Dear Fellow Humanists,

Your committee met on Saturday 5th September to discuss our future in this world of Covid-19. You may recall that our last meeting was on 18th February 2020 and the ensuing lockdown has prevented further meetings, including our AGM which was scheduled for May.

We had hoped to resume meetings with an AGM and speaker in September. The rules, as we understand them, mean that there is a limit of 30 people allowed with two metre social distancing and face masks to be warn. This means that the maximum number allowed in the Quaker Meeting House is nine. Clearly this is a nonstarter and members of the committee will investigate possible alternative venues. Therefore there will be no meeting in September and unless an alternative suitable venue can be found, or the regulations are relaxed, we will plan on resuming our meetings in March 2021.

The present committee of David Trotter – Chairman, Malcolm Rochefort – Vice Chairman, David Flory – Secretary, Juliet Trotter – Treasurer, Jano Rochefort – Membership and Frances Lloyd – Newsletter, are willing to carry on until we are able to hold an AGM. Mike Radford resigned earlier this year. If any member wishes to volunteer to replace Mike please tell me. Secondly if any member objects to the committee continuing please tell me.

Our finances are quite sound and we have not banked the cheques received for 2020 subscriptions which will be destroyed, and direct donations for this year refunded.

Sadly I have to report the death of two valued members, Chris Neal, the wildlife lover with the raptor sanctuary on Clee Hill; and Pam Cusack’s companion, blues/jazz music fan and engineer Maurice Arnold. They will both be missed.

If there is anything further to report I will let you know. In the meantime I wish you all health and happiness in these difficult times. If any member needs any help or assistance please tell me.

Best wishes

David Trotter                                                                        10th September 2020

PS. As you will know the new government law limiting meeting numbers to six means there is now no prospect of us resuming meetings for the foreseeable future. DT.