W.I. Newsletter June 2021

Despite the fact that the hoped for easing of lock-down restrictions did not happen we were still able to continue with our plans for a trip on the Kennet & Avon canal for this month’s meeting.

The Rose of Hungerford, which is run by volunteers, was still able to take us on this venture, postponed from last year, but with reduced numbers as long as those attending wore masks when moving around and temperatures were not raised (both literally and metaphorically!).  Fortunately, the take up for this month’s meeting meant we could fulfill these requirements without disappointing any members.

Some travelled to Hungerford earlier in the day to enjoy a wander around the town and indulge in a little retail therapy, something we took for granted before Covid hit, but which has now become a treat.  It remained dry, if overcast and a little humid, but it was a relaxing afternoon drifting up towards Kintbury and back with the treat of a pre-booked cream tea to indulge in on the return journey.  Everyone attending agreed it was just lovely to be able to be amongst friends and to have a chat in person.

Earlier in the month the walking group had a stroll around Amport and then adjourned for lunch, for the first time since March 2020, at Dobbies Garden Centre as this did not require any pre-booking, which is always subject to the weather, but has got more complicated in the current circumstances.

We are waiting to hear whether the lifting of restrictions will happen next month as we are planning a welcome back event for members on 22nd July and hope to back in the Village Hall on 29th July for a quiz and buffet supper.  Members have been asked to bring along a contribution.  We are also hoping to have an outing on 5th August to The Weald and Downland Museum – no coach on this occasion – hopefully, we will have sufficient drivers to transport us all down there.