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April Newsletter
Wednesday 25 March 2020



This month’s newsletter is inevitably rather different.

First   comes a message from your Chairman about the changes to our future programme that you need to be aware of:

Events are moving faster than we can keep up with. We have cancelled the outing to the Jewellery Quarter and the lecture for 9th April (the Corn Exchange closed on 23rd March). Action is in hand to cancel the remainder of the programme and reschedule where we can for 2020/21.

 With regard to the outing, entry tickets for the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter are valid for 12 months from the date of our visit ie 25th March: re-organising this visit will only be undertaken once HMG advice, supported by advice from The Arts Society, is positive. All cheques have been shredded and BACS payments will be refunded in due course.

The AGM is postponed. This does not mean, necessarily, that AGM papers will be delayed unless a key member of our Committee falls ill. We will do all we can to keep members informed through email, newsletters or letters.

 Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Committee if you have any concerns – and do stay well!

Chris Scotcher


So What can we do instead of visiting Galleries ??

We need to use this time as a wonderful opportunity to catch up on all those books we were wanting to read and paintings on line that we can discover.  There are many brilliant websites giving access to the collections of major galleries.

You-tube have many creative ideas. If you have a garden or even a windowsill you can plant a few seeds and watch their growth, and even eat the produce perhaps. Everyone has their own plans but Stephen Fry suggested making a plan as unlimited time can ebb away and making a start can be difficult.

We hope we can all keep in touch with phone calls, emails, texts, Facetime or even a post-card or letter perhaps.  Whatever we decide to do we should keep calm and enjoy the improving weather.  The sunshine provides Vitamin D that boosts our immune system and a little walk helps maintain fitness so long as we maintain the 2 metre distance rule.

We look forward to all meeting up again and exchanging ideas and experiences that have helped us over these weeks of being unable to meet as usual.