Each season our PR department reports for BN magazine, here these seasonal reports
for the last 12 months are reproduced in full, older reports can be found in the
year archives at the bottom of the page....
Spring is almost upon us and once again we have the carpet of primroses and violets
throughout our wood, shortly followed by the beautiful bluebells. Following a cold
snowy Christmas and New Year we are all looking forward to some warm sunshine. We
are celebrating Valentine’s Day just as we celebrated those great days, with music
and dance. We are a very sociable club and we ensure we meet up on a regular basis
all year through not just when the sun shines across our patio and lawns. Having
a sauna recently installed and a new heat exchanger to warm the pool, we have even
more reason to attend the club. We even have a big Spring Clean weekend to look
forward to but at least it heralds the start of our weekly Saturday evening communal
barbeques when we each cook our own food and dine together on the patio in the setting
sun. We will then be all set to host the BN Petanque nationals once again as we
have sufficient room to allow numerous games to be played simultaneously. Please
apply to BN’s head office for entry details. Come and take part or simply enjoy
watching the others and enjoy the club’s facilities. We have something for everyone
and are proud of the great age range our membership covers and the atmosphere it
creates. We own our own club, including the land, so it will never change, well,
only for the better!
Roni & Deane
Here we are again, nearing the end of our naturist season, but what a summer we have
had! We have thoroughly enjoyed cooling down in our outdoor pool! The new heat exchanger
has certainly helped to maintain overnight temperatures at a much reduced cost once
the summer sun lost its strength and our sauna, though tried and tested, will be
put to greater use as the weather becomes less suitable to laze on the lawn! We
celebrated the Queen’s birthday in grand street-party fashion and held a garden fete
complete with a scarecrow competition in July. All too soon we will be back round
the wood burning stove in the evenings but with happy memories of our Family Camping
Week at the beginning of August that brought us together for a fun packed week. We
still have our ‘End of Season Ball’ to look forward to with entertainment by Peter
James who comes well recommended by our fellow Suntreckers and we now look forward
to celebrating Halloween and enjoying the winter months just as much as these glorious
sunny days! It’s always sad to see other clubs closing but it makes us appreciate
even more, the fact that we own our own land and will never have to give in to financial
gain. We are a thriving club with a good mixture of all ages so we continually adapt
to suit their needs with facilities to relax in as well as sporting opportunities
at all levels. We hosted the BN Petanque Nationals in May and with two newly refurbished
miniten courts, we hosted the Eastern Region games in July. We also have facilities
for volley ball, badminton, darts and table tennis, together with a 12 hole crazy-golf
course; so there is always lots to do! If you live too far to join us all year round,
you can always bring your tent or caravan and spend a weekend with us at Blackthorns.
Roni & Deane
As the previous issue of BN was being delivered we were busy Spring Cleaning in readiness
for the warmer weather. The primroses and violets were blooming but the bluebells
were running a bit late due to the harsh winter months we had endured but they finally
flowered and were well received, especially by Alan who had been patiently waiting
to enjoy the woodland scene.
We had an Easter dance attended by Bunnies and Chicks and the children enjoyed an
Egg Hunt and the grown ups, a table tennis tournament and an evening quiz. It was
also the first weekend of the year that we resumed our regular Saturday evening communal
barbeques on the patio and once the pool was opened for the season we knew summer
was on its way. Volunteers have worked hard to build our long awaited sauna and
it is a welcome addition to our facilities, especially during the winter months,
as is the wood burning stove in the clubhouse; both good reasons to attend, whatever
We were honoured to host the BN National Petanque Tournament at the beginning of
May and pleased to receive so many visitors who enjoyed not only the games but a
dinner dance with live music by a duo known as “Two True”, back by popular demand
following their success at our 50th Anniversary event a year ago.
We have also been pleased to have had the company of members of Suntreckers who are
always very welcome.
This month sees further petanque competitions and practise games of volley ball and
table tennis and we have had one of our miniten courts refurbished in readiness to
host the Eastern Region games next month and hope to see many of you in attendance.
We are now concentrating on organising our annual Family Week held during the first
week of August. It is our main event of the year when there is various entertainment,
for all ages, every day. Some of us like to laze away the summer months but there
is plenty of activity for those who like to keep moving!
Please see our website for further details if you think you might like to join in.