May / June

MAY BANK HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Thanks to everyone who played in our TIE-BREAK TOURNAMENT (picture above) at the start of the month.  A really enjoyable afternoon – we’ll run another in similar vein soon!

HENMANS TOURNAMENT
Our annual Henmans Junior Tournament at Woodstock – now proudly in its 26th year and a firm fixture in the Oxfordshire tennis calendar – is coming up as usual in the half-term holiday.  It’s jointly sponsored this year by Blenheim and by Finders Keepers estate agents.
MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE that from Monday 27th to Friday 31st the courts will therefore be busy each day from 8.30 till about 5 o’clock, but free every evening, and CLUB NIGHTS ON TUESDAY 28th AND THURSDAY 30th WILL RUN AS USUAL.  There is still time for juniors to enter – the closing date is 10am this coming Friday (17 May).  There are events for boys and girls in all the following age groups: 8U, 9U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U.  All details are on Henmans Woodstock Tournament 2024 (all events one day) | LTA – Tennis for Britain

CLUB SESSIONS:  TUESDAY EXTRA!
With our social tennis on Club Nights proving so popular, starting this Tuesday (14th) we’re running an extra session every week, on TUESDAY AFTERNOONS, 1.30-3.30.  So there will now be:
TUESDAYS 1.30-3.30 AND 5.30 ONWARDS: Social Sessions for everyone.
THURSDAYS FROM 5.30 ONWARDS: Team Practice Nights for all members keen to play team tennis.
And our thriving SUNDAY AFTERNOON Social Sessions run of course throughout the year, every Sunday, 1.30 – 3.30.     Come and join in!  See you soon!

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:
MAY
SATURDAY 18th, 1 pm:  Mixed A v Abingdon; Mixed B v North Oxford
SATURDAY 25th, 10 am:  Ladies A v Portcullis
                         1 pm:  Men’s A v Thame; Men’s B v Witney
SUNDAY 26th, 10 am:  Men’s D v Portcullis
JUNE
SATURDAY 1st, 1 pm:  Ladies B v Benson; Ladies  C v Benson
SATURDAY 8th, 1 pm:  Mixed C v Oxford Sports
SATURDAY 15th, 1 pm:  Ladies D v Banbury; Men’s E v Abingdon
SUNDAY 16th, 4 pm:  Men’s National League v Cholsey [4 courts 3.30 – approx. 5.30]

April / May

MAY BANK HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT!
Amazingly it’s already nearly May.  Time to announce the MAY BANK HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT on SUNDAY 5th MAY (1.15 start).  It’s a social event, one part competitive to three parts fun, the same ratio as the mix of Pimms to lemonade that we’ll enjoy at the end!  It’s a doubles tournament, but partners will change every game, so you don’t need a partner to enter.  Simply email woodstocktennisclub@gmail.com saying “Yes, I/we would like to play in the tournament on Sunday 5th!”

CLUB SESSIONS
Our Club Nights are back and in full swing.  Come and join in: TUESDAYS FROM 5.30 ONWARDS are Social Sessions for everyone, and THURSDAYS FROM 5.30 ONWARDS are Team Practice Nights for all members keen to play team tennis.  Our thriving SUNDAY AFTERNOON Social Sessions run of course throughout the year, every Sunday, 1.30 – 3.30.

COURTS TIMETABLE: EXCEPTION SUNDAY 28th
A quick reminder that if you’re ever in doubt about court availability, just click on https://wbtc.org.uk/courts-timetable/ where you’ll find our very simple Courts Timetable.  PLEASE NOTE A RARE EXCEPTION ON SUNDAY, 28 APRIL: our Men’s National League team have a home match v Bicester which will occupy all four courts from 3.30 (when Club Afternoon finishes) until approx 5.30 (thereafter only two).

BALL RECYCLING
We regularly recycle used tennis balls, and it earns money for the club.  If you bring your own balls to play with at the club and they’re getting tired, please don’t throw them away.  Put them in the marked container in the conservatory (please don’t mix them up with the club balls in the tray in the cupboard), and we’ll do the necessary.  Thanks.

