Just been informed that our table at the Windmill Gossops Green has been moved "to the other side of the bar". The reason given that the position where it was installed breached safety regulations as it obstructed an emergency exit from the bar. Margo and I will be going up this lunchtime to see how the land lies !
....and we are happy to report that the table is now on the stage, in exactly the position as it was when there was bar billiards before at the Windmill. Which was where it was supposed to in the first place, before the leaky roof and fouled electrics foiled the plan.
There is plenty of space to move around in, and comfortable seating behind the players. Bev (former landlady who has returned to Staff) assures us that she personally supervised the move and the Pool trolley was employed.
As said before, table lighting needs to be rigged up, and scoreboard moved - when Johnny Haigh gets a moment !
I spent an hour trying to level it, and was almost happy with the results, apart from the break being difficult with the ball cutting inside (cf Northants !). But then when we put the lid on the table had to be moved forward for it to shut, so that's probably put it out and I will have to do it all over again. So bear with...........
When everthing's finished, expecting a karma rating of 10/10.
Well, Stu, we're still trying to work out how we missed out on 'best table' (persons of dubious parentage! ) But judging by the results when we rolled some balls up at lunchtime I wouldn't even claim it at the moment to be the best Windmill table in the league ! Looks like tommo is facing about six hours of 'Sparky time' before it's restored to anything like its former glory.......
Update on the position........... Table light in place and scoreboard affixed to wall (thanks Johnny H) Lights still working on an extension lead for the present until the official electrician returns from abroad. Table levelled once more by yours truly and landlord assures us that table will stay in position from now on, any bands from now on will set up and perform from the corner we have just vacated !
First practice evening for the Wednesday team was tonight and we were very comfortable indeed and feel that away teams will appreciate the difference too. Our new trainee Alice is also coming on a bundle.
Complete list of Horsham League archived venues: Bull, Mock Bridge, London Road, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9AD George Hotel, High Street, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9DB Station (now Cat & Canary), Upper Station Road, Henfield, W.Sussex BN5 9PJ
You beat me to it Tommo. Yes some good news for once as The Norfolk Arms make a welcome return to Horsham League, with a League team with Twiggy as captain.
Not so sure about your guessing ability though
Turns out you're right, Ian !
Margo and I tried out both venues tonight as at a loose end (Redhill league match postponed).
Had a couple of games in each and received a friendly welcome both times.
Both tables are Tarratt rentals apparently as a Pool table is also maintained. Both a £2 coin.
Norfolk - table nicely set up, break and split easy but 2 down sides: the left hand cushion throws down alarmingly, and you keep tripping over the darts oche.
Star - bar is a sort of games room reminiscent of the Golden Eagle, H/Heath; more room to spread out than in the Norfolk. Again, the table is good though slower than the Norfolk and annoyingly the cue ball keeps rolling backwards off the D.
A very pleasant evening was capped off with pineapple fritters from the chinky opposite the Star.