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October 2011

posted 11 Nov 2011, 03:10 by Andy Lakin-Hall   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 03:56 ]

Jo Evans writes...

Wow! Where does the time go? It only seems a couple of days ago that I was writing up the report for September. It has been such a busy, fun and active month for us, so where to begin?

We had a wonderful afternoon when a number of members took to the ‘Hot Seat’ telling us about their early childhood. Each one was both fascinating and inspiring ranging from a first memory of hearing miners walking down the road in clogs to early life on a farm in South Africa. We laughed, we shed a tear or two and were grateful to those who gave us a living history lesson. Definitely something to be repeated.
The following week we had a talk by Sarah Hill, who is our hand massage therapist. She spoke of her earlier job as a tax inspector before a complete change of career to what she is now doing. Three lucky members were then able to sample her hand massage skills. We then had a visit from Alice Malumbi whose husband is Director of World in Need in Kenya. Alice has been here for a numbers of weeks going into schools and churches speaking of the work they do in helping many children access education. It was a wonderful talk and very humbling as one realised how blessed we are in this country. The children where she lives go to school from 7am -5pm and walk for an hour to get there and then to return home at the end of the day whatever the weather because education is the highest priority for their families. Many arrive without having eaten so the school provides food for them. Playtime equipment is usually a rubber tyre or something similar.
Alice talked about the importance of Child Sponsorship and the life changing difference it makes to those individuals who receive it. RSM members were very moved by her presentation and not only donated a number of blankets made by the ‘Knitting & Nattering’ group but also gave their tea money to help with the on-going work. The last two meetings of the month will be reported in the next edition of the magazine.

Our activities programme is flourishing. Exercise and fitness has been in abundance this month with the regular Wednesday trip to Freedom Leisure, fortnightly yoga sessions with Jane Heywood, the start of a fortnightly ‘ Keep Young, Keep Active’ with Una Wareham on a Thursday morning prior to Luncheon Club and the start of a fortnightly table tennis afternoon on a Friday. Bridge continues to attract more players and the Knitting & Nattering group is thriving. Computer classes are now in full swing as is the internet café and one to one computer assistance. We welcome new recruits to all our activities! Just keep an eye out for our monthly diary here in the magazine or around the village or on line at

Our day care services for the small group from Uckfield are proving a great success for both us and the people involved. Margery, Maureen, Violet, Gladys & Richard are expressing how much they are enjoying being part of Rotherfield St Martin, the activities that they are doing and the fabulous meals prepared for them by Annie Darling and her team at the Catts Inn. RSM members have made them very welcome and they are very appreciative of Juliette Martin and the volunteers for looking after them.

The November diary is available now here in the magazine. We have some great speakers and activities lined up. We will be showing the brilliant film ‘Amazing Grace’ about the life of William Wilberforce; there will be a talk by Jennifer Rees Larcombe on her life as a writer, and an afternoon ‘Sing a long’ with Sue Evans & Janet Smith. Among all this is our AGM on Monday 21st at the Village Hall starting at 2pm. A warm welcome is extended to members, volunteers and supporters of Rotherfield St Martin to come and hear about all we have achieved in the last year and our plans for the future. Our guest speaker is Adam Chugg CEO of 3VA.

As promised there is a report on the seminar ‘Big Society? Small Communities' in this edition of the magazine. Mark Hall attended on behalf of Rotherfield Parish Council and has written a report about the event.

For those of you on line we now have a new look website and are now on Facebook with a weekly update on some of our activities. Lots of photos and fun!