Dear BMMHS Supporters,
As we approach Easter, there are signs of optimism in the air, as many of you will have had your first and possibly your second vaccinations, and Lockdown restrictions are being lifted over the coming weeks.
This means that BMMHS is planning to return to a level of normality, COVID restriction permitting. It is hard to believe it is over 12 months since our last live talk in Woodcote Village Hall, and many of you have told us how much they miss the social side of meeting up and having a good chat and a drink with old friends.
The good news is that we are now planning to resume our monthly talks in the village hall in September. In response to our recent survey, you told us this was the preferred month to restart by a considerable majority. We shall take a cautious approach initially with limited numbers of attendees and we will not provide refreshments. We hope to be back to normal for our 2022 programme. Booking in advance for these talks will be essential.
Our twice monthly virtual talks by Zoom talks have been a great success reaching out to a wider audience both home and overseas. It has allowed more people to listen to some fascinating topics. I am delighted to confirm we shall continue with Zoom talks, with one a month once the live talks resume. Again from our survey Tuesday evenings were your strong preference.
For all our talks, both live and Zoom we have a very strong programme of speakers and topics already booked ahead for all of 2021 and much of 2022. A big thank you to Linda for putting such a full programme together. Do see the details on this website.
Much of our time has been spent getting the first volume of our charity book Glimpses of War ready for publication. We have agreed with Blind Veterans UK a launch publication date of 8th May 2021, the anniversary of VE Day, so the pressure is on to get it ready for print. My thanks to our proof readers, editors, and many others who are helping with this process. It is a big task and a steep learning curve for us all with over 550 pages in this volume. I am delighted Glimpses of War will be the Book of the Month for May in Britain at War magazine. Other organisations, such as the National Army Museum in London and the Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, have agreed to publish the book’s review on their websites or in mailings to their members to help us.
If any of you can help publicise the book through organisations or publications you have links with, please get in touch on email@example.com All proceeds will go to Blind Veterans UK, so every book we sell will generate more funds for them. More details can be found on this website.
One area I would like to highlight relates to our website and all the preparation for our Zoom talks. We receive many congratulations on how smoothly things run and how good the website looks. A bit like a swan gliding serenely over the water while paddling madly beneath, these things do not happen by chance, and I know the immense work Jerry puts in to getting these looking so good and professional as they do. Well done, brother!
And as ever, a big thank you to everyone in the team for all their hard work, but also to all of you for supporting us in various ways and for making donations for talks, without which we would not be able to continue. I am proud to report we have donated over £1,000 to military charities from our Zoom talks so far. If you are interested in getting involved with BMMHS, please get in touch. We would welcome some younger blood into the team.
Best wishes, and we look forward to seeing you all before too long.
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