Naturists Campaigning for Naturism

Campaigns

Describing the general campaigning and/or actions proposed/carried out by the Naturist Action Group to bring naturism to the attention of the public or authorities or politicians (local or national).

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Naturist picnic in Richmond Park

As part of NAG’s campaign for the acceptance of naturism in London, on 7 July, Richmond Park was the location for a naturist picnic. Keith Palmer gives this report:

“Peter and I met Steve at the information kiosk at Richmond Station as the sun emerged from behind the drizzly morning clouds and a fine afternoon seemed in prospect. We waited 15 minutes to see if any others turned up but no-one else appeared, possibly put off by the poor weather earlier. As we three ascended Richmond Hill we looked down upon a super view of the river curving away into the distance.

“In the park we found a sunny glade among scattered mature oaks to make our encampment. We stripped off and settled down to our picnics. We were positioned discreetly but certainly not hidden. A number of cyclists and dog walkers passed by, clearly noticing us but making no comment either negative or positive. I think we can take that as acceptance?

“The turn-out of three was distinctly disappointing, given the improvement in the weather after midday. Many thanks to Steve for guiding us across the sandy paths of the park to a suitable spot.”

Yet another indication that the NAG hard work, along with BN over six-years, on getting a better awareness of the legitimacy of naturism paid off. That work led to new guidance from the CPS in 2013 and the College of Policing in 2018. Police officers, court prosecutors and open space managers now realise that public nudity by naturists is not illegal.

Having established naturism as a legitimate activity on Hampstead Heath, NAG is currently looking at other open spaces and parks around London where naturism may take place. It is important not to rely on advance weather forecasts, when a day may instead turn out sunny.

Unless it is clearly unsuitable weather, NAG will always check at the meeting point on the day. If you would like to be part of future NAG activity in Hampstead Heath contact Chris Lamb at chris7lamb@yahoo.com.

Women who would like to join action at Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond should contact Louise Ponting through www.naturistwomen.org. For Richmond Park contact Steve Harrison at steveharrison83@yahoo.co.uk.

For other enquiries on NAG London activities contact me at john.paine@talktalk.net.

John Paine

Picnic on the Heath

All copyright acknowledged.

The weather forecast in London on the morning of 16thJune was not promising by all accounts but the sun did come out for the Hampstead Heath Picnic and four hardy souls persevered and by all accounts had an enjoyable afternoon. Rather than repeating my report for the day, I’ll leave you to read Hampstead Heath: Picnic in the Sun.

Before you go, take a look at our brief revision of the Summer 2019 Outdoors.

John Paine
June 2019

Annual Report 2019 Published

Today, we are publishing the 2019 edition of our Annual Report giving an overview of efforts to get naturism as an accepted lifestyle in the year up to 28th February 2019. In our opinion, we had a good year, but we know we could have had a better one. If you wish to see NAG’s good year continue, please donate whatever you can to us, or you might like to consider volunteering to be a part of our Press and Media Group? Details of how to do either is on our website and in the Annual Report respectively.

Press and Media Group Launched

In March 2019, under the leadership of Duncan Heenan, Naturist Action Group launched its Press and Media Group, who will seek to challenge and educate editors and journalists when they misrepresent naturism through clumsy words and misplaced associations. By doing so, it is hoped that incidents like the one that happened outside Blackpool’s Sandcastle Waterpark will be prevented. Sadly, as the two events happened at roughly the same time, the group was unable to intervene; not that was a lot they could do at that stage as the damage had already been done.

One of the Press and Media Group volunteers carried out a bit of research and this is what he found out.

From their Facebook page, Templar Knights are a group of paedophile hunters but the root cause of the incident in Blackpool is an article posted on Cornwall Live from 25 February 2019, which was posted on their page. It concerns a husband and wife sentenced to 39-years in prison for the systematic abuse of his son and her three daughters, and of one other child. In the article, the journalist, Chris Matthews wrote: ‘…the male victim (Mr X’s son) recalls being groomed by being taken to nudist beaches and being made to feel being naked around two adults and touching each other was normal family behaviour.’ This is how it was described in court but with these words, Matthews has linked naturism with paedophilia in the minds of his readers. If the victim had said they were taken to any old beach and groomed there, would that have got a mention? Somehow, we doubt it and for the victim it didn’t matter what type of beach it was. And yet, the newspaper’s editor claimed it was in the public’s interest for them to know the grooming took place at a known naturist beach.

