Mini Red team makes it to the Final


A big well done to our Mini Red team who competed last Sunday 19th February in the south beds league finals. Out of the 8 teams competing Ethan and Finlay qualified out of their round robin box and made it all the way to the final eventually losing a tight match to Vauxhall A.  Ethan unfortunately lost both of his matches 10-9 in a match tiebreak.

The boys are very proud of their medals and are looking forward to the summer league matches where hopefully we can go step further.

Easter Tournament


Club Captain Jacqui would like to thank everyone for coming along and participating in the Mick Meagher memorial Easter tournament.

Closest fought final for many years between Brian Griffiths and David Merrell against Frances Mcmahon and Russell Hillman.

The Victors, winning 21 20 in a sudden death tie break received the beautiful trophy hand made and carved by Stuarts mum. Well done Brian and Dave.

Jacqui would also like to thank Liz aka Jane Franklin and Jonathan Gosbell for their assistance and of course Wendy and Mick Smitham.

Winter League Report

Sunday, March 15 2015


Two New winners of the trophies

 In the closest race for years in the winter league, we finished up with two new names on the two trophies.  At the death, one point separated the top four for the final week and of those four, one disappeared on holiday, whilst the other three managed to gather just seven points each.

Despite a late challenge from Mike Bartlett, who gained a maximum of ten points, Ian Quinn just managed to hold him off to claim the Nancy Tibbett Cup by virtue of an extra 'first' position - four to three.  Anita Norling and a previous winner, Jeremy Tatham, finished one point behind them, although Anita had some consolation in winning the Ladies' Trophy.

Going into the final round, Mark Cant had lead the way with an excellent chance of winning his first trophy at the club but then found that he would have to miss the conclusion as he would be on holiday!

As seems to be the norm every year, many people were not available for the final week, which meant that there were only four divisions played at 12.30pm. Cath Turner was the only player to get into the twenties this week, whist four of the 11.00am divisions were won by the girls.

Thanks once again to my fellow organisers Kevin Drew, Andrew Riley and of course Pete Hilliard who had volunteered 'under pressure' to fill the vacancy.  I believe he actually enjoyed it, especially when receiving a telephone message informing him of somebody dropping out late Saturday evening whilst he was at the O2 Arena in London!

Thanks also as usual to Dennis Stone for regularly churning out the tables for us on a Sunday evening and putting them through my door - often before I had even got my tennis gear off!

Not including any reserves, 87 players made at least two appearances during the course of the winter.  We will start again on October 4th and carry on where we left off.  More information will be posted nearer the time.

David Bradshaw (667374) 


Beach Party
Saturday July 26th


As part of the German exchange visit, there will be a Beach Party at the club on Sat 26th July from 7.30pm onwards.  Fancy dress is optional - bring your sun cream!

There will be a fish or chicken and chip supper - please make sure that you let us know your preference on the sign-up sheet in the club, or via the Facebook invite here.

Cost will be £9 per adult and £6 per junior.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Great British Tennis Weekend
June 22nd 


This event was held as planned - with great results!

We had lots of prospective new member attend - 32 forms were submitted from both seniors and juniors, expressing their interest in coming along for social/coaching sessions.

Thanks to everyone who came along to make it so successful, with a special mention to the coaches and Brian Clare in particular, without whom the event would not have happened!

Thanks also to Wendy for proving the tea and biscuits and the Franklins for manning the barbeque.

We hope next year proves as successful and we get lots of new members in the coming year! 

Easter Fun Tournament

Monday, April 21st 

After totting up all the points, the semi-finals were then closely fought out between the select eight (runners up in that round were Chloe Green and Jane Wigley and Alex and Sarah Lynch) to decide the then final four of Mike Bartlett and Jordan Cornwall and Ryan Sobanja and Adam Hooker.

The final was a very closely fought affair, eventually seeing Ryan and Adam triumphant.  Prizes were duly distributed. 

