In March 2020 we were advised that our venue, Scott Primary School, has discontinued all lettings until further notice in response to the Coronavirus issues. This meant that all of our in-person meetings for the 2020-21 season (ending May 2021) were replaced with online Zoom meetings. This proved to be successful and we were able to extend our talks to include speakers from further afield, including the USA. Some experienced members held online workshops and teaching via Zoom. Also, regular photographic challenges were run to keep members’ itchy trigger fingers exercised whether they were self-isolating at home or able to get out and about, please see our weekly image page.
From October 2021 we are returning to live meetings at Scott Primary School but should Covid 19 issues change and prevent this we may need to switch to online Zoom meetings and talks.
However, our first priority is to provide a safe environment where we can all meet. To do this we are implementing these safety measures at each meeting for the foreseeable future:
- There will be spaces between the chairs, and all chairs will be cleaned as we put them out. Just take a chair and sit anywhere in the hall.
- To avoid queues we will not be providing tea or coffee. Feel free to bring your own drinks for the break.
- You are welcome to wear a face mask throughout the meeting.
- Hand gel and disinfectant spray will be available.
The coming season has been engineered to be as flexible as possible so that we can adapt to changing circumstances. Some of our speakers and judges will be communicating via Zoom and we will transmit these sessions into the School Hall to provide a “normal” club session. It may be possible, for those who feel the need, to join the event at home.
I hope this reassures you that we are taking safety seriously and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday evenings
Vaughan Dean (October 2021)
President, Bedford Camera Club
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