It's our annual Christmas Club night on the 12th December 2017. The fun starts at 7pm, with tennis and games - and should the weather not be favourable, there will be indoor activities. All members are welcome to come and have a glass of cheer to toast the festive season.
Fancy dress is positively encouraged - here's a video from 2009 to get you in the Christmas spirit...anyone you recognise?
Once again our Annual Quiz Night was a great success and the hall at the club was buzzing with over 75 enthusiastic quizzers. Quiz Master Mockett set some challenging and fun questions - including a picture and music round for the teams to test their knowledge against. Members of the committee provided a pan or two of chilli and the various recipes appealed to all taste buds, with only a few grains of rice left at the end.
On the night the raffle and proceeds amounted to over £850, a good start to raising funds for the new junior surfaces on courts 6 and 7. This is now an annual event, so keep your diaries free for next year, and see if you can beat this year's winners - the aptly titled 'Steve's Worst Nightmare'
Thanks to all who attended, all those who helped on the night and made this once again a fantastic evening. Our next social event for members is our Christmas themed Club Night on the 12th December. The fun starts at 7pm - fancy dress is positively encouraged!
Special thanks from the committee go to Andy Lynes, Andy Tucker and Steve Mockett, who organised the night. Andy Lynes is our Social Secretary, and is always looking for volunteers to support him with club events. If you are interested in helping, you can find his details here
Welcome to our new website, we've been working hard on it for a number of months, and have tried to make it as user friendly as possible - to help our members, potential members and anyone who is interested in tennis in Knutsford, find the information they want about our friendly club.
We want this site (and everything else about our tennis club) to be as interactive and engaging as possible. So if you want to ask anything about the club, or about anything you've read on any of these pages, please feel free to do so here, using the form below.
You may want to comment on something you like or don't like, big or small, it doesn't matter. You don't need to be a member, though we'd obviously love you to be considering it, but we'd be grateful if you would keep your feedback as constructive as possible as we'd love to hear your views to help us keep the website as relevant as possible.
Organised by our Membership Secretary Julie Hunter, a number of our members flew over to La Manga in Spain to try and improve their tennis, and enjoy some autumnal sunshine.
When asked about the trip, Julie said 'It exceeded all of our expectations - the weather was fantastic, the accommodation, swimming pool and bars were excellent and last but not least everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tennis. We joined in two afternoons of social tennis with other players from the La Manga Tennis Academy, we booked our own courts for practice and then had two 3 hour organised sessions with two of the La Manga Tennis Professionals. Brilliant . . . same time, next year ! "
Gerard McCreesh was one of those who went to enjoy the Spanish hospitality - and play some tennis... below he shares some of his experiences as part of 'Knutsford Tennis Club on Tour'
La Manga ( 8 - 13 Nov 2017)
'I can't dance but given the right combination of food, wine, music and of course company I can delude myself into thinking that I can. So it was, at the opening dinner at the La Manga club. Fortunately, the other members of our party had similar delusions and so a great time was had - finishing with the conga at 1.30 in the morning, led with great spirit by Debs Martin.
As a respite from conventional holiday pursuits we did actually play some tennis - two or three hours a day, as my shoulder keeps reminding me. La Manga is well equipped with tennis courts, there are 20 clay courts and it was on these that we honed and refined our tennis skills - to a level which few would envy and none aspire. We practised serves, we practised volleys, we practised pointing our spare arm skywards for overhead smashes. Positional sense, fancy footwork, approach shots - there was no limit to the improvement opportunities we were offered.
Of all the advice offered, the most important for me was one o'clock. This was the hour of adjournment most nights but it is also the optimal angular position for pitching the ball for a service - try it, it does work.
I can't write poetry but this did not stop me inflicting my efforts on the rest of the party. Here is one about flying budget class.'
What a great turn out for our Halloween special Adult club night on Tuesday 7th November.
Members came down dressed too scare, and to enjoy a range of actives at the Sport Club. The spooktacular ghosts and ghouls enjoyed good games with forfeits thrown in regularly by Mark - some improving the quality of tennis, some not!
The evening was well attended, so when the courts were full, the competition was carried on enthusiastically on the table tennis table. After the scores were in, Mark declared Sarah Meredith the overall winner and refreshment of hot dogs and cake were on offer.
Congratulations to Sarah Meredith, and to Helen Sawyer - who was judged as the best fancy dressed.
Thank you to all that came to support the event.
Mark's half term camps are starting on 23rd October and are on for two weeks, Monday-Wednesday, so if you still want to book a place, contact him as soon as possible. There are a couple of spots available on his adult cardio course and Thursday Ladies so contact him via www.tennis-aces.co.uk Or if you've just been meaning to get round to sorting out some private coaching time (it's never too late to improve!), there's no time like the present, so JUST DO IT.
