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Chris Bates and Roger Morley tackled one end while Martin Ely worked on the other. Nevertheless we left with the job very nearly complete and it should not take more than a couple of hours to finish it off this Thursday.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eMeanwhile, down at ground level Bob Thomas assembled the next two door frames ready for the Gents side. Neil Drew and Paul Mogridge re- ran some guttering, finished transporting Jengas and, finally, squeezed themselves in under the stair-way to remove the cladding across the back of the building in preparation for the next big lift.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eNo dramatic steps forward but more steady progress just the same. \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eRaise the Roof – Session 25 - Thursday Jan 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA horrible wet and very windy day and Trevor Kirkin, Nigel Banford, Chris Bates and Steven Black probably wished they had not been invited!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eNevertheless they soldiered on, with Steven assembling and painting the first of the two door frames, Trevor battling successfully to re-connect the water supply to the ladies shower/toilet and wash-hand basin (hot and cold reversed, but quickly put right) and Chris completing the stud-work on the rear gable, felting and battening that and making a start on the front gable. Nigel, a little under the weather himself, soldiered bravely on, transferring the Jenga from one chamber to the other ready for R-T-R mk2 \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eBy lunchtime the weather got even worse and we packed it in.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSession 26 – Saturday January 18\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e.\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA beautiful but somewhat dramatic start to the day with the Jewson Lorry carrying essential supplies for the morning session having to turn back due to black-ice on the Ditsum road.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eCo-incidentally, following immediately behind the slithering lorry from the Sporstman’s Arms, Jonathan could see that there was no way it could get safely down to the village and so, after a chat with the driver, the most important component, a 5m long beam, was transferred to his roof–rack and very gingerly driven down to the club.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eMartin Gregory then helped convert this into the frame-work of the new balcony, which, covered in scaffold boards, was completed just in time for Brian Fereday to use to get him onto the roof, to trim away part of the over-hang (to help improve access to the gulley).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eMeanwhile furious brain-work was being employed in solving the puzzle of how to disconnect the plumbing, electrics, cladding, screws and thunder-bolts that stood in the way of the second roof being raised. Peter Symons’ team, comprising son Richard, Peter Chrystie and Martin Thomas worked their magic and though not a pretty sight, it seems that with a bit more tweaking tomorrow, we might be all set to start scaffolding and Jengaring all over again next week. Anna Chrystie, having already exceeded her work quota by producing a splendid batch of scones, completed the transfer of Jengas and then proceeded to lavish a second coat of primer on the new door frames ready for Sunday’s installation. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWell past lunch time, and after feasting on another round of Anna’s cakes, the crew locked up and went home. \u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRaise the Roof – Sessions 23 and\u0026nbsp;24 \u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Cathedral Emerges! - 11\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e December\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eOn Saturday a ten-strong team, including Anna and Peter Chrystie, Chris Bates, John Phillips, Johnny Moulsdale, Stuart Richardson, Martin Thomas, Paul Mogridge and several visitors turned out to complete the arduous and dramatic task of stripping out the roof support beams, dropping the Jenga and dismantling the scaffolding inside the right-hand chamber. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eDramatic, because we now have an empty room some five meters high, more reminiscent of a small chapel than a changing-room, and ready for whatever design we decide to build into it. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eBut with its skeleton showing it was time to set-too and complete the stud-work and begin the job of cladding the whole structure with the free ply (not a spelling error for 3-ply) to make it all suitably rigid.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eTo do that the scaffolding needed to be re-erected on the outside and, sustained by much cake and coffee, (thank you Anna and Sue Thomas) this was done. Then, with a couple of token ply sheets tacked into place, a very satisfied team stood back to admire their handiwork and around 1300hrs, went home. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eFelt and battening for Bats! - 12\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e December\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWith Chris Bates cutting and fitting the remaining stud-work and Roger Morley cutting ply panels as needed, the two Martins, Thomas and Ely got on-site training in the use of a gas-propelled nail-gun and were soon sounding like a pheasant-shoot on steroids. All went well until the final panel of the day when, clearly over-excited, they nailed it across the rear doorway with a big chunk sticking out doing nothing! It was then they learned how brilliantly effective this machine was, because try as they may, the panel would not come off. Eventually, with an odd-fashioned crow bar and a big lump-hammer it was prised loose and then nailed, very carefully, onto the right stud-work.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eMeantime in the bowels of the building, James and Janie Dodd, armed with a demolition hammer, were slicing the top off the wall to the ladies changing-room, re-fitting the toilet door and attempting to make the whole thing more habitable.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAs the final act of a very long morning the whole team joined in the felting and battening of the flank wall, which is now proof against the weather, and ready for the return of the Gladiators and bunch of immigrant BATS.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eJust the door-frames and doors to fit on each gable-end, a hand-full of smaller ply-panels topped off with felt and batten and you could say that the main structure of side one will be complete. (But there is a whole heap of work to be done inside to return it to temporary use as before).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWatch this space, or better still, come down and join in. \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eRaise the Roof – Session 22 – 8\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e January 2020\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eAn Inspector Calls!\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThis was the day of our first official visit from Steve Shepard our appointed Building Inspector. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWould he condemn everything? Get us to pull it all down? Start again?\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eNo, after a cup of tea and careful examination of all our efforts he pronounced himself more than happy and even photographed the Jenga system, saying that we ought to Patent it. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAsked when he would need to return he said “when the second roof is even more advanced than the first is now”.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThat morning Steven Black and Chris Bates helped build and fit the giant beam that will hold up that corner of the balcony extension, cut and fitted enough of the vertical studding on the right-hand (so far hanging free) section of the wall and, with bated breath, lowered the jacks. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAs they left the whole of roof one was suspended on its new mountings and not a single jack or Jenga was in place.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThis weekend we plan to strip out both the big support beams and all the scaffolding and Jenga and begin the task of cladding the stud-work with ply and waterproofing that with battens and special felt (for the bats you understand!) \u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRaise the Roof Sessions 20 and 21.\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFriday 3\u003csup\u003erd\u003c/sup\u003e January - Prepare for landing!\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eStuart Richardson, Graham Spittle and Mike Webster attended to the tricky task of positioning the inner beams that were to accept the roof once it was lowered.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eMuch measuring and then the delight of chopping them to size with Stuart’s laser-equipped chop-saw. (So much quicker and more accurate than a pencil, set-square and hand saw).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e The roof was then jacked up to just above the beam height and the beams locked into in place with massive coach-bolts.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eTomorrow, we thought, the roof will be finally in place………\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125); font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSunday 6\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e December – a bit of a booboo!\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIn the middle of the night your daft project co-ordinator remembered that he had not removed the last of the old membrane from the wall below the guttering. This would now be jammed between the two roofs and clogging the gulley. There was nothing for it than to drop the new support beam and one side of the roof to try to get it out. Up the slightly wobbly ladder went the intrepid hero of the day, Stuart Richardson, crawling along the narrow gulley through the mud and algae, he managed to heave out the remains. (We probably need to by him a pair of new trousers too, we are waiting for Jennie’s inspection and verdict!)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eRoof back up, beam back on and the rest of the team began to arrive, more or less unaware of the earlier drama. With the next wave of helpers, Trevor Kirkin, Graham and Pam Spittle, and Chris Bates we then figured out how to move the entire roof side-ways, one inch, to settle it exactly on its new support beam. This was done by lowering the left-hand side, the one to be attached, to within a millimetre or two of it resting place, jamming three huge spare beams under the right-hand side at an angle and then gently lowering that same side in the hope and expectation that the whole thing would do, what Jeremy Corbyn hoped the British electorate would do, Lurch to the Left.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIT DID!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAs planned, more reinforcements in the shape of Alex Dobson (a prospective member!) Martin Ely and Peter Symons arrived, just in time to make and fix the noggins that then bolted the roof to its new position. They then cut and fixed more plates onto the exposed block walls to take the stud-work that will hold up the right hand side and to had a good tidy-up. Even the slightly crook Paul Mogridge was pressed into hobbling service relaying orders for the chop-saw minder to process.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIn spite of the set-back, a brilliant day, with one side of the roof now totally supported on its new beam and the Jenga removed, a very dramatic and much photographed sight.\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eRaise the Roof – Sessions 18 and 19\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eNew Year’s Eve…… The Fereday Family Forever!\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eHaving gone as high as the scaffolding and Jenga supply would allow us last time, it was the moment to call in the experts. It turned out that we had set up the Jenga piles a little too close to the edges of the scaffolding so that they were rather in the way of the next scaffold lift. This did not daunt the ever-resourceful Brian Fereday, who, together with his son Raoul, laboured all day long to solve the problem, making four journeys with extra scaffolding and baulks of timber in the process.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e(We owe Brian a huge debt of gratitude and Raoul for a new pair of jeans, his old ones having got caught on a protuberance and splitting asunder!)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThey left after all the original Jenga had been dismantled and all the jacking systems returned to their starting positions in readiness for the R-t-R team’s final lift two days later.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJanuary 2\u003csup\u003end\u003c/sup\u003e\n2020……A landmark day\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe first roof is fully raised and ready for fixing and stud-work panels!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA very excited, indeed thrilled, crew, comprising Peter Symons, Martin Fodder, James Dodd and John Phillips, squirmed among the rafters, Jenga and scaffolding and polished off the final lifts in two and a half hours. They then photographed their efforts and went home to tell their grandchildren how they were there on the day the first Roof was Raised. (Actually it is the second, historically speaking). The day was not without its dramatic moment when, after declaring the whole roof raised to its new height, James detected a mis-measurement which, to the relief of a panicking project co-ordinator, turned out to be James’ mis-use of the magic measuring stick and nothing more serious.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eOver the coming week-end we hope to have the left-hand side of the roof secured to the central building so it cannot blow away (!) and to have begun work on the stud-work and perhaps the panelling on the right-hand side. \u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"885","Width":4,"WidthClasses":"col-md-4","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(45).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eWe hope no ladies wish to use the heads!\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"InstanceID":"886","Width":4,"WidthClasses":"col-md-4","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(46).