Pandemic pauses seniors school

Because of the pandemic, meetings for Bridgewater’a School for Seniors have been on hold since physical distancing was introduced in March. Currently it does not seem this will change any time in the immediate future.

By SHIRLEY MCKERROW*

BECAUSE of the pandemic, meetings for School for Seniors have been on hold since physical distancing was introduced in March. Currently it does not seem this will change any time in the immediate future.

I am sure that a lot of our members are suffering from withdrawal symptoms as we miss the socialising and our generous speakers every week.

As a designated at-risk group, we cannot take chances with the health of members or of our speakers by coming together too soon in an enclosed space for two hours.

Also , if we did meet with a limited numbers of members, I would be reluctant to ask speakers to spend their time and resources travelling to speak to half our group. There wouldn’t be the same atmosphere or interaction.

Schools for Seniors meetings have been on hold in Brighton Municipality since March.

When looking at what has happened in other states and New Zealand, I am grateful our state borders remain closed for a while yet.

I had hoped that we might be back by September/October but will have to wait and see if that might happen.

We have missed our usual Xmas in July dinner but with any luck, there may be an opportunity to have a great end-of-year’ lunch.

Fortunately, technology has enabled us to maintain some contact and Geoff has been keeping us laughing with his weekly newsletters to those with access to email. We look forward to them so thanks, Geoff. Extra contributions from other members have also been very welcome.

The chatter about a safe vaccine seems to be growing stronger and more optimistic so here’s hoping it happens sooner rather than later.

As I write this, Vera Lynn’s song “We’ll meet again” keeps running through my head. Let’s hope that “One sunny day” is not too far off!

To all School for Seniors members happy isolation and obey the rules.

*Shirley McKerrow is program coordinator of School for Seniors

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