There have been some tasty changes on the menu at Hartshead Moor this winter as the Division One club continues to upgrade and improve the usage of the facilities at its Highmoor Lane ground.
During October the Pavilion Tea Rooms opened and was wooing customers with its tasty lunches and abundant selection of cakes until the national Covid-19 lockdown brought operations to a halt.
The cafe made use of the redecorated pavilion which has also undergone building to the rear where a new ground floor cellar has taken the place of an old outdoor toilet block.
In front of the pavilion an attractive white picket fence has replaced the rope that previously marked the edge of the patio area.
The new picket fence that has been erected in front of the pavilion
The extension to the back of the pavilion which will be rendered to complete the work
The Gatehouse is a prominent feature at Highmoor Lane
The historic gatehouse, the first feature you see when approaching Highmoor Lane has been given a facelift. The club have cleaned up the area, added new signage and installed neat rope fencing to prevent parking.
The gatehouse, built in 1953, still has the original cashbox inside it which gatemen used to take money from the spectators who flocked to the ground in the fifties and sixties.
Extra drainage has been installed on the outfield and work has been done to improve the square as Hartshead Moor prepare for the 2021 season.
Secretary Phil Gooder said: "We always find ourselves a project to do this winter and we are continually looking to see what we can do to improve our ground and facilities.
"The extension to the pavilion has tidied up the line of our building and given us a good-sized ground floor cellar while the picket fence gives it a good look."
Gooder hopes that the Pavilion Cafe will be reopen soon. "It was proving extremely popular before lockdown and it was another way in which we could make use of our facilities.
"The cafe is run by the wife of one of our members and it was bringing people to our club who might not normally visit. We feel it is important to have our facilities used more and the cafe is a great example of this."