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August 2013 Report

posted 14 Aug 2013, 07:01 by Andy Lakin-Hall
Although we have been closed for activities this month, there has been plenty going on one way and another. We have had a good spring clean, sort out and clear up after a very busy year. The volunteer driver scheme has continued and has been very much in demand; a number of therapists have been in and we have run a couple of highly successful exercise sessions at the Village Hall to keep folks in trim!
Gerry has been beavering away preparing all the documentation for membership renewals and our AGM at the beginning of September. This will start at the first meeting back on 9th and continue for the week. So if you are a member and can’t get to the Village Hall on 9th, please come into the office during the week. Andy Lakin-Hall has been busy with the Website, Facebook and all things IT. Helen, our new deputy Charity Manager has been getting to grips with the organisation as well as deputising for Jo during the latter’s holiday. The Charity Shop has continued to flourish and provide wonderful bargains for the 
community. 
We would like to say a very big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who supported the Summer Fayre which you read about last month. We raised a brilliant £1,573 for the on-going work of RSM.
As was reported it was a fabulous community event where the village turned out to both give and receive. We are very grateful and hope to repeat this next year.
As promised here is the report on 13th Holiday at Home. What a super time we all had. The weather was gorgeous for the whole time, every activity was great fun and all the folk who participated really enjoyed themselves.
The day out to Bexhill was fantastic. 71 of us met at the Village Hall for coffee then travelled by coach, mini bus and cars to Di Paolo’s Restaurant for a fish and chip lunch, after which everyone enjoyed either a walk along the seafront, sitting in the De La Warr Pavilion or doing some retail therapy! We had many helpers this year to escort members who were either in wheelchairs or needed a steady arm. The staff at Di Paolo’s were fabulous, not to mention the delicious homemade ice cream!  We all arrived back at the Village Hall in time for tea and cakes. A great day had by all.
Thursday morning saw a group having a go at cake decorating under the watchful eye of expert baker, Jeff Small. Each participant had their own cake made by Jeff, and involved rolling out icing, making roses and writing on the cake. The results were beautiful. Jeff made a special one for Frank Fryer who had a birthday on the day and Frank was presented with it at the Luncheon Club. They then all enjoyed lunch at the Luncheon Club, cooked by RSM committee and then had a wonderful afternoon being entertained by Remnant, our local folk band. All of course followed by tea and cakes!
Friday saw 36 of us boarding the Spa Valley Railway for a fun ride to Groombridge with a cream tea. What a lovely time we had. The train staff were so attentive and fun. We were really looked after brilliantly.
Once again a super three days to end the year. Holiday at Home was the very first activity I organised in 2001 when thinking about starting the project. Then we took about eight people to the coast in cars. Look where we are now! 
Many thanks to everyone who helped and for all the cake donations and extra wheelchairs we needed. Our members always look forward to these three days as do staff and volunteers.
Our 9th Year has now begun. Many plans are afoot for the development of our care services particularly in the area of day care provision and dementia support. The September Diary is
now out with something for everyone. We welcome new members from the village but unfortunately have had to put a cap on requests for membership from outside the village as we now have over 350 members. Those people who apply from outside the parish will be put on a waiting list or referred to another organisation.
We are still full of hope and expectancy for getting our own purpose built facility in the near future, and we are very grateful to members of the Parish Council for their commitment in supporting us in this. We are also very keen to help other groups and organisations start a project like Rotherfield. So often people say ‘I wish my mum/dad had this kind of support in their community’. We would love everyone’s mum or dad to have this and so we long to share our model near and far. 
Here’s to a wonderful, expansive, fun providing Year 9!
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