Like everybody else this has been a far from a normal year. Having spent much of the winter and spring battling the weather we then had coronavirus to contend with.
The Central region has Ian Howie to thank for a tremendous meeting back in February with guest speaker Jeremy Moody, was probably one of the last events many of us actually attended in person! Jeremy is a very engaging speaker and the theme was centred on the topic that keeps on giving - Europe.
On behalf of the Central Region, and NFST as a whole, I would like to extend my thanks to Ian as he has decided to take a step back from the Nuffield front line. Ian has organised and driven Nuffield forward in Herefordshire and surrounds over the years, his enthusiasm and dedication can be evidenced by the number of scholars he has successfully nurtured on the Nuffield journey and the cohesion and vibrancy of the wider Herefordshire alumni.
As I am sure is the case across all of the regions we are having to adapt to the way we communicate and meet. Our Spring farm walk (and quiz!) switched to Zoom. Jake Freestone put together a fantastic presentation and virtual tour of the Overbury Estate, you can still watch he videos on the Nuffield YouTube channel.
Despite the strange times we have managed to communicate and engage with a good number of prospective Central Region candidates and I would like to thank Joe Bailey, Patrick Hook and Charlotte Merson for all of their help in promoting Nuffield throughout the region.
It seems the rest of 2020 and 2021 will continue to deliver many challenges but I am sure we will be able to overcome them. The Central Region very much looks forward to welcoming you to the annual conference in 2021.