The Build Category
HUGE thank you to everyone who came down and helped last night!
We had everything going on – from Geoff Carnell with his digger helped by ‘the machine’ Ivan Espley, Will Rockcliffe and Mantas Luinys digging the footings for the balcony. John Fox, Andy Holland, Les Collinson, Lisa Collinson boarding out the new bar cellar. Gemma Philp, Candy Game, Sue Gumb and Dave Gumb doing the weeding / gardening. Lee Torrice stripping down the rib engine – and me with my weedy alien-arm serving drinks
The first floor is starting to take shape with most of the plastering done, radiators going in, start of the painting – and the internal stairs and lift going in the immediate future! It’s been said before – but we’re sooo lucky to have such an amazing group of volunteers willing to freely give their time and expertise, not least the one-man plastering machine that is Joe Bates and the multi-talented and tireless Will Rockcliffe.
We always need more help though and the next working party is on Thursday evening Feb 18th. All offers of help gratefully received
Big thanks to Will Rockcliffe for hanging around all day to help sort out the first stage of the new first floor fire-escape today
PLEASE don’t attempt to use it yet – only temporary legs at the moment until the footings are completed – handrails fitted etc.
Good evening to all our members. I guess like me, you have been waiting to see further progress, especially in relation to the incorrectly hung changing room doors and an improved door entry system.
We have now submitted the final snagging info to the builders and are awaiting their response. Here I would like to say thanks to those members who have taken the trouble to email me wiht their observations on issues that need addressing. Very helpful thanks.
We were unable to rehang the changing room doors ourselves as this would have invalidated the builders responsibilities. I can confirm we now have detailed plans available for the fire escapes, and have met with a door entry card system installer this week. Tim will inform the committee of the outcome asap.
Following on from an unfortunate incidence of a lack of privacy in the ladies showers recently, there is now a privacy screen inside the entrance door and David Gumb has ordered shower rails and curtains which should be delivered in the next week. I have been informed by several male colleagues that they do not feel we need to do the same for the male changing rooms, however if we get representations to the contrary, we can do the same.
‘In house’ work on phase two can begin once we have building regs approval for the fire escapes. Hopefully this will be soon. In the meantime Dave Gambell has been busy advising us of the improvements we can make re water supply / control and is busy drawing up the schematics for the electrical system required.
Gay Watt and I will be meeting with Jemma Curtis at the Borough Council in January to put together a joint funding bid to the Big Lottery.
Stuart Moore and I have been planning the 40th Anniversary weeks meeting for the Mirror Miracles next August and we need as many volunteers as possible to sign up cos a weeks activity is a heavy commitment and cannot be done by a few members. We need at least 30 people helping so don’t be shy and let me know your availability asap.
Interestingly, the Chairman of the OK class of sailing dinghy saw Carol Cliftons photo of the club on the website and have also asked if we can accommodate them for their National Championship. Just shows the power of good advertising eh? Should be even better once Phase two is complete.
Tim is busy planning the Youth Fun Week next year and also working toward us having a Youth Sailing Section. He has been on RYA courses looking at ways we can improve our position as a future centre of sailing excellence.
It’s been good to see so many of our kitesurf and windsurf members enjoying the high winds of late. For my part I prefer keeping dry and warm in winter as I get older!!! Though I have been attending auctions seeking and finding Shabby Chic furniture for the first floor once it’s complete.
Finally, we have been asked to host Cllr Richard Bird’s fun run on New Years Day once again. This means we will be providing bacon rolls for anyone who turns up at minimal cost. If you wish to join us about 10am on New Years Day, please let me know so we can cater accordingly.
I hope you can see although it is supposed to be the quiet part of the clubs year, we are still beavering away and will see further improvements very soon.