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This week has seen the new sloping roof to the east of the front door tiled. Inside and behind the roof, doorways have been formed in the south facing dining room wall and doors to these have already been fitted; this area will provide much needed cupboard space for tables and chairs. Moving back to the roof and dealing with the south side of the eastern gable, rafters have been positioned on the gable end, which will form a new hipped roof. By the end of today this part of the roof should be felted and battened.

The last steels for the downstairs extension have been positioned at the western end of the old building and the whole of the downstairs has now been concreted. All block-work for the ground floor part of the extension is now complete along with approximately half of the brick-work. The downstairs chimney breast has been constructed, the downstairs steels are all being fire-proofed; first fix plumbing and electrical work is on-going, including ventilation for the ladies washroom.

The next two weeks will see the plumbers busy fixing the downstairs under-floor heating. Next week should also see building commence on the store room walls downstairs while upstairs the store rooms will be plaster-boarded and the entrance to the bar will be widened to allow the fitting of double doors. The wall to the upstairs kitchen should be knocked out, too. Construction of brick-work will continue downstairs on the extension while block-work building will take place upstairs. Last, but not least, the lift shaft should start to rise next week.


This week has seen one side of the extension copper roofing being fixed in position. The rafters, soffits and facia board on the roof to the east of the old front door have been fixed; felting and battening will take place today and that part of the roof will be tiled next week although a small part will be left to allow for scaffolding.

The gable end of the roof to the east of the front door has been stripped back to allow construction of the new hipped roof and the sills of the three window openings below will be positioned later on today.

Inside the building, the old foyer entrance has been considerably widened and either today or on Monday 23rd January, concrete flooring will be laid in the garden room (ground floor extension). Block and brick work walling has also been constructed around the garden room and some large steels have been erected, where the old west wall of the building used to be.

Elsewhere, much electrical work has taken place. Those members who had seen the hammer-horror arrangements for the old fuse boxes at the top of the old stairway, opposite the Secretary’s Office, will be relieved to hear that a completely new system has been installed. First fix electrical and plumbing work is well underway and moving along to the Ladies and Gentlemen’s WCs and showers, these areas have been plaster-boarded, taped and jointed and ventilation systems are in the process of being installed.

In addition to what has already been mentioned, block and brick work will be on-going to the west of the front door, which will then enable construction of the lift shaft above ground level. Additional steels will be positioned on the west of the building, the floor in the foyer will be concreted, there are some entrances to be knocked through, both downstairs and in the upstairs kitchen and installation of the copper roofing will continue.


During the past week the wall to the east of the old main south-facing doorway has been built up to plate height. In the garden room the inside skin of the internal wall has been constructed. Downstairs in the east part of the building the plumbers have completed their first fixings, as have the electricians. The brick work has been completed in the Ladies and Gentlemen’s WC areas. The dumb waiter has been removed in the south eastern corner, the chimney and west wall at the other end of the building were demolished and the landing upstairs has been widened.

This week steels will be erected to replace the acrow props, which are holding up the west part of the building, where the west wall and chimney had been located. The wooden parts of the extension roof have been completed and the copper part of the roofing should start being positioned tomorrow. Ground bearing concrete slabs will also be laid on the floor areas in the cellar and foyer areas. Wall building has also started on the south western side of the building and the walls of the lift shaft will also rise in tandem with these outside walls. Internally, plasterwork is taking place in the office areas and roofing should be visible atop the brickwork southeast of the entrance. Finally, members should see scaffolding erected in the vicinity of the main entrance to allow alterations to the parapet, above.

Looking ahead to next week, the major event should be the installation of the underfloor heating in the downstairs areas.


Members who were in Yarmouth during the Christmas/New Year period will have seen that the corrugated iron roof above the extension was fixed – and remained – in position throughout the very windy weather. High winds meant that it was not possible to erect the plastic sides until early January and even then the strong gusts ripped some of this away. As a result all the plastic sheeting was only properly secured on Friday 6th January.

While the weather hampered work on the extension, it has not stopped considerable activity taking place inside the clubhouse. As of today there were 22 builders working on site; a combination of many trades; plumbers, bricklayers, carpenters to name a few. Most of the block-work for the lavatories and shower areas has now been completed and the new wall for the front office is under construction. Plumbing and electrical work is also progressing well. Three of the four office areas have been plaster-boarded, ready for final plastering.

The small semi-circular portico above the front entrance has been removed and the bench outside the front door will be taken away for refurbishment. Inside, work has started on reconfiguring the staircase and the upstairs landing has already been widened. Work has also started on the western gable end, extending it northwards. This will continue over the coming weeks and work will also start on laying the under-floor heating. Now that the western end of the building is properly protected, the brick wall of the old building will be demolished, enabling the extension to be properly connected, once some additional steels have been positioned. The chimney and dormer windows have already been demolished and the damaged ends to some rafters are being replaced. As work progresses the lift shaft will start rising, beginning next week. Finally, installation of under-floor heating has already started.

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