THAT is the question we have been asked many times! Our lives have been so different since March when we sadly saw the need to cancel our planned Old Time Movies event.

After that, the restrictions meant no meetings.

Now, with restrictions easing, we have planned a new way to continue sharing our interest in local history. It will not be a return to ‘normal’ for the moment, rather we will recommence activities differently.

Here is what you can look forward to:THE OFFICE will be open on Thursday afternoons (from 9 July; 2-4pm) for you to drop in and have a chat, check out info in our records or even bring in new material for the archives — HOWEVER there will be space for only 20 people at a time in the Ron Muir Room. Please drop in and meet up again!

OUR FIRST PUBLIC MEETING post-COVID isolation

will be on Saturday 22 August when Jill Barker will share information about the Japanese House in New Farm. This remarkable residence was pre-fabricated in Japan in 1886 and re-erected in New Farm (see “From Japan to New Farm”, May newsletter).

I am sure that you will want to hear more about this interesting topic — HOWEVER, it will be different!

Only 30 people will be able to attend the meeting at the hall.

They will need to book ahead, and it is primarily for those unable to link-in via computer/tablet/phone/smart TV. This meeting will be videoed, so that those at home will be able to see it in real time (or later if they wish). The August newsletter will have more info about either how to book your place at the hall, or to log in.

Here’s an idea! Why not gather a few friends in your home for afternoon tea and watch together, for a different kind of sociable history afternoon!

Ross Garnett | President