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I am pleased to report that the rebuild is proceeding well and is currently about 3 to 4 weeks ahead of programme. The decision to replace the storage heaters with radiators (see below) will, however, reduce this. It is hoped to agree a completion date at the next site meeting on 23 November.


The Main Committee have agreed to use a gas fired combi heater and radiators instead of storage heaters on the basis that this will be more efficient and more economical. The system will also be used to heat the water for the showers, with a new upgraded cylinder.


The lighting has been considerably upgraded, particularly in the bar/lounge and FT Room to provide the right ambiance and lighting for all the Club activities. In the FT Room, this will cater for dances, bridge and mah jong, art sessions, table tennis etc.


The veranda is also being upgraded with improved supports, roof and lighting.


A new bar has been designed by the Sub-Committee and is being built by Simon Jillians. 

Jan Caldwell and Russell May have spent an enormous amount of time designing the new interior for the Club which will provide a relaxed and friendly setting for a coffee after a match (or perhaps something stronger when the bar is open) or simply to get together with your friends.

This has begun with them giving up their own free time to refurbish the existing mens changing rooms in October and now the ladies on weekend of November 20th  ,  to bring the decor in line with the clubs theme throughout .

They have done their  upmost to go for a theme that will have a fresh comfortable feel to it and hopefully will be liked by all the members..


As part of the rebuild, an access control system is being installed. When completed, access to the Club through the three main entrances – the front door, the middle door and the squash door will be by use of a “Fob”, (an electronically coded Key). 

It may be decided later to extend the system so that the fob will also be required to access the tennis courts.

Each fob will cost £7.50 and will be retained by members for the duration of their membership. To simplify distribution for the start of the system, 1 fob will be issued during November for each member’s address and the cost of £7.50 will be added to the subscription due from that address in May 2011. If additional fobs are required, they can be purchased from Russell May for £7.50 each.

A members’ fob will automatically be deactivated if his subscription has not been received by the Club by 31 May each year.

Subsequent payment of the subscription, (at the higher rate) will, of course allow the Fob to be reactivated.

Any Member not renewing his/her subscription (and therefore not paying for the fob), should return the fob to Russell  May or the Membership Secretary before 31 May 2011.


The above and many other minor changes represent a significant improvement in the facilities available to members and it is hoped that, when complete, all members will make use of, and enjoy, the ‘new’ Club House.