Two free family Christmas parties at redecorated Nailsea club
By Carol_Deacon | Saturday, December 22, 2012, 12:02
A Nailsea sports and social club is celebrating its refurbishment after flood damage with not one but two free family Christmas parties.
Grove Sports & Social Club staff and committee celebrate the refurbishment of club after the flood
Volunteers lend a hand to paint the lounge - the only room to escape water damage
It has taken months and nearly £100,000 to repair the summer flood damage at the Grove Sports and Social Club but work is now finally finished.
It took specialist contractors and lots of volunteer elbow grease and rolling up of sleeves (and carpets) to put right the damage caused by the torrential rain at St Mary's Grove.
And this week committee members and bar staff gave a cheer that all was ready for the festive season after nearly five months of disruption.
It was back in August that Nailsea suffered torrential downpours which resulted in more than 80 calls for help in one night alone to Avon Fire and Rescue Service.
The flooding at the Grove was caused by the water table on the field being so high that it poured in through the doors and in some areas of the building the water measured almost nine inches high.
Carpets had to be ripped out of both its bars, the hallway, function room and a room used by the preschool and costs were mounting including £3,500 a week for industrial dehumidifiers to dry out the walls and floors.
The centre which is built on town council-owned land next to football and hockey pitches and the first team wicket for Nailsea Cricket Club is run by a voluntary committee.
Chairman Simon Brierley said at the time: "We have stayed open as a goodwill gesture to all the clubs which use the centre, but we have 28 fans and dehumidifiers running daily."
And initial fears of £20-30,000 of damage escalated as the full extent of the water damage became apparent.
Nailsea Playing Fields Association chairman Maureen Brady said: "Approximately £100,000 worth of internal damage was caused by flood water running off the fields during the unprecedented rainfall at the beginning of August.
"Longcrofts the contractor employed by the insurance company has worked hard to ensure that the club was able to remain open throughout and members and volunteers formed a working party to redecorate the lounge, the only room not affected by the floodwater.
"Grove has been at risk of further flooding because of the heavy rainfall on two other occasions since August.
"The management committee would like to thank Nailsea Town Council for its financial help in the construction of landscaped flood defences to the east of the building to prevent further problems.
"Grove now feels able to host our Christmas events with pride.
"To compensate members there will be two family disco events from 3pm on Sundays December 23 and again on Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26.
"These will be free for all members who are entitled to introduce guests for a nominal sign in fee of £1.
"Tickets for our New Years Eve family disco are going fast, so contact the club on 01275 856892 where you can leave a message to book your New Years Eve entertainment."
- Those affected by the flooding in Nailsea were invited to a special drop-in session organised by North Somerset Council along with Wessex Water and the Environment Agency. This was an opportunity to raise concerns and share their experiences when large parts of Nailsea were left underwater after the storms and with 12 roads reporting problems. Many claimed the problems were made worse by the lack of gulley maintenance which had blocked drain.