More Snooker Pool table work for GCL Billiards in Nottingham Derby and Lincolnshire for April and May

Having just completed the large Snooker Club installations in the centre of Nottingham, we move onto a run of pool table re-covering in Derby and Nottingham.  Then we re-rubber, re-cover, nets and leathers on a full size snooker table  in Nottingham.  We then move onto Lincolnshire for another re-rubber and re-cover, this time on a 10ft, before ending back in Basford, Nottingham to work on another pool table.

The phone is busy and work is still coming in, but we still have some days spare in May to fill.

We are still hoping to get more work in from Leicestershire and the West Midlands, so if you are thinking of having work done to your cue sports table, we are just an email or phone call away.
Hidden spot match table 2

A recent re-cover in 6811 Tournament Strachan cloth, with new extra extra broad bow leathers and nets.  The pocket size on this table is 3 inches and 5/8ths at the drop, whereas a standard match table is closer to 3 and a half inches at the drop.

New snooker club opening in Nottingham and GCL Billiards gets the work @ The Hidden Spot phone 07427155182 ask for Kal .

Today I have started the job of leveling and re-covering 12 Full size snooker tables.  The owners of this brand new club have erected the table frames and positioned the slates ready for re-covering by a qualified Billiards fitter, but they require moving and adjusting for level.

The reason the tables required moving was because they had put them too close to each other.  After a look around I gave them my thoughts on how they should position the tables and make a seperate room for two Burroughs and Watts match tables, one having steel block cushions.

I will be adding some photographs of the club late tommorow.  You will be surprised at how large these premises are.  They also have 8 UK 7×4 pool tables.

The name of the club… THE HIDDEN SPOT.  It is due to open at the end of April with table rates from £5 per hour.

***The club is situated on Denman Street East and North Kyme street just off  Ilkeston road near canning circus *** PHONE  Kal on 07427155182 for enquiries of booking tables

With very low cost parking nearby at £1 all day, what other clubs near the centre of Nottingham have that facility?

here are the photo’s of the club , there is a mountain of Blue carpet tiles to go down once all the tables have been positioned and covered

.Hidden spot 1
Hidden spot 2
hidden spot 3
the above photo is of the match room , table on the right is a Burrooughs and watts with new 1990s standard cushion table not steel block but with a good set of welsh slate and very good solid pocket plates with extra broad bow leathers and new nets fitted  , the table on the left a Riley square leg is being removed from the room and another burroughs and watts but this time a steel Block cushion table is being installed for the main N0 1 match table . both of  these Buroughs and Watts tables having 2 inch thick best welsh slate , and they are very good for level .
I am advising them to install match lighting rather than the coffin shades , they will also have long bench seats installed around the edge of the room  at a later date on a high plinth so that People can watch the games from a good view point .
the room will also be available for Private hire for snooker finals etc .
Hidden spot 4
Hidden spot pool area
the pool  table area , 8 pool tables in total , and they are thinking of installing an american 9ft pool table too .
the Hidden Spot is due to open this month , watch this space for more details .

Strachan SuperPro Worsted speed cloth fitted to a DPT table in Nottinghamshire

Just been over to Bingham in Nottinghamshire to re-cover a home play DPT  brand manufactured 7×4 pool table.  This cloth is extremely hard wearing and is just what the owner of the pool table requires as he has some very young children using the table.

This speed cloth is more durable than the wool napped cloth and is used mainly on american pool tables, but we do get UK pool table owners and players asking for it.

This cloth costs more to buy in and is around £20 more expensive than the wool napped cloth.  You can expect to pay around £185 for a 6×3 or 7×4 pool table re-covered in this cloth.

Also note the new cover we supplied.  This is a good quality fitted Peradon cover and costs £21 to buy at the same time as a re-cover.   Please ask for one to be supplied at the same time as you book us for a re-cover.
super pro speed cloth

Full size snooker table relocated from Yorkshire to Oxfordshire for the Army

I am used to working for the many armed forces, I have worked in Army, Airforce and Navy bases around the UK.

