To Sandgate Society Members

Dear Members

Well we are still in lockdown with little hope of an immediate let-up, judging by Boris Johnson’s comments this morning.

At least another month.

We are very lucky to be in this beautiful part of the world and our thoughts go out to those who are confined to flats without even balconies and unable to walk along our shoreline where the views help to soothe our anxieties and help keep us sane (along with the gin, of course).

As you may know from social media, our Treasurer Andrew Lawley has delivered a box of chocolates to all the residents of Homevale in the High Street, and is organising to do the same to the residents and carers of Well House.  We have received many thanks – even small gestures are appreciated in these times.

We gave assistance to The Dog House to set up their hot food delivery service, which was up to 58 lunches the other day; this helps ensure some people are getting one hot meal a day at least.

But we want to do more.    We would ask you again to keep an eye and an ear out for any neighbour or acquaintance who you think may need help but may not feel able to ask for it.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do or anybody we can help.

On our Committee, our Events Team are frozen in time – I am sorry to say our Summer Party will not be taking place this year.   Even if restrictions were lifted to allow such a large gathering, Saga would not be able to offer us the space for some time.

We cannot see as far ahead as December and we will be guided by isolation conditions for the over-70s and vulnerable members, access to a venue and numbers allowed.    We really hope we will be able to celebrate at this time – just watch the news!

Although our fund-raising side is suspended, our Heritage side now has the time to do lots of worthwhile but time consuming jobs which can now rise up the To Do lists.

Our technical wizard, Guy Valentine-Neale and our Conservation and Planning Guru, Rosie Sanders, have been liaising on heritage matters concerning our Grade II listed buildings.  They are working together on this and our website is being re-vamped accordingly – we will give you more details later but do please log on sometime and enjoy the easier way of navigating around our site. 

On behalf of our Committee, we send you our best wishes during this very difficult period, and hope you are staying safe, occupied and healthy.

We all look forward to seeing you “on the other side”.

Best wishes

Sal Kenward

Chair

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