I am contacting you on behalf of Warwick Natural History Society - being their Secretary (of many years standing)! I am sorry to hear of the closing of Rugby Natural History Society after so many decades. It has indeed been a difficult time for so many of our clubs & societies. I am sure that you are one of many groups left struggling and there comes a time when it all becomes unsustainable. The Warwick group are experiencing a much diminished turn out at meetings but our membership has (so far) stood the test of covid and hopefully things are returning a little more back to normal. Given that our Society is continuing with indoor meetings, our committee thought that you might like to make your membership aware that we would be happy to welcome any of your members over to Warwick to attend what remains of our winter programme. This coming Thursday (17TH February) we have Karl Curtis of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust talking about 50 years of WWT. On 3rd March we have Ben Coleman of Ryton Pools Reserve talking about butterflies & moths and on 17th March Shaun Pope , Ecologist with Canal & Rivers Trust is our speaker. On 7th April it is our AGM followed by a members evening. Our indoor meetings all take place at Friends" Meeting House, High Street, Warwick and start at 7:30 pm. All details on our programme & more about our Society can be found on our website www.wnhs.info. Your members are welcome to come along to sample the talks programmed for the rest of the winter session and should they wish to join details are all on the website. Do contact me if you require more information. Kindest regards Barbara Hon.Sec.
Rugby Natural History Society announces sad closure of the Society
DATED 2nd February 2022 Dear Members Somewhat belatedly I should first like to wish you all a happy and healthy 2022. The government restrictions made it impossible to hold indoor meetings for much of last year followed by the continued uncertainty created by the continuing spread of Covid have made it difficult to forecast when we would be able to book speakers for talks. This combined with our hesitancy about the wisdom of holding indoor meetings has led to us having no meetings for the last two years. In November 2021 I brought to your attention the fact that it was becoming extremely difficult to see a positive future for the Society given the significant reduction in membership numbers in recent years, coupled with an absence of members putting themselves forward for election to the committee. Since then I have received several messages of regret that the Society may have to close but, unfortunately, there have been no new volunteers putting themselves forward to join the committee. As a consequence, it has been decided by the current committee that Rugby Natural History Society will need to close. The Society will cease to function as from 28th February 2022. Following the absence of any meetings in the past year and no proposals for new committee members we do not have any agenda items for an AGM. A final set of accounts will be sent to each member after the closure. So this years AGM is cancelled. This course of action is very much regretted and it does mean that a decision needs to be made regarding the Society’s financial assets. The proposal is that all the Society’s funds (which currently total some £1,800) should be divided equally between the following organisations:- Buglife Butterfly Conservation RSPB Warwickshire Amphibian & Reptile Team Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Woodland Trust Nuneaton & Warwickshire wildlife sanctuary The committee would very much welcome your thoughts on this proposal, along with any other comments and/or suggestions that you might have. Please let me know by 14th February 2022 at the latest. In addition to the dispersal of the Society’s funds, all of the Society’s records and reports that date back to the inaugural meeting held in January 1961 will be passed on to the Warwickshire County Record Office. The Facebook page can continue, we will probably rename it to Rugby Natural History. A closure notice will be added to the website. In the absence of any further comments and/or suggestions, I should like to thank all members, past and present, for their continued support and I sincerely hope that many of the friendships that have been forged through a shared interest in natural history will continue for many years to come.
Visitors are welcome to all events. A small visitor’s fee (£2) is charged at indoor meetings. (Members are not charged an entrance fee.) Optional refreshments are served after the meeting for which a small charge is made.
Membership fees are: Individual £10 per year Household £15.00 per year. Members have free entry to meetings, receive copies of the meetings programmes and the Society newsletter which is published several times a year.
MEETING ROOM Foxcroft Lecture Theatre, Rugby School Science Buildings, Barby Road near Oak Street (no through road), Rugby.