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Welcome Letter from Brett Dye, Acting Chair of Penzance Tennis Club.

Hello Everyone,

I was very pleased to be asked to take on the role of Acting Chair of Penzance Tennis Club until our next AGM which takes place on 29th January 2024. At that stage, I would like to be considered for the position of Chair for 2024. Trevor has achieved so much during both his 25 years on the committee with the last 13 as Chair, so there is much we can continue to build on. I am incredibly impressed with the hard work and dedication of the committee and volunteers who have worked so hard and achieved so much! We have new courts and floodlights thanks to the team effort and, alongside building on the feedback from the Onwards and Upwards Survey, I feel there is so much more we can achieve together. For those who don’t know my background, I was until last year, headteacher for 27 years in three large schools. My experience in building quality across an organisation is fundamental to the running of any club and I’m sure I can bring my experiences to support this aim. It is lovely to take on a completely new challenge and I am so excited about what we can achieve together. The priority first and foremost, has to be developing high quality tennis throughout the club for all our members young and old. It is fantastic to see our tennis teams achieving so well at club, county and national levels. To see competitors from Penzance Tennis Club competing in other tournaments with an amazing amount of success makes us all very proud. It is also so rewarding to see our Coaching Team continuing to develop with a wide range of activities on offer. Ian and his team are working tirelessly to ensure we aim for the best at all times and that has to be good for all of us. It is also highly rewarding for me personally to see our Singles Ladder membership grow, we now have 58 players registered, so an exciting season ahead. So many people are looking to improve their tennis in different ways and that has to be good for our club. In order for us to maintain this and to support members, it is imperative that we also build on the social side of the club. In real terms the maximum number of players on a court in the evening is around 30. This doesn’t make opening the bar facilities viable unless we develop the social side further. An additional benefit of this is, it is great fun and supports members who may not be able to join in with tennis, but who are still important to the club . I have so enjoyed our recent Bingo, Disco and Euchre nights, with other events such as Karaoke and Cabaret on the near horizon. Table Tennis is also starting to take off. There is only one table at the moment, but we are ambitious and are sourcing another indoor table as well as maybe an outdoor one. Even with the one table, people are having great fun, as games are short and all who have taken part are getting at least 3 matches. Why not to give it a go, so come along on Tuesdays evenings from 6.30pm. The more we can support these events, the better we get to know each other in a range of social settings and that has to be good for all our members.

You will hopefully start to see other changes taking place, which will at all times have members of the club as its priority. For example, we are investigating the possibility of redecorating the clubhouse. We are also looking at an honesty box system for tea and coffee when the bar is not open. We are seeking more volunteers to help just for an occasionally couple of hours for

the bar, table tennis and other events. Please consider joining us. The numbers coming forward at the moment are starting to build up but we need more help if possible. The biggest change for you as members is that in future for events, it is really important that we know people will be attending. Please make the effort to buy the tickets in advance, sign up on forms or tell people you are coming, so we know an activity is worthwhile. Some events we are putting on will cost the club money and if no-one attends, it will give create a financial loss. However this is also true of time. More important sometimes than money. Occasionally, volunteers are giving up hours of their time, only to find no-one attends. So, you will find us asking a lot more for you to let us know you are coming, or not, then we can look to value people in a better way. Kathy can always be emailed at info@penzancetennisclub.co.uk as ever, she will make sure the messages are passed on, as long as she has sufficient notice. For non-members, we are saying please come along for 2 free weeks. if you’ve enjoyed yourself, you are able to join as a Social Member for just £17 per annum. That is 39p a week! We are guaranteeing the bar will be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, with food (booking in advance) available on Fridays. If you know someone who you think would like to come please let us know. We will have a buddy system in place for all new members, tennis and social from next month. The friendly atmosphere here is so apparent and makes everyone welcome.

A great example of this was the Closed Tournament last week which was a fantastic, friendly event and enjoyed by players of all abilities. The matches on Finals Day were so exciting and many of them went right to the wire. The support for the players from members was absolutely fantastic. It was so well organised by our willing volunteers and did our club great credit. Those of you who know me well, know how passionate I am about tennis and how much I love our club. You will find me very approachable and open to new ideas and I know the committee are also excited about what the future holds. The future of Penzance Tennis Club and its Social Connections Hub looks bright. I look forward to sharing the journey


the results of the Closed Tournament Finals. 67 matches were played in total over 9 days/evenings with 56 players competing over 10 events. It was a fantastic week for all concerned and a great vote of thanks go to Di Hillage, Fi Drew, Helena Luke and Sue Nash for all the hard work in making this such a fantastic event.

We did it! The Crowdfunding total was reached! A big thank you everyone!


Monday Music – 6.30 – 8.30 Bring a guitar and learn how to play or come and join in the music. 


Tuesday Table Tennis – 6.30 – 8.30

Wednesday Winddown. We have volunteers for the next month waiting to welcome you from 6.30.  Light music, chat, play a game…..

Come and join in and enjoy being part of the club. Non tennis playing partners will be welcomed. No longer able to play? Come and be part of our social hub. We can’t wait to meet you and have you involved.

Thursday Thinkabout. A time to chat together. THE BAR IS OPEN FOR DRINKS AND SNACKS


Future Events to look out for: Professional CABARET EVENING with Tony D, entertainer


It is a very exciting time, but we need you to get involved by coming along and bringing friends and family with you. If we are paying for an event, we really need to break even or it won’t be sustainable. If you can also help on the committee or at one of the events, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Brett or Lil Dye at lildye@live.co.uk for more information.

More information can be found on the posters in the clubhouse, on the web and on Facebook.


It is genuinely so easy and has the potential to raise lots of money for the club. Download the app and each time you visit a site that allows a contribution it asks you do you want a donation. You say and that’s it. Let your weekly grocery ship help the club. Also, click here to sign up for Easy fundraising and we’ll get a donation of £5

Penzance Tennis Club is situated in beautiful parkland a short stroll from the town. The south-facing terrace overlooks 4 newly resurfaced, state of the art, artificial grass floodlit courts, 3 macadam and one mini court. All courts have floodlights.

We have a coaching team tennis programme to meet the needs of all.

Mel Jones, Club President

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