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eIt looks like a complicated Japanese puzzle.\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"InstanceID":"887","Width":4,"WidthClasses":"col-md-4","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(47).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eReady for the next phase\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"888","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eRaise the Roof sessions 16 and 17 – Friday/Saturday 27/28 December.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eFree-ply Friday!\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA mini session on Friday morning with Peter Symons and John Clarke, mainly to take delivery of all the plywood sheets for the extension side- panels, kindly donated by Royal Torquay after their fleeting use of them as a huge sail-measuring table at the J70 worlds a few months ago.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eTo make the visit worth-while we broke out the concrete mixer and added a couple of steps to the new Ladies staircase, using new blocks for the sides and filling in the void with old bricks, the stones excavated from the foundations round the Mine and a good topping of fresh concrete to make it all solid.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIf any-one reading this has any whole or broken old bricks, blocks, clean stones or anything else suitable for back-filling, please bring them down and place them (tidily) near the emerging steps. Ian Wakeling already donated the bricks from an old night storage heater – exactly what we needed and now helping to raise the steps while keeping the budget down.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSatisfying Saturday. (Jenga day!)\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA team of Jenga novices turned into Jenga experts in just three hours on Saturday morning.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAt first the project co-ordinator had a mild panic as he realised that he had forgotten how the game was played but ignoring the plethora of helpful suggestions that showered down on his head order was restored and the Jenga rubic solved. The six- strong team included Peter Symons, his brother-in-law Matt, Stuart Richardson, Martin Gregory and the hapless Mike Bennett (summoned from his breakfast table at ultra short-notice) set to with manic intensity and by mid-day all the available Jenga posts were used up and the roof was over half way raised, one whole metre in the air!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003e After coffee, Jaffa Cakes, photos and much mutual congratulation, on the stroke of twelve we locked up and went home.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThere will now be a brief intermission while we work out how to re-configure the scaffolding so that the final lift can take place.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eOnce that is done we will be building and fitting side panels and another important land-mark will have been reached. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eStand by for further calls to arms.\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eRaise the Roof – session 15 - Monday 23\u003csup\u003erd\u003c/sup\u003e December.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eHooray and up she rises!\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSinging not carols but the above well-known sea shanty, one very happy project co-ordinator thanked his tiny band of brothers, locked up, and went home to enjoy Xmas.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe first roof has risen. Not far, but daylight has appeared and now it is a relatively simple matter of jacking and Jengaring until the full 1.7m lift is attained.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe morning was not without drama. Nigel Banford, Trevor Kirkin and Steven Black contorted their lithe bodies among the scaffolding with very little head room, to bolt the beams to the roof, bolt stabilizing bars to the beams, and then fight all six jacks into position for the first lift.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThree two-ton jacks first attacked one side then another three strained against the other. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eOne corner was reluctant to rise. The offending thunderbolt was found and quickly despatched. The opposite corner seemed stuck. With a wrecking bar, a big lump-hammer and loud crack, suddenly it was free. With time running out and the tide running in, first the left-hand side was jacked clear and Jengered, then the right. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWith the roof nicely level and a good four inches higher all round it was time to go back to the Xmas shopping.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIt is rumoured that there could be all sorts of exciting developments if the weather is kind between Xmas and the New Year – stand by for further calls to arms! \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eRaise the Roof – Session 14 - Thursday 19\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e\nDec.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eAlmost but not quite!\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSteven Black, John Phillips, Nigel Banford, Trevor Kirkin and Stuart Richardson all braved the rain and a howling gale to join Jonathan in an heroic attempt to crack the first roof up just a tiny bit. Due to somewhat premature advanced publicity from the Commodore a whole host of committee members turned up to witness the event.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA bit of a damp squib.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eHaving built two enormous support beams (8.5m long) the crew managed to thread them into place through the cobweb of scaffolding, but on the first tentative lift the beam started to twist. Lots of practical ideas emerged as to how to stabilise it but, short of the necessary brackets and being very near lunch, the big event was postponed until Monday morning. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWish us even more luck! \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 16px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 16px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eRaise the Roof Work-Party 13.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 16px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eThe Scaffold Rubic – Monday 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e December\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eStuart Richardson, Martin Gregory and Jonathan Weeks assembled on the banks of the Dart on Monday morning, awaiting the ebb tide and the arrival of scaffold-guru Brain Fereday. Bringing with him the last few sections of the immensely complicated jigsaw, Brian directed the purposeful erection of concrete blocks, “feet, standards, transoms intermediates and boards” which were then incorporated into three separate structures on which the Jengar system will rest.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy lunchtime all was complete and the club secured in preparation for an attempt this coming Thursday to actually see if we can Raise the Roof.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e(Even a tiny chink of daylight all around the base of the roof would be a hugely exciting moment.)