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  • 2020-2021 Update

    As we come to the end of 2020 there is no sign of a return to "normal" so we have no lunch meetings and no outings. However we do have regular on-line meetings using Zoom. Any member wishing to get help with installing or setting up Zoom on PC, i-Pad or phone is invited to contact the chairman.

    Program changes

    As of April 3rd there is no sign of the restrictions on movements and meetings being lifted. The June meeting has therefore been cancelled and we are monitoring the situation in respect of the July lunch. Once we have any more information members will be informed by e-mail. Meanwhile we hope that you are all keeping safe and free from corona virus.

    Coronavirus
    Since the last Campus Club lunch your committee have constantly monitored the progress of the Corona Virus and it's likely impact on the Club's activities.
    We had reached a point where we were seriously considering cancelling the next lunch, and then yesterday the Prime Minister introduced a recommendation that we should all avoid unnecessary social contact, probably for as long as twelve weeks.
    This has somewhat focussed our thoughts and we have decided that the only sensible decision in the circumstances is to cancel the April lunch. It will probably be necessary to cancel the one in May as well, but we will watch the situation and see how it develops.

    Running the club
    We had very little response to the appeal for members to offer their services and serve on the committee, and this, together with absence of existing committee members due to hospital visits left us with a much reduced number at our monthly committee meeting. Technically this means that we do not have a quorum and therefore should not be making significant decisions, even if they are necessary.
    However, we did decide that at lunch on May 14th (virus permitting) we will probably serve wine so that we can drink a toast to the Heroes of World War II. May 3rd to 10th has been earmarked for VE Day 75, a three day celebration with the early May Bank Holiday being moved from Monday May 4th to Friday May 8th (by Royal Proclamation). The UK's Pageantmaster for VE Day 75 has invited Probus Clubs to play a special part by joining The Nation's Toast at 3pm on Friday 8th. As we meet the following Thursday it seems appropriate to raise a toast on that occasion. Fuller details of the event can be found in the Winter 2019 edition of Probus magazine, om page 31. Alternatively go to http://www.veday75.org.

    March Lunch
    At the lunch on 5th March Bill Wastell gave us an interesting talk on his trip to Chile, A Long Thin Country. From the arid Atacana Desert in the North to the ice and glaciers in the south, Chile stretches for 2670 miles; about three times the distance from Lands End to John o'Groats. And it's never wider than 217 miles; less than the 280 miles from London to Penzance. Truly a long, thin, country. The talk was accompanied as usual by Bill's stunning photography. After the talk Derek Groves gave a vote of thanks.