The following is an update from the email sent to members last Friday (20th March). How rapidly events have subsequently unfolded!

Clearly, following the Government announcement on Monday evening, Club Tennis will likely cease across the country for the foreseeable future. Since the Town Council made the decision to close the Club last Friday, the Chairman has been in dialogue with the Town Council and some individual members have also contacted Council representatives. National events have obviously now taken over but, rest assured, the Council will have become very aware in recent days of the passion that members have towards their tennis and their enjoyment of playing at Oakham Tennis Club! The Committee will continue to monitor the national scene including LTA guidance; as soon as there is a hint of a possibility of resuming play at the Club, the Committee will be in contact with the Council.

It is quite understandable that members may have queries on club matters at the present time. Shall I renew my subscription (due April 1st), shall I cancel my direct debit payment, will the Club give me a refund if I have already paid, will there be a reduction in the annual subscription, will there be league matches this season, will the Club go ahead with the re-surfacing plan etc etc? Members at every club will be asking the same type of questions!

For the most part, it is impossible to give an answer to these questions until we know when we can reopen and we can all start to enjoy our tennis again…..which will happen at some point in the future! Please be assured that, when the appropriate time comes, the Committee will plan all matters carefully and sensibly in consultation, when needed, with the membership. In the meantime, the Committee will communicate with members whenever there is anything significant to report!

The Committee understand there are some of you who may wish to cancel your subscription in the present circumstances and that can be accommodated on request. However, we very much hope that you will not do this. As the LTA recommend we say to members, OAKHAM TENNIS CLUB IS YOUR CLUB and we ask all members to support the Club while the present situation prevails.

We hope all members and their families stay safe and healthy.

Kind regards

The Committee