FIRST STAGE OF CARPET REPLACEMENT and RINK REFURBISHMENT COMPLETE: April
During the first week in April a dozen, or so, club members rolled up their sleeves and set to work on transforming the indoor
rink. The first morning involved taking up the old carpet and underlay ready for collection by Ventnor Golf Club, who are going to put it to good use in THEIR clubhouse. After stripping the walls of all pictures and ornaments, they were re-painted
along with the re-staining of the skirting boards. The following day the light fittings were taken down and cleaned ready for the installation of the energy-saving LED tubes, replacing the old NEON tubes. These new eco-friendly tubes have two main advantages
(for us) in that they are quite a lot cheaper to run and have many-times longer life expectancy. (i.e. they need to be replaced far less frequently.)
thank must go to maintenance manager, DEREK VENIER ably supported by BILL BEST, IAN CHEWTER, JOHN MILMOE, GEOFF HOLMES, DAVID STEAD, ROGER SMITH, TONY MORGAN, WAYNE McCLURE, MAURICE KANE and COLIN BEAVIS – not forgetting PHIL PEARCE, who made the drinks
and supplied the doughnuts AND lots of advice!
The remaining days were spent outside, preparing the environs of the green. Hedges were cut, fences painted,
concrete pressure-washed, walls & windows washed and our new information sign installed on the front facia of the building - and very good it looks, too! (The new carpet, etc. will be professionally laid by our supplier towards the end of September,
after the summer season has ended.)
BRAND NEW INDOOR CARPET is now in use after having been supplied and professionally fitted by a team from DALES SPORTS SURFACES Ltd, from Boston, Lincolnshire, over a couple of days last week. The previous Monday, the usual September task of lifting
the boards was excellently handled by the dedicated volunteers, guided by Geoff Holmes (in Derek Venier’s absence). Due to the pending arrival of the new carpet and underlay, etc., EVERYTHING had to be removed this time – not just the boards –
to give the contractors a completely clear space in which to work. Well done Geoff and team.
(The transformation of the Clubhouse from summer mode to winter mode
does not “just happen”. A small band of volunteers make this annual task appear quick and simple, and the club is grateful to them for their sterling efforts twice a year. (don’t forget, it has to be done all over again, in reverse, in the