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davefarman

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All members,

The committee is considering ways the club can improve it's current infrastructure providing a better environment for members and guests.

Some suggestions that have been muted so far which you may like to dismiss, agree with or expand on...

Conservatory overlooking courts 1/2
Facilities at end of path courts 6/7/8, e.g. drinking water/toilets
Reduce court 3 to single court providing additional car parking
Full 1st floor extension on clubhouse
Squash courts adjacent to clubhouse
Petanque pitches adjacent to clubhouse
Provision of Gym facilities
Padding around lighting columns
On court lighting controls

Please feel free to offer any additional suggestions providing explanation where necessary.

This is the first time I have used the forum so lets discuss and see how it goes!
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gpaige

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Good ideas - a few comments

Conservatory overlooking courts 1/2
           Would be nice but how much would it get used compared to the current patio & picture window?
Facilities at end of path courts 6/7/8, e.g. drinking water/toilets
           Nice but plumbing may be difficult & expensive
Reduce court 3 to single court providing additional car parking
           How often is the car park full? I think that doing this at the expense of fostering the juniors would be counterproductive
Full 1st floor extension on clubhouse
            What would it be used for? the current hall is underused
Squash courts adjacent to clubhouse
            Interesting  - but a young mans game - I am too old!
Petanque pitches adjacent to clubhouse
             That sounds more like my style - and probably not too expensive
Provision of Gym facilities
              There are plenty of gyms in the area how much would it get used?
Padding around lighting columns
               There is no padding around the net posts so would this be necessary / useful? have there been any significant injuries?
On court lighting controls
               If simple to install this would be nice (in series with the main switches in the clubhouse) but if complex (e.g. in parallel needing rewiring) I think it would be expensive for the benefit

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men8ifr

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Could we buy a practice net? It looks like a good way to practice your strokes 

A bit like http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tennis-Practice-Net-Rebounder-7ft/dp/B001LP1Q8I

They are £130. 

Also we have a ball machine that I repaired (fitted new battery) I believe is working OK but it needs some decent balls to work properly. Can we buy a set of pressureless balls (don't go flat) for the machine 

like http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tretorn-Micro-Comfort-Tennis-Balls/dp/B00TXQYNAU/ref=sr_1_sc_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1436180918&sr=8-3-spell&keywords=mocro+x+trentorn

They are about £110 for 72. 


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davefarman

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Two excellent suggestions that I am sure can be arranged without too much consultation.

Thanks for fixing the ball machine btw. Do we owe you anything for the new battery?

Dave.
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davefarman

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Rebounder net and ball machine balls have now been purchased and should be at the club within 2 weeks.

Please keep your suggestions coming in people - from small ones I can deal with or large ones which need further discussion, this forum is here to cover all options.

Dave.
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Hi, Some interesting ideas although I'd agree with the "too many gym's" quote, not convinced that's the way to go.

How about:
. A practice wall.
. Bus-stop style shelters with seats, to enable matches on courts 5-9 to be viewed in all weathers!
. Regular match play practice for mini-red and orange players.
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Ruth

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As the new social committee member, I'd like to suggest the purchase of a larger TV. With the Rugby World Cup only a few weeks away (18 September - 31 October), I'm going to be arranging informal evenings for some of the matches and the TV we have is, in my view, too small for the size of the room. There is ample space on the wall for a much larger TV and it may help encourage people to come down. At the least, it will improve things for those who are regulars.

I'm not sure about this but perhaps the current TV could be put elsewhere? Or if not, we could sell it. I'm happy to research prices - these days you're only talking a few hundred pounds.
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davefarman

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A new box of machine balls can be found next to the ball machine.
Please feel free to use these and feedback to this forum.
Also rebounder net has been up for a couple of weeks, let me know how it is as I have not had chance to use it myself.
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I am definitely in favor of the padding around lighting columns. I almost hit my head a few times. I don't think we have to wait until somebody gets injured to take care of this. It is probably cheap anyway. 
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howlingwoolf

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As the new social committee member, I'd like to suggest the purchase of a larger TV. With the Rugby World Cup only a few weeks away (18 September - 31 October), I'm going to be arranging informal evenings for some of the matches and the TV we have is, in my view, too small for the size of the room. There is ample space on the wall for a much larger TV and it may help encourage people to come down. At the least, it will improve things for those who are regulars.

I'm not sure about this but perhaps the current TV could be put elsewhere? Or if not, we could sell it. I'm happy to research prices - these days you're only talking a few hundred pounds.
This is a great idea, should encourage more people to come down and watch more televised events and have drinks at the bar. The informal events should be emailed and posted sooner the better to advertise to all our members.
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davefarman

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Thanks for the suggestion Ruth and support Chris.
We agreed a budget for this at the last committee meet and the best deal for a new telly with sound bar is being sought so keep an eye out for it!
Should all be set up for the start of the tournament.
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men8ifr

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Lighting for 1x courts would seem to cost around 90p / hour and maintenance for Lighting would seem to cost ~£1 / hour. 

See http://www.halliday-lighting.co.uk/LedFloodlight/Payback

So why not charge an appropriate amount for the lighting? 

Obviously at the moment fees for lighting are subsidising people's membership, which is fine the club needs the money some-how but the effect of this that it puts people off using the courts and I see quite a lot of people playing in the dusk/dark with poor visibility because they don't want to pay the costs and this would seem to be a poor use of the club's resources to me. 


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men8ifr

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And a small item - repainting the lines on the clay court. 
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stathambates

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Good points - but
Lighting fees are not directly related to lighting costs as you are aware.
We have to cover electricity and maintenance and cost of replacement in the future - maybe by the use of newer LED technology to save on energy costs.
I did a survey last year of all clubs in the area - the only ones with cheaper lighting charged more to join. The costs of running the club are fairly stable - we just need to fund in the best possible way for all members.
We could charge those people who play in the evenings less for lights - and then charge all members more for membership?
By the same token - we could charge cost price for a pint of beer - no profit? -same result
Less for Function Room hire ?- same result.
The committee discuss this issue regularly and make best decision they can with all evidence in hand.
I would say - play in daylight if you want free (after membership fees) Tennis.
Play at night if you feel £2.50 per session is something you can afford.
You have a choice - and The Club can finance itself for the benefit of all the Members.
You could always discuss at Committee level if you stand for Committee position?
These Committee Members put a lot of their time in for the benefit of The Club - if anybody ever bought one of us a drink in the bar one day as a thankyou I will fall over.

Clay Court - this surface is being replaced in the next few months - probably with an Astro surface. Courts 4 & 5 are also being refurbished.
We are looking at all options but it will be a great improvement all round - strangely we have accumulated some funds from somewhere to carry out these works (light fees maybe?)
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stathambates

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PS - thanks for post though - it is encouraging to see Members taking an interest for sure
I hope more take part
We need to use this forum more and I shall ask Dave F to advertise it's presence on the website
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