2020 the year we where restricted in what we could do work wise .
some work was not possible to do because of the covid restrictions , and other work was OK to do , but we where never near our normal quota of work that we turn over this year .
the Government Grants helped us self employed small firms survive , and we are extremely grateful for that help .
work picked up a bit towards the end of the year , but we are left with a lot of unused cloth stock , regarding cloth ordered in for jobs that where cancelled , plus the replacement of our sold pool tables that came in off site .
We lost a lot of our Pool Table Rental site income due to Covid , in fact you could say down to Zero takings with many pubs asking for the tables to be taken out .
So we look forward to 2021 the year we hope that covid gets kicked into touch , and in the hope that we can improve and our lost rental business , and is allowed to restart also .
Because we had to sell off a lot of our ex rental pool tables off site , we have replaced some stock ready to go once the restrictions allow licensed premises to operate fully again .
Brand New rental pool tables coming into stock ready for 2021 replacements .
we have had some expense this year and I am using my own cash reserves to buy in the new tables and make up the deficit of the S/H to new replacements .
this will unfortunately mean we are going to increase our Licensed site rentals by a £10 increase of the last 5 years rate , but we are upgrading the two re-cloths per year to match cloth to offset this
they would have normally be re-clothed in strachan 6811 .
we still think we are the best value Pool table rental firm operating in our area for Brand new tables .
the replacement tables are costing us more and so is the cloth .
My van is now three years old and I would normally be looking to PX for a newer model , and with the No deal scenario .
I have bit the bullet to avoid price increases on a new van , and also any import duty raise in the chance of a No deal scenario , which could have put a few thousand pounds on the cost of a replacement if i did not go for a VAN CHANGE NOW .
All though I could have done without the expense of a new van in these Covid times it had to be done now .
And have put an order in for a new van to be delivered 2nd week of January 2021 , I have always stated that reliability is must for any firm to operate , by changing our van every three to four years it will give us some reliability in making and keeping those appointments of work and commitments we make .
Having spent Seven years working for a firm that ran vans into the ground with many lost days due to breakdown or leaking oil over clients drives , I made my mind up when I started GCL Billiards not to go down the same route , and refresh the image and reputation of the firm by changing vans every 3 to 4 years .
Fresh new vans are the face of a company , clients see a nice modern newish van arrive with their prized possessions or for maintenance work , and they feel more at ease knowing they have a company that cares about their image and reputation .
This does cost a bit to afford which is why we charge a mileage fee to not so local destinations for a round trip .
And last but not least , we wish all our clients past present and of the future , a very merry Christmas and prosperous and happy new Year .
Lets hope that 2021 is the year we sorted not only Covid out but also the uncertainty of Brexit , which in my opinion was dragged out far too long .
Lets hope that the EU do not hold anything against the British People or it’s Government who wish to start off on a venture of regaining a variety of world wide trade deals that will make us all busy , with plenty of work and be prosperous .
SOLD SOLD SOLD this ex Professional footballers table from Elderly Edge to Coastal Ipswich area holiday Home .
now relocated to a nice Holiday home near the coast close to Ipswich … the new owner is very pleased with his purchase and how the relocation of table was carried out .
NOW RELOCATED TO HOME NEAR IPSWICH WITH BRAND NEW RE_CLOTH
SOLD SOLD SOLD !!!.
Here we have a Private sale direct from the sellers Private home .
A superb condition full size Titan , in what looks like light to medium Mahogany woodwork .
Lighter mahogany , a nice change from all those dark woods that you cannot see the woodgrain .
I am sure they use lower cost woods on Darker stains or at least none attractive woods .but on this table you can see the Mahogany wood Grain
and being a lighter wood would fit into most homes colour schemes .
Note the reeded legs .
And Modern pocket openings with standard Broadbow leathers .
Cloth looks good enough to refit and play straight away if you wished , or maybe go the whole hog and have it re-clothed .
The price of the tale at £700 does not include dismantle and removal .
GCL billiards will quote for a Ground floor dismantle and load to Ground floor delivery unload and install , and also a re-cloth if you require .
the table is situated on the ground floor and is in the Greyfriars area just below Stockport and Manchester .
Contact Geoff or carol at GCL billiards for a quote for this work .
the table will come with all accessories that are shown in the photo’s .
A nice 4 handed scoreboard is also included .
Board condition is as new just shows not many games played on the table .
A matching Titan dust cover completes the accessories list
A modern table , in great condition at a fraction of a new table price if bought today .
Too late to get it installed for Christmas now , but A January 2021 date could be arranged .
all inquires to Geoff or Carol Large at GCL billiards , we will forward any interested people onto the seller .
Here we have a Unique sized Billiard table I have worked on a number of times re-clothing over the past years near Lincoln & Sleaford and Newark ( within that triangle ) .
it is one of those tables that you never forget working on , as it used to be a full size table .
