2021 A New Year and a special Number
Covid-19 has had a big impact on so much of everyday life. The Society’s last ‘in person’ lecture was just before lockdown in early March 2020 but what a good one on which to end. Viv Hendra spoke to a full room in Fowey about the Cornish portrait painter, John Opie. A fascinating and lively talk.
The AGM was held on line via Zoom in June and the Society was delighted to see so many members signing in from their living rooms. This gave us hope for our autumn/winter series of talks. The Society took the decision to keep speakers local just in case we could have a normal meeting but that was not to be so all talks have been, and will continue to be, via Zoom.
Helen Doe started off the series and spoke about the wide number of shipowners based in Fowey and Polruan in 19th century, then we had Marcus Lewis talking about the Fowey River class’ 70th anniversary. Then there were four speakers, Marian and Simon Cole, Kathryn Bartlett and Cecil Varcoe taking us on a virtual tour of East and West Looe.
By the end of 2020, when we fully expected to be down in membership, we in fact grew our list and now have 100 paid up members. This is a record number and includes an increasing number who live outside Cornwall. Some good news on which to start 2021.