FLTC Newsletter 002
All the latest in news, views and Team news.

Hello and welcome to the all new, ever changing face of the FLTC newsletter.
As you can see we've gone Mail Chimp, so hopefully we can update all the membership on a regular basis now.
Firstly an apology for the length of this one, due to delay in getting it ready.
Secondly a big thank you to Sarah Ruffles who kindly took this task on originally but who can no longer carry on due to other commitments.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy it and please bear with us as we are coming to terms with the software etc.

Neil Saint & Liz Stiff


As brief conversation yesterday, we have been asked by Kath Bury
Local Organizer of Save the Children and Felixstowe Rotary,  if we could 
provide a team of Ten/Twelve members to collect with the 
Rudolph Float on Monday 18th December.
Members volunteering would have to be able to be at the Club for
5.45pm, the collection is only until 8.30pm.
It is great fun and for extremely great courses. 
If a member would like to be Father Christmas for the night this can be 
Please can you put this in the News Letter
Thank You 

The British Tour Monday 10th July
Around 80 players entered and there was a good standard of Men’s and Ladies. 
Two excellent finals were held on Saturday 15th, with the James Ling of Ipswich winning the Men’s Singles Final.

County week Monday 24th July
After heavy overnight rain and drizzle on the Monday morning there was no play. Tuesday saw a better weather day and by lunchtime courts 8 and 9 were fit for play. All courts were playable by late afternoon and the Tournament was completed on grass with west of Scotland as Group 5 Men’s Champions.

ITF Seniors for men and ladies
This was the final week of Adult Tournament Tennis but unfortunately the entry was very low with no ladies entering. Part of the problem was that the Framlingham Tournament was the same week. For next year we plan to move this Tournament to July. Rain also gave us problems at the beginning of the week but we were again able to complete the week on grass.

Digby Smith.


Sponsored by Jackamans

From 20th to 26th August, Junior Tennis came to Felixstowe; this year we hosted 300 players, who played good competitive tennis with excellent sportsmanship. The weather was brilliant, with the players competing in 30 events, arranging from Mini Tennis (under 7) right through to Open (Adult) tennis.

Our Grade 3 Tournament attracted players from throughout the region and further afield. It was a pleasure to welcome back for their 9th year a squad of 20 players from Ruby Tennis Club together with a 12 player squad from Kent. It was great to see Club Members Jessy Lane, Evie French and Christain Cain who played in both the Sunday Match Play and Open Age Group Events. Our adult members Charlie Fulcher and Sophie Papworth played in the Open events.

A big Thank You to all the officials and ground staff for their dedication and professionalism, that made for a fun and enjoyable week and to Krystyna Smithers who arranged for Jackamans to sponsor the event.

I now look forward to next year 19th to 25th AUGUST 2018 when it will be my aim to increase the number of Club Members competing.

Phil Cooper



he Felixstowe teams entered in the summer league did very well this year.

Mens 1 came 2nd in Division 1
Mens 2 came bottom in Division 6

Ladies 1 came 3rd in division 2
Ladies 2 came 2nd in division 3

Mixed 1 came 3rd in division 1
Mixed 2 came top in Division 4

Well done to all captains and players.

Floodlit league and weekend tennis has started and anyone interested in playing please call Charles Fulcher.


Ladies 1 won their 1st game of season on Monday night. This was a hard fought match v East Bergholt. 
Mixed matches kick off on Monday 9th October.

The First Ladies 3 match of the season was cancelled as Holbrook have sadly pulled out of the league.

Overall this winter season all teams seem to have good teams ..... fingers crossed we all keep injury free !!

