Regarding COVID-19 (updated 30 Mar)


30 March 2020

Our Registrar will continue to provide the normal services as far as is possible. Please note, though, that the phone number has changed to 07742 148 865. Details are on the Contact us page.


18 March 2020

The following letter has been sent (by email or post) to all our members today.

THE DEVONSHIRE ASSOCIATION
FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, LITERATURE AND THE ARTS

FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Statement on COVID-19 as at 17 March 2020

Dear Member

As you would expect, the Executive Committee of The Devonshire Association has been closely monitoring developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the current circumstances people‘s health and wellbeing is our key concern, and we have put a plan in place to ensure that we are taking reasonable steps to reduce the risk of infection to our amazing volunteers, members, staff, and to those attending our meetings, while continuing to promote the aims of the Association. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will issue updates to Branches, Sections and individual members as appropriate.

As of today, we have put the following measures in place:

  • All events programmed and organised by the DA Executive and its Branches and Sections, up to and including Tuesday 30th June 2020 are to be postponed to a later date or cancelled.
  • The DA’s Conference and Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place in Bideford (5-7 June 2020) has been cancelled. We hope to convene a General Meeting in September 2020 at a venue to be confirmed to receive the Financial Statements, Reports and conduct other necessary business.
  • Branches and Sections intending to hold AGMs in the affected period should rearrange their meeting to take place before the end of the calendar year.
  • Branch and Section committees are encouraged to maintain contact with colleagues and members by telephone and/or email as often as required and at all times should be familiar with, and follow, guidelines published by the UK Government – https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

If you have any queries, please contact registrar@devonassoc.org.uk. We will regularly update the DA website and social media channels, and will keep you informed of further developments via email and occasional newsletters.

With very best wishes.

Dr Sue Andrew
Chair of the Executive Committee


17 March 2020

The Executive Committee today decided to cancel or postpone all 37 DA events that were due to take place from tomorrow up to the end of June. This includes the Annual Conference in Bideford.

We will continue to post the latest news and updates on this page.


16 March 2020

One more talk has been specifically cancelled:

The Executive committee is meeting tomorrow morning, so we will provide a general update as soon as possible after that.


14 March 2020

Another talk has been cancelled:

  • 18 March: Battle of Britain (Axe Valley Branch). The Branch hopes to reschedule this meeting – which was also to include its AGM – for Wednesday 16th September 2020.

Until further information is posted, please check with the organiser of any other DA event that you are thinking of attending.


13 March 2020

Pending next week’s decision (see below), the following events have now been cancelled:

Until further information is posted, please check with the organiser of any other DA event that you are thinking of attending.


12 March 2020

At an initial meeting yesterday, we decided that we will cancel all our upcoming events from a date yet to be determined, but likely to be next week. The Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday 17th to assess the situation and more information will be available following this meeting.

As of now, the following events have been specifically cancelled:

If you are the organiser of any DA Branch/Section event, please advise the webmaster of any relevant updates at website.admin@devonassoc.org.uk.


10 March 2020

The Devonshire Association is aware of the rapidly changing events surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

If you are booked to attend a scheduled event please check with the organiser that it is still going ahead and please be aware that decisions to cancel or postpone events may be made at short notice.

We will keep this page updated with relevant information.