It’s important to all of us in Moleside that our wives, partners and friends can get involved in our extensive programme of club Visits & Outings.
Inevitably Covid-19 has constrained our activities since February last year when our committee, aware of the particular vulnerabilities associated with our club’s age profile, took the decision to put our programme of Monthly Meetings on PAUSE.
However since June several of our regular activities have been running very successfully using Zoom and we currently welcome our visiting speakers to our Virtual Monthly Meetings with more than 70% of our membership getting together this way.
In October we launched our first VIRTUAL OUTING on our computer screens but because of concerns about our usual travel in a large coach our all our live Visits since February 2020 have had be cancelled.
But we still do all that we responsibly can. Carefully following the social distancing rules the keen golfers amongst us once again started competing for The Hackers trophy matching individual skills against a carefully developed handicap system that insures everyone has a chance to hold the title occasionally – but the challenges had to halt again temporally late in 2020.
Up until November’s new lockdown rules Guided Walks had also continued to introduce many of us to the hidden delights of our local countryside, and we were starting to see several walkers again sharing our enjoyable pub lunches together in the open air afterwards. We will restart our programme just as soon as reguations permit.
Our Wine Appreciation group and its much respected visiting specialist, have been sharing their recommendations with all our members whilst continuing to work on the most practical way of sustaining its tasting sessions and broadening our appreciation of what the global wine industry can bring us.
Our Investment Group runs an actively managed small portfolio and continues to meet by Zoom.
And Zooming makes it possible for those of us anxious to keep up with the tech. world to continue joining our monthly Computer Group sessions. Here we all have a chance to find help in addressing our IT challenges that we all confront from time to time.
Though our programme of Annual Holidays has had temporarily to be put on hold , this has in the past invariably been oversubscribed. September 2019 saw some 60 of us visiting England’s secret haven of Northumberland. We explored its legendary coast, Lindisfarne, Cragside – home of the Armstrongs, the first house in the UK to be lit by hydro electricity – as well as spending time amongst its Roman history and dining in Chillingham Castle, home since the Middle Ages of the country’s oldest herd of wild cattle.