One of the disadvantages of not meeting regularly is all the celebrations we are missing.

At the beginning of our usual practices prior to the first lockdown we had a cuppa and a chat to catch up on all our news. There were often biscuits too but on special occasions such as birthdays we would have cake as well.

Our group was formed over 10 years ago and we have been together through many (often life changing) events both happy and sad. Some of our group have left us to move away and others have joined us but the core of the band remains.

Over the last 12 months we have missed, amongst others, our Christmas Meal, a 40th and, most recently, a 50th birthday. That means we have missed the celebration bubbly, birthday cakes and renditions of Happy Birthday either with vocals or on the handbells.

All we can do at present is to send cards and birthday wishes by email or Zoom and to think about a major celebration, be it indoors or outdoors when we can meet up again.

It will be so good to have something to look forward to!

Solna Burnham – Secretary