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.
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 These have now been withdrawn and with this post, everyone should see the correction.
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?
Our London colleagues have been looking at organising a short trip to Paris and a visit to Bois de Vincennes. Planned for over the weekend of 28-30 June 2019, you can learn more details in this leaflet or contact John Paine by emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Website is now back in working order, and my apology for the delay in getting back to normal.
From the evening of Wednesday 13thFebruary, we will be beginning to change our ISP. This may disrupt our service for a short time and apologise if this occurs. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.
Chairman, Naturist Action Group
12th February 2019
Please don’t take this as an endorsement for or against Brexit, but economics professor Dr. Victoria Bateman sat in Radio 4’s Today studio naked making the argument that Brexit leaves Britain naked.
How do I know this? It was videoed of course and put up on the BBC News website.
Presenter John Humphreys suggests the nudity only brings attention, it doesn’t advance her arguments – a point I’ve made before – and look at Humphreys’ face as he visualises Jacob Rees-Mogg taking up Dr Bateman’s invite to argue his corner naked.
Anyway, what do you think; does it advance Dr Bateman’s argument or hinder it? Does it do anything for naturism?
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.
5th December 2018
Eight years ago, when we launched Naturist Action Group, we had two aims; to campaign for the lifestyle’s wider acceptance and to represent a broad range of views within UK Naturism. We thought we had a reasonable grasp of the issues involved, and we had the beginnings of a plan.
Today though, NAG is announcing what will arguably be its biggest project to date, it is an attempt to learn more about UK naturism, the opinions of naturists in this country to find out how we think collectively. Let me ask the question that must be forming on your lips by now: Why?
In part it is in response to Rayner Otter, who last year wrote an essay [H&E Naturist, March 2017] about what he saw as the future of naturism following his nine-years of observing the European naturist scene. You could say, I’m putting my money where my mouth is, for I argued that naturism didn’t need conclusions based on observation but from robust research [H&E Naturist, July 2017]. To be fair, Rayner responded generously saying he too agreed with the premise. However, as a British-based organisation we are chiefly concerned about UK naturism, so the survey we shall be conducting will be restricted to those living in the United Kingdom, or British nationals living abroad while maintaining strong links with the UK.
The other part is that it’s really time we took a look at ourselves; are we serving naturism and naturists well? Are the things we think we know, accurate. Could we do things differently, better, smarter? And finally, can we describe the British person attracted to the lifestyle in any detail?
These are our goals and while I cannot promise we will achieve all of them perfectly we shall, with your help, make a good attempt.
This survey is for anyone 18-years and over, so married couples or co-habiting partners can complete separate questionnaires, as can any adult children. Once you have completed the survey, please share this post on social media, or by whatever means is available to you, with your naturist friends and family, encouraging them to complete it too. We want as many replies as possible, from the young and old, male or female, Black, Brown or White, computer savvy or not. The more replies we get, from as broad a spectrum of society as possible, the more accurate the survey will be.
UK NATURISM SURVEY— Closing date for replies: 31/12/2018.
If online forms are not your forte then we have a Word document (.docx) that can be used either as an editable electronic document on your desk top or printed, to be used as a paper survey. Send an email to email@example.com with the word “Survey” in the subject line and you will receive a reply within 24hours. Or send a self-addressed envelope (DL or C5) with a first- or second-class stamp to: UK Naturism Survey, c/o Reg Barlow, 6 Brunswick Street, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 4PL and a pre-printed paper survey will be posted to you. Surveys returned by post and postmarked 31/12/2018 will be accepted. Just follow the instructions provided.
Many thanks for your co-operation, and don’t forget to share.
18 November 2018
Last October, the members of the Management Collective (ManCol for short) met in Worcestershire to discuss progress. Our friends in London have made excellent progress following the guidance published by the College of Policing on public nudity. We also discussed an advanced version of the proposed Survey of UK Naturism, which will be launched later this year.
By all means read the minutes in full.