Team and club news
Mixed A on tour
Kintbury Mixed A enjoyed a wet and windy trip down to St Ives at the end of July. According to team captain, it was, 'The best view from a tennis court I have ever played on ! We will be going back with hopefully better weather soon !'
The photos give you an idea of the view and the weather, though we don't really need telling what a wet tennis court and bedraggled players look like do we.
The heads photo features (L-R) Paul Morgan, Janine Fisher, Rob King, Mark Grant, and Hannah Richards (formerly one of our mixed A players before moving to Cornwall).
posted : 2017-08-01
FREE adult coaching
The next session of free adult coaching will be on June 14th. The session on Wed May 17 was cancelled.
All adults, members and non-members are welcome to come along. All standards will be catered for.
posted : 2017-06-22
NDLTA fixtures are out
The fixtures for our summer league games have been posted on the NDLTA website and on our own site. Matches start w/c May 8th
If you are interested in playing league matches but have not made yourself known to our captains, please get in touch with a member of committee as soon as possible. There will also be opportunities (we hope) for friendly fixtures involving players who are not part of the teams.
Good luck to all our teams
posted : 2017-06-22
The AGM on March 6th agreed that members will only be entered for the Wimbledon ballot provided their annual membership is paid in good time. This is to save our membership secretary having to chase unnecessarily late payments.
The deadline for this year is May 7th 2017. The renewal notification email will be issued in due course. Membership subs will stay the same in 2017 as they were in 2016.
posted : 2017-03-06
FREE adult coaching
The committee recently agreed to continue with the programme of free coaching offered on occasional Wednesday nights. More details will be given when dates are confirmed.
posted : 2017-03-06
Fixtures for the NDLTA winter league are now posted on our webpages and on the NDLTA website.
posted : 2017-01-31
Mixed A do it again
Kintbury's Mixed A team won the first division of the NDLTA summer league for yet another season. Most of us are too young to remember the last time the A team did not finish top of the league and congratulations go to the players who did their bit in securing the title again.
Captain Rob King, Gerry Nikitopolous, Gareth Clarke, Hannah Richards, Kelly Edwards, Mike Prince, Mark Grant, Roxy Cox, and Janine Fisher have all played a part in securing the title.
posted : 2017-01-31
Well done Murray
Well done Andy Murray for winning BBC Sports Personality of The Year (as well as Wimbledon and Olympic titles etc). Just shows that you can achieve public acclaim by being brilliant at what you do rather than by merely courting the press and trying to be what others want you to be.
posted : 2016-12-20
Kintbury has re-entered a men's team into the Basingstoke Winter League and a new team into the NDLTA winter league. Both will play their home games on a Tuesday evening.
The Basingstoke team re-enters as champion of division one having worked its way through the divisions from the lowest division in its first season. Year on year promotions have taken the team (mainly drawn from John Howell, Mark Grant, Gerry Nikitopulous, Rob King and Alan Hunt) to the top of div one last winter. Here's hoping they can repeat that feat this year.
The new team in the NDLTA league has been entered as Kintbury B, reflecting the fact that it will largely draw on players who played for the C team in the summer league. It isn't known yet whether there will be one or two divisions in the winter league. We'll keep you posted on how they fare.
posted : 2016-10-07
Fun day from the fifties
Our normal Saturday club session went back in time at the beginning of September as members brought out their tennis whites and wooden rackets for a bit of tennis from the fifties. Those who could remember the 50s were out on court alongside those who were too young even to recall the 90s but it did not matter. A great time was had by all.
The BBQ was fired up, the salad was prepared and a fair amount of Pimms was consumed.
Thanks go especially to Rhoda, Bob, Ian and Richard for all their planning and preparation and to the many members who turned up and made it a good event for everyone.
posted : 2016-10-03
Mens C promoted
The Mens C team gained promotion in dramatic fashion on July 28th, winning a rearranged fixture against Woodland.
The division was so tight that a defeat would probably have meant relegation, and victory promotion, given that Woolton Hill C were guaranteed top spot, and Harwell Village were bottom. Three teams in the middle had been trading 5-4 victories throughout the season, and so it proved to be that a 5-4 victory was enough to take KTC into 2nd behind Woolton Hill. The 8-1 thrashing of Harwell earlier in the year gave Kintbury a sets advantage that Yattendon and Woodland could not match. Close defeats to Woolton Hill (5-4 both times) also signalled that Kintbury had been competitive throughout the season and probably deserved their promotion (subject to ratification by the league).
