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 .


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!

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.

No 1 Snooker & Pool Table Recovering in Nottingham Derby and Leicester plus Lincoln

We are the number 1 choice for the local East Midlands and beyond for the recovering and maintenance of Snooker & Pool Tables. We have built a reputation of trust and fine workmanship, and we have many referrals for our work, please ask around the many snooker and pool clubs or local pubs or private owners of cue sports tables.  You will find there are many who recommend us as a reliable and trustworthy firm.

Geoff Large has 44 years personal experience and the 44 years are not stitched together with other fitters like other firms do to extend the look of experience.  He has actually been working for over 44 years in the trade as a billiards fitter, from working for his Uncle in the 1970s under the guidance of a qualified billiard fitter (Mick Robb) for 6 years, through to an established East Midland Billiards firm of Elston & Hopkin for over 31 years and now as an established Company owner of GCL Billiards for the last 8 years.  Geoff is enjoying it even more now than when he was employed.

While that enthusiasm is still there and Geoff is fit and able to do the work, GCL Billiards will be around for a few more years yet.  Geoff Large has no desire to retire.

He may take it a bit more slower paced now he is older in age and take the odd one day off now and again and he has had to stop doing the upstairs work involving lifting heavy tables up and down stairs.  But he will still offer the dismantle, transportation and set back up ground floor to ground floor option, along with re-clothing, re-rubber and new nets and leathers on all cue sports tables.

A taster of what we are about.
Butlins hotshots artscape bud dec 2015
From large contract work
STEVE B's OAK ARISOCRAT 2012 recover
to privately owned tables
cueball pool room busy
from busy local Pool and snooker clubs
renovated home pool table mkt harb
to privately owned small pool tables
re-rubber of pool cushions to black rubber
re-rubber of pool cushion
to re-rubber of full size snooker tables
Blackburn template too big for pocket opening
Rectifying faults or tight pockets for clients
acadamy table leveling
Leveling snooker tables
linc brain level 0.1
and pool tables to a high degree as this thickness of a £20 note shows .
rushcliffe tables and shades on van
to transporting full size snooker tables
supreme 3 on van room for one more
and delivering our new contract rental pool tables .
we have organised some difficult installs of snooker slates
Adjustable muntins K&hillman
Improving tables by fitting adjustable slate bearer brackets
Ivanoe ken stretched string down
Re-stretching bed cloths
ashbourne ripped cloth repair near cushion
sewing torn cloth

Towers ball rails process of being cleaned
and being very thorough when re-covering , cleaning the inside of the table is just as important .
Dorset ornate table Mr Roberts
From Advertising clients tables for sale on our web site so that you deal direct and no middle men fees , which means you get some Bargain buys
kelso bed cloth fitted (2)
some tables were even advertised FREE for collection, as this one above which our new client had installed and re-covered in royal Blue in Scotland
Thurston life pool slides out martin

also some bargains on old antique scoreboards such as this one which sold for just £400, direct from an advert placed on GCL Billiards web site in the for sale section .
Above I have given you a taster of what GCL Billiards is all about. We are no hit and run or bodge it and scarper firm.

If a job is worth doing then do it right, my old boss John Hopkin had very high values when it came to working in this industry he was very well respected for it, not only from clients but from fellow billiards firms in the trade.

I like to think I run GCL Billiards on those same values.

We are entering our 8th year as a Firm and we have been busy in all that time.  We have over 40 years time served billiards fitting experience.  Do not be fooled by adverts of stitched together experience, this is a well used ploy, or other misleading advertising like bought or resurrected names of defunct and not trading any more old historic established firms to get a foothold in the market.

Go for the firm who uses their own identity and do not hide behind others’ good work and reputation from the past.  Enquire around about Geoff Large or GCL Billiards, you will find we are genuine and a firm to trust.

Geoff Large
NBSA approved billiards fitter
& Business Owner
GCL Billiards


We will now be stocking the new Black ball Limited Edition Hainsworth match cloth .

Hainsworth only supply Black ball with this cloth .
and is Exclusive to Black ball only , but Black ball are now supply the trade so you can have this limited edition cloth fitted to any make of table .

So it does not matter if you have supreme , DPT , IPA , old Hazel Grove in fact any make of table we will be able to source and re-cloth in this Exclusive cloth colour and grade .
contact Geoff Large at GCL billiards to reserve your slot for you next pool table re-cloth .
but if you should also wish to upgrade to a Black ball table , I am sure we will be able to accommodate that as well .
and offer you competitive pricing on par with any other retailer .
I will be contacting Micheala and Ross at Black ball to see what could be offered for retail by GCL billiards .

Burroughs & Watts Life Pool Scoreboard with matching ball cabinet and penny slots ….all original circa pre 1895

We have a Genuine 1895 circa Burroughs & Watts  life pool Scoreboard for sale , a large 10 player board .
very ornate and attractive ,and at a reasonable price too when you compare what other leading billiard houses are selling them at .
all original ivory buttons , the lower cabinet WOULD have had a set of Ivory pyramid or life pool ball stored in there and the penny slots would and will  still take Victorian Pennies .
you can pick odd ivory balls up now and again so i am sure you could make this period display even better
Highly collectable in this condition , and would look great if you all ready have a Burroughs & Watts table , but have  a standard scoreboard .
all the life stars are there one is sticking at the moment but it is there .
a little repair here and there and a small split is all that this board has that you could pick fault with .
It is has not been re-polished and is all original apart from small repair to left hand lower slot , very hard to find them unrestored  and original in this condition .
all I am going to do is wax it and polish it up .
Phone Geoff and leave a message if I am not around to answer the phone 077534 66064
£1500 will secure this board and will include couriered delivery ….the board is a Private sale .
Not too bothered if this one stays I like it that much .

Hectic week of work at Butlins no messages and no emails will be answered next week


February 10th 2020  onward .

We got a full hectic week of work at Butlins plus added some job’s in around that area to pull in too .
so I will not be around to read emails all next week so do not be offended if I do not get back to you .
the run in of February is also very busy no free days , so no work can be pulled in .
March 1st week is also booked out ….then I am away for two weeks Holiday .

Now taking bookings for work in April as back end of March is almost full too

8ft Karnehm and Hillman for sale good condition £600 and 6 legs .

Private sale of Karnehm and hillam 8ft snooker table

not your usual 4 leg rubbish that sags in the middle , this one has been made correct with 6 legs .

buyer to arrange dismantle and collection , GCL billiards could quote you for this .
the price of the table at £600  is as it stands NOT  delivered and set up .
Any costs for collecting the table and having it installed is not included .

A table like this to be manufactured to same spec would be close to £2000 to £2500  new .
some may even charge you up to £3000 for a new one .

Cost of delivery depends on where you are in the country .
Delivering a 8ft Snooker table is not like sending a parcel by parcel force , you need a fully qualified Billiards fitting team .
the slate and cloth will be removed from the table and the whole frame taken apart , installing is a skilled job .

All inquiries to

Geoff and Carol