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    Recently a new Sports Officer for the Eastern Region was appointed. Ian Beeby has recently agreed to adopt the role. He is a
    volunteer on the Eastern Regional Committee and has previously served in other volunteer roles, and most  recently as ; Vice Chairman  of the
    committee.
     
    In recent times the use of sport within British Naturism's Eastern Region has been put on the back burner. with the Covid 19 Pandemic
    being  a large factor in this. so to reinvigoraate naturist Sport in our region. Ian will be planning ahead and working with the relevant sport
    governing bodies and following Government guidelines to provide sport in this year of 2021.
     
     
    We wish Ian every success as he embarks on his new role as Sports Officer.
     
     
    We also have a new Walks Coordinator. Andrew Roch is an experienced walker and has recently taken over the role from John Gelder, whom has become the National Volunteer Officer.
    Andrew has begun planning walks for this year, so when government guidelines permit his planned walks will begin.
     
    We wish both Andrew and John every success in their new roles.
     
    Article by Andy Gilmour
     

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    Working for Naturism throughout the pandemic…
    Due to the ‘Lock down’ situation you would be forgiven for thinking that we are busy doing nothing at BN behind the scenes – when nothing could be further from the truth! All the regional coordinators and other volunteers have been busy beavering away at creating regional and National events. The South West team are busy helping to arrange a camping event at Thorney Lakes in September, The Eastern rep is setting up Garden visits, the Saner rep is collaborating with the National events team with ‘The Gathering’ Others are busy setting dates for events and uploading these into the BN calendar.
    Every volunteer is contributing to the GBSD campaign by way of connecting their events to the growing list of regional events for the GBSD / BHF Alliance - the BHF fundraising manager Hannah is the ‘go to’ person for BHF and she is engaging fortnightly with Siobhan and myself via Zoom. We now have a list of connected 'member led' events (nationally) that is fast approaching 50. We are constantly seeking out venues, so any suggestions are welcome, please send them to campaigns@bn.org.uk  
    The North West Outreach and North West Action groups are constantly engaging via Workplace, WhatsApp and video conference calls. So – Pandemic permitting, we can later give the membership a full programme of regional events.
    Hope to see you all soon….
    Ron.

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    2021 Naked Outdoors

    By Guest, in North West,

    2021 – Naked Outdoors.
    2020 has been a year best forgotten in terms of promoting the usual annual club events in the North West region, so where exactly the New year will take us is – as yet, unsure and difficult to predict. We did manage quite a few member led events such as the Beacon Tarn Naked walk and skinny dip (twice), a handful of beach days including the new find at Roanhead in Cumbria (thanks to Garibaldi Nick) and a Naked evening at Dorothy Clive gardens – thanks to John Rodgers for arranging that one. Thankfully John will be continuing to lead Naked walks in the south of the region, despite retiring as NW Coordinator.
    It’s been a frustrating first few months for Amanda Lee, the new NW Coordinator and myself leading the Campaigns task force, when we were both so enthusiastic about what we planned to achieve working together. The most positive aspect was the expansion of our ‘North West Action’ workplace group and the emergence of the new WhatsApp group ‘NW Outreach’, bringing together BN members from around the region to engage and take part in regional events, enabling us to walk Naked safely outdoors with ‘safety in numbers’ being applied, registering for ‘Track and Trace’.  
    The many new faces are hard to keep track on, so the ‘NW Outreach’ group  intend to hold regular Zoom sessions before and during the season to familiarise ourselves again and make concrete plans for who does what and where during 2021 – any new ideas or suggestions for beach locations etc are welcome. Don’t forget we already have St Annes beach for Naturist use on any day of the week, so maybe we could utilise our WhatsApp group for regular meet ups there.
    I aim to create a national network of Campaigns volunteers for 2021, so this should lead to more success if the Covid-19 vaccine is successful – hopefully a new volunteer applicant will be joining the official campaigns team soon - he will be leading and expanding the Naked walking programme locally, applying his knowledge and experience of Naked walking throughout the Lake district.
    The unpredictable increase in interest for Naked walking has been a real eye opener and I would also like to look at expanding on the Naked Garden visits - another outdoor initiative that is always popular and well attended. These can be facilitated midweek or after the Gardens’ normal hours at weekends. I’ve already had a positive reply from the manager of a gardens venue near Warrington – inviting the two of us for a day visit in the Spring to see if it is suitable. All these to supplement the national BN Events programme.                                                         
    The Great British Skinny Dip…  
    I am sure you are aware of my passion for this campaign and I hope to return to finding many more new venues – this time with the help of campaigns volunteers nationwide, challenging discriminatory refusals vociferously through the appropriate channels. The new venue in East Lancashire have kept in touch and seem keen to facilitate us on the restart of the campaign. Also the new manager at Penketh has promised notifications when appropriate, Wigton are always in touch with possible restart dates, these are all updated regularly  on NW News online.
    Ron O’Hare (Campaigns Task Force, Team GBSD)
    Email: ron.ohare@bn.org.uk


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    Valley Farm Vineyards For Sale

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Last Summer many of us enjoyed a day out near Halesworth at Valley Farm Vineyards. Our two female hosts were, very hospitable and knowledgeable about the industey and their wines. 
    Sadly they have decided to move on. Here is an article about them;
    East Anglian Daily Times: Halesworth, Suffolk, vineyard for sale as owners move on. https://www.eadt.co.uk/business/valley-farm-vineyards-on-the-market-1-6823025
    Andy

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    Do you live in South Wales?

