All hail the ale!

Just a few pictures today good people, but what pictures they are. Whilst on a routine visit to keep you all posted on any new changes so it was that St Austell turned up to off load some barrels of beer. Well who are we to refuse such a kind gesture.

Okay it says Bath Ales but they are now indeed owned by St Austell. It matters not as long as the beer is taken off the back and placed in our cellar.

The new cellar, which has been recently kitted out with all manner of pipes and tubes was ready and waiting. The new floor is very good as the barrels did not mark it in any way and with a drain in the middle it can be easily rinsed to keep it clean.

 

Here they all sit in just waiting to be tested. From left to right we have: Fosters, Heineken, Amstell, Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze, John Smiths and Guinness. Over to the right is one of 3 real ales.

Alas all is not what it seems, although actual kegs, they are there for testing purposes only at the moment just to check there is the right pressure throughout and it all flows as they should. Sorry the bar is not open for business just yet, bugger I hear you all shout!  A few more weeks and it well be however. 

Birdy has even found the till and is giving the old girl a good clean, whilst also checking for any iou’s.

The club has CCTV fitted throughout and a high level of security alarms all operational.  Much of the inside you have already seen in pictures previously although there is work going on all the time with the finer points of the construction industry. Don’t expect me to inform you what they are however as I haven’t got a clue. All I know is there are people fiddling with doors, plumbing, electrics, paint brushes, oh and yes, erecting a new fence outside.

Well that’s all I can offer today peeps. You should be happy in the knowledge that there will not be much more of this drivel as the building nears completion.

On a serious note I hope you have all found this interesting, watching the development of the new pavilion over the autumn, winter and now spring. I have quite enjoyed doing it I have to admit,  in fact I would be happy to do more. Perhaps I could start a business creating blogs, copy writing and other general nonsense. If any one reading this is interested please let me know. Seriously I would love to do this for a living, doing something I enjoy for a change.

I am very cheap to run, much like an old Morris Minor, so old I don’t need taxing, easily repaired when broken down, low emissions except after pickled onions, comes with a starting handle (easily wound up) and fuel efficient, a glass of gin and tonic and I am away. Just ask anyone who went on the trip to Twickenham a couple of seasons ago! 

 

Romeo, Romeo.

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Well the glass is in position with just the final fixings to add to the balcony. You will note also the scorers room has been glazed and is now secure. Just hope it is a sliding window for Andrew to be able to sell his ice creams. 

Very little words to add to this blog as the pictures say it all really, which is a poor excuse I know, but it is late plus I’m tired and emotional. I haven’t eaten yet and I could do with a drink. But please don’t worry about me, I’ll be alright.

The pictures below see the huge amount of work that has gone on downstairs with the bamboo floor laid in the bar area, skittle alley and the business end (toilets). Deano has been very active fitting the new bar top and very nice it is too. The bar area now is huge in comparison to the old one and the bar staff will need roller skates to get from one end to the other. We know what an impatient lot you can be when needing refreshments.

   

The concertina doors, which can be used to divide the lounge from the bar for a separate room if required are also up. 

The kitchen units are being constructed with the ‘hardware’ ready to be installed.

It appears the showers are all complete and that includes the umpires and ladies changing area. As shown in the pictures below; the big shower area is the away team changing area.

 

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Sorry that’s it for today, enjoy and be proud of what all your hard work and fundraising has achieved. Roll on spring and summer so we can all enjoy these excellent facilities.

 

 

A step in the right direction

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When I was told that the sides to the stairs and balcony work has commenced I thought it was a joke , I saw through that straight away. Indeed one can see right through because the sides and balcony front are glass, 25 mm thick, unbreakable glass and not just your ordinary window glass, which would have been a bit of a pane to fit.

The Bamboo floor panels have arrived and the floor will be completed in the next few days. Unless a wandering ’embarrassment’ of Panda’s happen to smell the bamboo and decide to help themselves to a feast.

Reference: Pandas are solitary animals and are rarely seen in groups, which is why it was hard to find the collective name, ’embarrassment’ seems to be the most popular through my research.  Other names found include a ‘Cupboard’ or ‘Sleuth’ (as in bears). 

There you go, just to confirm that this blog is just not thrown together in a blind panic without thought……well it is really I suppose, most of the time. 

Anyway a few more pictures for you, especially for our illustrious Chairman, Evo and bar manager, Birdy who happen to be the other side of the world enjoying the delights of New Zealand. 

Whilst mentioning the bar it worth noticing that the drinks will be well chilled this year with the installation of new cooling unit and extractor fans in the cellar. The bar top has yet to be fitted but will be by the end of this month I have been informed. 

Externally we see the patio area nearing completion, the balcony floor laid and wiring being installed into the scorers box.

The kitchen has been cleared ready to fit the work units, Range and dishwasher etc. Note the new kitchen door with glass panels. Everywhere will have so much more natural light than before.

The ‘comms’ box is up along with a nest of wires leading to some 50 USB ports dotted around the building, ceiling mounted loudspeakers throughout and a couple of TV’s to cater for. The USB ports allowing easy access to recharge your batteries on phones and laptops. This box will also be home to the SKY & BT boxes and Amplifier, when sourced. 

Finally, for today anyway, we see  work being carried out on the car park to the side of the new pavilion, tidying up the area, which below sits the huge capacity water tanks, collecting the rain water from around the building for use on the square. Next week promises to see to major changes with the bar top, the floor and balcony all completed. The whole project is only just over a month away from completion now.

 

 

Smoothing out a rough bottom.

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A brief interruption to the normal blog today viewers as we travel down the road a short distance from Pounds Close. I followed my nose and ended up in the land of pigs, Bridge Farm. Here a gallant band of Frocester stalwarts have for the past two weekends been working away renovating the old pews. Sanding down, scraping and general rubbing of wood with vibrating hand held machinery. 

