Clubs and Societies
ROTHERFIELD AND MARK CROSS BONFIRE SOCIETY
The Rotherfield and Mark Cross Bonfire Society organises six major events in the annual village calendar. The Senior Citizens lunch in January caters for up to 100 people and marks a lovely start to the year for the more senior community members. The Easter Egg Hunt on the Recreation Ground welcomes 150 children annually – all going home with chocolate and a smile on their faces. In the summer, the society organises a village fayre including live music on the Millennium Green. Other local organisations are invited to have stalls at the fayre thereby spreading the money raised throughout our community.
The next major event for the society is the carnival, held on the first Saturday in October. This has grown in recent years to be as popular as it ever was with events running from 2pm and culminating in the torchlight procession and fabulous firework display. On the run up to Christmas, we decorate the village and organise the ‘lighting up’ ceremony, an increasingly popular event with mulled wine and mince pies. The society rounds off the year with the annual carol concert in St Deny’s Church. This relaxed, informal evening is another favourite for the community and if you have not been, you really should.
The money raised at all events goes towards putting on one of the best carnivals in the Sussex calendar and the money raised at the carnival through the collection is split between local groups each year - keeping the proceeds in our community. Great fun can be had in the planning and execution of these events. If you feel that you would like to be involved, please contact us for details of our next meeting. We would welcome your input.
Janet Kipping (Chairman)
Tel: 07545 536251 or 01892 664347
The Rotherfield Friendship Club
The Rotherfield Friendship Club is a friendly sociable group for those over 55 years of age. Our organisation based in Rotherfield village centre has been running for 35 years and presently has 55 members, 80% living in Rotherfield Parish. We meet at Rotherfield village hall once a month to provide an afternoon get together with refreshments and raffles, and sometimes bingo. Members particularly enjoy our guest speakers, and talks have included The RSPCA, The Royal Navy, Air Ambulance, Sussex Police and The Fire Brigade with advice on home safety, legal advice on Will preparation and lighter topics including interesting books to read, and clothing and food advice.
We organise popular coach trip visits to garden and shopping centres and seaside trips to Hastings and Eastbourne. We celebrate with a summer tea party, Christmas tea with entertainment, and a super Christmas lunch at a local pub.
We welcome new members, please contact Pat Grimble 01892 661117.
ROTHERFIELD HORTICULTURAL AND ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION
The RHAA is a horticultural society that each year organises several evening talks and visits to gardens for its members. The main event is the Annual Horticultural Show which is held in the Village Hall, this year on Saturday 20th August. There is a show schedule listing the categories of vegetables, flowers, crafts, floral arrangements and children's exhibits. The show is open to entries from all (including non members).
The Rotherfield Players
The Rotherfield Players is Rotherfield’s own amateur dramatic group that pride themselves on providing a hugely varied programme of productions from the traditional pantomime to musicals, drama and more. (Recent productions include ‘Road’, ‘The Elephant Man’, ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’, ‘Are You Being Served’ and most recently ‘Swallows and Amazons’)
We pride ourselves on adventurously staged and presented works from all genres. We have been running in Rotherfield since 1976. Most of our productions are performed in Rotherfield Village Hall but we have also put on productions externally and in the Memorial Institute. We have three or four productions a year. We very much welcome new members whether they be interested in acting, directing, production or the technical aspects - set construction, costumes, lighting etc., and of course we welcome those with or without previous experience. We encourage juniors (10-18), to join and have specific junior productions.
For further details, see our website - http://www.rotherfieldplayers.co.uk/ - where as well as membership details and contacts there is a comprehensive list of our productions over the last thirty-nine years including casts, photos and some of the reviews of the shows. We look forward to seeing you.
Rotherfield St Martin
Rotherfield St Martin is a community led charity based in the heart of Rotherfield. Situated in the Memorial Institute at the top of North Street, we support over 300 older people within the community, providing activities, volunteering opportunities, support and advice. We offer a daily programme including trips out, social clubs, exercise classes, therapies, befriending, a
volunteer driving scheme, signposting and advice. We believe that every older person deserves to live fulfilled lives regardless of age or mobility.
We operate a drop-in centre that is open Monday-Friday for people to pop in for coffee & cake, borrow a book from the library, ask advice or take part in an activity. Our fitness classes are for older people to help improve strength and mobility, including gym classes at Freedom Leisure, music and movement class, gentle exercise, hydrotherapy and line dancing. There are regular weekly meet ups with speakers or musicians, a weekly table tennis group, knitting and nattering and a bridge club and we arrange trips out to local places of interest.
On top of our weekly programme of activities, we operate a volunteer driving scheme that provides over 50 lifts a month to healthcare appointments. We also provide the local community who are living with Dementia and their carers bi-weekly Dementia Support Groups and drop in Memory Café run by a team of volunteers and staff. Therapies include Chiropody, Bowen, toenail cutting, manicures, hearing resources and massage, all provided at affordable and reduced cost.
We are happy to accept new members from the Rotherfield Parish and always on the lookout for volunteers and drivers. If you would like to become involved with RSM take a look at our Facebook page and website or call the RSM Centre on 01892 853021 / www.rotherfieldstmartins.org.uk / facebook.com/rotherfieldstmartin
Royal British Legion
The Rotherfield Branch was founded in 1921 with its original headquarters an ex-army hut erected on a piece of rented land in Church Road. During the Second World War, this was used for various purposes and in 1943 was taken over as a service canteen for Canadian soldiers. The hut continued to be used until 1960 when due to falling membership, administration costs and maintenance if was decided to suspend its operations. A room was obtained in the Memorial Institute and designated as the Royal British Legion Headquarters. Since 2003 the Branch has had no headquarters and holds most of its meetings in the Village Hall.
In 2012, the old Eridge Branch amalgamated into the Rotherfield Branch; also in 2012, the Rotherfield Branch obtained its 3rd Standard to replace its worn and faded 2nd Standard. This was laid up in St Denys’ Church following the dedication of the new Standard. The Rotherfield Branch’s old Standard, dated 1928, has now been framed due to its delicate nature and been placed in the Village Hall as a memorial to the men and women of Rotherfield who gave their all and those who carried and followed it after the First World War.
The Branch also keeps an eye on the nine War Graves in the old Burial Ground to the rear of St Denys’ Church and places crosses on them each Remembrance time. The Branch struggles on with a much reduced and falling membership with its Poppy Appeal every November, because WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
Rotherfield is twinned with Saint-Chéron, a small town of about 4500 residents, about 45km SW of Paris, set in rolling wooded countryside with Versailles, Fontainebleau and Vincennes chateaux an hour away. Our members meet the friendly and informal Saint-Chéronnais once a year, usually in May, alternately in Rotherfield and Saint-Chéron and stay in each other’s homes. Some of us also meet for walking/visiting weekends to mix in a relaxed way, staying in a hotel in a different area of France or the UK in September, again in alternate years. This year we visit Saint-Cheron in May and our walking /visiting weekend is based near Dartmouth. To mark the community friendship in 2014-2015 a street in Saint- Chéron was named “Allée de Rotherfield” and a lane in Rotherfield “Twitten Saint-Chéron”. Lifelong friendships have been made, and some members regularly make individual trips once introductions have been made.
There is no requirement to speak French as there are always some members who can translate, but those with a willingness to learn will benefit most. Do you wish to make new friends locally or in France? Do you want to develop your children’s’ language skills and broaden your family’s experiences? Are you a lover of France, its food, culture and people? If so, our Twinning Association could be just the thing for you. We welcome new members.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with Michael Foley on 01892 852141