Main Guard and Other Activities 2020

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A brief outline on what has been going on in The Society over the Covid-19 Pandemic lock down;

The Executive, regrettably, have reached the decision not to open The Main Guard for the rest of the season.  Taking into account the distancing restrictions and overall sanitising it would be very difficult to monitor and the protection of the visitors and our voluntary stewards is paramount.  We should soon be making plans for next year’s exhibition which it is hoped will be very successful.

With regard to our monthly meetings with guest speakers; they have, of course, been on hold.  We cannot plan ahead at the moment and The Parish Centre will not be open in the immediate future.  

There is a possibility that we may be able to hold our joint meeting with The History Society on October 21st.  It is The History Society’s turn to host the meeting and they have invited Robert Bartlett, Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Medieval History Emeritus at the University of St Andrews on; “The Miracles of St Ebba of Coldingham”.  He is a very distinguished historian who has done several series for BBC television.  If the meeting has to be cancelled, Professor Bartlett has indicated that he will reschedule for next year.

Also, we shall see when we can progress with our calendar of events.

Do keep a lookout for information on the virtual Heritage Open Days – September 11th – 20th.

The Planning and Development Committee has an excellent and experienced new Chairman in Brian Gowthorpe.  We have assessed a number of very interesting plans and reports have been sent by the Chairman to NCC.  There have also been regular Zoom meetings.  

Members of the P & D Group consist of Cheryl Bee, Ian Dods, John Elliott, George May, Zoreen Hill and John Webster.

Zoreen Hill