LARKSHALL - INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

GAS SUPPLY

The cooking facilities run on LPG. There is an isolator valve in the corner of the kitchen by the sink which will need to be turned on. TURN THIS OFF AT THE END OF YOUR STAY!

If you smell gas turn off the supply, open windows & doors, and inform the Warden or other club officer.

WATER

The main stopcock is situated inside the building by the side door.  In winter months please ensure this is turned off and the system drained (valve in corner of ladies washroom) at the end of your stay.

ELECTRICS

The consumer unit/main power switch is situated by the side door. Mains power should always be left turned on, however do ensure all lights are turned off and all appliances are unplugged/switched off. Please report any defects.

TELEPHONE & INTERNET

There is a landline telephone service to the building.  Outgoing calls may be made from the coin operated telephone in the hallway.  This also accepts incoming calls. The telephone number is 01749 841072.

Internet is available for web browsing and email only. Downloading of large files, particularly music, films etc, is strictly not allowed as this will quickly use all the download availability and make the service unavailable to everyone else. The password is available upon request. To enable us to maintain this service please leave a donation in the collection box provided.

HEATING

The building is heated by the fire in the lounge. When in use this also heats the water. There may be wood in the wood store but this is for use by members only unless special arrangements have been made.  The fire operates best using coal and visiting groups are advised to bring a bag or two. Most local shops/petrol stations stock coal but it is most certainly available at the Texaco garage in Shepton Mallet. It is advisable to check you have means of lighting the fire. When the fire is alight it can also heat the radiators providing the central heating switch, located in the hallway, is on.

There are night storage heaters in the bunkrooms.  These operate automatically.  Please do not adjust the settings.

HOT WATER

If the fire is used this heats the water.  To facilitate this turn on the pump switch situated above the signing-in desk in the corridor.  PLEASE ENSURE THIS IS TURNED OFF AT THE END OF THE WEEKEND.  At other times there is a separate control for hot water next to the pump switch.  A push-button provides varying amounts of hot water.

DRYING ROOM

A drying room is available in the changing area. The heating is coin operated.  Please do not hang dripping or very muddy items in the room.

RUBBISH

Please use the grey rubbish sacks provided (USE SPARINGLY AS WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM AND THEY ARE EXPENSIVE), and place in the rubbish store by front gate. THESE ARE THE ONLY SACKS THE REFUSE COLLECTORS WILL TAKE SO DO NOT LEAVE ANY OTHERS.  Recycling boxes are provided in the kitchen - please use them and if possible take away any recyclable materials.

If you are able to take away any rubbish or recyclable items it will be appreciated.

KITCHEN

Please ensure fridges are turned off, the doors left open, and any food is removed on leaving. Also please ensure the kitchen is clean and tidy and all the washing-up done.

BUNKROOMS

There are three bunkrooms - two for guests (sleeping 19 and 12 people respectively), and one for members.  Guests are not permitted to use the members bunkroom without permission.  Sleeping is not permitted in other parts of the building to comply with fire regulations.  Please be considerate to other users.

CAMPING

There is plenty of space available for camping.  Anyone wishing to camp for privacy or any other reason is welcome to do so.  All hut facilities are available to anyone camping.  Fees are the same as for using the bunkrooms.

DOGS

Dogs are only allowed to stay by arrangement.  Visitors with dogs, either daytime or overnight, should be vigilant as to where their animals go to the toilet and should immediately collect and properly dispose of any dog mess.  Remember that someone has to cut the grass, and that the property is often used by children and for camping.

BBQ's & BONFIRES

Everyone is welcome to use the BBQ facilities at the rear of the property providing it is left clean and tidy.

There is an obvious bonfire area at the rear.  If there is material already there then it is most likely being collected for a special occasion.  Do not burn it without permission.  If you want to have a bonfire then you are welcome to do so subject to the above and you providing all your only material to be burnt. Please discuss this with the Warden.  Wood in the wood store should not be used under any circumstances.

SECURITY

The building must be kept locked when no one is around.

The alarm system is linked to a security company who will automatically call the police, False alarms cost the club money as the system has to be reset by an alarm company engineer. The club will have to recover the costs from those responsible for any false alarms so please note the following:

The front door key arms and disarms the alarm. Before locking the front door, please ensure all windows and external doors are shut and locked, and that nobody is left in the building (check the bunkrooms!). Entry must only be made by the front door when the alarm is set. Please do not touch the keypad inside the building.

DAMAGE/BREAKAGES

All damage and breakages should be reported to the Warden and must be paid for, or made good.  If you do cause any damage please do own up and let us know so we can get it sorted out.

LAST TO LEAVE

Ensure all lights and appliances are turned off, gas is turned off, and the water is off. Open the drain tap in the corner of the ladies shower and turn on taps in washing area and kitchen (hot and cold), during the winter months. Put full rubbish bags in the bins by the front gate for collection.

Please leave the building cleaner than you found it!

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Any problems during your stay please contact any of the following:

Warren Rhodes (Larkshall Warden) - 07590 836788 or 01749 840985
Tracey O'Brein (Larkshall Bookings) - 07890 962483 or 01749 841711
Paul Hadfield - 07971 471940 or 01749 841711
Graham Price - 07977 290003 or 01749 840795

THANK YOU.

Cerberus Spelaeological Society
'Larkshall'
Fosse Road
Oakhill
Somerset
BA3 5HY

June 2013