Corona19 update …Due to Government Orders we may be closed for much longer .

The Government are stipulating only Firms and work that is necessary are allowed to carry on during this epidemic .
We do not wish to carry or receive the virus and risk cross infection .
I did say we may be back at work for private dwellings , snooker and pool table re-covering by just after Easter  .
but having taken on board what the Government instructions are we are closed until further notice .
Our line of work is not classed as  essential , but I guess some of you Cue sports addicts will disagree with that !

I had around 6 weeks work booked in , and we have had to phone round and cancel most of them , the other work was cancelled by the clients themselves .
I had special ordered some cloth in for some of this work , and spent around £5000 in materials for the work and stock required going forward for the next two months   .

Having just got back from Lanzerote only last Saturday Evening and finding the UK was semi open and not on full lock down I was shocked to see this .
In Lanzerote we had our last week on full lock down , in the villa for most of the day isolating .
only allowed out to the shop around the corner once a day for groceries .
So I know what full lock down means , having experienced  it for a week before the UK did anything .
In my opinion the UK should have shut down the same time as Spain , it would have saved lives ….and we would have been a week better off in none contamination risks .
OK that would have meant us probably having to stay in Lanzerote until further notice , as we only just got the last plane to East midlands out of the island on Saturday .
which just happened to be our scheduled flight .

By Staying at Home and not working I am not going to spread or receive the Virus , the only risk I have is groceries being delivered to us and the Post .
so we wash our hands after touching these , and also wipe the tops of bottles and spray envelopes before opening with counter top disinfectant .
we also hand sanitise around 8 times a day .
I have not seen my Daughter and partner plus our gorgeous Grand Daughter for over three weeks now .
but we do video link often .

My Daughter has lost her job in the travel business , and her partner has been laid off until further notice at Bombardier , of which he is classed as self Employed  the same as myself  .
I am hoping the government hold firm on their promise to offer the Self Employed just as much rights to payments of 80% of their normal take home wages for the last three years up to a maximum spend of Course , I would not expect any more or less than an Employed person .
We are no different to employed people, when the Money stops coming in , we also have bills to pay , food to buy , we are not some rich globalist who have offshore bank accounts .
and having just paid out £5000 on work materials  before all this lock down happened , we do not have too much in the bank to fall back on now .
I do have  a small state pension that I can fall back on for some money , but no where near enough to survive on  , hence why I am still working full time  at 66 years of age .
and any Government payout will of course knock off  the small amount I get as a pension from the total .

Like most of you I am locked down at Home and now doing all those job’s that I had no time for before all this happened .
but cannot get out to B&Q , and to tell you the truth would not wish to if they are crowded .
I also  play with the Dog in the Back Garden he is also locked in at the moment and requires his Exercise .
stay safe and healthy,   and please do not mix with people if you do not need to ….. look at the web site for further statements when the need arises to do so .
We are not taking telephone calls but I will answer most Emails .

As a last request , support your local cue sports venue when they re-open , some may not reopen if they have had to carry on paying rent and rates while closed down .
I hope that Landlords and local councils offer a holiday period of no rent or rates until this all blows over .
and that brewery’s allow a bit of free stock  for all the beer and stock that has gone off while they closed down , especially if they had just stocked up .
I myself have suspended pool table rentals until they reopen for all the businesses I have tables in on rent that have been closed down ,until they re-open there is not rent to pay .

Geoff Large
Owner of GCL Billiards

Isolation 14 days from today ….Corona virus and what the future holds for us going forward .

Due to a large number of cancellations and the current health risks around us .
Geoff Large of GCL billiards will self Isolate until April 4th 2020
I have Not taken this decision lightly , but earning money at the risk of cross infection which in turn could leave to life threatening circumstances in the current climate just is not reward enough  .
One of those sayings of Money is not everything or you cannot put a price on health springs to mind at this time  .

