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Housekeeping: GDPR, the end.

This message signifies the end of the housekeeping exercise for the introduction of GDPR. Everyone who is getting this message should have indicated that they would like to remain in contact with NAG. If that is not correct, and you prefer NOT to receive notifications from us please email me at: reg.barlow AT naturistactiongroup DOT org.

It may seem odd to send a message to those no longer part of our notification system, but we shall miss you and will welcome you back with open arms. All you need to do is register!

If you are one of the very small number who wanted to stay in touch, but no longer getting notifications; apologise. I could not find your record with the information provided. If you still want to keep in touch then please re-register.

Reg Barlow
29th May 2018

Housekeeping: Important

This is the first (and last) reminder that on 25thMay 2018, new regulations (General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR) related to your personal information will come into force in the United Kingdom. This affects any organisation that collects contact details, such as email addresses, for the purposes of communication and we have updated our Data Protection Policy accordingly. As a consequence, we need to make sure that our database of registered users is accurate, including only those who wish to continue to hear from us whenever a new post is published and be able to add comments.

While many of our users are residents of other countries, we ask that you still confirm your desire to receive notifications to help us with subsequent actions.

We have created a very brief Google Survey Form (completed in less than 5 minutes) for users to confirm their instructions. If you have not already done so, it is important that you complete the form before the deadline of midnight, 24thMay.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Reg Barlow,
Chairman, 19thMay 2018.

Paris Visit

Posted on behalf of John Paine.

NAG is making a fact-finding mission to Paris, to experience the officially sanctioned naturist area of the Bois de Vincennes, and other naturist activities in Paris. You may be aware that in 2017 Paris naturists got agreement from the city authorities for a naturist area in the Bois de Vincennes. The last day of the season saw  700 naturists there; see the video. We invite you to join us on a ‘fact-finding mission’ to enjoy naturist Paris and learn how the work by Paris naturists may help NAG get outdoor London naturist sites.

Our 4-day visit to Paris begins on Saturday 25 August, our Bank Holiday week-end. It includes travel from London on Eurostar, 3 nights hotel booking, returning from Paris during Tuesday. Preliminary indications are that Eurostar and hotel costs could be about £300. The NAG group will be a minimum of 10 people, female, male, couples. Single occupancy and twin rooms (for sharing) could be booked. Add to this your food, travel, and other personal expenditure whilst in Paris.

We will shortly get costings based on numbers of participants. Interested naturists will be given a full and costed itinerary, before making a definite booking. Our current itinerary outline is:

Saturday 25 August
10.30am   Meet at St. Pancras International Station London for Eurostar train to Paris
Evening meal at O’Naturel naturist restaurant (if we can get bookings)
Paris by night sight-seeing

Sunday 26
Visit Bois de Vincennes naturist area
Evening meal with colleagues in APNEL, Naturistes de Paris, and FFN

Monday 27
Visit Bois de Vincennes naturist area
9.00pm    Naturist Swim + at Piscine Roger le Galle

Tuesday 28
10.00am   check out from hotel, visit Bois de Vincennes naturist area
8.13pm     Eurostar from Gard Du Nord to London

Alternatively, you might like to make other arrangements to be in Paris at that time – perhaps with family members — and spend some time with us in Bois de Vincennes during your stay?

NAG is liaising with our naturist colleagues in APNEL, Naturistes de Paris, and FFN. For several years NAG has been campaigning in London for official recognition of open space naturism. You probably know that NAG made a similar trip to Munich, to find out from our German colleagues how that city has several officially sanctioned open spaces for naturism. Details of that trip are on our website www.naturistactiongroup.org.

If you would like to consider joining this NAG travel group to Paris please contact me now, by email at: john.paine AT talktalk DOT net or ring me on 01865 513103.

John Paine
NAG London co-ordinator
20 Apr 2018

The Digital Economy and Naturism

For someone of my generation or older, the digital economy is a mystery with countless purchases being made online, around the world, every hour let alone day. Yet, it is the times we live in and all of us must learn to adapt.

The advancement of technology is so fast, Governments are always playing ‘catch up’ when it comes to legislation designed to place limits or safeguards on the digital economy, so it should be no surprise that the UK Government has already replaced the Act it introduced in 2010 with The Digital Economy Act 2017. This latest version introduces methods to ensure that minors (those under 18) cannot access pornographic material, among other things.

From the outset, naturism has been greatly affected by online pornography, with naturists reluctant to share images, either still or moving, of themselves and others enjoying the simple delights of non-sexual social nudity, fearful that they would end up on a porn website for the purpose of sexual arousal. The truth is, so many images are uploaded to the internet, the chances that a pornographer will find your picture or video are slim, but we cannot deny, it does happen. Yet, research carried out by NAG has found that pornography has abused the naturist lifestyle from much earlier on in history. We discovered a porn film from the 1930s titled Nudist Barsupposedly set in France. It’s short, less than six minutes, but it gives the consumer from whatever age the impression that because naturists are nude together, we are

An Interest Confirmed – results

A little while ago, we invited all our registered users to participate in a short survey, asking what made you interested in naturism in the first place. As promised, here are the findings. We cannot claim that this survey was anyway scientific, and while the results are perhaps not unexpected, I hope you will find them interesting just the same.

