Remember, remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We are hosting our annual Free Fireworks this Sunday at 19:00, doors will open at 18:00 with a performance from Berkshire Race Squad. Now with that in mind many people have questioned the certainty of the John Nike Leisuresport Centre, in Bracknell, and whether or not if we are plotting to close our doors one last time.
Some of you may of heard about the complications of our ice, leading to last weekends Bracknell Bee’s Match being postponed and cancelled ice hockey training sessions. Along with the essential maintenance that has been carried out on our Chairlift for the last month. No one can blame you for the unsettled feeling there may be a closure to our centre. However, I must make this very clear that it will not be the case, below is a quick summary of the issues and maintenance that we have encountered the last week or so.
Chairlift – As part of our care and protection to our customers we have to service our chairlift, just like you would a M.O.T for a car. Within the time it was being serviced a few maintenance areas were brought to light, nothing too complicated or serious; some might say that it is just a simple, basic task which takes minutes; like filling you screen wash. Unlike most common cars a chairlift requires large and unusual parts, which typically have to be made from scratch or imported from abroad. Whilst we are waiting for the parts to be made it means the chair lift is out of action. We do have two drag lifts on the slopes, so don’t let this put you off visiting us. We are open as usual, if you would like more information please call 01344 789002.
Ice Pad – All Ice Pads are run off compressor plants which act as a huge refrigerator under the ice. Now normally you will have a few compressors that run simultaneous or together depending on the temperature of the current ice, ideally you want to see it at -7.5 to -8.5 Degrees Celsius. With our ice plant we have a fully working compressor which is simply lacking the support from the others. This means we are able to keep and maintain the ice we have as much as we can, in fact the ice is absolutely fine to skate on…if anything a little wet! Due to the wetness and a few thin patches of ice, the ice pad would not be suitable for an ice hockey match – for those who were wondering.
We do have plans to put in a temporary plant which will build the ice to where we can host ice hockey matches and our pantomime – Cinderella on Ice. The aim is to have the temporary plant up and running before the next scheduled Bracknell Bee’s Home Game.
As for the Ice Rink we are holding business as usual, open for all the members of public. Be sure to check our weekly timetable at http://www.jnlbracknell.co.uk, if there are to be any urgent updates, these too, will be post on our website.
Just when you come, try not to do a Harry Styles manoeuvre!