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During the toWinterLeague_ladies_winner_2014.jpgurnament, the Chairman, Graham Morgan presented the trophy for the winner of the Ladies 2013/14 Winter League to his lovely wife Jenny Morgan.













Sunday, March 16th

The winter league came to a close on a beautiful summer-like day having completed twelve sessions with no cancellations – the first time that has happened for a number of years.

Division one saw the culmination of the race for the winter league trophy – The Nancy Tibbett Cup – with Darren Snee, Tony Ambrose and the current holder Andrew Riley separated by just three points and all in the same division. In the end by winning the division outright, Tony edged past both Darren and Andrew who tied in second place by just one point.  He had spent all but two weeks in the first division whilst Andrew had appeared in that division throughout and Darren had worked his way through from lower down.

Although Jacqui Crossley won her division at 9.15am, it was not enough for her to regain The Ladies’ Trophy as current holder Jenny Morgan managed to pick up seven points by finishing third in her unexpectedly tough 11.00am group.  Although level on points, Jenny had obtained more ‘first’ positions to come out on top.

When it all starts again in October, John Warner will be making his debut in division one.  Apparently he has just become a grandfather so the question arises – will he be the first actual grandfather to play in the top division? A number of 9.15am-ers found themselves playing at 11.00am this time as a result of recent relegation or non-availability which has tended to push the competition up a bit. Peter Hilliard and Chloe Green won their divisions to move back up to 9.15am when it all starts again next October.

Roger Stroud got back in time from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to play at 12.30pm although fortunately for him his tennis racquet wasn’t amongst his luggage that got left behind at Nairobi Airport! Liz Benali and Audrey Morgan once again won their divisions to start off next October at 11.00am.

As usual, thanks again to my fellow organisers Kevin Drew, Andrew Riley and Debbie Wilkins who more often than not found themselves having to sort out last minute problems and withdrawals.  Also, of course, to Dennis Stone who religiously churns out the current tables on Sunday evenings after each session to keep us in the picture.

Make a note in your diaries that it all starts again on Sunday, October 5th.

David Bradshaw (667374)

Helen Hewitt Memorial Plate 2013 

Brian - Helen Hewitt

At the South Beds presentation dinner on Saturday16th November, Brian Clare (pictured left above) was awarded the Helen Hewitt memorial plate for services to tennis in the county. 
Brian was not present on the night to receive the award, but was presented with the plate the following day at the club by Chairman, Graham Morgan.

Brian was very pleased with the award and proud to be associated with the other names on the plate. 

Congratulations Brian, well deserved. 

County Closed Results 2013

Hi Folks,

Played on Sunday 16th June, I'm pleased to enclose a summary of the
County Closed Results 2013
which you may wish to pass on to your local press or feature in your club magazine or website.

Well done to those Dunstable players who reached the finals, Nick Boys, Alison Lowe and Lauren Moss.
The "names on trophies" section summarises the clubs which provided players competing in the finals. Congratulations to Biggleswade and Eaton Bray, both three court clubs, for their contribution to this list.
It's also worth flagging up that nine of the twenty finals went to three sets. That's unusually high and reflects the competitive (euphemism?) spirit that ran throughout the matches.
See you all at next year's finals, hopefully as an ageing competitor, certainly as a spectator but definitely not as an official.

Thanks to all for a great finals day.

Best wishes,

Brian Clare

DTC Golf Society 2013

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After two years of excellent weather, it was nice for normality to return for the clubs Golf day, dark, windy and wet! Chalgrave Manor GC hosted the event this year, showing off its remodeled course and freshly dug reservoir. Eighteen hardy players turned up with their usual verve and vigor all anticipating a great day’s golf.

The course however won the day and sent the overly optimistic golfers back to the clubhouse tails between their legs. As usual the course let the golfers off lightly on the front nine and then tore them to shreds on the back. The wind played havoc with line and length, turning the bravest of players in to a nervous wreck. With the wind howling around, the weather then turned wet which was probably one straw too many for us all. The 19th hole was a blissful release from the wind and rain. Even with the scores a little on the low side there were a couple of tight finishes. I would like to thank all who turned up for the day and congratulate the winners as being made of sterner stuff than the rest.

