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Members' Newsletter February 2014

Introduction Tennis News
Social News Golf News
Club Night Boutique News
Spa News Juniors' News
Health News Special Offers
Tennis News Online Shop


Welcome to February  – we all hope it will be a dryer than last month!

We have some very exciting news to share, our Executive Chef, Chris Wheeler will be appearing on BBC1’s  Saturday Kitchen on Saturday 8th February alongside Jason Atherton, Peter Richards and Rashida Jones – star of the upcoming film Cuban Fury!

Along with this, we have some fantastic upcoming developments at Stoke Park, which include a new half-way house, new tennis floodlighting and new surface for the outdoor tennis courts.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind members of our upcoming summer events which tickets are still available for; The Boodles, Sir Elton John Concert and Katherine Jenkins’ Birthday Concert. For more information on The Boodles, please visit and for our concerts please visit

We hope you have had a chance to try out our new hot yoga studio which is now in full swing!


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Social News.. 
Social News
You should have all received the 2014 Social Calendar, if you have not please contact Frederica on 01753 717112 or by email 

Valentine's Day

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th February  

Four Course Dinner served in Humphry's 

£89 per person 

To book please contact reservations on 01753 717172 or by email

Ladies Lunch 

Wednesday 12th March

Commences at 12:00 with a Reception Drink & Two Course Lunch 

Followed by a talk from Simone Markham - a regular host of our pop up shops located in our Spa Boutique

Members: £32

Guests: £38 

Gourmet Evening

Thursday 20th March

Italy vs Australia 

Commencing at 19:00 with a Four Course Dinner served with Fine Wines 

The dress code for this event is Jacket & Tie 

Members - £95

Guests - £99

Mother's Day 

Sunday 30th March

Sittings from 12noon until 14:30 

Three Course Lunch with a Gift for every Mother 

Adults - £49

Children (12 and under) - £27.50

Please contact Frederica Swallow on 01753 717112 or by email for more information or to make a reservation.

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Club Nights at Stoke Park

Club Night at Stoke Park is held every Wednesday evening in the Orangery between 6:00pm and 9:30pm. Booking is not necessary. Club Night costs £12.50 per member when payment is made by levy account (£13.89 otherwise).

Wednesday 5th February

  • Roast loin of Pork with Sage and Onion Stuffing, Roasted Potatoes, Parsnips, Ragout of Vegetables and Apple Sauce
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce and Banana Ice Cream

Wednesday 12th February 

  • Oven-baked Fillet of Cod topped with Herb Breadcrumbs, Spinach, Buttered New Potatoes and Parsley Sauce 
  • Warm Treacle Tart with Clotted Cream Ice Cream 

Wednesday 19th February

  • Lemon and Garlic slow-roasted Half Chicken with Pomme Puree, Green Beans and Thyme Jus
  • Gratin of Citrus Fruit with Gin and Tonic Sorbet 

Wednesday 26th February

  • Roast Cannon of Lamb with Roasted Root Vegetables, Gratin Dauphinoise and Rosemary Jus
  • Coconut Panna cotta with Exotic Fruit Nage and Passion Fruit Sobert 
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Spa News...

Spa News

Members Spa Treatment Offer

Book one of our 4 visiting Aromatherapy Associate 60 minute treatments for only £70 Monday-Friday.

Choose from one of the following: 

  • Sleep Deeply
  • Stress Recovery
  • Detox & Revive
  • Inner Strength

Upgrade to have a Thalgo skin solution facial alongside your Aromatherapy Associates treatment for only £50 extra 

Offer applies Monday-Friday and is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or levy discount

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Health News...

Health News


Hot Yoga 

The trial period of hot yoga has been a great success and very well attended. As you know we will be introducing a £5 charge to the classes from Monday 3rd February and have listened to your opinions regarding these charges in the feedback forms that you have completed. We would like to highlight, that these charges are not for profit and are simply in place to meet some of the cost of running the new classes and to react to demand if more classes need to be added to the timetable.