For the past two days we had the pleasure of collecting a table from far up in West Yorkshire where the snow was still causing chaos with roadblocks.  We had to detour 40 miles in order to get to our location and remove the full sized snooker table.  Who would have believed we still had that much snow laying on the ground, but we were at a high point.

We were thankful that the access to the room was direct from the drive through double doors which made the dismantle and loading only a 2 hour job.

On the way back we came upon another problem, FIRE!  The road between Manchester and Sheffield was closed, but we just managed to get through before they stopped all traffic.  The fire was caused by a passing motorist who flung his lighted cigarette out of the window.  The lower ground had dried out and so the bracken had caught fire.  Talk about one extreme to another – snow then fire!

The next day we set off early from our Nottingham base towards Arncot Army Barracks for the bomb disposal and training unit.  We had an appointment with Mike at the newly built officers mess for the installation of this donated table which is in very good condition.  I think the table is a George Wright with readed legs.  The owner of the table donated it to the Army for use in the Officers’ mess and they are highly delighted with it.

Just look at the following photographs of the table to see why they regard the table so highly.
Bomb table
The table during installation.  Just one more slate to get off the van.  These were very heavy quality Welsh slates.
Bomb table 3
The finished table, truly in imaculate condition having had a complete refurb by the owner only last year.
bomb table 2
The woodwork was also in very good condition, not a mark on it.  The readed legs are typical George Wright design circa 1900/1910.

GCL BILLIARDS are specialists in moving full sized snooker tables throughout the UK.  The table was delivered over two days, from collection, dismantle, load to deliver, unload and set up.  No fuss, just a complete service from A to B, set up, level and ready for play at a competitive rate.

GCL BILLIARDS for Snooker and Pool table work in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire this last week

We have been very busy again after the Easter Bank holidays.  We started off in Leicestershire at a hospital recovering in blue speed cloth a large 8ft pool table.  Then we went over to Sleaford in Lincolnshire to look at a full size snooker table that required a lot of work.  We were then back in Leicestershire near Melton Mowbray to level an old Thurston 10ft and re-stretch the bed cloth.  The last day we were over in Northampton re-stretching and offering good advice on how to brush and iron a full size table as a new person had taken over this maintenance work.  The brush he was using was nothing more than a clothes brush which left more dust on the cloth and with static this was sticking to the cue ball.  We supplied a proper pure horse hair top quality Peradon brush and showed him how to brush, wipe down with a napper and how to iron the table.  Also to use Aramith ball cleaner to polish and reduce static on the cue ball.

riely aristocrat Northampton

Pool table dismantle from loft 2 floors up to new games room in garden in Leicestershire

pool downstairs loft

Today I have been over to Leicestershire to help the owner bring down a 6ft pool table from the top attic floor of his large victorian house.  When I got there it was obvious that the table had been put up there before the bannisters had been put in.  I got my rubber mallet and gently tapped out the mortice joint to the top rail of the bannister and removed the rails.  The table could now be brought down the first section of stairs.  The next obstacle was a bend and another bannister rail to take out and mule post.
pool down 2nd railoff

Then there was still another staircase after this 2nd bannister and mule post removal.  Finally getting the table to ground floor, we then put the table on a set of piano wheels and took it around the house to an outbuilding which is the new Games Room.

I think we have demonstrated that GCL Billiards will do whatever it takes to get the job done.   Where other firms would refuse to do this, we accepted the challenge.  The bannisters went back together easily and now just require a rebated screw and a button to hide this to fix the top rail secure.  Then no one will ever know that it was removed in the first place.  The second mule post will have to be re-glued back in and the rails fixed back.  The owner of the house is doing this.

