Jo Evans writes...
Here we are at the start of our 8th year. Activities are well under way and membership renewals are coming in.
We had a very noisy first meeting when nearly 80 folk came to catch up with friends, renew their membership and get back into the swing of things! We have certainly learned not to have anything planned for the first meeting of the year as our members like to get together after the summer break and have a good chat.
Deborah Tompsett was on hand to give out the wonderful pottery that was made at Holiday at Home. Sally Ann was selling cards while John & Gerry were dealing with renewals. Tea and cakes were heartily consumed and Year 8 got off to a great start!
Since we reopened we have been really busy particularly after the article in Saga which was then reprinted in the Guardian. We have had enquiries from many parts of the country and abroad, South Africa and Greece. It has been wonderful to see the growing desire of so many people from different walks of life to provide support and care for older and vulnerable people.
Andy & Jo took part in another Saga conference with over 40 delegates and Rotherfield Parish Council hosted an evening for other Councils to come and see a presentation about our charity.
Meanwhile activities flourish: Exercise Classes at Freedom Leisure, Older and Active, Yoga, Bridge, Table Tennis, Knitting & Nattering with much more planned.
The Volunteer Driver Scheme has been very busy over the summer and is one of our fastest growing services. We are delighted at the number of encouraging and positive comments we receive about our team of drivers who go out of their way to make people feel safe and supported. We had two big events during September: a trip to the New London Theatre to see War Horse and a concert by Robin Jeffrey & Alessandra Testai at St Denys in aid of RSM. Both events will be reported on next month as well as the final Monday meeting when we watched a video about the making of War Horse and the Macmillan Coffee Morning.
October events are in the diary; a couple of highlights being a talk by David Thomas who was the former Crown Jeweller and now helps to look after the Crown Jewels, and our own Dr Galton coming to give a talk entitled The Problem with Strenuous Pursuits. Having heard Dr Galton’s talk, it is very informative but light hearted and amusing.
Also on Monday October 1st it is National Older People’s Day. Hurray! To celebrate this we are having a fun afternoon at the Village Hall with a range of activities including taster sessions in Pilates, Zumba and Hand Massage. There will be something for everyone and will include tea and cakes of course. Admission is £1.00 and the afternoon will start at 2.30pm. (See advert)
We would be grateful for any outstanding membership renewals so that we can update our records. The office is open every day to receive these and offer you a chance to enjoy our coffee shop and refreshments.
A note for your diaries. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 19th November at 2.pm at the Village Hall. A warm welcome is extended to all our members, volunteers and supporters. Our guest speaker is Cllr Mrs Jonica Fox, Chair of Wealden District Council