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September 2020

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE                                    SUE WELLS acting Chair

All members are requested to observe the current guidelines, and to keep socially distanced to ensure we are a safe club.  Hand sanitisers are now mounted near the clubhouse doors, by The Drive entrance to the club, by the gate to courts 4 and 5, and the washrooms remain open during the day and bar opening times for handwashing.


The club is looking for a helper for Bob Knox, our longstanding club treasurer.  Bob would like a volunteer to shadow him with a view to taking over in the future. Please let us know if you would consider this and can help ( or, or would like to talk through what is involved.

BAR ROOM GOSSIP                                                                     DAVE BARDSLEY

Unfortunately, we had to repair the new bar servery shutters this month as a member was apparently unaware that they were now electrically operated and tried lifting them manually!  They are now working correctly but if you do need to open them manually there is a winding handle kept in the store area for such eventualities.  We have also arranged for signs to indicate where the controls are.  Please do not try to force the shutters open; leave that to the burglars.  Perhaps this incident serves as a reminder that members should follow the Bar User Guidance on the notice board next to the door and in the servery area.  It also explains the extra precautions required to meet our Covid-19 precautions, so is essential reading.

On a happier note the addition of craft beers and lager from the local Big Smoke Brewery is proving popular, as are the refreshing San Pellegrino Italian orange & lemon soft drinks.  With the summer rapidly drawing to a close we will be switching the focus to bottled beers when current draught stocks run out.  Currently we stock Landlord, Spitfire, Peroni and Corona alongside the Big Smoke beers.  If you have any alternatives to suggest please let the bar management team know. 

As we are approaching the end of the bowls season, Bowls will not be opening the bar on Sundays after 6th September, and on Mondays after 14th September.

If other sections will be opening the bar could they please inform Dave Bardsley.

Dave and his team, Andy & Wendy, will continue to manage the cleaning and stocking of the bar during the closed season so if there are any events that would be using the bar please inform Dave of your requirements so that he can make sure the stock you require is available. Sadly, when the existing barrels are emptied, the draft beer will not be available until the start of next season.


As part of our membership drive, the tennis section now offers a few courts to the public on a pay and play scheme through the LTA.  The courts offered are always courts 4 and 5, nearest the car park. The times offered are on weekday lunchtimes and early afternoons, and Sundays during the same time period.  These guests are not likely to visit the clubhouse, but if you do see them wandering around, please say hello and ask if they are OK.  Some have previously asked where they should sign in – there is no sign in, as we can track them on the website, but we do want to encourage them to become members.  Often a friendly enquiry will encourage them to choose our club should they choose to join a local tennis club.

And finally – the August weather indicates we should turn the bowling green into a Lido!!!

200 Club Draw Results                                                             MALCOLM BAIRD

The lucky winners in this month’s draw are:

1st prize  £100:   Anna Hughes who tells me that she is planning a world cruise  

                          (perhaps in a world of her own?)

2nd prize   £50:   Jenny Kirkman

3rd prize    £20:   Marion Andrews

If you bought some 200 Club “numbers” at the beginning of the year and this was not your lucky month perhaps you will be a winner in the next draw! Good luck and thank you for your support which is especially welcome in this financially strained year for the club.


SOCIAL                                                                                                JANE MARTIN

We do hope that you’re all keeping well and staying safe.


We sincerely hope we’ll be able to run our annual quiz night this autumn

           If it is allowed to go ahead, we will run 2 nights to reduce numbers in the clubhouse.

More details to follow

With best wishes from your Social Team


BOWLS                                                             KEN HOMEWOOD

Diary Dates:

Mixed 2 Wood Trips – Sunday 6th September 10:00am for a 10:30am start

COVID 19 H/C singles Final – Monday 7th September 4pm start

AGM – Saturday 31st October 10:00am for 10:30am start


Bill Budge, our fixture secretary, managed to arrange the following fixtures following the committee decision to play matches, complying with the COVID 19 guidelines, against local clubs: –

Imber Court               2:30pm Wednesday 19th August at Home, 3 Trips Greys

Bishop Duppas        2:30pm Sunday 23rd August at Home, 3 Trips Whites

Esher                         2:30pm Sunday 30th August at Home, 3 Trips Whites

Imber Court               2:30pm Wednesday 2nd September Away, 3 Trips Greys

Bishop Duppas        2:30pm Wednesday 9th September Away, 3 Trips Greys

Esher                         2:30pm Wednesday 16th September Away, 3 Trips Greys

Typically, it poured with rain on the first date, but we managed to re-arrange the match for the following week, Wednesday 26th August at Home.

The matches on 30th August & 2nd September will be run by Andy Hughes and the final matches on 9th & 16th September will be run by Adam Willson so be sure to inform them of your availability.

At the time of going to press we have played 2 matches.

The first against Bishop Duppas, we lost 47 – 58, although the Lady Captain’s team won on her rink, thus we lost on 2 rinks and won on one.

