cloud

  1. Go to google drive https://drive.google.com/ (they also refer to it as back up and sync)
  2. Click on ‘Shared with me’.  You’ll see folders than have been shared with you (the cloud folders)

 

3. Right click the folder or folders

4. Select “Add to my drive”

To see the cloud folders in windows explorer

  1. Download google back up and sync https://www.google.com/drive/download/backup-and-sync/
  2. Install it on your PC
  3. You will now see your own google drive.  If you follow the instructions above, you will also see the shared folders.
  4. Save files in the shared folders on your PC.  Make sure google back up and sync is running
  5. The file will be automatically saved to the cloud.

John Francis Read

In memory of our late President John Reed, who sadly passed away in October.

We’ll continue the legacy you built John and will always remember your vision, dedication and commitment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribute to John Reed given by Robert Brown at John’s Memorial Service at Buxhall Church on Saturday 9th November 2019

As a member of Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club for over 50 years and the Suffolk County Tennis Association Committee for about 20, I come today to pay tribute to John’s enormous contribution to Tennis in Suffolk.

When I first met John, Stowmarket had a friendly but sleepy club. For many years we had happily occupied a small, almost handkerchief sized site, hemmed in by Knight’s Cattle Yard, the Cricket Meadow and the Rookery Bowls Club (and woe betide anyone who accidentally hit a tennis ball over the fence into the middle of a bowls match). There were 3 tennis courts with very limited runback, and a white , rickety wooden shed with a bowed floor which served as our Clubhouse.

It was about this time plans were announced that the Dee Corporation were to build a new supermarket on much of the land around our site and the land occupied by our courts would also be compulsorily purchased as part of the scheme. Things looked bleak for the future of tennis in Stowmarket, as we had very little money and certainly nowhere near enough to acquire and build a new Club.

However, we did have two aces up our sleeve;
• firstly, we did own the freehold of the site: and
• secondly, we had John, the arch negotiator and deal doer.

Little by little he worked away at the Dee Corporation and eventually they started to put together a deal to relocate the Club. The initial offer was for a 3 court Club on an out of town, open, playing field site. However, in no way did this match John’s ambitious vision for the new Stowmarket Tennis Club. Slowly he was able to chip away and to persuade them to consider the town centre site that we now occupy, in the old brickpits behind Finborough Road

At first this looked very unpromising, with water filled pits largely occupied by resident toads. But eventually, largely driven by John, plans were drawn up to drain much of the area, build 4 new courts and a new brick built pavilion, with further land available for expansion. I can well remember Club Members’ amazement on the opening of the new site to find out the miracle that John had achieved in gaining such wonderful new premises for us.

Quickly to follow under John’s leadership were a 5th court and floodlighting on the 4th. However, perhaps the biggest achievement was his vision for a single skin dome to cover 3 of the courts during the winter season. This was a totally new innovation for a Suffolk Club, and indeed one of the first nationally. But John knew it was right for Stowmarket, and how correct he has proved to have been. His boundless energy again wore down initial resistance from the national LTA, and with further financial support from both the County and District Councils enough grant and loan funding was raised to allow the project to go ahead. The dome has been a wonderful benefit for our Club and one which has subsequently been followed by many other Clubs both locally and nationally. Through John’s efforts, tennis became a truly all year round sport in Stowmarket, no longer subject to whatever the winter weather might throw at us.

If you haven’t before seen out tennis courts, hidden away in the far corner of the Iliffe Way car park, take time to go and have a look. There couldn’t be a greater tribute to all that John has achieved for tennis in Stowmarket.
John has also been very active in supporting the Suffolk County Tennis Association. He was our Chairman for a number of years and more recently was made a Life Member of our Association. His chairmanship came at a time of great change for the organisation and funding of county tennis and John led our efforts to strengthen relationships with our neighbouring counties of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, under the umbrella of Tennis East.
Life in tennis for John hasn’t always been easy and his efforts to provide an indoor centre in Sudbury were ultimately less successful. However, even in adversity, with the unstinting love and support of Jill, he always pulled through with optimism and drive, never complaining about circumstances, always with a way of getting over problems: if he had to sell one house in Buxhall, he was quite capable of building a new one in the garden next door.

Throughout his life, John has loved playing the game of tennis and in his younger days competed at the All England Club at Wimbledon. In slightly later life, and under the more modest surrounds of Suffolk, he was a highly respected and much loved player in the county, district and veterans competitions. As his partner for many years in the Sunday morning winter league, I particularly remember his booming serve and winning net play. He was always a gentleman on court, never disputing an opponent’s line call and quick to congratulate a good shot played against him; always enjoying all the social aspects of the game, especially if they involved a pint of beer or a glass of red wine after a match.

So John, on behalf of Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club, The County Association and all who play and love the game of Tennis in Suffolk, we would like to pay tribute to all your achievements on our behalf.

But most importantly to say how much we will miss you and Jill as our wonderful friends.

 


 

SUMMER TOURNAMENT

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RULES

Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club

Tournament Rules 2019

1. ENTRY TO ALL TOURNAMENTS IS FREE TO PAID UP CLUB MEMBERS OVER 14 YEARS OF AGE ON FINALS DAY.

2. ALL MATCHES MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE ROUND DATES STATED AT THE TOP OF THE DRAW SHEET.

3. THE TOP NAMED PLAYER(S) MUST ARRANGE THE MATCH WITH THEIR OPPONENTS(S) AND SHOULD OFFER AT LEAST THREE DATES. IF THE MATCH IS NOT COMPLETED BY THE STATED ROUND DATE AND THE TOURNAMENT SUB-COMMITTEE HAS NOT BEEN INFORMED OF A VALID REASON, THE TOP NAMES PLAYER(S) SHALL BE SCRATCHED.