Sarah Ruffles


News from our coach & membership secretary Lysette Fulcher

We currently have the following membership numbers
Juniors - 47
Adults - 86
Family - 7
Student - 4
Country - 7
Social - 1

>From the Open Days we gained the following new members
(included in overall figures above)

Family - 2
Junior - 11
Adult – 4

Coaching programmes

Saturday 10am - 12noon

Three age ability groups from 4 - 16 years

Tuck shop at 11am

A fun session with coaching and games

Monday 5-7pm, junior club night 

Friendly match practice free for members

6-7pm - junior squad (all squads are coaching where you sign up for half a term)

7-8.30pm - adult beginners coaching £5 pay as you play

Tuesday 4.30pm - 5.30pm Junior Squad

Wednesday 5pm - 6.30pm Junior Intermediate Squad

Thursday 5pm - 6pm Junior Teenage Squad

Thursday 6pm - 7.30pm Intermediate Adult Squad - £5 pay as you play

Friday 5pm - 6pm Junior Squad

Tennis camps

The next set of camps are Wed 25th and Thurs 26th October

9am - 4pm full days or 9am - 12.30pm / 12.30pm - 4pm half days

Lots of fun activities - tennis, rounders, football, a tuck shop, a pool table, table tennis and man hunt

Indoor activities planned in case of bad weather

For ages 4 plus

£25 per child for one day or £40 for two

£12.50 a half day

Saturday morning
The youngest group will be going inside to Brackenbury from Sat 4th Nov

continuing their Mini Tennis INDOORS.

Our new coach's programmes and contact details

The junior programme is £5 per session for members and £8 for non - members.

The junior programme runs early evening every weekday, days dependent on ability.

I am also running an adult beginner class every Monday evening from 19.00-20.30 

and an intermediate to advanced class on a Thursday evening from 18.00-19.30

Finally I run a ladies’ morning on a Friday morning from 09.30 to 11.00.  

All squads will consist of drills, techniques, game play and most of all fun. 

Charges are £5 per session for all members and £8 for non-members.

Following the popularity of one-to-one lessons, I would like to extend this opportunity to all members and non-members. Please contact me directly to arrange a lesson. I charge £25 per hour for adults and £20 per hour for juniors (an additional surcharge would apply for non-members).

I have met most of you already, and look forward to seeing you all again soon and meeting new faces around the club. 

Many thanks


Professional Tennis Coach




A Saucerful of Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band playing at the clubhouse in July
Social Report

During the summer we held four Music Nights on Friday evenings.
They were all good evenings, some more attended than others. The Pink Floyd Tribute was very popular  (see above). We are hoping to carry on with these music nights but with a more varied musical cross section. If you have any requests, please contact Nicki or Liz Stiff at

A recent innovation has been a couple of gin tasting evenings on a Tuesday in the bar after Club Night. These were great fun and it was good to see lots of people in the bar, whether they had been playing tennis or not. Special thanks go to Sue Sarjeant for the idea and to Phil for stocking the bar with some additional gins. Watch the notice board and emails for the next one!

The closing American Tournament of the grass courts incorporating the Carol Cup took place on 24th September with 44 people playing! Players and lots of spectators enjoyed a fantastic buffet tea with prosecco afterwards. The winners were Sue Jewkes and Mark French and runners-up Liz Waller and Steve Harvey, who all received a medal. The Cup will be contested every year. Many thanks to Carol Gould’s family and friends who organised the event. An olive tree and plaque has been planted near the Clubhouse in memory of Carol.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th September and to those who baked cakes. We raised £118.98.

The Indian Evening was a huge success. Sarah and her band of helpers delighted 32 of us with a varied menu of delicious dishes in a transformed fragrant clubhouse! There was a fun Indian-themed raffle too. Thank you Sarah!


Forthcoming events

Quiz -Saturday 11th November 7.30 pm. Fish and chip supper -sign up sheet is in the Clubhouse.

Cocktails and Canapés - Friday 24th November – Sophie Papworth is supporting a charity raising money for childhood/teenage cancers. In the new year, 27th January, Sophie is organising a Murder Mystery Evening in the Clubhouse too. Please make a note of these dates and help support this very good cause. Further details to follow.

Carols in the Clubhouse – Tuesday 12th December – Following on from Club Night we meet in the Clubhouse for mulled wine, mince pies and carol singing. Everyone welcome whether you play at Club Night or not.

All events are open to Members and Non-members.

Nicki Taylor

Friendly Friday League

We had a lovely summer playing doubles on Friday evenings, juniors and adults, with snacks and drinks in the bar afterwards. We played 14 weeks, only missing one week for rain, and a total of 47 members (and prospective new members) joined in over the sessions. Our final Top Ten was dominated by juniors - their enthusiasm and competitiveness was a joy to behold!

