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    By peter.edwards, in South West,

    As you will have seen in the June SW Newsletter, we welcome to the SW Team not only a new secretary, Graham Holland, but also a dedicated newsletter editor, Julia Holland.
    Not receiving SW newsletters in your email inbox? Then go to http://www.bn.org.uk/newsletters/ and sign up.
    Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances it was necessary, after much discussion, to withdraw the SW CornishFest at Lower Poulza Post, however a warm welcome awaits all BN members who wish to visit during the summer.  But please, make contact in advance.   
    Currently we have on the SW calendar: Splashdown, Studland beach days, Nudefest, Solos Weekends at Wyvern Swim & Sun Club and South Western Outdoor Club, Kidz Camp at Avonvale Sun Club, Abbey House Gardens Clothes Optional Days, plus there are various swims, naked bike rides etc. around the region.  See the SW calendar for more details.

    By nigel.bromley, in Eastern,

    Not long to go now before our new-look Pétanque Day at Springwood Sun Club, near Colchester in Essex on Sunday 4th June 2017. Remember it is open to all members of BN in Eastern Region (ER1 or ER2 on your membership card) and all members of clubs in the Region.
    We'd like to see everyone there, but you need to let us know you are coming before the late May bank holiday. You can e-mail easternsecretary@bn.org.uk or ring me on 01908 263808, or reply to me via this forum.
    This will be a fun day out for all our members, sponsored the the Eastern Region. It is open to all Individual BN members and also to all members of BN Eastern Region clubs.
    It will be an all-day event with a break for a barbecue lunch. These regional sports are an ideal way to meet other naturists, the pace of the day is usually leisurely and there is plenty of time for socialising between rounds; you also get to play against different people all the way through.
    This year, the competition will be based on pairs, which could be a couple, or it could be two people pairing up for the day. There will be prizes for the winners!
    After approximately 10 months of planning, phone calls, meetings and many emails, BN's 8th year in Blackpool finally arrived. When the clock struck 5pm, everyone stripped off double quick. As I gave the welcome talk, my legs were like jelly and my stomach was doing somersaults. Would everything go to plan? Would everyone have a good time? Would the activities be well attended? These were just a few of the questions racing through my head. I would not, under any circumstances describe myself as an event organiser, so this was a big deal for me.

    I needn't have worried. Following our evening meal, Ian and Linda got the ball rolling with one of their ever popular quizzes. This was quickly followed by singer/comedienne Charleigh, who entertained us with her vocal skills and wit. BN's own Brian Matthews kept the momentum going with a disco through to the early hours.

    Saturday was just one continuous blur of activities including, group photo, guided tour of Blackpool, (B)aerobics, yoga, Magistrate's Viewpoint, Victorian Photography, Lighting the Model and bingo. It was then time to get dressed and make our way to the Sandcastle for a couple of hours of flumes for the adrenalin junkies, and relaxation for those of us who just wanted to spend our time in the pools, sauna and steam rooms. Our evening meal was followed by entertainment with 'Elvis' until late.

    Sunday's programme once again hit the ground running with, Act of Worship, more (B)aerobics and yoga, massage workshop, an intros quiz, Naked Icing Challenge, body painting and karaoke. The evening's theme was Blackpool/Lancashire with flat caps and mop caps in abundance. Another BN favourite, Trident Party Band, making their 5th BN appearance, kept the dance floor filled until late. This was once again followed by Brian with disco music into the wee small hours.

    A pool competition ran throughout the weekend with darts, dominoes, chess and drafts all available.

    Thanks to all those who came along for the weekend. There wouldn't be much point if no one went. I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to the following who helped make this weekend possible. Those who provided activities and gave up so much of their time, (and in some cases provided resources at their own expense). Others who worked quietly in the background helping with organisation and planning. The New Hackett's Hotel management and staff, who made every effort to make us all welcome. Sandcastle Waterpark management and staff. And last but not least, my wife Julie, who corrected my spellings. Helped me put the programme together and pointed out the blindingly obvious mistakes and timings. Put up with my stressing out over all the minor details and the late nights. I couldn't have done what I did, without her support.

    Here's to Blackpool 2018. ..George Booth

    By peter.edwards, in South West,

    With another fantastic Bournemouth Weekend now becoming a memory it’s time to look towards the warmer months. 
    In recent days, Splashdown has been confirmed for Saturday 24th June this will followed by a Studland Beach Day on the 25th, details for both these events should be posted during the coming week. Currently we have on the calendar: Nudefest at Langport, Somerset, SW Solos Weekend at Wyvern Swim & Sun Club, Kidz Camp at Avonvale Sun Club, CornishFest at Lower Poulza Post - see SW Events for details for all these. Abbey House Gardens are running their Clothes Optional Days again during 2017, plus there are various swims around the region. More dates to be added as summer approaches! See http://www.bn.org.uk/regions/southwest/
    The SW Region are seeking volunteers for the posts of regional secretary and a newsletter editor, details will be in the SW Newsletter due out very soon. Not signed up to receive newsletters? Then go to http://www.bn.org.uk/newsletters/

