WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - DECEMBER 2006

WADHURST LIGHTS UP FOR CHRISTMAS
In an effort to brighten up Wadhurst High Street over the Christmas period, Wadhurst Rotary Club' alongside Wadhurst Business Association and supported by the Wadhurst Partnership, are organising a late night shopping evening on Friday 15 December.

Arrangements are still being made but it is hoped that nearly all the shops and many businesses will stay open on the evening till 8.00 or 8.30pm.

The vast majority will be lighting up their windows with Christmas lights, and along with Christmas Trees and other planned decorations the High Street will be a picture. Many forms of entertainment are also being arranged including an appearance of the Wadhurst Brass Band, Carol Singers will be performing and a programme of events will be put on for the children. Mulled wine, mince pies, hot chestnuts and many other types of food and drink will be available.

Please put the date in your diary. Further information from
Alan McGee on 01892 784274 or John Cooper on 01892 782247

STONEGATE EXHIBITION OF CHRISTMAS TREES
Please come to the Exhibition of Christmas Trees in Stonegate Church on Friday 8 December through to Monday 11 December from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT TO PUT YOU IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT!
The last of the Lamberhurst Music Festival 2006 programme takes place on Saturday 9 December at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Lamberhurst. The Trinity College of Music Chamber Choir will be making a welcome return to Lamberhurst after a gap of four years under their conductor, Stephen Jackson. They will sing a selection of choral pieces around a Christmas theme.

Bar open 6.45pm
Tickets cost: £12.50
Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst TN3 8ET
Phone: 01892 891115

MUSIC FOR MIDWINTER
A concert to be given by Polyphony in Wadhurst Parish Church on Thursday 21 December at 8.00pm.Fields will direct this concert of seasonal Christmas music, which will include the Bach Cantata "Sleepers Wake".will be joined by guest solo soprano, Ansy Boothroyd. Tickets, which cost £9 (£5 for children under 16), will be available from Newingtons in Wadhurst and on the door, so please keep the evening free and come and join us!

STONEGATE FARMERS MARKET
Saturday 9 December, 10.00 to 12.30 in Stonegate Village Hall. Over twenty stalls selling wonderful local produce and refreshments. For more information: 01580 200386

ST JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST DIVISION
is holding a Table Top sale of Christmas crafts on Saturday 9 December, in the Commemoration Hall, 9.30am until 12noon. Table tops are for sale at £10 for one or £15 for two, contact Marj 01580 200378 or Cindy 01892 784714

St John Ambulance, Wadhurst, meet in Carillon Cottage, every Thursday evening from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Volunteers are always needed to help us carry out our work. Any spare time you can give will be very welcome. There are many rewarding opportunities, whatever your skills. You do not need to wear a uniform!

Wadhurst Division's area covers the following villages, Roberts bridge, Etchingham, Hawkhurst, Hurst Green, Lamberhurst, Mayfield, Stonegate, Ticehurst, Burwash and Burwash Weald.

LITTLE BLACKPOOL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ILLUMINATION
This now annual even will take place on Saturday 2 December at 2 Courthope Avenue.

The church bells will start ringing from 6.15 to 6.45pm. You can go and see the bell ringers at work. Wadhurst Brass Band will be playing in Courthope Avenue from 6.15 to 7.15pm. Fireworks display at 7.20pm.

All donations will go to the Wadhurst Surgery and Commemoration Hall forecourt. Please come along and give us your full support. Collection tins will be in the local shops.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION
Wadhurst Twinning Association is presenting an Evening in Alsace as their New Year Social in the Youth Centre on Saturday 13 January from 7.30pm. A hot supper and a film, an extensive display, a raffle and plenty of good company will guarantee a thoroughly enjoyable and sociable evening together. Tickets £8 (£5 for 16 and under), are limited in number and will be on sale at Newingtons from Monday 4 December until Saturday 6 January only.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP
The next meeting is on 14 December when there will be a Carol Service in the Methodist Church. As always a warm welcome is extended to all.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
The Mullins Memorial Fund is pleased to publish its Annual Christmas Quiz on Friday 1 December with no price increase yet again. This should provide something to keep all the family and friends challenged and perhaps frustratedly entertained during the Christmas festivities, as a break from celebrating and eating. The Quiz sheets will be available at only £1 from Carillon Cottage and from the Belmont Surgery. They should be returned by Friday 5 January.

