Company and crafts for Rother Valley Together Trust

Flower arranging with Rother Valley Together Trust, who have just launched a new programme of events and activities
Flower arranging with Rother Valley Together Trust, who have just launched a new programme of events and activities

AN EXCITING new programme of activities has been launched by the Rother Valley Together (RVT) Trust.

The club encourages people to get together and learn new skills and crafts, listen to interesting speakers and go on inspiring visits.

“We offer to provide a pleasant day out with a good meal and something to take part in of interest to those who want to,” said Colin Hughes, one of the trustees of RVT.

“We aim our club at the older person who is looking for a bit of company during the day and something to do.”

The Rother Valley Together Trust was created after the closure of the West Sussex County Council-run day Centre. The activities are held at the Grange, in Midhurst, and lunch is cooked on-site.

With activities such as woodwork, knitting, a film club, basket-weaving, cookery, crafts and darts, the programme provides opportunities for the adventurous to try a new hobby.

Speakers will talk on a range of subjects, including bee-keeping, Midhurst history, owls, and health and wellbeing.

Petra Lynn, centre manager, said: “It’s good to spend time on your own but sometimes it’s nice to know there is a place you can go to be in the company of others and have some fun. We aim to provide that place.

“It is a great alternative to a day indoors.”

A number of excursions are being organised in the summer, including visits to the seaside, museums, garden centres and other places of interest.

“Exactly where we go is up to members,” said Petra.

Members can also benefit from regular visits from a chiropodist, hairdresser, and beauty therapist who offer their services at the Grange for a reduced price.

“Most importantly we offer transport services in from the surrounding villages and Midhurst itself for those who have difficulty in getting about,”she added.

Annual membership is £10 and will entitle members to savings on most activities, although small fees apply. For more details contact the Grange on 01730 816267.