March

The new season’s coming up fast, and we’ll soon be sending details of the return of Club Nights, Team Practice Nights, Family Fridays, a tournament to start the season, and more! Meanwhile…

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
As you know, our “membership year” runs from April 1st to March 31st, so WE’RE RECEIVING RENEWALS NOW. We’ve kept all prices the same as last year, so as before there’s a BIG SAVING FOR EARLY RENEWAL. For all the details click here.

RACE NIGHT
The Bowls Club is holding a Race Night on Saturday March 19th. If you’d like to attend, please contact Brian Clarke in advance, at bpjnc@tiscali.co.uk.

EASTER HOLIDAY TENNIS CAMPS
Our popular Junior Tennis Camps will be back in the Easter holiday! The dates are Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th April, and Tuesday and Wednesday 19th and 20th April. For all details of age-groups, times and prices, and to book your place, just click here.

February

We hope you’re enjoying plenty of tennis through the first weeks of the year. What a great game it is for keeping fit and countering winter blues!

CLUB SESSIONS
Our Club sessions are continuing to thrive.  Do come and join in.  The winter Club Sessions are:  SUNDAYS 1.30-3.30 and, if you’re free during the day or your work pattern allows, TUESDAYS 1.30-3.30.

COURT AVAILABILITY
Courts are available for play almost all the time.  But if you ever lose track of the exceptions, please remember that the regularly updated Courts Timetable is on the website: click here.

WIMBLEDON TICKETS
Have you opted in for the Wimbledon Ballot?  Our Club is a registered venue, and as a benefit of this, our members have access to Opt-In through their Advantage membership.  You can easily Opt In through your Advantage Home and the deadline to Opt In is Friday 4 February.

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:

SATURDAY 29th Jan, 1 pm:  Ladies A v North Oxford; Ladies B v  Faringdon
       WEDNESDAY 2nd Feb, 10 am:  Men’s Midweek v Blewbury
SATURDAY 5th, 1 pm:  Men’s A v Henley; Ladies B v Haddenham
SUNDAY 6th, 10 am:  Men’s C v Deddington
       WEDNESDAY 9th, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v Witney
SATURDAY 12th, 1 pm:  Ladies C v Abingdon; Ladies B v Goring
SUNDAY 13th, 10 am:  Men’s D v Portcullis
SATURDAY 19th, 1 pm:  Men’s B v Watlington
       WEDNESDAY 23rd, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v Marlow
SATURDAY 26th, 1 pm:  Men’s A v OHRC; Ladies D v Brackley

New Year News

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

VERY BEST WISHES to all our members, hoping you have a happy and tennis-filled New Year.  In spite of all the tribulations of 2021 the Club has been thriving ever since the courts were able to reopen, with membership at a record level and a great deal of much-enjoyed tennis being played, keeping us fit and active in our fortunately socially-distanced sport.

We’re delighted to say that new members are continuing to arrive even in these winter months.  A warm welcome to all, and with the Winter League in full swing don’t forget: if you’d like to join a squad and play team tennis (even just now and again) and are not yet involved, be sure to let us know.  You’ll be very welcome!  Simply email the Club at woodstocktennisclub@gmail.com.

CLUB SESSIONS
Don’t forget also that our Club sessions are always on throughout the winter, and many new members have kindly commented on what a friendly place it is.  Do come and join in, whenever the weather allows. The autumn and winter Club Sessions are:
SUNDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30 and, if you’re free during the day – or working from home and fancy an invigorating break! – TUESDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30.

COACHING (PRESENT?)
The new “term” of group coaching, for both juniors and adults, begins in the second week of January, and booking is now open.  (If you’re short of a last-minute Christmas present idea, tennis skills are an excellent gift!)  It’s very easy to book on line.  All the details of days, times and booking are on the Club website: just click on https://www.wbtc.org.uk/junior-coaching/ (for juniors) and https://www.wbtc.org.uk/adult-coaching/ (for adults).

