From left to right ~ barbecue, snack bar, clubhouse and shower block
The focus for most of the evening social events is our clubhouse. It contains plenty
of seating and tables for whatever event is organised, whether it be discos, quiz
nights or just get-togethers. A large kitchen caters for all appetites and also doubles
as a snack bar.
The outdoor snack bar provides drinks, ice creams and snacks.
Next to the clubhouse is the shower block where for just 20p you can enjoy a hot
powerful shower, much needed after a day in the sun. Toilets, including the recently
refurbished men's are also here. A second toilet block is located elsewhere in the
The swimming pool is popular with all ages
The 20' x 40' swimming pool and surrounding lawns are of course the focus during
the warm days of the Summer, the pool is open from May to October and is enjoyed
by young and old alike.
The new and highly popular children's play area
Children are certainly not forgotten at Blackthorns, they have their own clubroom
and an outdoor play area which has recently been refurbished with new commercial
standard play equipment.
Our sporting facilities are dealt with on a separate page, but include courts for
miniten, badminton, volleyball and petanque.
The Sauna was competed in early 2010 and was a much welcomed addition to our facilities.
The building that houses it was constructed from scratch by our own members and although
the sauna was purchased as a kit, it still needed much work to put it together. The
long British winters now, do not seem so bad.
The extension to the club house was completed in 2006 and nearly doubled the area
we had for entertainment.
In the construction stage we also allowed space for a disabled toilet and included
a nappy changing unit. The fire exit next to the disabled toilet was made extra wide
to accommodate wheel chair access and the addition of a wood burning stove makes
for a very cosy atmosphere.
Two of our members enjoying the new sauna.
View of the extension from the old area.
The addition of a heat exchanger to the pool, ensures warmer water with greater economy.
It also allows us to open the pool earlier in the season and close it later, giving
us more use and extending the season.
Blackthorns is proud of the facilities it offers its members, most of which have
been constructed over the years by the self same members. That doesn't mean we intend
to rest there. There are ongoing improvements being made to the site with the extension
to the club house being completed in 2006 and plans for even more, including the
introduction of a sauna.