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3rd June 2006

Follow this link to read an article on naturism and its importance to our health and wellbeing.

Andrew Welch and Ronnie Fine were interviewed by Ross Chainey, the Health Editor for MSN website.

It will be in position Sunday 4th June to Monday 5th June and then will move to another spot on the site for a week or so and then it will be archived so you can always locate it in the future.

www.msn.co.uk/health

1st June 2006

Blackthorns is once again hosting the BN Fun Run and it will take place on Sunday 3rd September.

Participants can support the BN's adopted charity of Cancer Research and obtain sponsorship for the run, though this is entirely optional.

Watch this web site, and June's issue of the BN magazine, for further details of how to enter. All ages and abilities are catered for.



24th October 2005

At the BN AGM held at Kettering on Oct 23rd, it was announced their "Club of the Year" award was to be presented to Blackthorns.

The President, Pat Thompson, said "It is in recognition that they became active this year and really put themselves on the map.  They have worked hard at promoting naturism through the media including newspapers and magazines and radio appearances." She went on to say how the website has been updated and greatly improved and she commended the club for its support of their charity of the year and for hosting the Fun Run.

The club was presented with a very nice glass decanter engraved with "British Naturism".

Everyone at Blackthorns is thrilled with this result.

7th July 2005

Three members of Blackthorns swimming team have qualified to represent British Naturism at the International swim to be held in Bonn Germany in November.

2nd May 2005

Congratulations to Blackthorns petanque players who narrowly missed out in the medals at the BN National Petanque Tournament, which took place between 30th April and 1st May at Broadlands Sun Club, Norwich. Our leading partnership came a credible fourth, while other teams finished just outside the top ten.

23rd April 2005

The Blackthorns website is today officially re-launched. The original site, first published in 1998, has been redesigned, with the aim of making the new one more interactive. Currently information is provided for those wishing to find out more about our club.

It is also intended to make a members only area, to make the latest information immediately available to members, especially those who cannot visit the club as often as they may like.

17th April 2005

The Blackthorns swimming team yesterday came third in the British Naturism National Swim, which was held in Rugby. Our team of six members swam their hearts out and won several individual medals. Our children did particularly well, winning trophies for the best boy under 10 and best girl under 16.

August 2008

Graham & Allison from Blackthorns played in the INF’s Petanque competition in Italy, representing BN.
In their first international event, they came a very respectable 22nd out of 64.
Well done to the both of them.
Read about their experience in the National Petanque section on this site, where Allison writes a report about the event.
August 2009
The long awaited Sauna is now well under way and judging by the speed it is progressing it will soon be complete.
Although we do not want to hasten the winter upon us, we are looking forward to the time when the Sauna will make the colder months more bearable.

Our Public Relations Officer, Roni Fine, was contacted again by Three Counties Radio to discuss on air the virtues of Women sunbathing topless in public.
She put forward a good case and Blackthorns was mentioned several times.

May 2010

The sauna is now complete and is in use. Although there has been quite a wait for it, it has been well worth it.

It is a commercial type sauna which, if you are quite friendly, will sit around 18 to 20 people.

The exterior housing was constructed from brick by our members and although the interior came in kit form it still needed a great deal of work to put it together.

The sauna itself is made of spruce and is powered by an electric heater.

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On the May bank holiday weekend, Blackthorns hosted the British Naturism’s National Petanque competition.

51 Couples from all over the country descended on the club to fight for the coveted trophy, over two very competitive days.

After the final tally was made, two of Blackthorns’ very own turned out to be victorious and will go on to the International competition to be held, this year, at Broadlands.

Blackthorns did exceptionally well as hosts, putting on free live entertainment  for their guests on the Saturday night and provided nearly 80 sit down meals on the Saturday evening and 93 on the Sunday which included a quiz after.

A licensed bar was organized for the weekend, with drinks being sold much lower than pub prices.