Spring Visit 2022 – A message from our Chair Richard A Coates

Following the success of the Autumn meeting and AGM in Reeth which was the first physical meeting since the lifting of Covid restrictions, your Committee has been considering holding our Spring 2022 meeting in person, rather than by Zoom. Covid disrupted our longstanding policy of holding two Spring meetings in the North of England followed by one meeting in the south, which roughly reflects the geographic distribution of our membership.

Tentative arrangements have been made to host the meeting on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May 2022, in Wells, Somerset. A provisional agreement has been struck with The Swan Hotel next to The Cathedral in Wells for the nights of 17th & 18th May at a price of about £270 to £320 for a double room for 2 nights on a B & B basis.

Our plan would be to visit the nearby town of Bruton, where one of our forebears, J.H. Alderson, was Master of the historic establishment of Sexey’s Hospital during the early 1900’s. These premises were built as Almshouses in the late 17th Century and remain in that use today. We would arrange for a speaker to give us a talk on the life and times of this gentleman, followed by a talk on the history of the buildings, a buffet lunch and guided tour of the Town and local museum. (These arrangements would be conducted in a Covid safe manner to prevent any interaction between our members and the current residents of the Almshouses).

A Group evening meal is planned for the Wednesday evening, with the Thursday morning being spent enjoying the City of Wells, including the Cathedral, with an optional light lunch to conclude the event.

For those travelling from further afield who may wish to travel the day before the event and stay overnight on the Tuesday, a range of options would be offered, including the opportunity to attend the Evensong Service in the Cathedral, prior to an optional evening meal.

At the moment, we are only looking for expressions of interest rather than a firm commitment, in order to be able to gauge the likely number of people interested in attending. At the moment it is not possible to give an estimate of the likely costs due to the uncertainty of the exact programme, but it is expected to be similar to previous Spring Meetings and will be run on a ‘break even’ basis.

In order to indicate your expression of interest, please email richard@swanmar.karoo.co.uk  with the subject ‘ Spring 2022 ‘, indicating the number of people potentially interested in attending.

We look forward to hearing from you!