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Dated 2/9/2021 *  We have good news and bad news to report:

First the bad news. You might have heard elsewhere that Virgin Money Giving have decided to cease processing charity donations. This has come as a blow to the many charities who have used the platform, including Swindon IA, to process online donations to their charities, including the processing of Gift Aid where appropriate.

* And now the good news: We are delighted to confirm that we are planning to hold our 2021 AGM ‘live’ on Sunday, 5th December commencing at 2:00 pm at our usual venue, Lawn Community Centre, Guildford Avenue, Swindon SN3 1JL (opposite the shops)

As you know, throughout the pandemic we have been organising virtual members’ meetings using the ‘Zoom’ platform.  Sadly, despite our best efforts, attendance has been disappointing so we are delighted to be able to return to our traditional face to face meetings.

This will be our first face to face meeting for some time and will be subject to whatever restriction(s) are deemed necessary in December to be Covid safe.

We are currently planning to buy in a buffet from Morrison’s Supermarket to eliminate food handling and the number of members the hall can accommodate is reduced to 60 persons. Sanitisers will be available.

As we get nearer the date, we will update this page with the latest situation and any restrictions. However, things could change very quickly should we suffer a further wave of the pandemic and, if the circumstances warrant it, the meeting could be cancelled or postponed.  


Dated 21/7/2021 *  As members will know, having been advised by email, our next meeting on Sunday, August 15th at 2:30 pm will not be the hoped for live meeting but a virtual meeting via the ‘Zoom’ platform. We had been hoping/assuming that the removal of the Covid lock down restrictions on July 19th would pave the way back to normality, enabling us to plan live meetings again. However, the latest information from our venue, Lawn Community Centre, is that they are currently planning a phased reopening in mid-September but, with the massive escalation of Covid cases in some areas in recent days, I’m not holding my breath! Basically, we are completely in the hands of our venues. In our next planned members’ mailshot in late October, hopefully, we will then know if we will be able to hold a live AGM in early December and will advise members accordingly – so keep your fingers – and everything else -crossed!


*  Some good news at last! I’m delighted to confirm we have a new treasurer, Mr. Andrew Lawson! Although Andy has agreed to accept the office of treasurer, there will be a transition period during which time do please continue to send all cash and cheques etc. to our current acting treasurer, Vernon Fernandes.


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