St. John's Tennis Club Clubhouse Renovation

by St. John's Lawn Tennis Club in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom

£2,805

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £522.25
£12,000 target 16 days left
23% 57 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 6th November 2021 at 9:01pm

We are raising funds to upgrade our clubhouse, to create a warm and welcoming facility for our members and the local community.

by St. John's Lawn Tennis Club in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom

1632763854_terrace_lp.jpgBackground to our appeal

Our clubhouse is the hub of a lot of activities at the club, and in desperate need of improvements; it has no heating, the terrace wooden windows/doors are falling apart and there is poor access to the clubhouse for wheelchair users. 

The club has always put the tennis courts as it’s priority to attract and keep members. However, in prioritising the courts and outside areas, combined with lack of access to the clubhouse due to Covid-19 requirements, the maintenance and improvement programme for the clubhouse has fallen behind and always comes last from a budget perspective.

It has reached a stage where the clubhouse improvement programme requires an injection of funds, and the club is looking to crowdfunding to kick-start work on the most pressing renovations which will make the clubhouse a weatherproof, warm and welcoming all year-round facility.

The renovations will focus on the terrace front and inside of the club: opening up the doorways with new wider doorway access, installing new windows and much needed heating and if funds allow repairs to the flooring.

This crowdfunding will also establish the foundation for future clubhouse improvements.

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The target for the crowdfunding campaign is £12,000, this is two-part - crowdfunding by the members and wider community and match funding from Sport England for £3,600 (30% of our fundraising target) provided the overall target is met. 

Who are we and what do we do

St John's Lawn Tennis Club is a community amateur sports club, a not-for-profit tennis club based in the centre of Tunbridge Wells. The club was founded in 1922 and will proudly celebrate its centenary next year. 

The club is run by its members who are all volunteers. We have 4 floodlit all weather courts, 2 grass courts and a practise wall. We have a clubhouse which houses a bar, kitchen, changing facilities and a social area. 

In January of this year, we were honoured with a LTA Club of the Year 2021 Award in the category 1-4 courts. Our Chairman, Laura Collins, received the award on behalf of the whole membership in a virtual ceremony. The criteria for Club of the Year awards this year focussed on how clubs responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and rewarded those that reacted proactively, demonstrated support, not only to their membership but also to their local community and, when permitted, provided a safe environment to play in accordance with LTA guidelines. 

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Our current membership stands at 227 adults and 208 juniors. We have been fortunate enough to grow our membership by 64 new adult members and 93 juniors since the end of March 2020 as more people have more leisure time and recognise the benefits of participating in an outdoor sport and the social interaction that tennis offers. To this end we run regular mixin sessions where new members are actively encouraged to join in the fun and enjoy a drink afterwards. Our bar is run by volunteers and is a great focal point for our social activity. 

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The club offers a well-developed programme of coaching and cardio tennis for adults and juniors headed up by Steve Jarrett and Rosemary Snook. We are affiliated to the Jarrett Tennis School (JTS) which gives us access to Six LTA qualified coaches. JTS has Club Mark Accreditation and is recognised by the LTA as a provider of elite training for 5–14 year-olds, providing national and international players. 

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We are an enthusiastic participant in the Kent and Maidstone leagues, entering teams in all categories and are a regular host of league matches and club tournaments. 

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In the last year we have developed a relationship with a local charity, Mental Health Resource, which is based in Tunbridge Wells. The charity supports over 1000 adults with their mental wellbeing in West Kent. It’s clients often have complex, enduring mental health conditions, many struggle with low self-esteem and lack skills to manage stressful life events. The club is keen to offer tennis coaching on a regular basis to those clients of the charity that might benefit from the focus and physical participation that tennis offers. We ran a pilot scheme earlier this year and learned some valuable lessons which we will put to good use as we develop our programme. The LTA recognised the value of what we are looking to achieve and helped with some funding for the pilot.  

Where will the money be spent

There are a wide range of projects in the clubhouse that the money could be spent on however if we are successful in reaching our target, these improvements will be prioritised:

  • Install heating in the clubhouse to ensure it can be used for multiple purposes throughout the year.  
  • Improve access to the clubhouse from the courts by replacing existing dilapidated windows with wide, fully folding doors. This will include disabled access improvements as well as allowing better ventilation and easier indoor/outdoor flow when the weather permits. 
  • Replace worn flooring in the clubhouse.

