You are here: Home > This Month's Highlight > 2015 Archive > August 2015: Leisure as nature intended

August 2015: Leisure as nature intended

Berks Sun Leisure Letter

The Berkshire Sun and Leisure Club was a naturist society founded in 1976 with the purpose of providing 'opportunities for persons of all ages to enhance the use of leisure time and the general well-being of the community, by the promotion of naturism'.

The letter on the left welcomes new members whilst below the club reassures new members that it is perfectly normal to have 'first time jitters', but that it 'would be a pity to go through life without ever knowing what you had missed'. Therefore they recommend that people should try naturism at least once.

Berks Sun Leisure Why Do it

They also had some useful tips as this clip from a newsletter shows. It reveals how midges and mosquitoes - a nuisance to anybody regardless of clothing - could be kept at bay with Spike Lavender.

Berks Sun Leisure Mosquitos

The collection of minutes, letters, newsletters and other records of the group held at the BRO (catalogue reference D/EX2267) shows that they undertook all sorts of activities such as discos, swimming and barbeques. If they were at venues where other members of the public would be, they kept their clothes on. It was only in the comfort of woodland adjoining the Downshire Golf Club in Bracknell - known as Badgerwood and owned by the club - that they were freely able to be at one with nature and unclothed.

The club ceased to function in the mid 1980s, but their records provide an interesting snapshot into life in Berkshire, albeit a naked one.

 

Leave a Comment

Fields marked with a * are required

0 response(s) so far…

 

Latest News
Survey of Visitors to UK Archives 2018
Survey takes place between 8th and 26th October
Stocktake and Christmas closure dates announced
Dates now available for when we will be closed this year
Distance Survey 2017 Results
BRO does very well in the latest survey of distance users
Visitor Survey 2016 Results
The results of the UK Visitor Survey 2016 are now available
We're Accredited!
The BRO is now an Accredited Archive Service
10,000th collection received at the BRO
The Berkshire Record Office celebrates receiving its 10,000th accession

Latest Galleries

Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol

Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol
Biographies of Wilde and Berkshire's Victorian prison

Small Objects of Power

Small Objects of Power
An Exhibition about Medieval Seals

Enemies of the State

Enemies of the State
Irish Patriots in Reading Gaol

The Berkshire Echo

The Berkshire Echo 84
July 2018: Coleshill House and Estate - Conserving Coleshill - New to the Arc...