Leisure club – Burgham Park http://burghampark.co.uk/ Sat, 13 Aug 2022 18:18:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://burghampark.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Leisure club – Burgham Park http://burghampark.co.uk/ 32 32 Summer colors captured by Watford Observer Camera Club photographers https://burghampark.co.uk/summer-colors-captured-by-watford-observer-camera-club-photographers/ Sat, 13 Aug 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/summer-colors-captured-by-watford-observer-camera-club-photographers/ Some of the brightest summer colors – green leaves starting to fade and even black and white are among this week’s selection of reader images.

The current theme for our photo club members is ‘what I love about the Watford area in the summer’ and photographs showing summer landscapes, nature close-ups and even summer snacks are featured.

The Watford Observer Camera Club is a Facebook-based group. It’s open to all photographers – from those who take photos with their phones to professionals who capture perfect shots with specialized equipment.

Every four weeks, the members of the photo club take on a new challenge, a theme is chosen and then the work begins for our talented photographers. To research Watford Observer Camera Club on Facebook. Ask to join the group and we will accept you.

This week’s photo selection was taken by:

Johanne De Luca Summer in black and white

Johanne DeLuca

Nigel Pamment

Nigel Pamment

Nigel Pamment

Stephen Danzig Croxley green wildflower meadow

Stephen Danzig Croxley green wildflower meadow

Stephen Danzig

Jo Kedgley

Jo Kedgley

Jo Kedgley

Robert Stapleton Oxhey Business Park

Robert Stapleton Oxhey Business Park

Robert Stapleton

Wendy Page

Wendy Page

Wendy Page

Sarah Clarke Cassiobury Park

Sarah Clarke Cassiobury Park

Sarah Clark

Luke Allen A little too much sun

Luke Allen A little too much sun

Luke Allen

Angela Scott loves the WD4 campaign

Angela Scott loves the WD4 campaign

Angela Scott

Ulverston Leisure Center bowling green holds 1.3 million people https://burghampark.co.uk/ulverston-leisure-center-bowling-green-holds-1-3-million-people/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/ulverston-leisure-center-bowling-green-holds-1-3-million-people/ The last installation at Ulverston’s 1.3 million outdoor leisure complex at Priory Road in 1990 was a new bowling green.

The occasion was marked by a match between the Barrow Police Club (for whom this would be their playground) and Walney Park.

One person who helped create the resort was recreation and tourism officer Graham Tyrer, who led a fact-finding mission to the mainland in the early 1980s.

“We were impressed with the sports facilities in West Germany and when we returned to Cumbria we decided to create similar facilities in Ulverston.

“And I’m very pleased with what has been achieved at the Priory Road complex. It’s wonderful. There isn’t another like it in the North of England.”

The main concern of the planners was the expected growth in the middle-aged population with more leisure time and the need for an all-weather, multi-purpose complex.

With support from the Sports Council and other bodies, work began in 1987 and by November 1988 much of the complex was ready.

It was opened by South Lakeland Council Chairman Eric Proctor in June 1989 in the presence of Sports Council Regional Director Dacre Dunlop.

The facilities included a 100 meter long athletics sprint track, five tennis courts (two with artificial grass and three with synthetic courts), a multi-games area, rugby league and junior football pitches and a large show field for agricultural or equestrian events.

About 80,000 people were expected to use it every year. The adjoining swimming pool had also been used by around 70,000 people the previous year.

Sports previously played at the complex included soccer, hockey and tennis. The Ulverston club and athletes from Hoad Harriers and Park Vale Striders trained there.

In 1995 loyal morning swimmers were treated to special gifts when they showed up for their regular dawn dive on Ulverston Pool’s 21st anniversary.

About 120 children and two dozen adults showed up to take advantage of the 1974-priced bathing fee for a single day.

A birthday cake was also served and a special exhibit showed the community’s involvement in building the pool 21 years prior.

Dothan Leisure Services updates opening hours https://burghampark.co.uk/dothan-leisure-services-updates-opening-hours/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 22:49:00 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/dothan-leisure-services-updates-opening-hours/

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) – Dothan Leisure Services have new timetables which will come into effect on August 15, 2022.

Here is a list of all the new hours of their facilities:

Andrew Belle Community Center, Walton Park Recreation Center, Wiregrass Park Recreation Center: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Eastgate Park: Monday-Saturday: 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastgate Park will close at 5 p.m. daily beginning Sunday, November 6 due to the end of Daylight Savings Time.