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We are keen to upgrade the access to the clubhouse and provide all year-round usability so that it will be an inviting venue, not only for the club members but also for other community clubs and groups that will use it in the future. Pre Covid-19, the clubhouse was used for a variety of activities and private events, and we are keen to ensure it is upgraded sufficiently to encourage greater community usage. 

If funds allow, we would like to build upon the pilot scheme run with Mental Health Resource earlier this year., and to be able to offer regular coaching to those of its clients that wish to participate.

In conclusion, our longer-term objective is to continue to be a strong, diverse and inclusive club that is an asset to our members and local community. 

The Club clearly recognises that there are many competing and well deserving requests for funding, both locally within our community, nationally and globally but we very much hope you are able to support this exciting initiative.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

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1hr Acupuncture at Hamblys Natural Health Centre

This voucher is for a an initial appointment and treatment for Musculo-skeletal problems such as backache, neck pain, tennis elbow, knee pain etc. To involve use of acupuncture, infrared and ultrasound. The treatment will be around 1 hour in duration and is valued at £75. This has been generously donated by Paul at Hamblys Natural Health Centre, Wadhurst.

£3 or more

Prize Draw - 1yr Adult Membership at St John's LTC

Buy as many tickets as you like for more chances to win! The prize is a 1 Year Adult Membership to St John’s Tennis Club (TW). This membership will run from 1st April 2022 and there is no cash alternative. This prize is transferable. The prize draw will close on 26th November 2021 and the winner be announced on 4st Dec 2021 at the Festive Bollywood Bash. For full terms and conditions of this prize draw please email [email protected]

£8 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Club T-Shirt with club name on back, plain front.

Royal blue t-shirt, size M. RRP - £20

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Cooltex training tee

Navy blue with bright blue side stripe, club name on the back. Size S. RRP £28

£10 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Salsa Class with Laura Collins (I.S.T.D)

On Tuesday 23rd November at 8pm, a 45 mins class to learn the basics steps of Salsa. This includes a glass of Prosecco to bring that extra Latin American Fizz!! The bar will be open throughout. (£10 per person, minimum of 5 people required)

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Hoodie - zip, purple with club logo. Size M

RRP - £32

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Esquire Barber Shop, Southborough

£20 haircut voucher.

£18 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Unisex hoodie with zip and club logo.

Light blue, zip-up hoodie with club logo. Size M. RRP £32

£18 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sunday Lunch for 2, The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys, Tunbridge Wells are offering Sunday lunch for 2. Served Sundays, 12:30-16:30pm

£20 or more

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Homemade Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake

Homemade Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake on a biscuit base. Serves 10. Made to order by Gilly Bishop, club member.

£22 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Kent Cricket Direct, Southborough £30 voucher

£30 to spend on any kit in the shop. Kent Cricket Direct is one of very few cricket specialist shops in the South East of England. Supplying a wide range of cricket equipment at competitive prices, they pride themselves in offering a high level of friendly service, with an aim to offer kit to suit all ages and budgets.

£22 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Rusbridge Family Bakery, £30 cake voucher

Rusbridge Bakery in Southborough are offering a £30 voucher for cake, grab yourself a delicious treat!

£22 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£30 The Gallery Hair Salon, Southborough

The Gallery has become one of the UK’s leading salons, where clients expect nothing but the very best in hairdressing. They are an award-winning, modern lifestyle salon and are very proud of their relaxing yet creative atmosphere. Voucher can be used towards a haircut or used on products.

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Tops Hair Studio, Southborough, haircut voucher

Time for a new style, or maybe just a trim? Christine, the manager of Tops Hair Studio, is offering a haircut worth £30.

£25 or more

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1hr Personal training session with Amanda Price

Do you want to improve your cardio vascular fitness, strength and flexibility so you can run around the tennis court with greater ease? Or maybe you'd like to invest in your longer term health by getting fitter and stronger today. If it’s a yes, then try a personal training session with Amanda, a level 3 and GP referral qualified personal trainer. Session value £40.

£30 or more

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Chicken & spinach curry with fragrant rice for 4

Club member Caroline Campbell would like to offer a home cooked chicken and spinach curry with fragrant rice for 4 people.

