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Quiz Night 18th November

MLTC Quiz Night – Saturday 18th November

Arrive for a 7.45 pm start

  • Cost £5 per person, including chilli
  • Teams of 6 people maximum
  • Please sign up on the sheet in the clubhouse (to be put up shortly) or email Mike Bottomley at

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Finals Day 2017 Order of Play

Please find bel0w the order of play for Finals Day on Sunday 10th September. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time and let the Tournament Referee Chris Mann know you are present so matches can be started in a timely manner.

This will also be published on the Club’s FB page and is on the draw board in the clubhouse too.

We have done our very best to accommodate the requests that we received from players.

Many thanks,

Finals Day – Order of Play

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Jess Bull moving to work with the LTA

Jess Bull will be leaving the coaching team to start a career with the LTA as a Regional Competition Coordinator on 4th September.
Jess said “I’ve had a wonderful time coaching at Maidenhead for the past 8 years and will miss everybody that I teach terribly – and seeing all of your faces everyday! Although my time coaching has come to an end I will continue to be a part of MLTC, hopefully having time to play some of my own tennis. I’m very excited for the future and what’s to come for me at the LTA!”
Nigel Mann writes: “It is with a great deal of sadness but with a huge amount of pride and excitement, that I am letting you know that Jess is leaving us. I have personally known Jess since she was 9 years old as a very good junior competitor and member of Maidenhead LTC. When she was 14 Jess started her coaching career as a Tennis Assistant at Maidenhead squads and camps and then joined the Maidenhead LTC Coaching Team in 2009 after finishing her education.
During the past 8 years she has shown passion, unbelievable commitment to her players, the coaching team and myself. Her players have represented Berkshire, as well as competing at Regional, National and International levels. Jess has been a fantastic team member and I will personally miss her very much on a daily basis.
Jess will be starting her new role at the LTA on the 4th September and she may continue to support the Coaching Team on an ad hoc basis in the future if she has time. We will all miss her on the coaching court and off it, but hope to see her continuing to play tennis at Maidenhead regularly.
I hope you will join me and the rest of the Coaching Team in wishing her every success and happiness in her new role at the LTA. No doubt our paths will cross and she will be a welcome LTA visitor in the future.”

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Finals Day, Sunday 10th Sept 2017 – donations please

Kind donations of food and help on the day needed

Finals Day is fast approaching and your kind help is needed with the catering to make this day as successful as always. Donations of food would very much be appreciated – savoury dishes, cakes, desserts etc and also help on the day – setting up, in the kitchen preparing food/refreshments and clearing away.

If you are able to help in any way, please put your name on the list on the noticeboard advising what you can help with/what food you can bring, or contact Toni Tucker, Social Secretary, on Mobile: 07958 730157.

Please put your name on the list/let Toni know what you can help with before Thursday 7th September.

Many thanks


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Pamela Spooner 1943 – 30th July 2017

It is with great sadness that we advise members of the sad passing of Pam.

Pam had been a member of this club since she was 21. Pam joined as a “B” member shortly after MLTC instigated a “B” section to allow people with no tennis experience to join our club. Pam always recalled being initially ignored by “A” members who only wished to play with those who could play a decent game. How things changed!  Within a very short time Pam had progressed into our Ladies 1st team and won her first club Ladies Singles title in 1968 at the age of 25. Between that win in 1968 and 1979 Pam went on to win the Ladies Singles ten times. She also won many Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles during that time. Pam was selected to play for Berkshire at County Week and for a couple of years was proud to captain the side. One of her proudest playing memories was to play in Division 2 for Berkshire Ladies against Kent who had been relegated from Division 1. In that match Pam played against a pair that included Virginia Wade.

Pam also served MLTC as Hon. Secretary for a couple of years, she later became a Trustee of the club, a position she held until her death.

Prior to tennis Pam played in goal for Maidenhead Ladies Hockey Club. Pam was also a very keen table tennis player. In the days before our old clubhouse burned down the club had six teams in the Maidenhead and District Table Tennis League and Pam ran the Ladies team. Pam represented Maidenhead Town team on numerous occasions. Her table tennis career went on far longer than her lawn tennis career as she was still playing league table tennis until recently and competed in many Veteran Events.

In essence Pam will be remembered as a great person to play with and against, always full of fun and willing to join in and help with anything at the club. She will be very much missed by all who knew her.

Pam is survived by her younger brother Malcolm.

Pam’s funeral has been arranged for 12.00 on Wednesday 30 August at Slough Crematorium.

Alan Frampton


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Court News

Courts 1-3 will be overlaid with new aggregate starting on 16th July 2018 at no cost to MLTC. This is because of crumbling aggregate (called fretting) and many members have noticed and commented on the surface of these courts breaking up/stone loss in places. The fretting problem is due to the fact that aggregate is a mined natural stone and some batches of stone break-up. Fretting has occurred at other tennis clubs and is being monitored by the LTA. They will be available for play again in August, exact date depending on weather! These dates coincide with the relatively low court usage that occurs during the main holiday season.
Oaken Grove courts are being relaid in the w/c 18th August 2017. Repainting of this new surface will take place in early October and the courts should be playable from 6th October, but is obviously subject to weather.

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Oaken Grove Courts – Padlock Code

A reminder that the code for the padlock at Oaken Grove is included in the confirmation email you receive when a booking is made for one of these courts.

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Bar opening on Sundays

The bar will be open on Sundays, from April 23rd until Finals Day, between noon and 3pm.

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Car Parking

Our car park is small and spaces are narrow, it is intended for use by Members only and we ask that visitors park along All Saints Avenue.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND CONSIDERATE !  Our car park is unsuitable for large cars, SUV’s, people carriers and similar vehicles.  If your vehicle is wider than 1.9 metres (6 feet and a bit in old money, or think BMW 3 series) then please park along All Saints Avenue.

The Council have painted white lines either side of the entrance to the car park but their dimensions are limited by local by-laws – if vehicles are parked close to the limit, visibility is restricted so please do take great care when driving out of the car park.  Equally, when parking on All Saints Avenue please try to leave a 2 metre gap between the end of your vehicle and the white line.

Roger True
Hon Secretary
October 2016

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Defibrillator Information

As some of you will be aware, the club purchased a defibrillator several months ago and is now attached to the wall in the entrance lobby of the clubhouse.

We have had several requests for more information about how to use the defibrillator. The key points are:

  • The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can be used on adults and children over one year of age
  • Call 999 straight away if someone is unresponsive or not breathing normally
  • Do NOT leave the individual to retrieve the AED – start CPR if you know how to administer this and get someone else to bring the AED to you
  • The AED at MLTC will give audible instructions to guide you through use
  • You will need to apply the AED pads as instructed onto bare skin, in the positions shown on the pads
  • The AED analyses the heart rate and decides what, if any, shock to deliver to the patient – AFTER giving an audible warning to stand clear of the patient.
  • You cannot do harm to the patient if you accurately follow the instructions given through the AED
  • After delivering a shock the AED will tell you to continue CPR and it will re-analyse the heartbeat after two minutes. It may then deliver another shock and advise CPR to continue
  • If the patient appears responsive at any time, place them in the recovery position and wait for the ambulance

The St John’s Ambulance has a very informative youtube video which can be found here:

St John’s Ambulance Defibrillator Advice

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