Wadhurst Rotary Club is holding its 6th Annual Scarecrow Festival over the weekend of 15/16 July. There will be all the usual attractions of lots of scarecrows all over the village, trail sheets for adults and children, memorabilia and refreshments for sale and a Grand Raffle. In addition, this year the Guiding and Scouting groups have been invited to dress up as scarecrows themselves and we are hoping for lots of entries.

Beverley Thompson, from BBC South East News, will be visiting on Saturday 15 July from 2.00 to 4.00pm in the afternoon to judge the scarecrows (alive and stuffed varieties!!) There will be vintage cars around, the Wadhurst Brass Band will play at 2.00pm on Saturday afternoon and the Hastings Drummers will put in an appearance.

Please do all come along to the Scarecrow Weekend and we welcome as many scarecrows as possible from individuals, shops and organisations. Why not have a get-together with friends and your own scarecrow making competition and then bring your efforts along to join in the fun? They are ever so easy to make and helpful hints can be obtained from Peter Clifton on 01892 782775. The more the merrier!

Wadhurst Link Group - Gardens to be Opened in aid of Hospice in the Weald - on 4 June four gardens in Battenhurst Road, Stonegate are opening between 1.00pm and 5.00pm.admission £5.and Plants for sale.Tel. Jane Littlejohn 01435 883243.

On Sunday the 25 June from 2.00-6.00pm.and homemade cakes provided.donations to Hospice.  Cottage, Churchsettle Lane, Wadhurst.. 01892 783857.

It was with a great deal of sadness that we had to bid farewell to Pat Latham after all her years in Wadhurst, and after all her years of dedication to Hospice.been part of the Wadhurst Link with her for the past two and a half years, I am hoping that my taking over now will be fairly painless for all of you.do not hesitate to contact me if you have any ideas about fundraising or wish me to deal with any banking for you, collecting of foreign coins, etc.
(Linda Kings 01892 783461)

Sunday 11 June:Classic Car Rally in aid of Hospice in the Weald.This event is open to all motoring enthusiasts but we hope that as many ‘classic’ car owners as possible will enter.For further information please contact Tanyia Ingham, Events Manager, Hospice in the Weald, Direct Line No. 01892 820533.

23 June, 7.30pm – 1.00am: Rhythm & Ragtime Ball at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells.Dance the night away to the sounds of Glen Miller, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Jelly Roll Morton and many more.Champagne Reception, 3 course dinner with coffee and mints and dancing to The New Foxtrot Serenaders. Black Tie. Tickets £55ea. For further information please contact Fiona A.M. Parry, Events Organiser, Hospice in the Weald, Direct Line No. 01892 820508

9 July, 12.00 – 5.30: Country Fair, Chevening House, Chipstead.Enjoy a wonderful day our for the whole family in a beautiful English garden and lakeside setting.Sample the delights of our farmers market, beer ten and café bar, enjoy a variety of demonstrations including birds of prey and fly fishing, browse the numerous stalls filled with wonderful goodies, lose yourself in the maze, picnic by lake, relax and listen to soft and lively music or simply stroll through the magnificent setting of Chevening.The afternoon is yours!

9 July, 6.30pm -9.30pm: The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Chevening House, Chipstead. Enjoy a picnic by the lake and revel in the sounds that burst out of New Orleans, New York and 20s Europe with an evening uplifting jazz.Tickets £18.50 per person with children under 14 years old £9.00.Why not book as a group with one of our Exclusive VIP packages.For further information on this and the Country Fair, please contact Tanyia Ingham or Fiona Parry or either of the above numbers.

The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 29 June from 2.00 to 4.00pm and 7.30 to 9.00pm at Wadhurst Fire / Police Station Conference Room. The following Surgery will be held on27 July.

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.

WADHURST BOWLS CLUB is holding a Jumble Sale in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 24 June from 9.30 to 12.00am. Jumble welcome; we will collect; ring 01892 782108.

UNLOCK For a variety of last minute reasons Peter Dwyer and David Lloyd were not able to take part in the Sponsored Walk on behalf of Unlock. They would like to thank all those who offered to sponsor them and hope that things will work out better next year.

CALLING - Once again Wadhurst District Guides and Trefoil Guild will be providing refreshments in the Commemoration Hall for visitors to the Scarecrow Festival on l5/16 July and any help that can be offered by providing cakes would be greatly appreciated.you can offer a cake please contact Vera Port (783059) or Sally Hepburn (01580 200302).you.

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 25 June, will cover Little Pell, Bewl Water and Whiligh. It is to be led by J Corke and J Bishop.

A good number of members attended the resolutions meeting, Christine Wheeler, our advisor, put the two resolutions before us. The first dealt with asking the government to ensure that future buildings would incorporate energy efficiency methods. Also that power is used from Solar energy, wind and domestic turbines, hydro-electricityand geo-thermal energy sourced from the earth's crust. The second resolution dealt with the provision of more sports facilities in schools and in the community. Both resolutions were unanimously agreed and we hope they will go before the conference in the Albert Hall in the autumn.

The next meeting is on Thursday 8 June in St George's Hall at 2.00pm when the speakerbeLendonwith a talk titled On the Buses. The competition is anything to do with London and the trading stall - miscellaneous items.

Our May meeting gave us an insight into the problems and joys of setting-up for the Chelsea Flower Show, this was given by Tony and Vera Osbourne. May also saw members of WGA visiting Windsor Castle, where many saw a wedding and the changing of the Guards. Our next meeting is Monday, 12 June at 7.15pm in St George’s Hall, when Len Olive will tell us how to grow Dahlias. The Competitions are a pair vegetables and a scented exhibit.

Our Master Classes have now finished until the Autumn, so watch this space.

The Wadhurst Twinning Association is organising their second “Get-Lost Evening” on Thursday 15 June. This Car Treasure Hunt is a wholly fun event which involves following a series of grid references on a map and answering a few questions to find your destination. This should be an evening of leisurely driving through leafy lanes in the sunshine (we hope). The trip will be about 25 miles long and will take less than an hour - unless you get lost. The entry fee is £10 per car. For the form and for further information, contact Neil Rose on 782608 or on 07801 720625 or e-mail nsrose@lineone.net

Wadhurst Astronomical Society will meet in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on Wednesday 21 June to hold a Summer Solstice Telescope Evening for the benefit of the general public. Various different types of telescopes will be on show with experienced amateur astronomers present to help would-be star gazers, who may be interested in owning a telescope but would first like to learn some of the pros and cons before buying an instrument. Doors will be open at 7.15 for 7.30pm.

The second concert this year is entitled “Summertime” and is a tribute to the ‘roaring 20s’ - classic light entertainment. Frances Bourne and Gillian Keith, recital soloists are accompanies by Gary Cooper, a leading harpsichord player. It takes place on Sunday 25 June at 7.30pm (bar open 6.45pm) at the Memorial Hall, Lamberhurst.

Tickets cost £12.50 (children under 15 free)
Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8ET
Phone: 01892 891115
Email: bookings@lamberhurstmusic.co.uk

Peter Dwyer and James Rogers took part on the second day of the sponsored walk, on Tuesday 18 April and raised a total of £120. It was a lovely day for walking and over the period of the walk many ramblers from all over the diocese take part in this annual money raising event, which plays a vital part in giving essential financial support to this well-loved charity. This day’s walk was through some beautiful country on the northern edge of the south Downs and ended up in Pyecombe. Thank you for your support.

STONEGATE PRODUCE MARKET 10.00am to 12.30pm at Stonegate Village Hall, the second Saturday of every month. Next market 10 June, 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.

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 738390).

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church from 9.30 to 11.00am on Saturday 2 June. All the proceeds this month will go to Starfish Malawi. Your support is always much appreciated..

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 13 June. 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.

On 1 June there will be a coach trip to visit Michael Bowyer at Salisbury. The NAFAS Nationals will run from 30 June to 2 July at Telford.

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)

Our next general meeting will take place at 2.15pm on 15 June at the Memorial Hall Mayfield. Our speaker will be Andy Thomas and his subject will be Crop Circles. This will be our first meeting of our second year, so now is an excellent time to join. Come and see what we are like - the meeting is free to members and only £1 to guests.

looks forward to welcoming Chris Wade on Thursday 8 June, 7.30 for 8.00pm at the Commemoration Hall. The title Chris will be addressing is Smugglers in Kent. At the May meeting after an extremely entertaining talk by Chris McCooey on Wacky, Weird and Wonderful Sussex characters, the Society launched its latest publication in suitable style.

The Day Wadhurst Changed is now on sale at Barnett’s and in the Post Offices, £9, and explains in detail exactly what happened to Wadhurst on Friday 20 January 1956. Previously unpublished pictures and contemporary reports from the Fire Service, the RAF and the Police provide an exhaustive fully-illustrated account of the day, its immediate aftermath and the consequences for Wadhurst. It has been greeted with much interest and enthusiasm, and comments such as “It’s fascinating; I couldn’t put it down”.

