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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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    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

    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.

    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 

    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;


    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;
    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.

    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
    Here is some Good News;
    Watford Naturist Swimming Club will restart its activities on;  Friday 14th August.
    In the Pool there will be lane closures. Both the Sauna and Steam Room will be closed.
    For the time being the club will be restricted to members only until members can gain experience using the facility under Covid restrictions.
    Andy Gilmour

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    We  have some News regarding the meal at The Olde Kings Arms, Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 5th September.
    Due to the Covid  19 Regulations the meal has been postponed.
    We are going to reschedule the event for later on this year, or early next year. The venue is popular and has overnight accommodation too.
    Andy Gilmour
    South West Region News - July 2020
    Here is an update of what’s - on and what’s - not in the South West Region, plus some plans for next year already being made.
    South West Region Meeting 2021.
    The team has decided a meeting this year is not realistic. Therefore, tentative plans are in place for our next meeting scheduled for Saturday afternoon on 3rd April 2021.  We plan to repeat arrangements in place before lockdown when we were to meet in the Bear Inn at Street before enjoying the hospitality of Larches swim and a return to the pub for good food and a social evening. More information will follow early in the new year.
    News and reports from the Clubs
    Torbay Sun Club
    With club swims remaining closed, we are hopeful of some movement soon, after some pools opened on Saturday 25th July. During lockdown the Club has several Zoom naked quizzes thoroughly enjoyed by many members and was then supplemented by a naked chat aimed at also including the non quizzers. Additionally we had a couple of club meets at Slapton Sands to enable socially distanced contact, which was attended by many members throughout the day.   
    One event we are hopeful of taking place is the naked cruise on 7th August from Exmouth, Covid precautions are in place including reduced numbers but a small number of places are still available.
    It certainly has been a roller coaster of a year so far and we hope that everyone remains safe and gets through this year unscathed. No events planned this year, we are going to start a fresh for 2021, better to be safe than sorry. 
    We are however open and busy for the rest of the season. We are in the middle of building a swimming pool but unfortunately we are behind due to covid but remaining confident to getting it completed ASAP. 
    We possibly have some new additions to Dolcoed as our pet geese are currently sitting on eggs so hopefully we will have 2 babies at the end of July. 
    Fingers crossed for a safe, healthy and profitable remainder of the season. 
    Planning to open in September, bookings and all further information from their website.
    Family Meet-up
    14th - 16th August
    South West Outdoor Club (SWOC to its friends) is a basic club site located near Dorset's county town or Dorchester. It has a lovely, rural site with boules, miniten and volleyball. There is a clubhouse with kitchen facilities and a warm welcome. There is no mains water or EHU on the site but there is rainwater to flush the toilets. We'll be organising sports and activities for all ages and look forward to enjoying the peace of the surrounding countryside.
    Camping is available for tents, caravans and motorhomes. A toilet is available but there is no running water or EHU.
    Due to Covid-19 facilities and activities available will reflect the latest regulations and guidance at the time.
    However, the SWOC club-house (including kitchen area) will NOT be open during our stay.
    Booking is now open via the BN Events website
    Splashdown, Poole
    Saturday 29th August 7.30 - 10pm
    The best waterpark on the south coast - an amazing night featuring some of the best waterslides in the UK.  It is understood a decision on whether this event can go ahead is expected soon.
    Bookings online at the BN website
    Nudefest 2020.
    Unfortunately, this years rescheduled event for September is cancelled, full details are on the BN website.  However, some good news, the site will be a naturist site for camping and caravans etc. from the 7th-14th September.
    Booking will soon open and will be direct with Thorney Lakes.
    This will not be a British Naturism or Nudefest team event.
    Nudefest 2021
    Plans are underway for next year when a “Best Ever” Nudefest will return to Thorney Lakes from 5th to 12th July 2021.  Bookings will soon be open on the BN website.
    A précis of this Regional News Feed will be sent to those registered for the SW Newsletter.
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