Tarvin Tennis Club

April 20, 2015
by Rupert Thorp

Welcome to Our Club

New members and visitors are assured of a warm welcome when they play at Tarvin Tennis Club. Juniors in particular are encouraged with an expanding coaching programme. Whilst we put an emphasis on enjoying tennis, we run up to five teams both summer and winter for those wishing to play competitively. Why not come and join us.

November 9, 2020
by Rupert Thorp

Second Lockdown

It is with huge disappointment that the tennis courts are now closed, – until at least 2 December. The LTA did campaign to allow tennis to carry on but were unsuccessful and as of today tennis is not permitted under the lockdown restrictions.

The padlock codes will be changed and the clubhouse shut.

October 7, 2020
by Rupert Thorp

Club Tournament

Further to my post a few days ago Felicity Pochin, our Secretary, has won the Ladies Singles, beating Gail Mayhew 6-3, 6-2.

Photos of the winners can be seen here.

September 29, 2020
by Rupert Thorp

Club Tournament 2020

The tournament was successfully completed on Sunday Sept 27th. The winners were as follows:

Gentlemens Singles: Peter Nosworthy beat Graham Freeman 6-3, 6-1

Ladies Singles: Felicity Pochin vs Gail Mayhew, not yet played

Gentlemens Doubles: Graham Bunting & Rupert Thorp beat Peter Nosworthy & Jonathan Palmer 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Ladies Doubles: Jo Houlbrook & Ros Roberts beat Felicity Pochin & Jane Mitchell 6-7, 6-4, 6-3

Mixed Doubles: Graham Bunting & Sara Madden beat Marcelo Guirado & Catherine Mason 6-2, 6-4

September 25, 2020
by Rupert Thorp

Club Nights, Club Tournament

The summer season is drawing to an end and we would like to draw your attention to the following:

1. Club nights will revert to Wednesdays for the Winter season from next week – 30th September – from 6pm to make use of the floodlights. If you would like to be included in the what’s app group please inform Felicity by return.

2. The club tournament finals are taking place this Sunday 27th September. Due to the current situation, there will be some changes to the normal format. The committee has carried out a risk assessment of the facilities and the following will be in place for the day. We will utilise courts 2 and 3 for the matches and spectators can view the matches from the adjacent courts. There will be a maximum of 12 spectators on each of courts 1 and 4. We would ask you to inform us if you are planning to attend so that we can manage the numbers and for track and trace purposes. Similarly, could finalists let us know if family members plan to attend. Please bring your own chairs. The clubhouse will not be open for refreshments and only accessible for use of the toilets.

Singles will start at 1.30pm, Doubles from 2.45pm onwards and Mixed Doubles from 4pm onwards. Finalists can be seen here.

3. There will be maintenance to all 4 courts on the morning of Wednesday 7th October. The courts have been booked out until 1pm.


June 3, 2020
by Rupert Thorp

Update on Court Usage, June 2020

LTA UPDATE – please see the Terms and Conditions for Court Booking

“Players from different households can now play doubles together as long as they stay 2 metres apart as far as possible, and small group coaching for up to 6 people (including coaches) can resume.”

The Committee have considered these new measures and have decided to open all 4 courts for booking via Clubspark. I will list precautions taken from the LTA advice below, and for those reasons advise that for group sessions in particular we would prefer to restrict doubles play to just two courts at a time.

Despite access to Clubhouses being allowed in certain circumstances – ie access to courts and use of toilet facilities, the Committee have decided to continue to keep the Clubhouse closed. We will monitor members needs as play increases and will ensure that the correct sanitary measures are in place for when we do open it.

Please refer to https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

but here is a summary of the most relevant points.

  1. At all times, players should adhere to the Government’s social distancing guidelines (staying at least 2m away from others), and practice public health advice for hygiene.
  2. DO NOT leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home, or you are in the clinically extremely vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.
  3. If anyone who has played tennis develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should follow the Government’s ‘test and trace’ guidelines, which can be read on the Gov.uk website.
  4. All players should use alcohol gel after touching any court gates, fences, benches et, and avoid doing so where possible. Please take your own, as we are unable to provide it externally.

Specific Playing advice.

  • Stay at least 2 metres away from other players (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high 5)
  • Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it
  • For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court
  • For coached sessions, play careful attention to the instructions of the coach
  • Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls – however, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required)

We have opened up booking for 4 courts, however we would prefer that players continue to book either Court 1 or 3 to avoid proximity of play – particularly for doubles. Players can book 7 days in advance and for up to 2 hours at a time. Please be considerate to busy times of play. We will monitor this system if it isn’t working.

Felicity Pochin, Club Secretary

May 20, 2020
by Rupert Thorp

Subscriptions 2020

Because of the delayed start to the season and ongoing restrictions, subscription fees for 2020/21 have been reduced by 50%.

Adjusted rates for each category of membership can be seen on the Application Form.

We will be sending out payment requests via Clubspark in the next week and hope that despite the slow start to the season, you will all want to rejoin.

For your information the car park to the King George Vth Playing Fields is still closed. Please do not park in front of the gates, but park either on the road by the community centre or opposite the Chinese restaurant at the top.

Felicity Pochin, Club Secretary

March 18, 2020
by Rupert Thorp

AGM Update

Owing to recent developments and government guidance on Covid-19 we are postponing the AGM until further notice.

We will be sending a newsletter around in the next few days outlining plans for the season ahead, subscriptions for 2020/21 etc.

Felicity Pochin

Club Secretary

November 3, 2019
by Mark Butler

Club Tournament winners 2019

Following a slightly drawn out finals day, the winners of the club tournament in 2019 were as follows:

Men’s singles – Peter Nosworthy

Ladies singles – Catherine Mason

Men’s doubles – Graham Freeman & Mark Butler

Ladies doubles – Julia Burgess & Karen Elliott

Mixed doubles – Graham Freeman & Julie Hassall

Many congratulations to all the winners & thank you to everybody in the club who took part in the tournament, as well as those who turned out to support the finals.

June 21, 2017
by Rupert Thorp

50th Anniversary Celebration

The Club chose the perfect day on which to hold its 50th anniversary celebrations which were combined with the official opening of its new clubhouse and floodlights. 

In the afternoon of Saturday 17 June 2017 many members and friends watched an American Tournament and saw Ted Lush, who until recently was Chairman of Tarvin Parish Council, open the new facilities. Ted, whose son James is a former member of the Club, cut the cake and spoke warmly of the Club’s contribution to the village.  The tennis playing facilities are some of the best in the area and the latest improvements were made possible through a generous grant from Sport England. 

The American Tournament was won by Felicity Pochin, currently Club Secretary, and Richard Brannam, who travelled from Nottingham to be present. Richard was the Club’s singles champion in 1983.  His brother Chris also played and they were joined at the celebrations by their father, Patrick, who is still a Club member. 

In the evening 87 members and friends enjoyed a splendid 3 course dinner at the recently refurbished village Community Centre which proved to be the perfect venue for the event. Catering was provided by Sophie Fearnall and the music by the Sue Reid Trio. 

The Club’s 50th birthday wasn’t the only event being celebrated.  Ted and Jane Lush had just become grandparents and Club members, Graham Bunting, who organised the afternoon event, and Sarah Mitchell announced their engagement. 

Many committee members helped in the organisation of a truly memorable day and the Club is also appreciative of the support given by the Community Centre in making the event a success.

Photos are in the Gallery