Group News

Response to Coronavirus

Hi, I hope you’re keeping fit, well and still managing to enjoy yourself in these chaotic times.

Unfortunately, as with many other organisations, the effects of the coronavirus have forced us to change our plans. Current state of our plans is:

  • Day walks are still taking place but be prepared to bring more food and liquid than usual as there may be no pubs or tea shops open for additional refreshment.
  • Where possible an event will be rescheduled. Cancellation will be a last resort.
    • For the next 3 events:-
      • Easter at Slindon: 10th-13th April 2020 – Andy is in touch with the venue to try to reschedule, or, if that’s not possible, cancel;
      • Late May BH in S Devon: rescheduled to 20th-23rd May 2021;
      • Summer in Wales: rescheduled to 24th-27th June 2021.

      Please check the website for full details and changes to final payment deadlines of rescheduled events.

    • Summer in Snowdonia; 29th July – 2nd August 2020 – currently planned to go ahead as usual. But this may change in light of changing circumstances. Please note the deadline for paying the balance for this event remains 17th June 2020.
  • The Christmas event is still scheduled to go ahead as planned.
  • No new weekend or longer events will take place before October 2020.
  • Wednesday meetings at The Western are cancelled until further notice. As you may not be aware, ownership of The Western returns to Everards by June this year. Consequently our monthly social gatherings may have a different venue when they resume. Watch out for this once the meetings are reinstated.

For rescheduled events I will cancel the current event and enter the rescheduled event as a new event. This should ensure that GEMS will automatically notify you of the change by email. You should be notified of cancellations through GEMS as usual. In any case I will send out a general email with any further changes.

  • Please note that if an event has to cancelled Dave will let you know what you need to do financially. If you have any other financial concerns resulting from this pandemic please contact Dave.
  • Last but not by any means least: In order to help keep some fun, social interaction, alleviate disappointment, get some fresh air and exercise during what could be a very trying time it would be great, where an event is cancelled or postponed, or indeed at any time over the next few months, we could put on a series of day walks . We are all capable of keeping a reasonable distance from each other just may have to talk a little more loudly. Mick has offered to look at more in the National Forest Area. It would be wonderful, however, if we could have more volunteers to organise Day, or even Half-Day, walks to fill our calendar this year. Just contact Boh by phone, text or email with your suggestion, pleeeese! You can contact him by phone at 0116 2708 299; mobile: 07832192402; or email via the website and he looks forward to being inundated with offers (tee hee).

Naturally this information can change at any time owing to changing circumstances and advice. So please keep an eye open for our emails. Check your Spam folder if you think you are missing any.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you. Keep fit, keep smiling, keep in touch, be happy.

Warm regards,
Your Committee

One Response to “Response to Coronavirus”

  1. Boh
    7 May 2020 @ 7:51 pm

    See the latest update, Update 3 published on May 7th 2020, under the NEWS category.

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