Requests come in to the Mullins Memorial Fund regularly and the Trustees are very pleased to be able to help in as appropriate a way as possible. Please inform one of the Office Bearers on 782181, 782835 or 783212 of anyone who you feel might benefit financially, practically or emotionally from their support. Whatever is done is done in complete confidentiality.

OPEN CIRCLE
You are warmly invited to join our Open Circle for tea, coffee and a chat in a safe supportive environment, with people who understand that life doesn’t always go smoothly. From time to time most of us feel a bit down – dark nights closing in, loneliness too much, relatives or friends too far away for an easy visit – whatever the reason, Open Circle may have the answer. Being alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. The Circle meets on the fourth Friday of each month from 10.00am to 12noon at Carillon Cottage, so why not give it a try.

If you would like to know more about this new venture please ring Barbara Liddle (01892 782985), or ring Carillon Cottage (01892 785658).

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB ~ 60 YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT 
The Club's first presentation in 2007 will be "Elsie and Norm's Macbeth" a comedy written by John Christopher-Wood. Performances will be at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on Thursday 1, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 February 2007, so please make sure you mark these dates in your next year's diaries...

Were you one of the many youngsters who in their school days were forced doggedly to plough their way though Shakespeare's "Scottish play"? If so - have no fears about being bored by the version of "Macbeth" which Elsie and Norman will be presenting : it will be quite different from how you remember it, and much, much funnier, we can guarantee you...!

Elsie and Norman are a married couple who live "up North". They fancy reading a bit of culture rather than inviting people around to play Trivial Pursuit or watching rubbish on telly. Rummaging through the shelves of the mobile library van, they come across copies of "Macbeth" which they find to be just the culture-bridge they've been looking for. But, before performing the play in their living room for their friends, Norm decides to re-write the story so that it will come across as "a bit snappier and more punchy", to use his own words. The two of them play all the parts, except for Banquo and his son, Fleance: the latter are played by one large and one smaller panda (stuffed and wearing very fetching little mini-kilts!). Add to this a Witch who sings The Blues, a right Royal banquet restricted to beans on toast on lap-trays, the ghost of Banquo skulking under a tea towel and the two cast members at pains  to produce getting on for a dozen different voices between them and you'll realise that this is going to be an exceptionally funny and enjoyable spoof on the real  'Macbeth'!

Please watch out for further announcements.

On Saturday 2 December there will be a Wadhurst Dramatic Club Coffee Morning from 10.30am to 12noon at Carillon Cottage. Everyone welcome, especially prospective new Members.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH POLICE SURGERY
The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 28 December from 2.00 to 4.00pm and 7.30 to 9.00pm at Wadhurst Fire / Police Station Conference Room.

GENTLE YOGA FOR PEOPLE WITH ME/CFS/FM 
Very gentle exercise, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation all designed specifically to help these problems. Classes are held weekly on Monday mornings at Fazan Court at 11.15am. Details from Angela Stevens 01892 782865 or e-mail:
angela@angela-stevens.co.uk.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB
will meet on Tuesday 5 December at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. The speaker will be Tony Bristow who will give a talk entitled "Theatrical Reminiscences".

SAP VOLUNTEER ROTAS
Rotas for 2007 are available for collection from Carillon Cottage. Please call in to collect your copies next time you are in the village ( and save us postage!)

WADHURST INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 12 December. 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.

WADHURST AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB
The next meeting will be on 7 December titled “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” by Mrs Avril Hill. Lunch will be at 12noon at Matfield Village Hall.

WADHURST & DISTRICT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Our last meeting on 17 October was rescheduled at the last minute to my own house in Bankside, where two of our local Councillors Anna Monaghan & Bob Standley came to offer their support to our Association. Various topics were discussed, on different areas of Wadhurst, and two residents spoke of some of the problems they were having where they lived.

We would like to encourage more people to come along to our meetings in the future which are for tenants and leaseholders of Wealden District Council. These meetings are a positive way to develop an influential relationship with WDC Housing Dept, and its Officers and local Councillors, and to talk over with them or any other members, any problems you might be having in your local area. Please feel free to contact me on any issues that you would like our team to look at. The date of our next meeting has yet to be decided, but those who are tenants and leaseholders of WDC will be notified. WDC also have a new second Tenant Involvement Officer being appointed soon.

