Spring 2018 Newsletter

April 23, 2018 Charles Hailes No comments exist

Victoria Park Club – Spring Newsletter

A Message from the Chairman
This is the first newsletter since I was elected in February. As some of you know, I have been
associated with the club for over 25 years and, for my sins, this is my second stint of sitting in the
chair. VP has a particular place in my heart and I am keen to see the Club develop and grow in the
As one of the few members who plays both Tennis and Bridge (neither very well, I’m afraid), I get to
see and hear from a wide cross-section of the membership and I think this gives me a good overall
perspective of the club.
Please remember that this is a member’s club – no-one is paid to do anything (other than outside
contractors when necessary). It is your club, if you see anything that is broken or have ideas to
make things better please let someone know.
Enjoy the coming year
Edward MacMullen
Membership renewal
Subscriptions are due by the end of April at the latest. Late payment may incur an additional fee of
Once you have renewed, if you are a Tennis member, please check in the clubhouse for your shoe
tag and put it on your tennis shoes. This year we are asking all members to check that others
using the courts have their tags in plain sight and to challenge them if absent/out of date; also, all
guests must be signed in and paid for……..Remember, if non-members use the courts without
payment, all members end up paying higher subscriptions than necessary.
All the waste and rubbish from the club is taken home by volunteers – no collection by the council
– so please, please put things in the right bin – having to take food waste out of the recycling bin is
not at all nice…….Ugh. And WASH UP if you use glasses plates etc.,leave the kitchen as you
would like to find it. Remember to wash up, turn the lights out and LOCK UP when you leave.
Kitchen refurbishment
We have a working party looking at this. The kitchen is in a sorry state and upgrading of the units,
equipment and flooring is overdue. It is important that the replacement meets our needs so if
anyone has any suggestions please let either Alan Grateley, Jake Neal or David Evennett know
(email addresses below) or put a note in the box in the hall. Or you could always tell a committee
(4jake.exeter@gmail.com; grateley@btinternet.com; evennett@blueyonder.co.uk)
Many hands make light work – Working Parties for routine repairs and
tidying up
We are having two sessions a year, publicised well in advance. The first is on Sunday, May 20th

put it in your diary – please come along, our maintenance team will have identified what needs to
be done and ensured that any materials etc are on hand. Light refreshments will be provided –

free! Alan Grateley is co-ordinating this and other maintenance.
If it’s broke………. Please tell someone, if it’s a simple fix, and YOU could do yourself, please,
just fix it and put a note in the box in the hall so we can keep a record of it.
Skills register
We know that we have some pretty smart members and it would be useful for the club to know if
you have any particular skill that could be useful to the us. We are not going to ask you to forego
paid work so that we can get things done on the cheap but it would be useful to be able to get
advice from members with expertise in a particular field. This could be anything from carrying out
risk assessments, gardening, building trade skills, internet and website building. Much of the time
we are floundering and a little advice would go a long way – just drop a note in the box in the hall.
Lost property
There is a lot of lost property….. mainly belonging to junior players. Chris Pennington is going to
try to sort it out and come down on a Saturday morning when there are lots of juniors around but,
in the mean time, please check. If unclaimed it will go to a charity shop.
City Council Elections – Thursday May 3rd – knock on effects
The Club’s bridge room will be used as a Polling station this day until after 10pm. The Thursday
night bridge session will be played on Tuesday, May 1st, a tennis club night. Thursday is a tennis
club night, all players should ensure that voters are not impeded or unduly distracted.
More bridge
The Farmers Club bridge players are becoming VP associate (restricted) bridge members. Play
will be on Wednesdays as before, starting at 1830. Existing bridge members are welcome to come
along; this also opens the door to restricted membership for others who wish to improve their play
or play in a less formal environment than the Monday and Thursday sessions – spread the word –
contact jackieshepherd@clara.co.uk for details.
Tennis Update
We have six men’s teams, two ladies and a mixed team. Home matches Wednesday and Friday. If
anyone fancies playing competitively, there should be availability in one of the teams. Please
contact Tim Cartwright (boycarters@yahoo.co.uk) in the first instance and he will invite you to a
Monday night practice session.
Tennis Coaching
The Spring/Summer coaching courses at Victoria Park started on April 16th with the
special offer of 6 free tennis lessons for Junior and Tot club members. All the details are
on the website and contact Jon on 01392 421717 (answer machine) if you need further
All these groups become full very quickly so, to sign up for the course, call the University
Reception on 01392 724452 .
The pay as you go sessions are the Rusty Rackets on Sundays at 4.45pm – 6pm and the Ladies
coaching Morning on Tuesdays at 8.45am – 10am.

Individual or group coaching is available with our qualified LTA coaches Jon Rycroft and Cristina
Events coming up:
April 29th 10am – Quorn Family tennis Cup – one child 6 years old up to 17 years old and one
family member play in a Fun doubles event. There will be two separate events for different age
groups. Contact Jon to sign up.
Junior Tournaments will be held at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoons (dates to be confirmed)
and Victoria Park LTA Aegon Junior leagues will be starting soon with our top players in all age
groups playing against other clubs in the region.
Wimbledon 2018
We have 13 pairs of tickets allocated by the LTA for Wimbledon, Frank Graney will be holding the
draw on Thursday 3rd May at 6pm, there will be a sign up sheet on the noticeboard if you want to
be entered. To be eligible, you must have paid your club subscription by 30th April and meet the
LTA criteria, most importantly to have ‘Opted in’ to the ballot by the February deadline.
Social Events – put them in your diary now!
12th May (Sat) Social Tennis at 5pm followed by pot-luck supper at 7.30pm – please bring a plate of
food to share.
23rd Jun (Sat) American tournament 5pm followed by pot-luck supper at 7.30pm – please sign up
for play and bring a plate of food for sharing.
th July (Sun) Joint Bridge and Tennis Summer BBQ organised by the Bridge section, 1pm for
1.30pm cooking – details to follow but possibly Pimms and food to start, a two hour break to play
bridge or tennis followed by pudding! To my knowledge, a first for the club and, with support from
all members, could be the first of many.
And finally, well nearly,
Thanks to all those who have already got stuck in and erected a shed, fixed dripping taps, cut back
overgrowth and actively contributed to the club’s well being. Now, where’s that list of jobs to

Did I say this before – Wash up. If you are the last out – turn the lights off, lock up
and…….. SHUT the gates!

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