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Valerie Maunder

Dear members,

It is with great sadness that I write to pass on the sad news of the death of Valerie Maunder who was a member of the club with her family for several years. She leaves her husband, John (a former committee member and team player), two daughters, Sophie and Jessica, and son Joe, all keen tennis players themselves. She will be much missed by many.

“A service of thanksgiving will be held at St Nicholas Church, Rectory Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JA (parking is available) on 21st July 2022, 11:30am. Light Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Church. Please feel free to wear a splash of colour.”

David Pettitt, Chair CPLTC

CPLTC Survey Results!

Chipstead Place Lawn Tennis Club


Chairman’s report 2014 – 2015

Dear member,

The running of our club is almost entirely dependent on the work of the members in particular the committee and team captains. Please show your support and interest by coming to the AGM on Thursday 19th of March 2015 at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. The Chairman ensures that the meeting is relevant and short!

Once again I am pleased to report the membership numbers have remained steady which I think is a great result in the context of continued straitened times. Many thanks once again to Ian Hooper, Membership Secretary, for cajoling, encouraging and reminding. The subscription rates for the coming year can be found in Ian’s proposal and will be voted on at the AGM.

Our Open Day was dry and well attended with lots of juniors on court. One or two new members were won over in the process.

Moss has once again been a troublesome issue for us and the committee has not hesitated in devoting resources to removing it. Our first priority is playing tennis. Anti-moss spray has been tried with limited success and pressure washing proves to be the only sure-fire method of keeping the courts playable.

The bigger issue for the club is of course the tree! A beautiful, huge, old Wellingtonia whose roots are once again finding sustenance under court 1 and creating the Chipstead Ridge in the process. We are investigating a number of options to resolve this problem for the long term. You may have seen the article in the Chronicle towards the end of last year. The tree officers seem sympathetic to our situation and await our proposals one of which might have to be the (expensive and sad) felling of the tree. We will keep you informed.

The junior coaching continues to thrive and we congratulate Adam Reavely on running such a well organised and popular part of the Club. As a committee we are  fully committed to this part of the Club and its contribution to the strength and vitality of the Club.

In September we once again ran a very enjoyable (and do-able) general knowledge quiz at the club. Attendance was modest but the participation was fulsome. We intend to repeat the event and would love more to attend. It really is a quiz for all and not at all intimidating.

If you are reading this having received it through the letterbox but you do have an email address then please let Tim Salmon () have your email address so we can issue future communications to you through the ether.

Finally, some of you may have noticed that the leaves on the court and the surrounds “magically disappeared”. Again we rely on a (diminishing) band of volunteers to rake and shift them. A job that would be even more magical if a few more members could just forsake an hour of reading the Sunday papers for an hour of “agrarorobics”.

At this point I would also like to thank the “secret gardeners” of CPLTC – Pat and Ian Udall. Ian has retired from his gardening activities for CPLTC but he does still seem to sneak round and do the necessary. In particular Pat and Ian very kindly dealt with a minor break-in of one of the sheds, mending the lock and dealing with the police. A massive thank-you to them both.

I would like to thank all the committee members for their hard word this year. It has been a pleasure working with them and I look forward to continued progress and stability next year.

Finally I would like to reiterate my invitation for all to the Club AGM on 19 March 2015 in the Club House. Please come along, meet other members and the committee and share your views about the Club. Have a great year of tennis and don’t forget to send your cheque/cash or pay by BACS bank transfer (the easiest and quickest way) in good time to secure your early-payment discount

David Pettitt

Chairman, Chipstead Place Lawn Tennis Club

2020 Finals Winners



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