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Matchpoint – July
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A Day at the Races – Sunday July 21st

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Members Event!!
Come and join us for a Day at the Races on the 21st July.

We will start the day off with a full English Breakfast at the Club where you can also enjoy a drink whilst you swap betting tips with all your friends at the Club.

Once you have had your breakfast the coach will take you to Stratford Racecourse for their Ladies Day event – Fascinators at the ready Ladies!!

This year we are going to the part of the racecourse where you are allowed to take your own food if you wish. There are food outlets and bars available but you now have the choice.

The first race is approx 14:30 and the last race is approx 17:30.

The coach will bring you all back to the Club for about 19:00 where you can spend your winnings on a celebratory drink.

Last year this sold out and Member’s who attended all said what a great day out it was so don’t delay, go and see the bar staff to get your tickets.

Tickets are £35 per person.

For more information about the day please speak to Jane Howe.


Dave Cropper Memorial

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We had a really successful tournament in memory of Dave on Sunday 23rd June. Over 40 members took part and it was won by Keith Learoyd and Catherine Aldrige beating John Thomas and Beryl Waters in the final. Many thanks for Malcom Whiteoak for scoring and for Pat who provided the BBQ.

Arden Club Tennis Championship

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The draw is up in reception and we have had a good entry in most categories. Can you please make sure you play and record your results within the timescales listed on the draw sheets.

Annual Squash Court Maintenance

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Our annual squash court maintenance is scheduled for week commencing 15th July and will mean that the majority of time two courts will be out of action, although for Tuesday and Wednesday there is likely to be 3 courts out as Court 1 needs some additional attention.

Warwickshire Summer Squash and Racketball Leagues

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Warwickshire summer squash and racketball leagues are now in full swing and our squash 1st Team have a home matches on 1st July against Wolverhampton 1, 8th July against David Lloyd Coventry and 22nd against Stratford.

Junior Squash Camps

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Summer Camps are running in August on the following dates:
Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th
Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd

For more information and to book a place please contact Chris Ryder.

Squash and Racketball leagues

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A reminder that the current Internal Club Squash League runs until 14th July and the current Racketball League runs to 31st July.

Padel Update

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The club formally submitted our planning application to Solihull Council 2 weeks ago.

Some funding applications are still in progress, but we have received no guaranteed funding to date.

The fund-raising committee will contact Sport England again after the LTA have formally recognised Padel Tennis as a sport and the LTA’s meeting with Sport England which is imminent.

The club has also met with the LTA to discuss our Padel plans and to seek their support. These discussions are ongoing but may provide support for the project .

The club has also met with the recently formed organisation “Game4Padel” and is currently reviewing any potential for collaboration.

Fitness & Health

Free Induction

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Rosemary Cribb, one of our personnal trainers is available to give a free half hour gym induction if anyone is unsure of how to use the equipment.

Contact info for Rosemary:
email –
phone – 07958 753419

Gym Lockers

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Please ask at reception to loan an old £1.00 coin to be able to use the small valuable lockers outside of the gym.

Gym Benches

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We are currently looking at quotes to reupholster some of the worn gym benches and are hoping to have the quotes back shortly.

Club news

Food Policy and BBQ area

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You may have seen the new Food Policy that has been drawn up recently, a bit more info on the BBQ is below…

The BBQ on the lawn outside the bar patio has seen better days and is not really safe or hygienic for members to cook on any more.

Having said that if members would like to have a BBQ on a Sunday afternoon for example then you are most welcome to use the BBQ shelf and place a “disposable” or portable BBQ on this and throw a few hot dogs on.

All we ask is that any food items are disposed afterwards otherwise this will encourage vermin which we don’t want.

New Snack Bars

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Some members have requested that we sell “Energy” bars.

We have researched this and have ordered Nature Valley Snack Bars which will be available for 80p from the Vending Machine and behind the bar.

Local Planning Review – Update

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The Club were invited by SMBC to attend a meeting of Landowners for Site 18 (The site partly shared by our club, Oakmoor Developments and SMBC). The meeting was called by SMBC’s Interim Head of Strategic Land and Property and was held on 13th June 2019 and attended by senior representatives of the Club’s Management Committee. It was clarified and confirmed at the meeting that only the land adjoining Solihull Arden’s Land and owned by SMBC but leased to Oakmoor Developments plus Freehold Land wholly owned by Oakmoor Developments was under consideration for further exploration and development planning work.

This meeting was called by SMBC following the recent close of consultation on the Draft Solihull Local Plan Review Supplementary Update (2019), and in advance of further consultation on the Solihull Local Plan Review Submission Draft anticipated in Summer 2019, the Council (in it’s capacity as the part owner of a number of the provisionally allocated development sites) informed us that it is keen to engage with other landowners whose properties comprise part of each wider development opportunity. This follows on from a series of initial landowner meetings that have taken place since the publication of the Draft Local Plan in December 2016.

The Council’s objective for the meeting was to review the collective aspirations of the landowners, with a view to ensuring that there is consistent information being prepared for submission to the examination in public of the Plan, and robust evidence in place to deliver commercially viable schemes to support the allocation, especially where it involves the release of land from the Green Belt. This covered a number of areas including any plans to establish detailed master plans for the site taking into account, and being informed by, relevant commercial considerations in addition to planning policy matters, including delivery strategy, financial, physical and demographic viability, programme and phasing.

The following summarises the outcome and the club’s position:
The Council have conducted some local consultations & have undertaken some land surveys. In addition further work has been commissioned by SMBC to further develop plans for the site, as such site 18, remains as one of the sites under review for potential development approval.

The club requested that the meeting be formally minuted and that the club be included in all future meetings, this was agreed.

The club drew attention in particular to our contractual agreement with Oakmoor relating to parking provision and shared access and stated that this agreement must be honoured in any development proposals. Oakmoor Developments recognised this requirement and responsibility and committed to ensure such proposals would be included within any future development plans.

Furthermore attendees were informed by SMBC that there is no surplus of sporting land in the borough, as such any plans for development of the site and land currently designated for sporting use would have to include provision for “like for like” replacement of such land within the Borough for it to be considered.

Oakmoor Developments confirmed that they will be leading on the development of a “master Plan” in consultation with SMBC and its newly appointed planning consultants Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) who have been appointed by SMBC to promote the Council’s strategic objectives (in its capacity as a landowner) and make representations on behalf of the Council (in its capacity as a landowner).

The club will attend any future meetings to ensure that we are fully engaged and included in ongoing discussions for the site. The next meeting is expected to be held in August 2019. We will of course update you as SMBC and its partners progress.

Dates for your diary

15 July……….……….Squash court maintenance starts
21 July A Day at the Races