It’s the first day of 2014 and as the post Christmas and New Year festivities fade, thoughts turn to the naked year ahead. The first thing for us to look at, living in the U.K. is always the weather, which despite preconceptions isn’t always wet, damp and cold as its made out to be. In 2012, February for example allowed us naked rambles and March allowed sunny trips to the beach, it’s however unpredictable and these months can always bring harsh frosts and snow blizzards. Naked camping is always something we look forward too, as are frequent visits to our naturist club in Essex, Arcadians of Greenglades.
Hopefully in 2014 the Essex Naturist Meet & Greet will take off around the county and bring some of the secret naturists out of the closet. We hope too that the three clubs in Essex,will become involved and hopefully be able to attract new club members,through these monthly clothed pub meet ups. Essex is unique within naturism in the United Kingdom, as it was here that the first official nudist club was established in Wickford, Essex in 1924. According to Michael Farrar, writing for British Naturism,the club adopted the name “Moonella Group” from the name of the owner of the ground, Moonella, and called its site The Camp. Moonella, who was still living in 1965 but whose identity remains to be discovered, had inherited a house with land in 1923 and made it available to certain members of the New Gymnosophy Society. This society had been founded a few years before by H.C. Booth, M.H. Sorensen and Rex Wellbye under the name of the English Gymnosophical Society. It met for discussions at the Minerva Cafe at 144 High Holborn in London, the headquarters of the Women’s Freedom League. Those who were permitted to join the Moonella Group were carefully selected, and the club was run by an “aristocracy” of the original members, all of whom had “club names” to preserve their anonymity. The club closed in 1926 because of building on adjacent land and unfortunately there is little clue where the actual site was in Wickford.
For any real change to people’s outlook on naturism it is important that young people also become more involved in championing the cause, through thoughtful campaigning and debating. Hopefully these young people can use the clothed Meet & Greets to boost young naturist numbers, even organising meetings of their own. It is important to push the benefits of naturism within the stressful world that we live in. Sunlight has been shown to be beneficial in some skin conditions and enables the body to make vitamin D, but with the increased awareness of skin cancer, wearing of sunscreen is now an important part of the naturist culture.
Many people say that being nude in groups makes them feel more accepted for their entire being — physical, intellectual and emotional. They say that they tend to be more accepted, in spite of differences in age, body shape, fitness, and health. Without clothing, one’s social rank is generally obscured. They report feeling more united with humanity, with less regard to a person’s wealth, position, nationality, race, and sex.
It is important for us naturists to show people that nudity is natural, nudity is normal and that nudity can be non sexual and a benefit to us all.
Happy New Year to you all !