HOME MATCHES COMING UP IN THE NEW YEAR [each match 2 courts]:
SATURDAY 8th, 10 am:  Men’s C v Hanney
1 pm:  Men’s A v Princes Risborough; Ladies B v Faringdon

SATURDAY 15th, 10 am:  Men’s D v David Lloyd
1 pm:  Ladies C v Faringdon; Ladies D v Watlington

SATURDAY 29th, 1 pm:  Ladies A v North Oxford

November

CLUB SESSIONS
Cheering up the often gloomy weather, it’s been great to see so many of our Club Afternoons so much enjoyed.  Do keep coming, whenever the weather allows.
The autumn and winter Club Sessions – everyone is very welcome – are:
SUNDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30 and, if you’re free during the day – or working from home and fancy an invigorating break! – TUESDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30.

AND GOOD LUCK to all our teams in their upcoming Winter League matches.  Enjoy!
HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:
December:
SATURDAY 4th, 1 pm: Men’s D v Brackley
WEDNESDAY 8th, 10 am: Men’s Midweek v North Oxford
SATURDAY 11th, 1 pm: Ladies A v Banbury; Men’s B v David Lloyd

October

LEAGUE TENNIS
It’s been a great summer season for Woodstock, with our Mixed A and Mixed B teams winning their divisions, the Men’s Midweek team winning the league, and the Ladies A, Men’s A and Men’s C all promoted.  Our Ladies C were unlucky to miss out on promotion by a single point, and the Men’s D also came close. But regardless of results, thanks and well done to everyone who’s played in our teams this season, and good luck in the Winter League which is just about to start.  And don’t forget: if you’d like to join a squad and play team tennis (even just now and again) and are not yet involved, be sure to let us know.  You’ll be very welcome!  Simply drop us a line at woodstocktennisclub@gmail.com.

CLUB SESSIONS
While we’re handing out plaudits, well done and thanks to everyone who’s made the summer so enjoyable at our thriving Club Sessions, at which many new members have kindly commented on what a friendly place it is.  Do keep coming through the autumn and winter, whenever the weather allows. The autumn and winter Club Sessions – everyone is very welcome – are:
SUNDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30 and, if you’re free during the day – or working from home and fancy an invigorating break! – TUESDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30 [starting next Tuesday, 5th].

DATE FOR THE DIARY:
TENNIS SECTION AGM:  Thursday 11 November, 8pm, via Zoom – details to follow shortly.

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:
SATURDAY 23rd, 1 pm:  Men’s A v Oxford Sports; Ladies B v Wantage
SUNDAY 24th, 10 am:  Ladies A v Witney
SATURDAY 30th, 1 pm: Ladies B v North Oxford; Men’s D v Oxford City
SATURDAY 6th November, 1 pm:  Ladies C v King’s Sutton

September

TEAM TENNIS
The Summer League is in its final stages.  It looks like being a fine season for Woodstock:  at the time of writing, seven of our eleven sides have a great chance of promotion.  Good luck to all our teams in their last round of matches!  (And well done to our Men’s Midweek team for winning the Midweek League for a third successive season.)

And maybe better than all of that is our inclusivity: only three clubs in Oxfordshire field more teams than Woodstock, and only three have more members involved in team tennis.  Brilliant.

We’re already looking ahead to the Winter League, which begins at the start of October, so if you’d like to join a squad and play team tennis (even just now and again) and are not yet involved, be sure to let us know.  You’ll be very welcome! 

ADULT AND JUNIOR COACHING
A reminder that our Autumn Coaching Programme, for both adults and juniors, starts in the week beginning September 13th.  Booking is well under way, so don’t miss out: all the details are on our website pages https://www.wbtc.org.uk/junior-coaching/ (for juniors) and https://www.wbtc.org.uk/adult-coaching/ (for adults).

WEDNESDAYS, 1.30 – 2.30
Please note that, as in previous years, the Marlborough School will have a coaching session at the Club for an hour on Wednesdays, 1.30 to 2.30, starting on Wednesday 8 September.  In that hour the single court will still be available.  Before and after, of course, all four courts will be free for play as usual.

