New clubhouse is dream come true for Stamford Bridge players

Club chairman Paul Double
Club chairman Paul Double
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BRIDGE players are enjoying the game like never before in a custom-built clubhouse.

Stamford Bridge Club started work on the new building in Exeter Gardens in June and the doors opened earlier this month.

The new clubhouse is called McKenzie House after founder member and club president Bruce McKenzie.

Mr McKenzie, 88, said: “It was our dream to have our own clubhouse and our dream has become a super dream.”

The venture was paid for through a combination of the club’s reserves and a loan.

The new clubhouse has a computer room with information displayed on three screens so the players can have updated scores throughout a session.

A large touchscreen is used for the club’s teaching sessions, which have become hugely popular, introducing many new players.

Chairman Paul Double said: “Such technicalities may sound daunting for beginners, but they certainly aren’t.

“The basics can be easily learned and the life-blood of the club is the continual introduction of new players.”

The new building also has discreet ceiling lighting and under-floor heating and is designed for minimum noise and distraction.

There is a non-alcoholic refreshment bar and relaxation area and plenty of car-parking space.

The club was formed in January 1967 with about 40 members playing at various venues. It moved to Stamford Arts Centre for 10 years from 1977, before using a room at a former social club adjoining Stamford Hospital in Ryhall Road.

The new site previously belonged to Stamford Indoor Bowls Club.

Mr Double said: “We are eternally grateful to the bowls club for surrendering its tenancy of this land to us and to South Kesteven District Council for agreeing to grant us a long lease so that we no longer have to worry about the future.

“We are greatly indebted to John Regis who agreed to build the clubhouse on a no-profit basis.

“We could never have afforded to embark on the project if he had quoted us on a normal commercial basis.”

The club holds beginner workshops every Wednesday. To find out more about the club and membership call 01780 757789.