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    Walking Naked out of ‘Lock down’.
    We are all frustrated by the shortage of events... and the seemingly never ending closure of Leisure centres and limitations at our landed clubs, but we are now finding alternative ways off getting our kits off and the most popular one seems to be Naked walking. The interest in Naked walking has risen enormously during recent weeks as opportunities have appeared since the government restrictions were lifted on numbers, albeit in groups of six with 2 metres social distancing applied.
    There are many quiet country walks that are possible to complete clothes free, but we all have different views on how these are performed. Some colleagues will wear a kilt with Velcro fasteners and cover up when meeting non - Naturists, others carry a towel to avoid causing alarm or distress, whether this is necessary at all is debatable, but opinions vary. I would think that this would be appreciated when families are encountered – just my opinion.
    One thing is for certain - Naked walking is fast becoming extremely popular, so I decided to try this myself. I couldn’t believe the interest that was generated when I used the BN forum to ask members to register for the annual ‘Beacon Tarn’ Naked walk and skinny dip. After clearing this with the local police who didn’t have a problem with it, we managed to attract a good few Naturists despite the inclement weather we had experienced recently. The expert advice from the former leader of the Beacon Tarn walk/skinny dip was invaluable.
    I was pleasantly surprised at the way our body temperature automatically adapts to being naked outside, even during cool damp conditions, also the liberating feeling of total freedom enjoyed by walking clothes free - it really is amazing and immensely exhilarating! Being with fellow Naturists, some familiar and some we had never met previously, we quickly familiarised ourselves with these new friends. As a result we now have a WhatsApp group to arrange more of these walks/skinny dips.
    Ron O’Hare. 
    The following advice is for ‘would be’ walk leaders - from our experienced walk leader and BN North West coordinator - John Rodgers
    When planning a possible route, I start by looking at an O.S map (or O.S maps online) of the area concerned. My aim is normally as follows.
    ·        Find a route of around 9 - 11miles long (obviously the distance planned can vary to the leader and the intended walkers)
    ·        One that passes through attractive countryside.
    ·        Avoids going through villages as far possible.
    ·        Avoids crossing / walking along major roads.
    ·        With minimal walking on narrow country lanes.
    ·        Identify a suitable start / finish point, with sufficient car parking for the numbers expected.
    ·        If possible maybe start / finish at a pub.
    If something looks promising on the map, I then walk it on the ground. Normal experience shows that it can take two or three visits to sort a route out, and sometime it ends up being rejected due to factors found on the ground. The final walk would take in the whole route. Suitable places for lunch and tea stops can also be identified. This approach is essential in my view if you are taking a large group. A small party (say less than six) might be happy with the odd “hiccup” where the survey has been a little less thorough.
    I would not, in normal circumstances advise the police, and I never have so far.
    Experience shows that walks that take say 5 hours solo of with one other, will probably take at least 6 hours with a larger group.
    I would also add that from a personal point of view, I would rather cover up to pass through a village, if that made the overall route more attractive, than go for a less interesting option that allowed more nudity.
    I would suggest that the status of the walk needs to be clear. Is it an official BN one, or just a case of “walking with friends” as mine generally are. If you are leading a walk, then it is advisable that you at least carry a basic first aid kit.
    John Rodgers.
     
     
     

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    By Guest, in Eastern,

    I just want to mention everyone in the city and area around Leicester that have been put in Lockdown again.
    As naturists in the area,  perhaps your off work again, furloughed or working from home. or stuck at home isolated from family and friends for even longer now.
    Maybe your participating in the online BN events or gardening naked.
    I just want to say we are thinking about you respectfully, and look forward to seeing you at events once your local lockdown has been lifted.
    Andy
    Guest
    Here is more Good news;
    Rosslyn Glamping, have just announced their dates for Naturist Glamping and camping. They also have room for Motorhomes and 7.9m Touring Caravans.
    From Friday 17th July until Sunday 26th July are the clothing Optional dates.
    Set in North Norfolk and close to Holkham Naturist beach on the North Norfolk coast, this site is a hidden gem not to be missed.
    There is an outdoor heated pool and Sauna as well as a lawn for sunbathing. Whether you stay for the whole time or visit for the day, you can have a relaxing experience.
    Here is their website with some great photos of the site.
    https://www.rosslynglamping.com/
    Please understand social distancing must be considered during your stay.
    Andy
    Guest

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Robert has announced; some news about an event in our region. Suffice to say this is going to be a popular event with people already asking for tickets.
    GOOD NEWS.
    After all the cancelled events it is good to be able to report an event that is going to take place. The visit to Fullers Mill Garden on 9th of August will take place. I spoke this morning with Annie Dellbridge, the Head Gardener. Normally the garden can easily cope with 200 people but due to social distancing numbers have had to be reduced. Initially we have a limit of 50 people but they do hope to allow us to go higher once they have some experience of opening in the current situation with Covid 19. 
    This a great event that will support two regional charities, These are East Anglian Air Ambulance and Fullers Mill Garden. 
    By Robert Finney
     
     

    Guest

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Wells Next To Sea, Norfolk.