We are rescheduling all the work booked in for later in the month and into April  , there have been some cancellations , mostly in the pub and club scene  , but many private people are still wishing to go ahead with re-clothing or table moves for home use .
this will be taken on board once out of isolation , I do not expect pubs or clubs to fully open before at least 1st of May
why 1st of May you ask , well lets just say if Air lines are closing until then as a public transport , I feel all other public places will be forced to follow these guidelines .
I will fully open for private dwellings work , once I have come out of the isolation period of 4th of April 2020 , public premises are another issue , and as the Government has put restrictions of opening times and periods on these type of business , then we will have to take the advice of health professionals on when the right time to return to the public workplaces on reopening day .
I am not saying I have the virus , but saying I am self isolating to make sure I do not have it or carry it .
My Wife is doing the same and my youngest Daughter .
Having just been on holiday for two weeks in Lanzerote of which there are only 3 confirmed cases in the course of two weeks on the island with no further outbreak  ,
and sharing a Air port with 1000s of  people rushing back to the UK it is safer to be sure , than just blindly ignore the situation EVERYONE is in at the moment .
In fact I would have been much safer in Lanzerote than coming back to the UK now . but Family are close to me and I would always worry what is happening to them in their hour of need as well as my own .

It is going to be hard for us , not being able to see my Grand child or other Daughter and her partner for another two weeks , but that sacrifice is to protect them , and in the long run protect my clients health by preventive measures such as self isolation and carrying hand wash and other preventive hygiene wipes and disinfection sprays  .
I do hope that we can get through all this and a cure or preventative spread cure is found quickly .
Please do not take corona virus lightly it has claimed too many lives and caused too much of a loss and hardship for family’s,  to be ignored .
And too much uncertainty , too many Job losses , and it has not finished with us for a while yet , but I am sure we will come through it and say we beat it in the end .
And only then can we start the questions why it came to be where it came to be and what caused it , and learn from it so it never happens again .
or at least be ready for it next time .

Wishing all my clients past and present , good health and happiness .

Geoff Large

ON holiday from March 7th to 23rd March ….firm is not taking phone calls or emails during this time .

Please get in touch after the 23rd of March to book work in for April
We are away from all computers and the phones during our two week holiday in Lanzerote .
I just like to switch off from work and do not take phones or have access to the internet during our holidays .

to save me looking through hundreds of Emails when I get back which is normally the case and can take me days to answer them all , please start to leave messages around the 23rd of March if you wish  to get quotes or book in work .
I am working right up to the 7th of March so cannot fit anything in before I go away .and we are booked out until April 20th week but 21st has already gone .
thank you for your inquiry or return work bookings from existing clients .
See you all when we get back from this much deserved break .

Regards

GEOFF & CAROL ….GCL Billiards .

Over 1.3 million hits on GCL billiards WEB SITE ……WOW

Just had a report from Steve who manages my GCL BILLIARDS WEB SITE for me.

He informs me of some impressive stats on hits and countries that have visited my web address and viewed pages.

Here are those stats.

Hi Geoff

I just thought you might like to know how popular your website was in 2019.
Unique visitors is basically the number of different people who have visited your website during the month and that’s the real indication of how popular your website is.
It’s also impressive to note that your website received over 1.3 million ‘hits’ during the year.  That’s the total number of page loads during the year.
Here is a list of all the different countries that visitors are from:
All very impressive. Keep up the good work!
Steve

I do get emails from all over the world inquiring on tables and advice.  One particular person from Canada always emails me every month for advice on Snooker tables.  I am happy to help others if I can find the time from my busy work load.

I am really humbled by the amount of people who have visited GCL Billiards website.
I did not know we where attracting so many people to the site, but then again I have always been busy in my work.
I owe a lot to the man who got me started in the Billiards industry, my Uncle Ron Hume,
pictured here on the left, and to John Hopkin of Elston & Hopkin.
Both showed faith in me when I was young.