Harry Hitchen, Mark French, Lily Bloom, Zac Henstridge, Christian Cain, Dan Martin, Ian Martin, Evie French, Sue Jewkes and Graham Jewkes.

We held an end of season party on 8th September with a buffet, music from Neil Saint and friends and presentations. There were awards for Harry, Lily and Dan so very well done to them! We hope to start again around Easter 2018 so do come and join the fun.

Liz and Trevor Stiff

Congratulations to Lysette and Ben

on the birth of   Ayla-Rue
on the 19th September.

A tennis star in the making?

Development Update

Progress on the housing development is positive but unfortunately rather slow. Our planning application was lodged with Suffolk Coastal District Council at the end of May this year. This was submitted with various reports required by the planners, including a Heritage Appraisal, Historical Report and an Economic Assessment Report. The application was released for public consultation at the beginning of July. The good news is that Felixstowe Town Council planning committee, Suffolk Highways, Archeology, Suffolk CC Environmental Services and the Felixstowe Society have all approved the development. There were objections from immediate local residents, mainly with concerns over the effect of parking on Bath Road with the loss of three quarters of the existing car park. These are addressed by the Club’s ability to have replacement parking space on the area around and in front of the Grounds Store and the triangle of land below the existing tarmac rear car park, which will necessitate the removal of the old coaches’ hut and the loss of the herbaceous border. We will also retain the tarmac fronting on to No 1 court.

We were advised that our application would come before the full planning committee of SCDC in August and we would be advised of their decision by 16th August. This was not to be, and we have now been told that the application will be considered in October. Hopefully we will hear by the middle of October if we have gained permission. Don’t hold your breath though!

Interestingly, gaining planning consent, building regulations and various consultants’ and professional fees will take up around 20% of the project’s budget.


Richard Fairweather


Floodlights update

I have been considering options to replace the floodlights on the all weather courts, particularly on the 3 acrylic courts that were resurfaced fairly recently. The main requirement is to bring the lighting in line with LTA guidelines and to be comparable with other courts in the area. It could be said that LED lighting is the way to go, but it is still more expensive than conventional lighting and is also still on the learning curve as far as lighting tennis courts. We have received quotes for LED lighting, which bears out this position, so I don't consider it an option at present. That therefore leaves us with metal halide as are used at Ipswich Sport Club and St John's. Once the committee are happy this is the right way to proceed we then need to apply for planning permission and once that is granted we canstart work. The money we are receiving for the radio mast has been set aside to fund the installation of new floodlights.

Geoff Kingston

Rudolph Float - Santa's Little Helpers
Hello all,
We have been asked by Kath Bury Local Organizer of Save the Children and
Felixstowe Rotary,  if we could provide a team of Ten/Twelve members to collect
with the Rudolph Float on Monday 18th December.
Members volunteering would have to be able to be at the Club for
5.45pm, the collection is only until 8.30pm.
 It is great fun and for extremely great causes. 
 If a member would like to be Father Christmas for the night this can be 

Thank You 
We Need Your Thoughts...
I have been asked by several members of the club to ask about your thoughts on having
a Coffee Machine & Snack Machine installed at the club.
The proposal so far, is for a Coffee / Hot drinks vending machine (table top) to be put near to the door of the kitchen, in the corner. There are two quotes on the table at the moment, both would mean either leasing the machines or outright purchase.
It would mean a responsible person or persons to look after the machine but we have a few volunteers already keen to put their hands up.
Secondly a snack machine could provide crisps, chocolate/energy bars & cold drinks as well (water, isotonic & pepsi etc). This again would need volunteers to restock this but again, more hands have already gone up. This could be situated under the veranda at the front of the clubhouse or wherever else thought a fitting place.
It would be good to hear from you on this matter, now that we have a newsletter to promote new ideas for the club and gain your views.
To contact us send your ideas and views to secretary@felixstowetennis.co.uk

Neil Saint & Mandy Letts.

Oh, and Happy reading....

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