The VPs are at it again
Titans Rugby are currently making alterations to the clubhouse at Clifton Lane, with the help of local builder Paul Denman and Titans loyal group of Vice Presidents (VPs).
A section of wall has been taken out of the main conservatory and a sliding door is to be fitted to enable easier access to the main bar area. The intension for the start of the new season is for the players to have their post-match meal in the conservatory and then filter back into the bar area to join the clubs supporters.
One of the VP’s, Phil Duke, took time out to explain a little about the project, “We’ve extended through from the conservatory back into the main clubhouse area. One of the main reasons for this is the players will have their post-match meals on match days in the conservatory and then they will be on hand to filter back through into the main bar area to spend some time with the supporters.”
Alongside local builder Paul Denman, the VP’s have played a significant role in the alteration work that is currently taking place. Phil continued, “Paul has been in charge of the technical side of the project, with the VP’s doing a variety of labouring roles, including the decorating and the cleaning-up operation. Paul is returning in the near future to fit a sliding door between the conservatory and the main bar and although we don’t have a finish date, the work will be completed before the start of the season.
“We have a core of VP’s and supporters that regularly turn up on a weekly basis to do various jobs both inside and outside of the club all through the year. Certainly in the close season we are able to do jobs that during the season are difficult to complete. For example the changing rooms and Physiotherapists room have now been decorated and brought back up to an acceptable standard.
“Currently on site and assisting are Tony Foster, Tony Hallows, Syd Willey, Matt Cockton, Terry Reeves, Colin Coleman, Ray Kerrison, Terry Markham and Andy Ling. If I’ve missed someone out then please accept my apologies.”
Phil went on to explain further about the VP’s, “The VP’s usually pay for whatever they use in materials and paint, we usually supply things like that. We pay a subscription to be a VP and part of that goes towards a table in the Valley Room to host and entertain the visiting officials and part of that goes on supplies that we need to carry out the various tasks we do throughout the year.
“We started this back in the amateur days and it was something that was expected back then and we’ve just carried that on. Particularly since Martin and Nick have been involved, they have tried to get the old amateur ethos back into the club with the formation of the amateur sides that we now have.
“At one time if we went out for a drink, the only place you would go was to the clubhouse. Saturday nights at the clubhouse could not be hired out because it was so busy with all the rugby people using the facility with their wives and partners.”
Once again the club would like to put on record its appreciation, to all the volunteers for the important role they play within their club.
Within the gallery section of this website there are several photographs of the work that is currently being undertaken with the heading of ‘VPs at work again’.