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February 2014 Report

posted 23 Feb 2014, 03:05 by Rotherfield St Martin   [ updated 23 Feb 2014, 03:05 ]

Jo Evans BEM - Charity Manager writes...

As I look out of the window there is a bit of respite in the terrible weather we have been experiencing since Christmas. We are very blessed to live on a hill and our thoughts and prayers are with those in so many parts of the country who have suffered such devastating floods.

February has been a very active month for us all with our usual activities ranging from Exercise to Knitting and Nattering, from Bridge to Older & Active.  Therapies are flourishing as is our Dementia Support activities.

Carol Clark from Wealden Citizens Advice, Feb 2014
Monday meetings have been superb. We had a very interesting and informative talk on The Samaritans by John Whelan, followed by Carol Clark and colleagues from Wealden Citizens Advice talking about the best energy deals and how get the most cost effective services. Four of our members gave us a great afternoon telling us about jobs they had done in life and we finished the month with a presentation by Keely Rust and her colleague, Stephanie, about Charity Insurances and again making sure that members got the best deals for their money.

A number of folk attended a seminar on Dementia at Wadhurst Manor. The speaker was Dr Lynda Shaw, a leading specialist in the field of Dementia. We are planning to attend further conferences and invite speakers into the village so that we can become a community which understands and cares for both those living with dementia and those who look after them.

Some of us enjoyed another Dementia Supper Evening at the Catts Inn where a number of couples came to share time in a relaxed environment. Many thanks to John and Dee for hosting that for us.

Memory Support Group Feb 2014
Geoff White’s Memory Support Group is going well with much participation by those attending, many bearing testimony to the help they are receiving in learning strategies to aid memory.

On Valentine’s Day we held a special coffee morning at RSM Centre with a raffle and a competition for the best Valentine’s Cake. It was a very hard decision for our judge, Jeff Small, but in the end the winning cake was  chosen, made and decorated by Sue Green. With the raffle we raised £70 for funds. It was a very happy occasion.

Deborah Tompsett once again held the first of two Pottery Workshops with the title ‘Animals, Birds and other Creatures’ participants made clay models using pinch pot techniques and experimenting with different unusual tools. As with the last workshop great fun was had by one and all and we are looking forward to seeing the finished products after they have been fired, painted, glazed and fired again! 

We were delighted and honoured to have helped organise a Memorial Service for Mick Young, former Postmaster in Rotherfield. It was a beautiful day and around 160 people came to St Denys to remember Mick. It was a lovely service attended by Linda, Mick’s widow, his daughters and sons-in-law. A number of moving and amusing tributes were paid to a wonderful man and Rev Nigel Mason’s sermon based on I Corinthians 13 was just right for the occasion. Afterwards many folk stayed for refreshments and to write in the Book of Condolence. Our thanks to Rev Nigel Mason, Tracy Woolley, Adam Earle, the choir and all those who took part for making it such a wonderful tribute to Mick. Special thanks to Blossom Evans and Sylvia Westwood for making super cakes and to RSM volunteers for providing refreshments.

March welcomes a variety of speakers and activities. Please see the diary in this edition of the magazine.  We have an Old Time Sing-a-long with Felicity Watson, a visit to Mark Cross Garden Centre for tea, a presentation by Richard Evans on his recent adventure sailing in the Clipper Race to Rio, then a talk by Chris Turnbull who works at Royal British Legion Poppy Home in Bexhill-on-Sea. The end of the month sees a visit from ‘Clive’, the East Sussex Hearing Resources Bus which will be parked at the Village Hall from 12.00-5.00pm on Monday 31st March. This is an annual visit when anyone can access services provided by the team. On the same afternoon we are having a Short Mat Bowls Session provided by a team from the Rotherfield Club. The last one was enormous fun and I know RSM members will be looking forward to this one.

We have a new member of staff in the office as the admin load has become very heavy.  Jo’s daughter, Sascha, who moved into the village recently, is helping out four afternoons a week as Gerry’s assisitant. The average age in the office has been brought down considerably!!