No BT Telephone land line connected at the moment

We are having problems with our BT land line and also our Internet connection at the moment which is in and out
Engineer has been round and thinks problem is in the main large green box out on the main road .
The whole  system has been not good for a couple of years now and I think the underground wire system is rotting .
we are not on fibre optics to the house yet and this needs doing to bring it up to Modern standards .
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So the Office / Home  telephone is down , the Computer sometimes works , and sometimes not at all at the moment , until they sort it out .
please be aware of this when you are trying to contact GCL billiards , maybe  phone us on 07753466064 during the hours of 9am to 5pm only please . week days
and 9 to 12 noon on Saturday .
BUT please leave a message on our mobile , if we cannot answer due to hands on work on a table at the time of Phoning .

Sorry to say but fully booked out until After Christmas , now taking bookings from January 11th onwards .

Due to large influx of work from pubs and clubs reopening , and Private house work .
we are full booked out including most Saturdays before Christmas , I just cannot take anymore work on now until the new Year and after the 11th of January 2022 .
Please stick with GCL Billiards for Quality workmanship and a firm you can trust .
With over 45 years in the cue sports Business as a Time served billiards fitter , you can appreciate we know what we are doing .


from Re-rubber and re-cloth of snooker /Billiard tables .


American 8ft and 9ft Pool tables with three section slate beds . this example in Cadet Blue ,  in Hainsworth Elite pro speed cloth
Re-cloth and re-rubber plus house logistics move of pool tables to full size is also our speciality .

Loaded van of snooker slate , cushions frame work and light shades .
into storage for client , at clients own storage unit .

one full size table complete loaded .

Cloth colours , some grades carry a vast range of cloth colours others maybe only a few  ,
it all depends on what grade you want as to what colour you could choose .

For Example Paprika in Hainsworth smart cloth .

We also replace nets and leathers with Good quality UK sourced materials .
in fact we try and not use far east products , our cloth and rubber is UK manufactured too .

now and again we source antique scoreboards like this special example
at affordable prices when you compare them to the large billiard house prices .

A riley twin bevelled mirror scoreboard in oak .
we currently have two for sale  at affordable as they come price .

we also get a a few rotating cue racks in , but they fly out the door as fast as they come in .

We also get the odd second hand iron plus brush and balls and cues in now and again , not often just now and again .
the same with rests and heads .

last but not least we are now rebuilding our Pool table rental sites back up , if you fancy a brand new supreme winner table in Black pearl cabinet
fully maintained and re-clothed twice a year in Hainsworth  Match cloth , then contact Geoff at GCL Billiards we have three new ones in stock waiting for new sites .

Two tables we installed a couple of years ago as Rental tables .
although this pub is no longer here  , demolished to make way for a Iceland Shop in Stapleford Nottingham .
We stayed in contact with the owner and the landlord of this pub and we installed new tables back in to two separate pubs  in the next town of Beeston Nottingham
and they are still happy clients of ours .
Covid hit us hard on our rental sites with many pubs having the table out for extra seating , or just because they where locked down ,
but they are slowly coming back to us , one pub at a time and having their tables back or rather Brand new ones back as I sold most S/H ones that came in to make way for new stock .
there is a waiting list for new Supreme winner tables of 6 months , we have three in stock ready to go out for Rentals with another 6 on order to come is as replacements in March 2022
Rentals is not our main business but it runs smoothly at the side of our re-cloth and cue sports table maintenance business .
We prefer our rentals to be close to Nottingham and Derby .

Whatever you are looking for in the Cue sports table business Geoff at GCL Billiards come’s highly recommended .

Hybrid table parts from other tables made this table what it is … and how we improved it

Full size snooker table , the work involved re-rubber and re-cloth and check level , this table is an odd ball Allied billiards putting together a table made up from different make tables .
and what we term as a hybrid table
legs from an old 1910 circa Orme & sons  and new wood for frame and inner bearers and legs are mahogany .
the cushions where also from a Riley and had a date code Mar 31 , March 1931 and are in oak so a different table than the legs .
the slates being numbered for cushions the opposite way around than most tables point these to being Burroughs and watts .
it is well known that Burroughs and watts number anti clockwise while most number them clockwise when fitting the cushions to the slates .
I was taught this by two fitters I worked under while doing my apprenticeship as a Billiards fitter .
My client complained of not being able to build a decent break and the pocket openings where tight , I opened them up to 1990 template size , but the back of the pocket was very tight and caused rattle , so we eased the fall into the table by filing the slate , someone had a go at this last time but did not take enough off , and also rasped it very rough , we smoothed over and increased the fall slightly .

