Jo Evans BEM Charity Manager writes...
What a busy month we have had, action packed and full of activity. We started the month with a wonderful presentation by Sally Baldwin on Nowzad Dogs. These are dogs that were rescued from Afghanistan by soldiers and then rehoused either in that country or here in Britain. It was a very moving presentation and members very generously raised £ 210.78 for the charity.
We then had a wonderful trip to The British Wildlife Centre at Lingfield where we saw some of the best of British Wildlife. Red squirrels, foxes, wild cats, otters and much more. We had the whole place to ourselves and Lucy our guide was superb giving us detailed information about different species. We also had a demonstration of owls flying which was delightful. It was definitely one of the highlights of our year.
We are developing our support for those living with dementia and their carers so with this in mind we had a presentation by Samantha Dahman, our Charity Shop Manager who is also our Dementia Champion. She went through the causes and effects of dementia and how each of us can respond in positive ways to those living with the condition. At the end of the presentation members were invited to become Dementia Friends. In addition to this Jo, Helen & Samantha gave a presentation to PCC at St Denys and in the autumn we will be hosting a joint seminar at the church for the community and other churches to raise awareness of dementia. Our aim is to become a Dementia Friendly Village in the next two years.
Peter Kember gave a fabulous presentation on building and flying a small aeroplane. Peter has built two planes and houses them at Ladingford Aerodrome near Paddock Wood. A number of members will be visiting the airfield as part of our annual Holiday at Home. It was a very informative and detailed talk and made us realise just how complex aircraft are…even small ones.
The last meeting of the month was an outing to Crowborough Locomotive Society at Goldsmith’s where members saw the miniature railway in operation and had a go at driving remote controlled boats. A very fun and happy time was had by all.
The July diary is out and as we are coming to the end of our ‘year’ there are just a few activities. However we will be offering some exercise sessions at the Village Hall to keep everyone fit and the Volunteer Driver Scheme will be operating but will be dependent on drivers in the holiday period.
After receiving the award as Public Health Hero for East Sussex, Andy & Jo were invited to speak to staff at The Department of Health. This was very well received, the result being that we are having a visit from a number of staff from the department on July 16th when they will come to see what we do and join in activities.
We have advertised for a General Manager for RSM to oversee the day to day running of the charity and help with our development plans. This will enable Jo to be freed up to go out and assist other groups to start a similar work as well as continuing the work in Rotherfield. We have had a great response to the advert and will be interviewing in the first part of July.
The two big events coming up this month are The Rotherfield Fiesta from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th July. Please see additional article. Suffice it to say it is going to be a fabulous weekend bringing the village together with something for everybody. Don’t miss it!
Also our 14th Holiday at Home is action packed this year full of fun activities, trips, and of course…..abundant tea and cakes!
We close officially for the summer on Friday July 18th and reopen on Monday September 1st. The office will be open for drives, therapies and emergencies but it will be a time for sorting and tidying up the office, preparing for the next year as well as staff holidays.
From us all here at Rotherfield St Martin, we wish you all a sunny summer and look forward to meeting up again in September.