With 1984 looming – the Club’s Centenary – there was a progressiveness and an urgency about the club. Could a new pavilion be built, by the members, in time for this momentous year?
An army barracks was purchased from Shropshire and a strip of land identified to build it on…..and so it began.
The barracks was called ‘building 69’ – you can still see the plate on the outside end wall above the kitchen window – and arrived on lorries in ‘flat pack’ ready to be pieced back together.
The foundation and footings were built to elevate the pavilion, which also had to be cut into the slope.
Current members including youngsters Chris Fletcher and Ian Charles as well as oldies such as Fred Noden, Bob Cunningham and Phil Griffiths led the way in what was a huge volunteer project. In four years they had to build, plumb, wire and decorate a 2nd-hand building in time for the centenary celebrations – all around full time jobs.
You can see the old pavilion (still in use up to 1984) in the background, making this a rather unique picture. A balcony was added – an excellent idea, which we all benefit from today, when the weather turns inclement.
Finally the 1984 Centenary Year was reached and the club was ready. The celebration were all the more indulged in, due to the blood sweat and tears the members has invested in this mammoth project.
The final two pictures below show (firstly) Fred Noden – who had the pavilion named after him following a refurbishment in 2011 – and then Phil Griffiths & Bob Cunningham accepting awards for their hard work from Peter Parfitt.
The Club owes an enormous debt to the members of the early 1980s and it is pleasing that the current incumbents are taking so much care of the building as it seems to be constantly updated and upgraded.