President: I. McG. Boden
12th April 2007

Dear Member,
At the first Committee meeting following the AGM held in February 2007, the following were elected:

President                            I. McG. Boden
Vice Presidents                      M Barnett, JRL Cook, J Gordon, J Harrop,
Chairman                             RF Pierce
Hon Secretary                        J Woods
Hon Treasurer                        RC Smith
Hon Match Secretary                  N Sweeney
Hon Auditor                          P Moys

Other Members of the Committee for 2007 are:

Committee Members                    WMA Carroll, MC Dawe, DV Lidderdale,
                                     MWD MacLagan, BC Palmer, N Spink and RD Straker.


A 2007 match card is enclosed. Please make every effort to play for the Club and contact the relevant
match organiser as soon as possible to express your interest in being selected.
Details of fixtures can also be found on the Club website at
This year we play host to Fitzwilliam LTC of Dublin, and also the Norwegian Veterans, whilst we hope to
build on the success of our inaugural fixture in 2006 against the Dutch, with an away visit to Amsterdam in
Our Honorary Match Secretary Cary Willson has relocated to Canada after a year of hard work for the Club
and we are pleased to welcome Niall Sweeney into the role as Cary’s replacement on the Committee.
Niall would be pleased to hear everyone’s views on the current fixture list, so please email them to him at or post them to Niall Sweeney, Little Barn, Pains Hill, Limpsfield, Oxted,
Surrey RH8 ORB.


Tennis/Social Weekend at the Palace Hotel Torquay
A marvellous two days of tennis and golf was enjoyed by 16 competing pairs and their guests at the annual
Palace Hotel event held over the 8th and 9th March 2007. The Harley Watkins Cup was successfully
defended by Doug Cook and Mike Cox and the Dennis Platford Golf Trophy was won by Robin Knight in
somewhat wet conditions! Trophies were presented by Ann Platford and David Godfree.
Next year’s event is likely to take place again in March. More details and precise dates will be provided
nearer the time, but if you are interested in taking part in this early season fixture in the Club’s calendar,
please contact organiser John Harrop, at 27 Cumnor Hill, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 9EY or email him on

Wimbledon Championships (ticket ballot)
The Club receives a very small allocation of tickets from Middlesex LTA and if you wish to be included in
the ballot for them, please complete and return the enclosed application form to Robin Smith.
Wimbledon Championships Cocktail Party
This year’s party will be held on Monday 2nd July and an application form for this highly popular event is
enclosed. Costs of holding the cocktail party have risen over the years and the Committee have decided to
subsidise the price of tickets to members and guests by charging a ticket price of £15 per person. This
remains the same as last year and still represents excellent value as it includes admission to the
Championships after 6.00pm.

Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner is likely to take place in mid November as usual and details will be sent out nearer the
time. Please make a provisional note in your diary now.
(The Committee will be looking at the dates for both the annual dinner and AGM in an effort to minimise
the likelihood of clashes with other external events and thereby allow more members the opportunity to

Annual General Meeting
Similarly, the AGM is likely to be held in February 2008 and we will hope to avoid the problems of low
attendance caused this year by a combination of bad weather and a special meeting of Queen’s Club
Members. As usual, the AGM will be followed by an informal dinner.

Club 50th Anniversary 2008
The Committee wish to celebrate the Club’s 50th anniversary in the summer of 2008. At the moment, a
cocktail party on the terrace of the House of Lords is planned, together with a tennis tournament either in
Oxford or London. Your views are important and I would be very grateful if you could complete the few
questions relating to this and return your answers to me by return of post.


I am sorry to report the deaths of several Members since the publication of the last newsletter in October
2006. LJ Hare, PB Knight, J. Reardon, RG Smith, WW Threlfall and JN Wright have all sadly passed
away. We send our condolence to their families.
A new members’ handbook will not be printed before 2008 at the earliest, but members wishing to contact
new members or existing members who have moved house, will find details on the Club website at www. to “News”, then “Announcements”, click on new member details, enter ID “vltc” and
password “vetsclub”. Alternatively, contact the Hon. Secretary.
Members changing contact details are asked to please notify the Hon. Secretary in order that the database
may be kept up-to-date. It is hoped that as our database of email addresses grows, we will slowly arrive at a
position whereby the considerable cost of re-printing a handbook every few years can be avoided.
Members’ Results
I am pleased to report the early season success of many members in the National Veterans’ Indoor
Championships 2007 and the Scottish Veterans’ Indoor Championships 2007

