By Haddenham Webteam - 18th March 2020 7:30am
The precautions that are being taken to slow the impact of Covid-19 are having a profound effect on the way we live our lives at a national level and on public events in Haddenham and its neighbouring villages. These are unpresendented times for our generation. Thankfully our electronic communication channels offer much greater scope to keep one another informed than previous generations had available during global pandemics.
Meeting and Events in Haddenham
Most if not all organised gatherings of more than a handful of people have been cancelled. If not specifically mentioned here, it's pretty safe to assume that any meetings, clubs or local society activities have been cancelled and will not happening until further notice.
In a separate article, we will summarise the help and assistance that is being offered to elderly and vulnerable residents, particularly those living alone.
CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
All church services at St Mary's Church
All Monday Club meetings at St Mary's Centre
All U3A General Meetings at the Y&CC
All Sixty-Plus Club Meetings at the Y&CC
All Thursday Club meetings in the VH lounge
All Friday Art Group meetings in the VH foyer
All Christian Aid soup luncheons in the Baptist Church
All Haddenham Screen film presentations
All Village Picture House (and Matinée) film and NT Live presentations in Cuddington
All 'Small World Baby Group' meetings on alternate Fridays at the Methodist church
All Townsend Community Orchard work parties
The Antiques Fait at the VH on Sunday 22nd March
The volunteer Litter Pick on 28th March
The Snakemoor Work Party on 28th March
The 'Little Forest Friends' Preschool Open Day (30th March)
The Street Food event at the VH on Friday 3rd April
The Community Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 20th March
If there are significant ommisions from this list, we invite club and event organisers to email us with their latest updates. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A stement from the fete organising committee:
The Fete Committee met last week to discuss our options for the Village Fete in the face of the Coronavirus. At that stage we decided we would begin organising, however, in the light of recent government announcements and information from healthcare and scientific experts, it seems likely that emergency measures will still be in place in early June.
It is therefore with great sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel this year's Haddenham Village Fete on 13th June. Every year the Fete is a chance to get together to celebrate our community and all the wonderful groups, organisations and people that make up this village. However, during these unprecedented times, we fully support the need to avoid non-essential social contact, limit large gatherings, and work together to play our part in limiting the spread of the virus.
Rest assured, we will do everything we can to make sure that next year's event will be bigger and better, and hope to raise lots of funds to help those village organisations and causes that are going to need our support. We look forward to celebrating with you all then.
In the meantime, look after yourselves and each other.
Thanks for your continued support,
Haddenham Fete Committee
A statement from the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that the committee have taken the decision to cancel this year's Summerfest, given the current circumstances in the UK and the uncertainty about the impact of the Corona virus over the next few months. For the festival to go ahead we would have to imminently start making large financial commitments to suppliers that would not be covered by our insurance if we cancelled closer to the time. Given our charitable status, that would be irresponsible of us and so we have reluctantly made the decision to not go ahead this summer.
Obviously not holding the festival will not only mean we miss out on a fantastic village event, but that we will not raise the funds that help out so many other local charities, clubs and organisations enormously. We will be looking into ways we can continue this work and minimise the impact on those who often struggle to get much needed funding elsewhere. We will keep you all updated on any plans as they develop and hope that you will get involved.
In the meantime, please take care everyone, and we hope to see you all at Winterfest.