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A Note From The Chair

16 September 2020

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well. It has been great to see people again since we re-opened in July. We have had good attendances for bingo and afternoon tea, for films and concerts. The bar has been busy most weekends with concerts, films, bingo and afternoon tea. We have had plenty of runners in on a Saturday morning. We have held a couple of celebrations that went very well. We have continued to improve the premises inside and out.

So despite the difficult circumstances I am pleased to report that the Centre is thriving, very much alive and open for business. In the next few weeks we hope to welcome back to the Centre our music and dance classes, Irish language classes and the book club. All Sláinte Le Chéile activities should be available again before the month is over.

We now have to comply with the rule of 6. Simply, we cannot have people meeting in groups of more than six. People need to sit in their bubble and not circulate. I hope that everyone recognizes the importance of this and we don’t have to have members of staff having to enforce the limit. Please continue to make a note of your details as you enter the Centre for tracing purposes.

We are still to hold our AGM for 2020. The provisional date is Thursday 19th November. We should be able to hold 50 or 60 theatre style and observe social distancing. We will publish the last accounts and a draft business plan on the website before the meeting takes place. If the restrictions change then we will review that.

As always finance looms large and you will appreciate that our trading has been adversely affected by the Coronavirus restrictions which have put a stop to private parties and our larger events. We are currently in reasonable financial shape not only as a result of donations and grants but because many members of our community have supported our membership scheme and bought goods from our shop. These are great ways of financing the Centre in these lean times and I thank you very much for your support. If you have not yet become a member please join up and if you are already a member please spread the word.

Best wishes

Paul Hardiman

Chair, Liverpool Irish Centre

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