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:
APRIL SATURDAY 27th, 1 pm:  Mixed C v David Lloyd; Men’s D v Oxford City
SUNDAY 28th, 4 pm:  Men’s National League v Bicester [4 courts 3.30 – approx. 5.30]
MAY SATURDAY 4th, 1 pm:  Ladies D v Abingdon; Men’s E v Wantage
WEDNESDAY 8th, 10 am: Ladies Midweek v Portcullis
SATURDAY 11th, 1 pm:  Men’s C v Brackley; Ladies D v Portcullis
SUNDAY 12th, 10 am:  Men’s E v Kingston Bagpuize

April – New Season

*** MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: EARLY SAVINGS

***RENEWAL IS NOW DUE for 2024/25.  Many thanks to everyone who’s already rejoined. Be sure to renew now!  There are *** BIG SAVINGS FOR RENEWAL BY THIS FRIDAY (MARCH 31st)!!! ***   The prices are unchanged from last year, and all the details of prices and the simple payment process are on https://wbtc.org.uk/tennis-membership/. 

THE LIZ SNELSON COURT
Many members will fondly remember Liz Snelson, who loved theTennis Club and, well into her later years, was still keenly involved in group and individual coaching and social games and tournaments.  Liz left the Tennis Club a generous bequest in her will.  It has been crucial in enabling us to rebuild our fine new single court at the same time as imminently installing court lighting.  We couldn’t have done all of this without Liz.  We have decided therefore to name the new court after her, and a name-plate will soon appear on the gate.  We hope her many friends will agree that it’s a fitting way to remember such a long-standing and committed club member.

AND TALKING OF THE LIGHTING … POWER TO THE COURTS
This week and next, contractors will be on site connecting power supply from the mains to courtside, ready for the installation of our court lighting in a few weeks’ time.  They are also installing CCTV.  All their work will be away from the courts and WILL NOT INTERFERE AT ALL WITH PLAY, but at some point there may be slight obstructions on the path and minor trenchwork across the lawns, so please be understanding, and of course take care when entering and leaving.

TEAM TENNIS: CONGRATULATIONS!
The Winter League season finished this weekend.  Well done and thanks to everyone who’s played for the Club in matches this season, and SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to our Ladies A (pictured) who’ve finished top of Division 1 and won promotion to the Premier Division, to our Ladies C who’ve won promotion from a tight Division 5, and to our Men’s Midweek team who’ve won the Midweek League. 

We’re always delighted to welcome new players to our League squads, and we run teams across a wide ability range.  If you’d like to play team tennis and are not yet involved, be sure to let us know – just reply with a quick note to woodstocktennisclub@gmail.com.

CLOCKS GO FORWARD – RETURN OF CLUB NIGHTS!
With the clocks going forward this coming Sunday (31st), our Club Nights return after the Easter weekend, starting TUESDAY 2nd and THURSDAY 4th April.  Come and join in: TUESDAYS FROM 5.30 ONWARDS are Social Sessions for everyone, and THURSDAYS FROM 5.30 ONWARDS are Team Practice Nights for all members keen to play team tennis.  Our thriving SUNDAY AFTERNOON Social Sessions will of course continue, every Sunday, 1.30 – 3.30.

… AND COMPLETELY NON-COMPETITIVE TENNIS!
Tuesday and Sunday Club Sessions focus more on fun than on competition, but if you’re daunted at all by these and would like to play even less competitively, a message…  “A group of ladies who are non-competitive play on Wednesdays at 12 p.m.  If anybody else (male or female) would like to join us, they are most welcome. We would like players to be above beginner standard but not too good and have a sense of fun: we are definitely not serious about winning!  Contact: Tishy Bruce on 07929 748757.”

EASTER JUNIOR TENNIS CAMP
Our excellent coaches are running a three-day Tennis Camp for Juniors in the Easter Holidays, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8–10 April.  For all the details of times, age-groups, prices and to book your place, just click on https://wbtc.org.uk/holiday-tennis-courses/   

***  MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE that on the three mornings of the Tennis Camps, only one court will be free.  After 1.15 each day, all four courts will be available as usual. ***

NEW SEASON’S COACHING
Booking is now open for the new term of group coaching for both Adults and Juniors.  Some slots are bound to be in demand, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
For all the details and to reserve your place, click on https://wbtc.org.uk/junior-coaching/ (for Juniors) and/or https://wbtc.org.uk/adult-coaching/ (for Adults).