FAMILY FRIDAYS
Our popular ‘Family Fridays’ will restart in the new school term, beginning on Friday September 10th.  They’re a great chance for parents and children to meet and play tennis together from 4.30 to 5.30 each Friday.  With coaching input and games organised by Charlie Penton, they’ve been much enjoyed by all.  If you’d like to join in or would like more details, just drop a line to Jenny Collins at plunkett007@hotmail.com

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:

       SATURDAY 18th, 1 pm: Mixed C v Abingdon

COURT AVAILABILITY
If ever in doubt about court availability, please see our simple Courts Timetable here on the website      

 

August

GROUP COACHING: BOOKING NOW OPEN
Booking for our Autumn Coaching Programme, for adults as well as juniors, is now open.  All the details of days, times and prices are on our coaching pages https://www.wbtc.org.uk/junior-coaching/ (for juniors) and https://www.wbtc.org.uk/adult-coaching/ (for adults).  Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

TENNIS CAMPS
A reminder that our excellent coaches are running Tennis Camps for juniors in the school holidays.  The remaining dates are:
Week 2:  16th – 20th August
Session times:  9.00 – 11.00 am 5-9 years
               11.15 am – 1.15 pm 10-16 years
These are booking quickly, so if you’d like a place, please contact our coaches directly on woodstockltc@gmail.com

*** MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE: in the weeks of the Summer Camps there will still be TWO COURTS AVAILABLE UNTIL 11 O’CLOCK EACH MORNING, then ONE COURT FREE FOR PLAY FROM 11 TILL 1.15.  ALL FOUR COURTS WILL THEN BE FREE. ***

FAMILY FRIDAYS
The reintroduction of ‘Family Fridays’, a chance for parents and children to meet and play tennis together from 4.30 to 5.30 each Friday, has been a great success, much enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to Jenny

Collins for making it happen and to Charlie Penton for his coaching input.  With the holidays upon us, Friday July 23rd was the last Family Friday for the moment, but they’ll start again in September at the beginning of the new school term.  If you’d like to join in or would like more details, just drop a line to Jenny at plunkett007@hotmail.com

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:
AUGUST
WEDNESDAY 11th, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek
SATURDAY 14th, 1 pm:  Ladies B v Benson
SATURDAY 21st, 1 pm:  Men’s D v Wantage, Ladies B v Brackley
SATURDAY 28th, 1 pm: Mixed A v Cholsey, Mixed B v Norham Gardens

COURT AVAILABILITY
If ever in doubt about court availability, please see our simple Courts Timetable here on the website    

July

FAMILY FRIDAYS (4.30 – 5.30 pm, every Friday)
We’re pleased to announce the return of “Family Fridays” – a weekly social event for families to come together and have fun playing tennis.  The sessions are now up and running, and we’d like to encourage parents and their children to come together to keep fit with fun games on court.  Part of each session will be coach-led and include a variety of tennis drills and games. Sessions are free.  For further details please email Jenny Collins at plunkett007@hotmail.comWe hope to see you there!
(Please note sessions are every Friday but will not run if it’s raining.)

TENNIS CAMPS
Our excellent coaches are running Tennis Camps for juniors in the school holidays.  The dates are:
Week 1:  2nd – 6th August
Week 2:  16th – 20th August
Session times:  9.00 – 11.00 am 5-9 years
                          11.15 am – 1.15 pm 10-16 years
Booking for these will open shortly.  Places are limited, so if you’d like to book, please contact our coaches directly on woodstockltc@gmail.com

CLUB SESSIONS
It’s been good to see Club Nights and Afternoons continuing to be so popular.  They are:
SUNDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30: Club Afternoon – all welcome
TUESDAYS, 5.30 ONWARD:  Club Night – everyone welcome
THURSDAYS, 5.30 ONWARD:  Team Practice Night for everyone interested in playing team tennis

HOME MATCHES COMING UP THIS MONTH [each match 2 courts]:
SATURDAY 3rd, 1 pm:  Men’s C v Hanney
SUNDAY 4th, 4 pm:  U12 v North Oxford
SATURDAY 10th, 10 am:  Ladies B v Goring
1 pm:  Men’s D v Abingdon
WEDNESDAY 14th, 10 am:  Men’s Midweek v Hanney
SATURDAY 17th, 1 pm:  Mixed A v Oxford Sports
WEDNESDAY 21st, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v Oxford Sports
SATURDAY 24th, 10 am:  Ladies A v Banbury
1 pm: Men’s A v Bicester; Men’s B v Cholsey
SUNDAY 25th, 10 am:  Men’s C v Wychwoods

June

 

 

CLUB SESSIONS

It’s been great to see Club Nights and Afternoons continuing to be so popular.  They are:

SUNDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30: Club Afternoon – all welcome