Below is a photo of the table after a re-cover in Strachan cloth in its new games room.
.pool table down in new room

Set up Orme and Son’s and refit cushions to new slate in Lincolnshire

Today we went back to Lincolnshire to finish off a table that I started to set up 2 weeks ago.  The problem that stopped me completing the job on the first visit, was that the wrong slates had been delivered by another firm for this Orme table.  But the slates that were supplied are one of the best for trueness that I have ever seen, so a very good set of 2 inch slates were used.  The problem when doing this to a table is it can result in the cushion bolt holes not aligning with the slate that was supplied.
Wragby Orme table finnished

The end cushions did however align up, it was just the 4 side cushions that were out of alignment.  What had to be done is a two part job to get the cushions to fit this table.  Because we are very busy at the moment, we could not find time to re-plug all the holes up on the cushions for our client in the month of March.  In fact we are fully booked until mid-April.  I could only find one date to fit it in, so the owner agreed that he would do the re-plugging and at a later date I return to redrill out and finish fitting of the table ready for play.
Wragby orme bolt hole alignments
Look how far out those bolt holes were!  The owner replugged the holes using large and small dowls glued in and touched up with stain.  I have bought some solid hardwood panels to cover the bolts and the original buttons will be put on these to match in by the owner.  I also replaced every bolt with modern hex head bolts to get the cushions nice and tight up against the slate and this has improved the rebound value of the cushions.

The owner is sending the invoice to the supplier of this table to get the money repaid that it has cost to put right on this second visit and rightly so too.  A lesson for anyone thinking of buying a table, if it is in pieces you will not know if it fits back together.  If it is in a warehouse with other tables, have the slates or wood work got mixed up with other table parts?  Has the supplier been using spare parts from a table to make another right?

It is always best to buy a table that is already up and running and then get a firm in to dismantle load and transport.  That way you can test the table before you buy, things like rubber rebound, the way the pocket openings are cut, the trueness of the slates.

GCL Billiards can also inspect a table before purchase to make sure everything is ok.  Any defects reported and a guide price to the table can also be supplied.
Wragby orme leg style circa 1899

The table is an old Orme and sons circa 1899.  I think the slates came from a Burroughs and Watts table, they are very good level slates.

wragby orme end plate IVORY
The old ivory name badge which states Established 1845.  The inclusion of the Prince of Wales dates the table late victorian circa I think 1899/90.
Wragby table perfect slates
VERY LEVEL SLATES.  In over 37 years billiard fitting it is only now and again that I come across slates as good as these, but then again they knew how to make quality slates in Wales.  2 inches thick and 1 ton in weight for all 5 pieces.

GCL Billiards and snooker are very busy in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derby and Leicester

What a very busy month March has been for snooker and pool table work and April looks like being the same as orders are coming in for even more work. Starting off in march we went to London. We have then been to the East coast Linconshire, also Lincoln, Wragby, Bardney, Leicester, Nottingham, Stapleford, Beeston, Mansfield, Newark, then over near Melton Mowbray, back to leicester, then to Hinkley and Nuneaton and we now have some work in Derbyshire at Barton on trent, plus possible work back towards the East coast again.

We are solid right upto the 12th of April and just starting to fill the rest of April in. Although we are very busy, the workload is not going to make us rush jobs in order to make extra money. When I started GCL Billiards it was with the determination to take our time with clients tables and make sure we do a good job. Most of our work is by recommendation and Geoff has been in this trade nearly 40 years. We are now picking up some nice work for large organisations. Repeat work is also coming back to us, but we do not intend to get any larger as an organisation, prefering to offer good quality service and materials and also good value for money is our aim.

Together with our pool table hire business we are doing very nicely, slowly but surely we will get to a point where we will have to turn custom away rather than spoil a good reputation by doing speed work to increase profit. But that is a long way off yet. If you have a cue sports table that requires work, then please get in touch with GCL Billiards on email

Wragby table perfect slates
Wragby, a very good level set of Welsh slate

pool 6ft before
The sort of job I am called out to do on a pool table, they really let loose on this table in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

pool 6ft after
The table after a re-cover

stapleford recover door
Another full size re-cover in 6811 Tournament cloth, with new leathers fitted in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire

pool 7ft jaques
A Jaques home play pool table