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April 2013 Report

posted 26 Apr 2013, 06:45 by Andy Lakin-Hall   [ updated 26 Apr 2013, 06:48 ]
Spring is here – or at least trying its best with one or two warmish days and daffodils beginning to emerge. And with the warmer weather we are pleased to welcome some new members and more people dropping by to our centre for refreshments.

Our Monday afternoon meetings continue to be of great interest. At the end of last month we had our Easter Bonnet show on Monday 25th March, where we were pleased to see a fabulous selection of hats on display. During this month Laurie Jeal treated us to a talk about the trip that he and wife Lucy took to the Galapagos Islands, along with a great collection of photos and videos of wildlife in this unique environment. Laurie regularly volunteers as one of our VDS drivers, and Lucy works providing Hand and Head massage Therapies at the RSM centre. RSM couldn't continue without the contribution that they and many others like them generously give, so here's a big THANK YOU! to them and all our fabulous volunteers.

We welcomed a visit from the East Sussex Hearing Resources Bus on Monday 8th April. This is a lovely full-length bus which visits rural areas throughout East Sussex on a regular basis. The bus is equipped with assistive devices including doorbells with flashing lights, amplified phones, smoke alarms and more. Staff were on hand to give advice and information on all aspects of deafness. While this was happening folk in the Village Hall were being entertained by Remnant, a local group of very talented musicians played and sang some lovely pieces.
A wonderful afternoon was spent with Debbie Johnson from 'Wildlife A & E’. Debbie and her family live in the village and do a remarkable job rescuing many animals and birds, caring for them and preparing many to return to the wild. She brought along a beautiful snowy owl, a baby robin and a hedgehog to show us all. At teatime we took a collection and raised £81.40p to give to the charity.

On Friday 19th April we held a special coffee morning for the launch of our Dementia Support Group. The term 'dementia' is used to describe a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. There are many types of dementia, and the disease is progressive, which means the symptoms gradually get worse. We are hoping that our coffee morning can become a regular RSM feature, providing a point of contact and support for both sufferers and carers. The day before we launched a small pilot scheme providing activities, lunch and social care for a few members who live on their own. This is being run by Melissa Brackley who is the coordinator with volunteers to help. We will evaluate this at the end of the summer and hopefully expand this service in the future.

As I write, we are looking forward to the opening of our new Charity Shop from Friday 26rd April. Our shop manager, Samantha Dahman, will be taking all donations from Tuesday 23rd – and she really does mean ANYTHING (except for big old televisions). The shop has no direct telephone line, but if you need to get in touch with Samantha you can email or leave a message on our office line 01892 853021.  We still need volunteers to help Samantha so if you are interested and feel able to give a couple of hours a month, please get in touch.

We are also looking forward to Jo’s Investiture on 29th April at St Denys. A report will appear in next month’s magazine.

The Rotherfield Summer Fayre will be on Saturday 20th July this year. We have pitches available for local organisations, groups and individuals, and anyone interested in having a stall or attraction at the fayre is welcome to contact me at the RSM Centre. There are full details on our new Summer Fayre website at, or contact the RSM Centre on our normal number 01892 853021. Roger Watson is organising a Tug-of-War event and a team representing Rotherfield. We are looking for opposing teams of six to challenge them, so if you think you can pick up Roger’s gauntlet then please do get in touch. The Fun Dog Show is also taking place once again, with events for Owner lookalike, Waggiest tail, Most Expressive Face and Potato Races. The dog show is open to all comers, from 12:30 on the day. See the website, or ask the RSM office for more details.

Please note that there are two Bank Holidays in May, when the RSM Centre will be closed; both Monday 6th and Monday 27th April. See our full May Diary elsewhere in this magazine for all our May events and activities.