My personal thanks and I am sure this goes from the rest of this community that have been involved with W&DRA, go to David Blakeman who has helped us to get this Association established, and for all his time and hard work involved with us here in Wadhurst. We look forward to his return next year in his role as with First Call.     Tim Page ( chair ) W&DRA

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY
Some of the Wadhurst History Society’s work in the next few months will be focusing on Wadhurst between the years 1936 and 1946. “Wadhurst” includes Shovers Green, Churchsettle, Cousley Wood, Sparrows Green, Durgates, Best Beech, and Tidebrook.   Please will you trawl your own memories and think about how your parents, grand-parents, older friends talked about those years and how they reacted to the events which punctuated their lives. Those of you who live in large houses in Wadhurst may have records as to how they were used during the war years. Please could you lend them to us or write down for us the important details?

At home, the War Effort inspired many to work for charities, to knit, to salvage goods like saucepans, etc and, of course, to make do and mend. What did you and your family and friends do? It would also be very helpful for us to study the archives of local groups and societies if you would be willing to lend them to us for a while.

If you would be willing to lend us (or even give us) relevant documents or artefacts of the period, we should be delighted to be able to consult them. Please contact David James, Markwicks, Lamberhurst Road, Cousley Wood, Wadhurst, TN5 6HG (01892 890330 or Heather Woodward, Chequers, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst TN5 6LR (01892 783212).

Before it is too late, it is important for future generations to understand Wadhurst and its inhabitants over the centuries. This major project will therefore be significant as our researches in other areas continue. Eventually all this work is for the benefit of the people of Wadhurst.

Thank you in advance for whatever you can provide in order to help us.

Wadhurst History Society holds its AGM on Thursday December 14 in the Commemoration Hall, starting at 8.00pm. The Bar opens at 7.30pm. There will be a short time for formal business, followed by talks from members and a social gathering.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION
The next meeting of WGA is on Monday 11 December in St George’s Hall, Wadhurst at 7.00pm. This is the Christmas Celebration meeting. There will not be a speaker at this meeting but the competitions are 5 Brussel Sprouts and a Christmas Exhibit with a Candle.

New members are always welcome.

Our Masterclasses have now restarted after our Summer break, and non-members are welcome.  Details here.     Mary Terry 01892 783154

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD
Our meeting on Monday 6 November, was enjoyed by us all. Our thanks to Celia Turner for talking to us of the History of Landscape Painting.

Our next meeting on Monday 4 December will be our Christmas Lunch at the Greyhound.

ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR for Marie Curie Cancer Care on Saturday 16 December from 10.00am to 4.00pm in the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst. Admission 50p. Ideal opportunity to purchase last minute Christmas presents.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 2 December from 9.30 to 11.00am. All the proceeds this month will go to Weald of Kent Crossroads—an organisation providing respite care. Your support is always appreciated. There will be no Mini Market in January, but we look forward to seeing you again at the beginning of February 2007.

CARE FOR THE CARERS
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 - 12noon. For further details please contact Sarah Burchett (01323 738390).

WADHURST LINK - HOSPICE IN THE WEALD.
I am sorry that I missed the last issue of Focus to say a very big thank you to all those who helped with the Flag Day for Hospice on September 9th. Despite the fact that the dragon boat races were on that weekend, we had a splendid result raising £554.54p. Thank you to all those who contributed that day.

Recently, the lunch and sale of Hospice Christmas cards and goods raised a further £1,800.00. Thank you again to everyone who attended and all those who helped. It is hoped that we can organise a calendar of events next year, so please let me know if you are intending to do anything to raise money for Hospice in the Weald. 
Linda Kings 783461, Wadhurst Link Co-Ordinator

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD
A coffee morning in aid of Hospice in the Weald is being held in Carillon Cottage on Tuesday 5 December, at 9.30 to 11.30am. This is the first of an occasional (or possibly more frequent) series of get-togethers similar to the regular monthly coffee mornings organised by Pat Latham. Friends old and new are welcome.
Val Tunbridge (01892 782498)

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

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES are on sale in the Methodist Church from Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 2.00pm from 30 October to 13 December. The shop is run by SAP Volunteers and gives everyone an opportunity to buy their favourite charity cards ensuring that 80p in the pound goes to charity. Please note that the shop is closing on 13 December - don't delay buying your Christmas Cards this year! 

