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Blackthorns has a policy of continual improvement to the facilities available to its members.

Some of the projects may be major, others small. But all help to ensure that Blackthorns continues to develop over the years.

We strive to change with the times and listen to our members and provide the facilities they ask for.

We are fortunate to have some skilled people amongst our members and they are kind enough to use their knowledge to carry out the constant list of things to be done.

Basically, the more work our volunteers carry out in their own time without payment, means we spend less on getting contractors in, and paying for the work to be done.

We ensure our volunteers have any necessary training, and all the required tools, in order to do the jobs as professionally as employed labour.  It’s a real labour of love!

Spring 2010

August 2005 - May 2006

Blackthorns biggest recent project is an extension to the clubhouse that has enabled the current facilities to double in size, especially welcome on party nights. The new room includes a disabled persons  toilet with wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.

A fantastic fireplace (see below) provides a focal feature and a welcoming atmosphere.

View of the new interior that provides extra seating away from the dance floor The Sauna, which has been in the planning stage for quite some time, is finally on its way. Summer 2009

A new sign has been put up to mark our growing Crazy Golf course, we now have 12 holes to test us. A challenge to all who wish to take it on. Well done Eric, keep up the good work.

Although the pool was heated it was expensive to run, so this year we have added a heat exchanger. This means the pool is cheaper to heat and therefore can be opened earlier and closed later in the season. It also means a more constant temperature throughout the year, much to the pleasure of our members.

The Sauna is now complete and has been used for the first time. It is a commercial type sauna and has surpassed our expectations. A big thank you goes out to all those who

helped build it.

Now we have a reason to look forward to the winter months too!

Members have access to this whenever they choose.

There is a small fee and it takes around 20 mins. to heat up.

The main club house has been completely re-covered in cladding.

This will ensure it not only looks better, but will also make it much better protected from

the weather and will extend its life span.

The Patio outside the Pavilion has been extended to almost 3 times its size and was built

by a team of our members. Where was once a lawned area is now also paving slabs,

giving us a larger, level area to lay out our tables & chairs. A fantastic area for

socialising, especially as its South facing and catches the sun. It gives us more room for

our barbeque nights and we’ve even held a social with live music playing outside: the “Tacky Tigers” thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor performance as did we!

One of our members set himself the task of building a veranda for the Club’s Caravan.

As well as catching the last of the evening sun, with a ramp as well as steps, it allows easier access to the van, a great asset to many members and visitors.

Spring 2015

The club is pleased to say it has just spent several thousand pounds replacing the hot water system boiler that feeds the showers and basins in the clubhouse.

Not only will it be more economical to use than our tired, old one but it will perform much better and there should no longer be any concern, even on the busiest of days, that you might end up with the water running cold on you!

We strive to supply our members with the standard of facilities they have come to expect!

Swimming Pool Refurbishment Completed!

The work on the swimming pool has now been completed and it is open for use again, as soon as the warm weather arrives!

The temperature of the water is slowly increasing and several hardy souls have already been in!

The old liner has been replaced,  along with the steps, skimmers, and pipe work.

An extra drain was installed to comply with Health & Safety recommendations.

It’s pretty much a new pool!

A new winter cover has been acquired, to prevent damage and keep it clean through the winter months.

Summer 2018

These fence posts are pretty new!  Home grown and hand made: how could you improve on that?!

August 2019 The Ladies by the Clubhouse have been refurbished with a new tiled floor, cubicles, basins and a state of the art mirror which has a hand swipe activated frame of light!

November 2022 and we have decided to install a combi-boiler to ensure a consistent supply of hot water, when it’s needed.  It will be even more economical to run than the previous one.

Our wood-burning stove is a delight through the cold winter months.

April ’24

We have installed solar panels on our south facing Clubhouse roof to create as much electricity as possible to reduce our bills, charge batteries for overnight use, and sell the remainder to the national grid.

Solar panels have evolved over the years and now these lightweight ones can sit comfortably on the roof and don’t even require fixing, they just stay in place!

We are told to expect them to have paid for themselves within 6yrs.

It’s good to be green!