Much of the ministry reflected on the pandemic and its impact, but the mood remained upbeat.
Around 760 Friends gathered for the first online Yearly Meeting in November, glad to come together after months of Covid-19-induced separation. ‘This is exciting, isn’t it?’, said Clare Scott Booth, as she opened YM 2020 with an image of The Light at Friends House as a backdrop. Matters considered included some ‘hard choices to be made’, said Caroline Nursey, clerk to BYM trustees, with Covid accelerating the need for change. This included ‘a thirty per cent reduction in costs, by the end of 2022’. Local development workers were promised to be within reach of all Friends by 2023, and a new regional hub is to open in Leeds.
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