Come with me on a Tour of the Facilities
sites for both tents and caravans.
Each site is grassed and level. Space limits the numbers we can
accommodate, so you won’t be too close to your neighbour. You will have a hedge behind and an open
aspect in front of your pitch. The four electrical hook-ups for tents & caravans are available on a
first come first served basis. Pure, crystal clear, water from our own bore hole and certified annually
by local authority is dispensed from numerous stand pipes.
The gardens and grounds
The club grounds are split into four different areas.
(i) The gate field has three static caravans and space for 2/3 camping pitches. (ii) The top field
has sixteen static caravans and space for a mixture of 8 tents, trailers or (4 max) touring caravans. (iii)
The cottage and surrounding amenities and (iv) the woods. All camping areas have well maintained grass
pitches. Each static ‘van owner stamps their own individual personality on his surrounding domain.
You’ll be intrigued by the topiary of the 2 metre high oak trees and other specimens formed and maintained by
our members. Formal gardens are, in general, confined to the pool and cottage lawn. The
woods are accessed via a steep path, a gentle gradient, slippery steps cut into the sandstone or a grassed sandstone cliff.
The trees are surrounded by a mixture of ferns, unkempt grass, bluebells and daffodils in season. Various
permanent benches and picnic tables are littered around offering peaceful views, welcome rest or just somewhere to eat.
Crin Cottage, surrounding building and amenities.
The Cottage, which retains its original name from the 1800s, is the focal point of the club. Nestling
in a closed valley which gave it, its name, it is invisible to all. Until, that is, you start your descent
down one of the three surrounding paths. It is in this area you will get the best reception for your Wi
Fi. On cool days the smoke from the chimney of the wood burner will guide you safely there. The kitchen is
available for all members, visitors and campers. There is a double sink, ample worktop area, three fridges,
a full size, catering, gas oven, a microwave, kettles and a small dining table available for the use of all.
Be aware – it is the tradition, when the bell rings, usually at 11:00 & 15:00 hours for complimentary
tea or coffee and sometimes biscuits. All are welcome to meet, chat and catch up with events. The snug is heated
when necessary by a black, windowed, log burner. Limited tables and chairs make it a cosy place for meeting
on cooler days. It is here you’ll find the telephone, ‘signing in’ book and
notice board. For visitors there are a number of tourist leaflets of surrounding attractions and for everyone
the small video and book library. The kid’s
room is accessed through the latched door leading upstairs. Once
in there, a wealth of non-electronic toys and games are available. Ample paper, drawing and colouring stocks
await the children. The walls are usually covered with painting and posters from past events. A veranda spreads
across the front of the cottage. It is furnished with plentiful seating and a sloping Perspex canopy offering
protection from any rain or, even, shade from the sun. You are now looking south and caught in a wonderful
suntrap. Now, imagine if you will, a column of terraced amenities gently sloping away from the cottage
veranda. The cottage lawn is where
we all meet for communal sunbathing and gossip. Four very large benches face each other so nobody is left
out. From the lawn, a latched gate takes you down into the fenced
swimming pool and garden area. The oval shaped pool is a fully filtered, delight.
Three separate benches allow you to sit back and admire the mass of colour of the flowers or watch over the children
in the pool. A must, is to relax in the new Hot Tub which is elegantly
housed in it's own Gazebo. Leave the pool area by the same gate
and continue down towards the woods. By the tiny statuette, set in sandstone, you must
decide whether to carry on down stone steps or the grassy slopes. The steps take you past the four large
solar panels, inclined towards the south to gain maximum benefit from any sun we should get. Move on to
the Miniten Court; a mini Wimbledon where the energetic cannot only play doubles but also engage in table
tennis on the full size table parked in the corner just waiting to be unfolded. It is on this concreted
area that we erect the marquee for the annual biennial Friends & Neighbours evening. With its elevated
aspect, it makes the perfect viewing platform from which to watch the annual Boules Competition against our nearest naturist
friends from Telford Naturist Club. The Boules
Court has three separate pitches; ample for playing the 24 different ‘ends’ of the Telford competition.
Spectator and player seating is available at both ends and the full length of the Miniten court has a sandstone retaining
wall which offers even more seating. Directly opposite the sandstone seating is a two metre high, laurel,
hedge which screens the woods and beyond. A
Kid’s Cabin mounted on stilts provides an excellent Den or Wendy house depending on your preference. Carrying on down the bank through the wood, thirty metres, or so, past the waste incinerator and grass
cuttings and compost will bring you to the fence which is our southern boundary. Through their own wood,
you may be able to see the house of our nearest neighbours. Now, about turn and make your way back up to
the cottage or, if you’ve seen enough, bear right and climb the steps cut into the sandstone that take you back to the
caravan field. Detached from the cottage three
toilet & shower blocks his, hers & unisex are available. In each block, hot and cold water
supplies the shower and two wash basins. The two, flushing, WCs also provide for waste disposal and a utility
tap completes the plumbing. I’ll leave you to guess where the one urinal is. The secure, solid, tool shed houses, amongst other things, the
lawn mowers should you fancy a spot of grass cutting. Behind
the cottage, adjacent to the shed is the relatively new Bakehouse; so called because this apparently was
the site of the Old Bakehouse. This L shaped building is where we hold most of our indoor gatherings.
The carpeted function room with a pool table and large t.v screen has ample table and seating with excellent
natural light making it a great place to entertain. Your
tour is nearly over, but before you leave, look at the sheer sandstone wall behind the Bakehouse. Look
closely and you’ll see small footholds carved in the face. It is here we anticipate sandstone building
blocks were cut. Finally you may
like to sit and reflect on the single bench of the Bakehouse lawn. In front, look down the long perspective
that is Crin Cottage and it’s many facets. Look left, up the grassy path and see the entrance gates
where your journey began.