After a period of inclement weather, June turned out to be fairly fine. This was good news for us, as Ginny had just had a foot operation, meaning we wouldn’t be able to go anywhere very far and walking in the countryside was definitely out of the question. As we belong to a naturist club, we decided to get value for our membership fee and go there whenever the weather allowed. Arcadians of Greenglades, is a naturist club situated between Billericay and Herongate in Essex. Situated in 4.5 acres of woodland, Arcadians was founded in 1950 and this summer represents its 63rd. Fortunately for the club members the club is situated in deep countryside and does not suffer from road noise or railway lines as some other naturist clubs do, so members can relax in almost total tranquillity.
For the first week of Ginny’s period of recuperation the sun shone brightly and we were able for the first time this summer, to get some vital vitamin D. Evidence indicates the synthesis of vitamin D from sun exposure, works in a feedback loop that prevents toxicity in the body, but, because of uncertainty about the cancer risk from sunlight, no recommendations are ever issued by the worlds health bodies, for the amount of sun exposure required to meet vitamin D requirements. After using enough sun cream, we always feel so much better after our naked time in the sun and surely its better than being sprayed a funny orangey colour ? The clubs recently refurbished pool was also available to use for the first time and guess who was the first one in, me. Over a three week period we went to the club approximately a dozen times including camping for 3 nights.
One of these weekends was the first of two BN open weekends, the other was the strawberry tea weekend, during which the inevitable weather decided to change. In Essex there are three sun clubs Arcadians, Oakwood, near Harold Hill and Springwood, near Colchester. Membership numbers at these clubs don’t tend to vary a lot, most are always on the lookout for new members, but you’ll always be guaranteed a warm welcome. These clubs do have rules but most of these are only there to protect the privacy of the members and most rules are fairly straight forward, as they are in other areas of life. At the moment we are trying to organise and arrange a clothed meet and greet in a nearby pub, where people interested in naturism and/or joining a club, can sound out regular members and have their questions about naturism answered. If you are interested in naturism and would like to find out more please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can look at the following website links :-
Moving on….hopefully we will be able to go on our first real camping trip this coming weekend, when we visit the Diogenes club in Buckinghamshire. Belonging to a naturist club or a sun club as they are also known, is no different than to belonging to any other kind of club. People discuss the same issues, talk about the same topics, while enjoying the sunny weather unclothed. Why people should really get hysterical when naturists or naturism is mentioned is beyond me, as it is a relaxing and comfortable pastime given the right kind of weather.