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January 2012

posted 26 Jan 2012, 02:19 by Andy Lakin-Hall   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 03:48 ]

Jo Evans writes...

January seems to have flown by. The impending snow didn’t arrive; in fact quite the opposite. It has been very mild, many of us seeing bulbs emerging or late summer flowers still in bloom!

Rotherfield St Martin has begun the New Year with the continuation of established activities and the start of some new ones. Exercise, in its various guises, has got people up and about after the Christmas break. A record number are attending Freedom leisure on Wednesdays with Yoga and Older & Active welcoming new participants and table tennis off to a brisk start.

Fun on Friday is a new venture when every Friday morning we are having table and board games, cards, puzzles and a miniature railway in the meeting room at RSM Centre. We hope folks from the community will pop in to enjoy refreshments and a game or two.

‘Heavenses at Elevenses’ is a monthly short service conducted by Rev Nigel Mason preceded by coffee and refreshments at RSM Centre. This will be very informal and an opportunity for folk to attend a short, friendly service lasting about 20 minutes before lunch. As the title suggests it all kicks off at 11.00pm with refreshments and will finish at 11.45am

Monday meeting numbers have increased as folks have looked forward to getting together after the holiday. We had a Bring & Buy sale on the first Monday after we opened together with a visit a group of hardy fire fighters who came to promote home safety checks and the installation of free smoke alarms. The following week was a real treat when we welcomed Polly Evans from South East Today.

Polly talked about how she had got into radio and television journalism and her present role of fronting the local evening news. She showed two very interesting clips from recent stories and spoke about how they had been constructed. It was a real eye opener to hear of the amount of research and work that goes into the news articles. Polly answered questions and had time to go round speaking to members before getting back to the studio. We
were delighted that she gave RSM a mention at the end of the evening bulletin. She emailed the next day to say she had never had such a warm welcome. The next week saw our Bowen specialist, Nicole Livingstone-Smith gave a wonderful talk on the Language of Healing ranging from natural healing practices many from ancient cultures, healing by faith as in biblical terms and also modern health which we are more used to. It was a really informative and balanced presentation. The final talk of the month was a presentation by Marianne Terry, head teacher at our primary school which will be reported next month.

February is set to be a very busy month (see diary) with trips out to Aladdin, Young Musician of the Year at Beacon Community College and a gala Concert at All Saints. Following requests we are having a series of Bridge lessons starting on Feb 14th. These will be for beginners or anyone who would like brush up their skills from long ago. Please ring the office on 01892 853021 if you would like to join. Initially we will have 8 places available. We will be having talks from presentations and talks by Mobile Memories, Sarah Woolley, Valerie Scott and Cllr Chris Dowling, Chairman of East Sussex County Council. 

We are planning a big fundraiser in the summer so watch this space next month.