TUESDAYS, 5.30:  Club Night – everyone welcome

THURSDAYS, 5.30 ONWARD:  Team Practice Night for everyone interested in playing team tennis

 

 

HOME MATCHES COMING UP [each match 2 courts]:

SATURDAY 19 JUNE, 1 pm:  Ladies C v Benson; Ladies D v Brackley

SATURDAY 26 JUNE, 1 pm:  Mixed A v Faringdon; Mixed C v Banbury

SATURDAY 3 JULY, 1 pm:  Men’s C v Hanney

SUNDAY 4 JULY, 4 pm:  U12 v North Oxford

SUMMER LEAGUE STARTS

SUMMER LEAGUE STARTS

Good luck to all our teams as the new Summer League season begins.  You can always see all the fixtures on our easy website link https://www.wbtc.org.uk/tennis_Fixtures.php, and our home matches are always listed here in the “What’s On” (see below) so that you can check court availability.  (The regular courts timetable is always on the website, too, on https://www.wbtc.org.uk/courts_Timetable.php​).

 

CLUB SESSIONS

It’s been great to see the courts so busy at our Club Sessions this month.   They are:

TUESDAYS, 5.30 ONWARDS:  Club Night – everyone welcome

THURSDAYS, 5.30 ONWARDS:  Team Practice Night for everyone interested in playing team tennis

SUNDAYS, 1.30 – 3.30: Club Afternoon – everyone welcome

 

COACHING

For the opening weeks of the season our coaches will be completing the sessions interrupted by lockdown.  The new 7-week Summer Coaching Programme (for both adults and juniors) will then start in the week beginning May 24th.  For all the details of days, times and how to book, click on https://www.wbtc.org.uk/junior-coaching.php (for juniors) and https://www.wbtc.org.uk/adult-coaching.php (for adults).  

Our coaches are available also for one-to-one tennis coaching for both adult and junior members.  To book an individual coaching session, please contact our coaches direct:

Chris Hampton  07870 169215             Tom Francis       07747 026377

Rachel Tucker    07779 482004             Dave Rooney     07963 506917

 

TENNIS MEMBERSHIP

Many thanks to everyone who has renewed Tennis membership so promptly.  Already, only a couple of weeks into the season, we’re approaching the total number of Tennis members reached at the end of last year (which was a record high).

BOWLS  

Sadly, the Bowls section of the club is, however, struggling, and numbers of players have been dwindling year on year.  You’ll have seen the bowlers’ promotional banner in the car park:

WANT A NON-CONTACT SPORT FOR ALL AGES THAT YOU CAN PLAY AS A SINGLE, IN PAIRS, TRIPLES OR FOURS?  IF YOUR ANSWER IS YES THEN THE GAME OF BOWLS IS DEFINITELY FOR YOU.

No extra charge will be made to tennis members who wish to play bowls, and anyone interested in trying out the game should talk to any Bowler that happens to be on site or you can call David Pratt (01869 350103) who will organise a “roll-up”.  Or email woodstocktennisclub@gmail.com to let us know of your interest (or if you know of anyone who you think would be interested in joining the Bowls section), and we’ll pass the details on.

 

POLLING 6th MAY

Our Clubhouse is being used as a Polling Station for the local council elections on THURSDAY 6th MAY.  Obviously the car park will be busier than usual.  If you need to come to the Club by car then do so, of course, but if you’re able to walk or cycle that day it would be a big help.  Thanks.

 

HOME MATCHES COMING UP

[each match 2 courts]:

SATURDAY 24 APRIL, 1 pm:  Mixed C v Hanney

WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL, 10 am: Men’s Midweek v North Oxford

WEDNESDAY 5 MAY, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v OHRC

SATURDAY 8 MAY, 10am:  Men’s C v Hanney; 

                                  1pm:  Ladies B v Brackley;  Ladies D v Goring

SUNDAY 9 MAY, 10 am:  Ladies C v Oxford Sports

SATURDAY 15 MAY, 1 pm:  Mixed A v Kings Sutton;  Mixed B v Bicester

WEDNESDAY 19 MAY, 10 am:  Ladies Midweek v Portcullis

SATURDAY 22 MAY, 1 pm:  Ladies B v North Oxford;  Men’s D v David Lloyd

 

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