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?

 

 

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.

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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.

Come and see for yourself!

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Fed up of seeing these pictures week after week? Well get up off your arse and pop in and have a look for yourself my friends. Our gallant chairman, Evo using all his persuasive charm has only gone and arranged an open afternoon for those interested to pop in and have a look first hand at the fantastic work that has gone on throughout the autumn and winter months. Plus it will save me having to do any more work this side of Christmas. 

On Friday afternoon 23rd December between 1.oopm and 3.00pm the club will be open for visitors, this after the builders finish for their Christmas break.

  

The stairs are in and the scaffolding would have been taken away so all safe and sound. You will notice the windows are also all in place so come Friday tea time the whole building can be locked up. You MUST park down the bottom end of the ground and walk up however as it is still a building site please remember.

Of course thanks go to Dom and Mark at Fromebridge for allowing this and to Evo for organising. Sadly there will be no welcome drinks or mince pies, you will have to go down the George afterwards to sample such delights..hmm now there’s a thought!

This will be the last blog before Christmas, which apparently is on the 25th this year, well it has certainly caught me out that’s for sure, I didn’t even see it coming!

May I take this opportunity to wish you all, my rabid readers….sorry avid readers  a very happy Christmas and I hope everything you wish for comes true. That Keith has some new glasses, Whif finds his voice, Pistol reads a new quiz book, the price of beer and wine decreases dramatically, I win the lottery but most of all we all enjoy some great times with family and friends.

See you next year good people when the countdown to the opening in April begins.

 

Any way the wind blows…

Well dear folks, the boy has been out and about again for me capturing the latest updates on the pavilion. What a lovely few surprises Ali has captured this time around. The clock tower now in position, all looking very presentable indeed. The tiles will be completed this week it appears and it is also understood the the doors and windows are very close to being fitted.

 

Internally it is all taking shape magnificently. With the floor now laid on top of the underfloor heating. The area is looking so much more spacious with plenty of room swing a cat, or in Herbs case Jamie! 

The latter picture is a ‘fish eye’ view to try and show the a wider area in one picture and be assured it will not be curved.  The picture was taken from where the bar will be. How many times have we tried to exit the building but struggle due to people stood in the doorway watching the game. No excuse any longer with three doors to choose from.

For the skittlers reading this I have been informed that the alley may be a little longer than the old one. But the actual length is still to be finalised. Christ, I struggled to hit the blasted things when it was closer so I have no hope it they are further away.

Just a reminder again that The Grand Opening Ball is on the 22nd April 2017. If you haven’t booked a place/table you better be quick as it is fast approaching maximum numbers.

I am going to use this blog as an advert for something else please. A brochure is being considered to mark the occasion so if anyone out there has any interesting tales of the old pavilion, pictures, indeed anything that you think could be included please let me know or any of the supporters club committee. All contact details are on the main web site.

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There hopefully will be a further blog before Christmas so keep watching. 

Brass monkeys beware

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It was a bright, crisp morning today. The frost was hard and the the air was clear. The sky was blue and the sun shone brightly. Not that I saw that mind as it was dark when I went to work!

I must be honest though and say by the time I reached the top of Frocester Hill the sun was rising and the pastels colours of the early morning sunrise over the Cotswold’s was breathtaking. By this time the car had warmed up and I could actually see through the frosted windscreen. 

Meanwhile as I was dodging fast HGV’s, fast cars and slow cyclist en route to Bristol, Ali was out with his camera capturing some wonderful shots of what is fast becoming a magnificent structure. The new Shack is coming along well, with dark unbreakable tiles on the two story section completed. Not that you could see the colour today as the roofs were white with frost.

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Doorsie has taken some very atmospheric pictures in the early morning sun I think you will agree.

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It has been a few weeks since I last physically saw the building in daylight so hopefully this weekend I can make the trip up to Pounds Close and have a look myself. That is in-between playing Father Christmas at a school somewhere in Stroud, watching the rugby at The White Hart in Leonard Stanley, The Advent Lunch at The Frocester George on Sunday and the last quiz before Christmas at The Kings Head, Kingscourt in the evening. Blimey I just realised there are a lot of pubs mentioned there. 

For those who may have missed the last post, it is normally played on a bugle by a young soldier. Sorry, enough of the poor attempt at humour, these and previous photos are on the main website under pavilion update and they include some of the internal work going on. Although I understand that the inside has changed dramatically in the past few days as there are floors being laid and electric cables everywhere.

I also hope soon to get an interview with Whif, where I can ask such important questions such as where have you been, what does the future hold for our illusive man about town and his views on the new clubhouse. Plus how much did you get by selling Keith Wand’s spectacles and who is going to win Strictly Come Dancing. Stay tuned good people.

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An insiders view .

What’s happening on the inside I hear you ask, well good question and I hope to enlighten you with a few pictures. I sent our intrepid photographer, Ali (George Doors) on a mission to capture the scene during daylight hours. We have still been lucky with the weather to allow the outer shell to be made weather proof ahead of the winter, although we are bracing ourselves for the first storm of this autumn/winter with fast approaching Storm Angus ready to make an appearance. Let us hope he does not cause too much damage, stay safe out there people.

The pictures you see show the outline of the new bar, the one above taken taken from the lounge area. You will note the larger bar area with more room both sides of the counter. Also how much light will shine through with the three large doors along the pitch facing wall. This should mean we will be able to walk in and out of the bar area without people standing in the doorway blocking any entrance or exit. Okay I admit I was guilty of that at times as most of us were if we are honest.

 

The second picture again captures the new bar but looking  towards the Bath Road end of the lounge. The framework you see is the cellar and admin office at the far end. The picture below is the kitchen, on the left, standing almost at the start of what will be the skittle alley. The main entrance is pretty much is the same place just beyond the kitchen door you see there. The new toilet facilities are further on down toward the bottom end of the pavilion. For the ladies a much improved trip awaits your call of nature, one without having to weave your way through a busy lounge area, especially when there is cricket or rugby on the TV and that area is full of bodies and beer glasses. It will of course also mean you won’t be walking in front the TV when we are trying to watch….. only joking ladies! 

Moving on we see the work going on ‘upstairs’ with the changing rooms taking shape. Almost at the end of this post now you will be relieved to know; you see the view that will be from one of the changing rooms. The scaffolding is still in place and the balcony has yet to be erected but it offers a glimpse of what it will be. The changing room area on the first floor for those who do not know will include, naturally home and away facilities but also an umpires room and  ladies changing facilities. There will be a lift to allow any disabled sportsmen and women to enjoy the fantastic facilities available. Of course there will be a staircase from the entrance hall to the first floor. To the front there will be a winding ramp up to the balcony and the glass fronted changing rooms.

I could not end without a couple of pictures of the outside.

  

I trust that offers an update of how well things are progressing, especially for our friends who are not in a position to be able to view for themselves. More especially our friends all over the world. I know for a fact there is a very keen interest following this development from countries far afield such as Australia, USA, Barbados and South Africa to name but a few.