Staff profile: Rachel Gliddon
The friendly face of Rachel Gliddon is back at the Cooper Associates County Ground and she can be found working in the Stragglers Coffee House.
After the first home match of the season that concluded on Wednesday she said: “It’s lovely to be back working for Somerset and it feels just like I have come back home again.”
The last time that Rachel was working at the ground she was in charge of the catering in the Old Pavilion.
“I was here for the last day of the 2014 season after which the Old Pavilion was knocked down to make way for the Somerset Pavilion, which is where I am now working.”
Rachel first started working for Somerset when she was 16 years old and began as a pot washer, before progressing to front of house and working with weddings and other functions. She then became a supervisor and was in charge of the Old Pavilion.
“I was here for about eight years until the Old Pavilion was closed and the last season was fantastic. We had a great team working together and all of the regulars who used to come in were lovely.”
So how did things go in the Stragglers Coffee House for the first match of the season?
“It has been super busy and a bit manic but it all went very well indeed. On each day at lunchtime we served around 100 people with food and everybody seems to be happy with the service we provide and leaves with a smile on their face. That’s always a good sign! It’s quite tough because you have got about 45 minutes to feed everybody before they want to get out and watch the cricket again.”
What’s the most popular item on the menu?
“Ham, egg and chips or the omlette are the favourites, but whatever they order everybody seems to have been happy with.’
Away from her full time job in the Stragglers, Rachel is a keen artist as she explained: “ I have got a degree from University of West Of England in drawing and applied art. I’m a creative person and I love to draw. I specialized in print making, etching and lithography when I was at Uni.
“In catering we work long hours which makes it quite hard to have the energy to be creative, but hopefully now I am working back here doing mainly day work I will have my evenings off to do my art work.
“I was lucky enough to be able to paint one of the Taunton Deane Dragons a few years ago and I just loved it, so I want to get back into my art. It’s in me, I’m a creative person and I need to express that! Somerset County Cricket is where I enjoy my work, but my art is my passion!”
What is it that Rachel likes most about working for the Club?
“I think it is the people who make Somerset County Cricket Club what it is. There are so many familiar faces in the staff and the Members and everybody is so friendly. It’s a great environment to be working in.”