    By Guest, in South West,

    An exciting opportunity to be part of BN's South West Region Leadership Team, coordinating and promoting a programme of naturist activities and opportunities in South Wales, and a great opportunity for someone who likes connecting with others!  As the South Wales Representative you will act as a contact point for members, provide information about local opportunities, promote naturism as a healthy lifestyle and encourage more people in South Wales to become involved in naturism.  Find out more details from HERE, then if you are interested contact our Regional Coordinator Mike Whitcombe for an informal chat.

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    NW Outreach group

    By Guest, in North West,

    The North West Outreach group - leading us out of restrictions incrementally with many outdoor events and the September relaunch of the successful Wigton Naturist swim….
    With the Beacon Tarn Naked walk and skinny dip and a first ever organised beach day at Roanhead beach near Barrow in Furness under our belts – the latter was well documented by the local paper ‘The Barrow Mail’ and a positive interview drew plenty of attention to our right to take off our clothes on any beach, despite a local councillor saying we would perhaps disturb the wildlife! Due to popular demand we are to revisit Beacon Tarn on the 19th September, but before that we have the Morfa Dyffryn annual beach day on 5th September – more information can be found on North West News online. -  Updated daily. 
    Naked swimming returns to the Wigton Pool !
    After 5 long months without a swim, this ‘Great British Skinny Dip’ associated swimming pool – Wigton, are reopening their doors and welcoming back Naturist swimming again every second Saturday in the month - beginning on the 12th September 2020 2-4pm. There is a limit of 27 swimmers to comply with social distancing, so be sure to ring the Wigton pool and book your spot. Please bring photo I.D. and proof of address if it’s your first visit. Ladies visiting for the first time can contact the North West ‘Women in Naturism’ campaign coordinator -  Elizabeth via email for a personal welcome.  
    Wigton Pool T. 016973 42412 
    North West Clubs opening their doors for visitors.
    We now have several North West clubs opening their doors for visitors,  with one particular club leading the way by inviting visitors to join on the first ever visit! Yes, you can visit Morecambe Bay Naturist Club by appointment and become members immediately! Please be sure to book in advance by emailing MBNC enquiries -  BN members can email the Chairman direct.
    M. 07467 24 66 90
    Liverpool Sun & Air are accepting visitors, please visit their website for more info about this modern British Naturism supportive club.
    M. 07947 48 07 07.
    Ashdene Naturist Club (Just over the border) are welcoming visitors, but be sure to book in advance to visit this premier Naturist club, as visitor numbers are limited. There are 3 club caravans available to hire, but only to members at present, due to restrictions.
    M. 07519 95 28 07
    Telford Naturist Club Visitors are welcome again with their own unit, but they must use their own toilet and shower. Day visits are not yet possible. Please be sure to book in advance.
    M. 07760 61 83 67.
    Lancashire Sun are accepting visitors too - see the ‘visitor page’ on their website.
    See the 'Clubs' page on North West News online. for up to date news on Club visits.
    Ron O’Hare 

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    Corton Beach Day

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Sunday 23rd August is The Eastern Region Beach day at Corton on the East Coast at Corton Beach just North of Lowestoft.
     
     On Google Maps I have placed a red pin in the car park This  is a free large  car park. To access the beach from the car park. Cross the main  Corton road B1385 at the crossing point, and walk to  the  downsloping pathway. Follow the path down the slope until you see the steps on the beach. Turn left and walk about 200 yards and then you will find yourself in the naturist area of Corton Beach. The journey from the Car park to the naturist part of the beach takes about 5 minutes.
    Here is a google map view;
    Dropped pin Near Lowestoft https://maps.app.goo.gl/XwZFEGtaws8ncf2T8
    Below is a view of the path to the beach;


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    Fullers Mill Gardens

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    If you have not Booked a ticket for Fullers Mill Gardens, but would like to go along, you can book now by contacting Robert Finney on athelstan936@ntlworld.com 
    Booking closes tomorrow Sunday 2nd August.
    Here are the essential details;
     

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    Beds/Bucks/Herts Naturist Walks – New Walks and Dates Announced



    We are pleased to announce three further walks as follows:

    Friday 7 August 2020 – Tring, Hertfordshire, including sections of The Ridgeway and the Chiltern Way (9 miles).

    Friday 4 September 2020 – North Marston, Buckinghamshire, through parts of Aylesbury Vale with panoramic views of the Chilterns and North Buckinghamshire from the top of Quainton Hill (7 miles).

    Friday 9 October 2020 – Wendover, Buckinghamshire, including part of the Chiltern Hills (7 miles). Start/Finish point is accessible by train to Wendover Station on the Chiltern Line (London Marylebone to Aylesbury Vale Parkway via Amersham).

    The routes are mostly flat through woodland and open countryside but do include some low to moderate inclines.

    Places are limited to 30 participants only. Please note that everyone participating in the walk will be expected to maintain the required two meters social distancing from each other prior to and during the walk.

    These events are being organised by British Naturism Eastern Region in association with the Milton Keynes Naturist Meet and Greet Group. They are open to all members of British Naturism and other naturist (walking) groups; anyone new to naturism or to naturist walking is welcome too. When booking, please state whether you are a member of BN or other naturist groups.

    You must be fit enough to walk up to seven miles, including moderate hills. Please only book if you are certain you can attend as places are limited. However, you should NOT attend if you have any Coronavirus symptoms or need to self-isolate because a member of your household has symptoms or if you have been asked to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who has symptoms.

    For further information or to book onto this event, please contact John Gelder, Walks Coordinator, via email: easternwalks@bn.org.uk giving your name, mobile phone number and membership status. Details of the meeting point and other information will be provided when your booking is confirmed.

    Article by John Gelder.

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    South West Holiday Adviser

    By Guest, in South West,

    The region wishes to appoint a holiday adviser who will be the point of contact for members and non-members wishing to visit the region. For full details please contact Mike Whitcombe, Regional Co-ordinator southwestrep@bn.org.uk

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