The Friends

The first paragraph of my piece in the last edition of The Squeaker (December 2020) referred to the possibility that a vaccine would provide a reasonable level of  protection from Coronavirus would be available in early 2021. For those of us over 70 this has now become a reality. I am sure we all hope that the vaccination programme will continue at its current rate of progress and life will slowly start to move towards a new normality that includes the possibility of social interaction with people outside our own households.

The first Friends event since our 2020 AGM, which was held on 12th March, will be the 2021 AGM on Thursday 11th March on Zoom. You should have received an email from Ian with the agenda for the meeting, the minutes of the 2020 AGM, a copy of the new Friends constitution and a Zoom invitation attached.

We hope that restrictions will have been eased sufficiently to allow us to have a village walk in the spring. As we now have to wait until Step 3 of the easing of the lockdown, the earliest date for this is Saturday 22nd May. Details will be circulated when it is clear that this type of event can take place; whether we will be able to have tea and cake afterwards remains to be seen.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the consecration of St John’s Church, Langrish. The Parochial Church Council is busy planning  a weekend of celebration for 11/ 12th September (dependent, of course, on the Covid restrictions being eased by then.)

One of the events that weekend will be the Friends annual village lunch, which will be a hog roast this year. This will be held on Sunday 12th September in the field between the church and the Old Hopkiln. This will follow a special church service  to be led by a Bishop. Please make sure you keep this weekend free as it promises to be a very special weekend for Langrish and Ramsdean.

Although we do not usually plan  meetings or activities in May or June, the committee have discussed things we might do to make up for lost meetings. So please watch closely for Friends notices on email and the village notice boards in Langrish and Ramsdean.

Betty Wesley