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March 2014 Report

posted 1 Apr 2014, 10:28 by Rotherfield St Martin   [ updated 1 Apr 2014, 10:32 ]
Jo - Mar 2014
Jo Evans BEM writes...

A very full and active month at Rotherfield St Martin. We have had some excellent meetings on a Monday.

The month started with the lovely Felicity Watson leading us in an Old Time Sing-a-long. Felicity was a one woman band, absolutely charming and much enjoyed by members present. The following week we went to Mark Cross Garden Centre for tea and a look round. What a wonderful afternoon we had. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and kind. We weren’t in the normal restaurant but they set us up in the garden furniture area, the tables beautifully laid and with crockery and a cream tea. We felt very special and spoiled. Many thanks to Mrs Watts, Jenny, Nicky and the team. 

Tea at Mark Cross Garden Centre - March 2014

We then had a treat when Richard Evans came to talk about his experience sailing from London to Rio in the first leg of the Clipper Race. He told us why he and others had chosen to do the race, about life on board, particularly cooking duties and about some of the people he met. He then showed a wonderful video he had made from a compilation of film recordings he had collected over the time he was taking part.

Richard Evans Mar - 2014

We then had a lovely talk by Chris Turnbull about the British Legion Poppy Home she runs in Bexhill on Sea and welcomed Georgina Weston, a student from St Leonards Mayfield who had asked if RSM members could assist her by filling in a questionnaire about their thoughts on how older people were treated in today’s society. Georgina is doing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) The month finished with a visit by East Sussex Hearing Resources Bus, Clive! 

Chris Turnbull from British Legion Poppy Home in Bexhill. Mar 2014

A number of folk took advantage of the expertise of staff and in the morning pupils from our primary school visited the bus to learn more about the work done by East Sussex Hearing Resources Team. While Clive was in action the rest of us were enjoying a fabulous afternoon with Rotherfield Bowls Club instructing us in the art of playing Short Mat Bowls. Great fun and much laughter had by all. Many thanks to Bob and his team.

Next month’s activities are in the diary available in the magazine or at RSM Centre.

Dementia Support Group 20-Sep-13
There have been some exciting developments in our support of those living with Dementia and their carers. Helen Fordham, Deputy Charity Manager went to a national conference in London and heard some of the top people in the country talking about the developments in care provision; Jo together with Ken Mellor from St Denys attended a seminar in Deal about making our church a dementia friendly church and Samantha Dahman, our Charity Shop Manager, went on a course to train to be a Dementia Champion. She did extremely well and has been asked by the organisers to give presentations to community groups to raise awareness of, and inform people about dementia. We will definitely be asking Samantha to do a presentation here in the village. If you are interested in coming to a short 45 min presentation about the condition and how to support those living with it, please call the office on 01892 85 3021 . We have also had a number of professional people coming into the office to offer their expertise and skills. Our support group meets alternate Friday mornings in a relaxed atmosphere to chat and enjoy refreshments.

Samantha modelling a wedding dress donated the the Charity Shop - Feb 2014The Charity Shop has had some fabulous donations including an Edwardian Lace Wedding Dress and an exquisite family Bible. We are now using Facebook to advertise ‘item of the week’ and some other charity shop activities. Two of our members, Geoff Small and Helen Bennett can be seen waltzing around the shop in a RSM Strictly Come Dancing clip. We hear it has had the most hits of anything we have posted so far!  Watch out for the next one! What will we get up to next!

Summer Fayre plans are up and running. There is going to be some exciting community involvement so look out in the next edition of the magazine for developments.

If anyone is interested in being involved, or helping in any way either before or on the day please call RSM Office on 01892 853021. We know there is loads of talent out there!