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January 2014 Report

posted 11 Feb 2014, 11:42 by Rotherfield St Martin   [ updated 11 Feb 2014, 11:43 ]

A new year and lots happening at Rotherfield St Martin! 2013 was a very blessed and busy year for us and we are hoping that 2014 will be the same.

RSM Christmas Lunch - 25/12/2013
As you know we provided a lunch for a number of folk who were on their own on Christmas Day. It was a lovely occasion with 19 of us sitting down to a real feast in the Parish Room at the Village Hall. Many thanks to all who helped and to wonderful Waitrose for sponsoring the lunch.

Our first meeting of the year was a get together with a Bring & Buy Sale. There was lots of catching up to do after the Christmas break so the hall was filled with chatter and good will.  The following week we had a very informative talk by Joanna Harper from Action in Rural Sussex, promoting their ‘Warmer Homes Winter Campaign’ Joanna spoke of the reasons for fuel poverty and the County Council’s  plan to assist people in keeping their homes warm, draft proof doors and windows and to give advice about energy saving. This was a very worthwhile session. We then had a super, fun Bingo afternoon with Betty Saunders with lots of concentration, laughs and silly prizes! The final meeting of the month was a talk by Fiona Godwin who sells superb cards, gifts and stationery. Fiona told us about how she came into the work and then gave us the opportunity to buy from her collection.

Andy Miller, our chairman interviews Geoff White about his plans for a Memory Support Group which will start in the New Year. Nov 2013
In addition to all our regular activities we are continuing to develop our Dementia Support programme and we are piloting a Memory Support Group on a Wednesday afternoon up to Easter. This is being run by Geoff White, a committee member who has put a programme together to assist members with memory concerns. This is any exciting development in our work and we hope it will lead to more support within the community. In addition we had a Dementia Supper at the Catts Inn on 22nd January. This was part of an initiative run by East Sussex County Council to encourage those living with dementia and their carers to get out and meet other people, share experiences and increase their support network. Again we hope this could become a regular evening in the village.

February has a packed programme of activities and events which you can view in the diary.  Highlights this month are The Memorial Service for our former Postmaster, Mick Young on Friday 7th January at St Denys Church at 2.00pm, a Valentine’s Coffee Morning on Friday 14th with a cake completion ( see advert in magazine) and an Art Workshop with Deborah Tompsett on Thursday 27th February.

We have an article in this edition by Una Wareham about the benefits of exercise for older people and what is on offer at RSM. We would really like to encourage new participants as we are having wonderful results from the programmes we run. In addition they are great fun and a good opportunity to meet other residents from the community. Please call RSM Office on 01892 853021 for more information.

There have been ‘moves’ afoot at RSM!  Gerry, our office administrator has moved to a lovely new home this side of Crowborough.  She won’t have to get up quite so early to get to work! Archie, Jo’s grandson, aged 19th months decided that he wanted to live in Rotherfield because he loves the recreation ground, all the tractors around and the chickens at the Kings Arms! So he told his parents they would have to move too and they have! They are all living with ‘Granny’ in North St till they can find a house to rent. 

Jo Evans BEM - Charity Manager