Bayview Tennis Club

Bayview Tennis Club History

A meeting was held at Memorial Hall in relation to the forming of a Tennis Club to run Bayview Tennis courts on behalf of the Council. 43 people attended and a motion was passed to form the Bayview Tennis Club, electing a five (5) person Steering Committee to prepare a draft Constitution.
Prior to the establishment of the Club, the courts were leased to a local resident who ran the centre as a commercial enterprise.  It was agreed to pay this outgoing lessee $200 for equipment, including nets, brooms and a refrigerator.
The inaugural meeting of Bayview Tennis Club was subsequently held on 17th June 1982 in the Banksia Room of the Nelson Heather Senior Citizens Centre at North Narrabeen, with 38 people in attendance.  Membership fees were established at $40 per annum for senior and $10 per annum for junior members.  Mr. Bob Cudmore, now deceased, was elected our first President in 1982 and subsequent Presidents were as follows:

1982-1984 Mr Bob Cudmore
1984-1985 Ms Betty Flint
1985-1987 Mr Laurie Moore
1987-1991 Mr David Niven
1991-1994 Mr Dennis Byron
1994-2009 Mr David Niven
2009-2012 Mr Allan Bloxsam
2012-2020 Ms Karen Stapleton

The first Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 1st August 1982 at 10:30 a.m. and ever since, the Annual General Meeting has been held on the first Sunday in August.
Warringah Shire Council first granted a lease to Bayview Tennis Club in 1987, expiring in 1992.
The lease was then renewed for twenty (20) years, expiring in 2012.
While this lease was signed by the Committee on behalf of the Club, the lease was never ratified because of the formation of the Pittwater Council.  Pittwater Council subsequently granted a new lease for twenty one (21) years, which expires in 2023.
Installation of court lighting was approved in 2010.
The Club was established initially as Bayview Tennis Club, but on the 14th May 1991 the Club was incorporated and became known as Bayview Tennis Club Inc.
The original clay courts, with protruding rocks the size of footballs, were resurfaced with synthetic grass in 1985 and on the 12th September 1987, Warringah Shire Council approved the erection of a new Clubhouse, replacing the original school-style cottage with external toilet facilities, all of which were in a dilapidated condition.  The new Clubhouse was erected in 1988 and we have subsequently extended the decking and added a Vergola roof cover.
The courts have been resurfaced on a regular basis since the initial covering and the surrounding fencing has also been renewed. Instalation of court lighting was completed in 2010.  The improvements are well maintained and present in excellent condition, with sensitive attention to facility in the Pittwater area.
Constructed on site are (2) competition-standard north/south facing tennis courts with synthetic grass surface and court lighting. At the northern end of the courts there is a modern clubhouse facility, constructed in 1988. The clubhouse comprises open plan club room, three (3) toilet amenities, one (1) shower amenity, two (2) kitchen areas, storerooms and a large deck on the southern side, opening onto an expansive deck on the eastern and northern side of the clubhouse. The building is elevated approximately 1.5m from ground level, which provides an excellent overview of the tennis courts and expansive views of Bayview Park and uninterrupted northerly views of Pittwater. The facilities are maintained in excellent condition and the courts are used for both competition and social play.
The Annual General Meeting of Bayview Tennis Club Inc. is held on the first Sunday in August when the Management Committee for the forthcoming year is elected.
Membership of Bayview Tennis Club Inc. is open to residents of Bayview and adjacent areas. Application for membership must be made on the approved Application Form.  Junior Members are encouraged to participate in competition teams, round robins and also enter into our various Championship events free of charge.
The courts are available for hiring to non-members which includes use of Club facilities.  Bookings can be arranged by contacting our Hiring Officer, Mr. Brian Clarke.
The Club provides a full range of activities throughout the year, which include the following:
Teams for various district competitions:- Saturday Afternoon Mixed (replaced with social tennis until the comp is reinstated), Monday Night Ladies, Wednesday Ladies and Wednesday Night Men’s, Thursday Night Mixed.  Annual Club Championships Annual Specials Events Organized weekly socials: Saturday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Friday afternoons Summer Time Twilight tennis.  Various luncheons throughout the year Good Friday Fish and Chips; and social tennis Christmas Party and Prize giving held annually on the first Saturday in December.  From time to time other functions are organised, including Trivia night, dinners and theatre outings.
Bayview Tennis Club offers the residents of Pittwater a unique opportunity to participate in the sport of tennis at a world class location.  Members have the choice of playing competition and/or participating in organised social play throughout the week and the weekends.  Casual and permanent hirers play on a superb quality courts with excellent support amenities at competitive and realistic hire rates, which we endeavour to maintain in our continued efforts to promote the sport of tennis and for the benefit of the ratepayers of the Pittwater area and the community at large.  There are numerous other opportunities offered at the Club and organised annually in advance in respect of sporting and social engagements, culminating in the Annual Christmas Function and Prize giving Evening, which has been held at the first Saturday in December since Foundation.  It is a privilege to be a member of Bayview Tennis Club and we welcome inquiries for membership.
Written by: David Niven,President(1994-2009) further updated June 2017 – Rhonda Purvis