By John Moffatt, vice-chairman, Whyteleafe Village Council
At the beginning of September, I was honoured to be asked to give out the prizes on Championship Finals Day at Caterham and Whyteleafe Tennis Club. The aim of the club is, of course, to encourage the playing of tennis, but to also provide wider physical and mental benefits through use of its facilities and the numerous opportunities to socialise. The club has grown significantly in recent times, driven by a very friendly and motivated committee, and has a broad membership with a well-established youth section.
The ethos of the club is to have fun whatever your age or ability, and to enjoy the outdoor rural setting of Manor Park, The Avenue in Whyteleafe. For more information, you can visit the club’s Facebook page.
Over recent years there has been a need to invest in the club’s facilities, and I am proud to report that the village council has been able to contribute towards some of these enhancements. As a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation serving the local community, the club was eligible to apply for a donation from the village council’s Grant Award Scheme. Over the years, the village council has given grants to many different organisations and groups that support our community. Funds are limited but single grants of up to £2,000 are available (terms and conditions apply).
Our scheme runs twice a year, in spring and autumn, and the autumn scheme for 2023 is now closed. But there is no time like the present to consider making a grant application on behalf of your charitable organisation in readiness for next year, particularly as it can take several months to develop a project and calculate the likely costs and the amount of funding required.
Now, where’s my tennis racquet?