Tuesday Club Nights

The club officers have decided to trial a return to social tennis every Tuesday evening starting 14 July for three weeks, subject to the following constraints:

  • There will be 2 separate sessions 6pm – 7.30 and 7.45 – 9.15. 
  • Players can book for either session not both.
  • Booking is open from 9am Thursday to 4pm Saturday for the following Tuesday. Pam, our secretary will send out an email if any spaces are available after booking has closed.
  • To book please contact Pam leaving your name and preferred contact method. 12 spaces each session. 
  • Please let her know as soon as possible if you have booked and then need to cancel.
  • Mixed doubles whenever possible.
  • The designated co-ordinator for each session will have a list of players and will allocate everyone to a court
  • Players can rotate partners on their assigned court.  After 45 minutes the co-ordinator will ask each couple to rotate clockwise on all courts to make up another foursome.  This is to keep within the current allowed groups of no more than 6 people. 
  • Players from the first group are asked to leave quickly at the end of the session and players from the second group are asked not to arrive early to reduce the number of people around the clubhouse.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation .  Hopefully, we can extend this if successful or there is a further relaxation to current arrangements.

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Court Maintenance to be rescheduled

The cleaning and repainting of the courts has been deferred until w/c 4 July at the earliest.  Courts can now be booked for next week.

Definite closure dates will be posted here and e mailed to members once these have been agreed with the contractor.

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Chairman’s June Newsletter

June, she’ll change her tune and so she has – including the weather.

Oh look, is that really people playing doubles tennis? Spot the ball. Good to see it back in some form though I think each member may have differing thoughts on how to interpret the government guidelines. I’m sure Jan won’t want me anywhere near just yet. Some are very happy to play doubles with people from the same household as demonstrated by Glenn and Diane and Tess and Joel in the photo; some may feel comfortable playing a double with people from different households, just with the added challenge of keeping 2 metres apart whenever possible; others may wish to wait a bit longer. Use the WhatsApp to arrange with others then continue to book through the website. If for any reason you experience a problem, send a message. If the time you wish to play is not displayed, it means it has already been booked.

It is good to see that people are back and enjoying their tennis. Quite a challenge to maintain all the needed equipment and thank you for keeping up with the rules of hygiene. As a club we are going through new balls fairly quickly. Please make sure you continue to use the balls you have taken and not just pick a new set each time you play. Our spies and moles tell me that other local clubs are charging members for balls.

A new feature – chairman’s moan. Thank you for taking away the ring pull tops as well!!!! Inference needed.

And look at those courts, don’t they need a bit of t.l.c. Fingers crossed that the cleaning and painting can go ahead starting Wednesday 17th June.

Talking of keeping the place looking in good shape.

Thanks to all who are putting time into doing their bit to keep on top of the place, however big or small. Here’s Oliver attacking those brambles that readily come through at the back of the courts. Feel free to take the initiative when you see something that needs doing. It is good to be a part of an ethos where members see they have a shared responsibility rather than an attitude that somebody else will do it. Remember, everyone volunteers the time that they can. If you wish to become more involved with the running of the club but are not sure how, please contact Pam our secretary.

No news to report on any other changes or developments including league situations.

Got any photos of people playing? Do WhatsApp them through to me as it would be good to get more up to date ones on the website.

Enjoy your tennis


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Court Maintenance

The planned court cleaning and painting is now due to take place on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June meaning the courts will be out of action then and also on Saturday 20th June.  If the weather does not permit this then the work may have to be deferred to the following week (w/b Monday 22nd June).  If this is the case, then members will be informed on Monday 15th June.

Secondly, an invitation is presented here to all members who would like to acknowledge volunteers week and attend a gardening party on Saturday (6th June) from 9am until 10am.  However due to the current rules only 6 can be present so the first 5 to contact me directly via text or WhatsApp get to come.  If you do not have my number, send a message via the contacts page. Bit early for a bottle so instead bring a trowel, secateurs (had to look up how to spell that), lopers or any other useful gardening tool.