We had more success in the rearranged game against Imber Court. Winning on 2 rinks and losing on one and winning overall 56 – 45


The green is being used for general bowling and I would like to thank everyone for following the “Green under Social Distancing rules”. Monday club night from 6pm to 8pm is popular and with the bar open, members are taking the opportunity to come and enjoy their bowling and putting the world to rights over a glass of something afterwards.


We have a hand sanitizer mounted by the door to the cabin so please use it when entering the cabin.

There are hand sanitizers also mounted by the entrance doors to the clubhouse so if you are entering the clubhouse for ANY reason please use them.


The competition has now reached the semi-final stage with Aneta Thompson due to play Malcolm Studholme and Adam Willson to play the winner of the quarter final between Stuart Chalmers and Mike Grimshaw.

The final will be played on Monday 7th September prior to the club-night at 4pm.

Do come along and watch prior to the club night. The bar will be open early.

MIXED 2 WOOD TRIPS – Sunday 6th September 10:00am for a 10:30am start

We have 26 entries for the Mixed 2 wood trips on the Sunday that was originally allocated for our Finals Weekend. Any one who has not yet signed up and would like to play please contact me Ken Homewood ( or 01483-282384) ASAP

Just to remind you, the day starts at 10am with the draw and bowling starting at 10.30am. Coffees, teas and biscuits are included in the entry fee of £2.50 and there will be prizes for the winners of both the main competition and the plate competition. The winners will formally be presented with the Trophy on the day.  Sadly, unless the Corona Virus restrictions are relaxed, we will not be able to run a BBQ

BAR ROTA                                                                          

My thanks to all volunteers for coming forward to help run the bar. It has been a success and Dave Bardsley, Andy Hughes and Wendy Beaney, the bar team, are to be thanked for all their efforts in organising the management of the bar with the draft beer deserving a special mention.


THE EMBER PLAYERS                               STEVE INFIELD                               

Hello fellow EPs.

All of us on the committee hope you are all safe and managing well.

Our AGM:

There might be movement with C19 restrictions keeping our clubhouse closed for gatherings, so we are hopeful of having an AGM; but we’ll have to see. We have provisional dates for the AGM of Thurs Sept 24th and a back-up date of Thurs Oct 22ndboth at 7.30pm….

Please keep these dates available in your diary.

Next play reading CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME: Now Sun 2.30pm 13/9: 

We already have several people who will be joining in, but there’s still time if you would like to take part. I’ll be sending out scripts a little time before. 

With social distancing, we are hoping to hold this either in the club garden or even the clubhouse (if permitted). 

If not – due to weather etc – then we’ll reluctantly use Zoom again; same date and time of 2.30pm.

We have settled on the play ‘Ladies Down Under’ by Amanda Whittington (which is the follow-on from her popular and fun play ‘Ladies Day’)

The post of treasurer:

Having done a wonderful job, Chris Cutcliffe sadly has decided he will be standing down from the post of treasurer. I’m hugely grateful for all he has done; his humour, warmth and support have been a great help. Our meetings are fun, but his input will be sorely missed. 

Is there anyone who would step up to the plate and take over this v important role? We could do with some assistance, and it is not all onerous; there is a great deal of camaraderie; come and join us on the committee.

Winter 2020 production – Walton Playhouse: Weds 9th or Thurs 10th to Sat 12th Dec: We have now cancelled this slot. 

Spring production 2021 – at Walton Playhouse: Performance dates 15th to 17th Apr:

We currently do not have a director for this. Have any of you got a project that you would like to realise? Don’t let C19 dampen ideas. We would love to hear from you, and if we need to postpone it, we’ll put it on later. Aspiring directors, please come forward!  

Winter production 2021 – Walton Playhouse: A Christmas Carol’ directed by Steve Clunn.

Stay safe and keep well everyone.

Steve Infield – Chairman


TENNIS                                                              SUE WELLS


This Monday’s bank holiday tournament was very successful, with over 20 attendees.  We played four rounds of mixed doubles, and the winners were Amanda McMillan on the Ladies side, and Martin Baird for the men.  Congratulations to all for a great morning.


The annual club tournament is about to kick off, so this really is your final chance to enter.  If you would like to enter please let me or Steve Baird know as quickly as possible ( so that the draw can be finalised.  If you do not have a partner for the doubles or mixed – please still enter and Steve will try to pair you up with someone.  All standards are welcome and it is fun!


Since last month the mix-in programme has changed.  We have moved the Wednesday evening mix-in to Tuesday, and the Ladies team practice to Wednesdays.  If you still want to play on a Wednesday evening you now need to book your courts.  Please continue to book courts for all play apart from mix-ins, drills  and team practice.  You do not have to book to attend a mix-in but you MUST sign the register when you do attend – this register is on the verandah cupboard door.

If you would like to bring a friend to a mix-in to try out the club, please do welcome them and hopefully encourage them to join the club.