    We'd like to encorouge our members in the Eastern Region. All of our events before Lockdown were almost always fully booked with Friendly, enthusiastic people.
    During Lockdown we have seen and spoken to many of you on Zoom during British Naturism Online Events.There has been some good banter too.
    As we come out of Lockdown we hope to see you both online and at Future Eastern Region Events. As East Anglia reopens gradually.
    We would like to encorouge you if you have an idea for an event, or if you know of a good venue for an event, or if you have contacts, even maybe local knowledge of a potential venue. We would love to hear from you. Or maybe you are organising an event yourself. We would love to hear from you.
    You can contact our Eastern Region Committee via email;
     
    Chairman and Eastern Coordinator;
    Robert Finney easternrep@bn.org.uk
    easterchairman@bn.org.uk
     
    Vice Chairman;
    Ian Beeby easternvicechairman@bn.org.uk
     
    Treasurer;
    Nigel Bromley easterntreasurer@bn.org.uk
     
    Secretary;
    Cathy Bromley easternsecretary@bn.org.uk
     
    Walks Coordinator;
    John Gelder easternwalks@bn.org.uk
     
    Sports Officer;
    Martin Dench easternevents@bn.org.uk
     
    Volunteer Officer;
    Richard Stacey richard.stacey@bn.org.uk
     
     
    Public Relations Officer (PRO)
     (Me) Andrew Gilmour easternpro@bn.org.uk
     
    I am sure everyone will do their best to enjoy this summer naked so maybe we'll see you soon.
    Andy
    Guest
    Here in the Uk there are around 4 million people who have done a skinny dip or go about nude at home. The population of East Anglia is around 4 million people. But not all are nudists, or naturists, or skinny dippers. 
    The BN Eastern Region Area is huge and stretches from Oxford in the west of the region to Lowestoft on the East coast a distance of 175 miles, and from Holkham beach on  the North Norfolk coast down to just outside London to the M25, a distance of 125 miles. So our Eastern Region is massive. It can be a bit of a challenge getting to some events at the far edges of the eastern region.
    Large parts of the Eastern region are sparcely populated . Suffolk and Norfolk are cases in point, so naturists are few and far between, so many travel long distance just to meet up with other naturists.

    Guest

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Hi Everyone
    Sometimes, you may find that in conversation with family or friends the subject of nudity comes up.
    So to help us talk about nudity and naturism  confidentally, its good to be well informed and have support tools at our disposal.
    So here sre just a few tools to help out;
     
    Literature;
    British Naturism has up to date information booklets and flyers explaining what Naturism is that are free.
    https://www.bn.org.uk/store/category/5-bn-promotional/
     
    Conversations and Experiences
    Sometimes, you have had a good conversation with someeone whom maybe interested in Naturism and you are excited and want to tell someone what happened. Well British Naturism has the forum thread you can use named;
    Just One Person;
     
    The Law
    It maybe that a non naturist has just asked if being nude in public is against the law or not, and you want to be correctly informed about the laws on nudity, so you can accurately explain them to your listener.
    British Naturism has provided a legal guides referring to Nudity in Public to enable you to know your rights as a naturist in Public;
    https://www.bn.org.uk/files/
     
    When you do talk with other people about naturism or nudity its good to be relaxed and just naturally explain why you enjoy taking your clothes off as if you were talking about any other subject of conversation.
    Its helpful to mention the benefits of being naked that you personally find in your life.
     
    Scientific Evidence
    Dr Keon West a Psychologist, published his findings from a recent study of clothed and unclothed people. He found that people when naked in a group of other naked people were more likely to have increased levels of self esteem and body confidence. Here is a link  to the published Paper by Dr West;
    .https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00224499.2020.1764470?forwardService=showFullText&tokenAccess=K2XXNEDGJ5JSV8YB3JNB&tokenDomain=eprints&target=10.1080%2F00224499.2020.1764470&doi=10.1080%2F00224499.2020.1764470&doi=10.1080%2F00224499.2020.1764470&doi=10.1080%2F00224499.2020.1764470&journalCode=hjsr20
    If you are new to Naturism we hope that you maybe better informed and more confident when speaking to others too.
    Andy Gilmour
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Guest
    Photo taken before Lockdown
     
    Great News! As a result of the Lockdown partially lifting, John Gelder our Eastern Region Walks Coordinator has been able to carry on with three of the many organised walks that were planned;
    Firstly;  Aston Abbotts Naturist walks on Sunday 21st June 2020
    Secondly; World Naked Hiking day ( in a different location to the one previously advertised )
    Thirdly; Great Missenden Walk on Friday 17th July
    The Above Walks Are Now Fully Booked
     
    PLEASE NOTE;
    Each walk will consist of 2 groups of 6 people The groups will depart 30 minutes apart along the same route. All Walkers will Socially Distance from each other at 2 metres apart; before, during and after the walk You will be told not to attend the walk if you or your Household have Covid 19 symptoms, or indeed you are required to self-isolate. We will continue to monitor the situation and will announce further walking dates in due course. We will keep you informed of events through our regular channels of communication.  
     
    We do hope that you will enjoy your walks.
    Andy G
     
     
    Guest
    Robert Finney has provided an update of which events are going ahead and which are cancelled this summer.
    Thankfully; life is slowly getting back to normal and we hope everyone stays in Good Health.
    To see the information, Click on  the words; Robert Finney replied to a topic below;
     
     
     
