We are delighted to have been able to re-open some of our outside activities and there has been a great response to them. Croquet: We have the lawn in Newbridge House booked for Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 -3.30. It is great to see this beautiful facility being used. Some additional existing members have signed-up for this and a couple of new members have come along too. All in all, there is a full house! Our group seem to be happy - even if the sun is not shining. And a bit or rain does not put them off either. Many are glad to be able to get out from lockdown and to do something that respects the social distancing requirements too. Golf: This is the other activity that has been able to be completed. Covid stopped the course of lessons that were in train and as soon as golf opened up, some of our members were keen to get going again. When all who had signed up for the classes were contacted,there was a great response. Outdoors and social distancing were a real attraction. Donabate Golf Club facilitated this completion of the lessons so well. A big thank you goes to Fintan who was giving the class, and also to the Lady Captain Mary who had organized playing practice with some of the existing members. The Club has been so welcoming and thanks to everyone who made our members feel so comfortable.Planning for the future: The Committee will be reconvening shortly to put in place our Covid-19 Response Document. This is necessary for all groups to complete before they can go back to running classes. We will be planning to make arrangements for our new season of classes that usually start in late September – December. We will be working hand in hand with DPCC and meeting their requirements too. There are challenges to be met about registration and payment for classes but we believe that we can put on our thinking caps and come up with a resolution that will work. Members may have to fill out more paperwork than before but we will keep everyone informed as we make decisions about what we need to do. All decisions will be about working together and for each other so we can return to our greatly missed activities and social interaction.