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June 2014 Newsletter

Hi LSClubbers

What a fickle bunch us Captetonians are!  

After a dry April and relatively dry May with the lowest rainfall recorded in years for those two months, there was a lot grumbling that if the winter rains didn’t arrive soon, we’d be facing water restrictions at the end of the year. Fast forward to today, and after a 3 week period of pretty relentless rain and icy winds, we’re all moaning that we’ve had enough of this miserable weather.  C’est la vie!!!

And whilst Oscar-gate and Nkandla-gate may have become rather tedious as they drag on like drab soapies, there’s been plenty of exciting events playing  out in the life of our own sports club to keep us entertained over the past few months.

So grab yourself a cuppa and lend me your eyes for the next few minutes as I bring you up-to-speed with all the news and happenings:-

1.  WELCOME:

A very warm welcome to our new members who have joined LSC since April (when I sent out my last newsletter). For those who I haven't had the opportunity to meet yet, I look forward to meeting you soon.

On behalf of the LSC Committee, thank you for joining, and we hope you thoroughly enjoy being a member of our proud and festive club, this year and for many years to come.

Please feel free to contact me at any time should you want to discuss any matter pertaining to the club and your membership.

Our club’s membership currently stands on 184 paid-up members, which is the most we’ve ever had in the history of our club, now in our 53rd year. So thank you to you all for your continued support.

2.  JUNIOR TENNIS CLUB CHAMPS:

Courtesy of a great initiative from Michelle Dutton (and, lest I forget, Master William Tweddle taking me to task in my Chairperson’s Report at our AGM last year!), we held our inaugural Junior Club Camps Tennis Tournament in May. We ran it as a Doubles format for kids younger than 14, and had 8 doubles pairings enter. It was a highly entertaining day with some high-class tennis on show. Congratulations to Cameron Williamson and Demetrie Maroulis for winning the title, edging out William Tweddle and Kenau Vith.

3. CLUB HOUSE RENOVATIONS:

A big thank you to Sheena Stephens for managing the renovations project in April and May, which included the repainting of the clubhouse (interior and exterior), new cupboards installed, a new braai installed on the deck, and quite a few other improvements. There are still a few minor items that still need to be completed; e.g. new gutters, a facelift to the ladies changing room, etc., but the bulk of the work has been completed.

Thank you for putting up with the inconvenience of the painters during the project.

4.  ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM:

We upgraded our access control system at the end of May. The front gate to the clubhouse has been completed, but unfortunately the persistent rains over the past 3 weeks has meant that the contractor has not been able to complete the locks and tag readers for the two tennis court gates and the enclosure for the switch to the floodlights for the lower tennis court. We are hoping for some dry weather in this coming week, so that the project can be completed.

The new system requires you to replace the old key tags with a new tag. Our records show that over 75% of our members have already done the swap-out. For those of you who still need to do so, the swap-out can be done with Chenay Solomons at the Seeff Properties office in Mainstream Shopping Centre, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm. If you need to do a swap-out outside of these hours or over the weekend, you can contact me directly, and we can make a plan.

Once the project is completed, your new key tag will open the gates to the clubhouse as well as the two tennis courts (you’ll no longer need to collect the key in the clubhouse to open the padlocks). The floodlights will also use the same keytag, and will be on a timer switch; i.e. you swipe your tag and the floodlights will come on automatically for one hour. If you’ve booked the court for longer than an hour, you will need to time it that you dash back to the tag reader to swipe it for another hour before the first hour expires.

A big thank you to Paul Herrmann for doing all the research into this upgrade project, and for continuing to manage the access control system with military precision.

5. TENNIS FLOODLIGHTS:

Please remember that the conditions on which we received approval from the City Council and LCA to install the floodlights are that the usage can’t extend past 9pm on a weekday (Monday to Thursday, and Sunday), and past 10pm on a weekend (Friday and Saturday).

Also, we will continue to monitor the cost to the club of the use of the floodlights. Our monthly electricity bill has increased since the installation of the floodlights, but not to the degree that we feel we need to institute a pay-for-use/meter system. We will continue to review this, and reserve the right to institute such a system should the increase to the club’s electricity bill necessitate it.

6.  SOCIAL TENNIS:

For new members not in-the-know, Eric Putsman runs mixed socials every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm (weather permitting). If you’re keen to get involved, you can contact Eric on 083 777 5206.

