WBTC has operated a Suggestion Scheme since 2008 with a view to giving all members the opportunity of helping to shape the way the Club is run. We actively encourage all members to participate and as an incentive the Committee votes for a ‘Suggestion of the Year’ from all those ideas that are implemented in part or in full immediately or at some planned future date. The winner announced at the AGM each November receives a trophy for a year and free membership for the following year.
Winners to date are as follows:
2009 – Alex Peperell – Any future fifth court should be laid with an astro surface.
2010 – Carol Stammers – Put trellis and plants in front of the portaloo to increase privacy.
2011 – John Kyan – Put a courtesy light on the entrance gate to assist locking up after dark.
2012 – Bernie Rochester – Purchase a defibrillator for the Club.
2013 – Phil Le Grand – Introduce an online booking system for courts.
2014 – Heather Davis – Start participating in the Jack Petchey Award Scheme.
2015 – Jon Gustard – Introduce a Singles Ladder and a Singles Club session.
2016 – Rhys Smithson – Introduce a ‘Buddy Scheme’ for new members.
2017 – Sam Smoker – Purchase a Smart TV for the pavilion.
2018 – Emma Gunton – Introduce an information sheet for juniors and their parents.
LITTLEWOOD AWARD FOR ENDEAVOUR OR ACHIEVEMENT
This annual award was introduced at the request of Brian and Thelma Littlewood, founding members of the Tennis Club who felt that recognition should be given to members for their contribution to the Club in any given year or over time. Individuals can be nominated by members and the Committee decides on a winner from those nominated, with a Silver salver donated by Brian and Thelma, presented to the winner at the AGM each November and held for a year.
Winners to date are as follows:
2006 – Alan Phillips
2007 – Jan Rochester
2008 – Muriel Stephens
2009 – John Kyan
2010 – Bob Deighton
2011 – Kath Welsh
2012 – Bill Stephens
2013 – Development Sub-Committee (Jenny Cooper; Jan Rochester; Graham Lewis-Taylor)
2014 – Mike Watson
2015 – Neil Salmon
2016 – Lisa De Rosa
2017 – Bryan Smith
2018 – Jon Gustard
Tournament Reports 2018
American Tournament May 28th
Report by Paul Bluck
Another scorching day at WBTC on late Bank Holiday Monday.
Again we had a little problem getting enough players but with a little encouragement we were able to field sixteen fit and healthy men and women. Despite the intense heat we completed a very enjoyable tournament with two players playing this type of tournament for the first time.
We introduced a slight handicap system with 5 points start for first timers and 5 or 10 point penalty for those that had won previous American’s. I think that this proved successful as we had two new winners. But it was my idea and I am open to any criticism or other ideas for any future changes.
In the ladies tournament we had a clear winner in Christine Main with Jane Johnston in 2nd place. Third place was shared by Mandy Micklesen, Pauline Royden and Bernadette Cowley.
The men’s was very close with John Kyan winning and Peter Micklesen (having been docked 10 penalty points) as runner up. Richard Brown ( also docked 10 points) was third.
Thanks to Kath(the Whistle!) for organising with me and for running the raffle. Thanks also to Richard Hurford and John Main who kept score during the day.
Well done to all of the participants. We collected just under £40 for charity.
Marge Frostick Memorial American Tournament
Report by Kath Welsh
The eighth playing of this tournament was held on Thursday 17th May 2018. In glorious sunshine 2 ladies battled it out through 5 rounds. As you would expect there was lots of friendly rivalry and banter to sort out the semi finalists.
The semi finals were Carole Currey & Jane Johnson vs Wendy Firkins & Sylvia Abbott and Carol Stammers & Danita Petty v Jill McNulty v Trish Brown.
In the final Carole & Jane beat Danita & Carol 22- 11.
We had lunch and were delighted to be joined by Marge’s son Russell who kindly supplied some edible prizes and presented the trophy. Plus, we raised £47 for Alzheimers Charity. All in all a lovely way to remember a lovely lady.