Following a reduction of use by the military, British Naturism is pleased to be invited back to the Garrison Swimming Pool at Bordon, which has now been opened up for use by the public, and other community groups. This means that after a gap of many years it is possible once again for to hold a regular skinny dip there. Accordingly Naked Bordon, in conjunction with British Naturism (BN), has arranged a regular Friday evening session at the pool. There is also a pool side sauna available for use.
John Rodgers, BN’s London and South East regional coordinator, said:
It’s terrific to have yet another new swim start in our region, following Southampton last year. Naturism is definitely on the up and we’re delighted to give more people a chance to discover the joys of swimming without a costume.
The cost £5 for adults, £1 for children (under 18's must be accompanied) and full time students (with Student Union ID). Adults will need to show a photo ID such as a driving licence or passport.
The dates are 5th February, 4th March, and 1st April, and the sessions run from 19.00 – 21.00hrs.
BORDON GARRISON SWIMMING POOL, Budds Lane, Bordon, GU35 0JE. Further details from BN Regional Coordinator John Rodgers on 01403 258258.
Notes for Editors
British Naturism (BN) is the UK’s officially recognised Naturist organisation. It exists to support and unite Naturists around the UK and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, although its predecessors were in existence since the 1930s.
Amongst the aims of BN are to campaign for more places to be made available for Naturism and to protect Naturists against discrimination and Victorian attitudes to the human body. https://www.bn.org.uk/campaigning/index.
Fact - in law, there is no offence of nudity. Various pieces of legislation and common law are often mentioned in connection with Naturism but they are rarely relevant. See Crown Prosecution Service guidance on Naturism for details. There is inadequate protection against prejudice, misunderstanding of the law, and abuses of the law, and that can result in Naturists finding themselves in difficulties
In the UK, there are over 130 sun clubs, swim clubs and holiday resorts and many beaches used regularly by Naturists. Membership of BN is around 10,000 people with many more being members of clubs affiliated to BN. https://www.bn.org.uk/activities/placestogo.
Naturism is good for you! Naturists report improvements in well-being, stress, chronic illness, self-esteem and body image. It’s also a sensible choice of dress when the weather is warm. Naturists are normal people. The only difference between activities inside and outside of Naturism is the dress code.
It is a fallacy to believe that naked children are any more at risk in a Naturist environment. Unaccompanied children are not permitted in Naturist places and the community spirit that pervades ensures that a watchful eye is present. Despite the perception, there are far fewer problems in Naturism than in more “public” places where children and adults mix. Mindful of the need to be aware of child safeguarding issues, however, BN have a robust child safeguarding policy, code of practice, and a Child Safeguarding sub-committee that meets regularly and runs workshops on the subject, sometimes to groups from outside the Naturist world.
For the media, there is a dedicated “Media Centre” at https://www.bn.org.uk/media, which contains useful information for those wishing to write about Naturism or to feature this wonderful world in their publications or programmes.