    Guest
    We are pleased to (tentatively) announce a naturist evening at Houghton Lodge on Thursday 23 July 
    Houghton Lodge Gardens is a glorious privately-owned property about 2.5 miles from Stockbridge in Hampshire.  The gardens have a wide variety of habitats including a traditional walled garden, with herb patches, fruit trees and flowers, a beautifully manicured lawn leading from the house down to the stunning river Test, a field containing alpacas (and now also sheep) and all available (but not the house) to BN members and other naturists throughout the evening.  There is also a small greenhouse of orchids and there is often art for sale on the orangery walls.  
    Of course, there are also the tea rooms, which remain open throughout our evening.
    The gardens will remain open to the non-naturist public until 5pm and once the last of the day visitors have left then the site re-opens for naturists, usually about 5:30 p.m.  The owner is always very welcoming and the teas, coffees and (especially!) the cakes are a particular highlight of the evening.
    It is definitely worth the visit if you live in the local area or want to include the gardens as part of a longer day trip. If you are coming from further afield there are some holiday lets on site which can be rented for the night. These can be arranged directly with the owner via applerooms@houghtonlodge.co.uk. - subject of course to the latest CV19 restrictions of course!
    BN members and other naturists have been visiting this site every year since 2016 and have always been blessed with glorious weather.  Although the date of 23 July has been scheduled for some time, this year has thrown up some special challenges and the owner has agreed to rearrange to later in the summer if CV19 restrictions mean than we cannot go ahead on this planned date. The owner loves having us there and tells us that she always looks forward to our visits.
    So why not give it a try this year? All you have to do is turn up, pay the entry, strip off and enjoy!
    More information about the gardens is on www.houghtonlodge.co.uk
    Guest
    This Saturday is the start of The Great British Take off. There are several events planned. The cost is only £3 which will be going as a donation to the British Heart Foundation.
    The events are: here
    Personally I have booked a place for Saturday mornings fitness class. At 10am. Should be fun and tiring🤣🤣
    Its still not to late to take part in the events, so I urge everyone in the eastern region to take part in some way and support the charity too. I hope to see our region members on Saturday via Zoom.
    You may like to have Pimms on the lawn. Its up to you which event you choose so lets get naked and help the British Heart Foundation and spend zoom time with our fellow naturists..
    Looking forward to seeing everyone.
    Andy
     
     
     
    Guest
    We are all very aware of the restrictions in place because of the Coronavirus, but with the Government indicating some easing of restrictions in the weeks to come, I thought it would be useful to publish an update of events planned and cancelled in the region to the end of June.
    Abbey House Gardens Day in May is cancelled with the June date likely to also be cancelled, keep up to date on the SW Events page. Studland Beach Days in May and June are cancelled. SW Rally at Lower Poulza Post, Cornwall in June is cancelled. SW Skinny Dip for MIND at Bude shows this is cancelled on their website. All Leisure Centres are closed and all swims cancelled, but the Government has indicated Leisure Centres may reopen in July, so look for up dates on the SW Events page. Event organisers are asked to post updates of cancellations or rearrangements of events on the Events page where possible.
    Finally, some good news!  Many I know are enjoying the excellent BN online events that appear almost daily and some clubs have held their own naked dinning evenings.  Here is Torbay enjoying an evening socialising on Zoom (All permissions granted)

    Keep well, Keep safe, Keep naked.
    Graham Holland
    SW Secretary
     
    Guest
    Forward with Solway Sun Club.
    Super Solway Sun Club is a shining example of how an ‘off grid’, landed club can operate without a problem and actually thrive and move forward due to the intelligent usage of efficient solar energy. Most caravan and chalet owners have installed solar technology and often forget they are actually ‘off grid’! It’s even possible to watch TV, if that’s your preference, but the norm at Solway is to socialise clothes free. There is no better place to be at one with nature and walking around the orbital nature trail naked is a stunning experience!
    This beautiful club, close to Carlisle and only a few miles from the M6 motorway, with its marvellous topography, is situated approximately 90 minutes from Glasgow and Preston – Newcastle being just an hour’s drive away. Solway attracts members from all these areas and far beyond, providing a variety of local accents and traditions which always fascinated us when we were members there. The club provides a great stopping off point for Naturists travelling further afield, Solway also attracts many touring Naturist campers from the Continent. Membership of British Naturism is compulsory for members, but not for visitors. Check out their new website.
    Looking ahead to the coming months, their young, go-ahead committee have huge plans to improve facilities by looking at a complete refurbishment of the facilities block. Also, tests will be underway soon on a new system to heat the fabulous outdoor pool and due to the improvements in the efficiency  and affordability of solar energy, it is expected that the temperature of the pool can be raised by as much as 7 or 8 degrees on a sunny summer’s day.
    Visitors are welcome during the season and Solway can accommodate such visitors in their 2 club caravans (bookable in advance) – day visits and overnight visits can be booked online (post Covid 19). Visits with tents or small camper vans are possible but, unfortunately, touring caravans are not permitted due to site licence restrictions. There is a sauna, a fully equipped kitchen and a clubhouse with a log burner installed for those perfect Naturist evenings, alternating between the sauna and the clubhouse. The club is also dog friendly and just 15 miles from Cumbria’s only monthly Great British Skinny Dip venue - the Wigton Pool.
    The annual club birthday weekend this year will be their 65th and is planned to take place on the Bank holiday weekend in August, Covid-19 permitting. Elizabeth and I are still hopeful of enjoying a weekend up there in the late summer or next summer, collaborating with the committee to create a super GBSD event and enjoying the gorgeous evening walks along picturesque country lanes totally devoid of traffic.
    The wildlife surrounding and embracing this stunningly scenic part of the most delightful county in England, is unbelievable. Red deer can often be seen in adjacent fields, red squirrels are prevalent and bird watching becomes a favoured pastime for many visitors,  with buzzards and kestrels commonplace. I hope you can find the time to experience this fabulous ‘back to nature’ club with the English lakes and Hadrian’s wall  right on the doorstep’.
    Ron O’Hare (North West News).
     

     
     
