm, Wednesday 7 – 8.30pm
There are also a range of gym and fitness classes too on offer. Please book all classes HERE and if you want more information do chat to Katy about what’s on offer.
If in doubt – do enquire at the office for any activities that interest you.
Bank Holiday Opening Hours
Not much has changed, but please see our schedule below.
Monday 1st 9.00 – 21.00 9.00 – 21.00
Saturday 6th 9.00 – 21.00 9.00 – 21.00
Sunday 7th 9.00 – 18.00 9.00 – 18.00
Monday 8th 9.00 – 21.00 9.00 – 21.00
In the coming months we also have a range of tournaments including a return of our Grade 1 LTA tournament at the end of May, a return of the Frinton Jazz Club, bingo and a range of other events too. All the details are listed on the ‘Events’ page on our website.
Our bar is fully stocked, Pimm’s is back on tap so do feel free to pop in for some refreshment after a game or for a social visit!
Grade 1 LTA announcement
On the 16th of May from 19.30-21.30 in the main clubhouse Graeme the LTA Referee for our LTA Grade 1 Junior Grass Court Nationals for 11&12 & under will hold a interactive court supervisor session whereby he will go through various on-court scenarios including score disputes, line call disputes, interference in a match from parents/coaches, what to do in the event of play being suspended due to rain, ( not wind!). He will also give some examples of unsportsmanlike conduct which is addressed through the hinderance rule……plus coin toss/options and injury and medical time outs. He will also be available to answer any questions court supervisors , volunteers may have? So please join us should you be interested to find out more about the tournament.
That’s it for now. Have a great extended weekend!