Well here we are at the end of another fabulous year for Rotherfield St Martin. The time seems to have flown by but that is often the case when there has been much activity and development.
December has been a fun month with our Carol Service, Christmas Party and many people popping in with Christmas cards, greetings and lots of goodies which have been very much appreciated. We have all enjoyed the Christmas lights in the village which were donated by the Bonfire Society and are pleased that two of our empty shops now have new businesses; Coca Angel & Lox. We wish both owners every blessing for the future in our village.
The only speaker this month was David Cowley from Collective Legal Solutions who came to give advice and information about wills, legacies, and protection of assets. It was an excellent presentation and one which provoked many questions from members.
Our Carol Service was attended by over 90 people and was a beautiful way to start the Christmas festivities. Held at St Denys Church, we had some lovely traditional carols and readings, a rendition of a couple of Christmas pieces by the Rotherfield St Martin Hand Bell Ringers and prayers led by the rector, Rev Nigel Mason. This was all followed by tea and mince pies. In addition to RSM members, it was very heartening to see a number of older folk from the community who wouldn’t normally get to the church carol service. We were delighted that our Patron, the Marquess of Abergavenny was with us to do a reading. Many thanks also to the volunteers who provided and served the refreshments and to St Denys Church for hosting our service.
We ended the activities with our super Christmas Party attended by over 100 members, volunteers and guests. Andy, our Chairman made his ever popular mulled wine; a wonderful tea was provided by the committee and volunteers and we were fabulously entertained by the Udimore Bell Ringers. A number of members made their own Christmas hats for a competition, the winners being Helen Bennett, Marion Kember and Derek Rich. Diane Phillips and Pete Boorman joined us to make the half yearly 100 Club Draw for CAB. It was a great end to a wonderful year for Rotherfield St Martin.
The January Diary is printed in this edition of the magazine. We get off to a flying start at RSM Centre on January 2nd with a full programme of activities and therapies. Please see the separate advert for our extensive exercise programme. We would like to encourage more ‘Young at Heart’ to join us in getting/ keeping fit in 2013.
Our first meeting at the hall is on January 7th when we have a good ‘Catch-up’ and a ‘Bring & Buy’ sale. This is followed by a presentation about volunteering at the Olympics, when four volunteers will be sharing their experiences. Should be interesting. We then have a session on stretching and toning after Christmas with Jane Heywood who takes our Yoga classes. The last meeting will be a talk about ‘Steps’ a fantastic service which enables people to stay in their own homes. There is plenty more going on with a number of activities being developed and extended because of demand.
All of us here at Rotherfield St Martin thank the community for the on-going support and encouragement we receive and wish everyone a very blessed New Year.