A brave and noble effort as the accompanying aroma of the many nearby pigs was certainly not a joy to behold. Feet covered in muck and straw, grunting and snorting, eating anything they could find the nearby pigs must have wondered who these people were.

Seriously these guys are certainly worthy of a name check as they have worked very hard indeed: Paul & Maggie Mukasa, Pete & Jane Davis, Wendy Hawkins, Andrew Marston and Ali Bray.

Here we see a wood stripping expert and an expert on just stripping, reloading his vibrator.

By the end of this second weekend the guys have become very attached and fond of these benches they have been stripping and rubbing so lovingly and diligently. So much so they have affectionately given each seat a name:
Pew, Pew, Barney, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grubb. Sorry just had to get that one in!

As I mentioned a brief interlude from the work up at the pavilion but these old pews will take on a new lease of life once they have finally been stripped and waxed. They will be placed back up at the ‘New Shack’ adding a touch of character combined with some nostalgia for many more years to come. All down to these kind and hardworking good people. 

Cut out the middle man!

Well I must report on an interesting development in the new kitchen my loyal readers. The photographs clearly show a series of toilet units lined up along two walls. This raises two questions: One is this an attempt to cut out the middle man and flush the food away immediately thus saving on the need for a dishwasher. Well we do need to save some money.

Question two could be that the kitchen, when not in use will become a communal bathroom. Well the extractor fan is in place you will note and I did make mention in my last blog that on a busy day the normal facilities may not cope with the demand. This could lead to numerous more toilet humour style jokes so I will stop right there!

Next up we will note that the bar and cellar floors are in the process of having several layers of a special coating painted on. This substance is waterproof and more importantly beer proof so will not stain or mark and can be washed. The cellar floor has additional layers to stop any ‘chips’ if anything is dropped etc. The smell of the ‘paint’ was horrendous and I am sure that will go when it dries.

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The bar floor shown above shows the penultimate layer just having been painted. Unfortunately I cannot report on the new counter being started yet but I am sure it will in due course.

It looks like tea and cake on the patio this summer or for the more adventurous maybe a Pimms or two sat underneath some fancy umbrellas? The slabs are being laid and it increases in size on a daily basis it seems. The only thing to spoil the summer party will be the cricket going in front of you. All that shouting and swearing, running around and falling over but I am sure the players will get used to our little indiscretions in time.

Finally Andrew or Adrian as I sometimes call him for no other reason than I get my mucking words fuddled up at times. A Pandora’s box of delights await him. Hmm, perhaps I may call him Pandora from now on? Anyway it is coming along nicely  and the pictures show that hopefully. The inside shot is a little worrying however as I can see no electric cables etc in readiness for all the equipment to be plugged in. That is a later addition probably though as the electronic scoreboard is still to be moved around the corner a little yet.

When Pandora is not scoring in his room it does offers a good spot to sell ice cream from I fancy. A nice freezer along the back wall and away we go. Hope they get the electrics sorted in that case otherwise they will melt quite quickly with the hot sunny summer ahead that we all wish for.  Another idea maybe is a walk by fast food outlet. What are you like cooking burgers and chips, I have heard you can whip up a wicked kebab Andrew?

Not many exciting pictures today my friends as there is a lot of things like painting and decorating going on. I will attempt to capture more next week when hopefully the bar top fitting may have started, more patio slabs have been laid and so on.

A step in the right direction

Well just a few pictures today dear readers. Although there is a lot going on I have only showed the superficial changes. Here in the picture you will see the addition of the basic stair frame, which now in place is ready to accept the rest of the balcony or drying rail (for kit and towels) as it will surely become.

You will note here an unusual design feature. Yes the stairs turn left towards the balcony and changing rooms however there will be the option for any under performing player(s) to carry straight on at the halfway point, as you note in the picture, to a fate still yet to be decided. This will be in the hands of the watching jury sat beneath observing play. The later in the day naturally the harsher the punishment as alcohol will fuel the sentence. 

One for Andrew, here is the progress on your new box, well on the way now the iron structures are in place for the balcony. They have decided, following some discussion, to put a window in the front for you. They though it might help your scoring duties.

If any of you are in need of a pick me up then help is at hand following the installation of the lift. Not quite operational yet as the fitters are awaiting some circuit board but virtually all ready to go.

If you can’t manage the lift then the wooden staircase has now been completed.

The ladies shower room has been fitted, so too the umpires room. Talking of showers the players changing rooms are also nearly completed with just the floor of the shower to lay.

Work has carried on externally as well and here we see the steps and some paving slabs in place along pitch-side.

The new loos are fitted it appears but in my opinion offer less space that before for standing and draining off a drop. Although more room for washing your hands and drying them afterwards without being hit by the door opening as happened in the old ‘think tank’.

We have also lost the best ‘view from a loo’ in the cricketing world. How many times have we guys, come on admit it, stood at the old trough looking out through the window towards Frocester Hill and Coaley Peak gazing at the fantastic vista and wishing our life away.

Many times using that portal as a weather forecasting station. By looking towards the river to see if the sky was filled in we knew if the rain was coming in to stay or not. 

Finally, yesterday morning a passing motorist decided to lend a hand in the redevelopment and thought it would be a good idea to have a wider entrance for coaches to swing into the car park . He therefore promptly drove his car through the hedge thus creating a gap to enable such an entrance to be built. All we have to do now is move the gate.

On a serious note we hope the driver and his passenger are recovering well following their ordeal, it must have been very traumatic for them. Our sincere best wishes go to them for a speedy recovery.

Luckily no one was working in that area of the site at the time.

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!

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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?