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    Carry on campaigning

    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
             

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    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.

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    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)
     
     

     
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    By Guest, in North West,

    2020 Let's dive right in!
     
    Where will 2020 take us?
    We will certainly have plenty of choice with a variety of options at our disposal so we needn’t have a vacant weekend with nothing to do – we are more likely to have Nothing on! Now is the time to plan your Naturist year ahead…visit  North West News Online
    Whether it be one of the national BN events you would like to book or you might fancy a visit to one of our region’s ten landed clubs and nine swim venues, (some of which include spas), many will be staging plenty of official Great British Skinny Dip events throughout the year. Browse the north west calendar for naked rambles, naked dining, naked bike rides, a naked garden visit to the Dorothy Clive gardens, a naked boat trip on the Shropshire union canal, naked yoga in Birmingham, naked camping at Windermere in July followed by a ‘families’ event at Liverpool Sun & Air - led by the BN families officer. The choice has never been better!
    Just Announced - The BHF charity links up with British Naturism!
    Read all about it  We are exploring all possibilities for staging a North West Beach skinny dip on midsummer’s day linked to fund raising for the British Heart Foundation. Watch this space for the announcement of the designated beach! We will also be looking at linking more new events to the Charity.
    NW 2020 Events selling fast!
    The Blackpool weekend  February 28th – March 2nd  is a ‘circus’ themed weekend and still available but selling out fast! There are a few rooms left but please be sure to grab one soon to avoid disappointment. The price includes the Sandcastle swim which can be booked separately or book both as a package.
    Stoke Waterworld – Our biggest event of the year! Now booking and expected to sell out once again.  April 4th 6 -8 pm.  Waterworld,  Festival Park,  Stoke-on-Trent.
    Wigton Swim
    The regular second-Saturday-of-the-month swim at Wigton, Cumbria  recently celebrated its first birthday. When it began, the local paper helped publicise it and we recently invited the journalist who wrote the piece to  write about it again. The December swim raffle raised over £200 with wine donated by BN members.
    Our 2020 vision nationally…
    The national events season kicks off at Bournemouth with the 60’s weekend beginning  26th January, but there’s loads more to choose from including the flagship ‘Nudefest’ event –now on sale More details here. Our forward thinking BN events manager (Mark Walsh) is already planning events and booking venues for us to enjoy during 2021. We now have North West News online within the BN North West News Page which can be continually updated with regular, newsy material as supplied by members. There will also be a Newsletter dropping into your email inbox, if you have subscribed, with links to updated items within this online version.
    Anyone wishing to update me or write about your club event or maybe write a promotional article for future publications, email: nwnewsletter@bn.org.uk
    Ron (Editor, NW News).

     
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    By Guest, in North West,

    Latest from the North West Region
    We now have North West News online within the BN North West News Page which can be continually updated with regular newsy material as supplied by members. There will also be a Newsletter dropping into your email inbox, if you have subscribed, with links to updated items within this online version. Anyone wishing to update me can do so by emailing me at: nwnewsletter@bn.org.uk
    Should you wish to quickly view forthcoming Swim dates etc or write articles about your club or an event for publication, you can now do so and these can be viewed via This link.
     
    Trending….
    Blackpool selling fast!
    The Blackpool weekend is still available but selling out fast! There are a few rooms left but please be sure to grab one soon to avoid disappointment. Follow this link to book. The dates are February 28th – March 2nd
    Campaigns on the BN Website
    All three active promotional campaigns - GBSD, Women in Naturism and the Just one person campaign - are now well catered for on dedicated pages within BN Website .
    More media exposure for the Wigton swim!
    When the nude Saturday afternoon swim at Wigton was confirmed as a regular event, the local paper sent intrepid reporter Roger Lytollis along to meet swimmers and get the scoop. As the swim approached its first anniversary BN decided to invite Roger to write about the swim again - and he did, as you can read here. Local papers are always looking for interesting - dare we say, unusual, stories. We hope that other clubs and swims will consider raising their profile and their attendances in this
    way…
    The Party of the Year?
    British Naturism ran a fantastic event at Alton Towers a few weeks ago - amazingly our thirteenth such weekend. Coming to the North West for a entire weekend of social nudity is the thing to do! You can read all about it AND book for next year…
    Our 2020 Vision…
    We’re already looking forward to fantastic events and gatherings in the North West in 2020, including a night at Waterworld waterpark, Stoke in April, a riverboat party on the Shropshire Union canal in May, a rural retreat near Windermere in July and a families event at Liverpool in August. Find all the details at www.bnevents.co.uk
     
    …and follow this link for all events in the region, including all the regular swims. See you there! https://www.bn.org.uk/regions/northwest/
    Amended swim dates
    ·        Due to repair work at the Northgate Arena, the Wirralnats Chester weekly swim has now been postponed until the 4th January. Their belated Xmas pool party will now be on the 11th January. Advance bookings only. ·        The Worsley North West Naturist’s final swim of 2019 will be on the 21st December and will incorporate their Xmas party. View North West News online
       Ron (Editor, NW News) 
     

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    By Guest, in North West,

