Andy Lakin-Hall writes...We began October with our celebration of National Older People’s Day – an afternoon of fun activities in the Village Hall. Despite the hall being absolutely full of people, we couldn’t find anyone who thought that they qualified as being an Older person. Never mind - we let everyone who turned up join in our activities anyway, including Carpet bowls, fun with Wii Tennis and Magnetic Fishing. Therapists Lucy Jeal and Roger Harris provided taster sessions for Hand Massage and Reflexology, whilst the stage and the Parish Room were filled with try-out sessions for Zumba and Pilates. We are very pleased to report that following this event we now have our own Zumba group running on alternate Tuesdays at the RSM Centre. Nothing too energetic and all suited to our particular needs. Anyone interested can join our Zumba sessions which run 11:30am to 12:30pm, Tuesday 6th and 20th November at £4 a session.We were very pleased to accept a box of Harvest Gifts from Mark Cross School on Friday 5th October. Two young ambassadors, Katie and Monty, came to make the presentation along with their Headteacher, Mrs Prentice. Margaret Farmer and the Knitting and Nattering Group accepted the harvest gifts on our behalf, and they are very much appreciated.
David Thomas, former Crown Jeweller with Garrard, came to speak to us on Monday 8th October. He took us on a picture tour of the treasures of the Royal regalia and jewellery collection, for which he formally had responsibility for keeping cleaned and maintained, ready for the call to use at a moment’s notice. Doctor Golton presented a talk about “The Problem with Strenuous Pursuits,” showing us a series of slides of a whole range of nasty illnesses which none of us would like to catch thank you very much, including Orf, Vibration White Finger, Hatters’ Disease and Phossy Jaw. What was a lot of fun on the same day was gift-wrapping the lovely new wheelchair van which RSM has acquired, thanks to a legacy from Bert Mitchell. We held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the Village Hall on Monday 15th October. Thelma Spilka, Bert’s niece came to do the honours. This vehicle will allow us to provide transport and increase the range of opportunities for our wheelchair bound members, so we are really pleased to have this facility, so do wave at us if we drive past.
Coming up this month, our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 19th November at 2:00pm in the Village Hall, and we welcome all our members, volunteers and supporters. Our guest speaker will be Councillor Jonica Fox, Chair of Wealden District Council. Please see all other activities in the November Diary.
Andy Miller and Jo, accompanied by Les Pike, Chairman of our own Parish Council, attended the Wealden Parish Conference in Eastbourne where they gave a presentation about partnership work. In November they have been invited to take part in a conference in Warwickshire to share the model of Rotherfield St MartinFinally, a couple of notes for your diaries; Our Carol Service will be on Monday 10th December, 2:30 at St Denys’ Church, and the RSM Christmas Party featuring festive fascinators (that’s party hats) will be on Monday 17th December.