Member Update March 20

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Member Update March 20



Dear Visitor,


Further to the decision to close the courts due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there remain a couple of outstanding issues for your information.



Wimbledon Ballot


The club has been allocated 18 pairs of tickets for this year's Wimbledon Championships, although clearly there is some doubt that they will actually take place. 

The LTA have advised that, if a member does buy one of the pairs of tickets allocated in the ballot, a full refund will be made:

  1. if the competition is cancelled OR
  2. if the buyer decides not to attend and cancels up to midnight on the day before the ticketed match.

 We will therefore extend the deadline to Friday 1st May for members to apply for the tickets we have been allocated in the hope that the situation regarding the competition will be clear by then. The application for the ballot is on the website here



Care of the courts and clubhouse


While we are closed, we will do everything we can to ensure that these are kept in the best possible condition. If possible we will continue with the usual moss treatment, keep the gravel weeded, and check that nothing gets damaged.

If you are round about the tennis club on your daily exercise outing and spot anything untoward, please let me or Clive Hodgetts know immediately.



Membership Renewals


We very much hope that those who have not yet renewed their membership to date will still do so. It is obviously a time of great uncertainty and not at all clear when we will be back on court. However, we have already incurred expenditure this year on tennis balls, insurance, LTA and NESLTA membership and rent. Further unavoidable bills will be payable for moss clearance, electricity to date, and mandatory electical testing. If you are in a position to support us by renewing, we would be most grateful.

If your are not able to renew at the moment, we will keep all previous member details in our database and continue to email you about relevant BLTC matters; however, if you do not wish to remain on the database please get in touch with me and we will remove your details immediately.



Thank you!


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the BLTC committee members who have been so supportive and helpful during these last weeks as we have struggled to keep the courts open and safe for play. We are especially indebted to Henry, Paul and Clive for all their hard work.


Stay safe and well.

Best wishes


Arlene MacFarlane


President, BLTC