Dear London Branch members

Unfortunately the lockdown has forced us to cancel many of the events that we had planned for this year.   Restaurants are starting to re-open now, but under substantial constraints.   It looks like being some time before events of our size will be permissible, and the survey results showed that there is little appetite among our members for restarting these until well into the autumn.  Our current plan is that our first major event will be our AGM at Corney and Barrow (not far from Tower Bridge), including a tasting and a dinner on Thursday 19th November.  This will have to be contingent upon the way that the regulations evolve, but this venue is well outside the most congested central area, and we will have it to ourselves.  So please put it in your diary.

In the meantime, there is the possibility of smaller lunchtime events on the outskirts of London.  The areas in the direction of Richmond, Harrow and Bromley have been suggested, and if you live in one of these areas and would like to organise such an event do please get in touch, and we will do our best to help.

We are also going to try social events using the Zoom on line platform.  Many of our members have got good experience of these with other societies, and it is really easy for anyone with a computer or tablet to take part.  The first few have gone really well, so why not give it a try..

We will not be issuing a printed programme this quarter, but I will send out details of each event by email and also post them on the web site.   We will take bookings on line at www.iwfs.london  in the normal way, but you can also email bookings@iwfs.london if you prefer.

If you would like to take the advantage of current circumstances to learn more about wine, I am offering some interactive on line tuition, based upon the syllabus of the WSET Level One qualification.  There will be four weekly sessions in September, and we do hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity.  I know that some were reluctant to get involved in the previous courses that we organised, but this is a much more relaxed affair –  there will be no formal examination, and we will charge only £20 to cover the cost of the book that goes with it.  If you do not feek the need of this yourself, about sponsoring some members of your family.  Further details soon.

I hope that you are all keeping well and look forward to seeing you again, either on line or in person, before too long.

On behalf of your committee, I thank you for your continued support.

Jeffrey Benson – Chairman London Branch