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A Note from the Chair

Hello everyone, Jane Tadman — Chair

Firstly, a big thank you to Terry Cash for his daily blogs. It must have taken him a long time to think up the last one and catch so many people out! No, he hasn’t emigrated to St Lucia! We shall miss those daily emails and so I guess I will be emailing you more often when we have any news to impart. Your newsletter will be reverting to monthly after this one. A big thank you too to Marilyn Hammond who works so tirelessly to produce it.

As I write, some of the outdoor groups are planning to start up again, following national guidance. These are walking, golf and nature. However, if you want to join any of them you MUST book as there are strict guidelines on numbers. Some of you may feel it is too early for you – no problem. You must assess the risk to you even if the rules are relaxed.

I know many of you use Zoom to communicate. Have any of you tried it since my last letter in preparation for our AGM? Go to https://zoom.us/ and sign up. That’s all you need to do. We will be sending a link for the meeting which you click on and hey presto you will be in the meeting. You can join the meeting without signing up but I think it is worth doing to familiarise yourself with Zoom. Have a practice with a friend or relative. Although you can use a smart phone to access Zoom, you get more features with a tablet and even more with a computer. You can even change your background – as did Terry C in our last Committee meeting! (Guess what to? ‘Sun and sea in St Lucia’. Perhaps he is there after all!)

Take care and keep safe

Jane

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