Tribute to John Sim

Before his death at the end of last year, John Sim had been a keen, long-standing and successful tennis and croquet player and for many years he also devoted his seemingly boundless energy to maintaining and improving the grounds and buildings at the club. Thursday 9 July would have been John’s 82nd birthday, so it seemed an appropriate day for Pam Sim to be opening our new, revamped Summer House, dedicated to John in recognition of the invaluable work he did for this club and all our members.

Vernon, Tom, Lesley, John and Joan have transformed the Summer House into a fantastic addition to our club, an area that will afford members great pleasure over the coming years. We are still uncovering the numerous tasks that he undertook quietly on our behalf and hope that the transformed Summer House will serve as a fitting reminder of all John’s efforts. He will be missed.

Playing Guests

To help meet with track and tracing requirements the pay-and-play facility for non-members is currently suspended until further notice. However members may now invite guests to play with members, subject to a charge of £6.00 (adults) and £3.00 (juniors) per visit for maximum of 4 visits or a weekly membership of £25.00 (adults) and £15.00 (juniors). Members are responsible for booking courts and collecting the relevant guest fees, which should be passed to the membership secretary with a list of guests.

Astroturf Courts

Over the last two years the club has spent £140,000 on resurfacing all 6 Astroturf courts. Mud brought on to the tennis courts can reduce the life expectancy of the Astroturf by up to 2 years from the initial 10 years – a potential cost to the club of over £25,000.

Please help us to ensure that we maximise the life of the courts by not walking across the croquet lawns or other grassed areas to reach the courts. Please keep to the footpaths and use the shoe scrubbers adjacent to the courts before entering the compounds. Thank you all for your help in this.

Wimbledon Ballot Postponed

Following the announcement by the AELTC that they will be making a decision next week on whether this year’s Wimbledon Championships will be going ahead we have decided to postpone the club’s ballot until we know more. If the championships do go ahead and you are successful in our ballot, there will still be plenty of time to purchase the tickets from the LTA online system which remains open until 15th May.

Club Closure

Following the latest government announcement on Covid-19 restrictions the Club will now be closed and the gate and all courts will be padlocked.

The replacement of courts 1, 2 and 3 is finished so we now have six amazing tennis courts ready for action; three weeks hopefully without rain will enable the croquet lawns to dry. Please stay well and let’s all look forward to a long hot summer of sport when restrictions are lifted and we can reopen!

AGM Cancellation

The club regret to announce that the 2020 AGM, due to be held in the club house on Thursday 26 March 2020, will be cancelled in line with government advice on social distancing and group meetings. Further information about the AGM can be found here.

Update on Replacement of Courts 1-3

The recent bad weather has delayed the work slightly. The contractors will be on site from Monday 9th March and will complete the preparation of the top surface before tarmacking hopefully on Wednesday 11th. The carpet fitters will begin once the top surface is ready and this will probably take us into the beginning of the following week.

We would like to thank you for your patience and flexibility on playing times when using the remaining three courts – see here for an update on anticipated court usage for this week. We will keep you updated with the progress being made at the end of next week.



2020 AGM – Thursday 26 March

The 2020 AGM of Ryde Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club will be held in the RLTCC Clubhouse, Playstreet Lane on Thursday March 26th at 6.30pm. Documents for the AGM will be made available here.