Naturists Campaigning for Naturism

NAG is very active

NAG supporters keep coming up with new campaigning issues and actions. Recently these have been preliminary work on a possible swim in south London, a campaign march, confirming a beach in Essex, and the 4-day fact-finding mission to Paris.

YOU meeting with us

For face-to-face contact NAG supporters can occasionally meet with NAG’s senior volunteers at various locations. So far in 2018 NAG has arranged five such opportunities. On 25 March it was at the NAG Pub Day in Holborn. Supporters also met us on 26 May at Spielplatz Sun Club. Twelve of us met on 2 June at Kenwood House in Hampstead and NAG supporters were able to meet us on 9 June at Regent’s Park before the London WNBR.

On 24 June we met in glorious sunshine at Abbey House Gardens in Wiltshire. On each occasion NAG gets good feedback – and new ideas – from NAG supporters. There is a possibility of more picnics, and another London Pub Day on 25 November. Watch out for details on the NAG website and in future issues of H&E Naturist.

PARIS 2018

For the fact-finding mission to Paris the original 25 August dates had to be abandoned. The new dates are 7-10 September, for under £200 on a DIY booking basis. We shall meet with our Paris colleagues in APNEL (the French equivalent of NAG) Association de Naturistes de Paris and FFN. They are the naturist bodies which gained official approval for the naturist area in the Bois de Vincennes. A planned visit to the Friday naturist swim will not happen, as unfortunately the Piscine Roger Galle will be closed for annual maintenance. We do have a meal booked at O’Naturel, the permanent Paris naturist restaurant, on the Saturday evening.

As well as several visits to the Bois de Vincennes we shall pick up pointers from our Paris colleagues which may assist NAG with talks for getting an official naturist area in London. Also in our schedule will be opportunities to do Paris sight-seeing. Fuller details are at http://naturistactiongroup.org/2018/06/paris-update/ ‎

HAMPSTEAD HEATH

NAG’s campaign to get official acceptance of nudity on Hampstead Heath continues. Eleven naturists were involved in our naturist picnic on 2 June. As usual, other Heath users passed by and did not object. In June a naturist visit was made to The Ladies Pond, during the hot sunny weather. No objections were received and the visit will be repeated. If any female NAG supporters would like to be part of a women naturists visit group please contact me through www.naturistactiongroup.org and I can put you in touch with the organiser. Naturally, men need not apply!

During summer 2017 NAG gained massive London media attention for its Hampstead Heath campaign, including BBC Radio London, Hampstead & Highgate Express, and the London Evening Standard. That June NAG collected more data, on public acceptance of naturism from Heath users, and now plans are being made to do another ‘vox pop’ survey.

Together with reports from naturists using Hampstead Heath, through our Casual Naturism Survey, NAG continues to build up a good picture of members of the public not being upset by naturists. Now there are plans for NAG to have more talks with the new Hampstead Heath management people. You can add your experience as a naturist with members of the public, which can be anywhere in England or Wales, by using our online Casual Naturism Report at Casual Naturism Report (MSWord)

NATURISM IN LONDON

NAG continues to explore how naturists can use other large London open spaces. To date we have checked out 27 locations, most of which are so heavily used by the public that at those particular locations naturism would not be sensible. However, we still have several on our list to check, including Gunnersby Park (LB Ealing), Battersea Park (LB Wandsworth), Richmond Park (LB Richmond), Beckenham Place Park (LB Bromley), Rainham Marshes (Essex estuary). That work is overseen by the NAG London Group.

If YOU are not already on our London contacts list and would like to know more about NAG campaigning work in London, please contact me through the NAG website, or to me direct on: john.paineATtalktalk.net. New ideas are always welcome!

POLICE GUIDANCE

A major NAG project achieved success recently when the National College of Policing issued Public nudity advice and decision aid. This is new guidance to local police officers on dealing with reports of naturism. Duncan Heenan, one of our NAG directors of Naturist Ltd, initiated this campaign in 2010, which had some support from Malcolm Boura of BN. A lot of research was done before NAG wrote in February 2013 to all the 43 Chief Constables and all Police and Crime Commissioners, in England and Wales. We requested from each their policy on policing nudity in a public place.

NAG supporter Brian Johnson played a significant role in the development and sending of the letter, with some input also from me. Duncan then had contact from a senior police officer who was a naturist and Duncan made formal contact with the newly formed National College of Policing. It is this very influential body which sets police national training standards and syllabus. Duncan and Malcolm then arranged meetings with staff of the National College of Policing

Duncan has said that the whole saga illustrates that campaigning is not a quick, easy or cheap process. It needs resources, tenacity, patience and structure. But it can succeed, and it is much more likely to if it is approached positively and constructively rather than negatively and confrontationally.

CPS GUIDANCE another NAG success

The CPS document Nudity in Public – guidance on handling cases of naturism for prosecution lawyers was also issued after NAG’s hard work. Duncan Heenan of NAG initiated work on both projects, with NAG volunteers helping over several years. You may have seen BN reports where BN take sole credit for the police guidance. BN only joined with NAG, in a much lesser role, after NAG spent years doing the heavy work!

The NAG website www.naturistactiongroup.org carries notice of forthcoming activities and more detailed reports of NAG’s projects. If you would like to talk about a specific idea please contact us through the NAG website, or to me direct on john.paine AT talktalk.net.

John Paine

6 Responses to NAG is very active

  • I’ve not been able to join any of the meet ups due to distance but it’s great to see all this progress. I have always acknowledged NAG when possible when commenting publically. One of my most recent, was when I contacted a newspaper regarding a man seen out walking and reported. The man was arrested with possible ‘indecent exposure’ or ‘Public order’ charges! He was later released ‘pending investigation’. The resulting story was filled with outdated response by the police.
    In my message, I pointed out the wrongful response by the police and provided links to the new police and CPS guidance and also the BN ‘Policing Nudity’ article page. I also highlighted that this was the result of many years of campaigning by NAG and later BN.
    I received an email from the chief editor, informing me that a decision had been made to remove the article from the website.

  • Well done Phillip. Too often people just let things go by.

  • My appreciation to all for the huge progress in naturism being more widely accepted. One question…”…To date we have checked out 27 locations, most of which are so heavily used by the public that at those particular locations naturism would not be sensible. …”

    Surely if the police now have better guidelines then places like Hyde Park would be OK ? Or is it a case of ‘Slowly, slowly, catchee…’ ?

  • Thanks London Man. If you can help with the NAG work in London please contact me!

    Regarding Hyde Park there is the need to check the Royal Parks bylaws. It could be possible for something in them to be used by the police to justify taking action against naturists. We always suggest that naturists act responsibly and not in an exhibitionistic way. If anyone has recent naturist experience in Hyde Park – presumably not in the pop concert events area – please let us know.

  • Regarding public places. I think we as naturists should be sensible and have a degree of respect.

    There are places that lend themselves to be beneficial to naturism, such as beaches, woodland areas, open countryside, remote country lanes, lakes, ponds and rivers, etc. but I don’t think city centres or heavily populated public areas are the place. If though the area is large enough that people don’t have to be in close proximity unless they choose to be, such as a large park, then that should be fine.

    From some comments I read on ‘Facebook’ and such, I often wonder if the writer is [an] ‘exhibitionist’ rather than naturist (if labels are needed).

    I am happy with the achievements made regarding ‘nudity in public places’ and don’t believe we need to push it too far. This could have a negative effect in my opinion.

  • I totally agree with your comments Phillip. That is why NAG continues to carefully check out possible spaces in London with those factors in mind.

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