And it was cut down in size to fit a room for cue size all the way around , by a Billards firm or Billiards fitter ( unknown ) but maybe by Thurston ?
How do I know it was a cut down table ?
Well there are tell tale signs in the under frame work , leg spacing , and the cushions that give this away .
The table size is over 10ft long and under 11ft playing area .
It’s outside measurments are 11ft 4 inch by 6ft 3 inch , obviously the playing area is less than that by about 6 inch all the way a round,
to nose of cushions if you take the depth of capping and overhang of cushion block and rubber into consideration .
I would say approx playing area of 10ft 4 inch by 5ft 3 inch .
and a slate size of approx 10ft 8 inch by 5ft 7 inch
so I could not advertise it as a true 10ft and not as an 11ft …it is what is known in the trade as a B*****D Size .
I have only worked on one other B******D size table and that was in the Vicarage of Dartmouth in Devon where they had an over 8ft yet under 9ft table
So they are out there .
this table is for sale due to a house sale …due to be completed in January
the unusual thing about it , it has steel cushions from a Burroughs and watts table , yet for some reason ( maybe through working on it in the past )
I am not sure if the whole table is Burroughs and watts or if the frame is Orme & Sons , I will forward the leg design onto a Billiards historian who has referance to these tables for his opinion .
but for some reason Orme is sticking in my mind , maybe because orme stamp their name in every piece of wood , and I may have seen it on the under frame work when I worked on it in the past .
it is a table that I have told many about , when people ask me if I have worked on odd sized tables , this and the Dartmouth Vicarage one .
with steel Burroughs and watts cushions fitted to it , the slates having been reduced also means the steel cushions and polished capping friezes have also been reduced in size .
My client at this stage is looking for sensible offers , and would like a quick sale .
So here is your opertunity , if you always wanted a full size yet not got a room large enough for one , yet this may fit ?
it is a unique table not many will have one the same size if any at all .
I think you would be looking at a room 20ft 6 inch by 15ft 5 inch to be comfortable , yet an inch or two less , would not effect it . so 20ft x 15ft room may be allright .
a price for removal and fitting to a ground floor premises could be given once we have your post code …by GCL billiards
this would be extra to the table price which you have to offer to our PRIVATE Seller .
this sale will not incur any middle men fees for the actual price of the table .
Viewing is recommended .
All info please contact Carol or Geoff Large at GCL billiards email .
*** ADDED NOTE ***
I have now found out through a billiard Historian ( Peter Ainsworth )
that the frame of this table is from an Orme Bath Club model table circa 1909 .
many thanks Peter for this information .
it must have been a special order to have one cut down to fit a room , and then ask for the better Burroughs and watts steel cushions to also be cut down and fit .
A one off conversion , and I suspect that Thurston maybe the firm that did this for the original owner .
Illustration kindley supplied by Peter Ainsworth .
Showing the original Bath Club Orme & sons model of table from a 1909 Catalogue of Orme .
Right having read and taken in the governments guidelines on covid lockdown from 5th of November 2020
We can only install or work on Snooker or pool table if the room is empty of personnel , and some conditions met
outdoor separate rooms are preferred and we will give those sort of job’s priority over working inside someone’s house which in realty is not going to be possible in some cases unless some strict conditions are met .
Working in Garage conversions and outdoor sheds or log cabins is going to be the type of places we can work under the current guidelines .
and many of our job’s do take us to that type of premises .
no contact with householder within the room , and toilets and wash room facilities pointed out for access on arrival .
some clients who are booking a re-rubber and re-cloth of their table , it may be possible to start part of your work by delivering the cushions to me so I can rubber and cloth the cushions and maybe replace the nets and leathers , to save time or maybe a two day overnight stay over which cannot be done during lock down .
no Hotels or B&Bs are allowed guests during lock down so any work which requires this overnight stay over is out of bounds at the moment until the lock down is lifted on these stop over accommodation premises .
I am doing a couple of these this month , where the owners are delivering the cushions to me for working on , then clearing the room for me only to work on the table and refit the cushions to save time and reduce time spent on their property .
we are doing our bit to make it safe to carry on working , be it only in a limited capacity and to keep the economy going .
and at the same time adhering to the rules of Lockdown .
And yes the Restrictions and lock down is effecting my trade , nearly all our pub rental tables are earning nothing many have been removed and sold as pub’s asked for them to be taken out , ironically to increase more sitting down table space , then what does the Government do shut down the pub’s .
I decided to sell them off , and when these pub’s are ready for another table I will be buying brand new ones to replace the ones we have sold off .
I have to comply with regulations and this effects trade and business , also some of our supplies are not available due to the supplier not being able to get stock in on a regular basis , which means cancelled work due to not being able to get hold of certain spares , or having to wait for them longer to arrive due to demand outstripping supplies .
this photo for example empty shelves at Supreme Pool tables warehouse Heywood near Manchester .
