With great regret, Delamere Charitable Trust is postponing its celebration of the centenary of Delamere Forest School which was to have been held on Monday 4th May in partnership with Manchester Jewish Museum and Manchester Jewish Archives.
The postponement is a precautionary measure following the rapid acceleration of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, including Greater Manchester. The Charity has reluctantly recognised that there is a sizeable, but unknown risk, that visitors, especially more vulnerable ones, will be reluctant to come to a public event in the city centre (probably by public transport) in early May. This is quite apart from any possible future UK government advice on public meetings.
While on some views the outbreak could be falling away rapidly and any public restrictions may have been lifted by 4th May, Delamere is very unlikely to know whether that is going to happen before it needs to publicise the details of the event, send out invitations and finalise its plans.
“We believe it is much more helpful to everyone to remove any uncertainty now and postpone the date from 4th May” explained Delamere Chair, Malcolm Joels. “When the situation becomes clearer, we shall publicise the new date which will hopefully be in the summer. There is absolutely no doubt that we shall hold this exciting event later. We are notifying the many ex-pupils and their families who have already registered their interest in attending the Reunion.”
“We are still building our list of those ex-pupils, their family members and staff who would like to attend the private School Reunion and strongly urge those who have not yet registered their interest with us to do so now to avoid disappointment as numbers may have to be limited. Use our Contact Form, choosing “Reunion” as the Message Type, and notify us of all the names and email addresses.”
“We must make it clear that this postponement decision has nothing whatsoever to do with the medical debate about how the spread of the virus, and its risks, should best be handled. Our concern has to be for our potential visitors and how they may feel, and for the future success of the event.”
Watch the News posts on this website for the new date of the Centenary celebration and future details of the open Exhibition and the School Reunion.