Naturist Action Group

Naturists Campaigning for Naturism

Can you help Sydney WNBR get fully naked?

The following email I received today from one of the organisers of the Sydney WNBR ought to be fairly self explanatory. The New South Wales police have never so far allowed full nudity at a WNBR, but this year prior negotiation has failed to persuade them and it is being suggested to force the issue.
” Hi Duncan,
I continue to prepare for the case.
After NSW police processed my letter (and its attachments including your wonderful support letter from NAG, and them apparently getting legal advice from their general counsel), I then had a meeting with the Local Area Commander of Sydney (the head of Sydney police and the decision-maker on this matter of whether to make arrests or not), and although they like me as a guy – I present well and respectfully – they’re not budging on their position.
So I will allow myself to be arrested / charged at this year’s WNBR Sydney by being fully uncovered, and then aim to set NSW case law regarding – at the very least – the lawfulness of public nudity at least the context of WNBR. (and possibly even wider than that if we’re lucky.)
I’m almost certain this is a bad decision on their part, as I may ferociously apply to have all my court costs covered by them, when we win. We’ve given them so much evidence already.
I’m working with our usual lawyer guy, Andrew Tiedt, a partner of Armstrong Legal. But I’m also trying to save money (and make sure myself that it’s a good defence), by doing decent research myself, and working with the lawyer by feeding him information and directing the overall strategy myself. This means donating significant time on my part, which as a young working professional, means loss of income.
I just learned that “Decisions of superior overseas courts, particularly the superior courts of the United Kingdom, are persuasive precedents in Australia”.
This is not a ‘binding’ precedent (which is stronger), but as the word says, it’s ‘persuasive’, in our court (which is the local court level). It’s quite big.
Do you know of any decisions made by UK judges in a superior court – e.g. a district court or higher – where an instance of public nudity with NO other factor (such as sexuality and/or the cause of alarm) was ruled as NOT ‘obscene’, ‘offensive’, or ‘ indecent ‘, etc?
Amazing finding! If there’s a UK ruling precedent could put it at the top of our defence.
Best,
Glen ”
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I am appealing to anyone on this forum to suggest UK cases which might meet these criteria. I know of lots of cases (which went both for and against our cause), but all were settled in the lower Courts. Of course Steve Gough’s case went very high in the judicial system on Human Rights grounds, but unfortunately the judgment went against him (and therefore our cause) so it may be best to keep quiet about that one! Any help will be very much appreciated as this case, when it happens, could be important for the future of naturist freedom in Australia (and for Glen!). To save time, if you have any useful information, please email it to me at: duncan.heenan@naturistactiongroup.org
Thanks

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

Clacton naturists successful

Saturday 20 July 2019 and at 2.00pm, to a clap of thunder, 25 naked cyclists started the 7th Clacton WNBR from the west sea front near to the Martello Tower. Organised by Robert and a small local Four Seasons WNBR collective, the route took the naked riders from an assembly point in the Toby Carvery car park on a gentle 8-mile circular route around the streets of Clacton in sunshine and showers.

Without fanfare, other than the thunder, they could not match the Colchester send-off the Saturday before when 20 riders and watching crowds heard music from the Street Orchestra Live. Naturally, amongst the tunes played was the hit ‘Ride my Bicycle’ by Queen.

To aid traffic control a motorcycle escort, provided by Michael, helped to clear the way at road junctions. Riders came from far and wide; London, Brazilian friends Gabriella and Milton, Eastbourne, Gloucester, a WNBR ride organiser from Australia, Cambridge, Ipswich as well as the area around Clacton. They included Ken on a special trike which accommodated his oxygen cylinder. and to add to the carnival atmosphere Adam wore a colourful straw hat.

For Barry Greenope, definitely not to be confused with Barry Freeman, it was his 99th WNBR. Barry was disappointed that he will not attain 100 rides until the start of the 2020 WNBR season. Advance coverage by local paper Clacton Weekly Gazette meant that thousands of people lined the streets to cheer on the naked cyclists.

Robert gave a good interview on BBC Radio Suffolk, at their invitation, on the Monday after the Ipswich WNBR. Then on Wednesday Robert had a phone conversation with inspector Matt Breeze, a police officer from Ipswich, who said they had received no adverse comments from the public about the ride. Along with the public, police officers were looking forward to the carnival atmosphere created by the ride. Patrons of Marine Parade pubs and restaurants had a lucky opportunity to cheer on the ride twice.

After the ride ended some of the jubilant cyclists went to the new naturist beach nearby. A small stretch of beach is just past the Martello Tower and easily identified by the big rocks in the sand. After a spot of sun and sea we had a joint meal in the nearby Toby Carvery. Another special rider was Alan, who is autistic and collected £125 for the charity National Autistic Society.   

John Paine

PARIS WNBR farce

Four baffled police motorcycle outriders arrived at 1.00pm at the Espace Naturiste in Paris on Sunday 8 September. Paris WNBR organisers then had to inform them that the Paris local government had cancelled the planned ride – just the day before on Saturday 7th. But the local government department officers had not informed this police unit. That meant the police escort to clear the WNBR route through Paris traffic was not needed.

Months of planning by APNEL’s Jacques Frimon, together with Gilles had gone into the ride. APNEL is the French equivalent of the UK’s Naturist Action Group. All the correct procedures were followed and permissions were granted. Then on the Saturday Didier Lallement, Prefect (head) of the Paris Police decided that the ride should not be classified as a protest – as all other WNBR rides are accepted to be internationally – but would instead be classed as an illegal sexual display.

On the Sunday morning hundreds of riders turned up at the Espace Naturiste in Bois de Vincennes. Also there in force were

A Naturist US President?

Ton Dou: Politics Au Naturel

Ton Dou (poet speak for Anthony Douglas) a Bare Body Freedom Activist singer-songwriter from Las Vegas is running for President of the United States 2020.  He will be holding an outdoor clothing optional campaign rally at Duffy Plaza in very central Times Square New York City during his Ultimate Freedom Concert Sunday, September 1, 2019.

San Francisco Body Freedom activist, who is supporting the campaign, has been writing loosely campaign related news-essays-blogs which Ton has been posting.   Aside from FaceBook and Change.org, they can be read in the blog section of nuderallies2020.com. Especially interesting to me is essay #2 titled, “What about the children?”

If Donald Trump could be elected, anything could happen. It would be an interesting change to have a bare US President instead of an unbearable one!

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

Degree Show

For anyone who hasn’t been watching this, Lene Tereland has just completed her BA in photography at London Metropolitan University. Her graduation exhibition project featured naturists doing the everyday things we do. Lene had hoped to persuade the University to allow a clothes optional viewing; this they would not, but they have allowed Lene to invite five of her subjects to be present (nude) during a private viewing on 19th June between 7pm and 8pm at 1st Floor, Annex Building, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT. Members of the public will remain dressed, which is a shame, but as Lene says: ‘Is good news, as I thought [the university] wouldn’t allow any nudity.’

If you can’t make it that day, then you can still see Lene’s exhibition during one of its public days from 20th June until 30th. Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm.

June 2019

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