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Special Newsletter Time Sensitive Information

Dear All,

This year's Heritage Open Days (HODS) is being organised by Jane Amaral, one of your committee members and she has an urgent request for assistance.

Hello All,

HODS Open DayAs many of you will know I am organising Heritage Open Day this year, it is on Saturday 18th September. I decided it would be only one day as we are all busy people and finding volunteers is a problem. Having said that you can guess the rest, there is a problem and the problem has been compounded by the Bridge Chapel being closed.

The (temporary) loss of the Bridge Chapel will be a disappointment to many visitors and they may have questions about the Chapel and it’s history. I had hoped to have two members in town at all times from 10 am to 4 pm, the idea is that these members can direct visitors to the locations and answer any questions (within reason) that they may be asked. Now, with the date fast approaching there are still two empty spaces on the rota.

Is anyone available between 13.00 and 16.00 on Saturday 18th September?

You will be either at Sheep Market area or outside Poundland, you will have a jute bag with flyers, free pens and a sheet of miscellaneous information about the locations and the town and a bright pink sash, the colour of HODs, so that you are easily seen in a crowd. It should be a fun day as the Farmers Market is on, St Ives Eco Action have an event at the Methodist Church and it is the Old Riverport Jazz & Blues Festival. So hopefully plenty of people around and lots of smiling faces.

If you can help please contact me on 01480 354011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you.

Jane Amaral

Further details, and a copy of the flyer, are on our website and can be found here: http://www.stivescivic.org.uk/index.php/projects

Turning now to the first Open Meeting of the new season, and also the first since February 2020, we will welcome John Gibson to talk about the work of the motor bike volunteers who work for hospitals in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Our intention is that the meeting will be organised to limit the risk to you of Covid. Many requirements, with their backing in law, have been swept away, but that does not mean there are now no recommendations on procedure. There are pages of it! Distilling this down, we recognise that gathering in a closed room, as opposed to outside carries more risk.

COVID19 measures

We request that you:

  • Wear a mask on arrival, until you are sitting down, and as you leave.
  • Use the hand sanitiser on arrival
  • Please move away from the entrance area, so that others can reach the member’s desk
  • Please do not move the seating. The seats will have been set out to provide some space around each couple.

The Free Church have installed a large permanent vent in a window near the Apse. The stairway door will be open to allow fresh air in. Also they have installed two air purifiers. However, there are no opening windows in the Centrum. On the other hand the room is high and the front door will also be open.

Whilst we do, of course, hope you will join us, please remember the advice is that if you feel unwell, especially if you have a temperature or a cough, please stay at home. 

Meanwhile, please make a note and join us on Friday 17th and again on Saturday 18th September.


Kind regards

David Stewart
Chair: Civic Society of St Ives