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September 2011

posted 11 Nov 2011, 03:09 by Andy Lakin-Hall   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 03:57 ]

Jo Evans writes...

We have got off to cracking start in Year 7, memberships are being renewed, activities have commenced, the library is open, Andy Lakin-Hall, Jo’s deputy is settling in and we feel very comfortable at the Memorial Institute.

Our first meeting was a ‘Get together’ to give folks the chance to catch up with each other and get back into the swing!  Following this, our chairman,  Andy Miller showed photos from his holiday in Scotland which was quite a family affair as he went with his son and grandson on a ‘boys walking holiday’!  Then for something completely different members enjoyed an afternoon of Bingo led by Betty Saunders. Lots of laughs, fun and very silly prizes. The final week was a treat when we had a visit from Chief Inspector Richard Coates, Wealden District Commander, who came to see our premises and then gave a talk about his new role in Wealden.

Our exercise and health programme are developing. Therapy room is busy. Please take time to look at the poster in the magazine for the therapies that we offer. We have started this year’s exercise programme at Freedom leisure with more participants than ever. For those who would like to dip in occasionally we are offering yoga on alternate Friday mornings at RSM centre as well as starting a table tennis session in the afternoons of the same Fridays. Once a month Una Wareham, who is very popular and highly skilled will be running a session called’ Older & Active’ at the Village Hall on a Thursday morning from 11.00am-12.00. This will be a fun movement & music activity to promote health and wellbeing.  The cost of all these occasional sessions is £2, a bargain! There is no doubt that the exercise activities we are offering are having a very positive effect on the mobility, wellbeing and confidence of participants. Most importantly they are jolly good fun! 

The group from Uckfield receiving day care services on a Monday are now very much integrated into RSM. We are very grateful to Juliette Martin for taking over the activity coordinator’s role and to Margaret Farmer, Rhianwyn Hall, Jacqui Makkink and Leana Chan for giving of their time to support. A happy time is had by all!

Andy Miller, RSM Chairman and Jo took part in a seminar at Brighton University on 19th September. This was called ‘Big Society, Small Communities’ and was hosted by CUPP. (Community University Partnership Programme) who carried out the research project for us. Some 35 people attended from statutory bodies, the university, charities, service providers and other interested parties. The heart of the seminar was to look at the model of RSM and see if it could be replicated in other communities. The response was very positive and encouraging and there will be a short article next month about it by a resident from Rotherfield who attended.

October is a very busy month as you will see from the diary. Much going on both at RSM and in the village. We will be supporting the electric blanket testing scheme on Oct 11th at Crowborough Fire Station. In addition to our wealth of activities we are looking forward to seeing the production ‘All My Sons’ with the Rotherfield Players and attending the Medieval Market at St Denys. Again, please see advert for all details or call the office on 01892 853021.

We are delighted to be outreaching an activities programme to Pinewood Care Home in Crowborough. After the success of the programme at High Broom we wanted to extend this to another group of older people in residential care. We received a grant towards this project from ‘Active at 60’ and we look forward to seeing how it is received at Pinewood.  Activities include gentle movement, singing, hand massage, storytelling and flower arranging.

And finally a reminder that our AGM is on 21st November.