     
    Guest

    By Guest, in North West,

    Looking beyond COVID 19…
    It’s certainly difficult to predict how long it will be before we can return to enjoying our Naturist lifestyle to the full extent again but what exactly will have changed? We all enjoy flying to a warmer climate and sunbathing naked but will the appetite be there to board an aircraft or book a cruise so readily in the foreseeable future? This is probably doubtful - or at best, debatable.
    The majority of people I speak to say they would be very reluctant to simply return to booking foreign holidays immediately, sitting shoulder to shoulder with fellow travellers, so will our British based events, clubs and swims profit from this? I believe that is entirely in our hands, but as a former club membership secretary, I am fully aware that the window of recruitment for clubs is a limited one, from around April to August for most landed clubs unless they have an indoor pool of course. So for most of these clubs to take advantage of this obviously depends on how long this ‘lock down’ situation continues… 
    The many Naturist swim locations across Britain could benefit from increased attendances all year round and the GBSD campaign could expand exponentially with increased promoting. Online events have already become popular and they will no doubt be here to stay. We have already seen a welcome increase in BN member numbers, but considering there are around four million Naturists in the UK and there are less than nine thousand members within BN, then we  obviously have a massive opportunity to expand long term -  post ‘lockdown’. This NW webpage contains a list of all the north west clubs, swims and events.  
    Looking further forward, there will certainly be many opportunities for both clubs and swims to capitalise on this unique opportunity to recruit by taking advantage of their club’s BN membership and using the free magazine space and webpages - utilising online articles that are widely available for clubs and swims. Your regional co-ordinator’s contact address is displayed in the BN magazine. The clubs with the closer connections to British Naturism will obviously be in an advantageous position, ready for the influx of visitors, should they arrive! 
    Clubs
    New initiatives and promotions can be utilised, such as 'club open days’ and clubs could attempt to redress the gender balance by engaging in the ‘Women in Naturism’ campaign, such as promoting a ‘women visit free’ month during the quieter periods. ‘Solos’ weekends’ are always well attended and ‘Families’ weekends’ can also be popular - The latter went well when I trialled them. If you wish to write an article about your club, just send it to me and I will insert it into the north west webpages or this north west newsfeed page. 
    Swims
    Swim venues could throw open their doors wider by adopting the same procedures that Team GBSD are currently operating, such as ‘Just turn up with I.D. on the day’ or the ‘Ladies visit for free’ initiative which we have recently trialled successfully at some GBSD events as part of our ‘Women in Naturism’ campaign. For swims and beach events which include the annual Morfa Dyffryn GBSD skinny dip, (now rescheduled for September 5th), there are many positives that can be taken from a situation that British based Naturists are wanting to stay closer to home, eager to enjoy Naturism in beautiful Britain! 
    Ron O’Hare (North West News).
    mailto: nwnewsletter@bn.org.uk

     
    Guest
    Hi Everyone
    I am pleased to be able to promote an event to you that is going ahead. 
    From  Dine Naked Oxford Sandra and Mupp, are hosting a virtual meal experience. 
    The meal will be Spaghetti Bolognese. You can cook it authentically yourself, buy one, or Nuke a Spag bog in the microwave. 
    The meal will be followed by Mupps (Mike's) interactive Quiz. All achieved via video link.
    The evening will be great for couples, or whole families, or for singles, in fact everyone. With fun good food and an outbreak of enjoyment followed by a helping of naked diners. 
    Here are the details fron Sandra;
    You may want to brush up on your Italian!!
    Andy
     
    Guest
    Hi Everyone
    John Gelder our Eastern Walks Coordinator would like to inform  those of you keen on walking that as a result of Government restrictions being extended for potentially another four weeks; two of our regional walks have been affected;
     
    Firstly; The  Tring walk on Friday 24th April has now been  CANCELLED.
     
    Secondly; The  Aston Abbots Walk on Friday 15th May has now been CANCELLED.
     
    John will be monitoring the situation, following Government advice and instructions.
    Once the Lockdown has been lifted some walks may be able to be rescheduled. John will keep those of you on the mailing list informed  as to the status of the Walks.
    In the meantime, it may be worth polishing your walking boots ready to go;
    Andy
     
    Guest
    Yesterday as you know we held our regional Email based voting of the AGM.  Here are the results below:
    AGM VOTING
    RESULTS 2020
     
    AGENDA ITEM 1:    TO ADOPT THE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING;
    FOR  25
    AGAINST  0
    ABSTAIN  2
    PASSED
     
     
    AGENDA ITEM 4.1:            TO ELECT ROBERT FINNEY AS CHAIRMAN FOR 3 YEARS;
    FOR  27
    AGAINST  0
    ABSTAIN  0
    ELECTED
     
     
    AGENDA ITEM 4.2:                        TO ELECT IAN BEEBY AS VICE-CHAIRMAN FOR 1 YEAR;
    FOR  26
    AGAINST  0
    ABSTAIN  1
    ELECTED
     
     
    AGENDA ITEM 4.3:                        TO ELECT MARTIN DENCH AS SPORTS OFFICER FOR 1 YEAR;
    FOR  24
    AGAINST  1
    ABSTAIN  1
    ELECTED
     
     
    AGENDA ITEM 4.4:                        TO ELECT ANDREW GILMOUR AS PRO FOR 1 YEAR;
    FOR  27
    AGAINST  0
    ABSTAIN  0
    ELECTED
     
    NOTES;
    All voting was completed electronically.
    8 Clubs voted.
    19 Individual members voted
    A Quorum was achieved
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Guest

    By Guest, in North West,

    We have all been rocked back on our heels recently due to COVID 19 and no one has escaped the effects of this virus, whether it be self isolation, the scampering around for basic items at the supermarkets or more seriously the affects of the illness itself - we are all affected in some way. Social distancing has become the norm and as a result the BN events and campaigns have suffered mind boggling setbacks, but our health takes priority. There has been a tremendous amount of work performed during the winter months in order to accommodate a great season of events and no one has been busier than our events chief Mark Walsh. He is dealing with this superbly by updating us on this new page on the website. The campaigns Task Force have also been busy creating and promoting and are now also adversely affected, with GBSD being the worst affected campaign, with many events being put on hold for who knows how long? 
     
