The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 27 April from 2.00 to 4.00pm and 7.30 to 9.00pm at Wadhurst Fire / Police Station Conference Room.

MAURICE AND SHIRLEY WILSON of Wood’s Green and their family, would like to express their sincere thanks for all the kind thoughts, cards and flowers sent to them after the sad loss of their beloved son, Christopher.

Wadhurst History Society has organised an outing to Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival which is open to members and non members.Coach will depart from the Greyhound, St James' Square at 8.30am on Saturday 3 June and will be back in Wadhurst at approximately 6.00pm.cost to include the coach and entrance is £18.the Cathedral grounds will be a craft marquee, food tent and flower sales.book a place, please contact Rachel Ring on 01892 783455.

Hospice in the Weald are holding their annual Plant and Country Fayre in the Hospice gardens on Saturday 20 May from 10.00am to.30pm. They need plants to sell. Please think of them when you are sowing seeds or dividing plants this Spring - any well labelled surplus would be gratefully appreciated.

Old tools, gardening books, (not magazines) or associated objects to sell would be most welcome. If you have any queries please contact Fiona Parry on 01892 820508.

Members and friends meet on the last Sunday of each month in the car park behind One Stop, Washwell Lane, Wadhurst at 2.00pm. The next walk, on 30 April, will cover Scrag Oak, Deer Park and Gregory’s. It is to be led by W Hodder.

As I am moving away from Wadhurst to Warwickshire, Mrs Linda Kings has very kindly offered to carry on the Wadhurst Link. Her telephone number is 01892 783 461. Thank you all for your wonderful support in the past and I trust it will continue into the future with Linda.
Pat Latham

Pat Latham beenmost valued member of our community for many years, having been particularly involved with the church, village welfare and very successfully raising funds and awareness for Hospice in the Weald.the beginning of April, she is moving from Wadhurst to be closer to her family.will be greatly missed and goes with our love and best wishes.

This month our speaker - Mr James Sutton - took us on a trip touring New South Wales in Australia. He had some wonderful pictures of his journey by motorbike and made many humorous remarks as well as recalling some funny. The time flew and we felt we had learned a lot about the practicalities of having enough fuel and water on board for the long trips across vast distances. Yet another very good speaker.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 13 April at 2.00pm in St George's Hall when Mr Michael Legat's talk has the title "They read books and go to cocktail parties." Very intriguing! The competition is a decorated egg and the trading stall will be cakes and Easter goodies.

Wadhurst Astronomical Society will meet in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on Wednesday 19 April to listen to Mr Ian King who will give a talk on ‘Instrumentation’. Doors will be open 7.15 for 7.30pm.

Jumble Sale 18 February - Your tremendous support was greatly appreciated which helped us to raise £880 net.

The Church at Stonegate would like to improve its facilities for providing refreshment after Services and would like to install kitchen services, all to be contained in a cabinet.

It is always remarkable to see how the people of the parishes and members of the church respond to various projects.  Of course, each church and its members will have their priorities, but if there is anyone who might feel an affinity with the provision of further catering resources at Stonegate and would like to make a financial contribution, it will be gratefully received.
Ring me up and we can chat about it. Bryan Nicholls (01580 200560)

10.00am to 12.30pm at Stonegate Village Hall, the second Saturday of every month. Next market 8 April, fabulous produce from local businesses and producers, homemade bread, cakes, pies, chutneys, marmalade, fresh fish, meat and local cheese, vegetable, plants, eggs, honey etc. Cafe for refreshments and snacks. No market in August or September. Contact 01580 200386 for details.

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 11 April. Yearly membership is £12 to cover the cost of the meeting room, etc. WIP is not a social club, anyone can come along to meetings and have a drink and a chat, but should show some interest in photography. We are not a camera club, there will never be any competitions, everyone should be encouraged to bring their work to show the group.

Every year Knowles Tooth (under the direction of the Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Support Work) organises a sponsored walk which leaves the north side of Eastbourne, on Easter Monday 17 April and finishes after a circular walk at Pyecombe on the fourth day. A few keen walkers cover the whole distance, but most do a single section.

