AGM report

The Club AGM was held on Tuesday 20 March 2018.  As well as dealing with the required formalities, a review of the year was presented as well as the latest position with ongoing developments.  Below is a summary for those who were unable to attend.

Sad croquet news:
The start of 2018 has been a sad one for the Croquet section with the deaths of three stalwart members of the section.In January, Bill Sidebottom and John Handy passed away. John had been on the croquet committee as secretary for many years and Bill, you will know, was Croquet Chairman until 2008 and served for many years on the General Committee Both had also served on the National Committee of the Croquet Association and were well known in the croquet world.Both had been ill for some time but in March, it was a great shock when Ray Clipson died suddenly of a heart attack He had been working at the club in the Tuesday morning and was taken ill while watching his football team, Aston Villa in the evening. He died peacefully in hospital in Birmingham on the Friday. Most of you will have known Ray, by sight, at least, as he was devoted to the lawns and ground and probably spent more hours at the club than anyone. The Croquet section is now working out how they continue without Ray. He will be a hard act to follow.
Other news and requests:
  • Security – target of thieves on multiple occasions – break-ins out of hours, and theft from changing room during event. Keep doors closed, and challenge strangers.
  • Stall in Talisman Square – 21st April 9am – 3pm to publicise the whole club. Booked by Shirley as one of her last acts as social secretary – please go along, even if only for an hour or so, to support her
Looking ahead:
  • Further investment – squash – completion of work underway in squash gallery, with improved heating, and a second glass-backed court. Part-funded by considerable fund-raising efforts within the squash section, including Steve’s strenuous efforts.
  • Further investment – tennis – clearly a shame to have been impacted by the weather to such an extent that courts had to be closed – but many other clubs affected, some significantly worse than us. Able to accelerate investment in two courts, so that we will shortly have all carpet courts floodlit.
  • Finances – despite considerable investments, finances remain in good health, evidenced by ability to accelerate court spending. Thanks to Louise and Jay for making good use of external grants, notably the RUCIS scheme from WDC – some £70k [confirm?] received or approved.
  • 200 Club – good growth in membership, but plenty of space for more – £3 per number per month, pay annually in advance if easier – forms behind bar – help the club, win prizes!
  • Growth in Kenilworth – GC remains committed to continued improvement in all club facilities – as ever, playing surfaces take priority. Local Plan approval means over a thousand new homes in the town – and thus many more potential members.
  • Membership – with that in mind, great to report that membership at its highest for at least ten years or so – more from Ian.
  • GC itself – thanks to all who have served over the past year, and fond farewells to Shirley, Louise and Simon. Welcome Paul as Louise’s replacement – Simon happy to continue in role, but not on committee – need a replacement for Shirley in particular, but others welcome too. We have demonstrated how much progress we can make – requires continued energy and enthusiasm from a wide group to enable it to continue.


SUMMARY OF TENNIS REPORT from Louise Best (Tennis Secretary)

We hope you are all looking forward to a good season’s tennis and a calendar of our events can be found on the website and on the notice board.

This year proved to be our most successful Great British Tennis Weekend to date, we took around £3,300 in fees – 12 new adult members and 12 new junior members.. Our Adult Beginner Tennis Classes are continuing again this year and we continue to be successful in converting some non-members to members.
In terms of our court facilities our Tiger Tuft courts (laid in 2016) have proved to withstand this terrible winter’s conditions.Of course regrettably we have had to close 4 courts at the end of January as we had a couple of members take falls and on taking advice this was deemed necessary. I’d like to thank members and coaches for their understanding over this period.

On a very positive note I’m very excited to say that we officially heard today that we have been awarded £23,495 from WDC towards our refurbishment programme. This has enabled us to bring forward our refurbishment programme and two courts scheduled to be replaced in Spring 2019 will now be done this Spring. This means we will be spending £92,640 (gross) on courts surfaces this Spring.

During 2017 the Tennis Committee have considered various covered structures and canopies and we have presently a planning application lodged with WDC for a canopy. We will of course be consulting with members before any decisions are made and any outcomes due to the huge investment needed will be dependent on successful funding applications.
Over 2017 we rolled out the on-line booking system for the courts.

Our summer club play sessions will resume on the week beginning April 23rd and once again the coaches will be leading Wednesday nights. Our Sunday Tournaments proved popular in 2017 and will be run again this year.

Again this year has seen a very successful Junior Section with team as well as many individual successes .We had a record 15 players taking part in Warwickshire County Closed in August. Kenilworth has 12 players in the County Training programme.Kenilworth junior teams did well with 14 teams entered in the Aegon Summer Tennis leagues from under 8 to under 14s. Five of the 14 teams won their divisions. Kenilworth Junior success is driven by a strong coaching programme managed by head coach James Roe who is the current captain of the Warwickshire Under 9 County Cup Team.

Ladies Teams: We had another good summer season putting out 4 teams every week and supported by 4 fantastic captains. At the end of last season Kenilworth  Ladies Veterans 1st Team were recognised for their tremendous achievements and won WALTA team club of the year. We also had 3 winter league teams and two veteran teams this Winter.

Men’s Teams: This year we have again fielded 4 mens Summer teams and 3 Winter Teams. In addition 2017 saw Kenilworth once again, after along break, enter a men’s team to the AEGON tennis event.

The Wimbledon ticket sign-up sheets are up in the foyer until Friday 6th April at 8pm.