4. AS A MATTER OF COURTESY, ON COMPLETION OF YOUR MATCH, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR NEXT OPPONENTS IF THEY HAVE ALREADY PLAYED THEIR PREVIOUS ROUND.

5. ALL MATCHES TO BE A TIE-BREAK AT SIX-ALL IN THE FIRST AND SECOND SETS BUT THIRD AND FINAL SET TO BE LONG.

6. FINALS WILL BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2019. START TIMES TO BE ARRANGED BY THE TOURNAMENT SUB-COMMITTEE.

7. IF YOU REACH THE SEMI-FINAL AND THEN FIND THAT YOU HAVE BECOME UNAVAILABLE FOR FINALS DAY, THEN YOU MUST SCRATCH BEFORE THE SEMI-FINAL IS COMPLETED

8. ANY COMPLAINTS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO ONE OF THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE OCCURRENCE AND THE TOURNAMENT SUB-COMMITTEE’S DECISION SHALL BE FINAL.

9. ONLY ONE COURT MAY BE TAKEN ON CLUB NIGHTS AND ALL MATCHES MUST BE BOOKED IN THE CLUB DIARY, STATING THE STARTING TIME. AN ALLOWANCE OF 1.5 HOURS SHOULD BE ALLOCATED FOR EACH MATCH.

10. IT IS HELPFUL IF COMPETITORS CAN WRITE THEIR CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS ON THE CONTACT LIST.

MEMBERS OF THE TOURNAMENT SUB-COMMITTEE ARE:

MARY WATSON

ROBERT BROWN

CHRIS CUNNINGHAM

Finals Day 2018

Well done to all our winners.

WINNER                               RUNNER UP

Mens Singles                       Matt Staines                        Dale Watling

Ladies Singles                      Margaret Brown                 Sarah Legg

Mens Doubles                     Matt Staines &                    Hugh Brundish &

Tim Mills                               Jamie Ruegg

Ladies Doubles                    Mary Watson &                  Fiona Tricker &

Linda Whipp                        Moira Wands

Mixed Doubles                    Mary Watson &                  Margaret Brown &

Hugh Brundish                    Robert Brown

Drawn Mixed Doubles      Mary Watson &                  Carol Clements &

David Stamp                         Hugh Brundish

Veterans Drawn                 Margaret Moyes &            Maggie Tabley &

Mixed Doubles                    Hugh Brundish                    Paddy Lea

Mens Plate                           Jamie Ruegg                        Bing Zhu

Under 10 Girls                     Verity Staines                      Hannah Colgan

Under 10 Boys                    Zetong Sun                           Samuel Bolton

Under 12 Girls                     Jessica Staines                     Verity Staines

Under 14 Girls                     Jessica Staines                     Izzy Brady

Under 16 Girls                     Jessica Staines                     Daisy Ellis

Under 16 Boys                    Peter Jardine                       Ciaron Bradley

Under 18 Boys                    Tom Garrod                         Theo Ellis

 

 

Coaching Update.

Another superb week with players concentrating on the ‘start of the point.’ Serve pressure, returning pressure plus consistency/placement of the first 3 g/strokes. Next week we’re playing mini matches and mostly points. Highlights this week have been Thursday u9’s, Thursday night adults and Friday morning ladies. Well done!

Chris Cunningham.

Senior Club Coach.

chris@chriscoaching.plus.com

Coaching Update.

Week 5 all done with some more great work on volleys. We’ve also been mixing up some smashes to encourage movement forwards. Highlights have been Tuesday evening U9’s and Friday evening men’s advantage group. Well done to you all and next week we’re introducing some more serve/first groundstroke practice.

Chris Cunningham.

Senior Club Coach.

chris@chriscoaching.plus.com

Club Update

With a bit of luck, a fair wind, and lots of crossed fingers & toes by the time you read this we’ll be indoors for the winter. At the time of writing we’re liaising with the company that assists with inflating our winter dome. Conditions need to be just right- certainly no high wind, which is often a challenge at the this time of year, and ideally bone dry courts to make the job easier. We’ve installed the dome every autumn since 2001 and it’s made a huge difference to the amount of tennis played in the ‘off season’. Sure, we were always outside in the years before the dome but it has enabled all of our winter league matches to continue uninterrupted plus the entire coaching program. We attract several players from other larger clubs during the winter and they get their best quality tennis with us for 5 months of the year. We even offer a dedicated ‘winter only’ membership to reflect how attractive it is for many players to be guaranteed dry, calm conditions in which to play their tennis.

Another huge bonus of having the indoor facility is that all our ‘showcase’ sessions can run all year round. We have 2 club mornings and 2 club evenings where everyone comes along and mixes in to play predominately doubles. These sessions are a great way to integrate into the club and to expand your circle of tennis friends. Lately we’ve seen a rise in court bookings from people who have met at club sessions and decided to organise another game during the week. The old saying that tennis can make you new friends is absolutely true!

If you’d like more information on coaching, either as a junior or an adult, get in contact with me and we can get you started- probably indoors for the winter!

See you on court.

Chris Cunningham.

Senior Club Coach.

chris@chriscoaching.plus.com

Coaching Update.

What an excellent week of work on volleys. The adult groups have all been outstanding with their application & effort- Wednesday & Friday ladies, Friday men’s Advantage plus a good show for Tuesday cardio. Next week we’ll be continuing to attack the net and bury those smashes.

Chris Cunningham.

Senior Club Coach.

chris@chriscoaching.plus.com