               Positives
    On the positive side, the news that BN have acquired the grounds of the Sunfolk club on the outskirts of the capital and intend to create a gold standard venue, is a fabulous initiative and certainly a positive asset for the future of Naturism. Read more from BN president Mark Bass.  Our Women in Naturism Co-ordinator Donna Price is back home after a long holiday in Australia and we all look forward to her resuming her work with more positive input into the campaign by creating more articles for general press releases and of course the BN magazine.  The Just One Person campaign is continuing via phone calls, text messaging, social media and emailing Read all about it on the BN member's forum . Have you told anyone recently about your privileged Naturist lifestyle? Carry on campaigning.  #NormalisingNaturism. The North West region now have their own news pages within the main BN website view here, for fast flowing news updates of events, clubs and swims including naked walking etc. This can also be replicated by other regions - the tools are there and assistance readily available.             Stay safe - and hopefully we will be back to full steam ahead before too long.
              ron.ohare@bn.org.uk
             
    Guest
    We live in an interesting age. No-one could have foreseen the disruption caused  worldwide by the Covid-19 virus. As is only to be expected, it has hit long planned events. I learnt today (Thursday) that Bramley Baths in Leeds has closed temporarily.

    "The health and wellbeing of all our customers is our absolute priority for everyone at Bramley Baths. Following the latest update regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision to temporarily close our building from 9pm Wednesday, 18 March."
    This impacts on the Leeds Naturist Group who normally hold weekly swims here on a Saturday evening.
    For more information use the websites:
    for Bramley Baths and for the Leeds group.

    Unfortunately the flagship event of the region Nudestock has been cancelled for this year. This is another casualty of the Virus. Although it was scheduled for May, all BN events for that month have been either postponed or cancelled. As this is a fast changing time, there are daily updates to be found on the BN website . One knock on effect of this is the need to find a new date and venue for the region's AGM when new officers will be elected

    The Sheffield Swim is also affected. The pool will now be closing early on a Sunday and our session is postponed for the near future. More updates on the pool will be on the pool's website. If I'm being optimistic, the earliest resumption we're looking at is the May swim, but I don't know yet what the situation will be then.

    The Ryedale Swim is cancelled until further notice according to their website https://www.ryedalenaturistclub.co.uk/

    The ironic thing is that swimming pools are among the safest places to be as the chlorine in the water kills the virus. The danger lies in travel to the venues and as the kesp website puts it "Of concern, though, is the interaction that pool users have with each other beyond the swimming activity. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving and characteristics of the virus are still being determined."

    At the time of writing Sleaford was still taking place but now that leisure centres are closed this too has fallen victim.   We're entering a period of uncertainty. Stay safe everyone. We may be walking through a long tunnel, but at some point we'll be coming out.
      EDIT: Friday March 20th 17-10 Leisure Centres closing nationwide.
     
    Guest

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Hi Everyone
    You may know already. But our AGM has been cancelled for now, in light of the current situation with the Corona virus  pandemic. 
    Here is a copy of the email regarding the AGM sent by Cathy Bromley our Eastern Regional Secretary;
    Hello to our members and member clubs.

    Following guidelines from BN EC, we regretfully need to cancel our AGM,
    planned for 5th April at Broadlands. Government guidelines for COVID-19
    advise against gatherings at this time and to safeguard our member's
    health, we need to heed this advice.

    Once restrictions are no longer in place, we will organise a replacement Regards,

    Cath Bromley
    Secretary, BN Eastern Region

       
    Guest
    Hi Everyone.
    Sandra has just let me know that her evening in August with the production of 
    Its a Dogs Tale.
    Mikron cancelled 21/8
    Sadly this event has now been cancelled this is due to the fact they are a touringTheatre Company that is due to start their tour shortly.
    Please go to the link below for refund information
    https://mikron.org.uk/support-us/coronavirus.
    By Sandra
    Please keep reading the events pages and newsgeed regulrly for updates on events.
    Andy
    Guest
    With the uncertainty of the Coronavirus over the next weeks, the SW team have decided to postpone the forthcoming meeting on Saturday 4th April, until further notice.
    We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to reconvene a meeting in the Autumn.
    Graham Holland
    SW Secretary
    Guest

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Hi  Eastern Regioners
    Our Regional Secretary Cathy Bromley has compiled our latest periodical Newsletter. I have uploaded the newsletter in PDF Format for you to browse.
    Here is the Newsletter;
    BN Eastern Region Newsletter March 2020.pdf
     
    Andy
    Guest
    SANDRA has now posted the link to buy tickets for the Mikron Theatre company next production; 
    A Dog'sTale...
    The last production was a sellout success so its a good idea to buy your tickets early.
    Here are the event details;
    Here is the ticket link;
    https://www.mikron.org.uk/tour-dates-detail?show=2020-08-21-toad-gin-distillery-british-naturism-event&c=set
    Guest
    A British Naturism Beach Cleaning Day.
    Following a casual tweet from the BN families officer (Shan Allen) in response to reading about Beach Clean Days on Twitter, suggesting that Naturists could perhaps become involved with these, the Daily Mail latched on to this thread and have been in touch with our Commercial manager (Andrew Welch), hopefully we will hear more! A recent post on the forum brought a great deal of offers from members to promote these locally on their own designated beaches. 
    I believe it would be a great initiative if the North West region could organise a Beach Clean, maybe at St Annes beach and include a skinny dip in the the session, the high tide is 12.40 so maybe the safest time for the skinny dip would be pre lunch. I believe this is a great opportunity to spread our wings and engage with the general public, who knows - they may join in the skinny dip.  We could wear BN livery to work in and promote our loyalties with confidence. A precedent will have already been set for this type of event by the Irish Naturist Association at Wicklow on the 23rd March. Read about it. 
    We are open to suggestions, but I would like to put down a marker for the first north west session, let's say the St Annes beach day location on Friday 24th April - 10am start till 2pm.  
    Anyone interested?
    mailto: campaigns@bn.org.uk
    Ron.

