Building maintenance

Upcoming Disruption

Repair work to the floor will begin on Friday 2nd October and will continue through the weekend of the 3rd and 4th. Further work will take place over the period Fri 9th to Sun 11th October. While every effort will be made to keep the tables accessible and usable, there are likely to be times when only one table is available. We apologise for this disruption but, I’m sure you’ll all agree, the work is absolutely necessary to keep the club in a good state of repair.

Table dust covers

The repair work is likely to generate a lot of dust and much of this will settle on the table’s dust sheets. Inevitably the dust sheets will sometimes get turned over while off the table and much of the dust will then be transferred to the cloth. During this period, please take the dust sheets outside and shake them out before putting them back on the tables.

Building maintenance

Wall Cladding

On the 26th of September, a group of members met at the club at 9am to remove the wooden cladding from the walls. Much of the cladding was in a poor state, with rot and woodworm having attacked it over many decades. Needless to say, it didn’t put up too much resistance to our efforts to pull it off! All the cladding was off the wall and transported away by 10:30.

With the cladding removed, the extent of the needed floor repairs was easy to see. There is considerable rot around all the walls and the area in front of the fire escape on the east side has completely collapsed. A carpenter has been approved by the committee and will begin repairs on Friday 2nd October. The floor repairs needs to be completed before the walls can be plastered and all the work needs to be done before the new carpet tiles can be laid. It’s hard to know when the leagues will begin this season (due to Covid-19) but we’re hopeful that the work can be completed without too much disruption.

While the dust was settling (quite literally), Owen solved the problem of where to hang the triangles! The old light canopies provided a handy home for them but, since the new slimline LED lights were installed, they’ve been left on the floor under the bulk end of the tables. Now we have new hooks to hang them on.

Triangle hanger

Subscription Time

It’s that time of year again when subscriptions are due. Membership rates are as follows:

  • Adults: £20
  • Under 25’s: £15
  • Over 65’s: £15

There are a number of ways to pay:

  • Cash. Please pass to a committee member.
  • Cheque made payable to “St Dominick Snooker Club”. Please pass completed cheque to a committee member.
  • BACS transfer to Sort Code: 205040, Account Number: 90777811.

Building maintenance

Carpet Removal

On the 22nd of August a team a volunteers set about pulling up the old carpet in the snooker hall. Nobody was sure how long it had been down for but, judging from the patches, repairs and general state of it, best estimates put at late 80’s or early 90’s. It had done pretty well considering the volume of footfall is concentrated around the tables.

Getting the carpet up was not easy! It had been glued down and tended to part company with the foam backing when it was pulled. This necessitated crawling around on hands and knees, armed with a scraper to try and get it up. In the end we prevailed and, generally speaking, the floorboards under it were it pretty good shape. There were some areas of concern, especially in the west end of the building where the floorboards had rotted away, exposing a few damaged joists underneath. The committee are now in the process of getting quotes for the repair of these areas. This will present an ideal opportunity to lay power cables under the tables for the later installation of heaters if desired.

The next planned activity is on the 26th September when a group of members are planning to strip out the wood paneling from around the sides of the hall. This will undoubtedly expose more issues that will need resolving before a new carpet is layed. If you’re available to help, please meet at the hall at 0900.