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November 2012 Report

posted 23 Nov 2012, 04:36 by Rotherfield St Martin

Jo Evans writes...

Another action- packed month at Rotherfield St Martin. From looking at the activities programme, I think we must have some of the fittest older folk in the community!
What with classes at Freedom Leisure, Older & Active with Una, Yoga with Jane and now Zumba with Julie….not forgetting table tennis of course, our weeks seem to offer many opportunities for exercise and fitness in a fun and relaxed way.

On a serious note the results from all this exercise is remarkable as mobility and physical strength is improving for so many members. This in turn leads to an increase in confidence and self- assurance and more social interaction.

Keith Dyde, Church Army officer, with Scruffy. 5 Nov 2012
We had visits from two ministers from very different backgrounds. First of all Keith Dyde from the Church Army told us about how he and his wife were called into this ministry and of the many diverse places where they have lived and worked. Keith also showed us two of the puppets he uses to reach out to hurting people of all ages.
As he beautifully demonstrated how he used the puppets it was easy to forget that they were puppets and not ‘real’.

We then had a lovely afternoon with Rev Steve Mann, Superintendent of the Tonbridge Methodist Circuit. Again he told us about his journey of faith and the many times he has felt God’s guidance in his life and work. Steve also presented us with a cheque for £40,000 which was part of a legacy left by dear Bert Mitchell to the Rotherfield Methodist Church. The trustees of the Methodist Circuit felt that as Bert had lived in the village and was a member of Rotherfield St Martin, and as the Rotherfield Methodist Church no longer existed, it was right that the money should be given to RSM towards our on-going work. Some of this has been used to purchase our van or ‘Bertmobile’ as it is now called, which is enabling us to transport members who are wheelchair bound to activities. We are very grateful and humbled at having been remembered in this way.
Our 8th AGM was held on 19th November. A report on this will appear in a later edition of the magazine.

The final meeting of the month was an ‘Older & Active’ session with Una Wareham who is brilliant at making exercise fun and interesting.
All our other activities have been very well attended and are growing in number; eg bridge, table tennis, knitting and nattering. The social side of these activities cannot be overestimated. They bring people together; new friendships are made and a lot of fun is had.
Amandine Alexandre-Hughes from Europe1 Radio interviewing the Knitting & Nattering Group.
We had a visit from Amandine Alexandre-Hughes, a journalist from Europe1 French Radio Station based in London. She had read about RSM in the Guardian and wanted to come and do a programme about the charity. She spent a day with us interviewing staff, trustees and various members in a very relaxed and informal way.
The programme will be broadcast across France before Christmas and Amandine is endeavouring to get a copy to us before it is dubbed in French so we can play it on a Monday afternoon.
Andy & Jo went to a reception given by the Chair of Wealden District Council where Andy received the Volunteer Trustee Award for the Year which is very well deserved as he gives so much time, expertise and enthusiasm to RSM. They also went to Warwickshire to take part in a large conference about End of Life Care, sharing the model of Rotherfield St Martin with professionals from health, social care and voluntary organisations.
Activities for December are in the diary. We have a special Carol Service for Senior Citizens on Monday 10th at 2.30pm. This is open to any older person in the community and will last about 35 minutes followed by refreshments. 
We have our Christmas Party on 17th starting at 2.00pm when the Best Christmas Hat will be judged. There will be a raffle and entertainment by the Udimore Bell ringers.
We close for Christmas on Thursday 20th at 4.00pm and reopen for the New Year on Wednesday 2nd January at 10.00am.

We wish all members, volunteers, supporters and well-wishers a very peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.