Membership

If you are interested in membership of WBTC then please read the letter below which gives you information about the Club. If you then have any questions please contact our secretary, Muriel Stephens (whose details are below). If you wish to join please copy and paste the application form at the end of the letter onto a Word Document and send it with the appropriate fee to the secretary.

Wickham Bishops Tennis Club

21 Holt Drive

Wickham Bishops

Witham, Essex

CM8 3JR

01621 891082

mestephens1@btinternet.com

Thank you for your enquiry to join Wickham Bishops Tennis Club.  We are a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) affiliated club and welcome all applicants on a non-discriminatory basis from beginners to advanced standard.  There is no ‘playing-in’ test.  We have four all-weather ‘hard’ courts, two floodlit, (with planning permission to floodlight 3&4). Play is allowed between 8:30am and 9:30pm in consideration of neighbouring properties.  Brief details of the Club are as follows:-

Subscriptions                Annual Membership             Joining Fee

Adults (18 and over)                £85.00                                        £51.00

Students (18 and over)            £42.50                                        £22.50

Juniors (10 – 17)                      £42.50                                        £22.50

Starters (under 10)                  £28.50                                        £15.00

Family*                                   £200.00                                      £120.00

*(a maximum of 2 adults and any number of children at the same address – students may be included in family membership only if in full time education)

Annual membership fees are due by 31st January  each year for the membership year starting 1st February. You will receive an email reminder before the renewal fee falls due. Anyone joining the Club between 1st August and 31st October will pay ½ annual membership fee. Anyone joining the Club between 1st November and 31st January will pay ¼ annual membership fee. 

Adult Club Sessions – all year round – tennis balls provided

Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm – mixed. (2 courts only 9-10am, 4 courts 10am-12 noon, 2 courts 12noon – 1pm) All four courts available if no private bookings are made.

Tuesday 6:30pm to 9:30pm – mixed.

Wednesday 10:00am to 1:00pm – men.

Thursday 10:00am to 1:00pm – ladies.

Friday 6:30pm to 9:30pm – mixed.

Competitive Tennis and Coaching

The Club runs internal tournaments and other competitive events for both adults and juniors throughout the year.  The Club also enters adult teams (mens, ladies, mixed) and junior teams (mixed) in the Halstead & District Tennis League in summer and winter events.  A nominal charge is made for each participant.

The Club has two LTA registered coaches and six mini-tennis coaches and a full programme of coaching for adults and juniors (by age and ability) is organised during the year.  Private coaching is also available.  A charge will be made for each session or group of sessions attended.

Private Bookings

You are free to book a court for private play and a diary for this purpose is kept in the pavilion.  All league fixtures, club sessions and special events take priority and will always be clearly marked in the diary well in advance.  Private bookings can be made for one and a half hours at a time and no more than seven days in advance. The floodlights switch off automatically at 9:30pm.  There is a 10 minute security light to enable you to leave the courts safely.  There is no additional charge to use the floodlights.

Security

The courts and pavilion are kept locked when not in use.  You may obtain a key from the Secretary, (Muriel Stephens 01621 891082) on payment of £7.50.    The car park gates are also locked by combination. The number will be given to you when you join, as will the code to get into the pavilion.

Clothing

Although the Club does not have a specific “whites” only rule, you are asked to wear appropriate and recognised tennis/sports clothing. No jeans or beachwear please.  Special attention should be given to footwear which should have non marking soles as studded and heavily ribbed shoes damage the surface of the court.

Insurance

The Club holds Public Liability Insurance through the LTA but we do not hold Personal Accident/Injury Insurance. This is the responsibility of individual members.

Juniors

Junior members under the age of 14 should always be supervised by an adult while on court. For the safety of children and the reassurance of parents the Club has a Child Protection Policy in place.  There is a Child Protection Officer at the Club and parents of junior members will be asked to complete a standard form when joining the club for operational purposes.  Queries regarding junior coaching should be addressed to Kath Welsh, 01621 892816.

To join the Club please complete and return the attached Application form to me with the appropriate fee following which you will receive further details about the Club.

In the meantime if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01621 891082.

Yours sincerely

Muriel Stephens (Mrs)

Hon Secretary                       (Membership form follows)

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WICKHAM BISHOPS TENNIS CLUB

APPLICATION FORM

I/We wish to become members of the Wickham Bishops Tennis Club and enclose a payment of£                       representing subscriptions as calculated below.

Joining Fees

Adult                £

Student            £

Junior              £

Starter             £

Family              £

Membership Fees

Adult                £

Student            £

Junior               £

Starter             £

Family             £

TOTAL             £                                                        Cheques payable to W.B.T.C.

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