Held on Monday 5th March at The Wimbledon Park Golf Club SW19 7HR. Over 50 members and guests enjoyed a fine meal in relaxing surroundings. Club Chairman Graham Neale welcomed everyone and delivered an outstanding speech outlining the history of our Club before introducing special guest Chris Wilkinson. Chris, together with question-master Dan Lobb, entertained those present with an informal insight into professional tennis based around Chris's experience of being British No. 1 and competing on the circuit.
Held on Monday 6th March at The Wimbledon Park Golf Club SW19 7HR. Our guest speaker Mr Dan Bloxham, Head Professional at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, entertained our 56 attendees and delivered a valuable insight into the AELTC.
Held on Monday 7th March 2016 at the Roehampton Club. Our special guest was professional entertainer Mr John Hotowka who performed his brilliant comedy and magic act during the course of the evening.
Held on Monday 9th March at The Roehampton Club and 60 people attended. Guest of honour and after dinner speaker was Mr Michael Downey - Chief Executive of Lawn Tennis Association. Michael gave an interesting and enlightening talk appreciated by everyone present.
Held at the Roehampton Club on Monday 10th March and 45 people attended. Ivar Boden was guest speaker and charmed the audience with his wit and experiences. He was presented with a silver salver to mark his time as President of our Club and he now becomes a Vice Life President.
Held at the Roehampton Club on Monday 11th March. It was pleasing to welcome in excess of 60 members to this years’ dinner, including a few notable guests namely, Philip Brook, Chairman of the AELTC and his wife Gill, David Waite, Chairman of the IC and his wife Gill and Roger Taylor, former British No.1.
We were also delighted that a few of our new members were present – Wendy Reardon, Barbara Snapes and Jane Timmis were welcomed by our Chairman, Michael Dawe and presented with a Club key ring and Richard Wayman, received his Club tie.
David Mercer, the renowned British television sports commentator kindly agreed to be our after-dinner speaker and in attendance with his charming wife Sue. He regaled the audience with unique and private stories from his amazing life spent as an umpire and lately commentating, living with the greats of the game through the decades right up to and including his knowledge of and friendship with the stars of today. David actually umpired the 1984 Wimbledon Final between McEnroe and Connors and we were lucky enough to listen to a unique and humorous perspective of that day. On behalf of the President, Chairman and Committee we would like to offer our sincerest thanks to David for such a witty and entertaining speech.
Brian Hatton, a member of the AELTC, a Vice President of the International LTC of GB, Honorary Member of 22 International Clubs and the VLTC of GB was our guest speaker. Brian's love of tennis and jubilant personality combined to provide attendees with an unmissable evening.
Mark Cox entertained us with stories of a life spent in tennis at the very highest levels in the game. You needed to be there to appreciate the joke surrounding his partnership with Tom Okker and the umpire who struggled with pronouncing their names! It's good to see more members attending this important fixture in the club's calendar. Let's hope for a bumper attendance in 2012!
Bernard Weatherill QC spoke warmly of a life involved in tennis, bringing memories of many occasions when individuals in the room and/or known to all, had come into contact with Bernard both on and off the court.
David Norman entertained diners assembled in the President's Room at Queens, with a fascinating history of the inter-relationship between tennis, raquets and real tennis, as experienced through the growth of The Queen's Club. It was particularly interesting to hear how the sport of tennis grew in Britain out of a 'melting pot" comprising Queens, the AELTC and the LTA. Our first lady Members and guests were warmly welcomed by President Ivar Boden and a memorable evening was enjoyed by all.
In 2007, the Committee decided to combine the annual dinner with the AGM informal dinner in early 2008. This experiment was felt necessary in order to overcome the problem of declining numbers at the traditional November event. As a result, a successful evening ensued. A unanimous vote in the AGM, led to Lady Members being allowed to join the Club for the first time and those who attended the dinner afterwards were entertained by Tim Phillips' who outlined some of the major developments in the game as seen through the unique prism of Wimbledon.
Held on Wednesday 29th November. Once again, sadly, we were let down at the last minute by our promised guest speaker. Chairman Ray Pierce stepped into the breach and entertained diners with tales of tennis in China, as seen on his recent trip. He then introduced a stimulating debate on the future direction of the VLTC of GB. The range of views was most enlightening and gave the Committee much to think about. Hopefully, next year, the Chairman won't be called on again to save the day!
Held on Tuesday 15th November at The Queen's Club. Members and guests were entertained by Club President Ivar Boden, who stepped in at the last moment when the published guest speaker had to cancel on the day. Ivar's stories were enjoyed by all and it was good to see a strong attendance at this annual fixture.