FAMILY FRIDAYS
We’re excited to announce the return of the very popular Family Friday tennis, each Friday from 4.15 to 5.15, starting on Friday 19th April.  These coach-led sessions are free to members and involve drills and games to get families playing tennis together.  The sessions are aimed towards primary school-aged children and their parents/carers.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Jenny Collins: email plunkett007@hotmail.com.

CLUB TOURNAMENT
Don’t forget to send in your entries for this summer’s Club Championships – closing date is this coming Friday, 31 March.  All the details of the events and how to enter are on https://wbtc.org.uk/news/club-championship-2024/

WHEN ARE COURTS FREE?
If you’re ever in doubt about court availability, just click on https://wbtc.org.uk/courts-timetable/ where you’ll find our very simple Courts Timetable.  You’ll see that all four courts are free almost all week, except for a handful of regular times (and even then you’ll see they’re not all in use) – so please keep the shape of the week in mind and come and enjoy the courts!

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:
APRIL
SATURDAY 13th, 10 am:  Ladies C v Cholsey
                 1 pm:  Men’s A v Abingdon; Men’s D v Watlington
SUNDAY 14th, 10 am:  Ladies A v Mapledurham
SATURDAY 20th, 1 pm:  Ladies B v Witney
SATURDAY 27th, 1 pm:  Mixed C v David Lloyd; Men’s D v Oxford City
SUNDAY 28th, 4 pm:  Men’s National League v Bicester [4 courts needed till approx 5.30, then 2 courts]

 

 

 

 

March

*** MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: EARLY SAVINGS ***

As you know, our “membership year” runs from April to March.  Many thanks to everyone who’s already renewed for the new season 2024/25 (and a very warm welcome to our new members who’ve already joined for the coming year). A reminder that there are BIG SAVINGS FOR RENEWAL BEFORE 31st OF THIS MONTH. The prices are unchanged from last year, and all the details of prices and the simple payment process are on https://wbtc.org.uk/tennis-membership/.

EASTER JUNIOR TENNIS CAMP
We’re delighted to say that our excellent coaches are running a three-day Tennis Camp for Juniors in the Easter Holidays, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8–10 April.  For all the details of times, age-groups, prices and to book your place, just click on https://wbtc.org.uk/holiday-tennis-courses/

NEW SEASON’S COACHING
Booking is now open for the new term of group coaching for both Adults and Juniors.  Some slots are bound to be in demand, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

For all the details and to reserve your place, click on  https://wbtc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Woodstock-Tennis-Academy-Junior-Planner-Apr-July-2024-1.pdf (for Juniors) and/or https://wbtc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Woodstock-Tennis-Academy-Adult-Planner-Apr-July-2024-1-1.pdf (for Adults).

CLUB TOURNAMENT
Don’t forget to send in your entries for this summer’s Club Championships – closing date 31 March.  All the details of the events and how to enter are on https://wbtc.org.uk/news/club-championship-2024/

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:
SATURDAY 9th, 1 pm:  Ladies A v Witney; Ladies C v Abingdon
SATURDAY 16th, 1 pm:  Ladies D v Blewbury; Men’s E v North Oxford
WEDNESDAY 20th, 10 am:  Men’s Midweek v Mapledurham
SATURDAY 23rd, 1 pm:  Men’s B v Oxford Sports

February

COURT LIGHTING
We’re delighted to report that West Oxfordshire District Council have approved our application to install Tweener court lighting at Woodstock.  It’s been a long and sometimes tortuous process, but a great final result.  We’ll be sending full details over the coming weeks, but for a reminder of what the Tweener system is, go to https://wbtc.org.uk/news/court-lighting/.  We’ll be engaging an electrical contractor to connect power to courtside shortly, and the installation of the lights will take place in the summer (it will take only 2-3 days, in the second half of July) ready for first use when daylight starts to go in September.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL NOW OPEN
As you know, our “membership year” runs from April to March.  Many thanks to those keen members who have already renewed for 2024/5 (and a very warm welcome to our new members who have already joined for the coming year).  A reminder that there are BIG SAVINGS FOR RENEWAL BEFORE 31 MARCH.  The prices are unchanged from last year, and all the details of prices and the simple payment process are on https://wbtc.org.uk/tennis-membership/.

