願大家安好。南安普敦華人協會於 2020年3月4日在聯誼活動中心聚會後，距今已經超過九個月沒有在 聯誼活動中心見面了。雖然期間英國經歷了兩次封城，協會依然盡力看顧我們的會員。過去九個月，協會為會員們送上了重要物資如口罩、手套、食物 等等。我們也錄製了一些關於運動、繪畫、手工和幸福講座的視頻 讓會員們在協會網站上看。同時，協會的‘同一天空下’電臺節目並沒有停止，依然每週一下午六點播出。另外，協會於10月1日舉辦了一次網上中秋節慶祝活動。我們也於12月20日在網上一起慶祝 聖誕節。
由於疫情的緣故，協會的活動深受影響。我們不能在聯誼活動中心進行活動，也不必交租金。另外，協會的委員們都是無薪義工，所以協會的開銷反而減低了。因此，協會委員會 決定 讓擁有2020年會籍的會員 免費享有2021年的會籍。新會員和沒有2020年會籍的舊會員 也只需 為2021年的會籍 付上 10英鎊會費，而不是原本的15英鎊會費。
在此祝福大家 新年快樂 身體健康 百毒不侵。
I hope that you all are keeping well. It has been over 9 months since our last gathering at the Drop-in Centre on Wednesday 4th March 2020. Despite the two lockdowns during these 9 months, the Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS) has put on various efforts to cater for the needs of our members. More specifically, we have delivered important materials including facemasks, gloves and foods to our members. We have produced videos on exercise, paintings, crafts and happiness talks, which are available on our website for our members. Our ‘Under the Same Sky’ community radio programme did not stop but has continued to broadcast every Monday at 6pm. Furthermore, we have had our online Mid-Autumn festival event on 1st October 2020. We had our Christmas celebration event online using Zoom on 20th December 2020.
Due to the pandemic, CAS activities have been significantly affected and reduced since March 2020. However, we do not need to pay for the rent at our Drop-in Centre and CAS committee members are unpaid volunteers. Hence, the expenditure in CAS has also been reduced. For these reasons, the committee has decided that CAS members who have valid membership in 2020, will enjoy a free membership for 2021. All new members or old members who did not have valid membership in 2020, only need to pay £10 instead of the original £15 fee, for attaining the 2021 membership.
When the epidemic is over, we will return to the Drop-in Center for gatherings. If there is any latest development or activity, we will communicate on the Association website and WhatsApp group. Please contact any of the committee members if you require assistance from the Association, we will do our best to help.
Wish you a good health and a Happy New Year.
Dr Michael Ng
Chairperson of the Chinese Association of Southampton