It is with sadness that we record the passing this year of long-standing Academy member Tony Barclay. Tony was one of the vanguard of the Academy, together with his wife Lyla, who died in 2018. Both Tony and Lyla were active members who have been instrumental in the development of the Academy. One of the many things that Tony enjoyed was a one-on-one chat about things philosophical; he could be a contrarian in the most gentle of ways. He was a socialist humanitarian in belief and action; for many years he delivered meals and good cheer to people in his neighbourhood with Meals-on-Wheels.
We have missed Tony in the last few years when he couldn’t attend because of his failed hearing, but in the early days his thespian talents during the play-reading workshop were a delight.