Welcome back to the fifth issue of the Wellington Round-Up. We hope you are all keeping safe and well as we enter the third week of this second national lockdown. As always, we have been working hard to ensure that we are able to offer you as many at home live zoom classes, and On-Demand classes which you can watch when best suits you. Once again, we have slightly altered our Zoom class timetable. This can be seen below. All classes will be recorded and uploaded to the On-Demand section of our website as per usual.
As the club is only open to the College students at the moment, the few staff we have in the facility have been taking the time to sort through various draws and cupboards in the office. Doing this, they stumbled across a few photo albums of the club in and around the 1990’s. We were blown away by how much has changed since these photos were taken, and we thought our members may also like to take a peek at some of these too. As a result, Jack Holden completed the tedious task of scanning in over 250 photos so we can share a few of them with you here.
Below you can see what our original bar looked like. For those of you who don’t know know where this is, this is situated upstairs behind studio 2 and also served/serves as a gallery for the rackets court. Below this image, you can see what this space looks like now. The room in mainly used now for meetings, and by the College when teaching rackets and hosting competitions. Other than the fact that there is no bar in the room anymore, not an awful lot has actually changed. The rooms decor is the same, and it even boasts the same retro lamp shades.
The next couple of photos show the courtyard out the back of the club. In the first photo, you can see the Fives courts on the left hand side, where the Fives Cafe and Bar is now located (can you see how we came up with the name?). Fives is a very old sport, similar to that of squash, but instead the players used their hand rather than a racket. Some other changes that can be seen from the photos is the new layout of our reception; most notably that the entrance has changed side. In the next blog we will show you the upgrade the inside of the reception has seen. The main building on the ride hand side of the photo has also seen a paint job since the 90s. The hand railings where the most recent photo has been taken from is attached to our new Real Tennis building which was opened nearly 5 years ago now.
The final set of photos might show the largest amount of change out of them all. For proof that the two photos are of the same place, try and spot the fire exit at the far end of the gym and see how it matches the fire exit in the first photo. 30 years ago, the dark and gloomy room was used for table tennis, bowls and group exercise classes. Today however, it homes our modern gym in a much brighter capacity. When the gym was built, an internal wall was also built along the left hand side to allow viewing access over the sports hall, as well as a ceiling that allowed for light fittings, heating and air conditioning all to be installed above.
We will continue to share throwback photos with you each week, along with comparison photos of how it looks now. We have found it fascinating looking at these photos, and we hope you have too. Thank you very much for reading again this week. Make sure to check back next week for the what will hopefully be the final timetable for Zoom classes before we reopen again in December. We will also use this space to inform you of any updates we can offer based on new government guidelines as we near the end of this second lockdown.
As ever, please feel free to leave us any questions, comments or feedback below and we will ensure we get back to you as promptly as possible. Thanks again, stay safe and see you soon.