What an amazing month July has been for us at Rotherfield St Martin. On July 2nd Jo’s first grandchild arrived safely in Bristol. Archie weighed in at 8lbs 5oz at 1.00pm. Jo managed to see him in the afternoon before returning home to get ready for the next big event on July 4th, the Jubilee Visit to Rotherfield St Martin by The Earl & Countess of Wessex.( Please see separate report)
Hot on the heels of the Royal Visit was the Summer Fayre, another fabulous day. Andy Lakin-Hall has written a separate account for your enjoyment.
Other events in July included an afternoon in the beautiful garden of Renee Booth where some pupils from our Primary School came and shared their experiences of going to Ypres. They were also fascinated by the experiences of some of RSM members, one of whom had been part of the D Day landings. The week after the Royal Visit we had a presentation by Rupert Miles from Saga. He spoke about his life and the career path he had taken and his eventual vision to outsource models like Rotherfield St Martin around the country. With regard to this Andy and Jo will be helping with another conference in September to share the way the charity has been set up and developed over the last seven years. The final meeting of the month was a showing of the photos from the Royal Visit and the Summer Fayre together with a visit from Bodiam Ice cream with their amazing home- made organic icecream which was delicious.All our activities finished on 20th July. Our 12th Holiday at Home took place in the last week and there will be a report on that in next month’s edition.
It has been a very blessed year for Rotherfield St Martin. So much has happened; increase in membership and activities, recognition that the work we are doing could become a template for other groups and local authorities , increase in financial support and our own fund raising events, additional trustee with Robin Kennedy joining and most importantly seeing so many of our members contented, happy and feeling greatly valued. We are both privileged and honoured to be able to serve our senior citizens in this way and to know the encouragement and support of the community.We wish you all a very lovely August and look forward to reopening on September 3rd.
Membership renewals are due in September. The first Monday meeting back on 10th September has been set aside for this. If you are unable to get to that meeting, please come into the office during the week.