First, I want to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year. 2023 is going to be a challenge in many ways for us not only at the Club but I am sure for many of you too as the economic headwinds remain strong, inflation high and the cost of living somewhat out of control. Let’s hope things improve for our economy and the nation. But there is much for us to look forward to as well. More of that later. 

I have to start this week’s newsletter with a very heavy heart and personal sadness for me and my family. Many of you will have known my brother Edward. Perhaps because of his involvement at the Club along with my family over the years or perhaps via the Frinton Summer Theatre where he was involved for over a decade. Initially running the season and then collaborating with Clive Brill to reinvent the theatre. A few years ago, Edward stepped back from his role due to ill health. His various conditions steadily deteriorated and on Tuesday after a brave fight, he very sadly passed away. Ed was quite a character and those who met him certainly remembered their encounters positively. Always entertaining, fearsomely bright but hugely kind hearted, thoughtful, witty and engaging. Through Ed and Clive, they brought the Theatre and their events to the Club and he always took great interest in our progress – a legacy that continues to this day. I cannot express how much we will miss him.

Let me now turn to brighter matters. As a result of your generous donations, the works to the thatched roof are underway. They’ll take about ten weeks, weather depending, and we’ll try to keep disruption to a minimum. I daresay the thatching process will be fascinating to watch and we await the transformation of the Clubhouse with much anticipation! I can also report some excellent news. As a result of a very generous donation, we can also proceed with works to instal a disabled WC facility. Not only will this be of tremendous benefit for our events operations and compliance but also give us the opportunity to introduce wheelchair tennis to the Club. 

One other piece of positive news, relates to our Chef, Paul. As some of you may know there was some concern that there had been a return of his cancer. However I am delighted to report that although he still has some health issues to confront. It’s not the big C and his conditions are treatable. He’s on great form and looking forward to developing our relationship and building on the huge success of 2022. 

Our Festive Season was epic. Rebecca, Karen and Kat have worked their socks off to bring you a varied range of events. Not only did they up our game but we saw a huge number of you through our doors. Thank you for supporting the events, thanks to Caryll for our wonderful Christmas Eve singing extravaganza and I am sure you’ll want to join me in thanking them and our catering, waiting and bar teams for a brilliant season of events.


Pimm’s is a summer drink. So we have replaced the tasty summer cup for the winter with Beavertown’s Neck Oil. Oh my, oh my. You NEED to try this sensational IPA brew. It’s absolutely delicious (please drink responsibly) and the glassware is fab too! And yes, we continue to hold down our prices. Members’ discounts apply for some super value drinks – why not pop down for a cheeky pint or glass of wine and a nibble? 

Roast Sunday Lunches in January 

We have two delicious Sunday Lunches scheduled this January – on Sunday 15th & Sunday 29th January.

It’s always nice to have a plan for these rainy and often dank Sunday afternoons!

Our Sunday roast lunches have been very popular… if you’ve not tried one yet or indeed if you fancy coming back, please book now. We do get booked up so please do reserve your tables and book online or via the office. 

Our menus and online booking can be found HERE.

OK, so enough of the boozing and troughing. We are a sporting club after all! So here’s this week’s sports related news and offerings.

FREE Fitness Classes

Don’t miss out!

FREE classes to anyone who is over 55 years old and does less than 30min of physical activity a week. Classes are getting booked up now, so please be very quick and sign up now!

11.15am Monday – Yoga

11.15am Tuesday – Beginners Pilates

11.30am Wednesday – Resistance Band Workouts

11.15am Thursday – Body Weight Workouts

12.15pm Friday – Chair Yoga

11.00am Saturday – Basic Fitness

Please book here HERE.

Gym Open Day!

Have you wondered what the gym looks like? Or what the classes are all about? Or whether this could be for you? Well whatever your concerns we are here to answer ALL your queries and questions. Don’t shy away from the BEST fitness facility in town!

We have a Gym Open Day on Saturday 14th January at our Club! The only bad workout is no workout at all! We’ll have plenty of information on health and fitness. Thinking of joining our gym? A FREE Tea or Coffee and a complimentary voucher for any class! We will be happy to see you. Do please spread the word, we have a great gym with top of the range equipment and very knowledgeable and friendly gym staff. Details are HERE.

Calling all Walking Footballers!

Save the date!! Friday 20th January 7.30pm…..

It’s the Walton Swifts Xmas Party at Frinton-on-Sea Lawn Tennis Club!!!

Details are < Here > and you’re welcome to join in. 

Try Tennis for Free | Juniors

Try tennis for free indoors this winter at Frinton-on-Sea Lawn Tennis Club.

Mini Red times (4-8yrs):

Tuesdays 4-4.45pm | Thursdays 3.45-4.30pm

Fridays 4-4.45pm |Saturdays 9.30-10.15am

Mini Orange/Green times (9-10yrs):

Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm | Saturdays 10.15-11.15am

Yellow Ball (11yrs+)

Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm

To book your space email NEETacademyHQ@gmail.com

Frinton Jazz Club

There may be a few tickets left for their show ‘Some Kinda Wonderful’ on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th January at the Club. A tribute to the amazing back catalogue of Stevie Wonder classics. Indeed many of you may have seen Derek Nash on Jules Holland’s Hootenanny on New Year’s Eve on the telly – we are talking world class musicians here and a brilliant show. At your Club! Details can be found HERE.

We have delayed our Squash Tournament for Juniors until later in the year. We’ll post more details when we have them.

That’s it for now. There’s a lot going on at the Club in January. Be part of it. Find ALL the events we’re holding HERE and come on down! 

Have a great week.

James Max

Club Chairman 


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