The next challenge is to avoid the yo-yo of relegation next year. But in the meantime, well done to all who played for the Cs and gained 2nd spot.
posted : 2016-09-18
Mens B promoted
Congratulations to the Mens B team, who secured promotion from Div 3 of NDLTA league this week. Their record was played 8, won 7, sets for = 55, sets against = 17, games for = 390, games against = 222
As Trev says,
Mixed A is in with a shout of winning Div 1 (as usual), Mens C has a chance of promotion from Div 4, but the fortunes of our other teams are looking a little less rosy. Never mind, there is always next year.
posted : 2016-09-18
Here is some free physio advice for the over 50s.For more info click physio.pdf
posted : 2016-06-29
Club tournament winners
Congratulations go to Gareth Miles and Pat Poyton for their victory in the mixed doubles tournament, winning a round robin tournament by virtue of winning a set against Graeme Coulam/Rachel Shepherd and Rhoda Bashford/Bob Hotchkis. Graeme/Rachel also won the set against Rhoda/Bob.
Rhoda put her mixed doubles defeat behind her and partnered Fiona Coulam to victory in the ladies pairs final beating Pat Poyton and Collette Blyth by 2 sets to love. Well done girls.
Gareth was a two times winner after partnering Simon Walker to a 2 sets to love victory over Bob Hotchkis and Graeme Coulam. Congratulations to the guys. (photos to follow)
posted : 2016-06-02
Open day success
KTC hosted a hugely enjoyable Open Day, wonderfully supported by the rank and file membership, and attended by several new faces who were given a warm welcome and introduction to tennis. Ignition Tennis ran some coaching sessions for about 15 children over the course of the day, and we also ran the finals of our club tournaments (see separate story).
Ian Doolan and Richard Wintgens served burgers and sausages from the club BBQ with other members such as Rikki Davies providing salad, and cakes, as well as soft drinks aplenty. Rhoda decorated the grounds with bunting and posters which helped create a real carnival atmosphere amongst the members and guests.
Young and old mixed in together and it was great to see so many members supporting the club, and encouraging others to get involved, as well as volunteering their time to organise things and being willing to play with people who might not have played much before. Well done to all who came along and did their bit.
posted : 2016-06-02
November 2015 Newsletter
Our November 2015 newsletter is now available for reading or downloading.For more info click NewsNov2015.pdf
posted : 2015-11-17
KTC Summer Party 2015
Date for your diaries Friday 26th June Venue Blue Ball Start 7.00 pm til late. Food, Pimms and Music plus great company. Hope to see as many members and guests as possible. Ticket Price £10 Adult and £5 juniors.
Please let Roxy Cox know you are coming as we have to let the caterers know numbers. firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to seeing you at the party !
posted : 2015-06-11
Vintage tennis day
On Sunday Sept 22nd, from 11am – 3pm we are going to repeat the vintage tennis day we ran last year. It's a chance to get out the whites and the old wooden rackets and to play like it's 1899, or any time up to the 1980s.
Choose your decade and outfit accordingly and if you have a wooden racket bring it with you!
We will have some available to borrow too. There will be a prize for the best outfit.
Bring something to cook on the Club Gas BBQ
Cream Teas - Scones, Cream, Strawberry Jam, tea available from midday £4.00BBQ, Cream Teas happen rain or shine – we have gazebos! Please let Rhoda Bashford know if you are coming – so we know how many scones to bake.
posted : 2013-08-22
It is time again for the KTC Summer Party, held as usual at the Blue Ball, this time on June Friday 28th starting at 7.00 pm.
Tickets cost £10 (£5 Children under 13) and include: Glass (or 2) of Pimms on arrival, Hot Food and Disco till Late. See poster
Members are reminded NOT to bring their own booze to this party as the Blue Ball may charge corkage. Please contact Roxy Voorspuy on 07813 140107 or Roxy.Voorspuy@baileyrobinson.com to get your tickets. And please pay up front to save Roxy having to bother with lots of cash on the night.
posted : 2013-06-15
KTC held its annual open day on Sunday April 28th from 10.30am til late afternoon. We had free tennis coaching sessions, beat the ball machine sessions, a BBQ and lots of opportunity to have a go at tennis.
We will also held the draw for Wimbledon tickets.
