We seem to have had all weathers during February, snow, rain, wind, sunshine but at least we are on the right side of winter and the evenings are getting lighter and the crocuses are beginning to bloom.
All has been very warm and’ blooming’ at Rotherfield St Martin. Our last visitor in January was Marianne Terry, Head Teacher at Rotherfield Primary School who gave a wonderful talk about her sabbatical in Nigeria, where she advised and supported head teachers in planning and developing their school curricula. She showed us where and how she had lived in very basic conditions and many of the children she taught. Her passion for the work was very evident and it was an inspiring and moving presentation.
Unfortunately our first meeting of February had to be cancelled because of the snow but I am delighted to say that ‘Mobile Memories’ will be here on March 5th. At our second February meeting we were treated to a brilliant presentation by Sarah Woolley who showed us how she created her lego videos. She often leads the evening ‘café’ service at St Denys creating videos of bible stories. As well as a couple of these she showed her science fiction video and kept us all enthralled with both her computer and communication skills. Sarah is only 14 years old and has a great future ahead of her. The following week was another fabulous presentation by Valerie Scott who trained as a dancer at Elmhurst and then went into show business. We were treated to an array of stunning photos of Valerie and many stars including Frankie Howard, Bruce Forsyth and Sammy Davis Junior. Valerie’s gratitude to her parents for supporting her dream from childhood and her own passion for dancing came across so beautifully. It was yet another inspiring and fun filled presentation. Our last meeting for February, a visit from Chris Dowling, Chair of East Sussex County Council, will be reported next month.
We had two evenings out, one to Aladdin with the Rotherfield Players and another to the Young Musician of the Year at Beacon Community College. Both events were much enjoyed by those who went. We have started bridge lessons and continue with our ever popular health and exercise programme.
The one area where there is a rising demand is the volunteer driver scheme. Since Maidstone Hospital has cut back on transport we are getting numerous requests for transport to Maidstone and Pembury. We have had to make a decision that we can now only offer transport to RSM members as our first duty is to them. Membership is increasing because of this. We are very keen to recruit new drivers so that the work load can be spread out. Volunteers can offer as little or as much as they can manage. Please ring RSM Office for details if you are interested.
As many of you will know we won a year’s subscription to localgiving.com, an on line facility where donations can be made to RSM and other charities. From 9am on March 1st the government is matching all donations made through this website up to £375,000. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to raise some much needed funds towards our work in the community. If you are interested in donating or telling friends and family about the scheme, please go to our website www.rotherfieldstmartin.org.uk and follow the link on the homepage to local giving.
Events and activities for March are in the diary. There is much going on to suit many a taste. If you would like to come in to try one of our activities please ring the office or just pop in and you will receive a very warm welcome, a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake from our famous selection! Refreshments are available to everyone in the community, young, not so young and young at heart!