Memberships for the 2023 season are officially open. Our year runs from April to March so now is the best time to sign up and get use of the courts for the full year. Membership fees are incredibly good value, just £25 (reduced to £15 if taking coaching) for a child for the whole year! We also have parent and child, adult, and family membership packages available. We welcome players of all ages, young and old, all abilities, from complete beginner, rusty returner, stalwart senior or Wimbledon warrior!
We have fun, social competitions throughout the year, a singles box league, regular club nights, club tournaments and Gloucestershire doubles league tennis. We also have a growing social calendar so if you’re wanting to get active and make new friends, check out our website at www.bourtontennicclub.org for more information and to sign up.
We would love to see more children taking up the sport. Tennis is great for hand-eye coordination, getting fit, developing a competitive spirit, sportsmanship, and etiquette. Juniors can also take advantage of free club nights on Thursdays (starting after Easter hols) 17:30-18:30.
Coaching is available for both adults and juniors, individual or group. See website or contact coach Kingsley Harris on 07879644218 for more details. Newly qualified coach Clare Bell is also with us this year doing group lessons for pre-school kids on Monday afternoons. If interested, please contact Clare directly on 07495767343.
So, what are you waiting for? Get active, get social, get into tennis in Bourton!
See you on court!
Local Gymnastics Club Success!
North Cotswolds Gymnastics & Trampolining Academy (NCGTA), based on Bourton Industrial Park, has already seen some great success this year at recent, regional gymnastics competitions.
Sunday 12th February saw the return of the Winter Magic Gymnastics Event, in Wiltshire, where NCGTA entered some of their younger gymnasts. It was a great day and NCGTA dominated, taking 80 medals in total, with 62 placing in the top 3. With special mention to gymnasts Amelia, Georgia, Tara, and Claire, who took the most titles for their levels. Tara and Georgia, also were the top 2 highest scorers of the day.
At the beginning of March NCGTA competed at the Quatrovision Cup, Wiltshire. They achieved 3 golds, 10 silvers and 11 bronze awards. With special mention to Georgia, who placed 3rd overall.
March also saw 5 of their Squad gymnasts complete their regional grading. Hope passed with flying colours. Alice, Freya, and Sophie received highly commended at their first grading, and Ayla received a distinction, and finished 2nd in her entire grade.
NCGTA is based out of Cotswold Clubhouse, offering gymnastics classes for preschoolers, up to adults. Due to the growth, and successes of this gymnastics club, there is exciting news to come. July will bring the expansion of the gymnasium, doubling it in size, introducing more equipment, allowing bigger holiday camps, more options for fun play, and a lot more scope for new gymnasts to join.
Winter Weather arrangements
In good time for the winter weather, residents are reminded of the arrangements that will be in place to tackle any winter weather in Bourton this year.
As usual, GCC will arrange for the primary roads in the village to be gritted and cleared of snow, as and when necessary. A stock of grit and grit spreading equipment is held by the Parish Council to be made available to residents and businesses for clearing public pavements and footpaths as required. The equipment will be loaned out to residents as and when necessary; however, these supplies will obviously only be available during office hours so residents are asked to contact the Council in advance if they do wish to do so, to ensure the equipment can be collected when staff will be on hand. This grit is not to be used on private land, and residents should make their own provision in this respect ahead of winter, as general suppliers often run out of stocks during prolonged spells of bad weather.
Contrary to many people’s understanding there are no laws which prevent you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your homes or from public areas. However, it’s obvious that this should be done responsibly and with due care for yourself and for others. Guidance is available on the Council’s web-site (www.bourtononthewaterpc.org.uk) in respect of good practice precautions to be taken when doing this.
The grit bins around the village will be filled by GCC ahead of the winter months but, thereafter, the Parish Council will be responsible for re-stocking them. Our stocks are limited and these must therefore only be used for spreading grit on public footpaths and pavements. Residents are asked to respect this and not take grit from these bins for use on their own land, and to notify the Council if they notice any of the bins are empty so they can be re-stocked.
If bad weather arrives, we’d also ask residents to help any vulnerable neighbours and do what they can to ensure they have help with path clearing, or delivering shopping etc, wherever possible. There is a wider and general community benefit which will result from residents getting together to tackle the clearing of snow and ice for their own immediate area, in addition to looking out for and helping vulnerable neighbours
With thanks for your cooperation.
Sue Cretney, Clerk