I had hoped by this point to be able to announce that the Covid-19 epidemic was behind us and that things could now return to normal as far as the History Group was concerned.
Sadly that is not the case. Although there has been some relaxation of the rules, there are still restrictions in place covering gatherings such as ours. We have received guidance from the Village Hall management committee on the rules they expect us to adhere to and, although entirely understandable and reasonable, they would put significant constraints on us.
The strict cleaning necessary would involve a lot of extra work but it is the social distancing requirements that are the biggest problem. It would be necessary to limit events to around 30 members which would probably imply having to make our meetings ticketed events, and it would not be possible to mingle before and after the meeting – essentially members would have to enter the hall, sit down and not move until it was time to leave.
We recognise that for most of you our meetings are as much a social event as an educational one and these constraints would make most social interaction impossible.
We have therefore reluctantly concluded that we should abandon plans to hold face-to-face meetings this year.
We aim to resume our normal programme in the New Year, however, read on…
We have looked at things that we can do:
We won’t ask you to pay again. Any member who has paid their subscription for this year will be deemed also to have paid their membership for next year.
Our speakers have said that they would still like to talk to us, so we have rolled over most of what was going to be an excellent programme of talks and trips to 2021.
And finally, we are arranging to have some of our remaining talks by video, starting with Professor Sarah Richardson, who has kindly agreed still give her talk on The Women’s Suffragette Movement in Warwickshire on September 15th at 7:30pm.
Many of you will doubtless have been using Skype or Zoom to connect with your families during lockdown so I hope you will feel able to give our virtual talks a go. All you need is a computer with a standard web browser. To join the talk you will simply need to click on a link at the appropriate time.
I will email the link to members closer to the time. If we don’t have your email – i.e. you are not currently a member or you don’t receive our newsletters by email – but would still like to join in then please email me at email@example.com to register your interest
Enjoy the rest of your summer