Welcome to the second edition of our online Newsletter, so much has happened since the first instalment and it’s our pleasure to bring you up to date with developments and progress.
There has been considerable effort from the committee in taking forwards the designs and plans that were presented in the Newsletter at the beginning of the summer. And, as many of you will know, members of the funding committee have been in direct contact.
The progress of this project has been terrific and this Newsletter is largely dedicated to providing you with an update from Philip.
Wishing you all an enjoyable season.
EXTENSION UPDATE – Philip Robinson
Since our April Newsletter we have successfully progressed two main elements of our extension plans being:
1. Approval of the National Trust Architectural Panel (NTAP)
I am pleased to report that we have recently received the approval of NTAP having made a few changes to our plans.
Firstly we were asked to move the clubroom a short distance to the south to be centralised with the court – the changing rooms were accordingly moved a similar distance to the south so that we didn’t lose any space.
Secondly the whole extension will now have a flat roof and so a few extra roof lanterns have been included to give us adequate natural light and ventilation.
Thirdly there will now be a glass sliding wall between the clubroom and the dedans viewing area as can be seen in the visual image to the right. This is in my opinion a most exciting improvement to the original plans.
The other changes are of an external nature and will not affect the Club, or put up the cost.
2. Fundraising for the Extension
Thanks to the generosity of many members we are making excellent progress towards raising the funds that we need.
I have so far received about 120 pledges of which 70 have been £1,000 or more, including a number of particularly generous pledges.
So my considerable thanks to all those who have pledged, whatever the amount – it is enormously appreciated.
However I estimate that we need about another £50k to reach our target and so I would hope that those members who have not yet pledged (particularly those who are still playing) will feel inclined to contribute. Pledge cards can be found in the court.
We expect to need the funds in the first quarter of 2015 once planning permission has been granted and at that time we will be requesting those who have so kindly pledged for a cheque to be made out to Sir John Ritblat Family Foundation and for a Gift Aid form to be completed.
Building is planned to start in April 2015 and we hope to have the extension completed by Sept/Oct in time for our 2015-16 season.
It is intended that whilst the extension is being built there will be a screen at the back of the dedans so that the court can remain in use for most of the time.
MIKE STEWARD – Hon. Life Member
I am delighted to announce that Mike Steward has been appointed an Honorary Life Member in recognition of all the work that he has done for the Club over many years. This includes looking after the maintenance of the court, overseeing the installation of our new lighting system and assisting with all aspects of the extension. Since taking over responsibility for maintenance his commitment to keeping the Club in excellent condition has been enormously appreciated.
Mike and his wife, Tory, are shortly moving to London to be closer to their family and we send our very best wishes to them.
Consequently Mike has handed over his responsibilities to the capable hands of David Fortune.
The Ladies Real Tennis Association
The LRTA, which is affiliated to the T&RA, runs the ladies’ game in this country. It encourages the game at all levels, organising tournaments from the ‘headline ‘ones e.g. the World Championships when in the UK (which happens next year, when they take place at Leamington, 13th -19th April 2015) and British Open, to the Handicap tournament where all levels have a chance of doing well. It also runs matches against clubs; the PHTC v LRTA match is on 9th March 2015, do come and support!
The LRTA’s events are known for being fun and sociable, as well as providing good tennis!
The LRTA works to develop the junior game, including offering bursaries of six free lessons to keen, promising girls – a number from PHTC have benefited from this scheme, organising group junior coaching and running an incentive scheme for girls under 30 with good handicaps to encourage them to improve even more. It also runs various junior tournaments.
More information is available on the website www.lrta.org.uk.
The LRTA has a rep. at most clubs, Kate Rowe is the rep. at PHTC. Do contact her about ladies’ tennis at PHTC, and do think about joining the LRTA, it’s good value at £20 p.a.
Lastly, ladies, if your white’s wardrobe needs replenishing, do look at the LRTA kit on the website! The Pros won’t frown on this because PHTC, as many clubs, doesn’t have enough lady players to warrant having ladies’ clothes on its rail of tennis kit for sale.
We like to encourage all our members to play in fixtures where possible, so if you would like to play or be involved with any of these fixtures, please ask the Pro’s or refer to the Members and
Fixtures booklet for details of the captain.
1st – Ellis Rich Trophy
2nd – Ellis Rich Trophy
9th – Newmarket club match
15th – MCC club match
23rd – Brodie Cup match at home
6th – Hampton Court Hampsters
7th – Lancing College Old Boys
14th – Pol Roger Trophy – Queens
19th – Brigands
27th – Bevan-Thomas Family Doubles
28th – Bevan- Thomas Family Doubles January
11th – Dedanists
18th – Carthusians
23rd – Secretary’s Cup
24th – Secretary’s Cup
25th – Secretary’s Cup
John Scott and Michael Marcar won the Robinson Trophy beating Andrew Falk and Simon Armstrong in the final. Congratulations.
British Open – Over 50’s Doubles
Mark Drysdale and Nick Jones won the British Open over 50’s doubles beating John Prenn and Mark Nicholls in the final.
The Petworth pair of Steve Calder-Smith and Nick Chambers reached the semi-finals.
National League winners
David Fortune’s National League Division 8 Team comprising of George Andrews, Simon Armstrong, Charlie Maunder, Andrew Falk and David Fortune, won their league.
Chris Bray Reports on our Junior Program
Our juniors continue to flourish.
None more so than Charlie Braham who has just won for the second time the British under 18 Singles title.
Paul Weaver, the Director of British Junior Tennis says:
“Hi Chris, Just to confirm that it is only rarely that anyone wins the British U18 title 2 years running, in fact it has only ever happened twice before. His handicap is also one of the lowest ever for the winner of this prestigious event. Charlie conducts himself perfectly both on and off the court and you must be very proud to have him as a member of your club. If he carries on playing the game when he leaves College I am certain that he will become one of the UK’s top amateur players”.
Our junior membership is based around the excellent relationship we have with local schools and the Masters in Charge responsible for transport and encouraging the boys and girls to play each week. Each year the schools have a new influx and therefore a steady stream of new entrants to the game and our club. Even if they are not local to Petworth it’s great to know that four ex pupils have started playing at Clubs closer to their home.
Schools that we have a relationship with are Seaford, Rodborough, Westbourne House, Windlesham and Cottesmore. I am pursuing Midhurst Academy and if any member has a contact at Midhurst I would be grateful to hear from them.
All at Petworth are very proud of our juniors’ achievements. We are regarded as one of the most successful Clubs for under 24 players and I am delighted that so many of our junior members enjoy the game and enter tournaments such as the British Junior Championships.
I would also like to thank our ‘senior’ members who have always been fully supportive of our junior programme and continue to play against them at all opportunities often at the wrong end of a result!
My thanks also to Lucy Hutchinson who looks after the junior memberships, Carole Muir, our Child Welfare Officer, the masters in charge – Tim James, Sarah Clancy and the recently retired Lesley Dolman, David Godfray for his support of the Schools Tournament in his name and the many parents who provide fantastic support at Petworth and around the country.
The World Championships are still available online to see.
Bits and Pieces
It’s official, there is now a Guiness World Record for the most consecutive Real Tennis doubles matches completed (25 in just over 24 hours) by Richard Ramjane and Will Stephens at Prested Hall. It took nearly a year to certify – congratulations to them both.
Robert Dolman and Winner Chris Browne
John Scott & Michael Marcar
Sliding Glass Wall
Winners Mark & Theo Wood, with Kim Palmer and Gavin Wood