• Celebrity Bride

    Karen Robertson, a local lady who has lived in Rowhedge for a number years, eventually decided to take the plunge after being engaged to James for 15 years.

    The village hall were approached by Curvy Brides – the Sky television show on TLC Channel, to see if we had any forthcoming weddings, and of course Karen was immediately put forward to appear on their show. Karen eventually agreed to be Rowhedges’ Celebrity Bride.

    If any of you have watched the show on TV, you will know that the ladies from Curvy Brides are an Essex based company that help brides with a weight problem to look stunning on their big day. They certainly lived up to their name when they assisted Karen in choosing the right dress for her. Karen was invited along to their Boutique where several dresses were tried, her Mum, Aunty and son Jay were also present. Eventually she found “the one”, and what a stunning bride she made.

    On the day the ladies from Curvy Brides helped Karen with her dress to ensure that every bit of it was presented beautifully and off she went to the church to marry James.

    The wedding ceremony was filmed inside the local Church of St Lawrence, where we saw James standing nervously waiting for his Bride to arrive. The cameras were rolling not only inside the church but outside as well. The show appeared on TV on Friday 23rd June 2017 if anyone would like to watch on Catch Up TV.

    We wish Karen and James a long and happy marriage.

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  • Rowhedge Heritage Trust Archive Exhibiton

    The Rowhedge Heritage Trust opened its archive to the public at an exhibition held in Rowhedge Village Hall over the weekend. Nearly 200 visitors examined a diverse collection of photographs, documents and objects that help to tell the story of Rowhedge’s past. The exhibition marked the finding of a new home for the Trust’s Archive – the loft space in Village Hall. Hitherto the collection has been dotted around in people’s attics and garden sheds; now that it is safely under one roof, the RHT will begin to make a proper accessible catalogue.

    As well as the number of visitors, (some even returning on the second day) it was heartening for the organisers to see all the reminiscing between families who hadn’t seen each other for years. There was almost a party atmosphere as people identified relatives and village dignitaries on faded photos, or sat back and watched jumpy 8mm film of boat launches and regattas, whilst being served tea and cakes. People also brought in their own photos and artefacts, including a photo taken when Rowhedge was cut off by the snow, and a fisherman’s old oilskin coat!

    The RHT are definitely planning to hold the exhibition again next year.

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  • Rowhedge Heritage Trust Archive Exibition

    The Rowhedge Heritage Trust

    Are planning their first event for this year and will be holding an exhibition of many artefacts, photos and newspaper clippings, books and memorabilia on the 18th and 19th March at the Rowhedge Village Hall between 1pm and 5pm on the 18th and 10 am and 4pm on the 19th.

    This also gives notice of their AGM which will take place on the 19th March at 2pm.

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  • Planet Sunshine workshop & Samba Party

    A really different night out - 3 workshops, 2 tutors and 1 heck of a good time!

    7.30 pm Songs from around the world - join in if you dare.

    8.15 pm Laughter Yoga, no poses, no leotards, just laughing

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    8.45 pm Brazilian Samba demonstration and instruction - no partner required.

    9.30 pm Brazilian Rio Carnival Party. No experience neccesarry for any of the above, just have fun. No dress code but think colourful, sparkle, feathers and masks - prize for best outfit.

    Bring your own drink and nibbles. Price for whole evening £8.50 - reduces after 8.15 pm to £7.50.

    To book a place call Helen on 07538 145211 (pay on the door)

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  • Chairmans Report 2016

    2016 has been an interesting and sometimes challenging year for us, we are such a small committee that some have to double and even treble their roles if we are to consolidate our achievements.

    One really important event this year has been the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate Roger Goodings many years of service to the committee. Our finances have been carefully monitored by Roger and he has been a staunch supporter at events and a dedicated committee member. I hope that he knows that he has our appreciation, respect and thanks for all of the work he has done.

    We welcome John Andrews who has taken over as Treasurer. He has been working with Roger to ensure a seamless take over and we wish him well and thank him for taking on this task.

    2016 saw a change in arrangements for the cleaning and maintenance of the building. The windows in the Harvey Benham room have been replaced, this is part of a rolling programme of improvements which are always necessary in a building of this age if we are to keep the hall in as good a condition as possible.

    Thanks to the Steve and Paula team for providing an efficient and professional service which ensures that the hall looks at its best at all times. Several hirers have commented favourably on the cleanliness of the building and we all know that this is sometimes a thankless task !

    Of course, the day to day management of the hall, sometimes a difficult and challenging job, is carried out by Yvonne. She deals with everything from liaising with hirers to identifying possible issues before they become a problem, promoting the venue, sourcing equipment etc. etc. The hall simply would not function as well as it does without her input so a huge thank you for all her work.

    Events this year have been very varied. Alongside the traditional last night of the proms, craft fair, carol concert, we have had a swishing evening which raised a very useful sum for us. Thank you to all concerned.

    The hall has so much to offer and is ideal for hirers to use for one-off occasions, we need to be searching for new ways to attract hirers and to promote it as the local venue of choice.

    Our major project is of course the proposed extension to the hall for the Rowhedge Under 5s. Nick Baker has designed a practical and very attractive building which will not only make life easier for the present users but also cater for the expected increase in numbers of under 5s as Rowhedge village continues to expand. Nick and his sub-committee have spent many hours on this project and we really appreciate how the project has been managed, this is ongoing so our thanks are not only for the work already done but in anticipation of future commitment to it.

    It remains for me to thank all of you for coming here tonight and for giving me the chance to express my appreciation for the help and support I have received from the committee, I hope that we will be able to attract new members to become involved in new and interesting projects and events.

    Thank you.

    Susannah Purtell - Chairman

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