Several new folk came to join us and a good day was had by all
posted : 2013-05-06
Tennis Leaders training
The LTA is running a tennis leaders course for 13+.
Tennis Leaders is aimed at 13 years plus and the content is suitable for older juniors just starting out on the tennis career pathway through to adult volunteers looking to support their local coach, referee or club official. Upon completion of the core module and at least one of the additional modules you can call yourself a “Tennis Leader” and start to help out at your local club, and become an important part of your clubs coaching team.
Open the attached flyer
posted : 2013-03-01
Despite the threat of rain, we held another of our popular Hog Roast / Summer Party nights on Friday July 13th. As ever, it was a great social event with hog roast, plenty of Pimms, music, chat, dancing and actually NO RAIN. (Relief from chair who had guaranteed members that it would be rain free :-) )
It was great to see so many members, friends and Kintbury villagers present, and a huge THANK YOU goes out to Rob, Roxy and Nick for their time and effort in organising this lovely evening.
If you missed out, look out for news of next year's event roughly the same time next year.
posted : 2012-11-26
Rob King (Mens & Mixed A captain at KTC) is organising another mens pairs and ladies pairs tournament to be held at Greenacre on Sept 23rd.
posted : 2012-10-14
Vintage Tennis Event
Magnificent period tennis costumes - rather than magnificent tennis - were on show on June 16th, as KTC hosted its Vintage Tennis Day as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. (actually it was more a celebration of all the years BEFORE 1952 as the all-whites and wooden rackets will testify) With wooden rackets making a rare appearance from behind the box in the loft, the day proved to be great fun, and it is something we will almost certainly repeat next year.
There were no real winners or losers in the matches played as everyone struggled to come to terms with playing with wooden rackets. All those clever flicks, and powerful drives that we think are part of our natural game proved impossible with the old style rackets.
But no-one seemed too bothered and with a generous afternoon tea provided by the members themselves there were plenty of sandwiches and cream scones to take our minds off the missed volleys and powerless forehands.
posted : 2012-09-04
Quiz night & Open Day
We ran another of our very popular quiz nights on April 28th, in the Coronation Hall, Kintbury. Hot supper was provided via The Blue Ball, and about 70-80 people attended a fun quiz. As ever there was strong competition with a table inclluding members Mark Grant, Rob Martin, and Malcolm Davies just losing out to a table captained by Greg Blanchard (the winning team kindly donated its prize money back to the club's development fund)
Sadly, on April 29th, the weather got the better or our Open Day. One or two folk did turn up to pay their subs, but we had no play. So, we will try to rearrange this. On a brighter note, we are taking part in Feel Good Fortnight, and a few new people have asked to join us at Clubnight so that is encouraging.
posted : 2012-04-30
Bagging all the silver
KTC grabbed all the major trophies at the AGM of the Newbury & District Tennis League. Seen here are Paul Homersham, Roxy Voorspuy (ladies capt), Tony Foley (Mens D capt) and Rob King (Mens A & Mixed A capt) with the Mens Div 1, Mixed Div 1, Ladies Div1, Mens Div 4 and Mixed Div 5 trophies received on the night.
Missing from the photo is Mixed C capt John Howell who was having a fag at the time the photo was taken (sorry John, but we keep telling you to give it up). Also at the AGM were Hannah Richards, Mark Grant, Malcolm Davies, and Graeme Coulam meaning a good turn out from KTC on the night.
Well done to all the members who helped us secure so many trophies.
posted : 2012-02-01
What's with the shed
You may have noticed new outbuilding as you approach the clubhouse. This is a metal garage that will store maintenance equipment, and we hope, will free up space in the clubhouse to make it more welcoming.
Thanks to Roy Hutchings, Gerry Nikitopulous, Jim Crockatt, Richard Wintgens for their work in digging the foundations, laying the concrete base and building the garage.
And special thanks to John Howell for his regular work in keeping the courts leaf-free. From time to time, other members have helped with this, but if you see John blowing leaves, please don't be afraid to offer to help.
posted : 2012-02-01
Chris & Mikey triumph
Kintbury A team players, Chris Proctor and Mikey Puttick were winners of the Newbury & District League men's doubles tournament held at Greenacre on Sunday 25th September. Well done to them
Kintbury fielded 4 pairs in the tournament, which was organised by our A team captain Rob King along with Liz Fidler. (Rob King and Phil Howell made the semis, but were beaten by Mike and Chris). Kintbury lady, Janine Fisher also partnered a friend in the ladies tournament, in which they were runners up.