1st place singles Simon Ward 36pts

2nd place single Pete ????       33 pts. on count back level on the back nine so won by 1 point difference over the last six holes.

3rd place Nick Boys           33 pts

Nearest the pin in two Paul Magee

Longest drive Darren Snee

Nearest the pin Kevin Todd

1st Place team Nick Boys, Steve Holt and Pete 66 points again on count back better back nine score

2nd place team Paul Magee, Vinny Fildes and Darren Snee

Longest walk Brian Houston

Also ran’s Graham Morgan, Jordan Cornwall, Liam Barton, Jim Chandler, Nigel Magee, Russell Hillman, Russell’s dad, Trevor Stiff (defending champion), Stuart Isles.

Look out for next day out some time in September at Stockwood Park see Russell Hillman as he will be the new fat controller.


Signing out…


Simon.   The old fat controller.


Easter Tournament 2012

Congratulations to Mike Bartlett & Renato Natale, winners of The Mick Meagher Memorial Tournament, held at the club on Sunday 15th April. Runners up; Jonathan Gosbell & Kelvin Peach.


Chairman's Supper 2011

26.11.11 - By Graham Morgan - pics Anne Bartlett

During the evening of 26th November 33 members attended the annual Chairman’s Supper. In this the 45th year of the club (founded in 1966) it was the third year running that Jenny & Graham had prepared a sit-down meal, with the help of Anne, Mary and the Smithams. The tables were set to a purple and white theme and on the menu was Pork Cassoulet, Chicken & Corn Casserole and Sweet Potato & Celeriac Baked. This was served with Anya Potatoes, Salad and French Bread, followed by a selection of desserts and all for £7 a head!

After the meal and a few words from our Chairman trophy presentations were made  by Club Captain, Martin Peck, to the winners of the DTC summer closed tournament.


Jonathan Gosbell and Cath Turner were present to receive their trophies for the Mens Singles, Vet’s Mens Singles; Ladies Doubles & Vet’s Ladies doubles (both partnered by Jacqui Crossley). Those winners who were unable to make the evening will receive their trophies on another occasion. The achievement of Jacqui Crossley was noted as she was winner in five competitions this year.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to a great evening. NO snow for the walk home this year!!

Loads more pics in the gallery!

Sunshine ensures 2011 Junior Senior Tournament is best ever

15.10.11 - By John Taylor

The annual Club Senior Junior tournament took place on Sat the 15th of October for the Taylor Shield which is currently celebrating its 24th year.

After four rounds consisting of a 15 point tie-break with a Senior partnering a Junior, four pairs emerged to play in the semi-finals:
Nick Boys & Stephen Cotterill beat Mike Bartlett & Jacob Turley
Martin Peck & Ben Turley beat Alicia Franklin & Luke Shadbolt
The final resulted in Martin & Stephen just beating Nick & Ben.
Others taking part were:

Jack MacDiarmid, Lauren Moss, Daniel Fitt, Joe Smitham, Kirsten Dickins, Alison Lowe, Matthew Fitt and Laura Johnson from the Juniors. The other Seniors were Ryan Sobanja, Macauley Smitham, Alex Knight, Graham & Jenny Morgan, Anne Bartlett, Jane Turley and Laura Netherton.
A superb afternoon in glorious sunshine with a big thanks to Phil Moss for assembling the teams. Well done to all the participants. Pics have been posted to the gallery.

From the Chair

01.10.2011- By Graham Morgan 

Club Finals
I hope you all enjoyed the summer and are looking forward to playing tennis throughout the autumn and winter months. Congratulations to all those who made it through to the club finals and treated us to a great day of tennis. Trophy presentations for the seniors will take place at my Chairman’s Supper on the evening of Saturday November 26th.

For the Juniors trophies will be presented at their Christmas Party on Saturday December 17th which this year will be held at the clubhouse and will include Laser Quest, see details on the notice board.

