Monday Morning Gang

The gang is off to Durham

On Monday the 20th August 2018, the Monday club downed tools after a challenging season of make and mend headed for Durham, not to watch cricket but to see the wonderful architecture of the principal attraction – the Cathedral.

After travelling from New Pudsey Railway Station down to Leeds then directly to Durham, we had a quick stop at Wetherspoons to enjoy beer and food – the menu pictured seemed a happy coincidence for the ‘Monday Club’!!!

A small bus then took us to the Cathedral. The promise of fine weather did not live up to expectations as we got off the bus and were greeted with mist and rain, so we were eager to get inside. A brief insight into the Cathedral says that after fleeing Lindisfarne following the Viking invasion in 793, the community of St Cuthbert travelled North East with the body of Saint Cuthbert and his extraordinary relics before finally finding his resting place in Durham in 995 AD.

The architecture of the Cathedral itself is very imposing with its high ceiling and tall pillars giving a feeling of tranquillity. Along with the numerous treasures on display including the Anglo Saxon wooden coffin, embroidered vestments, and St Cuthbert’s stunning Pectoral Cross. One of the most amazing pieces of modern architecture was to find a perfect replica of the cathedral featured in a glass case made entirely of Lego with its lighting and stained glass windows.

Leaving the Cathedral, we had a quick snack at the Café on the Green. After an incident or two with the rail company, we finally arrived back at New Pudsey after a great day out despite the rain.

Mike Barr

PCCC Monday Club – The Unsung Heroes


The Monday Club, at Pudsey Congs Cricket Club, are a team of nine volunteers whose skills range from Joiners, Painters, Electricians, Plumbers, Mechanics and various other jobs required throughout the cricket season.

Jobs include the repairing of the sightscreens which also need a new coat of paint, repainting the changing rooms and repairing any damaged woodwork. Lighting and plumbing was also carried out. This year we had an invasion of wasps to sort out.

Along with the maintenance of the field, i.e. grass cutting, hedge trimming, collecting litter etc, the Monday Club contribute quite a lot to the overall condition of the Club and its grounds.

Did you know that during the winter months, all the seating is dismantled, repaired, repainted and erected for the coming season. So when you are watching the cricket with the sun beating down and a pint of lager in hand, raise your glass to the unsung heroes who made it all possible for you.


Cheers Mike Barr

The Monday Club is full steam ahead to York

On Monday 26th March 2018 the Monday Club, after a difficult winter of repairing, lighting, green maintenance and general letting off steam, decided the best place to do that was a visit to York’s railway museum.

So catching the train from New Pudsey to York, we all arrived at York station. After a quick tea and coffee we started to explore what the ‘Age of Steam’ had to offer, so moving on from the Pioneers like James Watt, who watched the kettle boil, onto the more well-known ‘Stephenson’s Rocket’:-

After going through the assembly part of the Museum we came across the giants of the modern era – for example: The Great Locomotives of Steam i.e. ‘Mallard’ formerly known as ‘The Streak’

…then onto the more modern trains and ‘Bullet Train’ from Japan. Along with these giants was one even larger, a black one from China:-

A guide took us around a locomotive which had parts cut away so we could see all the pipes and pistons which terminated with the steam ejecting from the funnel at the top:

After seeing most of the exhibits, food was the next port of call and we found a pub which was adorned head to foot with pictures of stage stars, movie starts and all manner of newspaper cuttings, the food wasn’t bad either!

After a few drinks we headed back to the station to reflect on a great day out discovering all aspects of the age of steam.

Mike Barr

The Monday Club Heads to Liverpool (Land of the Fab Four)

“The Monday Club” – compromising of joiners, electricians, grass cutters, engineers, etc who all contribute to the upkeep of the Pudsey Congs Cricket Club throughout the season, decided to down tools on Monday 11th September 2017 and head for the city of Liverpool.

