I hope this message finds you all safe and well.
Firstly, I would like to say thanks to all those members that joined in the Zoom meeting on Wednesday. We had a very good session with most of those attending participating in the show and tell.
The committee is preparing for a phased return to club activities now that restrictions are easing. We will start by reopening the club workshop on a limited basis to a maximum of six members at one time for hands on activities. These can be run at any time, subject to their being at least two club members present. One of the members must be able to access keys and one of those present will be the “COVID Safe Responsible Person”. That person will be responsible for ensuring the sessions are run according to the COVID Safe plan and operating protocols. Guy has circulated details of these to members.
Charlie has proposed that he run his finishing course as one of the early “club opens”. This will be for groups of up to five members plus Charlie. It will run for around three hours and all materials will be provided. This can be done on a weekday or Saturday morning. The first two sessions will be on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November starting at 9am. If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please let Charlie know. It will be first in best dressed.
The uncertainty around restrictions has meant that we have been unable to schedule our traditional Christmas Break-up dinner. We are instead, proposing a BBQ for members to be held at Mont De Lancey. This will be outdoors/under cover depending on the weather and will be an outdoor event. It will of course be subject to the prevailing COVID restrictions which may change before the date so we will have to remain flexible. It will be BYO everything. We are proposing Wednesday 9th December at 6:30pm. Please let us know if you plan to attend. There will be more about arrangements for COVID safety for this event nearer the time.
Lavender Farm Open Garden Weekend
This will be on 5th-6th December and will be a scaled down event compared to previous years. Anne-Marie has asked if the Woodturners would be able to help by providing Car Park marshals. This is normally done by the CFA but they are unable to do so this year. It would need a least three members in club uniform for each of the four roster slots AM and PM on each of the days. Please let me know if you would be able to help and nominate your preferred time.
This will be a good opportunity for us to get out into the community to do some subtle promotion of the club. Events at the Lavender farm have proved a good source of leads for taster courses and new members. Just to clarity, there isn’t the opportunity for us to take lathes for demos this year.
The position of safety office is still vacant. We need to fill this important position before we resume full club activities. The requirements of the position aren’t very onerous, and training/mentoring is available. If you would be prepared to take on the role then please let myself or Charlie know. If you would like to know more then have a chat with Charlie.
Next Club Meeting
We have pencilled in Wednesday 16th of December for a Zoom meeting. We will confirm this as soon as possible
Stay safe, stay well
Eastern Woodturners IncNovember