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Roy Murden Retirement

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Roy has worked for Boardcraft for many years, predominantly within our Joinery Department and we would like to wish him a long and happy retirement.

Champagne and cork exploding from bottle

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William Smith is Supersport Caterham Champion 2016

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Congratulations to William Smith, Supersport Caterham Champion 2016!

We are pleased to announce that William Smith has won the Championship with two races to spare.

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Please click on the link below to go to the Caterham Website for more information

http://uk.caterhamcars.com/motorsport/supersport

Flitwick Cricket Club Recent Results

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Flitwick Cricket Club

Boardcraft Limited are proud sponsers of Flitwick Cricket Club.

Please see below details of the club and click on the image above for more information and recent results.

Flitwick Cricket Club is a successful  Clubmark accredited  Focus Club  in central Bedfordshire with over 60 adult playing members with one of the largest youth sections in the County.

On Saturdays, we enter three teams in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League. All three teams achieved their highest ever finish in 2015. Our first team are now one of the highest ranked of any Bedfordshire club for Saturday and Sunday cricket. Our second team gained promotion in 2015 and due to the latest League restructure will start 2016 in Division 4A. Our third team secured a fifth successive promotion and will play in the newly structured Division 9A.

On Sundays, we field three senior teams in the Bedfordshire County Cricket League. Our 1st XI were County Champions in both 2010 and 2012. A young 2nd XI play in Division 2 and our third eleven compete in Division 5.

Young cricketers have the opportunity to play at under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 age groups.  In addition we continue to stretch our youngsters via the Development Division, aimed specifically at Under 17 development, with the support of some adults.

In the winter months,we participate in the Bedfordshire Indoor Cricket League, with games taking place on Sunday mornings at The Bunyan Centre in Bedford. Our first team were once again County Champions in 2013/4 and went forward in 2015 as Bedfordshire representatives in the ECB National Championships, ending up runners up in the National Final at Lord’s. Our second team play in Division 1, our third team play in Division 3 and our fourth team play in Division 4.

Our clubhouse, with a well stocked bar and large function room, is available for hire throughout the year. It is an ideal venue for parties and should you wish to hire it please contact Clubhouse Manager, Mary Stone on 01525 713532 or By Email. For more information please go to the Clubhouse page.

William Smith is Championship leader

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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Congratulations to William Smith competing in his Caterham SuperSport Car Number “27” stays ahead of the pack and records several first place finishes to move to number one in the UK Championship.

Boardcraft proudly sponsor William, keep in touch with the site to monitor his progress in the future.

Please click on the images above to go to the Caterham website and also Renault Suffolk where William works.

 

 

Help for Heroes

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Jackal 2 launch 2

A Jackal armoured vehicle, Supacat, Weight 6650 kg, length 5390 mm, width 2000 mm, height 1970 mm,

Armourments, 12.7 mm Heavy machine gun or Heckler Koch GMG.

Crew of Heroes and a 5.9 liter Cummings ISBE (185BHP)

Boardcraft Limited supplied the slip resistant film faced floor panels as seen below.

Please click on the image above to go to the Supacat website.

Jackal with Buffalo Board Floor

Boardcraft rises like a phoenix

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

For the team at St Neots based Boardcraft, one of the UK’s largest independent importers, suppliers and distributors of wood-based panel products, 2012 was not a good year. In March, one of the founding directors, Alan Medlow passed away leaving the staff devastated. Then on 16th July fire broke out in the dust extraction system of the company’s main production facility, Unit 15, Howard Road.

The remains of Boardcraft's unit 15 burnt for two and a half weeksAlthough the fire brigade was on site within minutes the building, full of wood based panels and machinery, was razed to the ground. Director, Bill Chambers takes up the story, “It was heart-breaking for the team to stand by and watch their life’s work going up in smoke.

“The Cambridgeshire fire brigade was tremendous. Despite the risk to their lives, two members of the team entered the burning unit to remove an 18kg LPG cylinder from a fork-lift truck. The gas container could have exploded at any moment, but their focus was to minimise danger to surrounding people and property.

“At first it was estimated that the fire would burn for three days, but believe it or not, it burned for an incredible two and a half weeks. For the first six days the fire brigade was on site 24/7 to contain the fire and ensure the safety of our neighbours. By this time, despite what had happened in the previous five months and the challenges that lay ahead, we decided it wasn’t going to beat us.

“So many people rallied around to help, it was just incredible. Special thanks must go to our loyal and highly experienced staff who never once lost faith and knuckled down to keep the business going through what were nine months of hard grind and uncertainty.

“Despite the bad rap the insurance industry often receives, I have to take my hat off to our insurance company, AXA and the loss adjuster GAB Robins who made every effort to keep the cash flowing throughout the rebuilding process.

“One immediate hurdle was the acquisition of suitable premises nearby to get production rolling again. For this we will be eternally grateful to SPG who had vacated a unit located three plots down from us and kindly gave us a 12-month lease on Unit 19, which was just perfect.

“The next issue was a small matter of machinery. For 20 years we have used the global market leading Homag equipment because of its superb quality, reliability and technical supremacy. When Charles Smith of Homag UK heard of our plight, they responded like the professional company they are, agreeing to supply us with a Holzma HPP 350 beam saw and a Weeke 43M CNC router to get us back on our feet.

The cambridgeshire fire brigade at the Boardcraft unit“Normally, machinery of this nature takes many months to arrive. Homag, however, pulled out all the stops. Within two months the machines were not only delivered but also installed and running. With Unit 19 operational, we were back in business and the fight back began in earnest.

“During the winter months it was like running three businesses: the insurance claim, the building of the new Unit 15 and keeping our board processing business going.

“With the support of everyone we managed to make it through this tough period and by March 2013 the new unit was almost built. It was handed over to us the first week of June and since then Homag has been helping install our new machinery.

“Given the unexpected opportunity to get new machinery, we have taken the chance to invest in bigger more powerful equipment that can handle the larger boards being imported these days.

“True to its word, Homag took back the Weeke 43M CNC machine and part-exchanged it for a new Weeke BHP 210 44/22 CNC giving us the ability to process boards up to 4.4m x 2.2m.

“We have also taken delivery of a new Holzma beam saw, the HPL 430 43/48 which allows us to work with boards 4.3m long. Homag UK has also moved our Holzma HPP 350 beam saw from Unit 19 to the new Unit 15.

“Later this year we will also be taking delivery of a new Weeke BHX 050 vertical CNC machine which will give us better flexibility for drilling. We can’t speak too highly of the team at Homag and it is thanks to them that we have been able to keep the production process running these last nine months or so.

“July 16th 2013 was a very special day for us as our new unit officially opened for business just 12 months to the day that fire struck. To mark this auspicious occasion and as a ‘thank you’ to all those who have helped us rebuild the business we decided to hold a celebratory Open Day.

“To make this a day to remember we invited the hundreds of people who have stood by us to join in the celebration – although I must admit there was no way we were going to make it a barbeque!

“As a ‘thank you’ to the Cambridgeshire Fire Brigade we set up our Weeke CNC machine to produce children’s wooden rocking chairs. Guests could get one of these special chairs by making a contribution to the Cambridge Fire and Rescue Services charity.

“It was a fantastic day and a very emotional one for our team who have worked so hard to get us back on our feet again. To avoid similar catastrophes in the future, we have invested in a state-of-the-art spark detection and fire suppression system and are now looking forward to serving our customers for many trouble free years to come,” concludes Chambers.