Volunteer of the Quarter

Many members of our club willingly give up their time and resources to help support the club on a voluntary basis, so we’re pleased to announce that the Executive Committee has agreed to introduce a recognition scheme to formally record and reward the efforts of our volunteers! The Committee has agreed to introduce a quarterly scheme continuing through the years on a quarterly basis, with a new Volunteer of the Quarter announced at the end of March, June, September and December.   Each Volunteer of the Quarter will be rewarded with a £50 voucher, as a thank you for their contribution to the club. award     Our first ever Volunteer of the Quarter is Mark Hamann, in recognition of his hard work in organising the club’s fireworks night last November, as well as being our Wimbledon Ballot Administrator.  Well done Mark!   Nominations for the scheme should be sent to Penny Simmonds, Club Secretary, for discussion and agreement at an Executive Committee meeting.  Penny can be contacted on info@edltcc.com.

New drawing classes – last chance to sign up!

Keen to brush up on your artwork?  Then don’t miss out on local artist Julie Herring’s NEW drawing classes at the club, starting the end of January!
The drawing classes are suitable for beginners and improvers, and we will be drawing from nature (still life).  Classes will run every Friday, 10.30am-12.30pm, from 27th January – 31st March 2017.
The 10 week course costs £150, and the classes are small and friendly. Please see this poster for further information.
Time is running up to book your place, so please call Julie ASAP on 07720 353454 if you’re interested.  Thank you.

Festive Greetings!

We’d like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here are the Club, Bar and Café opening times during Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017: christmas-opening-hours Also, just a reminder that there will be social tennis as usual next Saturday afternoon (New Year’s Eve). Blue Hill Café will be closed, but the bar will be open from 1600 (and tea will also be available), so pop in for some celebratory drinks!

Blue Hill Cafe & Bar opens Monday 14th November

blue-hill-logo We’re excited to announce that the catering and bar services at East Dorset have been taken over by Claudine and Colette of Blue Hill Cafe & Bar, who’ll be opening for business on Monday 14th November.   Colette recently told us: “Blue Hill is excited to be starting at East Dorset on Monday 14th November with our chef Catherine who has almost 20 years of catering experience. As we are heading into the festive season we will be taking bookings for your Christmas lunches. Please speak to a member of our staff to secure your booking. Reservations will start from Monday 21st November. We look forward to meeting you all soon and serving you our delicious and creative menu!”
Blue Hill Cafe & Bar menu Blue Hill will be providing a broader service than previously available, including longer opening hours (weekdays, all day Saturdays, and Sunday mornings 10am – 2pm), and they’ll be investing in a new coffee machine 🙂
We look forward to welcoming Claudine and Colette soon and hope that you’ll all support our new cafe and bar service at every opportunity!

Club’s Got Talent night a roof-raising success!

Last night’s Club Got Talent event was a great success with some virtuoso musical performances and over £650 raised for the club’s development fund. A big thanks to all the musicians who took part, including soloists Brandon on keyboard and James on violin, the Somogyi duet on keyboard and saxophone, Bev Turner’s ‘Poole Ukelele Band’, and the rock supergroup ‘Hard Court Rockers’.  And thanks to David Lloyd for organising! Here’s a selection of photos from the night, and check back soon for links to some video footage!  

Do Something Great – help out your club!

Volunteering’s big news in 2016 so if you’d like to Do Something Great, there’s plenty of scope at our club! We’re always looking for volunteers to do things to help keep the club running, be that maintaining the clubhouse or helping organise fundraising events. So if you’ve got any skills (e.g. a good organiser or electricians, plumbers, DIY enthusiasts), get in touch! It would be good to do a bit of Spring cleaning too in the clubhouse, and maybe add a new coat of paint – and many hands make light work! Looking for inspiration?  Check out the BBC’s Do Something Great website to see what other kinds of volunteering people will be up to this summer. BBC Do Something Great
If you’d like to get involved with jobs around the club or have any ideas of your own, please contact Penny Simmonds – thank you!

Club’s Got Talent – Saturday 16th April

Calling all singers…
We’re looking for a singer or singers to front up the silver surfers who have formed a rock band to play at the Club’s Got Talent event in April 2016.  The provisional name for the Super Group is “Hard Court Rock”!
This will be a show put on by members of the Club, ranging from a rock band to violinist!
If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Peter Davidson on 07900 484511 or peterdavidson74@tiscali.co.uk
Proceeds from Social Events to be divided between Improvements to the Club and The Dorset Cancer Care Foundation http://dccf.co.uk/site/