Once again, another year passes, but what a year, one I think none of us expected and never want to live through again.
It is obvious that as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions have stopped dead all the plans that we had for social events and meetings. We have descended into the world of Zoom or Go To meetings.
I have just been looking over the government plans for lifting the restrictions and it seems that we are looking at sometime in June before any concrete plans can be made to re-start our social calendar and this timescale also allows for those of us that have our first Covid-19 vaccine to have their second jab and for it to activate.
Talking of Covid-19 I am sorry to report that an increased number of deaths among the Retired Members over the last year and I suspect that approx. 6 could be attributed directly to Covid-19 and sadly I have been unable to attend the funerals due to the restrictions. Hopefully, once we get back to the “new normal” I will be able to attend any memorial services on behalf of the Branch.
Whilst in this morbid mood there are a couple of things that have come to light over the year when dealing with bereavements – people not updating their Death Benefit Nominee’s and lack of a will.
SO, I MAKE NO APOLOGY FOR HIGHLIGHTING THESE ITEMS:
The free conference call that I hold every Tuesday for Retired Members will now continue for the foreseeable future, so if you are worried or just fed up with being stuck in doors then just dial in or a chat.
So, to the future:
Once we can the Retired Members Committee will organise “Am I still standing” get togethers at various venues across the Branch area in order to allow the Retired Membership to meet up. These will take the form of a casual get together along with a free buffet. Details to follow.
As you may know the Retired Members Section has a Retired Members Committee that puts forward ideas for social events etc. Whilst we have enough members on the Committee in Bournemouth and Bristol, I would like some volunteers from Gloucester – Swindon – Southampton and Yeovil. If you are interested give me a ring and I will explain what is expected.
The Retired Members newsletter has been going from strength to strength and the next issue is due out soon.
As many of you may know I am not one to spray thanks around but I would like to thank all those Retired Members who took part in the “ring rounds” on behalf of the Branch in preparation for the possible Industrial Action Ballot. The members of the Retired Members Committee and a couple of Branch Officers for their support, help and guidance over the last year. The officers are Neil our Branch Secretary and Glenn Morris our Branch Treasurer.
I will be happy to answer any questions on this report you have at the AGM.