STONEGATE PRE-SCHOOL CHRISTMAS NEWS
Can you hear them, those jingly bells echoing over the frosty fields and downs? We can at Stonegate Pre-School and it must mean that Christmas is coming…

We have had a busy Autumn with a trip to the Fire Station at Wadhurst, a coffee morning where the children were invited to bring in an elderly friend or relation and an afternoon with Signing Sue who has taught our older children some simple signing and delighted them with a signed version of Bear Hunt. We had a visit from a poorly hedgehog who found her way into the Hall and who went to Folly Farm Wildlife Rescue in Eridge; happily she is now safe and sound in our woods and we had the privilege of collecting her and bringing her home – a magical moment for the children to be a part of.

Plans for December include a trip to the Primary School to see their play, a carol singing trip to some local elderly friends, a party especially for our older children and the children from the Reception Class who join us for two afternoons a week and, last but not least, our Grand Musical, Jesus’ Christmas Party, a tale based on the classic story of The Grumpy Innkeeper who gets crosser and crosser as more people turn up at his door, wondering where the baby is. “Round the Back!!” he roars at the poor shepherds, angels and kings who arrive, tired from their long journeys.

Of course, we are learning all the time and the topic for this turn is Looking After Each Other and includes how we care for the environment, how we look after the elderly and how we keep ourselves safe and warm as Winter draws in. Our Policemen friends Tom and Chris have been in to chat to the children about these issues – the children now have a wonderful and positive view of our Boys In Blue. We have a link to a small school in Paraguay and, with the view of helping each other, we are collecting toys to send across to them in time for Christmas. They have no resources and it is heartbreaking to see the lack of playthings available to them, especially for those with special needs. We are collecting the supermarket vouchers and will use them this time to buy new items for this little school. Thank you to all those kind Stonegate residents who have dropped their vouchers off in the past – and please do keep them coming.

Finally, we have limited spaces available, especially on Fridays which is a new morning for us. We are a friendly pre-school – our motto is “we have one rule – kindness”. All our staff are qualified or working towards national qualifications. Check us out on www.stonegatepreschool.org, give us a call on 01580 200960 or 01892 722545 – or just drop in one morning. We look forward to seeing you.

BABIES AND UNDER FIVES
Babies and under fives bring your parent or carer to St George's Hall at 2.00pm on the first 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. Tell the grown-ups that there is no charge, you can just turn up.

The next meeting will be on 7 December, and then again on 14 December (which is the second Thursday and not the third, as is usual for us). The topics for both meetings will be The Christmas Story. The meeting on the 14th will be in the church and not in St George’s Hall, but will still start at the usual time of 2.00pm. For more info call Ruth on 01892 784117.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Our sights are firmly set on the Festive Season with a packed diary of public and private engagements. We are looking forward to contributing to the Christmas Lights and Late Shopping on 15 December that the Rotary Club are organising to raise funds for an emergency defibrillator for the village. We shall be playing outside the Commemoration Hall around 6.30pm and also at 7.30pm at the Greyhound. I am sure we can help to make this a cheery evening and hope to see the whole village there. This is just part of our ‘out and about programme’ in the run-up to Christmas, finishing with carol playing on 23 Saturday at 10.00am outside the Commemoration Hall.

We are rehearsing several new pieces of music for our “Christmas Crackers Concert” on the 9 December in the Commemoration Hall at 8.00pm. Ken Rich will be conducting and it promises to be a lively evening with plenty of audience participation. Our new piece: - “Santa Claus-trophobia” is giving us much fun in rehearsals as well as Ken’s specially written: - “Tyrolean Party”, complete with words to sing along to. This concert is always our most popular -so do buy tickets early from Jean Marie.

