Entries by Jane Wood

Club Bar re-opens today!

Takeaway drinks and snacks will be available from the Club bar from 4pm today, Monday 6th.  And a big ‘welcome back’ to Bar Manager Lee Wilde who will be launching the initial service! To begin with, this will operate from 4.30pm – 9pm Monday to Friday and from 11am – 3.30pm at weekends, serving tea […]

Jonny K: coach to the stars …

Tennis Director Jonny Kinsella welcomed a couple of celebrity clients onto the courts last week when first the former Lord Mayor Carl Austin-Behan and then ex-Emmerdale star Adam Thomas turned up to try out the Northern grass. Carl confessed to being a complete novice: “I’ve just no coordination at all,” he admitted sadly – but […]

Outdoor classes launch at the Northern

‘Brilliant’ – ‘like being on a yoga retreat’ – ‘THIS is the new normal!’ Outdoor classes are clearly  here to stay after an enthusiastic reception from members who attended Sarah Later’s yoga session on Sunday morning. Despite heavy rain overnight, the grass in front of the deck had drained well and was dry by 11am […]

Tennis coaching is back!

Jonny Kinsella and the coaching team are back on court and one-to-one coaching IS available to book NOW via MindBody. Group coaching, for up to six people (including the coach) is pencilled in for early July. “The LTA has given us permission to start group coaching on condition we successfully maintain current social distancing requirements,” […]

Naomi launches Northern grass

It takes more than a global pandemic to stop Des opening the Northern’s grass courts on time … Working single-handed and eking out the remains of last year’s lining fluid, Head Groundsman Des Ruchwaldy had three grass courts ready for Thursday morning. Now that the fluid delivery has finally turned up, the rest will follow. […]

Three-month tennis taster membership offer

Starved of exercise? After ten weeks of lockdown, the return of outdoor tennis has been greeted by glorious weather and huge enthusiasm – and no more so than at The Northern. The Didsbury club has seven of its clay/synthetic courts open so far and with Head Groundsman Des Ruchwaldy working hard to get the grass courts […]

A Message from the Front Line

Christie nurse and Club member John Bardsley is self-isolating at home after testing positive for coronavirus – he sent us this message: ” Hi, and greetings from the front line! ” As a lot of you may know, I’m a nurse and work at The Christie. All staff are now screened on a weekly basis, […]

Tennis Timetable Update

Eight-year-old Stanley Calladine summed up everybody’s feelings in his home schooling sentence construction exercise (above). “Today I can play tennis at my amazing tennis club the Northern … I feel great!”  And it was great to see you too, Stanley, along with your sister Lulu, dad Phil and all the other members who quickly filled […]

Tennis start-up hits the spot!

With half a dozen sanitisers, 50 feet of barriers, a lot of signage and some last-minute hedge-cutting from Des … the outdoor tennis start-up worked! 42 players on seven courts across three playing sessions proved that the Club CAN make outdoor tennis safe to play in today’s extraordinary conditions. The Club aims to have the […]

Tennis is back! But PLEASE follow these guidelines ..

PLAY SAFE GUIDELINES – RETURN TO RESTRICTED PLAY These guidelines currently apply to England only, and have been produced in line with the Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read on the Gov.uk website. SECTION 1: BEFORE & AFTER PLAY STAY UP TO DATE […]