This year, Peter Dwyer and A.N. Other will be walking 8 and a half miles on the second section from Ashdean Farm on the A27 and going up the South Downs to Ditchling Beacon where you get a marvellous view across the Weald. The route continues along the ridge, passing the Jack and Jill Windmills and finishing at Pyecombe, which is the starting point for day three.

Knowles Tooth provides accommodation for families who are in trouble or distress and provides them with a few days of rest and refreshment. The walk goes on whatever the weather as Knowles Tooth relies heavily on the cash raised by the sponsored walk to help it to cover its basic costs. We will be looking for sponsors.

for the elderly people of Wadhurst has now been in existence for 10 years and is much valued by its members.

At present we could take a few more members, but – HELP! we would appreciate a few more volunteers on Wednesdays between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Not necessarily every week. Phone 01892 782619 for more information and come and see what a happy group we are.

The Cameo Club Annual Sale was held on the 11 March - Thank you to all who contributed and helped us to raise approx. £560.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 6 April, 1.45 for a 2.00pm start at Stonegate Village Hall. There will be a talk on ‘Munches and Bunches’ by Mr Bob Harris.

The Bereavement Support Group meets on the fourth Friday of each month from 10.00am to 12noon at Carillon Cottage. This is an informal get-together for those who have been bereaved - of a partner, family member or loved friend - an opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a chat with others who have also experienced a personal loss. Everyone is welcome to drop in and join us.
Barbara Liddle (782 985)

Are you caring for a relative or friend? Would you like to meet other carers for a coffee and a chat? Then come along to our monthly meeting at Carillon Cottage, every third Thursday from 10.30am - 12 noon. For further details please contact Sarah Burchett (01323 738 390).

For our February meeting Jane and Brian Waterman gave a very interesting talk on their journey through the Canadian Rockies, Vancouver and Alaska, their slides showing the vastness of these countries and their beauty.

The 10 April is our ‘Spring Show’ being held in the Primary School at 7.30pm.

Come and learn more gardening from our ‘Master Classes’.Wadhurst Gardening Association


Want to get more from your Garden but don’t know where to begin?  Commencing in the Spring of 2005 Members of Wadhurst Gardeners will be holding classes for those who want to improve their gardening skills.

Classes will be held at Round Oak Allotments or St George’s Hall on Saturday Mornings and each session will last for approximately two hours. Numbers will be limited to 10 per session and will include practical involvement .

Topics for Spring 2006 are:-
22 April – Establishing a new lawn and maintaining an existing one.
13 May – Summer Bedding including planting hanging baskets and patio pots

How Much will it Cost? Tuition will be free for members of the association and will cost £10.00 per head for non members.   For further details contact Ken Turner on 784325 or e-mail Kenfairview@aol.com.   

As Spring arrives so does the opportunity to visit the numerous gardens that are open as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

Last year over 3,400 gardens opened nationally for the NGS and raised £1.8million for our beneficiaries – mainly nursing and gardening charities. In Sussex alone we raised over £200,000 thanks to the generosity, enthusiasm and hard work of our wonderful garden owners and the voluntary county team members.

A visit to an NGS garden is an opportunity to be inspired and to learn more about gardens and gardening as well as having a thoroughly enjoyable day out. In many gardens you can buy plants as well as enjoy home made teas or a glass of wine in the evening. Many will open by appointment and all welcome children, usually free of charge.

For details of gardens open throughout the Southeast look out for the NGS booklets which are available through local outlets. Gardens open this month include:

29 and 30 April: King John’s Lodge, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ www.kingjohnslodge.co.uk 01580 819232 Admission £3, children free

The CharityNight on 4th March raised just over £650 forNewspapers and Magazines. Wadhurstwould like to thank everyone who competed for their support and generosity.

Our next major event is our annual Scarecrow Weekend over Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 July; please put this date in your diaries now.

Babies and under fives bring your parent or carer to St George's Hall at 2.00pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for Son Spot.Come and enjoy an hour of fun activities, Bible story, singing, craft and ‘tea’.(All finished in time for school pick-up) Very friendly, lots of fun, relaxed and welcoming.the grown-ups that there is no charge, you can just turn up.