Hot Yoga is a specialist class that is usually only done in specialist hot yoga centres. We have introduced Hot Yoga to Stoke Park because of the feedback that we have been getting from many members attending Hot Yoga classes at other facilities in the surrounding area at a cost far greater. We would like to assure you that these charges will not be attached to any of our current classes on our fitness timetable in the future. Wednesday night Hot Flow Yoga will continue to be free for members who would like to try Yoga at 30°C before stepping up to the other classes at 40°C.


We will continue to ensure feedback forms are available, so please help us to improve the timetable and class variation by giving us your opinion. From the 3rd February the Hot Yoga timetable will follow much the same as the trial period, with two exceptions: 

  • Friday will now become a 90min class starting at 11:30am
  • Wednesday morning will start at 11:15am. 

We are aware that demand has been extremely high during the trial period and will quickly add more classes on to this timetable if this demand continues when the classes become chargeable.

Places in the class will continue to be booked from 7:30am a day in advance on a first come, first served basis. Classes can be paid for in blocks of ten (£50) or singles (£5), but must be paid in advance. Any future changes to our timetable will be posted on our website and notices displayed around the club. 

Going forward we ask: 

  • All members to bring their own yoga mats to use in class for hygiene reasons. 
  • To close the door on entering the class to ensure the cold air is kept out and don not leave until the end of the class. 
  • We ask out of respect for all taking part in the Hot Yoga classes to please leave footwear at the bottom of the stairs on the show rack and arrive a few minutes to spare to get your mat laid out and to begin your breathing techniques. 
  • The instructors will be locking the doors at the beginning of each class, so that it is not disturbed - please respect that if you are late you can not enter the class. 

Hot Yoga Timetable

Monday  09:30 - 10:45 Hot Yoga - Kirsten
Tuesday  19:90 - 20:45 Hot Yoga - Arooj
Wednesday 11:15 - 12:30 Hot Flow - Viv 
Wednesday 18:15 - 19:15 Hot Flow - Matt
Thursday 11:30 - 12:30  Hot Flow - Anne
Thursday  19:30 - 20:30 Hot Flow - Joelle 
Friday 11:30 - 13:00 Hot Yoga - Kirsten
Saturday  09:30 - 10:45  Hot Yoga - Arooj 
Sunday  11:00 - 12:00  Hot Flow - Joelle 



Pre and Post Natal Training and Power Plate Training 

Physical activity and reproduction are normal parts of life, combining regular exercise and pregnancy appears to benefit both mother and baby in many ways:

Increased sense of well being and self esteem

Improved posture and relief from backache

Reduction in pregnancy induced symptoms

Some effect on mothers ability to cope with labor, child birth and postnatal recovery.

Exercising with a personal trainer will ensure your workouts achieve the above benefits in a safe, structured and enjoyable manner!

Elena Paul is qualified YMCA Pre-Post Natal Gym Trainer and Post Natal Power Plate Trainer. For a free consultation please contact her in the gym on 01753 717104

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Tennis News...

Tennis News

Court Refurbishment 

We are delighted to announce that we have finally received planning approval for floodlights on the all weather tennis courts. The permission is for 32 lights so will cover all four courts from a height of 6.7 metres.

We have also taken the decision to change the court surface at the same time. The artificial grass has served us well for seven years but the time has come to move to the latest technology. The courts will be fitted with Advantage Red Court artificial clay which combine the playing characteristics and appearance of clay with the benefits of an all-weather playing surface. As with traditional clay courts, play takes place on an unbound surface which allows players to develop and use slide in a controlled motion, allowing coverage of the whole court area with reduced effort and less stress on joints and ligaments. It offers a medium to slow surface pace with a uniform low bounce that allows some top spin and slice positive.

We are hoping to begin work in February and all being well will be finished by the middle of March ready for the beginning of the season in April.

Coach Profile: Adam Currie

My name is Adam Currie and I have recently joined the tennis coaching team here at Stoke Park. I work in a variety of different areas of the club's growing programme; from the tiny tots U5's session on Wednesday afternoons at 4.00-4.30, the ever improving ladies 3rd team squad and regularly competing juniors. As long as your happy to work hard we can move towards your aims and goals together in an effective and structured manner to gain consistent results… and I hope enjoy the process.

I myself gained a rating of a 2.1 whilst playing and competed from the age of 7 through till 18 playing for Middlesex and in National events as well as some international junior tournaments until I moved to coaching full time which I love. 

