Every fortnight Plympton Pool hosts a rather special event for one of the city’s more unusual organisations.
On the surface ‘Plymouth Sun Club’ sounds fairly nondescript, you might be inclined to believe it’s a group of sun chasers desperate to sunbathe in spite of our mostly cloudy and unpredictable weather.
Perhaps they’re massive fans of right wing tabloid journalism and cheap coupon holidays? (Thankfully not)
In reality Plymouth Sun Club is a group of people who like to get naked.
This starkers society started life as the ‘Sunwest Club’ but folded in the late 1990s. In 2012 a man reinstated the group after finding there was nowhere in the city for naturists to meet up and practise their hobby.
The Sun Club as we know it today has been running since its inaugural event in April 2013 and has around 30 members.
Understandably some constituents of the group like to keep their pastime private.
This is probably because the nudist lifestyle is still the butt (sorry) of jokes and judgement, despite, shock horror , the fact we’re all naked underneath our clothes. Continued…Read full original article…
The four acrylic canvas works by local artist Joe Greenwood were on display at Portsmouth’s Anglican cathedral as part of a summer show by the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society (PHAS).
But a cathedral spokesman said that a number of visitors complained about the paintings, leading to the decision to remove them.
The Diocese of Portsmouth spokesman said: “Portsmouth Cathedral aims to be a space open to everybody.
“Whenever a public exhibition takes place in a church it is important to weigh up how it relates to our main purpose of being a place for prayer, reflection and worship. Continued…Read full original article…
They came from far and wide to take part in a mass skinny dip in Paignton at the weekend. Organised by the Torbay Sun Club, the event was one of dozens all over the country celebrating the art of skinny dipping.
British Naturism say: “There is nothing quite as liberating and life-affirming as swimming without clothes and feeling the wonderful sensation of the water over your whole body.
“Millions of people around the world have discovered the joys of skinny-dipping and the Great British Skinny Dip provides an easy opportunity for many others to give it a go – and find out what they are missing.” Cont…Read full original article…
The first fines have been issued to anglers who are taking too much fish and leaving too much rubbish at a Devon beauty spot.
It came as volunteers cleared tens of kilos of lost or discarded fishing gear from the waters around Hope’s Nose endangering the marine wildlife in Torbay which has a marine conservation zone.
The cliffs at Hope’s Nose have long been popular with anglers because of the rock platforms. Different species of fish are targeted by anglers. It is reliable mackerel fishing, these can be caught in large numbers.
But while most anglers and other users in the area act responsibly, there have been concerns about antisocial behaviour including camping and dumping rubbish at the spot which is recognised as of special scientific interest. Cont…Read full original article…
A Devon Festival which has become synonymous with fine food, craft and music of the highest quality is this year for the first time holding a Gin Festival. The Devon Street Food Awards will once again be judged as Bovey Tracey will be full of inspirational and exciting street food producers, and eclectic, exciting and above all delicious mix of street food will be able to be sampled at the Nourish Festival.
But this year for the first time, organisers have announced that they will be running the Nourish Gin Festival at the same time.
Other events include The Bovey Bake Off and Junior Bovey Bake Off which will once again get the community reaching for their mixing bowls judged by the town’s own Queen of Cakes, Tracey Godwin. …Read full original article…
Police, lifeboat bosses and council chiefs have launched a new campaign to try and stop people putting their lives at risk by tombstoning off Plymouth Hoe.
Citing recent injuries and tragedies – including one incident in 2016 where a man died after misjudging the distance and landing on the rocks below instead of the water – the authorities are highlighting the dangers which go hand-in-hand with the activity. Read full original article…
For centuries Devon and Cornwall have been split by an intense rivalry over their distinctive charms, their inhabitants arguing over anything from whether jam or clotted cream goes first on a scone to which one invented the pastie.
And that’s before they move on to who has the best coastline or the finest towns and villages.
But relations between the two are set to hit a new low with the discovery that some of the area’s most devoted fans cannot tell one from the other. Read full original article…