    Expanding GBSD in the North West and beyond!
    Ever thought you could possibly make a difference by volunteering to help and always wanted to get involved with helping British Naturism move forward in our region? If so there are lots of venues out there that haven’t yet been approached to hold naked swimming sessions in their swimming pools. If we don’t knock on doors they won’t open! There are currently too few volunteers attempting to expand and create within a region  that stretches from Birmingham to the Borders and from Macclesfield to Millom!
    Although The GBSD campaign is flourishing and now an all year round campaign,, we really need more people to help out throughout all of our region and beyond, probing for new venues here and there, asking local pools or lidos if they can accommodate us for a Great British Skinny Dip event and eventually encouraging venues into welcoming us on a monthly basis. If you feel you can make a difference in the region, you will have enormous back up support and find Team GBSD inspirational to work with, as I have found myself.
    Interested, but not confident enough to make an approach? Then we will support you all the way by making the official ground breaking initial contact until you want to become involved. Have you seen a sparsely populated swimming pool recently? Then why not ask about turning this quiet period, which most venues have, into a Naturist session. That’s exactly how the Wigton swim was created – A venue run by Trustees with a cash shortage will always listen to alternative ways of raising cash and the Wigton Trustees certainly have no regrets. Alternatively, if you want to pass on to me a suggested venue and don’t wish to get involved, then please do so. I will check out all suggestions and follow all leads.
    View North West News online
    Ron (Campaigns Task Force)
    Email: campaigns@bn.org.uk
     

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    Spectrum Naturist Club – A weekly swim gem!
    Having a business rendezvous in Birmingham, we decided to take the chance to visit the superbly rated Spectrum swim, a club based on the south side of Birmingham and one we hadn’t covered previously. The club meets every Saturday evening in the Morris Centre which is the leisure facility for NHS staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
    Transport to the site is excellent. The University Railway station on the Cross City line is a mere 500 metres away, and a free car park is a similar distance away. For anyone with special needs there’s a disabled car park opposite the Morris Centre. The site is also well served by buses.
    On arrival we were met by friendly members of the club and relieved of a mere £5.00 each for the evening. We were shown around and discovered the Centre has a 22 metre pool, two saunas, two squash courts and a large gym. We could be naked everywhere except in the gym. Along the end of a corridor we discovered what is known as the dance studio. This is an important room for the club which becomes a social hub where free refreshments are available at every meeting.
    On one Saturday a month the room is used for a naked yoga session and on another tai chi. On a further evening the club has a social evening with a different food theme. Examples have been strawberries and cream, Italian, casseroles and Mexican evening. We were told these evenings are always popular and for an addition entrance charge of three pounds each, sounds like great value too!
    We asked about the membership and ambitions of the club and we were told the club has over 150 members and lately more ladies have joined with their partners, although like most clubs, men are in the majority. The weekly attendance varies between 30 and on a busy night 60. The club does not discriminate. We asked if visitors could just turn up at the door and were informed the membership secretary needed to be contacted first. This is due to an agreement with the Centre Management. The one thing the club misses which was available at their previous venue, now demolished, is a steam room. The club are hoping this will be a project for the Centre in time.
    The club keeps in touch with its members by email and a monthly newsletter. They also have a presence on Facebook.
    Originally the Centre was apprehensive about the club advertising its presence outside the naturist community. The Great British Skinny Dip proved to be a small breakthrough as the club were allowed to advertise the event within the Centre. Not only was that evening a success, there is now a permanent poster about the club on the Centre notice board. There was also a short article about naturism in the Birmingham Evening Mail, which included a mention of the club.
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Spectrum and will return at the first opportunity to this super friendly club. If you’d like to visit you will find the club details at www.spectrumclub.org.uk and in the listing inside the BN magazine and on the BN website.
    View North West News online
    Ron & Elizabeth.
     

     
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    By Guest, in North West,

    Happy Birthday Wigton! 
    Yes, the Wigton Naturist swim, which is now a permanent monthly Great British Skinny Dip, is almost 12 months old and still going strong. The locals are now supporting this swim in their numbers, taking over the initiative, which was well supported initially by the many friends we have in the North West and Saner regions. The swim still offers amazing value at just £5 per person - please bring I.D. for your first visit.
    The inaugural trial swim was held on the 10th of November 2018 and attracted 53 Naturist from all over the North of England and Scotland. On the approach to the first event, expertly written press releases were distributed from the BN Commercial office, which led to Radio interviews for myself as promoter and a superbly positive interview with Roger Lytolliss from Newsquest in December. The article printed in the Cumbrian News and Star was inspirational and helped to propel the swim positively into 2019.
    I have recently spoken to Roger and asked him if he would be interested in covering the anniversary with a follow up article, he is currently writing the report after I updated him on the progress made, with attendances now in the 20’s replacing the ‘clothed swims’ which attracted only half a dozen at best.
    I must say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported this venture, without your assistance it would have been almost impossible. We hope to see you again on the 9th November when we will be attempting to take in the Wigton GBSD from 2 till 4 pm followed by the Poulton Naturist swim & Spa on the same evening from 7 till 9 pm.
    View North West News online
    Ron  (Campaigns Task Force)

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