£35 or more

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1 hour KS3/GCSE Maths Tuition with Kelvin

Are you struggling with your Maths at school? St John's club member/volunteer bar manager, Kelvin Paterson, who has 37 years teaching experience, is offering a 1 hour, 1:1 lesson at Key Stage 3 or GCSE level to boost your skills and confidence. (Normally priced at £45 p/h)

£36 or more

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6 bottles of Umbala Shiraz

Donated by the wonderful people at LWC, The UK's Largest Independent Drinks Wholesaler. 6 x 75cl bottles of Umbala Shiraz, Western Cape. Dark cherry colour with aromas of plum and smoky black pepper giving way to a lush ripe black fruit palate.

£40 or more

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Running Hub, £50 Voucher

£50 voucher for any running kit in the Running Hub, one of the leading independent running retailers in the South East.

£40 or more

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Pets Fayre pet shop, Southborough

£50 worth of wild bird feed

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A power hour health coaching session with Amanda

Are you concerned about how well you are ageing? Do you want to reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis or dementia? As a certified health coach Amanda can help you identify and put in place simple lifestyle changes which will positively impact both your health today and in the future. Current value £60.

£45 or more

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Lunch for 2 at the Kentish Hare, Bidborough

This voucher is for a 3 course lunch for 2 people. The Kentish Hare is an award-winning restaurant with two AA Rosettes and was awarded with a Bib Gourmand by the highly respected Michelin guide in 2021. (Worth £56)

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

1 hour Sports Massage from Bessels Green Osteopath

Bessels Green Osteopaths are offering a Sports Massage worth £60. A 1 hour deep tissue massage to relieve muscle tension by our qualified and experienced practitioners. https://www.bgosteopaths.co.uk/

£65 or more

0 of 1 claimed

mSPORTi Holiday Club voucher (worth £85)

A full weeks course at mSPORTi holiday camp for 5-11yr olds. mSPORTi have taken the best sports and the most awesome kids activities to create our Camps. Children will take part in fun active games and activities, specifically chosen to turn up the fun whilst giving them the chance to learn new skills, make friends and build confidence! A typical day includes high-energy team games, sports, individual pursuits, team challenges and lots more!

£200 or more

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Advertising Banner in our club car park

Regular price £250/300 A chance to promote your business in the car park of St John's LTC. The car park is well used by members and guests and also seen on a regular basis by users of the Masonic Hall and Football field. The advertiser is fully responsible for the provision of the banner to the club, which cannot exceed 250cm x 90cm. For full terms or to ask any questions please email [email protected]

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A fresh batch of sweet scones

A fresh batch of sweet scones for your very own afternoon tea. Baked by Ian Goldsworthy.

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A fresh batch of savoury scones

A fresh batch of savoury scones for your very own afternoon tea. Baked by Ian Goldsworthy.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1hr of Tennis with the one and only Colin Spratt!

Roll up, roll up, this reward is going to sell out fast! This is your chance to have one hour on court with the one and only Colin!

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ladies Gamegear Sleeveless Polo Shirt

Raspberry, sleeveless polo with our club logo. Size M

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Silent tennis with the one and only Colin Spratt!

A game of tennis with Colin and he's not allowed to talk!! Can he do it? Can he hold in his jokes? Can he hold in his victory cheers?

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

An hours lesson tandem riding!

An hours lesson for an individual or a couple to experience the joys of tandem riding - location/route to be agreed to suit level of confidence and to include a coffee stop. Donated by Ian Goldsworthy.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Spa Beauty voucher, Hair Workshop Southborough

Spa Beauty located in The Hair Workshop, Southborough. "Our beautician at Hair Workshop is adept at carrying out a range of beauty services. These include: facials, waxing, eyelash tinting, eyebrow tinting and waxing. We also offer spa treatments which range from gel nails to full body massages. We have a trained aromatherapist who has her own blend of oils. These oils will help with soothing your muscles and relaxing you at the same time."

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 voucher for The Cheese Shop Tunbridge Wells

£20 Gift Voucher. The perfect gift for cheese lovers; let them come and choose the cheese! Situated just a short walk from the club at 48b St John’s Road, The Cheese Shop, Tunbridge Wells, has a commitment to bringing you a wide selection of high quality British and European cheeses, including the best from local Kent and Sussex cheesemakers. https://www.thecheeseshoptw.co.uk/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Majestic, 2 bottles of wine, Chardonnay and a Rose

From Majestic, a bottle of Terra Vega, Chilean Chardonnay and a bottle of Haut Vol 2019 Rose.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

The TN card, 1 year membership

The reward card for Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. The TN card proudly supports 432 independents and West Kent MIND. This card offers the user discounts, free drinks/food and other member benefits. Check out their website to see the full directory. www.thetncard.com

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ladyfit Fruit of Loom fleece - zip with club logo

Royal blue, size S. RRP £32

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Unisex hoodie with zip and club logo.

