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Oaken Grove Courts – Padlock Code

A reminder that the code for the padlock at Oaken Grove is included in the confirmation email you receive when a booking is made for one of these courts.

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Car Parking

Our car park is small and spaces are narrow, it is intended for use by Members only and we ask that visitors park along All Saints Avenue.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND CONSIDERATE !  Our car park is unsuitable for large cars, SUV’s, people carriers and similar vehicles.  If your vehicle is wider than 1.9 metres (6 feet and a bit in old money, or think BMW 3 series) then please park along All Saints Avenue.

The Council have painted white lines either side of the entrance to the car park but their dimensions are limited by local by-laws – if vehicles are parked close to the limit, visibility is restricted so please do take great care when driving out of the car park.  Equally, when parking on All Saints Avenue please try to leave a 2 metre gap between the end of your vehicle and the white line.

Roger True
Hon Secretary
October 2016

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Defibrillator Information

As some of you will be aware, the club purchased a defibrillator several months ago and is now attached to the wall in the entrance lobby of the clubhouse.

We have had several requests for more information about how to use the defibrillator. The key points are:

  • The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can be used on adults and children over one year of age
  • Call 999 straight away if someone is unresponsive or not breathing normally
  • Do NOT leave the individual to retrieve the AED – start CPR if you know how to administer this and get someone else to bring the AED to you
  • The AED at MLTC will give audible instructions to guide you through use
  • You will need to apply the AED pads as instructed onto bare skin, in the positions shown on the pads
  • The AED analyses the heart rate and decides what, if any, shock to deliver to the patient – AFTER giving an audible warning to stand clear of the patient.
  • You cannot do harm to the patient if you accurately follow the instructions given through the AED
  • After delivering a shock the AED will tell you to continue CPR and it will re-analyse the heartbeat after two minutes. It may then deliver another shock and advise CPR to continue
  • If the patient appears responsive at any time, place them in the recovery position and wait for the ambulance

The St John’s Ambulance has a very informative youtube video which can be found here:

St John’s Ambulance Defibrillator Advice

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Revised Tuesday/Thursday Club Evening Rules

Club nights are an opportunity for members to play doubles with a wide variety of other members in a friendly and supportive environment.

To help the evening run smoothly and to ensure fairness, we have slightly adapted the club night rules to make sure that it is not a free for all.

  1. Members arriving at club night, or coming off court, must clearly write their names on the whiteboard outside the clubhouse door.
  1. You MUST come off court when your set finishes to see if there are others waiting on the list.
  1. Club nights are for mixing in so no pre-arranged fours or singles (excluding summer tournament matches) are to be played. Singles may only be played if there are spare courts and there is only one member waiting to play. As soon as there are two members waiting a four must be formed.
  1. When a court becomes free the person at the top of the list can choose any three other players from the next seven players on the list – the decision is completely up to them.
  1. Note that it is not the top four who go out to play, it is the player at the top of the list who makes the choice.
  1. When these four players go on to play, they erase their names from the whiteboard.
  1. These rules apply from 6pm-9pm on these evenings.

To help this process run smoothly Clive Hogan is looking for FOUR social tennis ambassadors for these evenings – 2 women and 2 men. If you would be interested in helping please contact him at citizenclive@waitrose.com.

Lastly, if any member experiences any problems or unfriendliness at the club at any time please let either Clive or Karen the club administrator (mltcadmin@btconnect.com) know.

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Summary of Member Consultation on Clubhouse

Summary of Consultation Evening 12/1/16 re Clubhouse Functionality

The discussion went on for about an hour with the following points being made:

It was felt that no short term changes were necessary and that it would be a waste of money.

It was suggested that the refurb on the ladies changing room be postponed for the same reason.

There was an overwhelming feeling that the space should be open plan allowing for more flexibility and better use of space.  ‘Areas’ could be created within the open plan space.

  • Larger area for kitchen/open plan.
  • Larger area for bar storage to allow for more stock and variety.
  • Bar area to be part of open plan.
  • Space for juniors and make juniors feel more a part of the club and more welcome.
  • More recreational games (ie pool table) – join table tennis league
  • Meeting room for committee, coaches, other groups.
  • Function room.
  • Medical/Treatment room
  • Area/room for stretching with mats allowing for fitness classes (pilates, yoga)
  • Warm storage area for coaches.
  • Lockers in changing rooms.
  • Design should deal with heat/stuffiness (ability to open up/ceiling fan, ac)
  • Consider acoustics when making changes.
  • Awnings for outside areas.
  • Space for permanent BBQ.
  • Large enough for AGM to be held on site. IT facilities for presentations at AGM.
  • Design to be disability friendly.
  • TV area for viewing sports. I left this for last as it is the most contentious.

There seems to be a generational difference in whether people feel this would be a good thing or not.  Many people want to be able to come down to the club for big sporting events and watch together.  At least as many people find a tv an intrusion.  It will be important to balance the two groups.  If we have an open plan set up we should be able to accommodate those who want a tv in one area with those who don’t in another area.  We will leave suggestions up to the experts!

We also discussed what people like about the current clubhouse:

Brickwork, light, interesting building.  We would hope to not lose the character of the current building.

Next steps:

Please continue to give us feedback.  We will now look to approach architects.  Obviously we will not be able to provide for everything that was suggested but we will do our best.

Are there any architects in our membership?  Does anyone know of an architect they would recommend using?  Please let us know.

Anyone who can help with this project please let me know: sue@softwaredesign.co.uk.

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