COVID-19 – UPDATE NUMBER 2 FROM THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Dear Members

Government Legislation and measures to combat the effects of the virus have been updated this week. The updated guidance and advice, specifically targets the closing of schools in the UK and, again, emphasis on home working, social distancing and curtailing all but essential travel both nationally and internationally.

The office will now be manned on a part-time basis during the working week. Only one member of the team will occupy the office during these periods so please bear this in mind if ringing in, be patient. The remaining staff will work from home to ensure that member’s welfare needs and requests can be met.

We will attempt to keep the membership up to date with all the usual notifications we send out via e-mail. This may not be as timely as usual due to remoting the capability, in particular the notifications of members passing away and funeral arrangements. This is a two way process, we rely on the initial ‘heads up’ from members in the majority of cases, please continue to do this to the office landline number and Association e-mail address.

Our efforts as a Nation to defeat this virus continue apace. Once again we are being asked to step up and deliver. The scientific approach to this problem is the chosen course of action. Tactical actions will have strategic effect. A situation we are all well use to. Look at the detail of what we are being asked to conform to, most of which is achievable as is, the remainder with good judgement and common sense. Please continue to look out for one another and support others where you can. There are a lot of worried citizens out there. We are SENTINELS one and all.

John, Tracy and Terri

COVID19 – UPDATE NUMBER 1 FROM THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION

Government Legislation and measures to combat the effects of the virus have been updated today.  With these restrictions in mind and to contribute to the National effort, we have taken the decision to cancel all Association social events between now and 30th June 2020.

These are specifically:

SF Transition Drinks Reception – 26th March

Welsh Lunch – 25th April

Portsmouth Club Lunch – 25th April

Hastings Lunch – 9th May

North American Lunch – 22nd May

North of England Lunch – 6th June

London Summer Drinks – 18th June

LRDG Annual Lunch – 20th June

Events scheduled for later in 2020 will be reviewed closer to the time. Even then, venues, caterers and the like will have a policy in place so we must remain flexible to a very fluid situation.

In the event of the Office being closed or a reduction in staff levels leading to a shorter working week, please continue to utilise the Office landline number and wait for it to go to answer machine if there is no reply. A couple of mobile numbers are provided for urgent welfare matters.

Please also continue to utilise the office email address, this will be monitored whatever the physical situation is in the London office.  We are also looking at providing basic information via the Regimental Association website (www.marsandsminerva.co.uk).

We will remain fully focussed on the provision of welfare during this period.  We would warn membership that the NHS and private healthcare is likely to be under considerable pressure for the foreseeable future and that assistance in a timely manner may not be achievable.

We are entering a period of uncertainty and possibly drastic change in our way of life for a while. Two areas I am sure you, our membership, will have had plenty experience of.  If there was ever a time our Regimental ethos was required by all, it is now.

Be an example of that to others. Use your local, national and international electronic contact groups to stay in touch and highlight issues if required. Look out for one another, your family and community.