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Regrettably for the duration of the current pandemic Guilds cannot meet in their traditional ways.

The population is now advised to limit social contacts and avoid travel on public transport. Those over 70 and everyone with frail immune systems are being asked to shelter themselves at home. We continue  to urge everyone not to be alarmist. The proportion of those testing positive remains low, and the death rate remains even lower. To avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the NHS we should all follow these guidelines and avoid having accidents in the home.

Government has instructed us to wash hands frequently and thoroughly, or use hand sanitiser, and avoid touching our faces. 

Should we carry on holding our meetings?      
We must now advise that meetings are suspended for the next 12 weeks. 

What about our AGM? 
Record a minute to the effect that the AGM has been deferred because of the Coronavirus – hold a brief AGM when meetings begin again. 

Committee meetings? 
With no Guild meetings these will not be needed. However, the committee should ensure that there is regular telephone contact with members. This can be achieved through buddy systems, telephone trees or round robins. Do encourage younger fitter members to take part in community support schemes if they are able to. 

Will the national office remain open?
The office has now been closed for the protection of our staff. Donna, Helen and Sharon are on furlough and the remainder are doing as much of their work as possible from home.
All staff can access their emails from home and their direct phone lines. Full details of these can be found here
Those who dial our central number 0121 326 0400 will be given a different number to call as we have no ability to transfer calls between numbers.
Our out of hours answer machine is switched on automatically but please do not leave a message we cannot access it until we re-open.

Is post being redirected? 
Sadly no, we were unable to arrange this. Any post sent to arrive in the office after March 27th will not be read until the office re-opens.
For this period any urgent post should be sent to Penny Ryan, 66 Fountain Road, London, SW17 0HQ for electronic redirection.

What about National Events?
Our AGM remains in Scarborough but has been rescheduled for September 30th.

The National Quiz final has been rebooked at the same place and time on October 29th

The conference planned for August is being rescheduled for March 2021

We hope the Crown Green Bowls will take place on August 7th as planned 

Can I get a refund for an event?
We hope that the majority will be able to transfer to the new dates. If you are unable to attend please make your refund application through the person who made the original booking. We need to know the Guild or Federation name and the bank account name, number and sort code. money can be paid to,We have no access to a cheque book.
Please also give a reason for the refund.

Can our affiliation fees be refunded?
No, although Guilds are not meeting we are still working on campaigns, events and the magazine, have rent to pay and salaries too. There is nothing to stop Guilds or Federations offering a refund for the closure period but only of their portion of the Sub.


Further Information-

 * Reliable sources of information and assistance

 * Keeping in touch with members (including how to Guides)

 * Positive self isolation - ideas and links to make the most of your time




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