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSouthern Timber, who are very kindly lending us 162 fence posts, are keen to have pictures of the completed teetering tower which will also appear on this web-site if and when it happens…..\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWish us luck!\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eRaise the Roof -Sessions 11 \u0026 12.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eElection Day Thursday 12\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e Dec.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eElecting to help free the roof, blank-off the water and disconnect the electrics in the right-hand chamber, Steven Black, Nigel Banford, Trevor Kirkin, and John Phillips all turned out to support their party leader, Jonathan. Trevor invented several novel ways of re-routing pipe-work while the others puzzled out how to safely terminate the complex wiring system.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eBy lunch-time some of the main rafters were seem to flinch when struck with a club hammer, so the roof was declared loose from the inside and the job was a good un.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSaturday 14\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e December.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe return of the CLAD-IATORS!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eJust a handful of external tasks remained before bringing in the scaffolding (scheduled for Monday 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e). The Glad to De-clad core team of Peter Symons and Stuart Richardson arrived after lunch to attack the cladding at the front and rear gable ends of the chamber, at the point where the roof will be separated. They also took off the battens and freed-off the seal along the rain-water gulley between the two existing roofs.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAfter carefully checking to see what else might be holding the roof down Jonathan declared it an interference clear zone and all three went home to re-read the reports of the general election in case they had miss-understood.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSo, in theory the first roof is ready to lift. The scaffolding goes in on Monday and at least five of the original six hydraulic jacks are back on site and trembling with excitement at the thought of being used for a second time in ten years!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWish us luck.\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eRaise the Roof - Sessions 9 and 10.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eUnseen Heroics, Sunday 8th and Monday 9\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e\nDec.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eOn Sunday the sailing season ended and we were now able get access to the ground floor of the club to start the serious work of freeing-off the roofs prior to actually attempting to raise them.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eTo do this we needed to remove the safety-boats for at least the next three months and before we could store them outside the three 90kg engines had to be removed and stored safely inside (otherwise they might be stolen and in any case our insurance policy would have been voided).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIn preparation for this moment our heroic Bosun, Janie Dodd and her equally heroic partner, James, had spent countless hours making specially constructed stands for the very heavy engines to rest on. They had also persuaded our maintenance contractor to show them how to detach them and unscramble the complicated mechanical and electrical control systems that attach them to the boats. They then turned out in the middle of the last sailing Sunday to start the process. Janie, James and Stuart Richardson had almost competed the demounting of the first engine when, in the middle of the mulled wine and mince-pie party, and onto the very last bolt, they found themselves frustrated by a missing 10mm component of their socket set.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eNot to be thwarted, James, together with Mike Webster, returned to the task Monday morning and, foregoing the temptation of a free lunch at the Red Lion from the sycophantic project co-ordinator, worked on to complete all three dismounts by 1500hrs. Two seized locks were dealt with in summary fashion by the same monster angle-grinder that consigned the Mine back to a muddy grave. 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Together the three of them knocked up and laid a ton of Jewson’s finest, in under two hours, to complete the foundations of the new Ladies steps.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThen the following Thursday Bob Thomas led a master-class in precision block laying with Martin Fodder, Robin Sjoberg and Jonathan Weeks making muck and lugging blocks at his behest. By lunch time all four lumber regions were under severe stress so a day and several osteopaths were called. When the backs are better this job will resume, a step at a time as they say. (By the time it is complete this massive slab will be a good place to shelter in case of a nuclear attack!)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe following day Jonathan persuaded Brian Fereday to borrow a truck, fill it with more scaffolding than we need or was legal to carry, and transport it down to Ditsum ready for the great moment in a week or so’s time.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe truck got stuck twice, crossing a field of sheep to collect part of the load but with the help of a tow-rope and some 4x4 ‘umph’ from the trusty Subaru Forester all was well. (Other SUVs are available on the market).\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eJonathan\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eRaise the Roof – Episode 5.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(79, 129, 189);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003eExploding the Mine (myth)\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThursday the 21\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e November and in spite of the dreadful forecast Bob Thomas, John Phillips Martin Gregory and the co-ordinator all met at the club to deal with the MINE.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIt took the big angle-grinder and a whole 9 inch disk, reduced to tiny stump, to cut away the dome. After emptying out the sixty-year old water (twenty bucket loads) it was filled with a base of wet concrete, topped-off with the gargantuan old Topper-rack foundation lump, some old storage-heater bricks and its own sliced dome.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe team then mixed and laid one ton of concrete, in the foundations dug by the big work-party last Sunday, in just over \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eone hour! \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWith the rain increasing and the materials exhausted it was a tired, wet but fulfilled small team that rescued their cars from the incoming tide and headed home around mid-day.