How it Works…

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The Club

West Heath Lawn Tennis Club aims to provide both social and competitive tennis in a friendly atmosphere. It is a limited company run by a number of directors who form the committee. The directors are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting in May. Their names are displayed in the clubhouse.

The committee depends on assistance from the members in the day-to-day running of the Club, in particular, keeping the clubhouse clean and tidy and washing up glasses after use.


Courts and Membership

There are three grass and two hard courts and a membership of approximately 140. Membership categories are as follows: Ordinary (Full member); Under 21 years; Junior (under 16 years – restricted to children of members); Non-Playing. Current subscription rates, including the entrance fee, are set on the membership page. Applications from players wishing to join should be made to one of the team captains or a committee member who will arrange a play-in. Due to the small number of courts the Club is unable to accept beginners.


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Playing Times

The Club is open from 8 am to 11.30 pm on Mondays to Saturdays and 8 am to 11 pm on Sundays. Play may not start before 9 am on Sundays.

St Margaret’s School has use of the two hard courts from 12 noon – 4 pm on weekdays during term time. ┬áTerm dates and more precise court usage times are published here.

Weather permitting, the grass courts may be used between the beginning of May and the end of September. During this period the groundsmen will display a notice of the times when play may start (which is not normally before 12 noon), and must finish.

The hard courts remain open all year. They drain very quickly after rain.

It is the responsibility of the groundsman and committee members to decide whether the grass courts are playable. If they are not playable the nets will be lowered and members must not re-commence play without approval.

The groundsmen have priority when carrying out court maintenance work.


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Arrangements for Play

Playing times are divided between “social tennis”, pre-arranged games and team tennis.

Pre-arranged games may be played at any time other than when social tennis or team matches have priority. If others are waiting to play arranged matches must be for the shorter of one set or 45 minutes.

Tuesday evenings from 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2.30 pm to 6 pm are designated for “social tennis”. At these times only doubles games are played. Members who have been off court the longest make up the next four. This enables new members to mix in and get to know existing members. During “social” times a single short set is played, with a tie-break at 5-all. Please see the separate sheet on the club notice board for full details.

During “social tennis” times, pre-arranged games may be played on the hard courts, but only if they are not needed for “social” tennis, which has priority. Arranged games and singles tennis are not allowed on the grass courts during weekend “social tennis” times even if a court is free, but are permitted on Tuesdays on the court furthest from the path if this is not needed for social play.

The teams’ Middlesex League home match dates are shown on the fixture list. On these dates the teams have priority on the grass courts, but if the grass courts are closed matches will be switched to the hard courts.

From the first weekend in October social tennis is on Sunday afternoons from 2 pm.


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Competetive Tennis and Tournaments

The Club has two mens’ and two ladies’ teams entered in the Middlesex League.

The Annual Club Tournament (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) is held during July, and three American Tournaments are organised during the summer season.


Tennis Balls

The Club supplies balls. Only four balls are to be taken on to each court. The balls must be returned to the clubhouse or left at the net for the next players. Lost balls must not be retrieved from neighbouring gardens. According to the statistics of our research company, it was revealed that all factors are of paramount importance in the development of cardiovascular diseases. The side effects of Accutane are so alarming that its manufacturer recommends you “to check the level of lipids (fat) in the blood before taking the drug and then check it every two weeks until the stabilization of the response from the fat to Accutane Isotretinoin.


Dress/Shoes

Players should wear appropriate tennis clothes at all times. Members must not play in shoes with heavily ridged soles because these damage the court surfaces.


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Juniors

Parents are responsible for supervising juniors at all times when juniors are on the Club premises.

Juniors do not have priority on courts at any time when a full member is waiting to play – even if playing with an adult member.


Visitors

Members may bring visitors to the Club at any time, summer and winter, but during “social tennis” times visitors must be prepared to mix in with other members and should be of West Heath standard.

The visitor’s name must be entered in the Visitors’ Book by the member before play. A small fee is payable. No person may play as a visitor more than five times in a calendar year.


Keys

All Full and Under 21 members may have a key to the gate in Croftway (which also opens the clubhouse and changing rooms). Keys are obtained from the Membership Secretary on payment of a deposit.


Bar Facilities

The Club has a small bar and members serve themselves with drinks. Only members are permitted to purchase from the bar. Under Licensing Laws new members must wait two days after admission before being permitted to make purchases. Glasses should be washed after use.

There is a Bar Book with a page for each member into which all purchases must be recorded. Payment must be made at regular intervals. Cheques should be sent to the Treasurer

Permitted hours for the supply of alcohol are 11 am to 11 pm on weekdays, and 12 noon to 3 pm and 7 pm to 10.30 pm on Sundays and Good Friday.


Teas

During the summer members volunteer to provide tea at weekend “social tennis”. Volunteers are asked to sign up on the list in the clubhouse, or speak to the tea co-ordinator.


Social Functions

There is a barbecue on the Club Tournament Finals Day. Offers of help on this occasion are always welcome. Anyone wishing to use the clubhouse for a social event of their own should first contact the Club Secretary.