Thank you all so much for such a warm welcome and if we haven’t met yet please come say hello (as long as I’m not mid point)…

Committee Meeting Minutes 

We are pleased to announce that we will be rolling out the the membership category name from Health & Racquet to Tennis & Health (and Racquet to Tennis for Juniors) over the next few months.

The term Racquet was confusing to some people and we want to make clear we are committed to Tennis as a sport!

For those of you that are interested to know what was discussed at the recent committee meeting, please find a link to the minutes here. If you have anything that you would like to be raised at the next meeting, please speak to a member of the committee of e mail

Current Tennis Groups

We have started lots of new groups for adults and juniors over the last six weeks. If you are interested to know what is going on at your club, please click the link here. If you have any other suggestions of questions please contact Phil Fowler at the the following e mail address

Junior Profile

Benji Orr-Ewing is 5yrs and 2 months old and is currently showing great ability in tennis. Not only is he technically advanced for his age, his attention to detail and concentration during lessons is outstanding!  He demonstrates his passion for the game by dragging mum and dad to the Club whereas sometimes it's normally the other way around, but not for Benji. 


Benji Orr-Ewing has two older twin brothers called Zac and Elijah (8yrs) who he looks up to and keep him in shape on court. His brothers are ranked highly in Buckinghamshire and also display the will to win. At the moment I am trying to develop Benji's serve alongside his co-ordination as his body develops.


Despite only being 5yrs old, Benji has played over 50 competitive matches and reached the final of his first tournament a couple of weeks ago. I really hope the Stoke Park members can get behind Benji and any other Juniors that demonstrate great potential to "keep the dream alive" that one day Stoke Park will produce a player on centre court at Wimbledon. 

Junior Roll Up

We will be starting a junior roll up on Friday evenings from 18:00 until 19:30. The first session will be the 7th February and all the pros will be present on this session to start the ball rolling and answer any questions from parents. It is aged at children from 7 to 15 years and will involve fun drills and match play. There is no charge for this session and no need to book in advance, just turn up and the night and join in. 

As with all junior sessions at Stoke Park, a parent must remain on site throughout the roll up in case of any difficulties. 

Box Leagues

Please complete all box league matches before March to enable the results to be calculated and the courts left free for the start of the Championship matches? If there are any problems, please speak to Phil or Dan as extensions cannot be given.

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Golf News...

Golf News

Brand New 2014 Golf Shoe Collection Kicks Off The Season 

The first of many new products from this year's exciting golf industry line-up have now arrived in the Pro Shop and are ready to treat your feet. Stylish and technologically advanced footwear from the leading golf shoe manufacturers FootJoy, Adidas and ECCO are available to try on with advice from your experienced golf team.



Footjoy will be offering their new D.N.A. (DryJoys Next Advancement) range with the ChromoSkin Leather System, 3D Foam Collar and FTF Fit-bed from March 1st. From the huge success of Adizero, Adidas have launched the next generation Adizero One shoe. The state of the art shoe weighs just 272 grams - 10% lighter than the 2013 Adizero Tour - and features a unique centre cleat in the sole plate. ECCO renowned for some of the most comfiest shoes in golf continue their ever popular Street, Biom and Biom Hybrid ranges in this season's must have colours. 

Callaway X2 Hot - Kings Of Distance 

Callaway have developed their X Hot range of woods and irons with the new X2 Hot collection. Featuring drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons each with a Standard and Pro version, these are longer, faster and more forgiving for a broad range of golfer. Visit the Pro Shop to test drive this 'hot' new product.

2014 Golf Sale Continues

The Golf Team invite you into the warmth of the Pro Shop and choose from our great selection of offers in the January Sale. With discounts of up to 70% off our leading golf clothing brands such as Ralph Lauren, Galvin Green, Peter Millar, Ashworth, Adidas, Oscar Jacobson, UnderArmour, J.Lindeberg and Rohnisch this is the perfect time to grab a bargain and kit yourself up. We will also have some unmissable deals on shoes, bags and golf clubs."

Master Your Swing on a Monday

** £20 Off Special Offer** 

Get £20 off a one hour golf lesson with any one of our fully qualified PGA Professionals on a Monday from today until 31st March 2014.