Junior Senior Tournament
Next up is our traditional Senior / Junior tournament, to be held on Saturday October 15th. If interested please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the clubhouse.

Extraordinary General Meeting
Thank you to all who attended the recent EGM. DTC is now fully compliant with the LTA’s requirements with regard to incorporation and their rules and disciplinary codes.

Junior Membership
The committee continues to meet on a regular basis and the committee members are doing a great job fulfilling their roles and responsibilities on your (the members) behalf. I recently attended a juniors committee meeting (an adult committee looking after the needs of the juniors at the club) and was impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment. One disappointing item that drew my attention was the number of juniors who, nearly six months into our membership year, are still not members. Parents are reminded that, unless a paid-up member, juniors will not be allowed to partake in activities or use the club's facilities.

Security cameras
In July I sent out an email with regard to security at the club. Members should be aware that a number of motion-detecting cameras have been installed as a measure to increase security.

Manor House Trip
Next February's annual trip to Manor House Hotel is being planned to take place from Friday 10th to Monday 13th. If interested please let Mike Bartlett know as soon as possible so that we can maximise early booking and group discounts.


Winter League is coming -  a full house?

27.09.2011- By David Bradshaw

Our internal winter league starts again on Sunday October 2nd and, thanks to the large influx of new members and intermediate members, it looks as though we will be fielding 18 divisions for the first time since we became a six-court club. This is also despite the fact that, at the time of writing, at least six 'regulars' are not available for the first session which, in turn, has also enabled us to feed back in many of those who missed the final session last March.

Everybody playing is more or less around the position they last played in although some tweaking here and there has been required. In prioritising the order in which people have been brought back in, I have taken into account how many times they actually appeared last year along with other considerations.

At the moment it looks as though we will have more players available than there are spaces for so there can be no guarantee that anybody dropping out can

  1. get straight back in or 
  2. get straight back in to where they last were (or think they should be!).
However we will of course do our best to accommodate any returnees.

We will not be holding a 2 o'clock session as it will finish up with just one division playing on its own and feeling left out (and I do not want to stay at the Club until it is nearly dark!).

For the benefit of newcomers the winter league 'space' on the noticeboard is next to the entrance to the ladies' changing room. Here information regarding dates, organisers, results and current tables for the Nancy Tibbett Cup and The Ladies' Trophy can be found.

Please make a note of the organisers and their dates and telephone numbers as these should be the ones to contact if any problems arise for their particular week.

Any queries please contact David Bradshaw on 667374 – not the number as shown in some copies of the membership list.

Darts knockout competitions... any interest?

Because of all the hassle experienced in the past with people suddenly unavailable for their 'night' after the draws were made etc I have dithered about whether it was worth running the competitions this year. Although it is now too late for the doubles competition a notice will be going up for the men's and ladies' singles tournaments. Apart from probably having the 'finals night' on Friday December 2nd, other dates will have to be finalised later when we see how many entries there are.

In the meantime if any entrants know what Fridays they are not available for between October 7th and November 25th then please make a note of it on the entry form.

Any queries please contact David Bradshaw on 667374.

Visit to Porz leaves DTC contingent sore but happy

10.08.2011- By Social Sec Jenny Morgan

On the evening of 4th August, 14 eager travellers met in the departure lounge of Luton Airport for a long weekend in Porz.

A few hours and several beverages later we arrived safely at our destination where, to coin a phrase,the beer was cold and the welcome warm.

Friday dawned bright and sunny and, after breakfast with our hosts, the more adventurous of us hopped on bicycles for a leisurely ride along the banks of the River Rhine. Those who preferred four-wheeled transport as opposed to two, met up with us on a houseboat restaurant for lunch.

Several alcoholic beverages later, we mounted our trusty steeds again and after a wobbly start from one particular member, off we rode again. 30km plus later, feeling very sore, we retired to our hosts' houses to prepare for the evening party.