Finished table looks inviting .

Cushions stripped of inferior Barton white rubber to allow new Best quality Hainsworth northern Rubber to be fitted and angles shaped

Northern Rubber by Hainsworth …only the best rubber used for billiard / Snooker tables in the world .

all 6 rubbers glued up on my Glue board in one go .
Contact adhesive Glue is hand spread on using a  glue comb for even distribution , no spray on glue rubbish which when used allows the rubber to fall off .

Strachan 6811 Tournament cloth 32 oz grade for longer lasting cloth .
this is showing the reverse side of the cloth not the napped face side .

Client was complaining about balls not entering slate fall and not being able to build a big break ,
so we brought them in a little , and fixed the bodge of the previous fitter who had tried to do the rasp of slate fall last time , and make a very rough job of it .
all pockets where different sizes , we made a template for the fall and duplicated it on all 4 corners and made them more smooth a surface down the fall .

the pocket now looks more like a modern pocket opening .

Looks very inviting a photo from above the table
which is located close to Uttoxeter .As you can see we filed the slate fall in to allow our client more ease at potting , someone had done this in the past but had done it very crudely and rough .
we smoothed it all down and it is a vast improvement for him.
Before the corner pockets where different sizes now they are all the same as we made a template up for the fall curve .
we had a good discussion on how my client wanted his table to play like , we do all we could to improve the pocket openings and used made in the UK materials to complete this
no low cost far east materials where used .

Another 7ft pool table re-cloth at the Bell Inn Sawley in Hainsworth Precision .

Local work for me in my home town of Long Eaton and Sawley
Bought new from GCL billiards this Supreme Winner in Black Pearl , and re-clothed every 6 months means this table is very well kept .

This time Ross went for Hainsworth Precision , the Fastest wool nap cloth you can buy .
not known for its wear qualities but Players will love its speed and accuracy , hence why it is named PRECISION .
and this table gets a re-cloth every 6 months anyway so long lasting thick slow cloth is not required at this pub who put their pool players first .

The Bell Inn Sawley , well kept and run pub and a good selection of ales .

8ft Brunswick American pool table Re-cloth in Hainsworth Cadet Blue Elite Pro .

I have been up to Derbyshire this week near Matlock to a Holiday let .
I do a few Holiday let pool and snooker tables around Derbyshire .
this table was a very nice Brunswick Metro Model in 8ft form , rare as most are sold as a 9ft .

Sleek modern design with silver trim in  a Beech effect wood .
Note the matching cue rack .

Table was stripped down cushions off and every staple taken out ,
a sign of quality work from any firm is to see they have taken every old staple out on strip down .
Slates cleaned off check slate joints and level .
Also check that all frame bolts have not come loose .

Laying the cloth on the table to show it is a branded Hainsworth Elite pro speed cloth … Made in the UK

Close up of the Brand name and MADE IN ENGLAND .
We use as much Made in the UK materials as is possible before we have to go down the far east or Euro route for spares .
It is fallacy that that other Good brand Euro made cloths are better , I have been fitting cloth for 45 years and our own made in the UK brands are market leaders .
and shows that firms that use these cloths are firms to be trusted .
This cloth is Worsted cloth , and is made up from 70% wool and 30% man made fibres for longer life span , with no nap for speed .
a hard wearing cloth and not easy to0 rip so in a situation of a holiday let you can be assured it will take some rough treatment .

Cushions stripped and re-clothed .