    By peter.edwards, in South West,

    Bournemouth 2017 is just a week away as I write, where does time go?  Due to great support from members booking for this event was closed early, the type of support that secures the future of events.  On the subject of events, remember to keep an eye on the SW Events Calendar, new posts and updates are being added all the time. 
    We are looking for someone with, good communication skills, able to work as part of  a team to take on the role of Regional Secretary see more details http://www.bn.org.uk/volunteer/opportunities/south-west-regional-secretary-r28/ , in the next Regional Newsletter due out second of February or contact swchairman@bn.org.uk  -  southwestrep@bn.org.uk .

    By peter.edwards, in South West,

    The South West Newsletter has just been released, thanks to our secretary. 
    Not seen it?  Then sign up to receive BN's Newsletters under "News" in the top tool bar of BN's website.
    South Western Outdoor Club will be hosting the SW AGM on Sunday November 27th at 1:30pm, please see full details in the SW Events Calendar and October's SW Newsletter. 
    We have two Halloween events listed in SW calendar check them out, perhaps you can support one of them.  Remember through the winter months their are various swims to enjoy and don't forget the national events!  Our own Bournemouth 2017 weekend in February, there will be a full program of activities and will be naturist all weekend, not to be missed.... See full details in Big Days Out and the events calendar.  Looking forward to warmer months; regional events for 2017 are being looked into as I write.

    By nigel.bromley, in Eastern,

    At our autumn meeting at Spielplatz there was some uncertainty over the date for our AGM, between the host club not being available and clashes with other events in the Region.
    I'm glad to say that we have now resolved the issue, and the AGM will be on Sunday 23rd April 2017, at Arcadians of Greenglades near Billericay in Essex.
    This will be an important meeting as several positions of the Committee will become vacant.
    Arcadians is a lovely club, and if you have not been there before make this your opportunity to see it. More, you will be able to meet others from the Region and take a part, however small, in running it.
    The meetings usually start at 11:00 and the formal business is all over by lunchtime. During and after lunch there will be time to explore the club and to network with other members and representatives of other clubs.
    Every member of BN Eastern Region is welcome. Put it in your diary now!
    The club is here: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Billericay+CM12+9SN/@51.6093334,0.3762616,200m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8bf57b9213eb3:0xd10620db0330de2d!8m2!3d51.6063934!4d0.377991?hl=en

    By nigel.bromley, in Eastern,

    Don't forget our meeting on Sunday 18th September (2 weeks time!) at Spielplatz. We welcome all Eastern Region members.
    Spielplatz is providing several Lunch options.
    1. Cottage Pie, with Peas Carrots & Gravy

    2. Lasagne, with Garlic Bread & Side Salad

    3. Vegetarian Nut Roast, with new potatoes, veg & Tomato Salsa Sauce
    4. A Roast Lunch will also be available, however this will not be served until after 2.00pm.
    Dessert Course. Apple pie and Custard, or Chocolate & Orange Cake & Cream or Ice Cream

    The cost of lunches 1 - 3 will be £5.00 including dessert, and lunch 4 will be £7.00 plus £3.00 for dessert.
    I would be grateful if you could confirm attendance and your lunch choice (if any) by 14th September.  Please respond easternsecretary@bn.org.uk.

    By nigel.bromley, in Eastern,

    Next weekend, Sunday 21st August, is our day at Holkham. Full details of where it is and how to get to the beach are on the calendar entry just below here. It is quite a walk from the pay-and-display car park but it's well worth it, it's a lovely. big, sandy beach. If it's a normal day there, it'd be worth bringing some sort of windbreak as well as the usual water and any lunch you might care for. If you are intending to come, please let me know, especially if you are planning on coming with anything such as a beach game. We will be there with an orange BN beach tent and the Eastern Region flag.
    The weather's looking OK at the moment!
    I am on 01908 263808 or easternrep@bn.org.uk or Twitter at @nib_kit
    Nigel Bromley
    Eastern Regional Co-ordinator

    By peter.edwards, in South West,

    Firstly I would like to welcome the new SW secretary Ian Bracken to the SW Team I'm sure he will make a valuable contribution to the region.
    You can now find the SW region on Twitter @BNSouthWest so follow us and share our tweets.
    It would be great to see all the SW clubs swim or landed getting involved in BN's Woman in Naturism Weekend June 4th - 5th and the Great British Skinny Dip Sept 2nd - 4th.
    Nudefest plans are coming together, this will be as great an event as in previous years. Bookings are well advanced. Abbey House Gardens are holding Clothes Optional Open Days again in 2016, see the "Events Page" for dates. We are aiming to have the SW stand at as many of the dates as possible so come along and see us.