A good night followed with Frank cooking traditional schnitzel for us all and the aches and pains of the day somehow eased as the evening wore on!

The traditional tournament went ahead on Saturday even though the weather was 'unsettled' and, in spite of a storm which could easily rival our own winter league, DTC managed to hold their own and bring back the trophy.

The weather didnt improve for the evening summer party, but again we drank and danced into the small hours.

Sunday morning was spent with the hosts, some went sightseeing in Cologne whilst others chose to get in a last game of tennis. All too soon it was time to leave and with the usual hugs, kisses and tears we took our leave.

Thank you to all our friends at Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, we had a wonderful time and look forward to you visiting us next year.


DTC squeaks through to second round of Knock-out Cup

05.06.2011- By Club Captain Martin Peck

On a windy and ultimately damp Sunday afternoon in June, eight players were eventually cajoled into playing our nemesis from last year, Leighton Buzzard, in the first round of the south Beds Knock-out Cup.

One team member even came back all the way from Devon to play, now there's commitment. (Well done Annie Thorne).

Chris Connolly got us of to a good start in the men's singles with a 6-2 7-6 win with an 'never in doubt' 7-5 nail biter in the tie break!

Following on was a ladies doubles 6-4 6-4 win for Jacqui Crossley and Katy Ward. Three hard-fought sets saw Nick Boys and Paul Magee eventually go down 6-4 4-6 4-6 in the men's doubles.

After travelling all that way, sadly Annie Thorne lost in two tie break sets, which meant it was all square and down to the mixed doubles pair of Jane Sutton and Jonathan Gosbell to save the day.

The first set went our way 6-2 and then from 4-4 in the second to clinch a last gasp victory for Dunstable 6-4. Phew!

Next round will be against Flitwick and Ampthill at Dunstable on Sunday 10th July. So if you are not selected please come down to support.

If behave, we might even let you have tea and cake!

DTC Golf Day - Whipsnade Golf Club


Whipsnade Golf club was the subject of a 9.30am invasion of dubious tennis players and their mates, 32 in total, all trying to prove that they really are better at tennis than they are at golf. The usual bacon butties and coffee were served to the assembled hoard - minus a couple of last-minute absentees. The day itself was warm and bright with gentle gales blowing across, around and up and down the course. The wind never seemed to be in the same place for more than a few seconds. The course itself was in quite magnificent condition and proved to be a tough challenge for all but a few golfers.

The format was a stableford competition which meant the players received points against the course in conjunction with their handicaps. 36 points scored meant the player had the course to par once his handicap had been taken into consideration. A team competition also ran alongside the main battle. Amongst the crowd there were several new faces to the annual golfing experience, Liam Barton, Tony Ambrose, Jordan Cornwall and new DTC member Trevor Stiff. Trevor used to play at Whipsnade when it was first set up (35 years ago) and, after completing the course, he said that he did not recognise it in any way from the early days.

After the completion of the round the players tucked into a hearty meal of Lasagne, salad and garlic bread. I jest in that it took about a minute to consume all the food provided, this was in fact the only downer on the day as the food was a little bit sparse.

Onto the competition. Most players struggled to score more than 30 points, however last year's champion Ian Wildman defended his title with aplomb and finished a gallant second with 34 points to Tony Ambrose who scored a magnificent 38 points.

Longest drive was won by Counsellor Vinny Fildes and nearest the pin by Nick Boys. Team winners were Tony Ambrose, Nigel Magee and Jeremy Tatham. Runners up were John Stevens, Liam Barton, Russell Hillman and his dad Peter.

Best guest was Steve Hipwell and worst guest was Don Parrott. The player who had the longest walk was Stewart Meagher.

I would like to thank Whipsnade Golf Club for allowing us to desecrate their course, to Glen Wigley for getting the ball rolling and Nigel Magee for doing the counting up and checking the cards at the end of the day.

Most importantly, thanks to all of you who turned up and made it a day to remember. There are too many to name but you all know who you are, and I hope that you enjoyed the day and are looking forward to the next golfing event in 2012.

