Other items from our September Newsletter

In common with several other local organisations, the Gateacre Society invested in a Zoom licence in 2020, when it became apparent that 'physical' meetings would not be resuming any time soon. Initially it was used only for Committee meetings, but we soon became aware that there was a demand from our members for talks via Zoom, and there were speakers available to give them. So far we have held five talks - all well-attended, and all well-received. The titles were 'Ancient Liverpool and its Seven Streets' by Ken Pye, 'The Battle of the Atlantic' by David Hearn, 'Seeing History Through Stamps' by Bill Douglas, 'From Admiral to X-Rays (Rodney Street)' by Marie Passey, and 'The Mersey Ferries' by James Seddon.

The online format enabled some of our far-flung members to attend Gateacre Society meetings for the first time (all of the talks were billed as 'members only') and the average attendance was 23 people - about the same as our past average for talks in Gateacre Chapel. Not surprisingly, there were a few technical glitches, but as the year went by these became easier to diagnose and to resolve. We have recently - tempted by the offer of a large discount - renewed the Zoom licence to the end of July 2022, so there is every prospect of further Zoom talks during the winter and early spring when the cold wet weather and long dark evenings have traditionally discouraged members from attending our talks in the Chapel.

If you can recommend topics and speakers heard elsewhere, please do let us know - just contact any member of the Committee, or email

The 46th Annual General Meeting of the Gateacre Society will be held in Gateacre Unitarian Chapel, Gateacre Brow, Liverpool L25 3PB, at 2.30pm on Sunday 24th October 2021.
The reports and financial accounts will cover a two-year period (ending on 30th September 2021) as a result of the Covid pandemic, which prevented an AGM being held last year. We hope for a good attendance, and to see new as well as familiar faces.
As usual at an AGM, an Executive Committee will be elected for the coming year. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact any existing member before the meeting, email
us - or just come along on 24th October to find out what is involved.

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