Bassendean Makes the Most of Covid-19

by Kaitlin Tyrrell

With clubs shutdown and many people stuck at home, the Bassendean Bowling Club took the opportunity to give their club a complete once over with fantastic results.

Club Secretary, Dave Snelgar had this to say on the clubs renovation,

“Our president in particular, plus executive and our bar staff on Job Keeper have been the force behind this renewal. We have seen it as a blessing as some of this bar work could not have been done without some period of shutdown. A small contingent of people have been at the club during shutdown working in multiple areas. Once the restrictions eased a little we had more members volunteering their time to improve the premises. The Town of Bassendean have worked with us to replace the bar flooring and future projects are being discussed. There is literally too many people to thank individually regarding all the works done at the club. The atmosphere since returning has been fantastic and great to see the reactions of members and guests which makes it that much more worthwhile.”

Here’s a review of some items completed pre-covid, and during the shutdown:

  • Audio Sound system with music and messages to the entire club (including greens) – finalised pre-shutdown.
  • Bore refurbish program;  new bore installed under insurance after we found old bore fused.
  • Bar refurbish program;  removed water damaged MDF under bar counter,  replaced with aluminium sheeting and capping, replaced Vinyl flooring behind bar,  new storage cabinets behind the bar, installed additional cool room shelving,  repainted the entire bar area (top to bottom) and back storeroom;   re-sheeted and removed all rust from cool room fridge;  Darts chalkboard repainted.
  • Office was stripped, repaired and repainted;  New office furniture installed;
  • A history walk was created between the hall and the toilets area.  All trophy’s, photos and historic documents displayed for all to see.   Including the replacement of some pennant shields now displayed above bar area;
  • Hall area walls, skirting all repainted,  blinds removed,  heaters removed,   area clean and tidy with the mens and ladies honour boards coming together for a more inclusive club feel.
  • Kitchen cupboard, stripped cleaned and repainted,  Kitchen storeroom cleaned and repainted;
  • Men’s and ladies toilets completely repainted and any repairs made;
  • Boardroom was stripped, carpet cleaned, old documents destroyed and general tidy up;
  • Rear storeroom received new heavy duty shelving & cupboards donated by members
  • Outside window frames all re-painted;   fly screen replaced;   high pressure cleaned under patio eastern side (top to bottom)
  • Pillars on all greens have been stripped, primed and painted by volunteers.
  • Bench seating renewed, cleaned and painted (included new seat footings)

Projects still to be completed of which some are already underway:

  • Two x BBC Signs on top of the building to replace fading sponsor logos;
  • Concrete walkway between A/B green to replace uneven pavers / also to reduce the step height for safety.  (involved relocating greens reticulation pipes to under bench seating)
  • Bar flooring (Carpet tiles) to be replaced.
  • Bar stool replacement program underway with member assistance and grants.
  • Hall wood floors to be sanded and sealed.
  • R/C Air conditioning to entire premises.

Bassendean Bowling Club turned a tricky situation into a positive leading by example as to what can be achieved in during difficult periods.

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