There are just seven volunteers in the Press and Media Group at the moment, but to cover the country properly they could do with 70 or more. That is not currently feasible, but volunteers are still being sought because, as they say, every little bit helps. If you’re interested, please contact Duncan through our website.

Summer 2019 – London

If you believe the weather forecasters, this summer could be a hot one. Our colleagues in London have a programme of events and actions that just might interest to you.

This an updated post London Summer 2019 that was originally published on 31 March and followed by a correction Gremlin Trouble, published on 5 April. These have now been withdrawn and with this post, everyone should see the correction.

John Paine
April 2019

But what about the children!

Not entirely sure how it came out on Yahoo! Movies but Good Morning Britain’s Lottie Day and comedian Kate Smurthwaite discussed on Friday, if children should attend BN’s Sandcastle Waterpark event.

Afterwards, there was a debate on twitter with views expressed for and against. A voxpop question in the article, asked: how healthy is Britain’s relationship with nudity? And 60% said it was unhealthy.

Isn’t it time we put this to bed, once and for all?

Article: Should kids be allowed to go to naturist events?

Is Naturism a philosophical belief?

Not sure if this is something that would’ve caught your eye.

Jordi Casamitjana is taking the League of Cruel Sports to an Employment Tribunal claiming that his dismissal by them was due to him being a vegan, which they deny. I won’t repeat all the details about the case here; you can go to the BBC News website for that. What Mr Casamitjana is saying, is that his brand of veganism, which he calls ethical veganism, is a matter of ‘belief and effects every single aspect of (his) life.’

The tribunal next March will have to decide, therefore, is veganism a philosophical belief and protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. If they say it is, it could mean others with equally deep rooted beliefs could seek similar protection.

Is naturism a philosophical belief though? For some it might be but how prevalent is it among naturists? We don’t know but we might get a clue from the Survey of UK Naturism. We have had a stunning start, with over 300 respondents already by last Monday (3rdDecember) and I was wondering if we could make it 500-plus by the end of the Month? There is still plenty of time for anyone who hasn’t already completed it, a nice 30-minute break from madcap Christmas preparations, perhaps. And don’t forget to remind your naturist family and friends to complete it too.

Many thanks.

Reg Barlow,
5th December 2018

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

Naturism and the Police

The College of Policing have just published a briefing note to help frontline police officers with incidents involving public nudity and naturism.

The Public Nudity Advice and Decision-making Aid from the College of Policing has come some years after the CPS published its own guidance: Nudity in Public, guidance on handling cases of naturism, even so NAG’s Treasurer Duncan Heenan said: ‘It is a welcome addition and should greatly help with educating frontline police officers.’

In the briefing note, officers are told that naturism is ‘a philosophical belief’ and ‘naturists have a right to freedom of expression, which only engages [the] criminal law if they commit sexual offences or use disorderly behaviour’ and they ‘should consider every situation according to its own circumstances’.

While it explained the wide

Annual Report

Today, we are publishing our Annual Report for 2018 covering the period 1stMarch 2017 to 28thFebruary 2018.

Financially, NAG ended the fiscal year with a small deficit, largely as a consequence of spending more than £1,000 on campaigning. The bank balance itself is still good; even so, your donations would be more than welcome and gratefully received.

For the last eight years, Naturist Action Group has operated as a national strategic advocacy group for UK naturism. The Management Collective feel that it’s time to re-energise the group and realise that we are not the only source for good ideas. If after reading our Annual Report, ideas come flooding into your head, don’t keep them to yourself, tell us. No idea is off limits or to be thought of as ‘silly’. You can use the comments below, or if pen and paper is your thing, send it to our postal address given at the back of the report, marking the envelope for the Chairman’s attention, or send it by email to reg.barlow AT naturistactiongroup DOT org.

Reg Barlow,
10 May 2018

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