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 2020 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 around 70% of our membership getting together this way.
In October last year we launched our first VIRTUAL OUTING on our computer screens and at the end of June this year are organising our first live club visit – to Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham – since February 2020.
As Covid regulations start to relax we are doing all that we responsibly can. Carefully following the social distancing rules the keen golfers amongst us have re-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.
Up until last November’s Second Wave 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 have now restarted our walking programme – but still look forward to lunchs together afterwards.
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.
And our club organises a locally renowned programme of Annual Holidays which is springing back into life as we see hope for an end to bans on foreign travel. Whilst Covid forced us to postpone carefully drawn up schedules for 2020 visits to Italy’s Amalfi Coast and to Georgia, once part of the USSR and more recently a proud and independent national state, both destinations are back in our plans for 2022 and members and their partners can look forward to adventures that prove to be highly enjoyable, full of informative surprises and, once again, seriously oversubscribed.