Thanks to all those who are already giving time to keeping the club going strong. This thanks has also been sent by John Crowther, chairman of Yorkshire Tennis.

PS This is not the June newsletter. I know you’re all waiting in anticipation.

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Risk Assessment as a PDF

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Changes to playing conditions from Monday 1st June

In the light of the update in government guidelines, there will be two changes to current playing regulations.

1 The clubhouse is to be opened for the use of the toilets only. However, those members who wish to use the toilets must read, agree with and follow the specific risk assessment which is attached to this message. The risk assessment will also be e mailed to all members and displayed at the clubhouse. The new code for the clubhouse door will also be e mailed to paid members on 1st June. If you choose to use the toilet facilities, it will be assumed that you have agreed to the terms of the risk assessment. If you do not agree with the risk assessment, please do not use the clubhouse toilets.

2 The LTA advice for on court play has been updated and both singles and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside your household as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible. No doubt different members will have differing feelings about this and therefore it is each individual’s personal decision whether to go with this. For the time being all other regulations will remain in place but are constantly under review. Please refer to the previous posts on the news page to remind yourself of these conditions.

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Booking a court instructions

Courts 1 and 3 should now be booked online from here (or follow the link on our home page).  This link will lead to the “Timify” booking site for Crosshills Tennis Club.

From there:

– Click “Book appointment now”.

– Click “Tennis match” (the only option available).

– On the next screen:   – Choose your date from the selection box at the top.

   – The middle section on choosing a court is OPTIONAL. Ignore this section to see ALL available time slots on both courts.

  – The bottom section will list all available court times

– select one to continue. 

On the next screen:  – Click an account (eg Facebook) or continue with “Guest Booking”.

On the next screen:  – Fill in the required fields (name, email, phone) and ensure the “Agree to terms and conditions” is checked (sigh!) 

– Click “Save and continue”

On the summary screen that follows, click “Confirm booking”.

That’s it. You will be given the option to save this directly to your online calendar – but this can be ignored. Finally, you will shortly receive an email confirming your booking details (including court no).

Thanks Brian Shears for a superb job done. Please get in touch if you have any difficulties with this.

Enjoy your tennis.

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Return to Tennis (Part 1)

The government rules for exercise have been adapted and it means some tennis is now allowed. It has been announced that “the use of outdoor sports courts such as tennis – with members of your household or one other person while staying 2 metres apart” is permitted from Wednesday 13th May.

The officers of the club have agreed that tennis at Cross Hills can recommence within the following strict guidelines.

Play is permitted with club members of your own household or with one other paid up club member on courts 1 and 3. (The net of court 2 will be lowered to enable physical distancing to be maintained).

Courts can be booked to play for a period of 50 minutes from a time on the hour until 10 to the following hour. This enables a safe transfer period between court users. If you do meet other members as you arrive or leave, please keep a two metre distance. Initially, please use the social tennis WhatsApp to state when you will be using the courts so as to avoid duplication of times. If you are not a member of the group, please contact me (Jonathan) and I will add you to the group. If you do not have my number you can send a message through the website or e mail the secretary. Please now only use this group for saying you are booking a court. Remember you can leave the group or mute notifications so you can edit the time you receive messages – ask if you are unsure on this. We are looking into the possibility of setting up a booking system which would be accessed through the website.

The clubhouse will remain out of bounds for the present. As a result a new numbered padlock will be used to keep the courts secure. Members who have paid their subscription will be e mailed this number as soon as it is in place.

In addition, the ball machine will remain out of use.

Hygiene is of the upmost importance. We are very grateful to Diane and Glenn Frost who have volunteered to organise and maintain a box for each usable court to be supplied with sanitiser/cleaning materials/marker pens etc. These will be in place by the weekend. Before and after play, please ensure you properly wipe down the net winder and the net measurer (which should be returned to the middle court where it can be safely accessed). In addition please take responsibility for cleaning the padlock and the latch on the entrance gate as you leave – take a cleaning cloth away with you.

