‘Beware the Ides of March!’
Activities were fairly normal last week but the Coronavirus seems to have caused a general shut-down from now on.
About 60 people attended the BROC Concert in St Peter’s church on Saturday, 7th March, and, after expenses were taken, the sum of £480.00 was raised for the church, which was excellent. At the Coffee Club, there were 39 people last week and after due consideration, it has been decided that the Club will be open again during the present week, for the benefit of the many older people for whom it is the one outing in their week, and the only chance to meet people and enjoy a chat. We shall see how things progress.
There were seventeen, stalwart, older people in church on Sunday and although refreshments have been suspended, most people stayed after the service, for a chat, mainly sharing memories of what it was like in wartime! ‘Don’t panic!’ was heard once or twice.
The Stitchers met on Monday but there was no meeting of the Conservation Society Committee on Wednesday evening and the Conservation Meeting, advertised for 25th March, has itself been cancelled.
The Mint Theatre presentation of the play, ‘Dying for a Drink’, which should take place in the Village Hall on Saturday 21st, has also been cancelled. I have now been informed that there will be no Film Club on Friday 27th.
Looking forward to April, in St John’s Church, Shenstone, the Needwood Singers were to give a performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ on 18th. This has now been cancelled. It is hoped that it will be possible to re-schedule this for a future date.
Finally, looking even further forward to May: St Peter’s Church was hoping to present another’ Sponsored Day of Music and Words’ in the church. We are, of course, still hoping, but at the moment this event is not confirmed. If you were taking part, please keep the date free if possible and await further information.
Valerie Owen 15.03.20