FLTC Newsletter November 2017
All the latest in news, views and Team news.

Welcome back to the latest instalment of the Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club Newsletter. Here we go then with all the thrills and spills for this month.

You will all be receiving emails from the LTA asking you to OPT-IN.
Even if you do not want Wimbledon Tickets through the Club PLEASE DO still OPT-IN as the more members who do OPT-IN, the more tickets are made available to Club Members.

Please keep an eye on your Emails from the LTA.

thank you
FLTC Committee

Many of you will have now seen (and sat on) the new café chairs downstairs in the clubhouse, together with the square tables. You will be pleased to hear that the committee is now in the process of replacing the lounge chairs and tables upstairs (24 chairs and 6 round top tables)

Many thanks to Julie Yeo and Phil Cooper for sourcing our new furniture and collecting it from the supplier, many miles away.... By the way, the picture above is just for show. Not the exact ones we are looking at.

Liz Stiff

Car Park Housing Development

Good news! Planning permission has been granted for the development of the car park. Once Digby and Richard have met with the architect/Project Manager, there will be an update on the next steps in the project.

Rudolph Float - Santa’s Little Helpers for Save the Children and Felixstowe Rotary

We still need more collectors to help Santa on Monday 18th December. Any volunteers would need to be at the Club for 5.45 pm and the collection finishes at 8.30 pm.

It is great fun and for very good causes, so if you can help please e-mail


Thank you.


Beginners’ Salsa Night - November 10th.

A big thank you must go to Adrian Peck for running FLTC's first beginners’
Salsa night.  Accompanied by Haley and Mark, and 19 beginners, the evening
started with mojitos followed by a lesson on the basic salsa steps like the
mambo, cucaracha, back step and right turn. Just one more mojito later and
everyone paired up to learn in the Cuban circle or Rueda, the moves,
Dile Que No, Inside Turn, Guapea, Enchufe, Caremelo and ending gracefully
with the Sientala. Everyone had a great time, and many said they would return
for more.

Graham and Sue Jewkes

Quiz Night 11th November

This social evening saw a record 14 teams of members and non-members participating in a fun quiz with questions from Sandra Kingston, ably (and sometimes not so ably) assisted by Geoff, who did a grand job of collecting the money! A total of £331.50 was raised for the Club, including a raffle. Quizzers enjoyed a delicious fish and chip supper and desserts.

Thanks go to Nicki and her band of helpers, barmen and those who donated raffle prizes.

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.

Don’t forget

Sophie Papworth is organising another charity fundraising event in the New Year – a Murder Mystery Night in the clubhouse on Friday 27th January. Make a note of the date – further details will follow.

Coming soon!
A new bin/container for old tennis ball recycling


Recycle your old tennis balls, be green and charitable and earn money for the Club. Look out for bins with this label as attached.


The Club receives £18 per 100 balls or £40 for 200 balls, bagged by us and collected free of charge.


Recycaball has various stages of recycling including re-pressurisation of tennis balls that have had little use. Charity-based recycling involves cleaning and packaging of balls to donate to various charities including Save the Children, NSPCC, Barnardo’s, children’s homes etc. Cash donations to various charities are also made.


They also donate balls for police and armed forces dogs, animal rescue and dog shelters and the RSPCA.

Laughter Yoga In the clubhouse Tuesday 5th December

11.30am to 12.30pm
Followed by tea & cake
Bring a yoga mat if you have one and a blanket if it is cold.
£5 on the door
All proceeds after club hire and refreshments go to the Prison Phoenix Trust.
For more details please contact
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

An antidote to excessive seriousness.

Laughter is good for you.
 It elevates mood and releases happy chemicals, the endorphins. Laughing reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. Laughter Yoga is social and fun. The more you laugh the more laughter and smiles you bring to your daily life and help build resilience
 to life's ups and downs.

Comments from participants after our previous meeting:
A really fun time, laughing is so infectious. It makes you feel good. - CS.
I tend to be far too serious, and don't often laugh until tears flow - but they did today! - HT.
Brilliantly liberating !!! - KS.
So unexpected, so wonderful, it was a hoot. I am hooked! - HM.
The loss of self-control is so liberating! Like everyone in school class getting the giggles and unable to control
 it. Infectious.
The yogic breath in between moving round the room is really important..... a few moments of stillness/ absorption.
 Lovely - XX.
Just amazing. I haven't laughed so much for ages! With people I don't know as well. Really enjoyable.
Fantastic. I felt a little self conscious to begin with but that very quickly passes. I feel alive.
What an extraordinarily positive experience, unexpectedly at ease, very quickly laughing through an entire hour. Cathartic and joyous.

Read more about laughter yoga at:
www.laughteryoga.org or http://karenyoga.wixsite.com/felixstowe

A message from Zico

I will be running the Monday beginners’ class until 18th December, breaking for the Christmas holidays and starting again on 8th January. The intermediate class will end on Thursday 21st December and restart on 4th January. Ladies’ morning will end on Friday 15th December and I will be passing it back to Lysette to confirm a start date in the New Year.

All of the Junior programmes will end on Friday 15th December and Lysette will be taking them back in the New Year WITH A START DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.

If anyone is interested in one-to-one lessons please feel free to call me on 07949 822921 or via e-mail Zico.davies@zicotennis.co.uk.

Once again thank you all for your time over the past few months, and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Have a great Christmas break and New Year, and eat and drink lots as I know I will be doing!

Junior Saturday Morning Tennis

Whilst Saturday tennis continues at Bath Road throughout winter and all year round, for the very young members of the Club (3 to 8 year olds), between now and March 2018 we are indoors at Brackenbury Sports Centre, every Saturday morning from 10.00 am to 12 noon with Eve French and Philip Cooper.

Due to hall hire charges, the cost for members will be £5 per session.

Please come along, have fun and enjoy your tennis.

Eve and Philip

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A message from the newsletterers
Hello and just a note to say that we had a remarkable response to the last
newsletter,  55% of the 140 emails sent were read and some of you and you
know who you are, read it 20-30 times each. So, keep browsing and we'll
keep them coming. Further to our request for feedback from club members,
we are still gathering opinions to the subject of the Coffee Machine & Snack
Machine. There have been opposing accounts so far and the final opinion count
still hangs in the balance. If you haven't already contacted Nicki or Liz with an
email concerning this, then please send them to
"newsletter@felixstowetennis.co.uk". This will get to me or Liz Stiff to deal with.
Once again, thanks for all your comments and keep them coming...

Neil Saint
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