NEWSLETTER III – MAY/JUNE 2020
A MESSAGE FROM BOB
Welcome to our third newsletter. I hope all of you are keeping well and safe during this most difficult and unusual time for us all. I’m sure you will join me in giving our best wishes to several of our members who have been ill and had operations (successful) since we were last in touch. We wish them a speedy recovery to full health.
This issue is going to all members as a hard copy as we are taking the opportunity of enclosing our newly printed and updated Members Directory and a copy of the History of the Club which I have partly rewritten and edited to mark our 50th Anniversary. We are greatly indebted to Ian Calderbank for masterminding the production, layout and liaising with the printers
The inside front cover of the Directory still lists the dates and meetings we intended holding this year. How much of the programme we can actually facilitate is becoming more and more questionable. However, it is important that we stick to Government guidelines as our age group is particularly at risk.
The committee communicates regularly and will constantly review the guidelines to see what may be possible later in the year. In the meantime, we can at least meet one mutual friend in open spaces, fish, play golf or tennis and begin some form a contact with individual members of our families. If any of you are finding yourself particularly isolated, anxious or in need of any type of support then please let me or any of our committee
members know. Details in the Directory. Keep well, keep smiling and keep safe.
HEALTH UPDATE FROM HUGH GILLIES
The weather has been kind to us during the weeks of lockdown, allowing us to exercise outside and keeping fit. Exercise and sunlight both increase our mental health. Sunshine is also needed for the body to produce vitamin D. Our vitamin D blood levels are reduced over the winter months.
As you will be aware from the news people with darker skin types are more likely to be severely affected by COVID-19.
One current train of thought is that this may be related to lower vitamin D levels (darker skins reduce the sunlight penetration through the skin). Increased exposure to sunlight as we exercise outdoors will improve our vitamin D levels, but remember to use good sun protection on bald areas and ears and noses.
More people are wearing masks in crowded areas like supermarkets than previously but I have noticed a few mask wearers incorrectly feel they are superior and no longer need to follow the 2 metre rule and invade our space. They make shop staff and shoppers uncomfortable and at increased risk of contagion.
Keep in contact with as many friends as possible in every way. Friendship is very important in maintaining positive mental health, especially in times of uncertainty and anxiety.
Many of us have found lots more time to read and may even be rediscovering some old favourites. Here are a few ideas.
What Ho Jeeves! –PG Wodehouse. A collection of his work and still very funny and rather silly but it serves as light relief from all the heavy stuff in the newspapers at present.
Chastise – Max Hasting. A gripping new history of Operations Chastise, the Dambusters 617 Squadron.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson. In a small village in England lives Major Ernest Pettigrew, retired, and he is the unlikely hero of the story, which proves that against all odds life can give you a second chance. Funny, comforting and heart-warming.
Any comments / issues for discussion, please contact any of the committee.