Twelfth Man manager Mel Yarde loving her job
The Twelfth Man has proved itself to be a very popular lunch venue at the County Ground on match days during 2015 season, something that Mel Yarde who manages the bistro that is situated behind the Somerset Stand is delighted about.
“Things have gone really well for us this season and compared to last year our trade has really picked up well and we are more consistent in the service that we are delivering.
“We had a new extractor fan fitted before the start of the season which has meant that we can offer a much wider variety of hot food, which has attracted a lot of new customers through our doors.”
Mel has a long association with Somerset CCC and started as a casual when she was 15 years old.
“I then worked in retail for 11 years as a manager at Sainsbury’s and came back here full time seven or eight years ago and have loved it ever since and worked my way up doing various jobs around the ground.
“Now I work as an event manager on non match days running conferences, weddings and charity events and that sort of thing.”
Mel is kept busy away from the County Ground because she has a little boy called Jacob who is now two years old.
“Its hard work but I think working has helped me to enjoy him more on my days off. When I am here I give it 110% because I love my job.”
What is it that makes the County Ground such a special place to work?
“I don’t know what it is but we are a very close team on the catering side of things in fact we are like a family. We all have our moments and at times it can be tough because we see more of each other than we do our family but I love it here.
“The job is always developing and I love that challenge, its what I thrive off. The concerts with Elton John and Rod Stewart and the T20s are really exciting events so there is never a dull moment in my job.
“There are several proud moments that I have from my time working here, like when we get feedback after a really successful event.”
Mel added: “When we deliver something that is a real challenge like back to back events you sometimes stand back and feel proud of what you have achieved as a team for the Club. It’s great when you go home and think yes I have had a good day today!”