The news that vaccines that will provide some protection from Coronavirus may be available early next year gives us hope that it will not be too long before we will be able to resume some Friends activities.
The committee has discussed the use of Zoom for Friends meetings. Opinions about this are mixed. For many the most important aspect of Friends events is the opportunity they offer to meet socially. While an interesting talk given by a good speaker is undoubtedly an enjoyable part of the evening meetings, it is the social side of Friends functions that people most enjoy. Clearly a meeting on Zoom would be quite different.
Our December event is traditionally a Christmas meal together and normally we don’t have a meeting in January. So I suggest that we wait and see what happens over the next few weeks. During this time, with the help of the Friends Committee, I will plan a programme of events for 2021 that could take place as long as we are no longer in total lock-down. It is likely to start with village walks followed by afternoon tea and lets all hope that we will be able to hold the annual village lunch in late summer 2021.
Whatever happens, we need to have an AGM in March or April 2021 to elect a new committee. The Friends constitution is such that we have been able to continue with the same personnel for 2020 but with some changes of role, following Rosemary’s death. Almost certainly this will have to take place remotely on Zoom.