My vil­lage... LAID BARE!

Cal­en­dar girls – and guys – stripped off for Laura’s lat­est wheeze…

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Slen­der, sprightly bod­ies plunged head­first into the water. ‘I’m go­ing to jump off the top div­ing board for char­ity!’ I said. It was 2016.

If Gemma Collins could do it for the ITV show Splash, then why couldn’t I?!

‘You’re too old to be get­ting up to things like that!’ teased my hus­band, Si­mon, 42.

He was used to all my crazy ideas, like teach­ing my horses how to dance or dress­ing up as a fairy for the Christ­mas lights switch-on in our vil­lage of Iwade in Kent.

Sadly, I’d in­jured my back, so the doc­tor said no to my tak­ing the 10m plunge.

‘On to plan B,’ I said, know­ing my next idea wouldn’t be far be­hind.

Then, one night in No­vem­ber, we were snug­gled on the sofa watch­ing Naked At­trac­tion, a nude dat­ing show with all sorts of dan­gly bits!

‘Maybe I should do a naked cal­en­dar for the whole vil­lage,’ I suggested.

Si­mon looked at me like

I’d lost the plot.

But, if we roped in trades­peo­ple from around the area, it would be free pub­lic­ity for lo­cal busi­nesses.

I was a mo­bile beauty ther­a­pist, and Si­mon chaired the par­ish coun­cil.

Let’s cheer this vil­lage up,

I wrote on the lo­cal Face­book group, throw­ing my idea out there.

I hadn’t ex­pected many will­ing nud­ies, but the vil­lage wasn’t as prud­ish as I thought!

Within min­utes, I had hair­dressers, me­chan­ics, plas­ter­ers and gar­den­ers all keen to strip off.

And a pho­tog­ra­pher had even vol­un­teered to do the shoot.

I got stuck in, ar­rang­ing dates and com­ing up with ideas for quirky snaps.

I wanted every­one to have their bits cov­ered up by ob­jects to do with their trade.

The fol­low­ing week, we started shoot­ing.

‘It’s freez­ing!’ shrieked Gary, 38, at the car garage, pro­tect­ing his mod­esty with a bar­rel.

Gar­dener Steve, 36, shielded him­self with a chain­saw, while the lo­cal fire­men were hid­den by a, ahem, hose!

‘Why aren’t you do­ing it, Laura?’ peo­ple kept ask­ing.

Luck­ily, I’d got away with it. With 24 mod­els to man­age, my rota was com­pletely full!

Then, on our last day of shoot­ing, a busi­ness pulled out.

It was too late to find an­other, so I was soon stand­ing stark­ers in a field be­side my pony, Dude.

A rid­ing hat cov­ered my bits, while a silk tie hid my boobs.

Two days later, our 2019 cal­en­dar was sent to the print­ers.

We set up a web­site for orders and put them in shops around the vil­lage.

And they all sold out!

We had to get an­other

100 printed.

So far, we’ve raised around £1,000, which will be shared be­tween Demelza Hospice Care For Chil­dren and Swale Cats Pro­tec­tion.

We’re also do­nat­ing some money to the lo­cal church to build toi­lets.

We’ll def­i­nitely be do­ing a cal­en­dar for 2020.

But we’ll shoot it in the sum­mer, so peo­ple don’t freeze in the process!

Laura Cheese­man, 39, Iwade, Sit­ting­bourne, Kent

It was a bit nippy for Paul Knight, Gary Marsh and Roger Clarke

Nice hose, Steve Jor­dan and Dave Neale!

I had to strip at the last minute

Gar­dener Steve Al­lart had a lethal bit of equip­ment

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