Well done to all our players.
posted : 2011-11-14
Well done girls
The Ladies A team secured the first division title of the NDLTA league with a 6-2 victory over Goring, made just a little easier by Goring fielding just one pair of players on the night, so that we were certain of getting the one point needed for the title without a ball being hit.
However, that should not detract from a great performance by the girls, led by Roxy Voorspuy, over the course of the season to secure the title with one game to spare. Well done to all those who have taken part and made their contribution to this success.
posted : 2011-11-14
Kintbury Tennis Club held another great summer party with a hog roast at the Blue Ball in Kintbury on Friday July 8th.
It was good to see so many sections of the club represented - first team players, lower team players, parents of children in coaching, casual players, and a great many friends and supporters of the club. Thanks to those who came along, and encouraged others to join us, and especial thanks to Roxy, Nick and Rob for organising a great social event that also raised some useful funds for the club. We are looking forward to next year already.
posted : 2011-07-15
Fun Run June 5th
The annual fun run round Kintbury took place on June 5th 2011, starting and finishing from the recreation grounds. Approximately 150 runners (and walkers) from all over the region took part. Many thanks go to Dave Wright for organising the event, and to the (very few) volunteers from the club who helped with marshalling etc.
posted : 2011-06-09
Fantastic Food Quiz Night
Approximately 120 people attended our Fantastic Food Quiz Night on May 7th, 2011. It was a great social evening with a really good atmosphere, and of course, a chance to raise a few funds for the club.
The Blue Ball provided catering for the event, helping us to live up to our Fantastic Food billing, and the quiz was won by the 'five & half brains' team, comprising at least three of our members (Paul Morgan, Greg & Helen Blanchard) who kindly donated their winnings back to the club.
We even had a rendition of Happy Birthday for Jessie Homersham which rivalled 'Land of Hope & Glory' from last night of the Proms. Thanks to all for turning up in such great force, and special thanks to those that helped with setting up and clearing up.
posted : 2011-05-08
Kintbury Tennis Club held an open day on May 1st starting at 11am. A few new faces turned up as well as many old friends eager to renew their membership of Kintbury Tennis Club. The draw was also made amongst BTM members for the right to purchase Wimbledon Tickets.
posted : 2011-05-06
Well done lads
Two of our young players took on a team from Wootton Hill on Sunday April 17th and came out victorious. Jordan Shaw and George Benson first won a doubles encounter then their respective singles to gain a clean sweep.
George Benson & Jordan Shaw v Nick Leah & Oliver Phillips 7-5 6-1 George Benson v Nick Leah 7-5 6-4 Jordan Shaw v Oliver Phillips 6-0 6-2
posted : 2011-04-20
KTC gain Clubmark accreditation
Kintbury Tennis Club has received Clubmark accreditation from the Lawn Tennis Association. Clubmark basically recognises that the club is well run, has effective policies and procedures relating to important issues such as child protection, and that our coaching programme meets LTA standards.
The Clubmark certificate was presented to committee on March 28th by Jo Downing, LTA rep for this region. For more info click clubmark.php
posted : 2011-04-18
AGM March 28th
The KTC Annual General Meeting took place at the Blue Ball in Kintbury on March 28th at 7pm. More than 20 members attended.
Key decisions taken were to accept a change of constitution and to set subscriptions for the coming season to be the same as last year.
For more info click constitution.php
posted : 2011-04-04
With the final of the mens pairs competition nicely poised at one set all, after some fabulous tennis from both sides, it was a shame that an elbow injury to Paul Morgan forced the match to be abandonned in favour of Rob King and Nick Burn. So Rob and Nick reclaim the title they won last year (and the year before?) and get to keep the trophy.
Actually, they get to keep two trophies after Rob found the original tucked away in his garage, and brought it along to the final with the replacement that has been used in the interim!
It was a sad end to the final that had promised a great deal. Paul and Malcolm set off at a blistering pace and cruised through the first set. Rob and Nick fought hard in the second, conjuring up some magnificent recovery play, and hitting some great winners to make it one set all. But then that was it. Pity. John had brought chocolate cake for the spectators so all was not lost.
posted : 2010-09-24
NDLTA Yorkshire Cup Final 2010
Sunday 5th Sept saw the final of the Newbury and District Lawn Tennis Association’s Yorkshire Cup played out between last year’s winners Harwell Labs and Kintbury Tennis Club. The Yorkshire Cup so called after it was presented by Yorkshire man Peter Smith back in 1966 is a handicap doubles tournament whereby the teams are made up of 2 men and 2 ladies. The match comprises of a men’s doubles, a ladies doubles, followed by 4 mixed sets.