    Guest
    This next month of;
    APRIL
    brings us to our Eastern Region AGM on Sunday 5th April at Broadlands Sun Club close to Norwich.
    The Annual General Meeting will commence at 11 am.
    Broadlands Sun Club is set in a woodlands. at one side of the club is a pond with beautiful lillies that was formerly used for swimming. The club has an indoor swimming pool and conservartory. There is also a Sauna, great Shower and Toilet facilities along with pitches for Tents, Caravans and Motorhomes too. Additionally; Caravans may be rented out for the night on site. The staff are friendly and helpful and their is a Café and Shop to visit too; as well as a short woodland walk for you hikers. A great location for our AGM. Broadlands also hosts regular Suntrekker  gatherings during the year.
    Here are the details below as posted by Nigel;
    For further information on this lovely Sun Club please see the website details below;
    https://broadlandsun.co.uk/
     
    Andy
     
    Guest

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Time for a look at several upcoming events as we enter spring. For the Month  of;
    MARCH
    On Saturday 7th March 
    There is the much anticipated Quiz CALL MY BUFF hosted by our very own Quiz Meister;  Mupp (aka Mike)
    The evening promises to be full of fun and participation.  Checkout the details below;
     
    We also have the naked dining event in Hemel Hempstead on 14 March, organised by Rick. This is going to be a well attended event. At the time of writing there is one room left available for booking. Below are the details;
     
    Next  we have the Wilstone Naturist Walk on Friday 20th March. headed up by John. Walking is proving very popular amongst Eastern Region Members. Check out the Walk details below;
     
    Our members in the Eastern Region are often joined by members from LASER and other close by regions. Together we have many well attended events that are welcoming and friendly. ideal to invite family or friends whom may want to try naturism for the first time..
    Andy
     

    Guest

    By Guest, in Eastern,

    Here is a reminder that Northampton Sun Group have there monthly Tastet swim session tomorrow SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY.
    With a Sauna, Steam Room, Cafe. And of course swimming Pool.
    Why not go along and join in the fun, meet friends and make new friends.
    Check out the details below;
    Bring a friend or family member along!
    Guest
    The Gathering has always focused on normalising social naturism. This year is no exception. The Glenmorag Hotel will be exclusively Naturist for 10 nights commencing 3pm on 1st May through to 10am on 10th May.
    This is a one off unique opportunity for naturists to enjoy an inexpensive holiday in the gateway to the Highlands.
    The 8th May through to 10th May have been added to our usual calendar to accommodate the change in UK Bank Holiday to celebrate 75th Anniversary of  V.E.Day. Guest from across Europe have already booked and we want to share the celebration of the freedoms we all enjoy, with a special gala dinner.
    Now, for the first time, we invite BN/INA club members, who may not be individual members , to join us.  The 1st to 4th is almost fully booked but we are keen to see in equally good attendance for the second weekend. In fact, now that you book direct with the Glenmorag Hotel on 01369 706346, you can choose any duration you wish. Just like any hotel , anywhere. (But not at these prices!)

     
    Guest

    By Guest, in South West,

    Sue Keeping
    23rd October 1949 to 13th January 2020
    Sue Keeping was the South West Regional Co-ordinator from 2015-2019 and a lifelong Naturist. Members may have met her at Nudefest and other events, delivering workshops and sessions on Kinesiology.  She was an energetic lady, always interested in others and always with a smile on her face.
    Her involvement with BN led to her appearing on BBC Spotlight - the South West 6.30pm news slot - with strategically placed teapot, mugs and cake in a discussion about tourism and the "Buff pound".
    A wise and capable lady, able to put forward a good argument and not afraid to challenge convention, Sue was a great ambassador for Naturism and will always be in our hearts The Nudefest Team
    Although we only knew Sue for a relatively short time once you met her you would think you had been friends for years. It was an honour to be known as her friend. She will be missed by all.
    Mike Whitcombe and Shân Allen

    Guest
    A British Naturism 'Women in Naturism'  campaign comes to Penketh.
    As part of the popular ‘Women in Naturism’ campaign, Ladies will be admitted free of charge at the Penketh skinny dip events, with the next event being scheduled for Friday 29th May 7-9pm (subject to change, please check using the link above). Please arrive before 7.20pm - As advertised on the Great British Skinny Dip website.
    Ladies making their first appearance at a Naturist swim can request a personal welcome with assistance from one of our ‘Women in Naturism’  North West campaign coordinators, please notify us in advance and arrive around 7pm.
    The price for Males remains at just £6 for the 2 hour Naturist swim. There is no need to book – Just turn up, but for your first visit please bring Photo I.D. and proof of address.
    Any questions, please email: nwnewsletter@bn.org.uk
    Event location…
    Penketh Pool, Honiton Way, WA5 2EY.
    Ron  (Team GBSD)
     
     

     
    Guest

    By Guest, in South West,

    We are pleased Abbey House Gardens will continue to offer Clothing Optional days during 2020.  BN volunteers from the South West will be there to promote naturism, encouraging members of the public to enjoy the gardens as nature intended.    Entry from 11am to 5.30pm   Sunday 26th April 2020 Sunday 31st May 2020 Sunday 28th June 2020 Sunday 26th July 2020 Sunday 23rd August 2020 Sunday 20th September 2020 Abbey House Gardens
    Guest
    South West Region Meeting 2020
    The Annual South West Region meeting will be held at The Bear Inn, High Street, Street, Somerset BA16 0EF on Saturday afternoon 4th April commencing at 3pm.
    All BN members having attended the meeting, will be able to enjoy a swim and sauna as guests of  the Larches Naturist Swimming Club at their monthly swim from 5.30 - 6.30pm, just a short walking distance away, before returning to the Bear Inn for dinner at 7pm.
    The meeting and the dinner at the Bear Inn will be clothed as we do not have exclusive use.
    To register attendance and receive full details please email Graham Holland, Regional Secretary  graham.holland@bn.org.uk
    Guest
    This June we have the opportunity for another Museum visit. following on from the success of the trip to Christchurch Mansion  Museum in Ipswich last March, we now have a visit organised to Milton Keynes Museum on  Saturday 27th June. This is a great opportunity to invite your history loving friends and family; Enjoy a day out that will be both fun and educational. You can make history too; by taking part in this first, naked, Museum event in Milton Keynes.
    Here are the essential details;
     
