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Snooker

CONTACT details
Harvey Gibbons

01692 598725 or 07710283768

snooker@hicklingbarn.com

Need to know

Until further notice, the time slots are as follows:

The club will open on three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Match slots of 90 minutes must be booked in advance by calling Harvey on 01692 598725. The times of the slots are:

11am - 12.30pm

2pm   -  3.30pm

4pm   -  5.30pm

6pm   -  7.30pm

8pm   -  9.30pm

Until further notice, Hickling Snooker Club is not accepting new members.

The lights on the tables are metered at £2.50 an hour – so bring lots of change!

The Details

The club is to re-open on Tuesday, August 11th following a clarification of the official coronavirus guidance on leisure venues.

In order to keep the snooker room as safe as possible a number of Covid-19 precautions have been put in place.

The snooker room will be available to club members only (no guests) on three days a week. All matches must be booked in advance, and no more than four people can be in the room at one time.

Full details of the new rules and advice are available to download here
We also request that you follow the additional guidance provided by snooker's governing body, the WPBSA, which you can download here. Copies of both documents are also on the notice board at the snooker room.

The HSC committee would like to thank you for your patience during the long period of closure. We look forward to seeing you again at the club.

History

A youthful Harvey Gibbons receiving one of the many trophies won by the old Hickling Snooker Club.

The club is chaired by Harvey Gibbons, one of the founders of the original club who became known as ‘the Hurricane of Hickling’. He remembers finding one of the tables in bits under a boxing ring in Fleggburgh – and getting it for the bargain price of £50.00. Within a year or so of the club starting up it was in the Yarmouth League and on the way to prizewinning success.

Another success for the old club at an event sponsored by fertilizer firm Sands Agricultural Services. Their snappy slogan was “For crops as even and weed free as a billiard table”

Among the characters Harvey recalls from those days was Fred Shepherd who used to light the stove in the old village hall which the club took over from the Women’s Institute. “Fred only had one arm, and used to rest his cue on a special attachment on his artificial arm, but he was a good player.”

Fred’s stove was one of the reasons why the old club had to close in 2005 – it proved too much of a fire risk for the insurance company, meaning that the hall became too expensive to keep going.

Harvey supervising the removal of the table slates from storage in October 2011, ahead of their move to Hickling Barn.

The decision to close the club was taken reluctantly. The tables were dismantled and the parts carefully numbered before being put into storage in a dry barn on the outskirts of Hickling. In October 2011 all the parts of the tables were taken out of long-term storage before being reassembled and re-covered by an expert restorer.

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There are so many activities at Hickling Barn including, badminton, cinema, keep fit, snooker, pilates & football.