Attenborough Update December 2018

Courts | Grounds | Health and Safety | Social | Balls
News for Members by Jane Bowden


The 3 artificial grass courts have now been professionally cleaned and re-sanded at a cost of £4320. In order to avoid having to spend this again next year, we need to maintain the courts slightly differently to what we’ve done in the past.

  • keep the courts, especially the edges, clear of debris such as leaves and fruit by using the rakes or the ‘dragger’. If the brushes are used, the debris gets pushed into the court fibres and leads to drainage issues and the growth of algae/moss etc..
  • Brush the courts (when clear of debris) every time they are used (unless they are very wet) and brush right up to the fencing to ensure the sand is moved around the fibres.
  • Weedkiller will be needed 3 times a year to keep the algae under control.
  • Always use court 3 first, then 2 and finally 1. Court 1 has the most wear at the moment so we need to even it out.

If we maintain this approach, we should be able to avoid replacing the carpet for a few more years.

We are also looking to get court 4 cleaned, moss treated and possibly repainted once the weather permits.


Chris does a great job keeping on top of grounds maintenance. He’s also organised the new sign at the front of the club which stands out so much more than the old one. Doug is also looking to get the council to put up a new sign at the crossroads, letting people know where we are!

Health and Safety

  • We do not want to ban children from the kitchen area, so please could members be aware when boiling the kettles/making hot drinks of any possible threat to children who may be around.
  • All members should be aware of the kickboard which is loose on Court 1.
  • All members (and visitors) should be aware that we do not lock the clubhouse whilst we are on court. It is vulnerable to people wandering in, so please ensure that any valuables are with you on court.


An informal social will take place on Wednesday 19th December in the Crown at Beeston. 6.30 pm ish.


We are unusual in providing balls for social play as well as matches. The system relies on captains placing match balls in the match ball cupboard, and Dean moving these balls into the social play cupboard when the social play balls need replacing. Unfortunately someone has been removing balls from the cupboards, including good quality match balls. As a result the lock on the match ball cupboard has had to be changed. Please note that no-one should be removing balls from the club.

Finally, a personal plea: If anyone would like to come and sing carols and listen to some other songs, the Wollaton Singers will be performing their Christmas Concert (a real mix of music) next Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm at St Barnabas’ Church, Inham Nook. Refreshments included in the £5 ticket price (a bargain!). All profits go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Women’s Centre, Nottingham.

All the best for the Christmas season.


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