11 Sep 2021

Newsletter, September 2021

Almost There!

Dear Member(s),

I know some of you have been able to get away since I last wrote so I’d like to start with a few pictures Janet Spink has contributed after her recent break, showing Mottisfont, Harold Hillier Gardens and Romsey. Janet will be stepping down from the committee this month after almost 10 years of loyal service and I shall really miss her. Thank you, Janet!

And yes, as far as resumption of our monthly lectures at The Angel Centre is concerned, we’re almost there. For our September 23rd lecture, ‘The Magnificent Maya’ with Diane Davies, we are back where we belong. There will, of course, be a few adjustments to start with in order to keep everyone safe but committee members will be on hand to greet you and point you in the right direction. Sanitiser will be provided inside the main door and registration will take pace as usual, although there’ll be no noticeboard. Masks are discretionary. Once inside the Medway Hall you will find there are chairs rather than the usual tiered seating, however this is due to annual maintenance rather than Covid restrictions. There will be no raffle this month and tea will be served in two stages, the first group going out through the single door exit 10 minutes before the second. Those waiting will, I’m sure, find something to talk about in the meantime with their fellow members! I shall also be putting out the usual forms for tea/raffle volunteers to sign. You’ve probably forgotten about those but I haven’t!

AGM: At present Dariel is still waiting for the auditors to complete the paperwork but, since we will again be embracing digital/postal voting, this will not affect the September meeting, which will start at the usual time of 2.30 pm.

Membership: Our membership secretary, Julie Kury, will shortly be sending out the renewal forms and I do hope you will be joining us again next year for an excellent programme of lectures. Covid has, of course, precipitated a number of changes. AS House will no longer be issuing national membership cards as these are quite simply no longer needed. Our flyer will also look rather different in future as we, like many others, will be using an AS template in order to cut costs.

Finally, a reminder about our planned 40th anniversary lunch on 14TH February. Hildenborough Church Centre and a caterer have been booked, various people have been trawling through the archives for our display, and we’re hoping as many of you as possible will be able to join us in celebrating this milestone.

So, once again, thank you to the committee for their hard work and support and to you, our members, for sticking with us. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon now!

Best wishes,

Gill Theaker


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