Yours truly

The Fat Golf Controller


Easter Fun Tournament takes place April 25th


Club captain Martin Peck would like to invite you to take part in our
Easter Fun Tournament which will take place on Easter Monday, April 25th.

Starting at 11am, it will be a doubles mix-up similar to the Christmas
Pudding Tournament (but hopefully with a little less snow) and there will
be prizes for the eventual winners.

Your £5 entry will include a BBQ lunch and yummy cakes.

Intermediate and adult members can sign up using the form in the clubhouse.


Wimbledon Draw set for April 29th


The draw for this year's allocation for Wimbledon tickets will take place in the clubhouse on the evening of April 29th. We have 22 pairs of tickets to be distributed to fully paid-up members or those who have completed and signed a direct debit mandate for monthly payments.

A sign-up sheet should be up on the noticeboard by the time you read this.


Later Monday night junior sessions relaunched

By Phil Moss

We plan, starting at the beginning of April, to re-launch the later Monday night session (from 7- 9pm). This will be a practice and social session giving all of our older Junior players the chance to practice some of the shots and techniques that you have been learning in the coaching sessions. The idea will be to run informal doubles short sets/tie breaks and rotate the players around to try to maximise the time on court. The sessions should be fun and informal and similar to our adult social nights

In order to be able to run these sessions, and make them free of charge, we would like to ask for some help. We already have some parents who give up their Monday evenings to be at the club and supervise what is happening to make sure all is running smoothly. We plan to draw up a rota that will mean that we can work around outside commitments and keep the sessions ticking along. If we could find some new volunteers then the frequency which all of the helpers need to be in attendance will decrease.

If you would be prepared to give up a couple of hours on the occasional Monday please let Nick Boys or Phillip Moss know

By the way, there is also the opportunity on most Saturdays from 12-1pm, providing that there are not matches on all courts, to stay behind after the session and have a hit with a friend. Please take advantage of this as it will help you improve!


Please help Dunstable Tennis Club to raise money whenever you shop online.

By Graham Morgan

It's very simple - just visit Easy Fundraising to register and shop with over 2,000 well-known retailers like Amazon, Argos, M&S, eBay and many more. Whenever you buy something, the retailer makes a donation to Dunstable Tennis Club. They've helped other causes raise over £2,000,000 so it really does work.

It won't cost you a penny extra to shop through easyfundraising and you can even save money with special offers and voucher codes.

Plus, if you sign up before 30th April, they will enter you into their FREE PRIZE DRAW to win a 40 inch 3D TV from Viking Direct.

So please make a difference to Dunstable Tennis Club and take a look at Easy Fundraising today.

DTC Mini Orange Open tournament report

By Nick Boys


Seven lucky competitors entered the arena and on a beautiful March afternoon and treated the watching parents and members to a display of determination and talent. The players were divided into two groups and all played a minimum of three matches. Some were close... some not so, but the overriding memory for me will be the smiles on the faces as they played, whatever the result.

After a fierce hour, the semi finals were ready to be played by three Dunstable players and one, Markus, from Newport Pagnall.

Semi Finals

Markus played our own Connor Taylor and, despite Connor playing some great defensive tennis, Markus came through in straight tie breaks 7-2 7-1.

Next up was an all-Dunstable affair between the experienced Aaron Sobanja and first-time orange tournament entrant Daniel Crosby. A match that lasted over 20 minutes and went one way and then the other eventually saw Daniel win in three tie breaks 7-3 2-7 7-3.

The final

All the parents and competitors were eager to see the final and they were not disappointed. A tremendous battle, which may have been one match to many for Daniel, saw Markus claim the title 7-0 7-3. Well done Markus.

Every player went home with a bag of sweets for their efforts, Markus getting two... and first pick!

Thanks go to Ryan Sobanja and Ben Turley for umpiring the matches (they received sweets to) and the parents, who not only spent their money over the bar, but cheered everyone that afternoon.

Richard Parker's curry night sounded great and made all salivate.