Happy New Year to you all. Perhaps happy is not the word that most readily springs to mind at the moment. The coronavirus pandemic is reaching unprecedented heights with the number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths exceeding our worst fears. Yet as we endure our third lockdown there is hope for the future and as the snowdrops and daffodils push relentlessly upwards through the hard winter soil so we must also push on towards a brighter and better future. A number of villagers have now received a first vaccination, the number of cases within the area remains low and we will get through this.
The village is eerily quiet at the moment but normality will return and then we can laughingly grumble again about the hordes of visitors, the parking problems, the litter and poo bags everywhere and how lucky we are to be alive and live in this wonderful place! I sincerely hope that all our shops and businesses can survive and bounce back stronger than ever.
Many thanks to everybody who has already renewed their membership this year. In addition to the £1 fee, your voluntary donations are gratefully accepted and help the society to fund and support local projects to the benefit of all. If you have not had a chance to renew your membership yet, Will Clark would be delighted to hear from you.
Sadly, since I last wrote, we have lost two longstanding and active members of the society with the deaths of Laurence Harwood and Jan Perritt. Our thoughts are with their families at this time.
The committee continues to meet via Zoom on a monthly basis and we are pleased to debate and action any matters that you bring to our attention. Unfortunately we are not in a position to make firm arrangements for the annual dinner or AGM yet, but watch this space. Nick McCraith (Chairman)