Open Day 2020

Summer’s here!


Looks like the perfect weekend – and it’s a Bank Holiday too!

Roe deer

Putting Nature back into Naturism…

Look closely and you’ll see a young  female roe deer hiding in the wild flower meadow at Silverglades. Not at all bothered by my presence, or the noise we were making as we worked on repairing the clubhouse roof only 30 yards away




Replacing the fascias

A few years ago , the wooden fascias were replaced with what we thought was marine ply. It wasn’t, and it very quickly delaminated.

Poor quality “marine ply” in 2017
Delaminated boards in 2019 as work began (one down, 3 to go)

Last year, I searched out the best quality marine ply I could find locally and settled on a sheet of 18mm x 1220mm x 2440mm from Wickes and had this delivered to my home. I cut this into four pieces, and spent the winter treating and painting them with help from my other half.

Altogether, it had 1 coat primer, 2 coats Dulux Trade Weathershield Exterior Flexible Undercoat Paint (Brilliant White), and two coats Dulux Weathershield Exterior Gloss (Color: Buckingham). The fascia boards were then taken up to the clubhouse, along with my scaffolding, in the back of my Landy.

Then we had to wait for a decent spell of weather. Incredibly, we have not had 3 consecutive dry days all spring or summer! Eventually we decided we could wait no longer and a few weeks ago we decided to replace the fascias come what may.

First, we had to dismantle the remove the old boards to see how they had been fitted:

Underneath the fascia

We found that each fascia board had been fixed to the horizontal wooden beams with 3-inch wood screws. This wasn’t really enough to support the weight of the boards, so they were also resting on a horizontal metal lip (between the black and green parts in the image).  This lip took most of the weight. The corrugated sheeting of the roof allowed water to be driven under the right-angle cover (just visible, colour blue, at the left), and down the back of the boards onto the lip where it ponded. The poorly treated plywood was taking up this water by capillary action, causing the rapid delamination of the boards.

In our re-design, we have added a damp proof membrane under the corrugations and have brought this over the front of the boards behind the angled aluminium (blue in the image). The boards are fastened to additional vertical supports (visible in the image). These verticals bring the boards forward and away from the metal lip, and the height of the boards is reduced by 2cm so they do not rest on the lip. Any water driven under the corrugated roof will now flow between the angled aluminium and front of the boards, and not down the back onto the metal lip.

Above and below: adding a damp proof membrane

Working from right to left, in this next image you can see one fascia board has been fitted in place, and additional vertical pieces to support another board are being fixed at left:


With the second fascia board in place:

The old boards had large cut-outs to accommodate the stanchions. We decided to make the cut-outs follow precisely the shape of the stanchions and to seal the joint with silicone. We also silicone-sealed the vertical joints between each board:

Closely following the shape of a stanchion

Fitting the first fascia board took a whole day, mainly due to the complicated cut-out for the stanchion. But we created a template and used this for the second stancion, so the remaining 3 boards were all fitted in a single day:

The completed fascias look quite good! The corrugated roof needs fastening down, and there’s some other work. Clear Gorilla Tape has been put on the bottom edges of the boards to stop water getting between the laminations, and this tape needs to be painted with Weathershield. But it’s more or less “job done”


A Roe deer in the flower meadow

While we were working on the clubhouse fascias a few days ago, this female Roe deer appeared in the flower meadow. Not at all bothered by the noise we were making, the deer remained for ten minutes or so before wandering off into the woods.

Roe deer


Roe deer in profile

Oooh! Scorchio!

Looks like the perfect weather for our Watercolour Challenge from noon on 22 June 2019

Silverglades – Putting nature back in naturism

With nature in mind, and to give members another excuse to visit, we are arranging some Nature events at Silverglades on the last Saturday of the month. Although these are intended to be held in our own grounds, we may venture (clothed!) further afield, for example onto the RSPB reserve. The remaining events are:

22/06/19 Watercolour Challenge. Painting flora and fauna [note date change – NOT the last Saturday]

27/07/19 Butterfly watch. Including the rare High Brown Fritillary

31/08/19 Geology and Limestone pavement. Do you know your clint from your grike?

28/09/19 Blackberrying. August to October is the best time to pick. Hedge your bets and pick in September

More details from

Open Day 8 June 2019

Morecambe Bay Naturist Club welcomes prospective members to our private grounds at Silverglades, free of charge, on 08/06/19. Just let us know you are coming via our  Contact Page    or  send an email to the Secretary
Silverglades is our idyllic site, close to the beautiful village of Silverdale about 10 miles north of Lancaster and close to Morecambe Bay. It is an ideal place to lie in the sun, or maybe walk along our woodland trails. There are ten acres of natural woodland, the largest clearing beside the clubhouse is partly set aside as a wild flower meadow but the main lawn may be used for socialising, picnics or barbecue. Or you can relax in one of the secluded  smaller clearings, where you may not see another person.  If you want to stay longer, we can accept tents and medium sized caravans or campers (due to mild access restrictions), but cannot provide electrical hookups or piped water/waste.
Meadow leading to woodland
Meadow leading to woodland
Thinking of joining? A full year at Silverglades (from Apr to Mar) for a couple/family costs only £70 (plus a one-off Joining Fee of £16), or £55 (+ £10) for singles, so it is great value! Hope to see you some of you at Silverglades! Martin R Chairman
MBNC – putting Nature back into Naturism!