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The Next Meeting:
Our next meeting is on Monday 2nd August at 7.30pm for 8pm when David Charlton will be talking to us on ‘The Flowers of the Picos de Europa’. The Picos are a mountain range in Spain close to the northern coast. David Charlton is a well-known figure in the Alpine Garden Society and is a Local Group Representative covering the North of the country as well as the Midlands. He last visited us back in 2014 when he talked about his trips to the Arctic and New Zealand.
This meeting will be a little different from usual whilst we feel our way back to normality. Most legal regulations will have been lifted and the emphasis is now on personal responsibility.
The hall encourages us to have socially-distanced seating, but there is no longer a maximum number permitted in the hall. So the seats will be spaced out a bit more than usual, whilst still allowing for couples or people who have ‘bubbled’ to sit together.
We will have increased ventilation – its summer so having windows and an exit door open should not be an issue. There will be a one-way system to prevent people going out of the hall passing people queuing for entrance. The exit will be through the fire door at the back of the hall. If you wish to use the “bathroom”, you should either go before coming into the hall, or leave via the exit route and back in again. At the end of the meeting, everyone will be leaving so you can use the normal entrance doors.
If possible, please have the exact money ready (£2 for members, £3 for visitors, free for children and students). We should be able to provide change if necessary, and as far as possible this will be with clean untouched coins. We regret we won’t have a card machine so you can’t pay by contactless card. If you are totally cashless, it may be possible for you to pay online by prior arrangement with the Treasurer.
There will be tea and coffee available along with a selection of individually wrapped biscuits. Two people maximum in the kitchen please and don’t crowd the serving area.
We won’t have a raffle or a plant and photo competition for a while but are planning to bring the latter back in the autumn, albeit in a slightly different format.