Westgate Leisure Centre: Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Westgate Tennis Centre: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Dothan Recreation Services will have the following gymnasiums available for travel basketball/volleyball teams to practice. Each session costs $35 and lasts 50 minutes to allow for cleaning between each session. Sessions are available weekday evenings from 6-6:50 p.m. and 7-7:50 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-10:50 a.m. and 11-11:50 a.m. The gyms available are:

  • Monday: Walton Park Leisure Center
  • Tuesday: Westgate Recreation Center (Volleyball only)
  • Wednesday: Andrew Belle Community Center
  • Thursday: Wiregrass Park Recreation Center
  • Saturday: The 4 centers are available

They also offer fitness clubs, weight rooms, public pools and laps. The Walton Park weight room is $1 per person with a $1 refundable deposit. The Westgate weight room is $1 per person with a $5 refundable deposit. The Whirlpool at Westgate is $3 per person with a $5 deposit. The health club is $40 per term. Public swim and lap swim are $3 per person, and senior lap swim is $1 per person.

Westgate Competition Pool has public swim hours on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with lap times Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday: 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Friday: 6 to 7 p.m.

All Dothan Leisure Services facilities are available for hire. If you are interested, please contact the property directly or book online using this link.

For more information about their programs and facilities, please call 334-615-3700 or visit t www.dothanleisureservices.org.

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The Pros visit Oban and Fort William https://burghampark.co.uk/the-pros-visit-oban-and-fort-william/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/the-pros-visit-oban-and-fort-william/

Darts exhibition: the pros visit Oban and Fort William

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]]> Shannon swimmer rises to the challenge | Guardian of Nenagh https://burghampark.co.uk/shannon-swimmer-rises-to-the-challenge-guardian-of-nenagh/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 14:01:22 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/shannon-swimmer-rises-to-the-challenge-guardian-of-nenagh/

Pictured at the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina are, left to right: Eoin Little, Courtney Hyland, Aiden Sheridan, Hazel McCarthy and Thomas O’Halloran.

Aiden Sheridan successfully completed his Shannon swim last weekend, becoming one of the few people to complete the 245km challenge.

It took the Ballinasloe man 15 days to swim from Dowra, Co Cavan, to the Curraghbour Boat Club in Limerick, where he arrived last Friday. Aiden (43) swam half of Lough Derg in one day on Tuesday last week.

He stopped in Ballina and spent some time at the Lakeside Hotel, where his support team parked their motorhome next to the hotel. The Lakeside provided Aiden and the crew with free lunch, and he used the recreation center after his swim.

Aiden has so far raised €42,000 and counts for the Irish Cancer Society and East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support. His goal is to raise €50,000.

Anyone wishing to support Aiden can visit his webpage idonate.ie, ‘Sheridan swims the Shannon’. See also his Facebook page – ‘RunningAgainstCancer.AidenSheridan’.

The Aster makes its Hollywood debut https://burghampark.co.uk/the-aster-makes-its-hollywood-debut/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 12:16:45 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/the-aster-makes-its-hollywood-debut/

Award-winning hotel group Salt Hotels announces the opening of The Aster – an adults-only club and hotel housed in an impressive six-story building at the iconic intersection of Vine Street and Hollywood Boulevard.

The hybrid members’ club and hotel was designed around the deep belief that the next generation of private members’ clubs will embody the warmth, hospitality and sophistication of the world’s finest luxury boutique hotels.

A destination to refresh and refocus, L’Aster weaves the pleasures of hospitality into everyday life. The sprawling club offers an extensive range of facilities under one roof, including a screening room, swimming pool, cabaret room, lounges, a salon by renowned hairstylist Jonathan Antin, dedicated workspaces, a studio recording and more.

Named after the native Aster flower that blooms across Los Angeles, the property also offers 35 sprawling, fully-equipped guest rooms with interior design inspired by Old Hollywood. Suites are available for public booking, welcoming hotel guests as temporary members with access to all amenities and programming during their stay.

Members will find programming woven throughout The Aster’s various spaces, including educational talks, masterclasses, screenings, DJ sets, musical shows and unique performances. With a culture created by Salt Hotels co-founders David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea and their team, The Aster keeps kindness at its heart, where anyone who wants to join is welcome – there are no criteria established. Membership is not exclusive to creatives or like-minded people, with a vision to welcome a melting pot of personalities from different backgrounds and industries.