Boarding the train to Leeds then onto Liverpool, arriving at Lime Street station, we found to our surprise that 5 minutes away was the establishment of J.D. Wetherspoons for which we are eternally grateful. The building itself was splendid, comprising of glass and wood with a most ornate ceiling.

Complementing the décor the food wasn’t bad either – fish and chips, scampi and pies along with the local ale was just the job before confronting the blustery Albert Dock.

Approaching the Dock, first thing we saw was a statue of Billy Fury with a garland of flowers at his feet.

Our party split up when others decided to go in search of the infamous Cavern which echoed the sounds of the Beatles, Merseybeats, Cilla Black and Billy J Kramer.

On a magical mystery tour the City Centre has been transformed with shops, fountains, art galleries and of course the search for the Yellow Submarine. We carried on around the dockland with its souvenirs and shops. By this time the waves from the Mersey were spilling over the railings and at one point Sam lost his cap, and if it wasn’t for the weight of badges on it, it would have gone flying into the choppy waters.

With the weather turning distinctly chilly we decided to head back to Wetherspoons for tea.

Catching the train back we all said it had been a day to remember.

The Ferry across the Mersey had to be cancelled for the people on it but the Fab Four statues still stood proud in the square symbolising the Liverpool of today and yesteryear.

Cheers, Mike Barr

The Monday Morning Gang is off to Hull

On Monday 5th June 2017, the Monday Gang decided to storm this famous city – ‘storm’ being the operative word!!

Catching the train from New Pudsey to Leeds was the first step. Boarding the train from Leeds to Hull we set out our plans for the day, which due to the appalling weather didn’t add up to much. The first port of call was to visit ‘Fred’ at the betting shop. After placing our bets on mainly losing horses, we found our way to one of the main attractions in this city of culture (The Maritime Museum), learning how the trawler men still managed to catch fish and avoid being sick at the main time, through the artefacts and paintings of the life of fisherman and onto the various weapons of harpooning whales, it was time eventually to think of food obviously avoiding fish and chips!

After a sumptuous meal and drink at Yates’s, we went separate ways as we said we would as the main attraction in Hull is the exhibition of The Deep. Billy & Bob went to visit other art galleries while myself, Derrick, Alan, Roy, Ken and Sam took a taxi to The Deep. Starting with The Origin of the Species right through to the tanks of differing sizes of fish from the very colourful to tiger sharks, leopard sharks, sting rays and a lovely coral island and going through a tunnel where sharks and various species of marine life swan silently and ghostly above our heads.

After the exhibition we all met up again at Yates’s for Fish & Chips etc. Catching the train back to Leeds we all reflected on a great day out despite the weather to visit the City of Culture – Hull.

Cheers, Mike Barr

Monday Morning Gang Christmas Fuddle

Monday Gang Christmas Fuddle 2014 (2)

The Monday Gang enjoying their fuddle after another year of hard but enjoyable work down at the Britannia Ground, thanks for all your hard work in 2014 for Pudsey Congs.

Monday Morning Gang head out to Whitby


Wednesday September 23rd was the day the PCCC Monday Club hit the town of Whitby.

Making our way by car, courtesy of Bob & Ken, we arrived at the Rail Station at Pickering. Boarding the train there, on a pleasant journey, we arrived in Whitby.

The first port of call was the Bookies followed by the local Inn which provided us with the famous ‘Black Dog’ (a very special drink) after which we headed for the famous fish & chips. Following a sumptuous meal, Bob & Bill decided a long walk was required while the rest of us Ralph, Alan, Ken, Roy & Derek decided to head for the open sea. Shark fishing was discussed but immediately rejected after the local ale! So we settled for a pleasant sail taking in the delights of Whitby, leaving Sam to watch on in the sunshine till our return.

Retracing our steps by rail & car, we arrived back in Pudsey at around 8.30pm after a wonderful trip thoroughly enjoyed by all concerned.

Cheers! Mike Barr

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Monday Gang on their annual trip to Scarborough to watch Yorkshire

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