Lympstone women strip for village hall funds

PUBLISHED: 14:29 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:05 10 June 2010

DOZEN brave Lympstone women have bared everything by posing nude for a calendar to raise money for the village hall. Produced in a tongue-in-cheek fashion reminiscent of the film Calendar Girls, the twelve featured women comprise of mothers and grandmot

DOZEN brave Lympstone women have bared everything by posing nude for a calendar to raise money for the village hall.

Produced in a tongue-in-cheek fashion reminiscent of the film Calendar Girls, the twelve featured women comprise of mothers and grandmothers, all representatives of Lympstone-based organisations.

More than £80,000 is needed to carry out critical repair work at the hall.

It is hoped a third of this amount can be raised via fundraising activities - such as the launch of the 2010 calendar which goes on sale from this Saturday, October 17.

Celebratory drinks to mark its launch will be available from Lympstone Post Office at 11am.

The idea to produce a calendar came from Suki Commin, a member of the village hall fundraising committee.

Jill Wilson, coordinator of the committee, said: "Naturally we had serious doubts at first about stripping off, even for such a good cause.

"Then we started warming to the idea and before long we found ourselves egging each on and our imaginations began to soar."

Jill said a vow of confidentiality was sworn by the women when they agreed to embark on the calendar project.

She joked: "The vow extended to partners and family - no one was allowed to know.

"For a while the secret remained, but in a close-knit community like ours, we really couldn't expect it to hold forever. And, of course it didn't.

"Whispers and hints began to be heard, suspicions voiced, and as anticipation has mounted, efforts to deny the rumours have been abandoned.

"Instead, advance orders for the calendar have happily been recorded."

The calendar is priced £7.50 and are also on sale at bnatural in the Strand, Exmouth.


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