Covid-19 Statement

11th November

The announcments this week regarding the BioNtech/Pfizer vaccine is the news we have been waiting for and with several other vaccine candidates likely to produce similarly positive data there is a growing sense of optimism we will begin to emerge from the crisis. As you know, the NHS is gearing up for a massive vaccination programme. This now enables us to start looking ahead with a greater level of confidence and whilst this process will take time and there are still important stages to get past there seems to be considerable hope we will be getting back to normal during the first half of 2021.

In the meantime we will continue to carefully follow the guidelines and exercise patience.

And the other good news is that we feel sufficiently confident to produce a printed calendar which we aim to get to you before Christmas!

3rd November 

We have been careful to recognise the uncertainties which continue to dominate any event-planning and our strategy of postponing if in doubt is undoubtedly the right one, although we understand how desperate everyone is to get back to normal. We will continnue to contact everyone well ahead of scheduled events and stick to this plan.

This situation has of course had an impact on the production of the usual calendar which where we simply cannot put in events with confidence at the moment. We hope you will undertsand that until we are in a clearer position we will be using this website and e-mail as the main means of communication about future activities.

We believe, despite the current situation, there will be good news arriving soon which will provide a clearer path to getting out of the problem. The biggest hints have come from not only the PM but also Professor Whitty and Sir Jeremy Farrar, all of whom refer to the spring being very different.

In the meantime please keep well and also keep positive.


25th October 2020

Like everyone, we watch the events unfolding from day to day, searching for any small glimmers of hope. It seems that the media and those running the country don't think we need any words of optimism but with a little digging you find that there are 180 vaccines in research with six at an advanced stage. It also seems that there is considerable hope the front-runner from the Jenner Instute at Oxford might be submitting results for approval very soon.

So, although we are all getting desperate to get back to normal we need to be patient and because of this we continue to avoid  running events which might be adversely affected by all the uncertainties. However, Higham Hall has taken considerable trouble to ensure a safe environment and its status as an educational establishment enables it to operate where others amy not be able to. This gives the greatest opportunity to provide activities with the lowest risk and I have added in some extra events accordingly. See the Calendar page.

With all other events we have adopted the policy of postponing rather than going through the stress of not knowing whether an event is on or off until the last minute. Instead we are looking to a future when we can return to some kind of reasonable normality and this may not be too far off.

In the meantime, please keep safe and well and we will continue to update you on everything via this site and please keep an eye of this page and the News page for updates.


11th September 2020

We hope everyone has been able to remain safe and well since the unwanted arrival of Covid-19 earlier this year.

Since we set up Wild Insights there have been occasional challenges - the ash cloud from Iceland, an earthquake in Costa Rica and of course 9/11 but nothing to compare with the events of this year which saw all of our plans disappear over the cliff edge.

We are more fortunate than many - well able to weather the storm and ready to resume activities when the time is right. Our policy right from the outset was to make everyone's health and safety the first priority and, where necessary, postpone events, thereby preserving everyone's bookings as much as possible. For anyone unable to postpone we have provided speedy refunds.  So, rather than trying to travel with all the current chaos and uncertainty, not to mention a general feeling of unease, it has been our intention to be patient and allow proper stability to return. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming level of understanding everyone has shown in these difficult times.

We know that everyone will understand the considerable financial risk of purchasing flights and/or paying out deposits for accommadation and transport whilst maintaining our refund assurance should cancellation be necessary. This is a risk we cannot sustainably underwrite, hence the policy to postpone until the environment is safe. Without any clear horizon none of us know how long it might take for normality to return and for this reason we have avoided prematurely making decisions, but instead keeping those who are booked on events appropriately informed of the possible risks whilst putting in place potential alternative dates.

We are of course all hopeful for some good news and with so many vaccination programmes progressing around the world it is more likely than not we will hear something positive soon.

So, what about the 2021 calendar? It seems almost unthinkable that we allow a break in this traditional publication and normally this would have been sent out to everyone on our mailing list last month. However we are sure you will understand that putting anything in print against a background of constant change makes little sense so instead we will be producing a virtual calendar for 2021 on this website which will of course show all our plans going forward to the end of 2022. If, by some miracle, life returns to normal before the year end we can consider the option of printing the calendar in the usual way.

In the meantime, please keep an eye on the Calendar page on this website which shows all events listed chronologically. I am pleased to say that Higham Hall has already resumed its series of courses (with appropriate measures). Please check the Calendar page or go straight to the Courses page for details.

You might also like to check on the News page ; one bonus of lockdown has been more time to add news items! We will also be sending out the occasional e-newsletter for those on our e-mailing list.

Thanks again for all the support throughout, keep safe and well and we look forward to resuming activities as soon as we are able.



Keith & Linda