National Vets Singles Winners       55’s N Sweeney                      60’s K Bland
                                    65’s H Nijeboer                     75’s A Klima
                                    80’s G Clarke
National Vets Doubles Winners       60’sK Bland & R Tutt                65’s R Henderson & B Todd*
                                    70’s K Buswell & J Wood             75’s J Baxter & m Knee
Scottish Vets Singles Winners       55’s J Woods                        70’s J Wood
Scottish Vets Doubles Winners       45’s N Rayner* & C Willson          55’s A Dalton* & W Jessop
                                    65’s G Clarke & J Wood
* denotes non-member

We also congratulate the following members who have been selected to represent GB in the World
Championships in Turkey in April.
                                   GB50’s P French                  55’s N Sweeney and J Woods

(The 60+ age group teams will be selected at a later stage in the year, as will the team for the 60+ Home
Nations Championships which now take place only every two years.)


British Open Veteran’s Clay Courts Championships
to be held at The West Hants Club, Bournemouth, Saturday 26th May to Saturday 2nd June.

National Veterans’ Tennis Championships of Great Britain 2007
to be held on the Aorangi Park grass courts of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, Saturday
11th August to Saturday 18th August

Finally, on behalf of the Committee, I would like to wish all members an enjoyable, successful and healthy
tennis season for 2007.

Yours faithfully

Jeremy Woods
Honorary Secretary

                                 WIMBLEDON TICKETS – 2007

I wish my name to be included in the ballot for a pair of tickets.

I am/am not* prepared to accept Court 1 tickets, if drawn.

* Please delete as appropriate

Name ……………………………                                        Signature ………………………….
(Please print)

-   Members are respectfully advised, that it is a condition of issue that the tickets, allocated to successful
    applicants, can only be used by them and their immediate family (with one of their respective friends
    where appropriate).

-   It would also assist in the distribution of tickets if members could indicate, on this application, days
    that would not be acceptable.

Applications may be sent either by post or e-mail ( to reach the Hon
Treasurer by Saturday 12th May 2007. Postal applications must include a 1st class stamped self-addressed
envelope. Applicants successful via e-mail will be charged for post and packing.

Robin Smith, 2 Old Mill Place. Haslemere. Surrey GU27 1NE

                           WIMBLEDON COCKTAIL PARTY – 2007
The Club will hold a Cocktail Party for members and their guests at The All England Lawn Tennis &
Croquet Club on Monday 2nd July from 7.00 to 8.30pm in the Wingfield Restaurant.

Officials of The Veterans’ Lawn Tennis Association, The All England Club and The Lawn Tennis
Association have been invited as well as players participating in the invitation events of The

Each member may invite up to two guests, who may be ladies or gentlemen, but if the party is over-
subscribed it will be necessary to hold a ballot.

Price of tickets: (members and guests)       £ 15.00      per person

Please return the application form below to Ray Pierce no later than Monday 4th June 2007, together with
your cheque made payable to VLTC of GB and a stamped addressed envelope. It is regretted that tickets
cannot be issued for applications received after this date.

On receipt of your cheque, invitations to the party, which permit entry to the ground after 6.00pm, will be
sent to you for yourself and each of your guests.

I wish to attend The Veterans’ Cocktail Party at Wimbledon on Monday 2nd July 2007

Name                                                                       Please Print

Address                                                                   Please Print

Name of Guests                                                              (if any)

I enclose a cheque for £           and a stamped addressed envelope.

Please send your application and cheque payable to VLTC of GB to:

Ray Pierce, St. Wilfrid’s, 42 Ferndale Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 OHG

                         50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS 2008

Please complete your name and circle the appropriate answers as indicated.
Return this page to:
Jeremy Woods, 58 Church Lane, Merton Park, London SW19 3HQ


I would be interested in attending a cocktail party at The House of Lords on or around 25 th July 2008
                                                                                  YES      NO

I would be interested in playing in a tennis event on the same weekend             YES      NO

I would be interested in attending the cocktail party only                         YES      NO

I would be interested in playing the tennis event only                             YES      NO

I would be interested in playing the tennis event at Oxford University             YES      NO

I would be interested in playing the tennis event in London                        YES      NO

I would be interested in attending the cocktail party on the Friday, and attending the tennis event the next
day (or Sunday) in Oxford                                                          YES       NO

I would be interested in attending the cocktail party on the Friday, and attending the tennis event the next
day (or Sunday) in London                                                          YES       NO

Thank you

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