Newsletter: January 2021

E-Newsletter for the Midhurst Society - January 2021
Dear Members and Friends,
As we move into 2021, foremost in many of our minds must be the vaccination efforts and how soon loved ones and ourselves can get the jab. At the rate quoted of 1million /week we estimate that many of our members can expect to be given their first vaccine by end of February so fingers crossed! You can check where you fit in the schedule.

Soon it will be time to look forward to Spring when the clocks change
on March 28.  The sap will be rising in the woods - and the first tree to
show signs will be the Alder with its purple buds!
Remember clocks spring forward an hour March 28!

Facebook is growing and so are your Society’s followers
Thanks to the unstinting efforts of Vice Chair Harvey Tordoff and his daily newsfeed of local quizzes, personal observations and beautiful photos he has created a following of close to 1000 - quite a milestone in a small town and his articles frequently reach over 3000 readers!
This has been achieved over a couple of years with creativity and a dedication to get the town and your Society ‘on the map’, a force to be reckoned with in local planning and local events. If you “don’t do Facebook” follow this link to see what Harvey is doing for your town and the society - follow this link to see what Harvey is doing...

What news of the monthly Talks in 2021?
As usual we have lots of news for our members at this time of the year but still not a full month by month programme of Talks but we constantly review as circumstances change.

However the good news is that after our last on-line presentation by Derek Welsman in December which was widely enjoyed, we have some recommendations...
On Tuesday January 19th Friends of the South Downs invite you to view their on-line presentation by Sir Charlie Raymond Burrell owner of the Knepp Castle Estate West Sussex. He will present the up to date status of the re-wilding of his lands. To view this spellbinding on-line presentation (there is a small charge) please click:
Additionally we have reviewed another series of one man talks called The Bald Explorer and  one which specifically covers a walk around our town and Common that you will find most interesting
You can discover more of these entertaining talks on our website:

In March we have tentatively reserved an exclusive presentation by Ian Keable (Thursday March 21st) Baffling us with occasional magic and comedy this presentation will focus on Hoaxes.  Again this is an online version for you and links to this LIVE on line Talk will follow later, but please reserve the evening. For a taster of what’s in store click here:

We continue to monitor the situation at the Memorial Hall and look forward when we can next welcome you to our ever popular live Talks again and have tentatively booked a favourite presenter Ian Gledhill for Thursday June 17 with his presentation “Stars of San Francisco”.
Have you renewed your membership for 2021 yet?

There is still time and remember the renewal fees have been specially set lower than 2020 to compensate for the lack of Talks last year. To apply follow this link or simply contact us at to receive a copy.
To all of you who have already renewed and those new members for 2021, your committee thanks you for your continued and on-going support. A particular thanks to those who have made such generous donations as well as their subscriptions.
Yours sincerely,
Mike Balmforth

PS: We hope you all enjoyed the Autumn magazine? It’s still available for £3 a copy at Spar/Post Office or Dummers the newsagents.  Contact us if you would like back copies.  Issue 33 is already well underway -more updates on its progress next month...

PPS:  We are always interested in considering ideas or submissions for future issues. Just get in touch! It’s your Society!
[Apologies: some images have been excluded from this summary.]