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJonathan\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(39).png\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"246.27388535031847\" height=\"185\" style=\"width: 246.274px; height: 185px;\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"894","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRaise the Roof – Episode 4\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMining For Beginners\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAs part of a wonderfully well-attended work-party this Sunday the 11th November, a large and energetic team of navvies began the excavation for the foundations of the steps up to the new ladies changing-room, under the tutelage of Bob Thomas. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eDifficult digging conditions were not helped by the discovery of a huge block of concrete (thought to be the base of a long-abandoned Topper rack). No sooner had this monster been unearthed and laid aside when “bong” – there was something metallic under the pick-axes.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eUnbelievably, and still to be confirmed, we think this was a WW11 MINE! \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThere was some speculation as to whether the bits sticking out were detonators but after discovering that it had holes in it, a rope attached and that it was full of water the decision was to carry on digging.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe more we dug the bigger it got and once we reached the desired level for the foundations, with the mine still less than half exposed and occupying one corner, we decided that next week we would slice off the top, fill it with rubble and make it part of the foundations!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThere was some talk of calling the Bomb Squad and risking a controlled explosion right next to the club-house. Since the task we have set ourselves is to RAISE the roof, not RAZE the roof, this idea was voted down.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eThe rest of the morning was a classic DSC work-party; over 30 volunteers; much strimming and leaf removal; the usual ritual Laser dissection; a bonfire on the beach; more coffee and cake than we could consume; a Belles special barbecue lunch in the sunshine; rain immediately that was over and an AGM of just 50 minutes duration skilfully chaired by Paul Mogridge.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWhat a lovely club, what lovely people!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJonathan Weeks\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"895","Width":3,"WidthClasses":"col-md-3","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(35).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eThe Sailing Secretary returning form spoil dumping\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"InstanceID":"896","Width":3,"WidthClasses":"col-md-3","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(36).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eJonathan\u0027s \"mine\"\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"InstanceID":"897","Width":3,"WidthClasses":"col-md-3","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(37).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eBreak for lunch\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"InstanceID":"898","Width":3,"WidthClasses":"col-md-3","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(38).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eThe Club Laser - as was....\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"899","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(238, 236, 225);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eProgress report.\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAgainst a crude estimate of 42 man-days needed for the work done so far we have actually taken just 16 man-days. This is mostly because the work on the collars, although complicated by all the electrics running across them, has been dealt with by temporarily suspending the cables and equipment in the roof space. This has been done so that the club can continue to function normally. When we come to actually raise the roofs we will need to finally disconnect the electric wires, water pipes etc. and make safe. This will be very time consuming and technically challenging to get absolutely right, ready for rerouting once the Roof has been raised and secured.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eDay’s 3 \u0026 4\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003e‘The Bat Lady Cometh.’ Wed 30/10/2019 1600hrs\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eA small group of fascinated folk turned up at the club to hear George Bemment (the ecologist aka ‘Bat Lady’) tell us where the little blighters might be hiding, how to pick them up, how to avoid hurting them, being bitten, getting rabies, dying etc.. It turns out that our clubhouse and the way it has been built is the \u003cem\u003eIDEAL HOME \u003c/em\u003efor bats.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSwearing to be gentle and to call her the moment we saw minor fluttering in the corner of one eye, we all went home wiser and hugely entertained by her expert and enthusiastic “Tool Box Talk”.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eA Two-Team day. Thur 31/10/2019\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwo separate teams totalling 14 people turned out on what the weather-forecasters had promised (wrongly) would be a relatively dry day.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eGlad to (De-) Clad, the return!\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eTeam Symons - Johnny Moulsdale, Paul Mogridge, Roger Morley, Stuart Richardson, Pam Macey and Chris Bates.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSeveral members of the original team, all bearing the scars of the ten intervening years reasonably well, turned up to help partially undo all the good they had previously done. Before-hand Chris Bates and Jonathan Weeks shinned up a ladder to build safety barriers to prevent them toppling off the roof as old-age can make people a little unsteady. Then, after long and mostly friendly technical discussions on how to identify the different lengths of cladding removed so that they could be re-used in the same pattern, they were off.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAnd so, in a remarkably short time, was the cladding - off, de-nailed and stored neatly under a tarpaulin the job was a good un. But NOT A SINGLE BAT was uncovered!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eBy lunch-time, a splendid affair of hot pasties and Cornish-cream and jam scones (left over from the regatta!), the team was looking around for work and, after a little desultory gardening, were given time off for good behaviour.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125); font-size: 18px;\"\u003ePolishing off the Collars\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eTeam Weeks – Nigel Banford, John Phillips, Paul Brown and Mike Webster.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eWith just two collars to detach, shorten and raise on the gents changing room side but the whole of the ladies side still to do, the team split into two. This worked well for a time but once the two teams piled into the ladies, space was a bit tight and productivity dropped! Nevertheless, by 1600hrs and after a second helping of cream tea, cake and black coffee (Symons had gone off with the milk!), the job was complete.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eLights back in position, a quick wash down with a hose, the floors that is, and it was time to gather up the tools and depart.