Norfolk Lab Media Statement

Norfolk Lab have been mentioned in the local press and radio. We have issued a statement in response :

We are quite disconcerted by the media attention from EDP and BBC Norfolk recently. We have also been recently concerned about the nature of the discussions being had about us on public forums such as Facebook, including accusations of antisocial behaviour. We do feel there is a lot of misinformation around and we would like to clarify a few things before they get out of hand. 

Norfolk Lab is a not-for-profit community group serving men who have an interest in certain fetishes. Most of our communication happens on a day-to-day basis through our Whatsapp social group. This group has been a vital support line to many of our  members during the pandemic, supporting single males who often live alone with general, mental, and sexual health information, as well as friendship, companionship, and solidarity. Despite our name, we draw members from across East Anglia and beyond.

We have social days out and evenings down the pub. We also have our “PRIVATE PARTY” events. We hold our private parties at a “PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY”,its registered as a residential and not a commercial building. This means that other than a TV licence to watch our privately-owned videos we do not need any other licences.

Our community group provides a safe place where members can experiment with these practices in a supervised, non-judgmental, supportive environment. These activities involve intimate sexual acts, bondage and roleplay of different forms. We understand that these activities may be shocking to some, but that is also why we keep it private. We have no wish to offend the wider community, and merely want to ensure that our own community is supported, and has a safe space within which to experiment. There is nothing antisocial about our group. 

Please note that: 

  • All activities within our private parties are consensual.
  • All Norfolk Lab activities are legal. 
  • We do not allow under-age participation at our parties.
  • No drugs are allowed on the premises 
  • We do not allow the taking of photographs, other than for specific community or private purposes, by our authorized photographer, who ensures faces and identifying marks are excluded.

We produce limited circulation posters for these events which are not supposed to be publicly displayed. They merely inform our membership of the fact that an event is happening, where it is happening, when, and whether there is a particular theme. The posters name the venue as  “Carberrys”, which is not the registered house name, and our posters do not contain the address. Our private parties are just that, and are not open to the general public. To receive an invitation and discover the full address, you have to be a member of our community.  

For each private party, we have a subscription fee which goes towards basic event planning, snack and soft-drink provision, cleaning and setting up and tear down. It also ensures that individuals taking part in our events take it seriously and prevents ‘tourists’.

1.    Norfolk Lab is not Mary Carberry. She is our host but not our boss. 

Norfolk Lab is not a business, and does not have a base. We are a social group run by volunteers who hold social evenings regularly. The meets in question are held every 1st Saturday and 3rd Wednesday of the month. We have abided by all Covid regulations and did not meet physically between March 2020 and July 2021.

We do not need a license to hold private parties in a private residence. There are no paid services taking place.

Best wishes,

the NLab team