Following the lifting of the latest lockdown, Fellowship House is again open for a restricted programme. We will be closed again from 18th December until 11th January for the normal end of year shutdown. Thereafter, the restricted programme will continue. The situation will be closely monitored to see when we can start to include more activities. Vaccines are on the way so definitely a lot of light at the end of the tunnel. But . . . . how long is the tunnel? Patience is a virtue!
Nichola Brown puts her Zumba class through its paces for the last time for now. Oh dear. Barely three weeks after re-opening, Boris has forced another lockdown upon us. From November 5th, we’ll be closed until early December apart from the twice weekly Chiropody sessions. We’ll be back with more information about another reopening in due course. In the meantime, we retain a ‘Covid Safe’ building and the experience necessary to get going again as soon as we are allowed.
Nichola will be going onto Zoom in the meantime. If you think Zumba might be your thing, give her a call on 07516 560380
There have been some Committee changes whilst Fellowship has been closed. John Mathias decided some months ago to step down from being Chairman after 5 years in service. John has accepted the Committee’s invitation to stay on the Committee in an ‘elder statesman’ role. Keith Ellis understandably feels that 6 years as Treasurer is a sufficient whack in this busy role and will also stand down. The Committee is most grateful to both John and Keith for their tireless service and guidance. Andrew Botterill will take over the combined roles (Chairman immediately and Treasurer in November). A new Treasurer will be sought in 2021.
As glimmers of light now begin to appear, the only question on everyone’s lips concerning Fellowship is . . . . when will normal service be resumed? The answer is of course . . . we don’t know. We obviously have to follow Government rules and official guidelines. When these show a green light, the Management Committee will then decide on exactly how and when we’ll open, taking into consideration our view of all Health & Safety aspects relating to staff, volunteers and users of Fellowship House. We were the first Suburb institution to announce closure and we’ll exercise similar caution on the way out. The opening date will not be before 1st August and it is likely that some activities will open later than others. Be assured however that the Committee is eager for a return to normality as soon as possible and we will keep you fully informed of progress towards the sunny uplands when we can welcome you back.
Fellowship House will remain closed and all its activities suspended until at least 31st May. We will have further news on this next month (May). This is of course sad news but unfortunately we have no choice but to follow Government rules. The Management Committee has taken steps to see that all Fellowship Members are provided for and certain members of the Committee are making regular phone calls to keep in touch especially with those living on their own. Do get in touch should you have any problems we can help with. Fellowship has made a sizeable donation from its reserves to Age UK Barnet a local charity helping older people in N2 and NW11, a larger area than just the Suburb and has also taken steps to ensure that those working for and with Fellowship are not exposed to financial hardship whilst the Covid-19 emergency lasts.