Jennifer Port’s Summer Message

A warm hello and a big wave to all members, 

Lockdown continues for those of us in Scotland, but I know our English members have seen some easing of restrictions. Despite the horrible impact of the virus and changes we have all had to adapt to, there have been plenty of highlights for us harpers. I’m sure many of you will have enjoyed the time and opportunity at home to play your clarsach more, and you may well have ventured into the world of online lessons; teaching or being taught from the other side of the country, and in some cases, the world. 

Our office staff, Glenn and Toby, continue to work from home, doing an excellent job ensuring all Clarsach Society and EIHF matters are handled quickly and efficiently. 

I doubt face-to-face branch activities will return any time soon, but it’s heartening to see online branch events occurring throughout the UK. If you need help promoting or advertising your branch, please contact the National Office. 

As well as the AGM being cancelled, the Executive Council and Music Committee meetings due to have taken place last weekend were also cancelled. Hopefully by November, the infection rate will be less and we can return to our usual meetings schedule and activities. However, as the situation is ever changing and the serious risk to health and life is real, we will not risk anyone’s health for Society matters. If need be, we will postpone again or conduct the meetings online for as long as it takes. 

Lockdown has been difficult for us all in lots of different ways, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are needing a friendly ear –

I hope you all can take comfort from family and friends, near and far, during these difficult times. We are in complete lockdown in the far north Highlands, and I count myself lucky to be surrounded by my little gang; here is our family ‘lockdown doorstep photo’. Our new arrival is expected in only 11 weeks!

(L-R: Graeme, myself (+bump!), Campbell, Freya, Imogen and Alyth)

Stay safe and take care,