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February 2013 Report

posted 8 Mar 2013, 02:21 by Rotherfield St Martin
What a busy month for Rotherfield St Martin! Activities are flourishing, membership is growing and much fun is being had by all.
Mary & Charlie cutting the cake to celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, 4 Feb 2013
The month started with a musical afternoon with Miles Wholey as well as a celebration of the Diamond Wedding of Charlie & Mary Cottingham. Miles played some wonderful pieces from shows which had us singing along. What a super pianist he is.
Pianist Miles Wholey, entertaining us with a medley and a singalong 4 Feb 2013

Charlie & Mary had a surprise celebration at the pantomime on 31st January when The Dame incorporated their celebration in ‘her’ opening speech and two James Bond look- a- likes brought them champagne. It was really lovely to see Charlie & Mary having this surprise on the actual day of their anniversary.

Rector and Bradford City Supporter Nigel Mason, visiting us on Mon 11 Feb.
Despite the snow a good number turned out to hear our Rector, Rev Nigel Mason talk about his life as a minister and a fan of Bradford FC! It was an excellent, informal talk and much enjoyed by all.

Alan Withington, our speaker on 18th Feb, sharing his experiences as a pilot.
Alan Withington gave a splendid talk about his career as a pilot both in RAF and with commercial airlines. Again a very interesting and amusing presentation. The last meeting of the month was a quiz led by Andy & Jo which was a laugh a minute and real brain teaser!

Activities for March are printed in this edition of the magazine and include talks by Daphne Bagshawe about her role as a magistrate, and a visit from Becky Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of East Sussex County Council. We have once again been invited to the Young Musician of the Year Competition at Beacon Community College and we will be having our annual Easter Bonnet competition at the meeting before Easter.

Please note that we will be closed on Friday 22nd March for our annual Planning Day. This is an important part of our development each year when Trustees, Committee and Staff reflect on the past year and look carefully at plans for the future.

We are thrilled at the development of our activities particularly those involving exercise. The classes at Freedom Leisure go from strength to strength; Older and Active now runs every Thursday, one being a seated class, the other being more advanced. Numbers for Yoga and Zumba have grown and sessions at The Hydrotherapy Pool have been well attended.

Table tennis is offered each week, one week on a Tuesday and a Friday on the alternate week with numbers again growing. Bridge has reached capacity with twelve players every two weeks and more chairs are needed for the Knitting and Nattering Group as more members come to join in.

We have had many enquiries from local and national groups to share the model of Rotherfield St Martin. We want to encourage others with a heart for care of older people and have held evenings here for Parish Councils and directed others to the pack we have produced setting out ideas for starting up. We hope this will increase and develop.

One new area of work has been to support the work of the Carers Break Dementia Service. We have welcomed a small number of folk with their support workers to join in some of our activities which is working very well and we would like to develop this service for our own members and their carers.

The Volunteers Driver Scheme has been inundated with requests this month all of which we have been able to provide. It is a much needed service in a rural community and we would welcome more drivers to join a very happy team. Please call the office on 01892 853021 to speak to the Charity Manager.

As always we welcome people from the community to drop in for refreshments at RSM Centre. We would dearly like to reach more folk who would enjoy our activities and support.

Dates to remember-:

Friday 29th March - Good Friday RSM Centre closed

Monday 1st April - Easter Monday RSM Centre closed and no meeting at Village Hall.
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