Navy blue, size M. RRP £32

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1hr lesson with Senior Coach Rosemary Snook

Rosemary Snook has played tennis at international and county levels. She competed at Junior Wimbledon, and in a Wimbledon qualifying tournament. Rosemary has coached pupils of all ages and abilities for the last 40 years and is an LTA Level 4 coach.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Zip up, electric blue hoodie with Club logo

Size L. RRP £32

£22 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sunday Lunch for 2 inc dessert, Brecknock Arms

The Brocknock is a charming Gothic Victorian village local. A family country pub in the beautiful village of Bells Yew Green, on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells and just a short 2 minute walk from Frant train station. Sunday lunch is served 12-5pm. Booking required. Not valid on bank holidays.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1hr lesson with JTS Coach Ian Chapman

1hr lesson with LTA Level 4 coach Ian Chapman. Ian coaches all areas, ages and abilities at JTS. Ian played a major part in the development of two JTS players from the age of six to become nationally ranked in the top ten under 12’s.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1hr lesson with JTS Coach Ollie Pearce

1hr with Ollie, LTA Level 3 qualified coach.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Yatra Indian Cafe, £30 voucher

A £30 voucher for Yatra Indian cafe in the heart of Southborough. Serving fresh, authentic Indian street food including Chaat, Pani Puri, Samosas, Paneer Tikka, Masala Chai, Lassi and more.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Hana Japanese Restaurant, £30 food voucher

Hana Japanese Restaurant serves delicious sushi, noodles, bento boxes and so much more... Mmmmmmmm!

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1hr lesson with Steve Jarrett, Director of JTS

Steve Jarrett has over 25 years of coaching experience and has produced a wide variety of players, from Mini Red to the top 50 ITF World Ranked. Steve is LTA Level 4 coach.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Voucher for The Carpenters Arms, Tonbridge

Rustic Country Pub, Restaurant and Hotel set in the Heart of Kent. Situated in the historic town of Tonbridge, The Carpenters Arms welcomes you into a warm rustic atmosphere complete with open fires. They go to great lengths to source local produce as much as possible and everything is prepared and cooked, fresh to order.

£30 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Kirthon Meal for 2 Voucher

Meal for 2 voucher inc Starter, Main, Rice/Naan, Side plus a wine/beer or soft drink. Kirthon is a restaurant that has been created for one aim only-to create the ultimate dining experience. It is there to satisfy the passion of the owner and the chef to provide something that is missing from the South Asian restaurant trade-real traditional food served in a contemporary manner.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 hours of home DIY with Simon Bishop

Need help with any long overdue DIY jobs at home? Simon Bishop, club member, and helpful handyman around the club, is offering to help you at your home for 2 hours!

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Imperial Pub, £50 food & drink voucher

A traditional pub with a twist, The Imperial brings a taste of Italy to Tunbridge Wells…

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Carvery for 4, The Black Horse, Pembury.

Sunday lunch for 4 people at The Black Horse. Carvery served from 12-6pm every Sunday. Traditional Roast with all the trimmings, followed by your choice of homemade dessert. Usually priced at £18.50 per person (£74 in total)

£55 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 tickets to our Festive Bollywood Bash!

2 tickets (normally priced £70 for the pair) for St John's Tennis Club's, Festive Bollywood Bash on Saturday 4th December. Hosted at Bidborough Village Hall. 6:30pm, drinks, Indian Banquet, Bollywood Dancing and a Disco. What better way to start the festive season?!

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A professional RIBA Architect Consultation

DYE TABRETT ARCHITECTS A professional consultation for a project on your house within a 10-mile radius of TW or a house you are looking to purchase. It can be a modern house, listed building or anything in between that you would like to refurbish, remodel including kitchen and bathroom redesign. Total time allowed 2hrs. Value £125

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 food & drink voucher, Nevill Crest and Gun

The lovely Tom at the Nevill Crest and Gun has donated a £100 food and drink voucher. Grab yourself a real treat!

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