Members and hotel guests can expect a diverse and ever-changing range of experiences, with no restrictions. There are no check-in hours or unnecessary rules such as limited laptop or phone use. The space serves as a destination for activating minds and bodies, where individuals can work, play and stay, surrounded by robust programming in the heart of Hollywood.

Dominica is ranked as the #1 Caribbean Island by Travel + Leisure https://burghampark.co.uk/dominica-is-ranked-as-the-1-caribbean-island-by-travel-leisure/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 12:14:00 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/dominica-is-ranked-as-the-1-caribbean-island-by-travel-leisure/

The Caribbean Nature Island was named Best in Class at the 2022 World’s Best Awards

MIAMI, August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Travel + Leisure readers know best when it comes to travel experiences around the world. Ranking activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness and overall value, the publication’s annual World’s Best Awards listed Dominica as the highest island in the Caribbean. Described as “stunning” and “anything but average”, this hidden gem is a dream come true for eco-travellers, hikers, divers, but also travelers looking for a luxury experience. Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica, the island’s first luxury resort, serves as the ultimate base camp for authentic outdoor experiences without sacrificing service and comfort. Getting to the island is now easier than ever, thanks to relaxed entry restrictions and a new daily non-stop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Douglas-Charles International Airport (DOM).

Known as “Nature’s Island” for its lush rainforest and forested mountains, Dominica is isolated from mass tourism, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking the ultimate in space, privacy and eco-adventure. With breathtaking nature views, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes and black sand beaches, the island offers unforgettable experiences that are rare in today’s crowded and overdeveloped destinations.

Surrounded by abundant natural beauty and plenty of opportunities for eco-adventures, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica proves to be the perfect setting for an unforgettable getaway. From the resort’s central location, families, nature lovers, historians, and hikers can explore Cabrits National Park and enjoy trips to nearby caves, hot springs, and waterfalls.

“We are humbled and proud that our destination is recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure as the best island in the world. Caribbean“said Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinksi Dominica Hotel Manager Pascale Selwan. “We look forward to welcoming our guests to our slice of paradise and providing them with Kempinski’s legendary amenities and service.”

For more information or reservations, go to https://www.kempinski.com/fr/dominique/cabrits-resort-kempinski-dominique/

About Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica: Located in Douglas Bay on the northwest side of the island, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea as well as easy access to explore the island’s countless natural waterfalls

hot springs and 365 rivers, one for each day of the year. The 151 rooms, suites, duplexes and villas are luxuriously appointed. Resort features include two distinctive restaurants serving local and international cuisine, including farm-to-table and sea-to-table dining, and a bar; an 18,000 square foot spa; four swimming pools; six beach cabins; modern fitness facilities; two tennis courts; a kids’ club and water sports on-site. Over 8,000 square feet of event space, including three meeting rooms, a boardroom, and an outdoor amphitheater, provide options for executive retreats, weddings, and celebrations.

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]]> A 4-star stay in Dublin 9 https://burghampark.co.uk/a-4-star-stay-in-dublin-9/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 09:11:55 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/a-4-star-stay-in-dublin-9/

The Bonnington is a 4 star hotel located just north of Dublin city center and is a perfect place to relax after a day or night spent in the hustle and bustle of the city.

Photo credit: Mark Casserly

Getting There

The hotel is only about 15 minutes from the city center and is also conveniently located on the road to Dublin Airport – perfect for guests visiting from Ireland or overseas.

There are excellent transport links available in and out of the city center and the airport with a wide variety of regular buses stopping just minutes from the hotel.

Dublin buses numbers 11, 16, 31 and 41 offer the perfect way to get from the city center to the hotel and are very convenient and economical at less than €3 each way.

Photo credit: Mark Casserly

The stay

All of the hotel’s rooms have been recently refurbished, with classic, executive and family rooms on offer.

For my visit I stayed in one of the executive rooms in the hotel which was lovely and neat with a place for everything and everything in place.

The room featured individual air conditioning (heaven in a heat wave), Respa orthopedic bed, 39-inch Smart TV (Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube are close at hand), a desk with a very comfortable reclining chair and USB ports, a tea and coffee station, and complimentary Prija toiletries.