Cadet Blue is a very nice shade of blue , in fact this is the first time I have used this colour in Hainsworth Elite pro
my client says it is very close to Cornflower blue .
I have used Hainsworth Elite pro American speed cloth on pool tables many times
and can confirm it has excellent playing and long life qualities .
You can choose from a good selection of colours , but this Cadet blue is now my favourite colour .

as for the holiday let if you are interested  then you can book on this web site
https://www.peakvenues.co.uk/venues/54/sydnope-hill-farm/

Two full size Re-cloth plus pool table in peak district near Buxton

Last two days working at Sterndale Social club up near Buxton in the Peak district , re-cloth two full size in Strachan 6811 tournament and one pool table in Strachan 6811 pool .
and fit new leathers nets and ball rails .
the cloth on the snooker tables that I removed was low cost 777 pool cloth , not designed to go on a full size table and it lasted 20 years 😲 it was very slow , the tables are old ,
the John Stevens top plate model table is pre 1890 and the Riley one is around 1920 , they have two old life pool scoreboards that really could do with a bit of work on them , and a nice rotating period cue rack too .
Been a good two days but no phone network up there so it you been trying to contact me that is the reason I have not answered you .
The old Hazel grove super league pool table 1970s model , I replaced the old cam fixings for the cushions with bolts and half moon adaptors , nice and tight cushions now .





Re-cloth of Snooker and Pool tables at Local Club .

I have Visited one of  our local  clubs the soldiers & Sailors Club Long Eaton .
to carry out a full size snooker table re-cloth in Strachan 6811 tournament 30 oz cloth

and also to re-cloth in super fine napped  wool cloth
in Hainsworth Precision , which is probably the fastest and most accurate napped wool cloth you could buy .

many thanks to Collette and Pete who have showed faith in repeat work with GCL billiards .
As some of you may know my back has been very painful this last month or so and I had to stop lifting heavy items for a while  , I am finding it easing up now and I have free movement
as long as I wear a support belt , so I am resuming Snooker table dismantles and relocations , but only from Ground floor to Ground floor locations
no stairs or more than one or two steps that can be ramped .

Very bad back at the moment all table moves are impossible for me to do at the moment

I have just spent a couple of weeks away  on holiday Lanzarote and my back was playing up before I went .
it got worse on holiday and I spent the almost entire Holiday just sat down in the apartment in pain watching netflix films  .
only getting out the odd day here and there and then by taxi .
I pushed myself too much the 3 weeks before my holiday getting all the work pulled in before I went , and overdid the lifting part of my work .
a couple of those jobs involved very thick heavy billiard slates and one piano lift onto trolley to move to another room while I was on one table fitting .
it is impossible and would be irresponsible for me to lift any slates or pool tables or table moves for the next few weeks .

I will still try and get out there and do the re-clothing of tables .

My answer phone was full when I got back from my two week holiday , it was impossible to return answers to all calls I’m afraid  .
so please get back in touch if you want to discuss work that you require doing .
I need to rest my back up and let it sort itself out , I have been to the doctors with it , and they confirm the same .
Bad backs is a common problem for Billiard table fitters , and after 45 years of fitting heavy tables it has meant a few job’s I cannot do anymore .
we do not do stair work anymore so if a table removal or fitting involve stairs then this cannot be undertaken by GCL billiards anymore .

my Age now and constant wear and tare on joints over the years have caught up with me .
once my back is better , I can resume ground floor to ground floor relocations of billiard / snooker and pool tables .
I have some work booked in for re-clothing and the odd re-rubber to keep me occupied for the next few weeks  .
the worst thing is complete rest , you still have to keep moving , the two weeks I had on Holiday sat in a chair most of the time has done me no favors ,
but the pain was very acute and the creams you get to rub on to take back pain away did not work , and neither did the pain killers I took every two hours .
I still plan to work full time for the next three years and need to look at each job to see if it is safe to do for my back  , and then go part time after that , Billiard fitters never seem to fully retire .
I have years of experience and I am rated by many clients new and old , I am worth waiting for even if it means a couple or more weeks until I can fit you in .
I am also rated as a Hainsworth fit list approved fitter , only a few vetted fitters get to be on that list .
I am looking now to do more work closer to Home , but will take on the odd table move and overnight stop over  .

Thankyou for your understanding at this time of Back  Injury .

Geoff Large
NBSA approved Billiards fitter .
Hainsworth fit list approved Cue sports fitter .