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My committee consists of me as Chairman together with Immediate past president John Curson and David Herbert, Rod Wooding, Frank Langley and Pat Bird.

In these extraordinary times it's almost impossible to plan fundraising events due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We have pencilled in our main fund-raising event of the Trolley Dash with Waitrose from 7th to 13th December. We have yet to decide who will be the beneficiaries but have an eye on our local NHS and medical facilities which we feel would be well supported by the public at large. Even though non-essential shops are opening up and food shops have remained open Waitrose cannot give the go-ahead at this precise moment. Further, until we are fully released from lockdown, we cannot undertake any event that involves gatherings in our usual places but very much look forward to doing so.

We have events planned that have been held over from the current year that hopefully will take place in the near future. The International committees evening of “Around the World in Song” has been scheduled for 31st October and the Community Service’s evening with Fynnius Fogg for 5th December. It is also hoped that the Northampton Male Voice Choir will perform at a yet to be determined time. 

We can also raise funds by donating the lockdown savings we are making, principally from our meal costs. I know a lot of you have been doing this and hope you will continue to do so. We have donated a £1,000 to local organisations, particularly the Rushden Food Bank, and have more to distribute. Well done to all members who have contributed.

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