I hope you are all staying home and staying well during these difficult times. I am ‘shielding’ my elderly parents (87 and 88 years old) who live with me and I’m finding it difficult staying in and avoiding contact when you are so used to being active and out and about.
At the Centre we are trying to do all we can to stay in touch with you and bring you a range of on-line activities to enjoy whilst our beautiful building is locked down. We are also trying to be of assistance to anyone in the community who is in need of help with shopping or just needs a friendly phone call from time to time when we are all so isolated. If you, or if you know of someone who needs help, let us know, we will try to help. Get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As you’re probably aware, earlier this year I announced my intention to retire and I’m due to handover the Chairmanship to Prof. Lance Butler on 1st May. I must say that when that date was agreed upon, never in my wildest dreams did I expect that I would be handing over a Centre that is locked down due to a world wide pandemic and all our staff and loyal customers are confined to ‘barracks’!
However, The Centre is in good shape and we have good people both on our staff, our volunteers and you, our customers. Lance is certainly the man to take it forward towards new horizons. I know he has great plans for the future – I hope you do too and that together we’ll get through this so we can celebrate the re-opening of The Centre – hopefully in the not too distant future.
For now, stay safe, look after each other and those who are more vulnerable. Stay in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
Chair, The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
“Don’t mean to put Lance off, but just sorting out the papers to hand over to him – and desk is not big enough!!!”