Newsletter - December 2007
WARSASH TENNIS CLUB XMAS NEWSLETTER 2007
Tuesdays 6.30 – 9.00 will carry on after the New Year
Fridays 6.30 – 9.00 will discontinue until the early Spring. However, those of you who have been coming along on Fridays and wish to continue to do so, please let Julie know and she will put you in touch with other like-minded members. The courts are free that evening.
Other sessions will continue as normal until the building of the 4th court, when some play may be curtailed but we will keep you informed.
3rd and 4TH COURTS’ PROJECT
We have this week received confirmation of funding from both the LTA and Fareham Borough Council which is excellent news and enables us to go ahead with the project.
The Fourth and Third Courts (re)construction programme will now start during week commencing 2nd January 2008 with fencing between the courts and school being replaced by Clovers Ltd (Phase 1). Following completion of the fencing Courtstall Ltd will start work on the courts. This work (Phase 2) is expected to complete 8 – 10 weeks later, after which the remainder of the fencing (Phase 3) will be erected by Clovers. During Phase 2, floodlighting will be erected by Floodlighting Ltd and the Basketball Frame will be relocated to the south of the new court. After Phase 2, there will be a drying out time when the new courts cannot be used, followed by a period when temporary markings will be applied (as for Courts Nos 1 & 2 when they were resurfaced in 2004). Final painting (Phase 4) will take place when the weather permits (probably in Apr/May 2008).
The timing is tight as Fareham Borough Council have imposed a constraint that no heavy lorries, which might damage the football pitch, may be moved across it after 31 March as they will be resurfacing the pitch after that.
Courts Nos 1 & 2 are expected to remain available throughout, although there may be some days when only court No 1 is available depending on the contractors’ programme. Floodlighting on Courts Nos 1 & 2 will also be disconnected for some of the time, but will remain available for as much time as possible.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! !
One aspect, which has caused the project sub-committee a considerable problem, is the disposal of up to 140 tonnes of soil that has to be removed to enable the fourth court to be constructed. This is estimated to cost the Club up to £4,000, plus VAT, as Fareham Borough Council has directed that it cannot remain on site! If anybody knows of anyone or any company that is looking for some landfill, please contact Chris Coote on 01489582319. It will be free, but has to be collected from Osborne Road in January.
There are still a few items to sort out and tie up but the Project Committee are working hard on these and we hope to have some news for you shortly. Unfortunately, as with everything, costs have risen since the original estimate so we need you support for any fund-raising efforts the Social Committee arrange. Our thanks go to the members on the Project Committee, Chris Coote, Nick StJohn andIan Stewart, who have had to overcome the many hurdles thrown at them along the way – their hard work is appreciated.
Thanks to those of you who supported the recent Quiz and Supper evening, which was a success and raised funds for the Club. The next event will be the Dinner in EITHER January or February - hopefully at the “Nook and Cranny” Restaurant. Details to follow.