A night on the tiles

I forewarn you now avid readers that this will be a plain and simple blog (Hooray I can hear you shout) as yours truly is still feeling a little groggy so I am just keeping it simple and showing a few pictures of the recent developments.

The home and away shower areas, plus the umpires room and ladies changing room have been fitted out with benches, the walls plastered and are currently being painted and the shower areas have been tiled.

Work is still progressing at a pace and I have been informed that the even the lift may be installed within the next couple of weeks, allowing the builders to finish ‘tidying up’ the upstairs area. The internal stairs were being worked on whilst I visited so those should be completed very soon. The disabled, ladies and gents toilet rooms have all also been plastered ready for the fixtures and fittings to be installed. Those are all there sat there waiting so I think that will be soon.

Moving outside for a while the steel work is all in place ready for the final fitting of the balcony and external stairs. This now also allows for the scorers box to be completed.

Moving back inside, mainly because it was so flipping cold out there, we see the plastering has been completed throughout on all the walls and ceilings. Ceiling lights are in place and there is a great feeling of light and space.  Obviously that will change once the furniture starts to go in but nonetheless a lot more room and so much lighter than the old girl.

The kitchen is starting to see some progression with the extractor fan in place awaiting connection.


Well sorry it is short and sweet peeps but it’s the pictures of the progression you really want to see not me waffling on. From those pictures I trust you will agree what a fine building this is rapidly becoming. Like you I can’t wait for completion and we can sit, relax and enjoy the cricket with maybe a drink in hand. Let us hope for a good summer and many fond times ahead.



Get dressed Poulters!


You may recall in a previous blog that Mr P admitted he walks around without clothes on in his kitchen. He will now have to wrap a towel around himself to protect his modesty. Well the view from the balcony offers you lucky people the chance to capture this incredible sight for yourself. It has been suggested, without Dave’s knowledge that we fit a couple of the binocular type devices, the ones you see at the seaside. Not only will this offer an alternative form of entertainment during a quiet lull in the game but it will also bring in much needed funds. I think 10p for 5 minutes is not unreasonable. Hmm…hang on a minute this could also be an opportunity for the start a new fundraiser here and no it’s not going to be bonus balls. If you have any suggestions then please make them known.

This is a shot of the inside of what will be Peckers office. The cables you see here will be left just as they are to make Peck feel at ease, remembering fondly how the old lounge used to look once he started plugging in his electrical bits and pieces. Interestingly there is no handle on the inside of the door so what that means once the door is closed is anyone’s guess.

I am going to throw this one in as it has been a quite a few months since we last saw a trench being dug, so for old times sake…a trench, with a pipe.

Mr W I could not help but take this picture; could these be the missing spectacles? Well the simple answer is no as they are mine. I strategically placed them there for effect and to attract your attention.

Next we see where Dani will be spending most of her weekends during the summer, it will save her having to worry about driving home late after a shift behind the bar. Simply climb the steps, through the gap and hey presto overnight accommodation. The positioning was crucial and you will note Dani will not even have to leave the bar, how thoughtful. I am sure Birdy would even run to the cost a of a duvet.


Onto more mundane stuff now like how the real work is progressing. Here we see the away dressing room, now with the walls plastered.

The home team dressing room. In the second picture is the entrance on the left and straight ahead a loo and the shower area to the right beyond the wall.

Downstairs again now to see the walls have been dry lined awaiting the plasterers. I think it is fair to say that the inside will be very light and bright with the sun streaming in through the many doors and windows.

Well there you have it, the latest developments in a nutshell. I also understand that it may only be a few weeks and the steel work will be in place ready to accept the balcony. More of this as and when it happens.

Apologies for this blog being a touch random, I haven’t been well you know but hopefully soon I will feel better and a more clear logical, coherent piece will be written. Don’t hold your breath though, sixty plus years and I haven’t written one yet so what are the chance now?



Open afternoon


img_5103I speak on behalf of the Chairman, committee and all connected to the club in one capacity or another when I wish you a successful, peaceful and happy new year.

Just before Christmas, Evo kindly organised, in conjunction with Marc and Dom from the construction company Fromebridge Construction, an open afternoon allowing an opportunity to come see the progress so far first hand.

With most of the exterior work complete now the scaffolding was taken down.

It seemed everyone was impressed with just how it is all falling into place. The elements that was of the most interest was those internally as let’s face it you have seen plenty of pictures of the outside over the past few months.


The view you see here above is of the front entrance and stairs leading up to the changing rooms. Next to the stairs is the lift well.

These next two pictures show the end of the skittle alley and to the side the new toilet blocks, which include ladies, gents and a disabled bathroom.

The kitchen seems to be slightly larger but it is difficult to highlight in a photograph with the fixtures and fittings still to be installed.

Naturally there is still a lot of work to do as the plasterers, carpenters and electricians need to do their bit.

Moving up alevel to the changing rooms, yes the balcony and external stairs still need to be fitted but the view from that area is really good. On a clear day you can see straight into Poulter’s kitchen. When indeed this was pointed out to Dave he muttered something about not being able to walk around naked any longer and he will have to buy curtains!

Right then, down to the business end….Birdy’s Bar! Again this is looking good. The old lounge may be marginally larger but not a great deal. The moving of the kitchen door has helped to create a little extra room in the bar area. However the biggest difference is the space that was by the ‘long’ part of the old bar. As you will see in the photographs.

The actual bar is bigger with more counter space. Room for 3 or even 4 to serve behind. 3 large French windows will allow plenty of light and a nice breeze in hopefully a long hot summer to come.

For those, for whatever reason could not make the afternoon I trust these pictures offer you an insight into the new pavilion, one which will be very nice indeed when finally completed. Apologies if some of the pictures appear dark but it was the 23rd December.

There is some external work to be completed as I mentioned earlier, the balcony and stairs. Also some form of steps to exit from the bar and lounge areas out onto pitch side. A small patio area is too be laid and I understand a new flagpole.

All in all not too shabby and I will leave you with a final couple of pictures of the clock tower and weather vane.