Saturday 9 July 2011: working parties from both the Junior and Senior sections of the club were hard at work today, carrying out a variety of ground maintenance tasks and implementing various improvement schemes.
Among other jobs, the hedge in the car park was trimmed and the borders re-edged, the equipment hut was re-organised, power and light were laid on to the storage container and drainage ditches and soak-aways were dug into the practice area by the tennis courts.
The photographs here show the construction of a new drainage ditch and soak-away at the entrance to the Nigel Bishop Memorial Ground. While JB supervised the project, Gareth Dyer dug the ditch with the mechanical digger while others, including Dave Church, Tom Fitzcharles, Tim Vaughan, Cliff Garland and Peter McAllister, helped to lay drainage pipes and shovel gravel into the trench.
The Press Officer was also seen, leaning idly on a shovel and taking photographs of other people working. Cliff was particularly impressed by his timing, seeing as how he arrived just in time to have a bacon butty mid-morning before he’d had to do a stroke of work.
A big thanks to Cliff for organising the working party and the catering, to JB for buying the gravel and managing the project, and to everyone who came along to help.