The floodlights are back – floodlights are available on courts 1,2, 6 and 7.  You must NOT use the floodlights on Sundays or on bank Holidays – that includes next Monday.  That is part of our planning permission and must be adhered to.  You should only put one token in at a time on courts 6 and 7 – the tokens are hanging in a small bag inside the grey locker outside the courts – these light up immediately, and the lights should not be on if no-one is playing.  The floodlights must stop at 9pm.  These rules must be observed, and please note some of our neighbours are very unhappy with the lights – i.e. follow the rules.     

For courts 1 and 2, the tokens and metres are in the cupboard on the verandah.  These lights take 15 minutes to warm up, and give a warning before they run out, so you can top them up.

The keys to retrieve the tokens are attached to the token bags, and should be used to refill the bags from the meters. 


We continue to welcome new and returning members.  I hope you enjoy your time with the club.  There are whatsapp groups for the Tuesday evening mix-in and the drills session.  Please let me know if you would like to be added to these groups ( or 078030 86606).


We have a pay and play scheme in place through the LTA.  We offer courts 4 and 5 to the general public on weekday and Sunday lunchtimes and early afternoons (quiet times for member bookings).  Members can still book the courts as usual.  If you see any of these visitors at the club, please say hello and welcome them.  Please help them if they have any queries – two people were asking where to sign in last week, but we do not require a sign in as the website keeps a record of the bookings.  We would like you to be friendly to encourage them to join.


Our visitor fees are now £5 per visit for an adult and £2 per visit for a child.  We obviously need to keep the courts maintained and it will help to encourage people to join.  Again, we trust you to pay these into the funds by bank transfer, using your name as a reference.


A big thank you to Steve Baird and Christian for their hard work in fixing the wires and springs on the court gates, saving the club a lot of money.  The gates should now shut automatically, but please remember to close them after playing.  This keeps the foxes out, and hence the nets are in much better condition than previous years.


Our Thursday adult drills session is very successful.  Rob (and Simon) runs an informal drills session for all standards on a Thursday evening.  This session is open to non-members for 5 sessions at £5 a time, after which we ask the person to join the club.  It is free for members. Please let me know if you would like to join the whatsapp group for this session if you are interested, and only book in for the current week, when a reminder is sent.  This allows the coach to plan for the numbers attending, which will become even more important when we are limited by the floodlights.

Below is a brief CV for Rob and Simon:


  Ember Sports Club, Head of Junior and Adult Coaching Program   St Mary’s University Tennis team – Performance Team Coach   Twickenham Lawn Tennis Club – Doubles Team CoachSutton Tennis Club – Performance coach and after schools clubs   Ex Head coach at Carlisle Park in Hampton   Extensive club and children coaching experience  
Qualifications LTA licensed Tennis Coach Accredited + RPT Tennis Coaching Qualification, National ProfessionalBrughera Tennis Academy, BarcelonaAug 1998-July 2000  Qualifications LTA licensed Tennis Coach Accredited +    RPT National Professional, PTR CoachLTA Club Coach 2009LTA Performance Coach 2011Sports Coach UK Coaching Disabled Performers, 2010Equity in your Coaching, 2010Guide to Mentoring Sports Coach 2013FA Football coach 2013ECB Cricket Coach 2013 Tennis for kids online course
Davis Cup Legacy CoachTennis England, Sutton High Performance Centre, David Lloyd, Elmbridge Council, Camberley Tennis club, Ashtead tennis club, The River Club, Teddington Sports Centre, Carwardern special needs school +++ 07708 07712 460234


Our visitor fees are now £5 per visit for an adult and £2 per visit for a child.  We obviously need to keep the courts maintained and it will help to encourage people to join.  Again, we trust you to pay these into the funds by bank transfer, using your name as a reference.


CROQUET                                              SIMON CHARRINGTON

Diary dates

From scorching heat to dowsing rain the lawns are in pretty good shape as the close season approaches and we race to get those competition matches played.  There is certainly all to play for in the Open Singles, so do get those games arranged with a view to the final being played on or before Sunday 20th September. 

The highlight of the month was our friendly match versus Surbiton CC, the inaugural Mike Lambert Memorial Trophy, reported here:  Well played to All, and thank you to Steve Edney for his excellent portrait of Mike, and also to our magnificent hosts at Surbiton.  Our 6 – 3 victory belied the closeness of the match, with two of the nine games going to just a one point difference, in our favour.  Mike was surely looking down on us and chuckling.

The committee are in the process of updating the ECC COVID-19 precaution measures in line with updates from the CA.  These will be issued shortly.  The main changes, all subject to continuing to maintain essential social distancing, are: double-banking is permitted on the main lawn (providing there are no more than six players on the lawn); and a review of the total number of people who can be at the club at any one time. 

It would be nice, if we can make it work, to have had at least one third-Sunday-of-the-month social barbeque, or picnic, at the club before the season closes.    If it happens, the date would be Sunday 20th September.  We’ll keep you posted by email.

We shall soon need to start our late-summer and autumn programme of maintenance tasks.  Thank you, in anticipation, to those who are able to help and, indeed, who have helped throughout the summer to keep everything in order.

Best wishes to you all, and stay safe,



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