It is requested that members if at all possible can provide their own balls and mark them with the pen so they don’t get mixed up with those of others. If you are unable to provide your own balls, there will be a limited number available in each box. If you take a set of balls, please keep them for future use and let me know so numbers can be monitored.

Please also take any rubbish away with you rather than use the club bins.

I’m sure you agree that as a club we wish to enable people to play tennis but in as safe a setting as possible. Please respect these non-negotiable procedures and be vigilant that others do the same. Do contact the secretary of the club if you think any issues with regard the safety of members arises. Please remember not to attend the club if you or anyone in your household are displaying any potential coronavirus symptoms.

Let’s see how this goes and be assured we will continuously review and reflect upon any changes to legislation. Enjoy your tennis and I hope to soon once I sort this bloomin’ knee out. I’ll be taking on an 82 year old until it heals.

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Initial response to the Prime Minister’s Message

No doubt we are all wondering if tennis in some form is permitted from Wednesday as hinted by Boris Johnson last night. The officers of the club will be communicating this evening (Monday) to discuss possibilities based on any clarification presented by the government and the LTA through the day. When a clear plan is formed, information will be posted here on the news page.

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May Newsletter

Excellent. Great to see you here. So you’re either reading this because you already follow the news page or you’ve followed the link from the e mail forwarded by Pam Emsley our secretary. Who knows, you may even be a potential new member as you search the web for local clubs. You’d be most welcome.

So yes, thanks to Brian Shears, this website is becoming more user friendly and it would be great to use it more to promote the club’s activities amongst members, the community and beyond. As a result, if you wish to keep up to date with posts and add your comments please hit the follow button and follow the relevant instructions. I say that with such confidence; if you have any snags, hiccups or confusions with that, please get in touch and we’ll try and work out why. It’s all new learning.

Eventually, it would be good to post current league positions for all our teams as well as photos and yes…maybe the odd song. Odd being the word. Go on, have another listen to No Tennis Ball Blues and massage my ego. Is it too obvious a pun to say all current league teams are unbeaten? (I’d insert an emoji here but can’t find where they might be).

On league news, nothing new with regard Bradford District or Friendly Leagues (see April newsletter) but the Wharfedale league has reduced to half a season, scheduled to start on 13th July. We will be updated as a club on 30th June if this is to change.

Times are frustrating but many are believing there is some hope for some sort of play in the coming weeks. As a club, we continue to follow http://lta.org.uk guidelines and are keeping a close eye on developments. At the time of writing, there is no change but thoughts and ideas are being processed. I am in communication with Gavin Sutcliffe who is the Lead Team Activator for the LTA in the Leeds area, the officers of the club and with Jamie our coach.

Thank you to all club members who have renewed their membership and have paid this year’s subscriptions. This is very much appreciated to help keep the club in a healthy financial position. Thank you also for communicating with Chris Glenn, our membership secretary, that you agree to the club’s GDPR policy. If anyone is still to renew their membership, could you at minimum contact Chris to say that you agree to the club’s GDPR policy and we can maintain all current members in our records.

The officers of the club are currently looking into possible grants which have been made available at this time; more about this at a later date. As a full committee, we will review the impact of the pandemic before deciding on subscriptions for the 2021/22 season. Also, we are very lucky in having Joel Griffiths as our treasurer as he continues to keep a well organised and firm hold over financial matters.

Moving on, we expect the planned court repainting will go ahead at some time in the near future and hopefully with as little impact on playing as possible. Again, thanks to Glenn Frost who is co-ordinating this.

Keep up the creative and original ways of staying fit so you’re ready to get that racket back in hand. I find myself bouncing a ball a lot. Take care and stay safe.

See you on court



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