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April 2012

posted 30 Jul 2012, 03:05 by Andy Lakin-Hall   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 03:05 ]

Andy Lakin-Hall, Deputy Charity Manager writes:

April has been another full and exciting month at Rotherfield St Martin, although with a reduced number of Monday Afternoon Meetings because of Bank Holidays and the Easter Break.

We were very pleased when Kate Woodman came to speak to us about her life changing experiences, which she has had published as a book entitled "Beneath the Willow". Accompanied by her husband Clive on guitar, and Jo on the piano, Kate shared colourful dance as well as the story of her experience in Azerbaijan, and her subsequent recovery from severe illness. A copy of Kate's book is available to see in our coffee lounge, and can be purchased through our shop.

Several of our members kindly volunteered to take part in the World War Two memories project, organised by Alistair Milne of Beacon School. Accompanied by student Ollie, he was able to video record experiences and memories, creating a valuable insight into those times.

We were impressed by the superb range of Easter hats entered in our Bonnets Parade on Monday 2nd April and a big, “Thank you,” goes to all those who took time to make their hats. They were all lovely.

Jo and Gerry ran a stall at the Bonfire Society's Easter Egg Hunt, getting people to guess the number of sweets in a jar. This event was great fun so here's a chance to say, “Well done,” to the Bonfire Society!

Planning also continues for our Summer Fayre. This will be taking place in the garden of the Kings Arms from 12pm on Sunday 8th July. We have invited as many other local groups as we can think of to join in and have a stall at the Fayre. There will be all sorts of interesting features, including a Fun Dog Show, a Water Rocket Challenge, face painting, music from Mayfield Silver Band and a grand prize raffle. We have been very kindly donated an enormous prize from SAGA, and there will be more information about this next month. In the meantime, do get the date in your diaries. We also have a website with more information which you can find at

Here is a reminder that instead of our regular Monday afternoon meeting, we have an outing to King John Nursery & Garden on Monday 28 leaving the Village Hall at 12:45. We also have our next Heavenses at Elevenses session, an informal act of worship led by our Rector, Nigel Mason, taking place here at the RSM Centre on Thursday 17th May; 11am for coffee and cake, 11:30 for songs, readings, and a prayer. You can see all our forthcoming events in May Diary in this magazine.

Our Internet Café service is up and running and open to anyone in the village. Come along and borrow a laptop, or bring your own and use our WiFi. Just £1 for 25 minutes. We also have a printing service at 20p a sheet for plain text, or 50p for colour.

We are seeking more drivers for our Volunteer Driver Scheme as demand is growing. If you could give a few hours a month we would love to hear from you as this service is becoming a life line for many older people. Please contact the office on 01892 853021

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