Chairman-elect Rob O'Brien issued the following statement:
I'd like to thank all of the people that helped out over the bank holiday weekend. It was a hot experience but with a lot of hard work we have made good progress.
The council delivered a very large caged skip as requested and with all the work and clean-up operation undertaken this skip is now full. Well done to all.
This clean-up has meant that the lock-up is now clear of all unwanted items and is ready for refurbishment to become our new small clubhouse until our fully built one is complete in a few years.
The work is progressing slowly but we have cleared the area very well and the first structural supports have been erected. We are waiting for the outcome of our 'Building a community' works letter to Wickes. They have a scheme that supports initiatives like ours. They may donate some materials or greatly discount them, so fingers crossed.
As you may know, the clubhouse at Barking Football Club has been shut for four years. The clubhouse was being extensively refurbished at the point at which it was closed, and after four years of being exposed to the elements without any maintenance, it has gone beyond the point of no return.
Over the summer months we are going to build a temporary club house. The temporary clubhouse will be a place to purchase food and drinks, and for the supporters, players, youth teams, ladies teams and coaches to mix and to shelter from elements.
The club is seeking help in the building the temporary clubhouse, and if anybody could assist us by giving a few hours of help or obtaining materials such as timber, bricks, roofing etc. Please contact Rob O'Brien via:
Rob has supplied a couple of photos of the ongoing work - click on any image to enlarge: