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

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND COMMITTEE would like to thank everyone who bought the Christmas quizzes, and congratulates all who eventually submitted them. The answers are now on display at Carillon Cottage and at the Surgery. The winner of the 2005 Quiz was Janet Goldsmith and the runners-up were Georgina Taylor and John Whitehead.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION hosted another very enjoyable evening of entertainment and good food when they converted the Youth Centre into a French venue recently. A Flea Market brought back many memories and reminiscences as people browsed and chatted. After supper, a film about Paris and Versailles provided a charming and interesting view of the capital city and the royal palace. The Association is now looking forward to the concert by the Brass Band in Aubers in April, and then the return visits of the Aubers Jumelage and the French primary school children in May.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Wadhurst Twinning Association and its two language circles should contact Monica Jones on 783335 or any member of the Committee.

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 26 February, will cover Great Shoesmiths, Woods Green and Turners Green. It is to be led by P Eldridge.

Our January meeting began with the sad news of the death of Ethel Batchelor, affectionately known as ‘Mrs B’. She had been a WI member for many years and held the office of secretary in 1973 and treasurer in 1976, and was regularly at our meetings. She was a charming and delightful lady and we will miss her. We remembered her whilst we sang Jerusalem.

After the business of the day in which we welcomed a new member and talked of future events our speaker was introduced. Mr David Carey spoke about the work of the RAF Search and Rescue Service. He had been 40 years in the RAF flying helicopters and gave us a lot of information about the actual machines and the areas in which they are based. We were interested to know that their Sikorsky helicopters weigh ten tons and are powered by two Rolls Royce engines. After the war the service was started to rescue RAF pilots but they now pick up anyone at risk and 95 percent are civilians. They liaise with the coastguards and mountain rescue teams and their missions are very varied. They spend many hours in training and keeping up their skills in winching people from both the land and sea. Mr Carey is an extremely good speaker and kept our interest throughout the talk.

After drawing the raffle we had tea, and we look forward to our next meeting which will be our 85th Birthday Party and is on Thursday 9 February at 2.00pm in St George’s hall when the competition will be a Birthday card.

UPLANDS PTA will be holding a Barn Dance on 4 February at 8.00pm Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for children, and include a hot supper. The Royal Borough band will provide the music and there will be a bar and raffle.

Saturday February - 9.30 to 11.30am at Commemoration Hall. Contributions of Clothes, Books, Toys, Bric-a-brac etc. to the Hall between 6.00 and 7.30pm on Friday 17 February.  Please do not take to Carillon Cottage unless absolutely necessary as there is very little storage space and everything left there has to be transported across to the Hall manually.  Thank you for your co-operation and support.  Pick-up can be arranged. Any queries to the Cottage (01892 785658) or to Dennis Brewster (01580 830008).

The residents of Watts Close would like to thank everyone who came to see our lights. Your kind donations totalled £614.50, and will be given to Belmont Surgery towards equipment. Thank you again for your support.

Wadhurst Astronomical Society will meet in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on Wednesday 15 February to listen to Dr Martin Heath who will give a talk on the Habitability of Red Planets. Doors open at 7.15 for 7.30pm start.      Ian Reeves (01892 784255)

Last chance to see the fabulous five frustrating the evil designs of the villainous Benjamin Black and his cronies…

The Club‘s choice of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for its 2006 pantomime presentation, while being based on the well-known fairy tale, has been skillfully reworked into a circus setting and expanded into a comedy/adventure pantomime by author John Morley.

Goldilocks appears as the daughter of the lively and hilariously outrageous circus owner. The circus falls on hard times and becomes increasingly plagued by a rival group headed by the villainous Benjamin Black (“hiss”, “boo” etc!) What’s needed to restore the ailing circus to its former glory is a really original and engaging animal act…

Enter a Good Fairy, disguised as a bareback rider, who saves the day when Goldilocks encounters the three Bears and they become circus stars (“hooray!”). Meanwhile, however, still undeterred, the dastardly Benjamin Black (yes, you’ve guessed correctly: even more but louder “hisses” and “boos”!) continues to weave his evil web and plans a master coup: to seize the three Bears and spirit them away! Will he succeed…?? Well, we’d love to be able to tell you, but we can’t, so to find out you’ll need to come to the panto yourself…

The last four performances will be at the Commemoration Hall, High Street, Wadhurst on Thursday 2 February (7.30pm), Friday 3 February (7.30pm) and Saturday 4 February (Matinée 2.30pm/Evening 7.30pm). Tickets from Newington’s Newsagents, Wadhurst (from 10.00am daily) - or obtainable at the door, provided not previously sold out.

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.

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 14 February. 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.

WOW is presenting a Murder Mystery Evening, with supper and a bar, on Saturday 11 March at Uplands, with proceeds going to Action Medical Research.  Last.year's Evening was great fun, and this year's murder will have a different theme! Tickets are available from Newingtons or Janet Goldsmith 01892 783264.

The AGM will be held in Stonegate Village Hall on Thursday 2 February at 1.45 for 2.00pm start. This will be followed by Mike and Ann Pannett on the subject of “Magical Memories”.

The Rotary Club is holding its 6th annual charity quiz evening on Saturday 4 March in the Commemoration Hall.  Why not treat yourself to a brainstorming night out with your friends and make up a team - maximum six people per table.fee is £7.50 per head (£45 a table), which includes a Ploughman's supper. Doors and bar open 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start  Proceeds to Talking Newspapers and Magazines, which is based in Heathfield.

Entry forms available from Newingtons Newsagents or phone Chris Velten on 01892 783386.

is holding a Jumble Sale on the 18 March at the Commemoration hall. Doors open at 9.30am, entrance by donation. We would be grateful for donations of jumble, bric-a-brac, books, etc. Please bring all donations of jumble to the hall on the evening of the 17th, between 6.00 and 8.00pm. No large furniture.

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 (782985)

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 Kate Richmond (01323 738390).

will be held in the Methodist Church from 9.30 to 11.00am on Saturday 4 February. All the proceeds this month will go to ‘Mercy Ships’ which is a global charity operating a growing fleet of hospital ships staffed by volunteers and bringing hope and healing to developing nations.

WGA celebrated Christmas early with a buffet and a very interesting talk with slides about the History of Christmas, this was followed by Carols led by our resident musician Lydia.

Monday 13 February is our next meeting at 7.30pm with coffee from 7.15pm in St George’s Hall, when the talk will be about Vancouver, Alaska and the Canadian Rockies.

New members are always welcome, why not come and try our special gardening ‘Master Classes’ see our advert in this month’s Focus.
Mary Terry (01892 783154)

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.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 2 February for the story of the Prodigal Son. There will be no meeting on the 16 February as this is half term.

"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)

January’s Coffee Morning raised £103. Thank you to all who supported this. Monday 13 February will be the next Coffee Morning at 10.30am, 25 Crittles Court, Wadhurst.
Pat Latham (01892 782587)

The next general meeting will be held on Thursday 16 February in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm. Christopher Wheatley, an acknowledged expert on stained glass, will talk about stained glass windows in Sussex. The county has wonderful examples of the skill and technique of the artists who worked in this mediumthe centuries.

In addition to our monthly general meetings there are study/interest groups as diverse as Art Appreciation, Genealogy and Science. These groups meet during the day at members' homes. Why not come to one of our meetings and find out what the U3A is all about? Alternatively contact Ann Scott on 01435 872121 or the membership secretary, Hazel Davie on 01435 873853.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 23 February, 2.30pm at St George's Hall: Painting the Landscape - An illustrated talk by Celia Turner. As always a warm welcome is extended to all.

is looking forward to its next meeting on Thursday 9 February in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8.00pm. John Ray will speak on the Changing Role of Women since 1700. Non-members are welcome for a donation and there will be a Bar and hot drinks available. On 9 March, there will be a chance to hear Neil Rose again explaining more of the history of the Wadhurst Railway in Return Ticket. Let’s hope that this year’s weather will be more sympathetic than it was last year.

It’s a long time after the event to report the results, but with Christmas intervening it is still important to bring you the staggering total of the Knowles Tooth Book Sale - £4,900. It is a major part of funding for the work that goes on there. Thank you to all who went through their bookshelves and contributed to this.

The Toy Services early in December brought young and old together and a wealth of lovely toys for redistribution at the various parties organised for disadvantaged youngsters in this diocese and abroad through Smile International. Thank you for helping us in a positive way.

The next event is The Easter Walk - 17 to 20 April.Lawson has nobly done the Monday from time immemorial and we now need others to take it on - always more fun with a friend. So think about it - further details later on.     Jill Brewster - 01580 830008

February can be a cold, sad month but not at Stonegate Pre-School because we are busy gearing up for our Winter Sports Day on 9 February. We are making skis, building sledges and trying to fathom out how Curling works. We will be opening the event at 10.45am with hot drinks and nibbles and will finish with an Olympic-style medal ceremony. You are welcome to come and cheer us on.

Our Wednesday afternoon group with Deputy Fiona are looking closely at our New Zealand exchange programme. We have a link with a Nursery School out there who send us pictures and emails which we then answer, passing on interesting things about where we live. The children will then do a short presentation at the Winter Sports Day – an excellent confidence building exercise. Not that some of them need any help in that respect!!

Other plans for the month are hands-on woodwork, led by one of our dads – yes, we are letting our two and three year-olds loose with hammers and nails…Another project is the building of a vegetable garden with the help of one of our professional gardening dads – we are lucky indeed to have such supportive parents.

We are now at full capacity until September, although we do keep two places per session free for emergencies, for instance children moving into the area or a child with a special need. If this is you, or you need a place from September 2006, call us on 01580 200960 or drop into the Village Hall. We look forward to hearing from you.

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

will meet on Tuesday 7 February at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. Malcolm Williams will be speaking on "Gold from HMS Edinburgh"

We start the New Year with a correction in the date of our Spring concert to Saturday 29 April, 8.00pm in the Commemoration Hall.

We shall be hot foot from our tour of France where we shall be performing concerts in Lille, Bruges and of course Aubers. We have a large band of over thirty going on tour that we hope will give an excellent example of English Brass Banding. We would be delighted to have some English support while we are away, so how about booking a weekend in France while we are there?

We are well into rehearsing the repertoire for our trip, which will be on a theme of films and shows. We will be well rehearsed on our return and will offer a sample of music from our Gallic tour at the Spring concert.

Summer may seem a long way ahead from a viewpoint in January but our diary is already filling. The dates are below so do please make a note and plan an afternoon out at one of the bandstands. I am sure we play better with familiar faces in the audience!     Jenny Cooper

Brass Band dates for your diary
6 April to 10 April Band tour to Lille.
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
Sunday 2 July Bewl Water Run, Wadhurst 12.00pm
Sunday 23 July Hever Castle 12.30pm
Sunday 6 August Hastings Bandstand 3.00pm

Jenny Cooper Band manager and Training Band 01892 78 2247
Lydia Fuggle Secretary & Training Band 01892 78 2308

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.

At our next meeting in Carillon Cottage on Monday 6 February, Yana Mankteklow, Nora's daughter-in-law, will tell us about her work with a carers' organisation in Tunbridge Wells. We meet at 12.15pm for a 12.30 start.

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.

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 442 781.

Experiencing difficult within your family - perhaps you are a parent who is finding your teenager impossible? Maybe you are an adult who is experiencing communication breakdown with another adult member of your family?

Time 2 Talk is a free and confidential service in the Wealden, Lewes and Eastbourne areas. We offer assistance in resolving family disputes and conflict. Our aim is to help rebuild relationships and resolve issues that can be painful and hard to talk about. We understand that parenting can be difficult at times and that families sometimes require the help of a third party to talk and discuss situations in a safe environment. We are available for appointments in the day or evening - please contact 01323 442781.


Update 15.12.05 to 13.01.06
15 - 12. Station Hill. Between 18.00 and 08.10,both number plates which were possibly stuck on vehicle, stolen from VW beetle.
15 - 12. Cousley Wood. Between 13.00 and 13.30, blue Isuzu Trooper, n/s/front window broken, with stone? handbag stolen.
16 - 12. Wadhurst Rd, Mark X. Between 12.00 and 14.30, echo chainsaw, reebok bag and trainers stolen from white Ford transit.
23 - 12. Bankside. Early hours vehicle broken into, extensive damage, tried to remove the stereo.
24 - 12. Bankside. Overnight builders vehicle broken into, and all electrical tools stolen.
02 - 01. Wadhurst Station. Metallic Grey Audi Quattro, Entry through O/S/F window, audio / stereo equipment stolen.
05 - 01. Brinkers Lane. Garden shed broken into, lock forced, extensive amount of garden power tools, petrol and cans stolen.
09 - 01. Cousley Wood Rd. Between yesterday 16.00 and 08.30 today, Silver Toyota Hiace van stolen from driveway.
09 - 01. High Street. Between (18.00 6/1/06 and 12.00 7/1/06 )Black Vauxhall Astra, Top of a door bent over, trying to access.
10 - 01. Turners Green. Between 13.00 and 16.15, Orange paint thrown on a front door, possibly by a silver Ford Escort driver.
13 - 01. Wadhurst Station. Between 08.15 and 17.15,Red Mazda RX 8,N/S/Front window smashed, nothing taken.
13 - 01. Station Rd. Between 11.15 and 17.15.V.W.Polo, O/S/Front window smashed, broke glove box lock, GPS stolen.
13 - 01. Wadhurst Station. Between 14.30 and 20.00,Blue V.W.Polo, N/S/Front window smashed, vehicle searched, radio stolen.

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.

Tim Page, Wadhurst Community Area Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.
Tel: 01892 783313Mobile: 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

IN EMERGENCY ON 999 OR 0845 60 70 999. Thankyou.

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 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.

All change
With the New Year, and a sense of change in the air, it seemed time to change the email addresses for Focus again! Apologies to everyone who has been trying to accustom themselves to the last change of address, it is not to keep you all on your toes, merely the ever changing technical world we live in dictates that I do this.

So the new email addresses for Focus are now:
For advertising enquiries: focus_ads@vovi.co.uk
For editorial copy: focus_news@vovi.co.uk