CLUB TOURNAMENT
Don’t forget to send in your entries for this summer’s Club Championships – closing date 31 March.  All the details of the events and how to enter are on https://wbtc.org.uk/news/club-championship-2024/

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:
SATURDAY 24th, 1 pm:  Ladies B v Cholsey, Men’s D v David Lloyd
SUNDAY 25th, 10 am:  Ladies D v Brackley
SATURDAY 2nd, 1 pm:  Men’s A v Abingdon, Men’s B v Blewbury
SUNDAY 3rd, 10 am:  Men’s E v Abingdon
WEDNESDAY 6th, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v North Oxford
SATURDAY 9th, 1 pm:  Ladies A v Witney, Ladies C v Abingdon

Club Championship 2024

It’s that time of year again when we are asking you to enter the Summer Club Championship. We had so much positive feedback regarding last years event that as the old saying goes, ‘if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it!’…..so we will continue with the same format.

While of course someone has to win each tournament, so many of you told me that what was so nice about last years event was simply the taking part that allowed you to play competitively against club members who you would not normally play.

The tournaments are open to all club members and last year we had a fantastic turnout…..but this year we can do even better I’m sure! My only request is that we try to have more ladies enter the singles tournament so we don’t have to cancel it again!

How to enter

You can choose to enter as many of the following tournaments for which you are eligible:

Men’s Singles
Ladies Singles
Men’s Doubles
Ladies Doubles
Mixed Doubles
Senior Men’s singles (Over 50)

For the doubles tournaments there are two ways to enter:

Choose your own partner and enter as a pair
Simply enter alone and we will find a partner for you

Send your entries to tournament organiser Freddie Page, on:

Email: gkpage@btinternet.com

Text: 07388080377

Tournament Dates

Deadline to enter is 31st March 2024

Matches will begin in April and Finals Day will be Sunday 1st September (please put this date in your diaries)

Tournament Details

Full details will be sent to you prior to the tournaments starting, but in summary:

Matches will consist of two sets (with tie-breaks to 7 as usual at 6-6) – with a championship tie-break (to 10) deciding the winner if the match is tied

Round matches must be completed with a specified timescale which will be shown on the draw sheets

You and your opponents decide the time and date of any match

The success of this event will rely on your participation so please enter if you can.

January

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Very best wishes for a fine (and tennis-filled) 2024.

SOCIAL PLAY  It’s been great to see such numbers – in anything approaching decent weather – enjoying this year’s Club Afternoons so much.
To see out the old year in sociable-tennis vein, come along to the last Club Session of 2023 on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, 1.30.
And the first Club Session of ’24 will of course be on Tuesday 2nd, 1.30.

COACHING  Developing skills is a good resolution for the New Year, and booking is now open for the new term of group coaching at the Club, for both juniors and adults.  For all the details, just click on https://wbtc.org.uk/junior-coaching/ and/or https://wbtc.org.uk/adult-coaching/

WIMBLEDON TICKETS 2024
If you’re keen to visit this year’s Wimbledon, don’t forget to opt in for the LTA ballot.  Simply log into the LTA website using your LTA username and password, click on the Wimbledon benefit under MyBenefits, and then click the Opt In button.  The closing date for opting in is coming soon: Sunday 14 January.

HOME MATCHES THIS MONTH  [each match 2 courts]:
SATURDAY 6th, 1 pm:  Men’s A v Appleton; Ladies B v Appleton
WEDNESDAY 10th, 10 am:  Men’s Midweek v Witney
SATURDAY 13th, 1 pm:  Ladies A v Mapledurham; Men’s C v Appleton
SUNDAY 14th, 10 am:  Men’s D v Brackley
SATURDAY 20th, 1 pm:  Men’s B v Princes Risborough; Ladies D v Cholsey
SATURDAY 27th, 10 am:  Men’s B v Brackley
               1 pm:  Ladies B v Benson; Ladies C v North Oxford

December

VERY BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A GREAT NEW YEAR!
It’s been really good to see so much tennis being played even in some less-than-kind weather, not least at many of our thriving Club Afternoons (Tuesdays and Sundays, both at 1.30), and especially to see people enjoying our new court so much.  Do feel free to bring Christmas guests to play with you at the Club, but please remember that (extremely modest!) guest fees are due: the simple details are in a note on our website’s Membership page:https://wbtc.org.uk/tennis-membership/

LIGHTING  If you’re wondering what’s happening with our application for Court Lighting, https://wbtc.org.uk/news/court-lighting/, all is in hand and progressing, but the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly.  The ecological surveys and reporting have been very time-consuming, but they’ve been entirely positive and have been duly submitted.  We just have to be patient in waiting on the aforementioned wheels.  We’d hoped for a decision in the early autumn.  The New Year would be nice.  We’ll let you know as soon as there’s news.

