RODSEC is the successor to Rolleston's successful Millennium Committee. It is a coordinating body for village organisations and interested residents. Its aim is to provide periodic community events, to raise funds to enhance community amenities and assist in preservation of the village. The Chairman is John Phillips.
Using extracts from various reports in Rollestonian amongst other sources this section of the web site is intended to provide news of their activities.
RODSEC - Spring 2017 News
(Details extracted from article that first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the Rollestonian)
RoDSEC - Carols Around the Christmas
Mulling it Over
Thankfully, you came again in force to sing Christmas carols under a duvet of
star-sprinkled clouds. Up to 400 people gathered in shadowy constellations on
the dark lawn in front of the almshouses. Soon this canvas was joyfully daubed
with an amazing abstract of energetic splashes as swarms of glow sticks snapped
into life and danced like demented fire-flies. These devilish creatures had been
distributed to the children by our remarkable master of ceremonies; Revd Ian
Whitehead was in mischievous, flashing-Christmas-pullover mode. Meanwhile, the
twisting fires of flaming torches were reflected on the smooth surface of the
sinuous stream as it flowed around them. Simply breath-taking was the line of
beautiful luminary paper lanterns and shining tin can lanterns standing on guard
along the low wall.
A magical setting for a special occasion.
More light was shed on the situation by our Guest of Honour, the Mayor of East Staffordshire, Cllr. Beryl Toon. Beryl graciously took hold of the plunger and at the end of the countdown, with one mighty stroke, magically ignited a brilliant evening. Coloured lights bloomed on the donated Nordman Christmas tree, and, like a piece of antique jewellery, a string of brand new lights adorned the front of the almshouses. Scores of bright LED flashlights were switched on and beamed down upon reassuring carol sheets.
With microphone in hand, and the public address equipment working very well, Ian shepherded an enthusiastic mixed-age community choir through a programme of fifteen glorious carols.
Bandmaster Peter Dukes had kindly brought a substantial ensemble of talented musicians. To be singing alongside such a band is a very special experience. Their appearance here - the impact of the celebrated uniforms, the display of shining musical instruments, with reflections playing across their bright surfaces - combine to make this an enchanting experience. More special still was the drawing together of local folk at night, in the open air, under tall trees, seeing light reflected onto faces and warm breath curling in the cooling air. After quaffing mulled wine and tasting a variety of delightful homemade biscuits and shortbreads, people were moved to make significant donations to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal - £406.04 was raised in total. Thank you .
Bandmaster Peter Dukes writes:
“It was an excellent evening at the Christmas tree, we all enjoyed it and on behalf of Burton Salvation Army and myself I would like to thank you and your team for the magnificent amount you have raised for our local work.”
RoDSEC is planning to do it again on Friday 8th December 2017. We hope to see you there.
Thanks to all who played a part in RoDSEC’s second Christmas Tree Event: to the Committee and all those who have saved, made, baked, mulled, felled, engineered, illuminated, persuaded, played, brewed, stewarded and sung. Special thanks to Joy for her powerful support.
Forthcoming RoDSEC Events
• “Call Mr Robeson. A Life, with Songs” - Sunday 2nd April 2017, Club (see
• RoDSEC AGM – Wednesday 8th March at 7:30pm in OGS (see poster for details)
• An Evening of Magic - Saturday 14th October 2017, Rolleston Club
• Carols Around the Christmas Tree – Friday 8th December 2017
Burton and District Arts Council (BADAC) - a registered charity that supports the voluntary arts community in and around Burton.
Last updated: 10 March 2017