October Newsletter


Many thanks to everyone who came along to support our 75th anniversary celebrations. It was lovely to see the club so busy and to welcome back some familiar faces to club.

Over the weekend we had over 250 people visit the club, starting with our junior pizza & tennis night on the Friday followed by our BBQ and afternoon tea at the weekend.

 Thank you so much to all of you who kindly gave up your time and who helped to make the weekend so special. It has really been a tough couple of years for everyone but events like this are a reminder of what a great club and members we have.

 We are going to leave the 75th anniversary display up on the club house so please do pop in if you can do have a look at this, it is really interesting to see how far the club has come over the years.


As mentioned previously, the club’s AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th October at 7.30pm. We have again decided to hold the meeting by Zoom like we did last year following the request of a number of members who have expressed concern about a large number of people meeting in quite a confined space. I think, under the circumstances, this is quite understandable and so we will of course send out a link and instructions as to how to join nearer the time.

 The AGM is a great opportunity for members to express their views and help us move the club forward. If you do have time it would be great if you could attend (virtually!) – it would be great to have your input.

The agenda, accounts and committee nomination sheet will be on display in the foyer at the club from tomorrow. A copy of the accounts is attached and other AGM documentation will follow (Clubspark only allows one attachment at a time unfortunately).  

 Please note that at this year’s AGM we will not be asking for team captain nominations as there will be a review of teams for 2022 in January. 

Nominations can be emailed to secretary@oadbytennis.co.uk or completed on the sheet in the foyer. Please do nominate and please do get in touch if you would like to get involved in helping at the club.

Any questions which members wish to raise at the AGM should be submitted (email as above) by Friday 22nd  October 8pm please.


Many thanks to the 75 players who entered this year’s tournament. We had some great weather and some brilliant tennis and thanks to those that came down to support. It was really nice to see lots of new members entering the tournament this year and I hope you all enjoyed your matches and made some new friends at the club.

2021 Main Draw Winners

Men’s Singles                                   Ben M

Ladies’ Singles                                   Chloe B

Men’s Doubles                                  Ben M & Jack M

Ladies’ Doubles                                 Rosie O’C-M & Lauren P

Mixed Doubles                                  Victoria A & Hussein K

Men’s 40+                                          Chris W

Men’s 40+ Doubles                          Chris W & Dean Z

Ladies 40+ Doubles                          Katie E & Sheila C

Mixed 40+ Doubles                          Louise M & Gary van der B

2021 Reverse Draw Winners

Men’s Singles                                    Alex B

Men’s Doubles                                  Paul F & Mike M

Ladies’ Doubles                                 Jenni L & Jackie R

Mixed Doubles                                  Kylie S & Alex B

Men’s 40+                                          Divy L

Men’s 40+ Doubles                           Steve P & Divy L

Mixed 40+ Doubles                          Sue P & Ravi J


We have now reached the time of year where the flood lights will be used a lot more. Please take this as a polite reminder to all members that the floodlights should be paid for when playing in fixed fours and for personal court bookings.

Just a reminder also, that if you are playing at 6pm and the lights are already on ‘free’ because they have been used for junior coaching, please put your money in the box as usual, but then turn off the lights when you leave unless someone has arrived to play on the court after you. 9.30 pm is the deadline for all lights to be switched off when you leave, either by your money running out or being switched off manually. For social mix ins the lights can be switched on to ‘FREE’ but must always be switched off when play finishes, please. 

We are very lucky to have such cheap facilities and the price to use our lights is really minimal when compared to other clubs, let’s all please respect this and pay when required.

John Vernon

We have recently received the sad news that past member John Vernon has died. John was a member of the club for many years, as were his family. He was a regular bar helper and keen player in both social and team tennis. Our thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time.


Social Mix Ins – Monday & Wednesday evenings each week from 6pm.

I am so pleased to see these getting busier each week and thanks so much to the members who have kindly offered to open the bar afterwards. Please do come down as it is a great way of meeting new people and enjoying some social tennis.

November and December Speed Tennis – details with exact details will be emailed out by Gary nearer the time but these will be held on a Saturday and start at 4pm.

 Wednesday November 3rd  and December 1st American Tournament – please sign up in the foyer or by emailing info@oadbytennis.co.uk. Open to all full seniors. £1 to enter and no partner needed. A good way for some fun tournament doubles. Bar open afterwards and food can be organised.  The last two of these have been a great success and have been completely full!


Following positive feedback from last winter’s and this summer’s events, the club is proposing further singles box leagues to run up to 31st December.

Entries are welcomed from all members, beginners to those with high experience. Every effort will be made to place you in an appropriate league. Leagues will comprise a mixture of men and ladies (and juniors capable of competing at adult level).

One set only to 8 games, standard tie break at 7 all – usually an hour’s booking is sufficient. Precise scores are not recorded, we only need know who won the set (the winner is awarded 3 points in his/her league) and a further point is awarded to both players as an incentive to completing as many matches as possible.

Entries to Neil P by Wednesday 20th October. Please indicate your playing experience if not known to organisers Neil (P) and Joe (G).  neilwphillips@gmail.com     joe@squash.stuff.com

Any queries, telephone 07447 829700

This is a perfect way of meeting and playing against different club members. Thanks to Neil and Joe for organising this once again.


I hope that gives you a quick overview of what has been happening at the club and what we have got coming up soon.

I would again like to thank everyone in continuing to support the club and I look forward to seeing you soon.