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!

Ticks and Lyme Disease

As there is a small herd of Roe Deer at Silverglades (and probably visiting Red Deer) there will be ticks which you may, if unlucky, pick up. It is therefore important to check for ticks on your body before departing, and to be aware that, if missed, you may need to remove a tick in the days after a visit. Some ticks carry Lyme disease and it is important to recognise the symptoms of an infected tick bite

Ticks carrying disease are found across the UK in both town and countryside, noy just Silverglades!

Not all ticks are infected – infection rate in any place in the UK varies from zero to about 15%

Ticks can be very small and can go unnoticed

Most active March to October, but they can be active on mild winter days

You will not feel the tick attach to you, so check your skin

To download a leaflet explaining how remove a tick safely, without squashing it, click here

For more advice on ticks and Lyme disease, click here

Removing a tick

Your main aims are to remove the tick promptly, to remove all parts of the tick’s body and to prevent it releasing additional saliva or regurgitating its stomach contents into your bite wound.

DO use a proprietary tick removal tool* (available from this website or many vets and pet shops), and follow the instructions provided. Two common types of removal tool available are illustrated on this page; the hook and the loop are designed to be twisted to facilitate removal.
These tools will grip the head of the tick without squashing the body.

* Alternative Methods : With pointed tweezers (not blunt eyebrow tweezers!) grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible; without squeezing the tick’s body, pull the tick out without twisting (it is difficult to twist tweezers without separating the tick’s head from its body) – there may be considerable resistance.

Illustrations are for general guidance and do not represent any particular species.

If no tools are available, rather than delay use a fine thread, something like cotton or dental flossTie a single loop of thread around the tick’s mouthparts, as close to the skin as possible, then pull upwards and outwards without twisting.

DO start by cleansing the tweezers/tool with antiseptic. After tick removal, cleanse the bite site and the tool with antiseptic.

DO wash hands thoroughly afterwards.

DO save the tick in a container in case a doctor asks for evidence that you have been bitten (label it with date and location). Public Health England is also currently running a scheme to investigate ticks – see below.

DO NOT squeeze the body of the tick, as this may cause the head and body to separate, leaving the head embedded in your skin.

DO NOT use your fingernails to remove a tick. Infection can enter via any breaks in your skin, e.g. close to the fingernail.

DO NOT crush the tick’s body, as this may cause it to regurgitate its infected stomach contents into the bite wound. See this graphic animation of what can happen, courtesy of the Lyme Borreliosis Foundation, Hungary.

DO NOT try to burn the tick off, apply petroleum jelly, nail polish or any other chemical. Any of these methods can cause discomfort to the tick, resulting in regurgitation, or saliva release.

After you have removed your tick, kill it by crushing it and flushing it down the toilet, or by folding it in a strip of sticky tape and placing it in the waste. Be aware that engorged ticks will contain potentially infected blood, which may splatter when crushed. Do not crush the tick with your fingers and do not allow the crushed tick or the blood it carried to contact your skin.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium

It can be transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick.

It has a clinical diagnosis.

It cannot be confidently ruled out by any current test.

It can be difficult to diagnose

Lyme disease symptoms overlap with those of many other diseases.

Early symptoms may include headache, fatigue, fever, facial palsy and a skin rash called erythema migrans.

It may spread to affect the whole body including eyes, joints, heart and brain.

If inadequately treated or treated late, it may be difficult to cure.

Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics.

Lyme disease-carrying ticks can be found throughout the UK in urban parks and gardens as well as in the countryside.


Symptoms of Lyme Disease may include:

Feeling unwell

Flu-like symptom

Extreme fatigue

Muscle/Joint pain

Muscle weakness

Upset digestive system


Disturbances of the nervous system

Poor sleep

Sometimes a ‘Bull’s eye’ rash


Come and join us!

Morecambe Bay Naturist Club ( continues to welcome new members.

Our 10 acre site Silverglades, with its woods, wild flower meadow, small private glades and lawns, and main lawn for socialising, picnics or barbecue, is in the beautiful village of Silverdale, 10 miles north of Lancaster. An ideal place to lie in the sun, or maybe walk along our woodland trails.

Day visits (£5) by non-members are possible, but a full year at Silverglades for a couple/family is only £70 + £16 joining fee (£55 + £10 for singles), so membership is great value! Our next Open Days for prospective members are 16/03/19 and 13/04/19 when your first visit will be free (arrange via our Secretary 07467 246690).

We accept tents and medium sized caravans or campers (sorry, no electrical hookups or piped water/waste).

MBNC – putting Nature back into Naturism!

2018 AGM

Our Annual General Meeting will be at 2pm on Saturday 08/09/18 at Silverglades.

The AGM is quite short and not too formal, don’t be shy and please come along. To encourage members to attend, we will lay on sandwiches and snacks, so please let me know whether or not you can attend (

This is your opportunity to hear what the club has been up to, to elect the committee, and have your say on how the club is run, so it will be good to see as many of you there as possible.

If you would like to help out by being on the committee, we have at least one vacancy. Please contact me if you’d like to serve. Committee meetings are held at Silverglades on the second Saturday of the month from March to October

Hope to see you at the AGM!



Morecambe Bay Naturist Club. Putting Nature back into Naturism

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