But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o’ Mice and Men,
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Robert Burns might have summed up the thoughts of many community organisations in this penultimate verse of his poem, To a Mouse.

The Historical Society had plans for guest speakers and had started on tours but it seems that it might all be in vain.

The limit on numbers permitted in the meeting room will prevent the monthly gatherings due to start in February. Added to this is the real concern of many members being reluctant to expose themselves to Covid 19 or join a tour in a small bus. It could well be that there is a change to limits and a guest speaker will come with a month’s notice. If this is the case it will be announced in “News From History Cottage” and a notice in the window of The Cottage and the Community Notice Boards.

Over the last year the Society has continued to receive and answer questions from researchers.

This research aspect of its work has been a constant and maybe this is because of the time made available by the very thing causing other problems, Covid 19.

Readers carrying out family history research are reminded that the micro film records in the DDHS collection are of the original Government entries and are, in many instances, more reliable than than corrupted on line material.

Please contact Michael on 9653 1365 for assistance or an appointment at the Cottage.

The rest of the poem and other works by Burns are well worth reading