June 2020 : Chairman’s message

Hi Everyone, hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the lovely weather.

I attended a Zoom Tangles meeting last Thursday, as one of their honorary members. They were very welcoming. They are a small group and have regular virtual activities. They join in with the Tangent National quizzes and Scavenger hunts and have set various challenges. They have challenged us to virtual Bingo. Bit scary for a technophobe like me. There was a virtual raffle which for once, I didn’t win!!

I did wonder if these were the sorts of things that our Club should be doing and having only been in Lichfield Tangent for such a short time wasn’t really sure of how most people would feel. We are after all a generation older than most Tangles members. Maybe everyone would be happier to wait until we can meet in small groups of possibly 10. I know that not everyone in Tangent is happy to or know how to use Zoom. David and I Zoom our friends quite regularly but we are in much smaller groups.

I set up an Exec meeting yesterday and we discussed the various options that we have. Deirdre is hoping to organise a moving Tangent Garden Party, along the lines of Safari suppers that we used to have in Round Table. There would be groups of at least 6, depending on the latest Government Covid-10 regulations and we would take our own food and drinks and meet up in 4 gardens we could finish in the park, this number is variable, depending on how many people would like take part. We would be given an envelope to indicate the next garden to move on to. This way we should be able to see everyone. The hosts would stay in their gardens. I think this sounds a lovely idea and I hope you all agree.

Another idea is an online Quiz, the questions would be emailed out and the answers sent back. The winner would get a prize at a later date.

David and I are planning a joint event (41 Club and Tangent) in July when we will invite groups of approximately 10 to come to our garden, bring their chairs and enjoy food and wine, hopefully strawberries will still be around. Also of course the good weather.

I hope you like some of the above ideas.

I’m fortunate that the day goes quite quickly. I have been doing the Joe Wicks Exercise for Seniors. It’s just for 10 minutes but sets me up for the day. We go walking and I occasionally do Pilates. I have been helping to sew the small headbands with buttons that go under the visors that front line NHS staff wear. I did make a few facemasks for us and friends and family. The garden has kept me busy as everything has grown so much. We Zoom and FaceTime friends and daughters and grandchildren. Have got into a few box sets on TV and stay up far too late watching them.

Anyway enough from me, stay well everyone and please let me know if you need any help or just want a chat. I know there are days when we all feel a bit low and flat, wondering how much longer this way of life will carry on and we’ll be able to hug our children and grandchildren but we’ll get there and be together again soon.

YCIF Pat xx