What’s On and Update March 2019

So, it has happened and The Rosemary Foundation has relocated its clinical and office administration services from Langrish to 35 Lavant Street in Petersfield – without disruption to the crucial patient care and support services we deliver.

The Rosemary Foundation New Office Front Video

With a significant level of volunteer and ‘in-kind’ support (professional and other services provided without charge), for all of which we are profoundly grateful and without which we could not have relocated so smoothly, the move took place over a three week period at the end of December and into the new year (fortunately also with the support of the weather as well).

This photograph taken from 35 Lavant Street a few days later shows what the weather could have been like

The Rosemary Foundation View of Snow From Window

Donations of furniture from individuals, businesses and local authorities such as Petersfield Town Council and East Hampshire District Council, together with moving existing desks and filing cabinets from Langrish, has meant we have been able to fit out the larger offices in an orderly and cost-effective manner.

The Rosemary Foundation main reception

We are now looking forward to expanding the services we already deliver, particularly to carers and the bereaved, whilst continuing to put our patients and their families at the forefront of everything we do.

The Rosemary Foundation Patient Care Room

However, we cannot do any of this without the backing of you, our donors and fundraisers, and we are pleased to say that there is a range of fundraising and other events coming up over the next few weeks that you can either support or take part in, starting with the:

Annual Walk from Liss Forest to the Deer’s Hut, Liphook, and return 24 March 2019

The Annual Walk Form Liss Forest to Deer's Hut 2018.

Following the success of last year’s event (walkers and ‘friends’ above), the 6 Mile route follows the original Shipwrights Way and will start from the Car Park at Liss Forest on the 24th March at 10:45am.

Walkers are reminded to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the walk. If you would like to take part please just turn up or contact Gill Elmer on 01730 893485 There is no charge for taking part, however donations are invited in favour of The Rosemary Foundation.


The gemini consort – Music of Solace and Tranquillity

The walk is followed a few days later with the less energetic, for the audience, performance by the gemini consort in St Peter’s Church on 30 March 2019 at 7:30 pm:

Whats On The Gemini Consort Music of Solace and Tranquility Event Flyer

This concert contains a wealth of sublime, reflective music by three French Baroque composers and Bach and Handel.  We are also singing two movements from the Fauré Requiem and two haunting pieces by Arvo Pärt, his Salve Regina and The Deer’s Cry.  There are also vocal solos and duets and instrumental solos for flute and clarinet.

Admission is free of charge and there will be a retiring collection for The Rosemary Foundation.


The Rosemary Foundation – Easter Craft Fayre

Moving into April, The Rosemary Foundation is pleased to announce that the Annual Easter Craft Fayre, organised by our nurses, will again take place in East Meon Village Hall – albeit with a change in times:

The Rosemary Foundations Easter Craft Fayre Event Flyer Whats on 13th April

As at last year’s Fayre our nurses and volunteers will be running our Easter Egg tombola and would be grateful for donations of Easter Eggs of all shapes and sizes.

This year we will not be applying an admission charge but would be grateful for a donation on entry – or during the afternoon – towards the cost of putting on the Fayre.

The Easter Fayre has always been a well-supported event with a wide-range of craft and maker stalls and we hope that the move to an afternoon will bring in both existing and new supporters – so come along and find out more about The Rosemary Foundation or to meet our wonderful nurses.


Lavender Fields – Easter Eggstravaganza

Also on the 13th, The Lavender Fields, Selborne will be holding their annual ‘Easter Eggstravaganza. Further details will follow through their website: https://www.thelavenderfields.co.uk/

Whats On at The Lavender Fields in participation with The Rosemary Foundation

Although we will now be back on the monthly ‘cycle’ of ‘What’s On’ newsletters, we would nevertheless like to mention some events occurring in May.

Charity Walk for Peace

On Saturday 4 May, in Petersfield, East Hampshire District Council are hosting this year’s ‘Charity Walk for Peace – Petersfield’ fundraising walk raising funds for local charities – including The Rosemary Foundation.

Whats On 4th May Charity Walk for Peace - Petersfield

The amount available for distribution depends upon the number of walkers taking part (last year I think there were about 300) and I will be there again this year on The Rosemary Foundation table (and taking part in the walk) – looking forward to seeing you there.

If you would like to know more, including timings and route, and find out how to register please visit the event website at https://charitywalkforpeace.org/charity-walk-for-peace-east-hampshire-petersfield/


1664 Yomp

Finally, and for those who like a slightly more strenuous walk than either the Liss Forest to Deer’s Hut, Liphook, or the Charity Walk for Peace – Petersfield, there is this year’s ‘Since 1664 Yomp’.  This is a mere, non-stop, walk along the full length of the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne of some 166.4 kilometres and will take place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of 25 / 26 May.

1664 Yomp in Association with The Rosemary Foundation Whats On 25/26 May

Originally a walk to raise funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Foundation (the Royal Marines were established as the military arm of the Royal Navy in 1664), over the last few years the event has been open to fundraisers for other organisations.

Since 2016 ‘Yompers’ have raised over £20,000 for The Rosemary Foundation, thanks in no small part to entry fees being sponsored by one of our supporters, and we are pleased to say that there are still a couple of places available for those who like a challenge, but you do need to start training now!

We are also putting together a small team of marshals to support the event and if you would like to help, or ‘Yomp’, please contact Jeremy Mitchell at The Rosemary Foundation (jeremy@rfpetersfield.org), even if just to find out more and register an interest, or visit the Yomp website at https://since1664.com/.


ONCE AGAIN, A BIG THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT THESE EVENTS – AND SUPPORTING THOSE WHO SPEND MANY HOURS ORGANISING THEM FOR US – WITHOUT YOU ALL WE COULD NOT DO WHAT WE DO AND BE
‘TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY’

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