We are currently advertising for solo cornet players, a bass player and percussionist. We very much hope the New Year will find someone out there keen to join us. For details contact Jenny or Lydia or visit our website, www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and very many thanks for your support over the last year.
Jenny Cooper

Brass Band dates for your diary
Saturday 2 December      Stan’s Christmas Illuminations 6.15pm
Saturday 9 December      Christmas Concert 8.00pm
Friday 15 December      Christmas Lights & Late Shopping 6.30&7.30pm
Wednesday 20 December     Lantern Carols Stonegate Village Green 7.30pm
Saturday 23 December      Carols outside the Commemoration Hall 10.00am

Contacts:
Jenny Cooper Band Manager and Training Band 01892 782247
Lydia Fuggle Secretary and Training Band 01892 782308

KENT AND SUSSEX BORDER LIONS CLUB
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)

WEALDEN CITIZENS ADVICE – THE CHARITY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
Wealden Citizens Advice has bureaux in Crowborough, Hailsham and Uckfield and holds outreach advice sessions in Heathfield, Wadhurst, Polegate and Willingdon. Last year we helped over 13,000 local people deal with over 19,000 problems covering everything from benefits and housing to asylum and employment. If you need to chase a benefit claim, sort out your money problems or make a complaint about a consumer problem – Wealden Citizens Advice can help. But the contribution Wealden Citizens Advice makes to our communities goes much further than advice.

Last year Wealden Citizens Advice secured about £400,000 in benefits for people over 60 who receive disability benefits. In an area with a higher than the national average population of elderly people this income not only makes a huge difference to the quality of peoples’ lives but is ploughed back into the local community where it is spent. Every time one of our advisers prevents someone from becoming homeless by helping them with financial management or representing them in court at a possession hearing, they save the council the cost of re-housing them.

Across the district we have more than 75 volunteer advisers, receptionists, administrators, IT support workers and fundraisers but in order to develop our service, especially towards those most in need, we urgently need to recruit more volunteers. To become an adviser you do not need any previous qualifications, skills or experience as all volunteers receive comprehensive free training, however, you will need to be open-minded, non-judgmental, be able to listen, learn and work in a team.

All volunteers get free training, expenses paid and are fully supported and supervised throughout their involvement with the CAB. Our trained advisers are from all walks of life and every volunteer gains something different from their volunteering, whether it’s putting their existing skills and experience to good use to help others, gaining invaluable work experience to enhance their employability, getting involved with the community or making new friends. The CAB certificate in generalist advice work is equivalent to NVQ level 3 and nearly one-third of volunteers go on to full time education or employment.

Few people realise that it is an independent charity reliant on funds raised locally and the commitment of trained volunteers from the local community. At Wealden Citizens Advice we have to work very hard to secure funding and are extremely fortunate to have the support of district, town and parish councils as well as donations from the general public. Without this support we could not continue to provide this vital local service and many people would have no-one to turn to.

Wealden Citizens Advice would be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in training to become a volunteer adviser or providing admin or IT help. Please phone Pauline, Ann or Judy on 01323 440323 for an informal chat.
For more information and advice please log on to www.wealdencita.org.uk

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU In liaison with Crowborough CAB, Carillon Cottage now offers a fully trained CAB adviser every Wednesday morning, 9.00am to 12 noon. Please feel free to call in and ask to speak to the CAB person or else ring 01892 785658 to make an appointment.