For more info call Ruth on 784117. This month we meet on the 6 April with Easter as our topic, and on the 20 April for the story of Jonah.

"My children still talk about Sonspot and even now they want to come if they are on holiday from school!"(parent of child at primary school)

We wish to thank those many friends and neighbours who came to Marjorie’s leave-taking and whose letters and tributes have been such a comfort to us in the past few weeks.  We also thank those whose visits and support in her last weeks provided such comfort and companionship to her.  We are endeavouring to answer all letters personally. She was truly blessed in the community of Wadhurst.

will be held in the Methodist Church from 9.30 to 11.00am on Saturday 1 April. All the proceeds this month will go to The National Society for Epilepsy.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 27 April, 2.30pm at St George's Hall: Hong Kong Ministry - An talk by Revd Michael Simpson. As always a warm welcome is extended to all.

At our next meeting we welcome Dame Marion Roe who will talk about her life at Westminster as an MP. It should provide a rare personalinto the corridors of power! This will take place at the Mayfield Memorial Hall on Thursday 20 April starting at 2.00pm

Yes. On Saturday 29 April, Peter Dwyer and David Lloyd will be doing an urban walk in the North Greenwich and Lewisham area to raise funds for Unlock, a charity formerly known as the Urban Evangelical Programme. This well-known charity does interesting work spreading the word of the Gospel in run-down council estates and inner city areas.

During the walk they will be visiting seven churches, which act as check points. These are ecumenically right across the board and I am sure Peter and David will receive a warm welcome. Very large numbers of people from a variety of churches take part and it is a great joy to meet and converse with so many fellow Christians.

Donations totalled £100. This is a big help to the £1,000 the local VSO committee has to raise to continue supporting a young man who is involved in training primary school teachers in Ethiopia.

falls in the week of 8 May. Lesley Phillips is, therefore, organising a Coffee Morning on Friday 12 May in the Commemoration Hall to raise funds for the charities and specialist units which deal with helping those who suffer from this debilitating condition. During the morning, Heather Woodward will be giving a talk, illustrated with slides, about two very different people, Rudyard Kipling and Beatrix Potter. There will also be a raffle and a sales table of goods relevant to Lupus charities. Proceeds of this morning will be shared between Lupus UK. Tickets: £2, are available from Heather (783212), Kath (782614 or Lesley (783189).

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY is looking forward to its next meeting on Thursday 13 April in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8.00pm. Peter Jones, a National Trust Volunteer Speaker, will be talking about Chartwell and its most famous resident, Churchill. On Thursday 11 May, Chris McCooey will be speaking on Sussex Characters – wacky, weird and wonderful.

Wadhurst Bowls club are holding their annual Boot Sale at Uplands on Sunday 7 May, 9.00am to 1.00pm. Hardstanding - pitches: £6 cars; £8 vans (sellers from 8.00am). We can collect any garage clearance or bric-a-brac - just ring us. Come and find a bargain - plenty of bedding plants, cakes, household items, garden tools, tombola, plus hot refreshments. Further info and pitch booking ring 783934

Don’t forget - you can always join our Bowls club - just ring 782754 or 783934.

will be held at the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 1 April. Entrance by donation.

If you would like to display your hobby on that day please contact Stan Cosham for information and booking forms. (Tel 01892 783765) or write to 2 Courthope Avenue, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6BP.

All monies collected on the day will be donated to Belmont Surgery and the Commemoration Hall new roof.

will meet on Tuesday 4 April at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. Tina O Donnell will be speaking on Camelids.

Jumble Sale to be held on Saturday 1 April at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst. Doors open at 9.30am, Admission 20p. Jumble can be collected by phoning 01892 782208. Thank you.

The next Antiques and Collectors Fair will be held on Saturday 27 May in the Commemoration Hall.

is a charity which champions independence for older people. Our main aim is to enable older people in financial difficulty to live independent lives with dignity and peace of mind.

We provide security for life in the form of a small, regular extra income. We can also provide our beneficiaries with crisis grants, mobility equipment, nursing and residential care and help with fees.

