Summer outings replaced by illustrated talks on-line

All six outings oriiginally planned for the society’s 2020 Summer Outings Programme have been overtaken by the Covid-19 epidemic and resulting social restrictions – including the planned final outing to BRILL on 29 August.

One outing – the annual CHURCH CRAWL normally run in September – could not go ahead at all because our churches were closed, making even the planning of the usual six visits impossible.

A history walk around the village of HEDGERLEY on 13 June and a guided tour of THREE LOCKS on the Grand Union Canal on 4 July were replaced by illustrated on-line talks, given by those who would have been leading these outings. Julian Hunt’s talk on Hedgerley drew an on-line audience of 68. The talks by Doug Stuckey and Peter Marsden on the Grand Union Canal excavations were viewed by 37 people. These were a successful use of the web as a substitute for an outing – though sadly without the fresh air and sunshine.

Our policy has been to review the situation a month ahead of each outing. The planned outing to NORTHAMPTON on 1 August has now been reviewed: despite the easing of some restrictions it would be impossible to maintain appropriate social distancing on a coach trip, so this outing too had to be cancelled.

The final outing in our programme – Mike Farley’s guided tour around the former medieval royal manor of BRILL on Saturday 29 August – will now be replaced by an illustrated on-line presentation. To sign up for this, click here to go to our Summer Lectures page..

Click here to view full details of all of these outings, some of which may instead be run in Summer 2021.

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