Hello, Gregory. I see you’ve left the tennis club ?
Yup. Got fed up with them all.
Oh ! They seem a pretty decent crowd to me.
What ? Everything decided by the gents in the bar. Committee totally ignored and not even elected anyway ! Totally undemocratic. I’ve been complaining about it for years.
I’m on the Committee.
More fool you then.
I was elected last April.
How did you manage that then ? Know someone I suppose ?
No. There was a notice on the Club Board in February about how to put your name forward and I just did what it said.
Oh. I suppose they just let you in on the old boy net ?
No. There was an election.
When was that. First I’ve heard of it !
At the Annual General Meeting.
Annual General Meeting !! That’ll be a first. This lot don’t have Annual general Meetings ! Too frightened that the members might get up and make suggestions. Annual General Meeting my foot ! Pull, the other one its got bells on it.
The notice about the AGM was on the Club Board along with the one about the elections.
I never saw any notices ! Held it in the bar of the Thrush and Pheasant I suppose when no one was looking.
Oh ? Where then ?
In the Clubhouse, in the big lounge. A bit of a squash actually – so many people there.
The draft minutes went up on the board about two days later. Our Gwen is a speedy girl on her computer.
I daresay you could get a copy from the Secretary’s Office.
I don’t want a copy. I’ve left this blasted club once and for all.
Didn’t I see you playing here today ?
An invitation game I expect ?
No ! Invitation ! I don’t need to be invited ! What ever next ? I brought the chaps from the office. Had a sort of mini tournament. Old Higgs won the bottle of whisky.
But Gregory, this is a private club. Only members can play. You know that.
Now look here George. I have been a member of this club for over twenty years. I was one of those who got it started. I am not going to be told what I can and cannot do.
But you are no longer a member. You said so. And you haven’t paid your fee.
I don’t care whether I have paid a fee or whether you think I am a member. I am going to carry on just as I have done for the last twenty years. Look, there is Rupert. He knows me. Hello, Sergeant ! Keeping everybody in order I hope.
Yes, we usually manage that fairly well, Gregory. I’d like a word with you in private if that’s alright.
A word ? What about ?
Well, the Secretary says you have left the club, but that you keep coming in and playing, and she has asked me to have a quiet word with you to point out that this is not on.
You mean I can’t come in and play tennis any more ?
Well no – not unless you rejoin and pay your membership fee.
But, but, but . . . . What do I do now ?
Well, there are other tennis clubs if you don’t like this one.
But . . . . that’ll take ages !
Yes. Quite Possibly.