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Defibrillator Presentation to The Avenue LTC

Defib Presn Avenue LROn Friday 10th February, Mark Barnett (SLTC Vice President) and Jim Whittaker (SLTC Committee Member & Norway Match Organiser) travelled to The Avenue Lawn Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club to officially donate a defibrillator, purchased as part of the Seniors' Lawn Tennis Club of GB's philanthropy program.

The three attending Avenue representatives were Pete Davis (President), Jenny Ward (contact for our Norwegian match) and Justine Brown (Club Secretary).

The defibrillator had previously been delivered to The Avenue Club in December and we were delighted to hear from Pete that he had already conducted some sessions with the Club Members on how to operate the device.

Pictured at the presentation are from L-R: Pete Davies, Mark Barnett, Jenny Ward and Jim Whittaker.

Posted by : Webmaster at 14:29:PM on Sunday 12 February 2017
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AGM and Annual Dinner

The 58th Annual General Meeting of the Seniors' Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain will this year be held at The Wimbledon Park Golf Club, Home Park Road, Wimbledon SW19 7HR at 6:30pm on Monday 6th March 2017.

The Chairman & New Members' Dinner will immediately follow our AGM at the same venue - pre-dinner drinks at 7:30pm for an 8pm start. The cost for members and first guest will be £35 per head, with additional guests at £40 per head. We would request that you apply as soon as you can, and no later than Wednesday 1st March, to facilitate our event planning. It would also assist if you could make payments by bank transfer (details on the Application Form).

We are delighted to announce that our special guest this year will be Mr Dan Bloxham, Head Professional at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. 

For an Application Form - CLICK HERE.

Posted by : Webmaster at 12:30:PM on Wednesday 8 February 2017
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Condolences - Joanna Compton Dando

The Club is deeply saddened to be informed of the death of Joanna Compton Dando on New Year's Eve. Joanna is survived by husband Ashley, son James (both of whom are members of our Club), daughter Sarah, plus grandchildren and her father-in-law Geoffrey.

A Celebration of Joanna's life will be held at the All-England Club, Church Road, Wimbledon on Saturday, 4th March between 2-4pm. If any SLTC member would like to attend, or say a few words in memory, then please RSVP to James on

The Club will be making a donation in memory of Joanna.

Our condolences go to Ashley, James, Sarah, Geoffrey and other close family and friends at this very difficult time.

Posted by : Webmaster at 16:04:PM on Monday 6 February 2017
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Condolences - Ronald George Ling

We would like to acknowledge with great sadness the death of Ronald George Ling on 20th December 2016, aged 99 years.

Ron was a member of Frinton LTC and well regarded in Essex tennis circles, playing untill he was 90. He became a member of our Club in January 1990 and represented Great Britain (Britannia & Crawford Cup Teams), also winning National singles and doubles titles.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ron's family and friends. 

Posted by : Webmaster at 17:31:PM on Sunday 5 February 2017
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National Indoor Titles

Congratulations to the following Club members who won titles at the recent British Seniors Indoor Tennis Championships held at the David Lloyd Centre in Dudley 20 - 28 Jan:

  • MS60 - Paul French
  • MS65 - Niall Sweeney
  • MS70 - Richard Tutt
  • MS75 - Henk Nijeboer
  • MD45 - Seb Jackson (with Timur Shadiev)
  • MD60 - Paul French & Jeremy Trafford
  • MD70 - Norman Church (with Andrew James)
  • MD80 - Bob Milner (with Derek Horwood)
  • WS65 - Pauline Fisher
  • WS75 - Felicity Thomas
  • WD50 - Wendy Johnson (with Alison Hannah-Taylor)
  • WD65 - Pauline Fisher & Shirley Fox
  • WD70 - Sue Hill (with Frances Maclennan)
  • WD75 - Felicity Thomas & Ruth Weston
Posted by : Webmaster at 10:31:AM on Monday 30 January 2017
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Notices from Middlesex Tennis

The following notices are distributed by Middlesex Tennis, which is the association to which our Cub is affiliated.

Disability Tennis

Middlesex Tennis are looking to appoint an individual with a passion for disability tennis. The successful applicant will be expected to work the equivalent of 1 day per week on a flexible basis as the Middlesex Disabilities Tennis Co-ordinator.

