Where did last year go? It seemed we all woke up from a horrible dream at the end
of summer, we had our first meeting in August for the first time in 18 months, it was
wonderful to see a good many of you. Since then we have slowly built ourselves
back to a nearly normal gathering and with the booster jabs that were rolled out in
the autumn, I think we all feel a lot more reassured. We hope you enjoyed your open
evening with the unveiling of the map and Paul Fords talk, we’re going to have
more of those in the future.
Next year is going to be back to where we were in 2019 with some sort of a trip out,
which our dear Pam is arranging, and if we go in May/June we could get the same
weather we have had these last few years, talking of the weather this year was one
of many variables you were either getting soaked or baked, bring it on I’m enjoying
wearing shorts.
This is our 50th edition of the magazine, tens of thousands of words have been
written and hundreds of photos have been shown. We like to think you have enjoyed
them and our thanks to Soeli Thomas for producing the pagination and artwork. So
it rests to me to say a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from
all of us on the Committee.

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Put the flags out, it’s all over (I hope). It’s been 18 long months since we were able to resume any sort of a normal life. We were hoping to resume Coffee Mornings in July but that went by the board, in June, when Boris decided to add another month on the prescribed lifting of social distancing etc. It was a bit of a bummer at the time, but I think all of us oldies appreciated another month to be about right. I think we needed to get as many people vaccinated against these nasty strains. I felt sorry for people that were booked up to go abroad and had to cancel again, but in my eyes losing a holiday this year is small beer to having a third wave set upon us.
Now in September, we are set to have our booster jab, what a wonderful start to the winter. Last year a young man said to me well there’s always next Christmas to look forward too. My reaction was to say we should be the ones that should feel the most aggrieved, in that our years are getting more smaller than yours. Though I suppose we would have felt the same if it was us at that age. I said 12 months ago we should write that year off, I know I’m repeating my words but surely it won’t be the same as last year. It gets better; we have articles in the Chronicle on different subjects in Wyrley, with thanks to our Secretary in putting them in. A big thank you from me, to the Committee in standing together in these last horrible months. Anyway we’re up and running, on the fourth Thursday of July we held an open day and a few people attended, it was lovely, no more than August when we had over 20 members for our first Coffee Morning in 18 months. Smashing to have all of you wonderful people there. Thanks to Steve Geale in talking about Sit Coms, next month Kath Reynolds talks about Food Glorious Food.

Coffee mornings 10am – 12:30 noon
September 17th – Kath Reynolds; Food Glorious Food
October 21st – Barry Picken; Red flowers and a bag of old bones
November 18th – Kevin Reynolds; Love and War (changing attitude to birds)
December 16th – Christmas Bash
Held at the Senior Citizens Centre, Broadmeadow Lane.


EXCITING NEWS, we are re-opening the centre on July 22nd from 10:30-12 noon for members to view our photos, maps and records. Government guidelines will be followed and PPE will be used. We request members to wear face coverings, unless exempt.
Then on August 19th we will be having our first Coffee Morning in 18 months, we look forward to seeing you all there.


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In a couple of weeks, we are hoping the all clear will sound, well I know that sounds fanciful and I know it sounds like the end of a war, even though, to be flippant, the bombs have stopped dropping but the virus is still out there, we still need to be careful, we have been locked down, opened up to be put on tiers, then after Christmas locked down again till April, when then the rest of the none essential shops opened up. Pubs with beer gardens or outside facilities came to life, together with cafe’s and restaurants on May 17th we could eat and drink inside and finally mix (to a degree). It all seemed like we were coming out of a nightmare that we were blindly led into. Rates of deaths through Covid-19 were worse the second time round and in the UK deaths
per million people were second only to the USA in total. Then the vaccine came on board and through the lockdown new admissions and deaths began to tumble, the virus touched every part of our area, whether through just illness or sadly deaths, the vaccine once rolled out there would be no way in stopping us, by March over 20 million doses were given, the most across Europe, while we immunised the EU were still prevaricating, by now all of us who had the first vaccination in January and February has had our second by the end of April and the rest of the population are getting it or going to get it, hopefully by the end of July the rest of the adult population.

Our last coffee morning was February last. Hopefully, with a strong wind behind us, our next Coffee Morning will be August. We shall open the Centre on the fourth Thursday for photos etc. It will be great to welcome each and every one of you and to carry on where we left off and my saying is onwards and upwards. Lastly, and very personally to me, my aunt, Alice Bamford, who was a member with her late sister Mary from the early days of the Society, has passed away peacefully at the grand old age of 99.