As is apparent to all, the number of people choosing to join the orchestra this year has been unusually small. This is not something only affecting the orchestra, but seems to be something of a pattern affecting other groups as well. Consequently, some of the plans based on previous years are not practicable. I am certainly most hopeful that there will be a concert as usual in November, but until that is confirmed, and rehearsals are dedicated to that, we shall continue to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 till 9 pm, for the pleasure of playing together in a large ensemble. There is also the possibility of smaller groups forming and rehearsing at various times and places.