Despite Kintbury’s strong pedigree in the league over many years we had only won the Yorkshire Cup once back in 1990 and were now giving away 16 games to Harwell. The match began in the gloom and rain with spectators taking shelter wherever they could. Even with heavy wet balls the standard of play and shot making was high on both sides. The men’s doubles was won by Kintbury 6-4 but conceding 4 games to Harwell’s Matthew Davies and Alex Wingent was not helping Kintbury’s cause of pegging back the 16 games. Matt with his shot making and defensive play made life on court difficult for Rob King and Paul Homersham, on many occasions they were asked to win the point one more time and in the end the error came. Kintbury ladies Hannah Parker and Roxy Voorspuy also came through the 1st rubber against Debra Davies and Alice Atkins 6 – 3. It was as an intriguing encounter as Alice aged 15 exchanged big ground strokes with Hannah a seasoned pro with bags of experience from her time on the European tour. Intermixed with this were the consistent lobs of Debra that caused havoc on numerous occasions when perhaps often they should have been dealt with better by all the Kintbury pairs during the match.
Harwell began to boss the tie in the 1st round of Mixed Doubles as mother and son combination (Debra and Matthew) played an inspired set and wore down Rob and Roxy to win 6 – 2. With Kintbury winning the other rubber 6 -1 the tie was still alive but the mountain was getting higher for Kintbury.
Entering the final rubber in the mixed Harwell needed 3 games to retain the cup. Very early on the cup was destined to remain with the holders as Harwell’s family pairing took a 2-0 lead and despite reaching 2-2 with Harwell holding at 3-2 the match was over for Kintbury despite their eventual 6-4 victories they had lost by 6 games 41-35.
Peter Smith presented the Yorkshire Cup to the Harwell Team and the supporters and players bid a welcome retreat to the warmth and dry for a spot of lunch.
posted : 2010-09-06
John reigns supreme
What a clever boy..... except he can't spell challenge.
But he must be able to play tennis.
posted : 2010-09-06
Success for all our teams
Kintbury Tennis Club has had another great league season. Our mens A and mixed A teams both won division one titles this year, meaning the mixed A have continued their annual sequence of Div 1 titles successes. The ladies won promotion for the second successive season, and the mixed B, mens B and mens C also gained promotions. The mens D managed to blood several new players including a majority of juniors and had our best season for a while, even winning two games bt the maximum score. You can see how we have fared in this and previous years by checking our For more info click honours.php
posted : 2010-09-05
Taking on the bowls club
Roughly 15 members of Kintbury Tennis Club took up the challenge from Kintbury Bowls Club to give bowls a try on the first Wednesday after the new courts opened.
In fact, more tennis players turned up than bowlers, meaning the planned competitive format of the evening was dispensed with, and everyone played for the fun of it. Rumour has it that certain of our members were natural bowls players, and didn't look out of place on the green (largely due to the fact that some of us are getting on a bit).
That said, not one of the tennis players was wearing the regulation combination of white tops and grey trousers, so it was very easy to spot who was who. Nonetheless, notwithstanding the sartorial inelegance, there were plenty of good bowls played by the tennis players, and a very close finish to at least one of the games. Photographic evidence tends to suggest that some of the bowls delivered by our members were somewhat airborne at times (no names mentioned), but it seems that everyone enjoyed their game and that was all that really mattered.
Now we need to take the bowlers on at tennis..... or perhaps not.
posted : 2010-05-13
Grand opening of new courts
About 150 people turned up to our open day, and it was especially nice to see lots of new faces, and new people looking to join us. We had one court full of juniors all day, receiving coaching and help from two coaches. Greg stepped in at the last minute when we thought Phil wouldn't be able to make it (Icelandic volcano), but he actually did make it! Others also helped with coaching.
The courts were fully occupied all day, mainly in sunshine, though by the end of the day it was drizzling slightly. It didn't seem to dampen anyone's enthusiasm though and all in all it was a thoroughly good day.
Jim Crockatt made us a nice new notice board which also went up on the day, so check out any new notices on the board as well as online.For more info click
posted : 2010-05-01