WADHURST NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - Crime Bulletin
Updates 17.10.06 to 07.11.06.
17 - 10. Union St, Flimwell. 3 males found in garden of house looking for a dog ?, property found missing from premises.
17 - 10. Osmers Hill. Suspicious male door step caller, 20's,short curly black hair, dark trousers, pale top, harassing elderly.
18 - 10. Station Rd. Incident happened on 10th, Renault Laguna had fuel pipe cut & fuel stolen.
18 - 10. Station Rd. Btwn 06.30 and 14.30 Again several cars had petrol pipes cut & fuel stolen.
19 - 10. George St. House broken into, and contents ransacked everywhere, furniture damaged, and cat missing.
20 - 10. Sparrows Gr Rd. Bt phonebox, left hand pair of glass panels smashed.
22 - 10. Wadhurst Station. Waiting room on north bound platform, window frames damaged and glass on track.
22 - 10. Faircrouch Lne. Btwn 22,00 & 11.00 white Toyota hilux truck stolen from driveway.
23 - 10. Church St.@10.44.Money taken in mugging, male, clean shaven, early 20's,black hoodie & trousers with white stripe.
23 - 10. Durgates Ind Est.@18.30, 3 panes of glass in same window broken of industrial unit.
24 - 10. Tapsells Lne.@15.43, 2 males seen running from property with metal, drove off in a bright blue car (poss) Fiat Punto.
24 - 10. Churst St. After 3pm, shed door forced open, strimmer and hedgecutter stolen from another building, footprint left at scene.
25 - 10. Cousley Wood Rd. Yet again more cats eyes stolen from main road near to Pell Green.
26 - 10. Snape Vw. Male selling pictures door to door, acting suspiciously, did not like being watched, left in green Vauxhall car.
27 - 10. Best Beech Hill.Btwn 15.30&16.30 on 26th, vehicle window smashed, mobile phone and large sum of cash stolen.
28 - 10. Cousley Wd.@ 11.am Tools inc Chain saw & Leaf blower stolen from vehicle, red Fiesta, grey Escort seen speeding off.
29 - 10. Castle Walk. Graffitti done on two white private road entrance signs.
30 - 10. Moseham. Burglary to old barn, padlocks taken, orange coloured Tamaka hedgecutter & petrol, all worth around £300.
30 - 10. Sleepers Style Rd. Btwn 11.50 & 12.50, bag & rucksack stolen from parked car.
31 - 10.Wadhurst Station. Btwn 14.55 & 20.40, N/S/F vehicle window smashed, looking for sat nav.
01 - 11. Cross Lne, Ticehurst. Btwn 12.30&16.25, a house was broken into, and jewellery stolen.
01 - 11. Sleepers Style Rd. Btwn 16.30 & 17.30 of the !st,extremely heavy blue anchor stolen, chains cut, from outside property.
07 - 11. BewlWater. Btwn 17.00 & 09.30 on 8th, Engine stolen / rescue boat, other items from boats, Blue Landrover broken into.
07 - 11. Churst St, Ticehurst. Three containers broken into and CDs and copper piping stolen.

As this is now the Christmas period, please do not leave Christmas presents on display through your windows, especially around a Christmas tree, or leave lights on with your curtains open. If you know you are going to receive parcels & you are out, try and arrange for a neighbour to keep an eye out for them, even for non expected parcels, so they can look after them until you arrive home. A parcel on a doorstep tells the criminals no one is usually at home.

ROYAL MAIL Warning on A Letterbox Delivery
"This scam has been confirmed by Royal Mail and is especially relevant as Christmas is fast approaching A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number).

DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 0207 2396655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at www.icstis.org.uk,or your local trading standards office. "

Debt Collection Scam Warning
People in East Sussex are being warned about a debt collection scam in which threatening letters have been sent. Dozens of residents have complained to Trading Standards about the letters, from firms outside the UK who claim to be collecting outstanding debts. Officers say the aim is to frighten people into passing on their personal bank account details. These letters could cause real distress, especially to elderly or vulnerable people. Some of the letters include references to possible court action and the use of doorstep debt collectors. Others try to get the recipient to ‘phone the company to discuss the issue, which could then lead to a costly premium-rate call. Telephone ESCC Trading Standards on 01323 418200 or email at trading.standards@eastsussex.gov.uk
or Sussex Police at nhw@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Motorists - Beware of Thieves When Defrosting
Don't leave your car on the drive with the engine running to defrost your windscreen. The timely advice comes from Sussex Police who are reminding motorists that, while it is tempting on cold mornings to switch the engine and blower on and return to the comfort of your house, it does provide easy pickings for thieves. To view the full article go here

PLEASE REPORT ALL CRIME IMMEDIATELY TO THE POLICE ON 0845 60 70 999, OR IN EMERGENCY ON 999. Thank you.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Tim Page, Wadhurst Community Area Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator.
Tim Page, Wadhurst Representative to Wealden District Council for WRF - Wealden Residents Forum for Wadhurst residents and tenants.
Tel: 01892 783313Mobile: 07956 932354 E-mail

Crowborough Police Station (0845 60 70 999) or 999 in an emergency
Marc Simmonds, Police Community Support Officer for Wadhurst. 01892 785903
marc.simmonds@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Community Police Constable: Steve Etherington, where possible by e-mail
Alternatively available on 0845 60 70 999 ext 34225.

WADHURST WEBSITE
coverage includes Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate. The site can be found at www.wadhurst.info, www.ticehurst.info, www.flimwell.info and www.stonegatevillage.info, as well as www.wadhurst.org.uk .     Webmaster: Michael Harte (783 292)

THE VILLAGE DIARY
The Village Diary is available in Carillon Cottage. Please call in to check dates or to record Village events. The Cottage is open every morning from Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 12 noon and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

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