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Speakers 2020

2020 and the first half of 2021 was affected by the Coronavirus situation, and meetings in person were not possible. So the Society held a number of talks through Zoom, details as below.

Online Talks via Zoom in 2021

With normal meetings being impossible due to Coronavirus, the Trustees have arranged some online talks using Zoom. To attend any talk, please contact the secretary by the Friday prior to the talk, Zoom details will be issued on the Monday before the talk.

  • 19th January 2021, 7.30pm. “The Railway between Tweedmouth and Kelso” presented by David Welsh.
  • 16th February 2021 at 7:30pm  “Kelso and the War Savings Movement 1939-1945” presented by Neil Rawlins
  • 16th March 2021 at 7.30pm “Will Ogilvie a celebrated local poet” presented by Charlie Robertson and Friends
  • 20th April 2021 at 7.30pm “Deer parks, traps and hays: hunting and hunting forests in medieval Scotland”, presented by Piers Dixon
  • 18th May 2021 at 7.30pm  “The Great Disruption of 1843” presented by Kenny McLean
  • 15th June 2021 at 7.30pm  “The Geology of the Cheviots” presented by Ian Kille

Speaker programme 2020-21

The challenges set by Coronavirus has meant that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the speaker programme for the year September 2020 to May 2021.

We plan to defer the Programme to the autumn of 2021 (i.e. from September 2021-May 2022). We have contacted all the Speakers and they are agreeable to this.

We plan to review the situation regularly throughout 2021 and if conditions are such that we can provide a safe venue, then we would hope to hold meetings in the Autumn of 2021.

In the meantime, the Trustees have arranged talks online, as well as other activities such as quizzes and historical online articles. We will keep you updated on this aspect.

Our monthly speakers meetings at the Abbey Row Centre, have proved to be so popular that we were having to look for a larger venue. The constraints of social distancing etc. have made this more challenging. We have two or three possible venues to explore but until the restrictions on meeting indoors are eased sufficiently to be safe for everyone to gather together, we are not able to make any firm decisions.

The 2019-2020 speaker programme is available to view.