The past year has been a strange and difficult one in many ways and we are very conscious of the loss that many people have experienced as the Covid virus claimed lives and affected people’s health and wellbeing. There were periods when the restrictions allowed us to play some tennis, which brought welcome opportunity for outdoor activity, but there were several months when the courts had to be closed altogether, including the first three months of 2021. At the time of writing this we anticipate being able to play again from 29 March and are hopeful that the courts will be able to stay open thereafter.
We usually send out membership renewal requests in early February, asking for subscriptions from 1 March. We delayed doing so this year because of Covid restrictions and we anticipate issuing it in late March with the request for subscriptions to be paid by 1 May. Recognising the problems of the last 12 months, we are asking those who were members last year to pay only 75% of the membership fee. Most of the club’s costs are payable regardless of how much playing time there is, so we have to get the right balance between being fair to members and keeping our finances in good shape. We appreciate some members have said they are happy to pay the full membership fee regardless and you are free to do that if you wish but there is no obligation.
We expect to resume the normal timetable of membership renewal each 1 March next year, so effectively this year’s payment covers the period 1 March 2021 to 28 February 2022. Any new members during this year will pay the full annual membership fee as normal, with discounts applying if they only join half way through the year.
We are introducing an online booking system this year and details of how to use it are on the website under ‘Court Bookings’. Thank you to Grace Turner for her work in setting this up. There are bound to be teething problems as we all get used to this new arrangement but we believe it will allow easier booking going forward and would encourage you to try it out.
The WTC Committee