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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

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    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.
    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.
    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 of 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.

    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.
    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.
    Please understand social distancing must be considered during your stay.

    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.
    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


    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
    Vice Chairman;
    Ian Beeby easternvicechairman@bn.org.uk
    Nigel Bromley easterntreasurer@bn.org.uk
    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.
    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.


    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;
    British Naturism has up to date information booklets and flyers explaining what Naturism is that are free.
    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;
    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;
    If you are new to Naturism we hope that you maybe better informed and more confident when speaking to others too.
    Andy Gilmour
    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
    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
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