Corona Virus Pandemic – Cancellation of York Meeting on April 4, 2020

Dear Members,

You will all be aware of the latest comments and advice from the Government, the Chief Medical Officer, and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

Based on their comments, your Trustees believe that it would be prudent to cancel our forthcoming meeting in York on 4 April, and to postpone the AGM until 3 October. Our membership demographics are such that a good proportion of us are in the age range which medical science describes as “at risk”. In addition, many members travel some distance to our meetings, often using public transport, and our meeting rooms are used by other members of the public. Gathering in an enclosed space such as a meeting room is more hazardous than doing so at an open-air event.

Our meetings are enjoyable, and we all look forward to them as an opportunity to meet old friends as well as listening to interesting presentations. However, the Trustees feel that it would be irresponsible to hold a meeting at a time when the country is facing what the Prime Minister described as “the worst public health crisis for a generation”. We are saddened to have to make this choice but see no realistic alternative.

Please pass this message on to anyone who may not have email or website access. Our Darlington meeting on May 16, and the May Walk, are also under review and a further announcement on these will be made soon. Please monitor our website for developments. Above all, please follow the Government’s guidelines, stay healthy, and we look forward to welcoming you all to York in October.

Neil Mackay

Did You Know?

The worst railway accident in the area was the derailment at Goswick, south of Berwick, in October 1947, when 27 people were killed.