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAll that remains of the preparatory work phase is the building of the first flight of steps. We will try to use the \u003cstrong\u003ework-party on the morning of the 17\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e November \u003c/strong\u003eto get the bulk of the excavation done and maybe pour some foundations.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eSpecial thanks go to the Chrysties who rowed over from Galmpton with the lunch-time pasties and then joined in with the work-parties.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eDay 2. 25/10/2019\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eThe Collars\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eElectrified by the rapid progress of the first day a new team, with John Phillips and Nigel Banford, met to attempt the tricky task of re-aligning the collars above the two changing areas.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIn the true spirit of the ignorant amateur we decided to do the most difficult one first. Difficult because it was attached to a sturdily built light-box and had two fire alarms, five wiring cables, a light-switch, all the plumbing pipes and three extractor fans all beautifully, intricately, attached to it.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eHaving sorted that one out the rest were relatively easy, needing to be unbolted, cut to length, clamped in place and then bolted higher up on the original rafter. Much waggling of spirit levels and passing of tools and fixings up and down ladders and the Gents side was almost finished – just the last two, relatively simple, collars to go before we switch our attention to the Ladies side next Thursday. Re-attaching the lights and quickly tidying up and the team were away before the tide swamped their cars.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIf the Ladies side goes well then that is almost all we need to accomplish for this part of the preparatory work prior to Raising the Roof.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eJonathan\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"900","Width":3,"WidthClasses":"col-md-3","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(29).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eSymons and Bates de-cladding\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"InstanceID":"901","Width":3,"WidthClasses":"col-md-3","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(30).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eMousdale and Mogridge still smiling as it wasn’t raining for 10 minutes\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"InstanceID":"902","Width":3,"WidthClasses":"col-md-3","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(31).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eLunch at 13.00…..The question was would Weeks really going to eat a third Pastie?!\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"InstanceID":"903","Width":3,"WidthClasses":"col-md-3","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Client/Images/Cms/image(32).png\" data-image=\"1\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eRoger Morley enquiring whether it is tea time?\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}},{"Columns":[{"InstanceID":"904","Width":12,"WidthClasses":"col-md-12","Type":"HTML","Content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125);\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 20px;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 18px;\"\u003eDay 1. 24/10/2019\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(31, 73, 125); font-size: 18px;\"\u003eIt begins!\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePhase 1 preparatory work has been divided up among three teams\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003cli\u003eRemove the ceilings/level the collars. - led by Jonathan Weeks.\u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eDecladding/Recladding. – led by Peter Symons.\u003c/li\u003e\u003cli\u003eBuilding the Ladies Steps. – led by Bob Thomas.\u003c/li\u003e\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eToday James Dodd, Mike Webster and the heroes of the day, Pam and Graham Spittle, were inducted into the fearsome regime that is ‘GangMaster Weeks’ work party. Sustained by flapjack and sausage rolls this mini, but more than adequate team, managed to demolish the ceilings in both the Ladies and Gents, removing all the fixings and leaving the changing rooms airier but spotless and all in one day!\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAttempts to train the Spittle’s two collies, Massie \u0026 Leo, to carry scrap plaster-board to the waiting dump-bags proved futile so Pam herself laboured alone.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eIt appears that the mice have been running rampant above the Gents dining out on pipe-lagging and making cosy nests in the scanty insulation. There will be no room for them in the new chamber.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eAll went swimmingly in spite of one member of the team breaking out on his own to attack an area that was not due for demolition, quickly spotted by the eagle-eyed and somewhat shrill, team leader. (Ed.Note: ‘must be on time for Weeks’ briefings in future’!)\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: justify;\"\u003eTomorrow a different team will attempt to re-align the collars and continue to juggle with the electrics. If they succeed we will have achieved, in just 8 man-days, was estimated to take 36. 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The original planning application was for a two storey clubhouse building, but this was rejected.\u0026nbsp; However, the completed boathouse provided a very valuable facility for the club, but with no toilets or showers and only the “barest” of changing facilities.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn 2003/4 Peter Symons was elected Commodore and it was his initiative to reapply for planning permission for the second storey.\u0026nbsp; In order to avoid piecemeal development the committee produced a 10 year plan for the club. A planning application was submitted in 2005/06.\u0026nbsp; At first a large “A frame” design was submitted but this was initially rejected as having “too much mass”. The present design of the new clubhouse was passed by South Hams following a very valuable meeting with Dittisham Parish Council.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA quantity surveyor\u0027s report advised the cost to build at £143,000.\u0026nbsp; Various applications to secure funding by way of grants were unsuccessful so the idea of self build was proposed by Jonathan Weeks and Frank Seear.\u0026nbsp; The idea was to try to build the shell from existing club funds (£48,000 at the time) and then try to raise money for the fit out in stages and as we could afford it. Our original estimate for the shell was £35,000.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnd so began the self build of the new club house by the members.\u0026nbsp; Working parties have taken place most Sundays during the non-sailing season since October 2007, supported by mini parties of semi-retired members working as many as 3 days a week to carry out particular specialist tasks to move the project forward to a point where the big Sunday working parties could be used most effectively.