Santa Marias carpet
was looking tired and worn in places, despite
the fact that it still bowled extremely well. A
decision was taken to replace it with a new
Greengauge carpet. Graham, the managing director
of Greenguage was approached and the wheels were
set in motion.
The members did some
pre-cleaning and maintenance.
. Monday the
fitters arrived. A little over 3 hours the
carpet had been cut, rolled up and moved away
from the green with the help of some members.
and base were really sound and in very good
condition so a good clean took place prior to
the carpet being laid. The fitters, down on
their knees again, secured all the grippers
around the green.
enormous lorry arrived and off loaded the rolls
of new carpet together with new scoreboards,
mats, jacks and rink markers and numbers. Two
sets of wheels and guidance from the men moved
the carpet down the slope and along to the
green. Why was one carpet white side up, we
asked? The answer is because this was the first
roll to be laid. A second roll was then laid on
top and very carefully stitched together. This
second piece was then pulled towards the bank
and the stitching rolled flat. Then it was
pulled inwards on the green and flattened. Urvin
and Stuart down on their knees again and rolling
the carpet flat to get two sections in place.
Time to get another down before the end of the
day. How hard they worked and what really lovely
men they were. Naturally of course, they were
from the north!
after roll was stitched and flattened, what
fantastic workers they were.
.. The final
piece was laid and then attaching to the
grippers took place. What a hard job this was
but the men continued without any problems being
the professionals they were.
rolling, fitting and stretching took place to
make sure everything was correct.
What a pleasure to
watch and help these two wonderful,
professional, skilled men who have given Santa
Maria a new look ready for next season. The
members and them have worked really hard to get
this new image. Thanks to our men
Geoff Hall, Alan Turner, Garry Aldridge, Arthur
Lees, Mike Holberton and Craig Lewis for all
their manual work and to Dine for her sewing
skills, Pat, Simone, Susan and her daughter
Jenny and friend Hayley for cleaning and
Thomas, our owner,
should be really proud to own this lovely
complex and have such good loyal members who
care about the bowls club.
Thank you Graham,
Greengauge, Urvin and Stuart for the excellent
Secretary, Santa Maria Bowls Club.