I found the ability to control the heating and air conditioning amazing considering I was staying during the recent hot weather. The bed was very comfortable and definitely helped me a lot to have a relaxing sleep.

The large amount of USB ports in the room would be ideal for large families with bags of devices, while the desk and recliner would be perfect for anyone staying for a work trip.

Photo credit: Mark Casserly


There are plenty of dining choices available at the Bonnington. The Croft Bar & Bistro is located next to reception with food served from 12:00. In addition to the starters and dishes offered, the sandwiches and wraps offered are a perfect snack at lunchtime.

The night I stayed at the hotel, I had dinner at DXTR at McGettigan’s. It is a pleasant and relaxed setting that uses products exclusively from local suppliers. Their goal is to provide excellence in what they call farm-to-fork catering.

The restaurant uses a Josper Grill which is an indoor barbecue oven that cooks a variety of meats and fish at over 500 degrees Celsius, sealing in all the flavor and moisture.

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I ordered the salt aged smoked beef burger which was delicious. The burger, presented in a brioche bun, was so rich in flavor and had Dublin cheddar cheese, house-smoked bacon, dill pickles, red onions, tomato, lettuce and the original sauce from DXTR.

In addition to the burger, there was a large portion of lovely hand cut fries. The potatoes used to make these fries come from The Seed Potato Company in Ballymun. The fries, which are made even crispier by being double-fried in duck fat, are so flavorful they’re equally delicious on their own or with smoky tomato ketchup.

Other menu highlights include catch of the day (locally sourced from Dublin Bay and the North Atlantic using sustainable fishing methods), 14oz Dexter T-bone (which has been aged for 28 days with Himalayan salt by Gahan Butchers and is grass fed Irish Donabate Dexter Beef) and the Wagyu Burger (provided by Anne Cronin of Bantry in County Cork).

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I had breakfast the next morning in the newly refurbished Broomfield Suite. There was a great choice of food on offer, ranging from wonderful fresh fruit and pastries to everything needed for a classic full Irish breakfast. Food is served buffet style, allowing guests to choose what they want as often as they want.

The hotel also has a lovely tea room located just inside the front door which serves afternoon tea. A selection of sandwiches, miniature desserts and scones with cream and jam are included with Prosecco, an optional extra for a special occasion.

This room is stunning with its sophisticated decor, open fireplace and beautifully crafted tea cups and saucers.

The installations

If you are looking to relax or keep in shape during your stay, the B.Fit Fitness & Leisure Club offers a complete experience for hotel guests and club members. This space occupies two floors and includes a newly renovated gym with new equipment, an 18-meter swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

There are also designated times set aside for children to use the pool. I used the pool and jacuzzi during my stay and was very impressed with what was on offer, including the cleanliness of the changing rooms.

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Those in need of treatment can head to the Serenity Treatment Room, a spa offering a wide range of treatments from massages and facials to waxing and Hopi ear candles.

Kieran O’Reilly is the health club’s on-site physiotherapist. He has worked with teams such as Dublin GAA and Ireland Cricket and is available by advance appointment.


Although busy the day I arrived, the staff I met at the hotel were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The restaurant served great food and I was delighted to see how committed the chefs were to local produce.

Guests will be assured of a good night’s sleep after a relaxing trip in the leisure center and the exceptionally comfortable beds. The rooms were also nice and quiet, blocking out any noise from inside or outside the hotel.

From my experience, I would recommend this hotel to solo travelers as well as couples and families as I had a very enjoyable stay.

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The price

I was offered a hotel stay for consideration. Throughout August, the price of a classic double room, which includes bed and breakfast the following morning and use of the leisure area, starts from €208.10.

For more staycation inspiration, check out this review of a rustic retreat in Wicklow and this fun and chaotic trip to Galway.

– Written by Mark Casserly

The background music is the real star of reality TV https://burghampark.co.uk/the-background-music-is-the-real-star-of-reality-tv/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 06:31:26 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/the-background-music-is-the-real-star-of-reality-tv/ It’s rare to find the words “Nick”, “Knowles” and “music” in the same sentence, especially if you were unlucky enough to listen to his seminal album Every Kind of People.

Currently ranked in the top 17,800 music bestsellers on Amazon, it has received rave reviews including “so good it makes your ears bleed” and “purchased for a friend who has since moved to New Zealand”. I don’t know if the two are related.