Many older people face their troubles alone. So IndependentAge has a network of over 1,100 volunteer visitors who offer friendship and practical support. Most of our beneficiaries have never needed help before so all assistance is given with the utmost discretion and sensitivity. Our free advice guides “60-Wise” and “60-Wise at Home” are full of details on the help available to older people from many different sources.

If you know someone we may be able to help please contact: Miss Frances Gibson, 53 Bethel Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3UE; www.independentage.co.uk

We are eagerly looking forward to our French tour on 6 April, and for those of you joining us in France I have added our concert times and venues to our list of dates.

Back from France, we shall be well rehearsed for our spring concert on 29 April when we shall play you some of the highlights of the tour. For this concert we have a theme of film and show music chosen by our younger members. We shall play favourites such as ‘The Pink Panther’ and ‘Ticket To Ride’, as well as beautiful melodies from the musicals ‘Chess’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

Ken Rich our retired conductor has produced a wonderful arrangement of the duet ‘I Know Him So Well’ which he and I will be playing on Tenor Horns. Sharon will also treat you to a solo on the trombone called ‘The Acrobat’.

We are lucky to have Jane and Howard Spurr joining us again and they will further entertain you with music and songs from the shows. Our ever-popular Training Band will take to the stage after the interval with two pieces showing their continuing progress on their instruments. Tickets are on sale at Jean Marie’s shop so do purchase them early.

A group of us will be visiting local Primary schools at the end of April to demonstrate our instruments in the hope of recruiting some new young members. The youngsters get a lot of enjoyment from playing together, they have an instrument free whilst they play with the band and of course they are also have free tuition each week. (Not many organisations can offer that!)

For further details of when we are playing or about our Training Band please call Lydia or myself, our telephone numbers are below. We certainly have a busy summer ahead and we look forward to seeing you. Jenny Cooper

Brass Band dates for your diary

Date Event Time
April 6 to 10 Band tour to Lille
Friday 7 April Concert The Cloth Hall Ypres 12.30pm
Saturday 8 April Concert Spring Vibes Festival Ostend 3.30pm
Sunday 9 April Concert Aubers Church 4.00pm
Saturday 29 April Spring Concert, Commemoration Hall 8.00pm
Sunday 21 May Eastbourne Bandstand 3.00pm
Sunday 4 June Songs of Praise, Tidebrook 5.30pm
Saturday 17 June Tidebrook fete 2.00pm
Sunday 25 June Chartwell 2.00pm
Sunday 2 July Bewl Water Run, Wadhurst 12.00pm
Saturday 8 July Stonegate School Fete 2.00pm
Sunday 9 July Hospice In The Weald fete Chevening 2.00pm
Saturday 15 July Scarecrow Event Wadhurst 2.00pm
Sunday 23 July Hever Castle 12.30pm
Sunday 6 August Hastings Bandstand 3.00pm

Jenny Cooper Band manager and Training Band 01892 782247
Lydia Fuggle Secretary and Training Band 01892 782308

Meetings are held every Monday at St George’s Hall from 9.30am. Everyone welcome! For further details please contact Nina on 01580 201158.

We are a charity that offers free help to Wealden area residents who are experiencing difficulties with neighbours. We have been in operation in the area since 2000 and have a wealth of experience in dealing with neighbour disputes. We deal with many issues including, high hedges, boundaries, fences, parking, noise, verbal abuse, etc. Our trained mediators can visit you in the daytime or evening in your own home to discuss the situation. Then, if you are agreeable, the service will make contact with your neighbours. The service is free confidential, impartial and independent. Please do not hesitate to call us on 01323 442781.

If you are interested in joining the club or would just like to come along to a meeting you would be very welcome indeed. We meet every third Wednesday in Hurst Green Village Hall at 7.30pm.
David and Pam Francis (01580 200672)

Tim Page, Wadhurst Community Area Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator. and Wadhurst Representative to Wealden District Council for WRF - Wealden Residents Forum for Wadhurst residents and tenants.   Tel: 01892 783313 Mobile: 07956 932354 Email: wadhurst.nwatch@btinternet.com

Please Report All Crime Immediately To The Police.
Crowborough Police Station (0845 60 70 999) or 999 in an emergency
Marc Simmonds, Police Community Support Officer for Wadhurst. 01892 785903

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