Once duplications and failed attempts to participate were eliminated, we had 107 replies, which is 27.6 percent of all registered users. However, it should be noted that we did not get 107 answers for both questions. This is because of the way the survey was

NAG London – summer 2018

Posted on behalf of NAG London and John Paine.

We have been busy during the winter planning a range of activities and ongoing work for this summer. We welcome your involvement in all of these!

Sunday 25th March – Naturist Meal and pub day [corrected]
This will be at The Blue Lion Inn, 133 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8TU from 1.00pm. You will need to act fast to book your place by the 8 March deadline! For details See flyer or ring Michael Gill on 07712651005.

If you are unable to go yourself but know someone who is UK-based and able to travel to London, and might like to go, please pass this on. Considering the deadline, urgent action is needed.

Saturday 2nd June 2018 – Naturist Picnic
NAG supporters gather at 1.30pm at the outdoor café of Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane NW3 7JR. At the top of Hampstead Heath this café is a convenient place to meet up before holding a naturist picnic on the Heath. Everyone attending will bring food and drink to share.

Saturday 2nd June 2018 – NAG London meeting
NAG London Group will hold a meeting at 5.30pm in a venue near to Hampstead Heath. Planning the latest action on several London projects will be high on the agenda. Watch for details on this website in early summer.

Saturday 9th June 2018 – London WNBR
Many NAG supporters will take part in the London Naked Bike Ride. Two start points will be organised by NAG supporters, Harvey at Regents Park and Natasha at Tower Hill. Note that this year there will be no starting point at Kings Cross. Details of the ride are on Facebook.

As in previous years volunteer helpers for stewarding, etc. on the day, will be required.

Saturday 25 August – NAG visit to Paris
Parisian naturists have an official naturist section in the Bois de Vincennes. NAG is planning a ‘fact-finding mission” from London to Paris by Eurostar over the 25 to 28 August Bank Holiday weekend. We urgently need to know now how many naturists (and perhaps their families) may like to come. To express an interest and get further information contact me now by email me direct at john.paine AT talktalk DOT net or via, john.paine AT naturistactiongroup DOT org

John Paine
NAG London co-ordinator
25th February 2018

NAG’s London Projects

Posted on behalf of John Paine.

Following a meeting of NAG’s supporters in, and around, London on 28th October and they discussed the potential sites for open space naturism other than Hampstead Heath. Talking about Hampstead Heath, they also discussed the brief media frenzy generated in May and the opinion poll of heath users conducted in June, with encouraging results.

Following the introduction of open space naturism in Paris, NAG London is discussing the possibility of making a visit; a fact-finding mission, bit like the one some of the Management Collective did to Munich, and to enjoy the day, of course.

Finally, they discuss the potential for a Christmas Dinner at The Oxford public house, Kentish Town Road.

More details can be found in the prepared leaflet and if you’d like more information then please email John.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10 February 2018 and if you’d like to attend or to be added to the email distribution list then again, please contact john.paine@naturistactiongroup.org.

Naturist Campaign for Public Nudity

Posted on behalf of John Wood.

Would anyone be interested in joining me to start a new campaigning team to promote naturism and public nudity in the UK?
Subject to enough public support, the idea is to arrange naked/clothing optional protest marches through British town centres campaigning for public nudity to be accepted by the general public and the authorities.
An ideal team would consist of several people having different aspects of campaigning and protesting experience. Anyone who could build and maintain a website would also be a bonus.
Please email me at naturist4life@outlook.com  to take this idea further. Please note that any work will need to be on a voluntary basis.
Thanks in anticipation,
John Wood.

Bois de Vincennes Visit

Here is a short video about the last days of this summer at the new naturist zone at Bois de Vincennes, Paris; the interviews are conducted in French, but we feel that you’ll still enjoy it.

https://youtu.be/7jGiMGXofbg

Love the naked line dancing. I still have two left feet, though.

Some NAG supporters are going to Paris in 2018, to show their support and find out if they can utilise the tactics used in our campaign to have open space naturism on Hampstead Heath recognised. (Other large open spaces in London could follow.) They are currently looking at either mid-May or the August bank holiday and we would like to invite anyone interested to join them. Naturally, we thought the estimated 270,000 French nationals living in South-East England may also be interested. We are only asking for expressions of interest at this stage but anyone considering this should be prepared to pay their own way. Please email John Paine or alternatively use our contact form to let us know. In either case, please use the subject line ‘Paris Visit’.

Please share on social media, especially to our French brethren.

Bois de Vincennes

Naturism is a lifestyle that improves our well-being, both psychological and physical. Naturist Action Group (NAG) advocates the acceptance of the lifestyle by UK society. If you would like to support NAG in its work then don’t forget to click on the donate button at the top of this page or talk to our treasurer about setting up a standing order for a regular donation. £2.50 – less than the price of a cup of coffee – per month could lead to some great things being done.

 

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