Mark's junior presentation night will be held in the hall at 6.30pm on 17th November and it will be a real celebration of their great success this summer, so if you're around, please come and support the event.
Just a couple of Housekeeping Notes - or courtkeeping notes.
As you all know the bottom 2 courts are the focus of fundraising for resurfacing. But in the meantime, remember that they don't drain as well as the new court surface, so please don't use them in the wet, or if you do, you do so at your own risk. Also thanks to everyone who has cleared leaves before they play, it really helps the maintenance. However, if you are available in the mornings and if an eye on the weather reveals a blowy day, pop down for half an hour to get the worst leaf debris off, that will be very helpful. Another few weeks and it will all be OVER for another year.
Important dates for your diary
Let's talk about events, there are some brilliant ones coming up (you have to dress up for nearly all of them - as much or as little as you like!)
Clubnight November 7th - themed for Halloween/Guy Fawkes.
Come appropriately dressed and you will be rewarded with hot dogs and cake!
Open to All Adult KTC members. I hope you can join us on this evening for a fun game of tennis with funny forfeits during each round to make it a more enjoyable (challenging) evening !!
Prizes for the overall winner from the evenings tennis and the best Halloween theme fancy dress !! - optional of course.
Hot and cold nibbles in the bar at 8.30pm onwards
Normal start time of 7.00pm
No entry fee other than the normal £2 for lights.
Come no matter the weather as we can see how good you are at table tennis indoors if the weather isn't kind to us.....I hope to see you there.
And in case anyone asks - day members can attend this special club night too…wooooooo ooo!
Mexican night November 10th - Morten's daughter was teaching out in Mexico when the latest earthquake hit and has decided to stay out there to help rebuild. So, there will be a Mexican party with live music and food. Prices are £25 per ticket (proceeds to Mexican Earthquake Relief Fund). If you are interested, please contact Morten or Sylvia.
Quiz night December 1st - famous Quizmaster (exclusively to KTC) Mr Steve Mockett will be setting and asking the questions BIG prizes, so get your table booked now. (no dressing up required – unless your team name requires it!)
Clubnight December 12th - Christmas, so tinsel your trainers and wreath your rackets with holly and come down for some not so serious competition and refreshments.
Please support the club by signing up to some or allof the fun events above.
La Manga Updates
By the time the next newsletter is out, our international team of 13 should be back on our shores from La Manga, but we hope there will have been lots of FB updates whilst they are over there. Not just from the bar either, we want some tennis ones please for the newsletter (all bribes, paid NOT to run photos will go to the junior court project)
Launch of Ladder Competitions 2018
In addition to other competitions and events, we will be running both Singles and Doubles ladders next year, where you can challenge people above you to play. It's a great way to meet new people and have as much or as little challenge as you like. Mark will get the lists out early in 2018, so look out for them and sign up.
They will run for 6 months, so there's plenty of time to arrange games and climb that ladder!
Junior Court Project
Finally, we are about to commission Labosport to do a survey of the bottom courts so we can spec the project and get quotations. We used Labosport for the middle courts and although this will be a smaller project, we think a professional survey is necessary to ensure all aspects are initially considered. The possibility of getting large grants is limited as the project is just straight surface replacement due to wear and tear, but we will be exploring all avenues available to us to raise the required funds.
Once we know the figure required, we will be going all out to raise money, so please think if there is anything you can do, whether it be running an event, sponsorship, a small donation (or a large one), or providing a loan - we will need your help. The courts are deteriorating and need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Waitrose Community Matters
The application made to Waitrose to include KTC in this month’s community matters charity pay out was successful and we’re now one of the three groups you can vote for at Waitrose in Knutsford.
At the end of your shop in the branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box near the exit doors - we’ll share £500 with two other charities apportioned depending on the number of tokens received.
There’s no minimum value of shop needed to get a token, but you’ll probably have to remind staff to give you one or look out for the container of tokens on the self-service tills.
So tell your family and friends to shop at Waitrose and vote for KTC!
Mereheath Lane traffic restrictions
There is an event being held at Tatton Park on the 11th and 12th November - a 10k run on the Saturday and half marathon on the Sunday, which will result in some road closures in the morning for both Saturday and Sunday on Mereheath Lane.
There will be traffic management teams in place to ensure that access to Mereheath Lane is available. There will be one team controlling traffic entering and leaving Mereheath Lane through the Knutsford entrance to the road.
The roads will be affected from the following times.
Saturday 11th November - 9.40am - 10:45am (approx)
Sunday 12th November - 9.20am - 12pm (approx)
For further information, please contact Rob Jowett – 07842483119 email@example.com
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