Clubhouse ceiling collapses as cold weather takes its toll

March 28 2018
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HEAVY snow twice in the space of two weeks in March caused travel disruption, closed schools and forced the cancellation of numerous events and sporting fixtures.

The ‘Beast from the East’ also caused extensive damage to Wells Football Club’s clubhouse after burst pipes brought ceilings down.

Water leaking through the kitchen ceiling was spotted by a member of the archery club, and club steward Sonia Higgins was notified. A second leak was found, and 1st team manager Nathan Truckle, club stalwart Neil Sheppard and reserve team player Martyn Sheppard turned off the water supply, made the electrics safe and started the process of cleaning up and assessing the damage.

“A small working party was hastily arranged for the following morning with thanks to Globe Carnival Club and a few football club members who appeared with mops, buckets and de-humidifiers,” said club chairman Steve Loxton.

“Later that morning the ceiling in the Golding Suite collapsed, narrowly missing 1st team physio Steve Vowles.”

Work is now well under way to repair the damage and get the club back up and running.

“Thankfully we are fully insured, but that doesn’t make up for the inconvenience to those that had booked the club for parties etc, or the immediate loss that the club has had to suffer and the extra work that has ensued for a few already hard working individual,” said Steve.

“We would like to apologise to all who have been affected by this, and to thank those individuals who came out on the Saturday and Sunday to help, with a special mention to Globe Carnival Club and Martin Coppell.”