COACHING  Booking is now open for the new term of group coaching at the Club, for both juniors and adults.  Developing skills is a good resolution for the New Year – and not a bad idea for a Christmas present!  For all the details, just click on https://wbtc.org.uk/junior-coaching/ and/or https://wbtc.org.uk/adult-coaching/

BEING A TIME FOR GIVING, and in a country of increasing poverty and ever-more-needed food banks, the Club is collecting donations to support a charity called The Gatehouse which provides 60 meals a night to homeless people in Oxford.  It doesn’t involve giving money but asks for donations of food and other items.  If you’d like to contribute, the next time you’re playing please bring items on this list – https://wbtc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Aelfric-Gatehouse-Charity-List.pdfand leave them in the box you’ll find either in the kitchen or in the main hall.  Very many thanks.

HOME MATCHES THIS MONTH  [each match 2 courts]:

SATURDAY 2nd, 10 am:  Men’s E v North Oxford
1 pm:  Men’s A v Henley; Ladies D v Blewbury

SUNDAY 3rd, 10 am:  Men’s B v Oxford Sports

SATURDAY 9th, 1 pm:  Men’s E v Watlington

THURSDAY 14th, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v Blewbury

AGM

The AGM for both Bowls and Tennis is this coming Thursday, 23 November, at 7.30 pm in the clubhouse.  Hope to see you there.

HOME MATCHES COMING UP  [each match 2 courts]:
WEDNESDAY 22nd, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v OHRC
SATURDAY 25th, 1pm:  Ladies A v Banbury; Men’s C v Long Crendon
SUNDAY 26th, 10 am:  Men’s D v Witney
WEDNESDAY 29th, 10 am:  Men’s Midweek v Hanney

November

THIS YEAR’S TENNIS AGM is coming up this Thursday (2nd November), 7.30 in the clubhouse.  Even if you don’t usually come to meetings, do come and join us this time!  There’s a lot of news and interesting things in the pipeline at the moment, so the more of us that join in, the better it’ll be.  See you there.

NEW COURT
WE’VE BEEN VERY LUCKY
with the weather, and work on the building of our new single court has gone well to schedule. THE COURT IS NOW OPEN FOR PLAY.  It’s been a big job!  If you’ve missed the process and are interested in what’s been involved, there are pictures posted in the News Item headed “New Court”.

COURT AVAILABILITY
A REMINDER that if you’re ever in doubt about court availability, our schedule is very simple: check out the details on our website page https://wbtc.org.uk/courts-timetable/.  

UNUSUALLY BUSY THIS WEEKEND (WEATHER PERMITTING!)
BUT PLEASE NOTE that we have an unusually packed weekend of home matches this coming Saturday and Sunday (if the weather allows!), with two matches on Sunday morning as well as Saturday afternoon.  Also, very unusually, we have two Midweek League matches next Wednesday (8th).  We always schedule matches to keep courts free for general play at the weekends as much as possible, and especially avoid ever having more than one match on a Sunday morning (or more than one on a Wednesday morning).  But the coming couple of weeks are packed with fixtures and it has been unavoidable.  Many apologies for this: it will hopefully never happen again!

HOME MATCHES THIS MONTH  [each match 2 courts]:

WEDNESDAY 1st, 10 am:  Men’s Midweek v OHRC
SATURDAY 4th, 10 am:  Men’s E v Watlington
                           1 pm:  Men’s A v Thame; Ladies D v Abingdon
SUNDAY 5th, 10 am:  Men’s B v Abingdon; Men’s D v Colston
WEDNESDAY 8th, 10 am: Ladies Midweek v Blewbury;
                                        Men’s Midweek v Hanney
SATURDAY 11th, 1 pm:  Ladies A v Wantage; Ladies C v Abingdon
SUNDAY 12th, 10 am:  Ladies D v Brackley
SATURDAY 18th, 1 pm:  Ladies B v Kings Sutton
WEDNESDAY 22nd, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v OHRC
SATURDAY 25th, 1pm:  Ladies A v Banbury; Men’s C v Long Crendon
SUNDAY 26th, 10 am:  Men’s D v Witney