The Board met yesterday between 10:00 and 13:00 via Microsoft Teams.  We were joined by George Sheppard, who has joined the management team as Web Content Editor.  George has a background in IT and we’re confident that he will be an asset to the team and that his support will enable us to move various initiatives forward.  And at a stroke we reduced the average age of the management team by a significant number of years!  It’s good to have new, younger blood in our ranks, thanks and welcome George.

Preparation for the National Show on Saturday 26th June was of course a topic for discussion.  We’d like to make members aware of the following:

  • Starting Monday 1st March, we will be contacting all who hold a paper ticket for the 2020 show, to ascertain which of the two sessions they’d like to attend at the 2021 show. This will be by email for most, but by letter for the few for whom we have no email address.
  • Starting Monday 8th March, we’ll do the same for those who bought tickets online for the 2020 show. Contact will be by email only.
  • Starting Monday 29th March, we will open for online ticket sales for the 2021 show, making available as many tickets as are left after allocation based on the two points above.
  • A form to request show entry and/or shuttle bus tickets will be included in the May 2021 issue of Bulletin, scheduled for publication on Saturday 15th May.

If you already hold a ticket for the 2020 show, please respond to our request as soon as you receive it, so that you can secure the session of your choice.  We anticipate that there will still be Government restrictions in place at the time of the show, so if you want to be sure of attending the show at the session of your choice, buy your ticket as soon as they go on sale.  If you are subsequently unable to attend the show because you have been asked by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate as part of prevailing Covid-19 measures, you will be offered a full refund of the entry ticket price paid.

A further Shed Notice will be made the day before online ticket sales open.

Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary