President's Newsletter April 2021

Dear Fellow Member

Last week brought news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Sincere condolences have been sent to Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family.

The virtual “Variations on a Theme” competition on 10th April was a great success. There were 10 teams who took us on 10 very different journeys by way of prose and poetry. The winning team was Dumfriesshire Federation and the runners up were Kincardineshire Federation. Over 230 members and friends watched the competition which was adjudicated by Jim Gibson. Thank you to everyone who made this most enjoyable afternoon possible; the Education and International committee and Convenor Jessie Meikle, Carrie Preston, E &I events Co-ordinator, the teams and our technical wizard, Maz Thorn.

Our Committee meetings and AGM in May will be Virtual once more. The AGM will be held on Thursday, 27th May at 10.30am.

 The Royal Highland Show Handcrafts competitions will be run “behind closed doors” in the week commencing 7th June. Further details are on the RHS website

There will be no Summer School this year but I hope that next year will provide a return to this enjoyable and educational event.

I hope that our 30th National Conference will be able to go ahead on 4th September but await further guidance on events and meetings from the Scottish Government. The Ruralympics were postponed from 2020 as were the Olympic Games in Tokyo. I hope to be able to hold the Ruralympics on 5th September at Bells Sports Centre in Perth. Confirmation of these events and timings will be issued when possible.

I hope to be able to meet with you soon.

With my very best wishes