    Guest
    We are pleased to introduce a (reasonably) new club for naturists based in the South of England
    The Naturist Activity Club has been set up by BN member Bernie who has a huge amount of enthusiasm for organising naturist activities - where possible outdoors and in areas which are not traditionally naturist
    The club has grown out of Facebook and MeetUp groups, but now has its own Page on the BN website, as well as its own external Website
    The club is focused on a range of sporting and social activities - often of a smaller scale and arranged at relatively short notice when compared to some other naturist clubs. Such activities might include badminton, walking, wild swimming, picnics, cycling and Molkky - to name just a few!
    The club also has a naturist canal trip organised from Odiham in Hampshire later this year - this is scheduled for 27 June and tickets are already on sale
    If you’d like to know more about the club or would like to join or suggest an event why not contact Bernie directly at office@naturistactivityclub.co.uk
     
     
     
    Guest
    In the last few months we have unfortunately experienced threats to two long-established swims in the London and South East region
    Although we have many great clubs and events across our region, and have made great progress in recent years in expanding opportunities for social nudity and public acceptance of naturism, there are still threats to well-established events from those who misunderstand naturism
    Two swims which had been running for several decades in Dover and Alton have been either suspended or cancelled as a result of their pools being re-developed. In both cases, the introduction of larger areas of glazing overlooking the pools have been used to justify these changes - on the basis that those looking into the pools might be offended or upset by seeing naked swimmers
    The BN campaigns team are of course deeply troubled by these developments as they reduce the provision of naturist swimming in venues which have a long tradition of accessibility to naturists. The decisions taken in these venues make an assumption that non-naturists will not be comfortable seeing naked swimmers and that the opportunity for non-naturists to use other facilities in sports centres are more important than supportIng long established naturist swimming groups - even though these groups might use the centre facilities for less than 1% of the time that they are open
    In both locations, BN are involved in supporting local swimmers to challenge the decisions that have been taken and hope to ensure that naturist swimming continues in the new venues or in suitable alternative local venues
    The campaigns team will also be contacting all BN member swimming clubs in the next few weeks to share information about how they might engage proactively with sports centres, local authorities and other public bodies when pools are being re-developed to ensure that we can maintain opportunities for naturist swimming and maybe even extend these in future
    If you are a member of a swim who would like any advice or support in this area - or are looking to set up a naturist swim in any part of London or the South East, please do contact me at jon.williams@bn.org.uk or the campaigns team leader Ron O’Hare at campaigns@bn.org.uk
    Guest
    The regional events team for London and the South East have been hard at work over the last few weeks putting together a programme of naturist events for later in the year...
    With the help of many other BN members, we have been able to put together several days of naturist events to make the most of the (hopefully excellent) summer weather in August!
    These events have been organised in the west of our region, close to the New Forest in Hampshire (and a little further afield in Dorset) - and should provide opportunities for social nudity both indoors and outside and in some well-known (as well as more unusual) locations
    The events will all take place between 13 and 15 August
    On 13 August, we’ll head to the well established  Naturist Beach at Studland on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. This is one of the largest and most well-known naturist beaches in the UK and is very well maintained and supported by the National Trust. It also comes with its own dedicated ice-cream van in the summer, and facilities are available in the naturist area for barbecues. If the weather permits, we’ll be at the beach from at least 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - look out for the orange BN flag. If you’ve never been to Studland before, this could be a great opportunity - I’ve even included a picture of me on the beach so you know what to expect!
    On 14 August, we have a naked walk organised close to the New Forest. The walk will leave from the Mill Arms pub in Dunbridge, close to Romsey around 12 midday. The walk will be led by BN member (and Naturist Ramblers walk leader) Nigel and will take us on quiet paths for around 10 miles before returning to the pub. We’ll need to be clothed when we meet at the pub, but it should be possible to walk most of the route naked (if the weather is on our side!) - the pub is opposite Dunbridge and Mottisfont station, and also has a large car park where we can leave cars during the afternoon
    Later that evening, the Mill Arms will host a naked dining evening for us - the walk could be a great way to build up an appetite, but you don’t have to come on the walk to join the evening meal. We will have a private room in the pub for the whole evening between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. which has its own bar - so we’ll be able to be naked the whole time. The room also has two skittle alleys and a darts board if you’re feeling energetic
    Tickets for the evening meal will be on sale via the Regional Events section of the BN Events website soon. These are priced at £25 for two courses and £31 for three courses - there is plenty of choice for vegetarians and those needing a gluten-free meal. Families are very welcome at this event and a special children’s menu will be available at £8
    If you don’t fancy the drive (or train ride) home, accommodation will also be available at the Mill Arms on the evening of 14 August. This can also be booked via BN Events - if we are able to let all of the rooms to our group the pub will be happy for the accommodation area to be naturist at to serve breakfast to naturist guests the following morning
    On 15 August, the Avonvale Sun Club in Ringwood have invited us to join their Great British Skinny Dip event in the afternoon. Tickets for this event will be on sale later in the year priced at £5. They have also kindly invited those interested in joining these events to stay at the club on the evenings of 13, 14 and 15 August. Pitches for up to 10 tents will be available. Please contact me directly if you are interested in booking
    So, hopefully you’ll find plenty to do to fill three days with naturist activity on the South coast later this year - why not take this opportunity to try something new, or to travel from a little further afield
    And if three days isn’t enough, the  Naturist Ramblers will also be holding their walk at Grovely close to Salisbury on Wednesday 12 August - last year this attracted over 20 walkers, so could be a great opportunity to take your first ‘steps’ in naked hiking as part of a larger group
    If you have any questions about any of these events, why not drop me a line - jon.williams@bn.org.uk
     