Above empty racking
and below Normally like this during normal supply before Covid19
We have a client looking for a nice full size snooker table in oak
looking for one in the £500 price range so he can spend money on a re-cloth and pockets adjustment or re-rubber
table has to play like a modern table and not one that is hard to pot balls on or bounce out from middle pocket plates
A standard Riley aristocrat or Karnehm and hillman will suffice , POLISH must be in excellent order no rough tables .
not too fussed if squared or turned legs the tables playing experience is more important , of course build quality is a must have and condition of wood work .
some thing like the following is what I am looking for , may consider a Mahogany table .
Aristocrat by Riley
oak square leg a contemporary look ?
Riley square leg , but not an old one like this as pockets openings are a problem
if you have anything like this and in need of removal i have a client waiting for one .
Geoff or Carol Large .
NOW SOLD PRIVATE SALE , ………told you it would go FAST !!!
Here we have a private sale direct from the seller in Haslemere Surrey a 10ft snooker table for sale ….at what we can only say be quick at this price …..it’s a giveaway
modern build but older design of octagonal bulbous legs .
A very nice looking table . ( please note Wine not included )
as can be seen for inspection still set up in our clients Garage on ground floor .
Table location is Haslemere in Surrey .
Must be removed by End of November at latest .
we have priced this one to sell Quick , it is sold as is on site buyer arranges removal .
you are buying direct from the seller for the table .. (quote for cost for removal and install contact details below )
If you have not got enough room for a full size and are just under room size , then these 10fts are the next best thing to a full size and do hold their value a little better .
so at just £350 including all accessories and shade , cues and scoreboard ….it is a Bargain .
House sale forces very reluctant sale of this very nice 10ft table .
If you require a quote to have this table picked up and delivered , please contact Geoff or Carol Large at GCL Billiards
*** PLEASE NOTE TABLE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE DELIVERY OR INSTALLED ***
contact our email .
for more details
NOW SOLD to a client buyer in Leicester
PRIVATE SALE DIRECT FROM SELLER
Here we have a reproduction of a vintage design of flip over dining table
by sir William Bentley billiards and it has a blue cloth .
in very good condition by the look of the photo’s my client has sent me .
as you can see a simple one person job of flipping over the table top to dine off
this leaves the snooker / billiard table suspended underneath the table and no 4 or 5 sectional dining top leaf’s to take on or off unlike the riley dining tables .
and where do you store them , this solves the problem a simple flip over design .
Lovely polished Mahogany finish
the actual dining table top will be a little larger than the 7x3ft 6 inch playing surface of the billiard table .
closer to 8ft by 4ft I should think .
plenty for 8 to 10 places depending on chair size . you may even get 12 placings if you are lucky and get two people at each end .
the legs are a nice turned design , on this reproduction replicating the George Edwards or George Wright flip over diners of original design of the late 1890’s
I do not think this table will be up for sale long ,
Christmas is coming , what better way of entertaining the family after the Xmas Lunch than to clear the table , flip it over for a few frames of snooker or pool .
all inquiries to Geoff or Carol at GCL billiards
If you would like a quote to dismantle move and relocate set back up , please also contact Geoff or Carol at GCL billiards
with your exact post code and address .
GCL billiards bringing you affordable tables direct from the seller , please use GCL billiards professional billiard fitters relocation services for this one
do not trust the cowboy firms to move such a nice table . Quotes always available and priced to miles travelled .
NOW SOLD TO A BUYER IN FRANCE . another sold table
what sold this table was the condition and how much the owner had spent on it recently , and the fact BCE tables are a bit more sought after .
being fitted by a good fitting mate of mine in Bournmouth .
We have a client who wishes to sell his BCE WESTBURY 12ft snooker table
the table was recently set up re-clothed in Strachan 6811 tournament cloth around 18 month to 2 years ago and only had Home use .
And also had new Northern professional rubber fitted and pockets openings re-cut .
and new nets and leathers
At this price with the recent work it is a Bargain .
My client is moving house down sizing and cannot take his table with him .
so it is priced to sell at just £750 .
the table has the modern adjustable centre slate adjusters fitted , BCE Westbury where one of the first to use these .
stops centre slate sagging and if it does happen then adjustable to get it out .
Just to prove it had the rubbers replaced here is a photo of me doing it .
A very nice table for little money , why buy a table you would have to spend around £1100 on to replace all the cloth /rubber and nets and leathers
BCE tables where used as world tournament tables from 1982 to 1992 .
and some professionals still swear by them today as one of the best tables around to play on .
so much that John Higgins recently let go of his Star table and bought a S/Hand BCE Westbury , sourced by GCL billiards for him .
save a few thousand from new , on this Westbury table for sale near Nottingham .
£750 is for table as it is , buyer arranges the move
Delivery and installation on ground floor , you want a quote ?
contact Geoff or Carol at GCL Billiards for a quote .