Jo Evans BEM CEO writes...
A shorter report this month as we are closed for activities till September 1st. Having said that, office staff are very busy sorting out, tidying up and getting everything ready for the beginning of our 10th year!
Our new General Manager, Rachael Wood is settling in and getting to grips with office procedures and how the charity is run. It is a good time for her to start as she will be more familiar with all things RSM by the time we reopen in September. When we reopen do pop in and meet her as this will give her a chance to get to know members and folk in the community.
As promised here is a report of our 14th Holiday at Home. Yet another wonderful event much enjoyed by those who participated. On Wednesday our trip to Bexhill saw a glorious day and a chance for everyone to enjoy the De La Warr Pavilion and a walk along the sea front. Luigi and his team at Di Paolo’s Restaurant gave us another super fish and chip lunch and of course there was the fabulous Italian ice cream for which they are so famous. We returned to the Village Hall for tea and cakes and everyone went home in a very happy mood. A lovely day. Thursday’s activity was Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging) led by Valerie Burns. A beautiful exquisite craft with deep spiritual meaning. The efforts of those who participated were wonderful and there was a lovely, gentle atmosphere in the room. RSM committee prepared lunch which was much appreciated by everyone and then we had a fun afternoon with entertainment provide by Jeff Small, Helen Bennett, Sue Evans and Laurie Jeal. Lots of toe tapping and singing. On Friday a group went to Laddingford Aerdrome to see the Europa Two-Seater Plane made by one of our members, Peter Kember. He had previously been to talk about how he had built the plane and offered a trip as part of the Holiday at Home. It was a very informative an fun afternoon with one of our members, Margaret Farmer actually getting to sit in the cockpit. So a great end to the three days. Many thanks to all who helped to make it all run so smoothly, cake makers, tea ladies, musicians and drivers. A special thanks to Tony Holcombe who on two days drove the All Saints minibus for us.
In addition to all the tidying up, we have had a continuation of therapies, exercise at the Village Hall and VDS bookings. We know everyone is looking forward to September 8th when we have our first meeting and membership renewals.
The September Diary is in this addition as well as a report on the wonderful Fiesta. With regard to the latter we are selling raffle tickets jointly with Kennedy’s for the Grand Draw on Saturday 27th September in Kennedy’s Showroom. There are some fabulous prizes, the top one being tickets to the award winning production of War Horse with an overnight stay in London. There will also be the raising of the ‘Rotherfield Fiesta Flag’ designed by Megan Winn on the same day so do keep that Saturday free. Other dates to note are the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September here at RSM Centre and the production by Crowborough Arts ‘From Sussex Weald to Flanders’ Field’ on Saturday 20th September. We will be organising a party from Rotherfield St Martin to the matinee.
You will also notice a poster about a Dementia Seminar jointly hosted by RSM and St Denys Church on Saturday October 18th in the morning. This is part of our desire to encourage Rotherfield to become a Dementia Friendly Village in the near future. Dementia is a condition that affects many people, the majority of them living at home with their carers. It is possible to live well with dementia but those with the condition and their carers need support not only from their families but from the community in which they live. The seminar will raise awareness of the disease and show ways we can support and help. The main speakers will be Chris Walton-Turner from Joined -up Training and Ben Bano, Director of the Welcome Me as I Am Project. RSM’s Dementia Champion, Samantha Dahman will also be there to encourage delegates to become Dementia Friends, an initiative set up by the Alzheimer’s Society. To book a place please call RSM Office on 01892 853021.