Volunteers from Newark Rugby Club start work on the demolition of the clubhouse. 100418TV2-1
Volunteers from Newark Rugby Club start work on the demolition of the clubhouse. 100418TV2-1

​Work has started to demolish the clubhouse at Newark Rugby Club’s Kelham Road ground to make way for a new one.

It is the third phase of a project that has already seen new dressing rooms built plus an office, shop and meeting room section.

Volunteers are doing preliminary demolition work on the clubhouse before handing over to the contractors, CF Construction, of Collingham.

The club has raised more than £1.2m so far towards the project through grants and loans, alongside fundraising by its members that has brought in more than £600,000.

Club president Alan Swain said: “We are delighted to be in a position of starting the demolition of the clubhouse bar and lounge, and to start the new build.

“It is a very exciting time for all members and supporters as completion in the summer will give the club some of the best facilities of any junior club in the Midlands.

“The fundraising drive has gone very well and has put us in a position where we can start the final phase of the project.”

It is hoped the new clubhouse will be completed by mid-September.

Mr David Pick, project manager, said: “There has been a lot of good progress made. Our volunteers have done a lot of work to get this ready in time.

“I am pleased the members have come together to make what we are trying to achieve possible.”

The fixtures and fittings from bar and the kitchen have been removed, but will be returned to the new building.

Members held a last supper in the old clubhouse before the Newark Colts match against Melton.

It was attended by 150 members.