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBuild Process\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/02with doors small.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"262.9107981220657\" height=\"175\" style=\"width: 262.911px; height: 175px;\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe build envisaged recycling as much of the original fabric as possible.\u0026nbsp; The roof would be lifted off intact and the exterior cladding removed, stored and reused. The walls of the first floor would be prefabricated wood panels and installed once the roof had been removed.\u0026nbsp; The two side wings were built in blockwork. The effluent from the showers and toilets would be processed using a treatment plant, a septic tank or a cesspit depending on the requirements of the Environment Agency.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe club was fortunate to have Jonathan Weeks as Vice Commodore who masterminded the build process. Always to be seen with an A4 clipboard with an endless list of jobs to be undertaken, he undertook sourcing of materials, organisation of labour, site management and endless other duties familiar to those who watch the TV programme “Grand Designs”.\u0026nbsp; Perhaps most important of all he sustained the motivation and good humour of club members over the 18 months. That the clubhouse was finished to a high standard is thanks to Bob Thomas who brought to the build his past experience as a building inspector from an era when things had to be done properly.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHighs and lows of the build\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFlash bang wallop!\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOne of the first tasks was to re-route the electricity and water supplies. Inevitably we put the digger bucket through the unmarked cable.\u0026nbsp; However tragedy turned to triumph when the electricity board repaired the cable and added enough spare to re-route it to the new location months later inch perfect, free of charge.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThat sinking feeling --- ready mix.\u003c/strong\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/03Crane.JPG\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"291\" height=\"194\" style=\"width: 291px; height: 194px;\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe new foundations under the two wings were 6 foot deep (or deeper than Bob Thomas standing in the bottom emptying out the sea water with a bucket!) and required 21 tons of concrete.\u0026nbsp; One concrete lorry drove too far into the dinghy park and stuck. If it takes one man ten minutes to pour three tons of wet concrete from a pre-mix wagon how long does it take four men with a barrow and a shovel…….??? Eventually the empty lorry was dragged clear by the local farm tractor.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe first storey wall\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/04Ditsum Sailing Club 003 small.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"294.3125\" height=\"221\" style=\"width: 294.313px; height: 221px;\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eThe first storey is timber framed.\u0026nbsp; The sections were prefabricated one noisy Sunday morning when the sound of 20 hammers, not all hitting the spot, competed successfully with Dittisham Church bells. Once completed the section were stored onsite in a container which was also used as the site hut for tools and making tea.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe crane that almost raised the roof\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEasily the most stressful day of the entire project, this incident reached the local press, brought a visit from the harbourmaster and nearly triggered an environmental crisis.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe crane was hired to lift off the roof, set it to one side and return 2 weeks later to lift it into its new position once the first floor walls had been installed.\u0026nbsp; The crane sank into the foreshore some 150yds short of the clubhouse and leaned precariously to one side.\u0026nbsp; Various attempts to move it using a range of local tractors of increasing size and members attempts to dig out the crane were all to no avail.\u0026nbsp; Indeed the effect was to make the crane lean at an ever increasing acute angle.\u0026nbsp; As the incoming tide approached, with the risk of diesel and hydraulic fluid spillage, first one and then a second wrecker lorry arrived and the crane finally dragged it to safety.\u0026nbsp; Fortunately JW’s negotiating skills (involving pleading ignorance, poverty and sobbing down the phone) ensured the sizeable recovery bill was settled by the very generous crane hire company.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eRaising the roof\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/05Ditsum Sailing Club 004 small.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"195.20766773162939\" height=\"260\" style=\"width: 195.208px; height: 260px;\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eIn the aftermath of the crane debacle, enter new member Brian Fereday who devised an ingenious method to raise the roof using 4 Chinese trolley jacks and 150 fencing posts.\u0026nbsp; Over three dramatic days in February 2008 the roof was jacked up, the walls installed and the roof lowered and rolled back 2metres to it\u0027s final position on sawn-off scaffold rollers\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRecladding the exterior\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eA separate working party was assembled to reclad the building using the original material and new cladding. Thus was born the “Glad to clad” group; sporting their unique hats, they would be seen in the evening twilight wielding saws and hammers.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe forming of the\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp; “Glad to clad” group led to a rather more elegantly named “Thrilled to build” representing the Thursday working group.\u0026nbsp; These two groups have maintained an healthy competition, each reminding the other that any problem or delay is the responsibility of the other group.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReplacing the Chestnut shingles\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe original roof needed extending by 3m and the two side wings roofed.\u0026nbsp; New chestnut shingles were installed during a series of working parties during autumn 2008, culminating in a topping out ceremony conducted by Jonathan Weeks precariously balanced with the final shingle whilst everyone else ate cake.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAt this point the project had cost £33,000 against our original guesstimate of £35k so we looked at the bank balance and discovered that we still had £23k left (no, it doesn’t add up but there you are, some kind fairy had been adding cash over the past two years).\u0026nbsp; Promptly declaring the fit-out budget to be exactly £23k we set off on the great fitting-out and sewage disposal adventure.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFitting-out Winter and Spring 2008/9\u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/07Clubhouse Interior.