We are fast approaching Christmas and we are closing for two weeks Christmas Holiday .
So we will not be accepting phone calls and emails until after this time .
Geoff & Carol would like to thank all our customers who have used GCL Billiards for the maintenance or installation of their Cue sports Table’s.
we are closed until Monday January 8th 2018, when I am near Northampton for a re-rubber -re-cover and fit leveling anti bow brackets over two days work .
we have taken orders for most of January 2018 and we are starting to book days in for February ,for clients wishing to have re-covering work or tables transported and set up.
We get many recommendations from our clients who often pass on our details to other clients looking for a reputable experienced firm in the art of Snooker or Pool Table care .
We recently received a card from a client who’s Full size table we relocated and re-covered , thanking us for Delivering and re-covering their table ready for Christmas .
I am Sure Nick and Jayne & Family and Friends will get many happy hours use from their table and rest assured it was set up and fitted correctly .
Here we have a another Table I set up for Christmas in another clients home .
At this time of year we are very busy , and I’m afraid I have had to turn down a lot of work on our run up to Christmas
most of my regular clients know we are busy so they do book well in advance for any work around this time .
We often get bookings 8 weeks in advance and this is the way forward think ahead if you plan on having any work on Snooker or Pool table’s especially if it is a table relocation and other work included like a full re-rubber and re-cover .
We wish all our clients a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year
We are now on two weeks Holidays , and will not be able to answer any emails or telephone calls until Monday January 8th 2017
We would like to thank our customers for using GCL billiards and making us a very busy firm during the past year .
We value your custom and look forward to returning customers who feel that GCL billiards are the firm to trust with your cue sports table work.
A lot has happened in the past year that have helped establish GCL billiards as the NUMBER ONE Billiards Snooker & Pool Table repair firm in the Nottingham Lincoln & Derby area for cue sport repairs ,but do not forget we do go further afield now and again delivering tables dismantling and setting back up .
I have today just got back from a trip to France to install a nice Riley Aristocrat full size snooker table ,
my client had spotted the table for sale in our private adverts section on GCL billiards website .
Or it may be that I did not even advertise it as I knew my client was after one and put him onto it as soon as I had heard about it and seen the photo’s .
This was not the first table I had put my clients way the other two falling foul of last minute change of minds and selling with the house .
This does happen , but as they say good things happen to those who wait .
My client has bought an holiday / retirement home right up in the National park of The Parc National des cevennes , about one and half hours drive from Nimes airport .
a link to guide of the area
this large home sits in around I think 40 to 60 acres of mountain side and the land stretches down to a forked river with part ownership of the bridge .
it is a good hike up this mountain side , and my client has to keep electric fencing all around his main perimeter to keep the large wild boar out of which there are many in this region .
they would make short work of any garden uprooting plants for roots and digging up worms .
The view down the valley over to other mountain peaks and on a clear day you can even see the french alps .
the land is covered with many chestnut trees .
My client had met me in the UK and we had loaded his own transit van with the dismantled table
my client then drove to France and with some thoughtfulness and the use of a 4×4 quad bike and trailer unloaded each slate and drove them up to the house .
the slates where as instructed lent against the side and far wall .
I flew out and met my client at Nimes Airport on Monday the 18th December and then we then started to erect the frame work
after some discussion we found the best position for the table allowing for good cue room with no obstacles .
here you see me using an end cushion as a straight edge , we put an engineers level on this which then gives us a good enough rough first level of the frame , before the slate go on .
the slates going on and pining together , you may notice a bit of damage , this was already done by previous fitters back in the UK in it’s past history ,
so required re-gluing back in then filling and leveling in .
with the damage repaired with car body filler and all slates joint blended in the table has been fitted with it’s original bed cloth which had not been used much .
here you see the pockets being fastened to the side cushions before bolting cushions to bed .
The table is now finished , a bit of re-positioning of the light fitting and a few minor leveling adjustments and it played superbly .
A few instructions to my client about brushing and ironing the table , and we then had three frames of play .
