The Essex Naturist Meet & Greet came into being, following a conversation held between us both on twitter, with two or three other people and after seeing a thread about the Milton Keynes meeting on the BN forum. After around 6/8 weeks in springtime of mentioning that we should get together for a drink or two, I set about asking people,if,where and when, we should hold a M&G of our own.
Unfortunately spring drifted into summer and by then we were heading into the holiday period, so it never happened. After this it was a time of personal upheaval for us, before we began talking with other people at Alton Towers and that was the spur. It was very much “let’s just get it off the ground and go from there” otherwise it will never happen. The main problem with organising a naturist M&G (even a clothed one) is that because people tend to be secretive about their naturism, you don’t really know who is going to turn up. We set up our website, our social media accounts,a forum and I even got some cards printed and then we told people where and when…Sunday 1st December .
Then on the day you turn up and hope others will as well. We did talk about having it as an “Club M&G” but we felt that it would be more autonomous if it was left on its own, then we could decide to hold it at various different venues and in different towns too. So on the first Sunday of every month we are now going to hold the M&G’s, mainly as it doesn’t clash with swims etc. Definitely during the winter, maybe less frequent during the summer or even maybe outdoors at naturist venues in the summer We decided that the first venue would be the Riverside Inn in Chelmsford, more because its in central Essex, car park is opposite and it is about 15 minute’s walk from the mainline railway station. We had nine people at our first meeting, five of which were BN members John from Chigwell who e-mailed me and Phil, David & Debs (who were all twitter contacts).
We had general discussion about naturism and we all left at around 9.30.At our second meeting in January, again nine people turned up, it once again ran smoothly and we left at around the same time. Essex is a fairly large county so we hope than maybe all three naturists clubs (Arcadians, Oakwood and Springwood) will attended and possibly run Meet & Greets, under the same banner, in the areas that the clubs reside. The real hurdle to overcome is to try and get new naturists or others who want to try naturism to come along. It’s more a case of how to encourage those people and not those people who think naturism is more of a swinging lifestyle. If you are interested in attending visit the links below and pop along to one of our meets and greet people with a big interest in genuine naturism.
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