Tennis Club

The tennis court on the Rectory Lawns is available for hire on an hourly basis; local residents can pay an annual fee which purchases a key to the court, and bookings can be made in advance at the Village Hall. Visitors and non-members are able to use the court when it is not booked by members – please enquire at the village shop to book and pay for this. The shop holds the court key, and also can lend racquets and balls. The cost of an hour is £6 for non-members.

FROM WEDNESDAY 13th MAY, following the Government statement which has lifted restrictions on exercise and sports facilities, the tennis court has been re-opened SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS;

The court is open FOR MEMBERS ONLY

1. No more than two people per court.  Doubles can be played where players are from the same household.

2. Do not use the court if you or someone you know has or has had COVID 19 symptoms. 

3. The government safe distancing measures must be followed.  Players and those arriving and departing at the court must stay 2 metres apart. 

4. Players must wash hands before and after a tennis session without exception (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible).

5. Those using the court must observe the following:

  • Bring hand sanitizer with you.
  • Bring all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips, hats and towels)
  • Only take into the court the equipment that you need to play.
  • Clean and wipe down your racket and equipment before and after use.
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others.
  • Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials)
  • Take all your belongings with you at the end of the session.
  • Protect your hands when opening court doors and adjusting the net.
  • Have no physical contact between players and with minimum close contact when playing out points.

6. No coaching to take place until Club approval is given. We will consider the LTA advice to enable one to one coaching only in due course.

7. These present conditions for members’ use of the court are in accordance with the latest LTA guidance, and may change according to Covid-19 Government and LTA guidelines

Tennis Membership

Membership forms are available at the shop, or please contact Keren Young who is the Membership Secretary (see Contact Details section above);

Annual membership costs:

Family members: £50
Single adults: £34
Junior or mini members: £18

Payment and forms to Keren please (see Contact Details section above). Cheques to Aveton Gifford SLA, or BACS payments can be made instead – please ask Keren for the BACS details.

The lock is changed each year and new keys will be issued on 1st April,  so please could any keys from last year be returned with your payment.

Tennis Coaching

With apologies – coaching is not available at present on the tennis court here, but this will be kept under review.

Courses of tennis coaching from Tim Brealey have proved to be a great success. They were so popular that Tim continues to coach both adults and children in weekly sessions in the village.

For further information contact:

Tim Brealey

A little history

The court was resurfaced in spring 2015. The work took 6 weeks for the surface to dry out properly, but was opened again on May Bank Holiday with an Open Day for members to try it all out.

During a storm at the end of 2018 the nearby Ginkgo tree split at the top, and one of the branches crashed down on part of the tennis court perimeter netting. It was temporarily repaired, but a more permanent repair will be done in the spring.

During the spring of 2019 permission was granted by the Diocese (the Rectory Lawns are still owned by the C of E) for a new wooden pavillion and shelter. This was put up in time for the Church Fete in July, and is a much needed seating area for players and spectators, and a welcome addition for the tennis club.

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