Monthly general meetings are up and running once more with tea/coffee and a biscuit. Our thanks go out to the members who have delivered talks in recent meetings or will do so in the next month or two. Meanwhile we are putting together a programme of talks to be given by external speakers and judging by what we already have lined up, it will be very varied and entertaining.
While we are very pleased to be meeting indoors again and having a chance to catch up with our friends, we ask that you show care in your contact with others and respect their personal space. Be aware that people have differing health issues and respect the views of those who wish to exercise more caution. The rules that we’ve put in place for everyone’s safety and peace of mind are:
-Most importantly - please do not take part in the activity if you are feeling unwell, have taken a PCR test which was positive for Covid-19 and it is 10 days or less since your symptoms started (or ten days from your test if you have no symptoms), or if you have had a close contact alert within the last 10 days and have not been tested.
-The expectation is that you do not take part in our indoor activities unless you have received your Covid-19 vaccinations. Not only will this offer you protection against more serious Covid infection, but it will also reduce the risk of transmission to others.
-Please respect the personal space of others and socially distance when possible.
-We request that facemasks are worn when entering an indoor meeting and moving about within that indoor space. Masks may be removed while seated and by the speaker when giving a talk.
-Hand sanitiser should be used when entering a meeting and whenever else it is appropriate.
Please bring the correct change for the entrance fee (£1) to speed things up and avoid congestion.
-We will maximize ventilation of the meeting space with fresh air, as far as it is feasible.
-For the monthly general meetings, some chairs will be at tables, and some will not, which we hope will give the option to be individually distanced. Chairs and tables will be wiped with sanitiser before the meeting and we ask for your assistance before you leave the meeting, please, by wiping the contact surfaces where you were sitting (chairs and tables) with the wipes that will be provided. If members all do their little "bit" in this way, it would be most appreciated.
-Activity sign-up sheets will be spread out on side tables at the monthly general meetings to avoid crowding and you are asked to use hand sanitiser before touching the sheets or pens belonging to someone else.
-When attending interest group meetings, at the very least it is expected that the rules of the venue are followed and where the meeting is in a private home, it is for the host to set the rules so that they and their guests feel safe.
A range of activity groups are offered, a few of which are Zoom based and we publish a monthly newsletter with a diary of upcoming events.
If any members have changed any of their registration details please inform John Karabinas, our Membership Secretary, by emailing him via our contacts page.
If you know of any member who is sick or in hospital please contact a member of the committee.