Take advantage of this special offer and improve your game through the winter months in our state of the art Swing Studio. Experience a truly interactive golf lesson with the latest video analysis technology and have the “before and after” emailed to you with commentary by your coach.

Ian Murphy sees a dramatic improvement at impact during his lesson in the Swing Studio 

The evidence speaks for itself……… 

End of Year Finals - 9th November 

Winner - Stoke Park Golf Academy student

Plus 4 out of the top 6 – Stoke Park Golf Academy students

November Mid-Week Stableford - 8th November

Winner - Stoke Park Golf Academy student

Runner-up - Stoke Park Golf Academy student

November Stableford - 2nd November

Winner - Stoke Park Golf Academy student

Runner-up - Stoke Park Golf Academy student

Lady Captain's Charity Spring Bridge Drive

Monday 3rd March 2014

Please come and join us for the first of this years Lady Captain's Charity Bridge Drives on the above date, in which funds will be raised for the Lady Captain's Charity, the Berks Oxon & Bucks Air Ambulance.

Held in the Club's Fountain Room, the format of the day will be a 10.45 start with Tea and Coffee on arrival, sitting down at 11.00 to start (playing Chicago Bridge).  A two course buffet lunch and charity raffle will be included and it's envisaged that the day will draw to a close around 16.00.

Members and non members are welcome to attend. Each Bridge Table (for 4 players) is £80.

To book or for further information, please contact Kelly Gorry in the Golf Office on 01753 717116 or email

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Boutique News...

Salon & Boutique News

5th Feb - ILU Fitwear

A collection of sports bra's, tops & leggings for a sporty, chilled or glam look.

Here for one day only

13th, 14th & 15th March - Simone Markham

Simone will be back with her fantastic collection for 3 days after hosting the ladies lunch on 12th March.

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Juniors' News...

Juniors' News

Crèche Opening Times

Monday - Friday

09:15am - 12:15pm*


09:00am - 12:00pm*


10:00am - 12:00pm*

For more information about Stoke Park's Crèche and its events, please call 01367 243800

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This Month's Special Offer...

EJ Churchills The Cupid Clay Package 

Enjoy a one hour shooting lesson for two in February and finish with a glass of Champagne and smoked Salmon for that extra touch for £125. 

This offer is only valid during the month of February and when quoting "Stoke Park". 

Click here for more information and to book. 

Valentine's Packages 

This Valentine’s why not indulge your loved one in a romantic overnight stay here at Stoke Park, enjoy a 3 course St Valentine’s Dinner and a chilled bottle of Champagne and a box of Chocolates in your room.

Home to where Bridget Jones and Daniel Cleaver took their mini break in Bridget Jones’ Diary and surrounded in sweeping parkland and first class facilities ensure it’s the ideal romantic break.

From £220 per person, our Valentine’s package includes:

  • Overnight stay in a Superior Room
  • Full English Breakfast
  • 3 Course St Valentine’s Dinner
  • Bottle of Champagne and a box of Chocolate in your room on arrival

Available from 14th & 15th February 2014 From £220 per person, based on two people sharing a Superior Mansion Room, standard upgrade charges apply.

To book call reservations on 01753 717172 or email

Introducing Porsche Centre Reading


We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Porsche Centre Reading which, in turn, will provide you with additional benefits and exciting opportunities over the year. 


Throughout February and March 2014, Porsche Centre Reading would like to offer Stoke Park members an extended demonstration drive in the Porsche model of choice*. 


To find out more details about the offer or for more information about Porsche Centre Reading, please contact Michael Grady on 0118 930 3911 or quoting ‘Stoke Park extended demonstration drive’. 


Alternatively, feel free to pop into the Centre for a refreshing tea or coffee.

Porsche Centre Reading

Bath Road

Calcot, Reading

Berkshire, RG31 7SG

*Subject to availability, age and licence restrictions apply

Complimentary Taster Coaching Workshops 

A chance to take park in either two different taster coaching workshops Stressful To Blissful and Happy For No Reason delivered by Neelam Challoner. 

Click here for more information 

Click here to check out our fantastic latest offers, including spa day dealsHotel Stay Savings and Luxury Breaks.
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