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Tennis – Newsletter Extract Feb 2020

WIMBLEDON BALLOT – CLOSING DATE 14th FEBRUARY 2020

You cannot enter the club ballot for Wimbledon tickets if you have not opted into the ballot on the LTA website. You must be a member of British Tennis and also need to be registered to Ember LTC to be eligible for our club ballot – these are Wimbledon’s rules.  Please note the number of tickets we are allocated is directly related to the number of British Tennis members we have registered. If you are unsure if you opted in, ask me and I can check our listing. Please go to the web site www.lta.org.uk

THURSDAY DRILLS

The free Thursday drills sessions will continue on February 13th – please feel free to come along at 6.45pm each week for free coaching with Rob.  Please note there is no session on February 6th.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are looking for a member to help promote the tennis section on social media.  If you feel able to help, please let Sue know on (sue.wells@btinternet.com).

TENNIS SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2020

This is the time of year that we have to set the subscription level for the coming year.  The club, as many of you know, is running at a small deficit and has put the club part of the subscription up £4.  The tennis club has invested in 4 new courts and floodlights in the last year, and despite getting a substantial pay out from the insurance company, have a much reduced sinking fund and much larger maintenance costs for the courts, especially the clay courts.  We have taken the difficult decision to raise the tennis subscription (there was no raise last year) by the price of a pint (2 pints at the club bar) for the year. This does work out at only 10.7p per week over the year.  I do hope you will all understand and continue your membership.

PLANS FOR 2020

The committee has met recently to discuss the coming year.  We have several ideas in the pipeline, but would welcome your feedback and ideas on these items, or any further events or suggestions you have.  Please email me or talk to me if you have any great ideas, or just some comments – sue.wells@btinternet.com.  We would particularly like to hear what social events you would be interested in?

  1.  Increase member participation in free coaching, mix-ins, and social events
  2.  Develop parent and child session, maybe on a Sunday afternoon
  3.  Possible social events – Ladies evening (Indian theme again?), Spring event for members, Bank holiday tournaments, Christmas tournament and party, BBQ
  4. Club tournament (doubles partners to change after 2 wins in a row)
  5. Continue free drills session for members

Photos from our open day

Some photos from our amazing Ember open day today. Thanks to everyone who came down, and to all of our members who helped organise such a great day.

Social Mix-ins – come on down!

Now the clocks have changed, Wednesday evening social mix-ins have resumed, running from 530pm. Open to all members and their guests. Come and join us and stay for a drink afterwards! 

Fingers on buzzers…

Good fun and great fish and chips was had by all at the Ember Quiz night on the 6th Aril! The Drama table headed up by Richard Lyons and Jonathan Clark were this year’s winners – Congratulations!

The Ember Players present “Bothered and Bewildered”

“Bothered and Bewildered” is a bittersweet comedy about two daughters whose mother, Irene, is living with Alzheimer’s disease. While the girls are losing their mum in spirit (if not in body), Irene is forming a new relationship with an invisible companion, the late romantic novelist Barbara Cartland, who helps her write a ‘memory book’ revealing profound secrets she has never shared – even with
her family.

The Ember Players are linking with ‘Homelink’ for this play, a Twickenham based charity staffed by nurses and dementia-trained volunteers to provide a safe, positive environment for patients on a regular basis.

🎭 The Ember Players production of “Bothered and Bewildered” is playing at The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton on Thames, from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th May at 8pm.

🎟 Tickets are £13 and are bookable via www.ticketsource.co.uk/emberplayers or by phoning 07752-655087.

📷 Photo by Roy Morris.

Homelink Day Respite Centre: www.homelinkdaycare.co.uk 0208-255-1992 Jennifer Clarke

Eugenie Arrowsmith of Alzheimer’s Society: 01403-213013 or 07854-042938.

Get your tickets for the Ember 200 club!

Numbers may now be purchased for Ember’s 2019 “200 Club” which starts on 1st January.  All profits will go to Ember Sports Club and during 2018  I am delighted to report that, thanks to our members’ generosity,  a total of 198 tickets were purchased and we raised over £1,000.  Our most sincere thanks to all those many members who have participated!
For 2019 the basis of the allocation of the prize money will remain the same as for 2018.  There will be three prizes for each draw and draws will be made bi-monthly, the first one being made in February.  The total prize money for 2019 will be paid on the same basis as the present system (50% of the revenue). Thus if 200 numbers were purchased the pay-outs would be as follows (N.B. the prize value would be decreased or increased proportionately if fewer or more numbers are sold):
5 bi-monthly draws (February, April, June, August, & October) with prizes of:
1st    £100   
2nd     £50    
3rd     £20
 
1 Jackpot draw at Christmas with prizes of:
1st    £200  
2nd   £100
3rd     £50
 
Do please support the Ember 200 Club –  the cost equates to just £1 per month per number purchased.  If you would like to have a particular number(s) please indicate this on the form.  If this number(s) has already been sold you will be allocated an alternative number(s). The sooner you apply the more likely you are to have your choice of numbers!  And the good news is that there is no limit to how many numbers you can buy!
An application form is attached which please complete and return to me with your payment (either cash or cheque payable to “Ember Sports Club 200 Club” please).  If you have any queries please telephone me on 020 8398 4622 or e-mail me on malcjen@ntlworld.com.
 
Applic form & intro 2019 011218

Ember Ladies Xmas Lunch 2018

A picture from the Ember Ladies 2018 Christmas Lunch. Cheers!
 

Ember Big Band Masterclass!

A great feature this week in the Surrey Advertiser about the amazing Ember big band masterclass that took place at Ember Sports Club ahead of the band’s upcoming Christmas concert at Claygate Village Hall.
They were also joined by an extra-special guest, Louise Clare Marshall, singer with the Jools Holland Orchestra! Here’s a copy of the article and some pics from the masterclass.

 


Ladies Evening at Ember

The tennis section held an Indian themed Ladies evening on October 16th for the Ladies of the whole club. Our dance teacher, Gita taught us Bhangra and Bollywood dancing, and how to wear a sari.  With good food and company the evening flew by and we finished with a meditation taster, led by our tennis member yoga teacher, Julia.  A great evening, with requests for a repeat early next year!
 



 
 

Meet our Junior Tennis coach Robbie Blundell

At Ember, we’re lucky to have Robbie Blundell, our amazing junior tennis coach who runs term-time courses and holiday camps all year round, for all ages and abilities.
Every year Rob coaches our junior and mini tennis sections, helping hundreds of youngsters to find out about the game, learn the essential skills for becoming a great tennis player and have fun along the way!
Rob has over 12 years coaching experience working with juniors and adults and was trained at the Bruguera Tennis Academy in Barcelona.
Rob’s qualifications and experience over the years are vast, and include:

He is active in all areas of tennis at the club, and is always to be seen around helping at open days, events and just chatting to members and offering advice.

If you’d like to know more about mini and junior tennis, drop us a line through our contact page, or phone Rob up for a chat to see what he can do to help your kids become the next Andy Murray!
Get in touch with us via our contact page, or get in touch with Robbie on 07708 704 216