My client beating me two games to one , well my excuse is you have to let the owner win now and again ….lol
and he did get me plastered on red wine to win the deciding frame ….well that’s my excuse.
All in all a good job , this table had been in the planning with myself and client since 3rd July 2017 with a few phone calls and around 107 emails back and forth .
Finding the right table was the key here , my clients first choice was the Riley Aristocrat so third time lucky and he got his wish .
and as you can see from the photo’s what a cracking table he got for what some would say a Bargain selling price direct from the buyer with no middle men fees using GCL billiards .
My client looked after me very well cooking two very nice meals followed by cheese and bread my favorite when in France washed down with plenty of red wine .
We have been inundated with work inquiries to be carried out before Christmas
my mobile message service and my email service is being bombarded with work request , it is good that people take notice of what GCL billiards is all about .
but it is getting stressful trying to reply and politely turning down work because we just do not have more free time left .
Unfortunately we are a small firm with one main billiards fitter and a few who help if required for moving and relocation of tables .
this means we cannot take on more work than we can actually carry out .
I would love to be able to take the work on , and I must admit have missed out on some really interesting job’s .
Next week I am off to France for three days on just one table install , fly out day / Work day / fly back day Luton to Nimes .
work like this LIMITS me to taking on more work as I am away for three days , where in the UK it would be one day only if local.
WE HAVE REACHED OUR LIMITS !
I would like to say to anyone wishing to use GCL billiards professional billiard fitting experience ….WE ARE WORTH WAITING FOR !
just email me at
and I will give you a date for work in the new year , But as we speak January is almost full up, we have just the odd day left .
We have returned to the Large country house in Derbyshire to re-install a full size table we took down for the Decoration of room and to have a new Carpet fitted .
I have worked in this home before for a previous client who had another table installed but not in this room .
I must say the place has changed since my previous visit for the other owner some years ago .
Myself and my workmate Steve arrive to find an empty room with just a light fitting on the floor and a Tartan Carpet .
We carry the frame parts from a room just down the corridor and place them ready to assemble .
we assemble the frame but this is not the position it is going to be placed in , our client wishes to have it off set from the centre of the room
having had a discussion on the final position we start the level of the frame only without slates on .
it is important before you place heavy slates onto a frame to at least roughly level the frame to avoid compression twisting of wood to the floor level .
I have seen owners have go and then send for a billiards fitter to fit the cloth only for the fitter to find the table is not level and the slates have permanently bowed the frame .out of true .
At Hopton Hall where this table located , our clients are not DIY owners they always use professional trades people .
the slates are placed onto the frame .
The slates are on central and ready for leveling to a fine accurate leveling , plus tack wood fitting to outside edge
and then slate joint filling and sanding , then we move onto the bed cloth fitting .
Bed cloth fitted with line to measure for spot placement .
the table has very ornate carved legs with scroll work and flamed mahogany veneered side panels .
I would date the table to around 1895 to 1915 , it is not often you come across a mahogany Orme and sons table like this , most where made from oak .
the finished table , with a new re-cloth in Strachan West of England 6811 gold tournament 30 oz all pure new wool cloth .
Hopton hall is located near to Carsington water , and they are open for visits during the season , in fact the snowdrop season will be here in February .
coffee shop and tea room on site .
They also rent out Holiday lets on a self catering basis . http://www.hoptonhall.co.uk/
a few photo’s of Hopton Hall
Hopton Hall rose Gardens .
Hopton Hall Drive way Entrance
and the view from the main lawn area , although when we where there this week it was covered in a thick carpet of snow very picturesque with pheasants and sheep roaming around the fields .
If you are anywhere near Carsington water in the Summer then take time to have a look around Hopton Hall Grounds or visit the tea rooms
or if you would like to book a Self catering break then they have some superb accommodation in 5 superb furnished Holiday lets .
The Granary , The Dovecote , The Butlers Quarters , The Card House , and the Gardeners Cottage .
The lady of the house , Julie who looked after us very well on the day , plenty of Tea biscuits and some very nice home made soup .
it was a pleasure to work at Hopton Hall .