Anyway, I digress: during a TV lull last night, I turned on one of Mr. Knowles’ programs.


I didn’t catch the name, but I think it might have been the one with the dramatic Channel 5-style title: DIY: SOS! Which is the television equivalent of describing anyone who carried on normally and went to work during the pandemic as a member of the “front line” (a term I find rather offensive in relation to the military who are the real front lines).

When I turned on, the sound was muted and a mundane activity involving a dumpster, high-vis jackets and hard hats greeted me, along with the sight of Knowles standing there with his tanned skin and ripped torso as he was sweating profusely, though he was doing little more than standing in his requisite teapot position with his hands on his hips as he pointed a soffit.

Bored, seconds later I turned up the volume and that’s when the real star of the show hit me right between the eyes: the background music.

Amidst the rubble and chaos of work in progress that inexplicably always seems to hit its target in seconds, Nick told us the sad story.

Behind the story of misfortune was orchestral music, mixed with violins and melancholy as the whole program set us up to get emotional. Now, as a DIY enthusiast, I’ve cried many times: but usually from hitting my thumb with a hammer or paying off neighbors’ fences, but never from death, destruction or serious illness. .

The causes of the stories are worthy, no doubt, but the unsung heroes of the series are not Knowles with his multi-million pound paycheck which he wastes on studio recording time, but the composers who not only pull on the heart cords but pull them away from the trunk lung.


The same method can be applied to all the heavy hitters on earth, including X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

With the latter, you’re guaranteed to get four yeses if you’re under 16 no matter how talented you are, but the cast is guaranteed to be covered in golden confetti if you have the story heavily vaulted.

Again, the post hits only with a few sad tunes that put the celebrity cryometer barometer into effect: if it’s a trip down the stairs and a broken ankle, Amanda will sob, down to Simon who needs be convinced by a gunman taking your immediate family and three other generations, plus the dog who died after being fatally hit by a Volvo V40 at the weekend.

The power of music has the ability to unite and ignite, to bring flashbacks and memories but also, as they proved to the end, to evoke emotion and sympathy for a cause, for programs whose main objective is to increase audience figures and therefore advertising revenues. .

Conversely, it was refreshing to see Rose Ayling Ellis deservedly winning the Bafta for ‘must see’ for her Strictly Silent Dance.

Evoking the emotion they did (and Mr. Grumpy here too gushed) by simply turning off the volume gave more of a glimpse, for a moment, of the tribulations facing the profoundly deaf.

Not only that, but it proved that the visual can be more powerful than the audio on rare occasions, although watching the Nick Knowles clips tells me it’s a very close thing….

The Ladner Pioneers lacrosse team retired a 4th jersey https://burghampark.co.uk/the-ladner-pioneers-lacrosse-team-retired-a-4th-jersey/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://burghampark.co.uk/the-ladner-pioneers-lacrosse-team-retired-a-4th-jersey/ Tim Winter played 22 seasons for his hometown team, winning two national championships along the way

Tim Winter will have a constant reminder of his long and decorated lacrosse career every time he walks into the Ladner Recreation Center.

The local product became the fourth player in the storied history of the Ladner Pioneers Senior “B” Lacrosse Club to have his jersey retired. Winter was honored at a special pregame ceremony ahead of the Pioneers’ regular season finale against the North Shore Indians on July 7.

His No. 77 joins the likes of Ed Schuss, John Schuss and Ross Frehlick on the east wall of the arena. Winter played 22 seasons for the Pioneers and established himself as one of the top defensemen in the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association.

He first joined the team as a proven scorer in the junior ranks and continued that role for a few seasons before making the jump to the New West Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association in 1995. The two-year stint has been highlighted while playing in the Mann Cup. as New West lost in six games to the powerhouse Six Nations Chiefs of Ontario.

Winter returned to the hometown club in time for Ladner to host the 1997 President’s Cup. The Pioneers won bronze that year, then broke through the following season in Tuscarora, NY for their first national title in the league. history of the franchise.

They did it again in 2004 on British Columbia soil when Ladner beat the Kahnawake Mohawks 6-3 at Langley. It was part of a 12-year run. Winter served as team captain before retiring in 2012. He also added another President Cup bronze in 2006 when Ladner hosted the tournament for the second time.

Pioneers head coach and former teammate Ross Frehlick presented him with a plaque and a $1,000 travel voucher on behalf of the club.