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May 2012

posted 30 Jul 2012, 03:07 by Andy Lakin-Hall   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 03:07 ]

Andy Lakin-Hall, Deputy Charity Manager writes:

Here we are speeding through May, and another interesting month at Rotherfield St Martin.

Harpist Margaret Watson came along with her concert harp and played a beautiful selection of classical and modern music. Margaret started learning to play when she was fourteen and she has played for Royalty and given recitals at National Trust properties, the City of London Guildhall, The Baltic Exchange, The Savoy, Ritz and Hilton Langham Hotels in London. She is resident harpist at Penshurst Place in Kent, and works for the charity 'Music In Hospitals' giving bedside concerts for patients and the mentally or physically disabled in hospitals and specialist care centres.

Neil Blatch of Bluebird Care came to speak to us about their work, providing tailor-made care in the home services for customers and their families. They can offer care for older people who need some help with getting up in the morning, or going to bed; help for people who have been discharged from hospital after illness or an operation. Neil has just set up business down at Jarvis Brook, and we are looking forward to working with him in the future.

Some of our members who had volunteered to take part in the World War Two memories project, organised by Alistair Milne of Beacon School were invited to visit an exhibition at the school, showcasing the information collected. Jo particularly was impressed by their interactive learning suite, including a computer controlled immersion room that recreated the experience of an air raid shelter, including rats running across the floor. There was a lovely cream tea, accompanied by music from Glen Miller to really set the tone.

Preparations continue for the Rotherfield Summer Fayre taking place in the garden of the Kings Arms from 12pm on Sunday 8th July. We have invited as many other local groups as we can think of to join in and have a stall at the Fayre. There will be all sorts of interesting features, including a Fun Dog Show, a Water Rocket Challenge, face painting, music from Mayfield Silver Band and a grand prize raffle. The raffle tickets have been delivered, and they should be on sale by the time you read this from all the usual outlets, as well as from the RSM Centre. Mayfield School are presenting some Maypole Dancing and singing, and Rotherfield School have agreed to enter the Water Rocket Challenge. Do get the date in your diaries. We also have a website with more information which you can find at

In preparation for the Water Rocket Challenge, there will be a Water Rocket Building Workshop on Father’s Day, Sunday 17th June, at the Memorial Institute from 1:30 to 3:30. Come along and learn how to make your own simple water rocket, and how to launch water rockets safely. The workshop costs just £2 per person, and you will need to bring your own fizzy drink bottle. Booking via the RSM Centre on 018920 853021, or through the Summer Fayre website,

We have Jubilee Tea on Monday 11th June, and our next “Heavenses at Elevenses” session takes place here at the RSM Centre on Thursday 28th June from 11am. You can see all our forthcoming events in our June Diary in this magazine.

We are seeking more drivers to join our Volunteer Driver Scheme as demand continues to grow. If you could give one or two drives a month, or even more, then we would love to hear from you as this service is becoming a life line for many older people. Please contact the office on 01892 853021

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