With enormous regret the Managing Committee has decided that the entire club must now temporarily close. We have reached this hugely difficult decision in the overall interests of our members and the wider community at a time when society is facing an unprecedented threat.
Whilst government guidance does not currently prevent outdoor tennis play, we believe that the LTA's strict safety conditions mean that our members would be unable to comply fully. And in a volunteer-run club we just do not have the resources to monitor activity through each day to ensure that we are complying, just as many other smaller clubs have concluded. We have therefore reluctantly decided that total closure is now necessary. Indications are that government may anyway shortly require outside activity in public spaces such as tennis to cease entirely.
Subscriptions invoices for those members whose renewal date is 1st April will not now be sent out until further notice. As previously announced, members will receive a subscription credit extension at next renewal when play again resumes. We will give members more information on this as circumstances allow.
Our wonderful club has been through many ups and downs over its 99 years, and there can be little doubt that this global crisis will test us severely. But our loyal and supportive members will undoubtedly see us through it and we can all look forward to the day when we re-open our doors and can again play the sports we all love.
Please take the greatest care of yourself and your family at this difficult and worrying time.