Author Archives: The Committee

Important Dates for Summer 2016

Put the dates of these events in your calendar and please come along 🙂

Date Time Event
Saturday 16th April 10am Cleaning Day (help us prepare the club for opening)
Saturday 23rd April 2pm Opening Weekend
Sunday 24th April 2pm Opening Weekend
Sunday 22nd May 2pm Mix In – Early Summer
Sunday 3rd July 2pm Wimbledon Middle Sunday Mix In
Saturday 23rd July TBC Club Finals Day (Sunday 24th backup in case of wet weather)
Sunday 7th August 2pm Mix In – Late Summer

Men’s Doubles – Winter League

Division 6

All matches played away as usual and while it was the winter league the first two matches in October felt warmer than the summer !

  • Romsey and Abbey :- Lost 5 to 4 very close and hot
  • Knightwood :- Won 7 to 2
  • Totton and Eling :- Drew 4.5 to 4.5
  • Thornden :- Won 5.5 to 3.5
  • Wellow :- Won 5 to 4 what a win !
  • Bassett :- w/o

A big thank you to the 9 players of many nationalities who supported the club , what colourful conversations! ( Italian, Polish, Mexican, Spanish, Dutch and a resident Scot )

Summary – won 3, drew 1, lost 1, w/o 1

This should mean promotion to Div 5 as runners up!

A Team report – Winter Mixed League

We took part in the top division this year, and we played a total of six games.

We had a very good start with two wins and a draw but then we lost two matches and finished with a draw against David Lloyd.

We were very lucky with the weather (although very cold at times) and my thanks to all who played, the standard is getting more difficult as more teams join the mixed leagues, so we have done well to maintain a mid-table position.

Friendly Fixtures 2015

Not long to go till the start of a new, sunny (hopefully!), summer season at South Hants!

I am currently in the process of organising some Friday evening friendly matches (both on home turf and away) with other local tennis clubs, as in the past this has provided a brilliant opportunity for anybody who wishes to get a bit more match-play in, but who may not be regularly playing for the Teams.

It also maximises those wonderfully light summer evenings, is a perfect way to unwind after a long week, and not to mention the superb post-tennis teas we’ve had in the past… 🙂

If you are interested in playing in any of the matches please have a read through the dates below and contact myself directly and I can pop your name down to play. Matches usually kick off around 6pm and we aim to get x2-3 mixed pairs. If it is an away match and I’m playing too then I am quite happy to do lifts.

  • Friday 8th May – Compton (Away)
  • Friday 5th June – Swaythling (Home)
  • Friday 10th July – Compton (Home)
  • Friday 24th July– Clergy (Home)
  • Tuesday 11th August – Swaythling (Away) (Swaythling can only offer a Tuesday)

Summer 2015 Fixtures

The fixtures for the summer season are listed below. Please let your team captain know your availability as soon as possible! If you haven’t played for a team recently or at all, please speak to one of the captains or committee members about taking part.

Usually fixtures do not move date, but sometimes weather causes postponements.

Apsley A

Division 1

  • 23rd May – Away – V.A. Hampshire Club C
  • 13th June – Home – Compton & Shawford A
  • 27th June – Home – Totton & Eling A
  • 11th July – Away – Warsash B
  • 1st August – Away – Swanmore B
  • 22nd August – Home – Littleton A
  • 5th September – Home – Winchester B
  • 19th September – Away – Lymington A

Apsley B

Division 3

  • 9th May – Home – Winchester C
  • 30th May – Home – V.A. Hampshire Club E
  • 27th June – Away – Swanmore C
  • 11th July – Home – Warsash C
  • 18th July – Home – Twyford
  • 8th August – Away – Bassett B
  • 15th August – Away – Compton & Shawford B
  • 12th September – Away – Lyndhurst

Hants Men’s

Division 5b

  • 2nd May – Away – Totton & Eling Mens B
  • 16th May – Away – Kingswood Mens
  • 6th June – Home – Wellow Mens A
  • 20th June – Home – Lyndhurst Mens


Obviously we hope that you intend to rejoin the club this year. It is the friendly and passionate personalities of all our members that make this such a fun club to be in!

Please remember that if you pay your membership fees by Opening Weekend (26th April 2014) and are a member of British Tennis, then you will be entered into our draw for the opportunity to buy Wimbledon tickets. This is an excellent opportunity to see tennis at one of the 4 grand slams, as Wimbledon’s own ballot closed in December, so you would otherwise have to pay for expensive package deals or queue overnight!

We would also like your help in promoting the club to new members. Included with this newsletter should be a flyer advertising the club. Would you be so kind as to pass this on to a friend, family member or colleague who might be interested in playing tennis, please?

The club will also be participating in the Great British Tennis Weekend by having an open mix-in on Sunday 29th June (middle Sunday of Wimbledon), so if you hear any of your friends talking about this event, encourage them to come to ours!

Summer 2014 Fixtures

The fixtures for the summer season are listed below. Please let your team captain know your availability as soon as possible! If you haven’t played for a team recently or at all, please speak to one of the captains or committee members about taking part.

On the whole fixtures do not move, but sometimes weather causes postponements. If this happens, please keep up to date via our website.

Apsley A

Premier Division

  • 10th May – Home – Winchester A
  • 14th June – Away – Winchester B
  • 28th June – Home – Hampshire Club B
  • 12th July – Away – Hampshire Club A
  • 26th July – Away – Riverside A
  • 9th August – Home – Thornden A
  • 16th August – Away – David Lloyd A
  • 6th September – Home – Warsash

Apsley B

Division 2

  • 10th May – Away – David Lloyd B
  • 31st May – Home – Thornden B
  • 14th June – Home – Warsash B
  • 12th July – Away – River Park
  • 26th July – Home – Glebian A
  • 2nd August – Away – Hampshire Club E
  • 30th August – Home – Totton & Eling A
  • 13th September – Away – Kingsgate

Hants Men’s

Division 6

  • 3rd May – Away – Kingsgate Mens B
  • 17th May – Home – Wellow Mens B
  • 7th June – Home – Thornden Mens C
  • 21st June – Home – Alverstoke Mens
  • 5th July – Away – Waterside Mens

Geoff Parmenter’s Retirement from Tennis

A young Geoff Parmenter


Geoff joined the S.H.L.T.C. in the mid 1970s as a young lad.  When Geoff first joined, his play was characterised by his immense enthusiasm and his own inimitable style (which has not changed over the years!).  Opponents could rarely read or anticipate the direction of his shots, causing frustration for them and amusement for us!  Over the years he won the club championships many times, both singles and doubles, right up until his last season.

He was always a great ambassador for the club when playing in matches – thank you Geoff!

A more mature Geoff Parementer at the 2013 AGM

…and now!

He was treasurer for a number of years and then took over the auditing of the club accounts and he helped to train and support various treasurers.  He was always on hand to cheerfully help with all the various jobs around the club, particularly during the four years when we didn’t have a groundsman.

The Company Directors and the Committee of the club would like to thanks Geoff for all his hard work.  Good luck with the golf!