The A5 Rangers Christmas lunch at Roso Cafe Daventry Sunday 20th December
Please contact Trevor (01604 764182) with your choice from the menu below, by the 13th December.
cream of tomato soup / breaded mushrooms / prawn cocktail
traditional roast turkey / roast beef / vegetarian option
(served, with roast and mashed potatoes, and fresh vegetables and all the trimmings)
cherry trifle / christmas pudding / chocolate fudge cake
Tea or Coffee and mince pie.
Price £13.95, discounted for senior citizens to £12.95
(Due to the numbers, the exact time of the meal is still to be confirmed, it will start either at 12:00 or 13:00 depending on the number wishing to attend, please keep an eye on the website for updates nearer the time)
This is the second of the three articles about our clubrooms that appeared in the club magazine and takes us to the early 80s.
Following on from ' A Home of Our Own ' I thought you might also be interested to know how the Clubroom was ' repaired, renewed and modified ' as our editor put it.
The front of the building looked the same as it does now except that protective plastic has had to be put over the windows because of vandalism. The rest of the building behind its brick facade was an Army-type wooden hut raised on the low brick wall now painted blue and it was lined with fibre board. The original floor is of paving stones and when we first moved in there was a hole in it, presumably where the Church safe had been. Before this was covered a tin was put in which contained a Club badge , magazine, etc for posterity to ponder upon.
The priest's room was were the kitchen is now but much smaller. At least there was a washbasin in there which meant that the water was already laid on at that end. The entrance lobby and wash rooms were created from reclaimed timber and plasterboard. The gent's loo could only be entered from the passageway outside and what is now the ladies' loo was the old confessional! That is where the double doors came from. The actual installation of the of the ladies' loo was one of the very few jobs we couldn't do ourselves. The big cupboard was just a recess where we assumed the church organ had stood.
This is the first of three articles covering the purchase and renovation of the clubrooms.
It first appeared in the Rangers Round Up (The club's monthly magazine) in October 1977........
It was something Alan Warren said two or three years ago that really prodded the club into looking seriously for new clubrooms but at that time there was nothing suitable. Enquiries were made from time to time but came to nothing. There was a large prefabricated building at the Woolgrowers going for about £500 but with no land to put it on, that idea died the death. Jim Bolland had the ideal place – at Tadmarton! (Where he lived). Many times on clubruns, every derelict barn, shack or hovel was hailed a possibility.
However, in September 1976, Graham Cafe who was then club secretary made enquiries about the empty Roman Catholic church in Towcester but the £10,000 asking price was too much and that seemed to be that. Then, on 6th October, came a letter from Phelan and Mutter, estate agents, saying that the price had been lowered to £6,000 and were we still interested. This set Graham off in search of money. The Nene Foundation refused, Lord Hesketh didn't reply and the local council had no money available for another twelve months. The county council couldn't help because we were not a county wide organisation but they did suggest contacting the Sports Council.