Fence Club secretary Clive Jones and assistant secretary Steve Wells have circulated a statement to its members, informing them of the decision to cancel all remaining Fence Club functions for 2020. The statement reads:
“During these difficult times the Fence Club committee has continued to meet virtually through Zoom which we are sure many of you are now familiar with.
An extraordinary committee meeting was held last week. The main purpose being to discuss the Club’s affairs for the rest of this year. These are of course unprecedented times where the Coronavirus has caused disruption to all our lives and this of course impacts the activities of the club.
The opening of the meeting was immediately followed by a minute’s silence for us to reflect on the sad loss, and the lives of our very good friends and long-time Fence Club members Les Nurse and Phil Green.
A large part of the meeting was spent discussing future Fence Club functions. It is very clear that whilst the existing Government guidelines remain in place it will be almost impossible to continue with our functions in the formats that had been intended. We also realised that even if guidelines are lifted the appetite from members to travel and congregate in enclosed indoor spaces is likely to be severely affected.
In some case’s our decisions have been made easier by venues either discouraging us to go ahead or applying such restrictions it would make the functions completely unattractive.
The committee has therefore taken the decision to cancel all remaining functions for 2020. For clarity this includes:
The Toy Fair Dinner is still planned to go ahead but this is reliant on the Toy Fair itself going ahead. At the moment we expect this function to happen.
This is the first time the Fence Club has taken such a decision and we can assure you the committee did not make the decision lightly to cancel our events. First and foremost, the decision was taken with the interest and safety of our members in our minds. It's unlikely we would be able to deliver the high quality of event that is expected by our members due to restrictions and safety concerns.
In the meantime, we continue to support children’s charities. We donated £13,500 at our last meeting and expect to do something similar in September.”