     
     

    Guest
    We’re already well into February, and many of us will already have enjoyed one of the fantastic naturist events that have already taken place across London and the South East. We’re lucky to have many naturist swims that take place regularly across our region - and many of our member clubs will also arrange events throughout the winter. If you want to find our more, or just to plan a few club visits for later in the year why not head over to the Places section of the BN website
    We also have a couple of great one-off events coming up in March. These might be your opportunity to experience social nudity in a new setting, to meet up with friends that you haven’t seen since last summer - or to introduce someone to naturism for the first time in a welcoming and supportive environment:
    Naked Sunday Lunch in Central London
    On Sunday 01 March we have taken over the whole of the Blue Lion pub in Holborn, Central London - the pub will open for us exclusively between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and will serve lunch around 3 p.m.
    Cheryl and her team have hosted a number of naturist events in the past so are very comfortable with clothes-free groups. We’ve also timed the lunch to make sure that anyone wanting to join the Naturist London Sunday Swim will be able to do so - why not join both events for a full afternoon of naturism in the heart of London
    Tickets for the lunch are on sale for £25 at BN Events - this Link will take you to the booking page
    Naked Bowling in Ashford, Kent
    A few weeks later, we’ll be heading to Kent for an evening of naked ten-pin bowling at the Hollywood Bowl in Ashford, Kent. We have exclusive use of the Hollywood Bowl in Ashford on Thursday 26 March, starting from 7 p.m.
    Rich and his team at the Hollywood Bowl invited us back for another event in 2020 following on from a very successful evening in Tunbridge Wells last summer
    As we’ll have full use of the venue, it will be possible to be naked throughout the evening - apart from your bowling shoes of course!
    Tickets are on sale now at BN Events via this Link - tickets for BN members are priced at £21 and include two games of bowling, a buffet meal and a drink when you arrive. There is plenty of free parking close to the venue and it is very accessible by public transport - St. Pancras in Central London is less than 40 minutes away by train
    it would be great to see as many people as possible at both of these events - they are both open to non-members as well as members, so why not join us for the evening to enjoy naturism in a safe and welcoming setting
    If you have any questions about either of these events why not get in touch with me - jon.williams@bn.org.uk
    We’re working on new events all the time, so if there’s something that you’d like to suggest why not get in touch
     
    Guest
    Rosslyn Glamping, have just announced their dates for Naturist Glamping and camping. They also have room for Motorhomes. 
    Set in North Norfolk and close to Holkham Naturist beach on the North Norfolk coast, this site is a hidden gem not to be missed.
    There is an outdoor heated pool and Sauna as well as a lawn for sunbathing. Whether you stay for the whole time or visit for the day, you can have a relaxing experience.
    Here is their website with some great photos of the site.
    https://www.rosslynglamping.com/
    Here are the booking details below;
    Then in July;
    If you have an event you would like to be featured, or  news pertaining to our Eastern Region; you can contact; us on;
    Andy Gilmour - easternpro@bn.org.uk
    Cathy Bromley - easternsecretary@bn.org.uk
    Guest
    Hi Everyone
    The upoming meal at The Folkcafe near Bury st edmunds in Suffolk has been cancelled. The reason for this is down to the cost of the meals being inflated too high.
    But we still have plenty of other events to look forwardto in the coming months.
    Guest
    Last Saturday evening a curious event happened in the hone county of Oxfordshire;
    May I present to you photographic evidence that shows;
    NAKED SLEUTHS INVESTIGATE ABINGDON MURDER 
    What do naturists do in the winter when the beaches are cold and wet? In Abingdon last week they solved a murder. To be precise they worked out that Jasper was a killer, in Annie's restaurant at the Boat House and that Clark was crushed by a sofa at Nudefest. Not exactly classic Cluedo clues but that was the correct answer. Fifty naked dinners  from Dine Naked Oxford and British Naturism turned sleuth and had a fantastic Moroccan themed meal at Annie's at theBoathouse on the banks of the Thames. They were entertained by the Oxford Imps, a hugely funny improvisation group, who played the suspects and the victim. There was no script and the actors improvised based on suggestions from the diners. 
    During the meal the cast set the scene and gave us clues (and a few red herrings) whilst one of the actors played dramatic piano music.They also went from table to table to be questioned by the audience. Though the action had a great comedic element, our Sherlock Holmes wannabees still grilled suspects such as bean magnate (and obsessive) Wilfred Copperbottom, Davis the butler with a chip on his shoulder and Jacqueline, the very French artist.
    What did the actors make of their unusual audience? They thought they were great and look forward to performing for a naturist audience again. At another performance for naturists at a major London theatre two years ago several of that cast declared it the best audience they had ever had.
    By Andy Wyman and Sandra.
    If you would like to attend another event in Oxfordshire; 
    Mupp (aka Mike) and Sandra are hosting The Call My Buff Quiz in March;
     
    Lots to look forward to in Oxfordshire!
    Guest
    Looking ahead to March .  Mike aka (Mupp) is hosting The Call My Buff Quiz in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on 7th March at 7pm.
    Tickets are now available for this Fun event.
    See below;
    Additionally; on 14th March we have a naked 3 course  Meal in a Pub in Hemel Hempstead.
    The Great News the Meal tickets have sold out although accommodation may still be available;
     
     
    Guest
    With regards to the Whittlesford Clothing optional dining event, two of our British Naturism members were interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire recentĺy.
    The members interviewed were Robert Finney and Ian Beeby. 
    The Interview begin 21 minutes into the lunchtime show. Then there is a song by Travis and the interview continues after the song.
    Please click on the link below;
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07xx558
     
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