Also, should you want any coaching lessons – for you and/or your kids – you can contact Michelle Dutton. (082 497 7540).

7.  TENNIS CLUB CHAMPS:

We’ve reached the business end of our annual Tennis Club Champs tournament, but due to the wet weather over the past 3 weeks, we’ve stalled at the semi-final stage in most of the competitions, and have missed the original date we had scheduled for our Finals Day. With more wet weather forecasted for the coming long weekend, and then school holidays after that, it’s likely that we will need to postpone the Finals Day for the weekend immediately after the school holidays have finished.

I will keep you updated on this, as the Finals Days is one of the highlights in our club’s calendar, with great tennis being served up in front of an appreciative crowd.  It is always a festive, social event.

8.  SQUASH LEAGUE:

We’re about a third of the way into the 2014 WP Squash League season. We’ve entered 10 teams this year: 5 men’s, 3 ladies’ and 2 masters’. At this early stage, our Men’s A team, captained by Oly Dods, have the bragging rights, as they are lying 2nd on their log – the highest log position of the 10 teams in their respective league tables.

If you are a new member and would like to get involved in the league squash set-up, you can contact myself (for Men’s League) on 082 450 7905, or Margie Mackenzie (for Ladies’ League) on 083 252 2755.

9.  SOCIAL DOUBLES SQUASH:

On the back of the social Doubles Squash evening we arranged at the beginning of the year as part of our Summer League, a few of our members have really taken to the doubles format and have been playing regularly on Saturday afternoons. What started off as just a bit of friendly knockabouts has evolved into a social doubles league that is becoming more and more popular.

Vida Steenkamp and Mark Woodhouse are the main ringleaders for this doubles squash format, and invite any other members who are interested to get involved, to join them on Saturday afternoons between 1:30pm and 4pm for the social league. Ideally you should look to organize yourself a partner before joining, otherwise you may feel like a spare wheel!  

For more details, you can contact Vida on 082 648 6156 or

10.  ANNUAL GOLF DAY:

We had a thoroughly enjoyable and successful annual golf day, held at the King David Golf Club on 11th April.  It was a sweltering day (34 deg), with the drinks cart being a welcome sight along the fairways…  that was, of course, before Debs burned out the engine!! 

The golf day is our club’s premier  fund-raising event of the year, and remains highly profitable thanks to the kind donations and prize sponsorships from members and local Hout Bay businesses. We thank them all for their generosity and ongoing support. And, of course, a massive thank you to Debs Paul for once again organising a great event.

11. SECURITY:

We had a very unfortunate incident at our club 2 weeks ago. Michelle Dutton  was on the top tennis court, waiting for one of her pupils to arrive for a tennis coaching lesson. It was 2:30pm; i.e. the incident took place in broad daylight. Two men approached the court from the bushes next to the park, and made their way to the gate. Michelle’s woman’s intuition kicked in, and sensing that the men were a threat, ran to the gate and padlocked it closed. The men threatened her through the fence with a knife, and demanded she hand them her cellphone and other valuables. Michelle screamed and the men ran away.

When our access control project is completed this coming week, the fact that both tennis courts’ gates will lock automatically once closed will give an extra measure of security. But all members need to be aware that there are opportunists prowling about, and to always be aware.

We reported the incident to the LCA, and they have provided me with the cellnumber for the mobile ADT van that patrols Llandudno. I will be making a sign with this number and sticking it up on the inside of the tennis gates. I do recommend that you program this number into your cell for quick access. It is 083 680 2594.

12. LOST PROPERTY:

In the event that you leave something of value behind at the club, the best way to see whether someone has picked it up is to contact our groundsman, Clive Moses, on 072 207 6508. Clive works at the club on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and generally puts anything of value that has been left lying around in the club’s storeroom for safekeeping.

I am aware of a pair of sunglasses and a watch that have been left behind recently. The glasses were picked up by Ingrid Hansen and are with Chenay at Seeff Properties (021-790 1032). The watch was picked up by Natasja Mallam and she has it with her. (082 453 2051).

Phew!  Quite a bumper edition for our mid-year newsletter. Thanks for staying with me all the way to the end. 

Cheers

Rob

Rob Williamson

Chairperson: Llandudno Sports Club

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