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Our President arrives for Social Tennis.

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General view of the four courts.

Message from George Helyer, 15th August 2021

With much sadness I have to report that Martin Adams, our longtime chairman and one of the founders of H & P LTC, passed away yesterday morning. Our thoughts are very much with his wife Barbara and his family. As many of you know we owe a great debt to Martin who over many years was the mainstay of the club of which we are proud to be members.

In due course I will notify the family's wishes re funeral arrangements for those who wish to pay their respects.


George Helyer

Use of courts term-time during school hours

As you will know, Grey Court School have absolute priority for the use of courts in term-time weekdays during school hours.

Last week the school had a last-minute change of plan and needed to use the courts during an hour when they had previously notified us they did not foresee needing to use them. Two courts had been booked by our members at this time, and our members were requested to vacate. The two players on one court vacated without fuss. The two players on the other court, members of our club, however refused to leave.

As we have always made clear to members (and as stated in our email to all members on 28
th December last and set out on our website), we share the courts with Grey Court School. Grey Court School has absolute priority to play during all weekdays (during term time) up to late afternoon. Sometimes they indicate informally to us that they do not intend to use the courts on (say) Tuesdays. We then make the courts available to be booked on Tuesdays through our booking system. But Grey Court School is entitled to change its court timings at any time, even on short (or no) notice. So, even if you have booked a court online for a weekday in school term time, Grey Court School has the complete right to take over all the courts at any time. If this happens when you are playing, or about to play, please leave the courts immediately without complaint. Failure to do this might mean that the school might no longer make court slots (which they expect not to need to use) available to us. It only needs one of our members to argue with the school (in such circumstances) to lose us their future co-operation. Remember that due to covid all schools have considerable problems with their planning ahead, and things on their side can change quickly and unexpectedly.

This rarely happens. But if you are booking a court and wish to be sure you won’t be “bumped” by the school, during term-time you should book a slot after school hours or during the weekend. During school holidays, at any available time.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Gate code 7th July 2021
Since the entrance gate code was changed last month, there has been a problem with the lock sticking now and again. Banhams, who installed the lock, have attended a couple of times to try to rectify the problem (under guarantee), but without success.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 7th July Banhams are due to attend to replace the gate lock under guarantee. Because of the problems with the present lock after changing the code, we intend to retain the factory set code, at least for the time being.

When the lock has been replaced, all members will be emailed with a note of the new lock code.

If you are due to play on the afternoon of Wednesday 7th July, you should check your emails for the new gate code.

New members

We are not able to take on all the prospective members who apply to join our club.

As of June 2021, we had 360 members. Due to covid, our members are playing more than they used to. Also many members of the public have decided to take up tennis. We guess almost all the clubs in the area have waiting lists.

The committee keeps a regular watch on court usage to see if and when new members can be taken on.

If new membership places become available, the committee may, for example, decide to give priority to one or more categories, eg Family, Juniors, Adults, beginners. Or it may decide to prioritise existing members wishing to add family members.

Members may only play other members; guests are not allowed at the present time.

Subscription renewals - 4th June 2021
We have completed the membership renewals for our membership year ending 30th April 2022. We have 360 paid up members. The committee will shortly be looking at the membership figures and court usage, to decide whether to take on any new members, and how many. If you would like to become a member, please email Steve Hayes, email address
The gate code was changed on 8th June 2021. All paid up members have been notified of the new gate code by email.


Subscription renewals - FINAL REMINDER

12th May 2021:

Members' subscriptions for our last financial year expired on 30th April. There are still some members who haven't renewed, in spite of several email reminders.

Those members who have not renewed will very shortly be prevented from booking courts on the court booking system, and any existing bookings will be cancelled. The gate code is being changed and only paid-up members will be notified of the new code.

We are keeping our subscription the same as last year. It hasn't been increased for quite a number of years.

To pay your subscription:

1. Go to the court booking website,

2. Enter your user name and password and press Submit. (If you have forgotten your user name or password, please email and we will send you an email with your user name and a link for you to choose a new password).

3. Click on Membership Subscription (on left hand side of screen, bottom but one).

4. Click on Credit/Debit card Payment. Check the amount of the subscription is correct. Check that your renewal is described as the correct category for you (e.g. Adult, Family, Couple, Student, Young Adult). If not, please email

5. Continue to Payment and enter your credit or debit card details and make the payment.

PLEASE DO NOT pay (as in the past) by bank transfer to our bank; your payment won't be automatically recognised by the court booking system, and your membership won't be automatically renewed. Please do not pay by cheque or cash (for the same reason). If you do not have a debit or credit card, please contact us.

For joint membership (eg Family and Couples), one joint member can pay the total sum due, and the membership of the other joint members is automatically renewed.

