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It is clear that the impact of the current Covid-19 corona virus on the health and safety of people in the UK (and elsewhere) and the consequent effect on the economic and social activity of the population has become increasingly serious. The impact in London appears to be more immediate than for other parts of the country. As the Trustees of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that has regular inter-action with people through various activities, we have a responsibility to consider the possible implications for both our own volunteers and the wider community. Given current government and Public Health England requirements and advice, FONC Trustees have decided upon the following course of action:

  • THE ANNUAL OPEN DAY PLANNED FOR 16 MAY 2020 IS CANCELLED. We will not be seeking to hold the event later in the year but intend to reinstate the event as usual in 2021. All monies received from stall-holders etc. will be returned as soon as possible.
  • All FONC organised cemetery tours, practical work-days, monument inscription recording and other FONC events are CANCELLED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT AND FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.
  • FONC Trustees meetings will be held electronically for the foreseeable future.  We will further consider what arrangements can be made in regard to the June Annual General Meeting.
  • A decision on participation in the September Open House Weekend will be taken nearer the time.
  • Further information on any other impacts for FONC members and the general public in regard to planned FONC activities will be posted on the FONC web-site, the cemetery notice-boards and FONC News at the earliest opportunity.

The Trustees very much regret having to take what might seem to be draconian action. However, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. We hope and trust that everyone affected (particularly financially) will understand the need for this action. We will seek to return to all of our normal activities at the earliest opportunity, having regard to appropriate official advice.

FONC Trustees, 17 March 2020


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