Please apply to John Love, Tennis Development Manager, Middlesex Tennis

Annual Awards Evening

On Saturday 18 Feb 2017 Middlesex Tennis will be holding their Annual Awards Evening in the Presidents Room at the The Queen's Club. The evening will start at 6:30pm and finish at approximately 9:30pm. This year the special guest will be Michael Downey, LTA CEO, who will make the presentations.

Awards will be presented to recognise and reward clubs and individuals for their success and contribution to tennis in Middlesex over the past year.

Additionally, various British Tennis Awards will be presented.

Tickets can be obtained by emailing the Middlesex County Office Please state how many tickets you require and the names of people who would like to attend. The closing date is Monday 6 February and ticket prices are £10 per head, which includes a free reception drink and finger buffet. Payment instructions will be emailed on application.

Please note that due to building work at The Queen's Club there are no parking facilities available.

 Point of Contact

For more information on any of the above please contact John Love, Tennis Development Manager, Middlesex Tennis - 07511 886971

Posted by : Webmaster at 15:17:PM on Wednesday 25 January 2017
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Tennis Fixture in the USA

We are planning a tennis fixture in Florida, more specifically The Windsor Club, Vero Beach, during the first couple of weeks of May 2017 (to be firmed-up) against a competitive team of players from the USA.

Please see the Factsheet for more detail but it will involve a 3-day tennis event that you may want to combine with an extended stay or even family holiday.

This will be an inaugural event so we intend to send a team, limited in numbers, to play and hopefully we can offer a reciprocal arrangement in the future.

If you are interested in finding our more and/or wish to indicate your participation then please contact the Hon. Match Secretary Andrew Soul either by phone or email. Andrew's contact details can be found on our Member List.

For the Factsheet - CLICK HERE.

Posted by : Webmaster at 13:58:PM on Wednesday 28 December 2016
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Hard fought victory vs Netherlands VLTC

In a closely contested match we managed to edge our home fixture against the Netherlands VLTC 12 1/2 to 9 1/2.

Played over 3 days, Friday - Sunday, the singles matches were very tight but we dropped only one doubles rubber to ensure victory on the final day.

Once again a good mix of competitive tennis and socialising with friends and we very much look forward to our match next year in the Netherlands.

Match Report - CLICK HERE.

Posted by : Webmaster at 16:15:PM on Tuesday 6 December 2016
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Defibrillator Opportunity

Dear Member

The Seniors' Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain is an organisation promoting high quality competitive tennis for our membership across all senior age groups 35 and over.

We have decided to contribute to the health and safety of the tennis community by providing a defibrillator for a deserving tennis venue. It is well documented that use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) can dramatically increase the chance of survival for a person in cardiac arrest.

As a valued member of our Club, if you have a deserving venue in mind, please email the Club Chairman Graham Neale with the name and a summary of the venue you are proposing. The Committee will then consider the request in the context of our Club resources and let you know if your application has been successful.


DS6"I'm alive! Thanks to The Queen's Club having a defibrillator on hand. Here I am several years later seeing my family and friends - and still playing tennis! Every day I savour continuing life and my extraordinary good fortune. 

Serving at 5 - 3 in the final set, I'm told that I had a cardiac arrest. It was just as well that my tennis partner was a past Chairman of The Queen's Club and knew that they had a defibrillator.

However, it was not luck, but due to the foresight of the club that one was available to give me the chance of life - and a few extra sets! I just pray that others unfortunate enough to have a cardiac arrest on court are given the same chance of another innings and having another go at this truly wonderful life." 

David Straker, aged 79 - SLTC of GB

David points out it was knowledge and resource that saved him. It is intended that The Seniors' Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain will make a donation of a defibrillator to a deserving venue from time to time.

Graham Neale, Chairman SLTC of GB -

Posted by : Webmaster at 16:04:PM on Monday 5 December 2016
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Super Seniors success for Club members

Our congratulations go to the following Club members who achieved medal success at the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships held in Croatia in September:

  • Women's 70 - GOLD: Jenny Waggott with team colleagues Christine Lockhart, June Peck and Frances MacLennan
  • Women's 75 - BRONZE: Ruth Weston, Felicity Thomas, Jean Porter with team colleague Joan Hassell
  • Men's 75 - SILVER: Henk Nijeboer, Roger Taylor, Bob Milner, Roy Henderson

The GB Women's 80 team also took SILVER.

GB Teams continue to be successful at each of the age group World Team Championships, which is testament to the popularity, structure and organisation of Seniors tennis in the UK.

Posted by : Webmaster at 11:38:AM on Tuesday 29 November 2016
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