All members (including each individual Family member, whether adult or juvenile) should login using their user name and password. This only needs to be done once. Until this is done, they cannot be selected as opponents (for example a parent cannot book to play their child until the child has logged in once). This is so even though the child's name shows up in the Members' Directory. This is due to a quirk of data protection. By logging in once, one is consenting to one's name being shown on the booking sheets.

Wednesday 2nd December 2020

New court booking system - further points

We have a new booking system (MyCourts instead of HoldMyCourt); see details below. The names of all players must be given when making a booking; this is for track and trace purposes. Only paid-up members are able to book courts; guests are not allowed at the present time. You will be able to pay your subscriptions online via this system.

A few points about the court booking system:

1. Every member has been emailed (twice) with a login link to enable access to the new system; when you login you will be able to choose your own password.

2. You cannot book a court unless you have logged in using that password.

3. When you book a court, you must select an opponent. If you click on Members' Directory you will see a list of our members. When selecting an opponent, you may find that their name does not appear in the drop-down list of selectable players; this will be because they have not yet logged in to the system (using the login link sent to them). As of 8th December 2020, only about 80 of our total membership of about 400 have ever logged in; so there is a fair chance that you will have to contact your opponent and remind them to login for the first time. This problem is caused by data protection. As part of logging in for the first time, each member has to agree that their name can be displayed on the court booking sheets.

4. Another hint is that, though not essential, it is more user-friendly for members if each member has a different email address, rather than (say) one email address being used by several members of a family.

5. Members should always pay their subscription by logging into the court booking system and paying by debit or credit card; not by cash, cheque or bank transfer (as in the past).

6. Members who have not filled in a recent membership application form with their details should do so, and post or email it to our membership secretary, Ralph Ford. Membership forms can be downloaded from the Join Us section of this website. In some cases, with no recent membership form, it has been unclear which members of a family are members of this club.

As we are in Tier 2, we must follow the guidelines for that tier.

There is a new digital lock on the gate. All members were emailed on 1st December to advise them of this, and of the combination.
You need to enter the code both to enter and leave the courts. Please close the gate after you. As with the loo, add C first to clear if necessary (shouldn’t generally be necessary).

29th October 2020

New court booking system

If you wish to book a court to play on or after Wednesday 4th November, you should book on the new system. On 28th October all our members were sent an email inviting them to login to the new system and select their own password. If you have not received the email, please check your spam folder, if it is not there then please send an email to and we will send you a new email with your link.

To book on the new system, click
here and login with your user name (given to you in the invitation email) and your password (the one you chose for yourself as requested by the invitation email). Click on Booking Sheets and All Times and you will see the booked and available slots. If you haven't logged in, you will just see slots shown as Booked or Book Now. When you login you will see who is playing on each court. Click on Book Now to book a court. You will be automatically entered as one of the players; please enter the name(s) of your opponent(s). You will only be able to enter them if they are members. To check if they are members, click on Members' Directory; you can search for them under their first name or surname. The names of all players in each booking must be entered. Bookings made under a single member's name will be cancelled. This is partly because of covid tracing, and partly because only paid up members are allowed to play on our courts, guests are not allowed at the present time.

If you click on Members' Directory near the top of the screen, further down the page you will see a link Edit Your Profile. Click on this. Please check your contact details are correct; additional details can be added. There are a handful of members who have paid their subscription but for whom we have incomplete or incorrect current contact details and we are unable to contact them. When you check your contact details, please check we have your email address, phone number, home address and (if a junior or young adult) date of birth. You can also upload a photo of yourself. This photo should be a passport style one to help us verify who is playing.

In transferring data to a new system there will inevitably be glitches; please email to notify us of these, and we will put them right as soon as we can.

Team Captains:
If you are a team captain, you will have been sent a logon second invitation. First you will have been sent a logon invitation like all members which gives you a week's future access to the booking system like all members. Secondly you will have been sent a logon invitation to be an Administrator limited to Team & Event bookings and Leagues and Tournament bookings. So you have two hats. For team bookings etc you need to log on with your Administrator username and password. For ordinary member bookings, you need to log on with your ordinary member username and password.

Team captains and coaches log on to using their administrator username and administrator password.
Ordinary members log on to using their ordinary member username and ordinary user password.

If you are a coach, you have the same powers as an ordinary members, except you can book courts 14 days ahead instead of 7 days ahead. Like ordinary members, you can see matches etc further ahead by going to the Booking Sheet page, and clicking on Teams & Events Calendar, and selecting the month you wish to view.

Requirements & changes due to COVID-19

5th October 2020

Hello everyone,

We want to update you on some changes brought about by Covid-19 regulations.

