Music is an important part of the worship at St Matthews. For most services there is a mixture of traditional and more modern hymns. Once a month there is an Evensong service, where in addition to hymns, psalms are sung. For Family Services, on the first Sunday of each month, the hymns used are simpler and easy for children to join in with. On the fifth Sunday of the month we have just introduced a Songs of Praise service, the aim of which is to feature hymns which people particularly enjoy singing. The main aim of the choir is to give a lead to the singing in church, and encourage the congregation to join in. However, we usually sing the communion hymn on our own; and often perform an anthem for special occasions. As well as singing for regular services we are often asked to sing at weddings, which we always enjoy. We are a friendly bunch, and have regular social activities, usually involving food! Choir practice takes place in the church from 7pm until 8pm on Thursdays in term time. Anyone who is interested in singing with us should ring the choir leader, Nicola Brown on 01380 722406.
The Monday Club was set up in 1984 to provide a community day centre for the elderly and/or housebound residents of Bromhan and Rowde. Membership currently covers an age range of those in their sixties to those in their nineties, and both villages are well represented. The club meets every monday (exept Bank Holidays) in Bromham Social Centre and a two course hot lunch is provided, supplied by the Greyhound pub in Bromham. Afternoons include various activities such as visiting speakers or entertainers, card games, bingo, skittles, quizzes, singalongs etc. Trips out for lunch (on a coach with a lift) occur at times during the year. An important objective of the club is to provide companionship, and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming. Funding is supplied by Wilts County Council, augmented by donations and fund raising (eg. Weekly raffle, annual autumn fair). Age Concern supply a coordinating and advisory role covering a number of day centres, of which the Monday Club is one. The Club runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Mondays, and transport can be provided for anyone who lives within the villages of Rowde or Bromham. Membership is not exclusive to the two villages, but anyone else has to find their own transport. The current cost per day is £4.00 or £5.30 with transnsport. The organiser is Claire Ladd who can be contacted for further details on 01380 859166.
Tuesday Afternoon Club
The Tuesday Afternoon Club was formed many years ago and was then known as the Over 60s. It was continued successfully until a few years ago when membership fell to just a few. A meeting was called and so that the Club did not close several people came forward and the Club was 're-born'. It now has a membership of 26 and meets the 1st Tuesday in the month at 2.30 - 4pm in winter, and 2.30-4.30pm in the summer in the village hall. At most meetings there is a birthday to be celebrated with cake and a 'tot' followed by speakers, slide shows, card bingo and whist etc as well as meals out and garden parties. There is also a raffle to which all bring a small prize. More information can be obtained from Mrs D Ellis, Secretary / Treasurer on 01380 722655.
The Rowde Ladies Club was started nearly forty years ago by the then Vicar's wife as a Young Wives Group. Over the years, we have all aged and so changed our name! We are a very informal group and are not attached to any other governing 'body'. At present, membership stands at about 25 with most members in the 50-70 age group. Our meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at 8pm mainly in the Rowde Village Hall and our programme consists of speakers, slide shows, garden parties, dinners etc. We also help at various events in the village. For further information please ring 01380 723049
Rowde Sewing Circle
Held in the village hall, alternate Tuesdays 1.30-4pm
Please come along and join us or ring Yvonne 01380 728745
Rowde Toddler Group
Based in the Village Hall Thursdays (9.30-11.30)
The Guild is a group of approximately 12 members who, by way of a rota, provide altar flowers in the Church throughout the year. In addition they arrange flowers for all the festivals in the Church calendar and for several weddings each year. The members are a dedicated band of amateurs who enjoy arranging flowers. They have learnt skills both as members of the group and through attending classes and demonstrations in order to improve their knowledge and skills. Although self financing, traditionally at Easter and Christmas the Guild accepts kind donations towards the cost of flowers, some of which are given in memory of loved ones. In the past Flower Festivals have taken place to raise funds for St Matthew's. The Guild makes a donation to church funds on an annual basis. For weddings and special requests, contact Liz Ibbetson 01380 720630 There is a charge for wedding arrangements in addition to the cost of the flowers. The Flower Guild welcomes new members. If you are interested in becoming a member or have a general enquiry contact Jane Sartin 01380 727446