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"286.9170305676856\" height=\"191\" style=\"width: 286.917px; height: 191px;\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c/strong\u003eWork was suspended during the Summer of 2008 and began again last October with a series of Tuesday/Thursday work parties taking over from the Sunday series when sailing began again in the Spring.\u0026nbsp; Once again the bulk of the work was carried out by a team of regular loyal attendees of a certain age, surprising aptitude and great good humour, sustained by copious quantities of coffee and Cake.\u0026nbsp; The progress was steady with no major drama but some notable land marks….\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e-The day the South West Water Inspector looked into the pit at the sewerage connection and just said “That’s fine” and walked off….\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e-The day the sewage pump was commissioned, and worked!\u003cbr\u003e-The day the Commodore christened both the Ladies and Gents!\u003cbr\u003e-The day Les Moores took a hot shower \u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e-The day we arranged the new furniture in the first floor Club Room.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe whole process of digging the trench……\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn the end the EA did not want our effluent so SWWater agreed to allow us to pump it into their septic tank in the field behind the club.\u0026nbsp; This required a trench to be dug along the back of the dinghy park with and, with Gil Hayward\u0027s very kind permission, through his garden to connect to the main sewage pipe. This was a major Sunday morning task for the heavy digging brigade (aided by Rufus the dog) and involved digging 140m of trench, a rise of some 18m and a pair of pits, one 5 feet deep and hand dug for the connection and one 2m deep with a mechanical digger for the pumping station.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003eAgain, a working party armed with spades, mattocks and wheelbarrows supported by lots of tea and cakes completed what had initially seemed a major obstacle.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCakes and treats\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA particular thank you must be extended to all those who have contributed behind the scenes providing the huge variety of home made cakes and biscuits that have been submitted for the Sunday morning taste test. An army marches on its stomach they say, our work parties exist on (some say for) cakes and treats.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis has been an epic project for the club.\u0026nbsp; It is a remarkable achievement for the members\u0026nbsp; who are almost exclusively amateurs. The project has generated a great sense of camaraderie in the club, with new friendships both on and off the water.\u0026nbsp; We have all learnt new skills and acquired new injuries.\u0026nbsp; The new club house now offers the members the chance to meet together after racing to discuss tactics and the finer points of sailing over cake and tea.\u0026nbsp; The possibility of lectures and social events during the winter will help to sustain the membership during the long dark months.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe founding aim of the club was to offer facilities for sailing and to introduce and encourage people, particularly young people into the delights of sailing.\u0026nbsp; The new lecture room, changing and toilet facilities should now offer local schools and sport partnerships the opportunity to use the club to encourage sailing amongst young people in the area.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAnd finally a huge thank you to the dozens of members who helped build the new Clubhouse.\u0026nbsp; Whether you only managed to put in a few hours or, as some have done, many, many days, it’s been a wonderful experience and a great achievement.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eIt was built for a total of £55,000 with our money, no debt and our time and effort.\u0026nbsp; It is a Clubhouse to be proud of and it truly belongs to us all.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eOn a final note, a warning to local clubs, if the name Jonathan Weeks suddenly appears in your membership list, be afraid, be very afraid.\u0026nbsp;\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cfigure\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk//Client/Images/Cms/08New Clubhouse zoom.jpg\" data-image=\"1\" width=\"408.3942028985507\" height=\"272\" style=\"width: 408.394px; height: 272px;\"\u003e\u003c/figure\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDSC July 2009\u003ca href=\"https://www.flickr.com/photos/dittishamsc/albums/72157628793814913\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eMore pictures in\u0026nbsp;The Gallery\u003c/a\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://dsc.myclubhouse.co.uk/Client/Documents/Ditsum%20Build%20final.pdf\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eDowload\u0026nbsp;an illustrated PDF version of this article\u003c/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c/p\u003e","ComponentCode":null,"ComponentData":null,"ComponentError":null,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"Height":0,"ColumnSpacing":0,"BottomMargin":0,"IsFullWidth":false,"IsBackgroundFullWidth":false,"Background":{"Colour":null,"ImageURL":null,"ImageCrop":null,"Filter":null,"Html":"\u003cdiv class=\"cms-image\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e"}}],"PageURL":"https://www.dittishamsc.org.uk/Cms/Spaces/ABOUT/Our+New+Clubhouse?version=19","AllVersions":[{"ID":21,"Name":"v1 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 30/08/2018 13:32"},{"ID":228,"Name":"v2 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 25/10/2019 18:47"},{"ID":268,"Name":"v3 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 18/11/2019 16:33"},{"ID":269,"Name":"v4 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 18/11/2019 17:10"},{"ID":271,"Name":"v5 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 19/11/2019 12:09"},{"ID":299,"Name":"v6 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 20/11/2019 11:48"},{"ID":300,"Name":"v7 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 20/11/2019 12:00"},{"ID":321,"Name":"v8 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 30/11/2019 06:33"},{"ID":322,"Name":"v9 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 07/12/2019 14:07"},{"ID":323,"Name":"v10 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 10/12/2019 15:33"},{"ID":324,"Name":"v11 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 15/12/2019 14:41"},{"ID":325,"Name":"v12 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 19/12/2019 14:14"},{"ID":330,"Name":"v13 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 24/12/2019 10:29"},{"ID":331,"Name":"v14 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 29/12/2019 16:30"},{"ID":332,"Name":"v15 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 03/01/2020 10:10"},{"ID":333,"Name":"v16 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 07/01/2020 10:04"},{"ID":336,"Name":"v17 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 16/01/2020 16:43"},{"ID":337,"Name":"v18 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 19/01/2020 09:41"},{"ID":350,"Name":"v19 - Our New Clubhouse - Roy Pryor - 20/01/2020 12:05"}],"Comments":[],"UpdatedComments":[],"Spaces":[],"LastViewTime":null,"CanEdit":false,"CanPublish":false,"CanComment":false,"CanReadComments":false,"CanModerateComments":false,"CanLike":false}