Tuesday and Saturday social tennis – starting tomorrow, Tuesday 6th October, we are making 16 the maximum number of people that can attend mix-ins.

It is now a legal requirement that we can provide names & contact details in the event we are contacted by NHS Track & Trace. Enforcement is being supported by fines starting at £1000. Obviously we do not want to be fined so it is imperative that our records enable us to supply required information. To enable this:
Court booking system – it’s essential that this accurately reflects the reality of who’s played.

• We know that frequently members find substitutes for regular games. The names of players must be changed on the system. This can be done by the lead booker, but if it is the booker who drops out, then the whole booking has to be cancelled & reinstated by one of the other players.

• We notice an increase in one name bookings. Under booking rules, all players must be named. If the one name booking persists for more than 24 hours, we have the right to cancel it without any warning under the booking rules. You have been warned! But please, the essential part is to name all players so that we do not run the risk of a fine under Track & Trace.

• Remember to cancel booking if you don’t play for whatever reason.

It is unfortunate that Covid-19 has added to the administrative side of running the Club. But we can all help out by ensuring that court bookings are up-to-date. Thanks for your co-operation.

The Committee

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Randolph Wilcox writes about his daughter's session at the club with British tennis player Katie Boulter (current world ranking 374, highest ranking 82):

Lockdown was pretty awful for everyone and we were no different. I didn’t work for nearly four months, without any kind of pay, and so we had to cut back on a lot of things, including my daughter Eva’s tennis coaching. However, during the summer, Katie Boulter ran a competition on Twitter for kids to win a session with her. Fearing Eva might be getting bored with hitting with me all the time I entered the competition and surprisingly Eva was one of three lucky children that won!

Katie and her team came to the club at the start of September and it was a fantastic experience for Eva and actually, for all of us that were there on the day.

Katie spent more than hour on the court with Eva, going through various strokes, backhand, forehand and volleys and I even got to hit a few balls with her too. In between the sessions she would chat with Eva about tennis and lots of other things. She was also kind enough to give Eva a signed top, which Eva wants to wear all the time!

Martin and other members of the club also got to have a good chat with Katie and she complimented us all on having such a wonderful tennis club.

There’s a lovely photo of Katie talking to Eva and her friends, it shows how kind, friendly and how she was really interested in the girls. It was such a fantastic day, my wife Sara and I watched on as extremely proud parents. It has boosted Eva’s confidence in her game, and at the end of the afternoon she said, “ Dad, I want to be exactly like Katie when I grow up!”

Welcome to Ham & Petersham Tennis Club - Richmond’s best kept tennis secret

Not many people know that Ham & Petersham Tennis Club exists; not many people walk past it, and even some of those who have will not have noticed it, behind the trees, as they go by. The courts are not easy to find; our membership has developed mainly through word of mouth.

Whilst, given our location, we are proud to maintain our low profile, we are, however, a flourishing club. We have 2 experienced LTA Licensed coaches, a very strong Junior programme and highly successful Men’s and Ladies’ teams. We also value our strong links with the community, including local primary and secondary schools.

We built and use 4 macadam courts located in quiet rural surrounds between Ham Common and historic Ham House. Our members are all ages and standards; currently we have around 120 adult members and 80 juniors.

We are also a safe play to play, with our coaching team well-versed in first aid, a defibrillator on site and a Welfare Officer keeping a close eye on both safeguarding and health & Safety.
In fact, it’s a great place to play – secure and accessible at all times – and whatever your standard, you will find plenty of opportunity to join in.

We have regular Social Tennis all year on Saturdays 10.00 - 12.30, and in summer Thursdays from 7.00 pm onwards. All members are welcome. There are regular American Tournaments and matches with other Clubs.

Court bookings are made through our online court reservation system; please see the Court Bookings page for details.

There are no entrance or guest fees; membership is £150 a year for families, £120 a year for couples, £90 a year for adults, £45 a year for members between the ages of 19 and 28, and £35 a year for juniors and students. Please see Join Us section for exact fees payable.

We have regular social tennis (turn up and play), American Tournaments, matches against other clubs, and a singles ladder.

Our club is LTA Tennismark accredited; this means that LTA have recognised that we have good standards and best practice. It shows that the club has the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

Opened in 2014, the Pavilion has a loo and washroom accessible at all times, where a defibrillator and first aid kit are available for emergency use. The main room has a kitchen, fridge, cooker and comfortable seating area and also a changing room. Outside is a large lawn with picnic benches.

Our courts are shared with Grey Court School. We have an arrangement with them under which they have priority use of the courts at weekdays during the school term up to 5pm (please see Links section for school term dates), and we have the use of the courts at other times, subject to coaching reservations (please see Coaching section) and Matches and other Events (please see Matches / Events section).

28th September 2021: updated

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