We had an enjoyable evening meeting on 8 May. Our next meeting is on Monday 5 June at Chequers when Heather Woodward will talk to us about Beatrix Potter.

Lesley Phillips would like to thank everyone who supported her recent Lupus Coffee and Talk Morning, an event that grew out of a suggestion by her dear friend Heather Woodward.

The morning began with a highly informative talk about Lupus from Trish Holmes, the Sussex Lupus Group Chairperson. This was followed by a very entertaining illustrated talk on Rudyard Kipling given by Heather Woodward, a break for coffee and a second talk by Heather on Beatrix Potter. Drawing a raffle concluded the morning.

During the coffee break those attending were able to buy raffle tickets and visit two displays. One display was provided by the Sussex Lupus Group and manned by several members who were able to answer questions and sell fund-raising goods. The second table was covered with interesting items associated with the two authors we heard about in the talks.

All hiring costs etc., having been met by donation , the splendid total of almost £530 raised will be sent in full to Lupus UK for research into this complex and debilitating disease. This event would not have been possible without the help of a willing band of supporters who I thank most heartily.

- 60 Years of Entertainment - Dates for diaries:
Thursday 1 June (8.00pm): READTHROUGH with glass of wine at Wendy Barr's house (20 Holmsdale Road, Durgates - Tel: 01892 784241: PLEASE NOTIFY OF ATTENDANCE);
Thursday 15 June (8.00pm): AUDITIONS (venue to be announced)

Martin Elson has kindly agreed to direct the Club's October 2006 production (19, 20 and 21 October). This will be Alan Ayckbourn's hilarious comedy, "How the Other Half Loves".

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 15 June with the story of Daniel as our topic. There will be no meeting on 1 June 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)

Last year over 3,400 gardens opened nationally for the NGS and raised £1.8million for charity; in Sussex alone we raised over £200,000. 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.

The following gardens are open in the local area this month:
Saturday 3: Buckles, 11.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 4: Buckles, 11.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday 10: King John’s Lodge, 2.00 to 6.00pm
Sunday 11: Bardown Oast Farm, 11.00am to 5.00pm; King John’s Lodge, 11.00am to 5.00pm; Mayfield Gardens, 2.00 to 5.30pm

Buckles, Burwash Common, TN19 7NA. In Burwash Common turn between Shanks Nursery and Ashwood Home (signed Stonegate Station), garden 50 yards on left. Admission £2.50. Lunches and teas.
Bardown Oast Farm, Bardown Road, Stonegate TN5 7EL. Turn onto the Stonegate road from the B2099. Admission £3.
King John’s Lodge, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ. Turn left before Etchingham Church into Church Lane which leads into Sheepstreet Lane. Amission £3.
Mayfield Gardens, Take Fletching St signed Witherenden, which leads into East St. Garden off East St, right into The Warren. Combined admission £3.50.

Further details of gardens open throughout the Southeast can be found in the NGS booklets which are available through local outlets.

will meet on Tuesday 6 June at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. The speaker will be Andy Thomas who will speak on "The Crop Circle Mystery".

The next meeting is "See how they grow" at the Primary School on 22 June. As always a warm welcome is extended to all.

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)

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

What a good start to the year! The Commemoration Hall was packed for our spring concert to hear some of the highlights from our continental tour, a most creditable performance by the Training Band and the delightful musical talents of Jane and Howard Spurr.

Our tour to France and Belgium was a great success. Thirty-one players augmented by the coach driver who happened to be an excellent trombone player and just happened to have his instrument on the coach!

The first concert in Ypres took place under the arches of the magnificent medieval Cloth Hall. Although the weather was indifferent the purchase of an umbrella by one of our ten accompanying supporters put paid to the drizzle leaving us with just a chill wind and a strolling audience.

In Ostend, in glorious Saturday afternoon sunshine, we played on the splendid bandstand in the Place Leandre Villain. The cafes filled all around to produce our largest audience ever - over a thousand people! This brought out the best in our playing and helped I’m sure to promote the appeal of British Brass Bands.

The highlight came in our twinned village of Aubers where we received such a warm welcome. The church resonated with the mellow sounds of brass and our choice of music, which included the “RAF March”, “Retreat” & the melodious “Out Of Africa”, received a standing ovation.

Afterwards we enjoyed a reception in the village hall where plans were floated for return trips and for joint concerts in Wadhurst with their local wind band.

John Mackenzie from the Twinning Association then led a small ‘convoy’ to the cemetery where our local men are commemorated. Here in the quiet of the evening, Ian Hodgson our solo cornetist played the Last Post, a most moving and fitting end to a remarkable weekend.
We hope that as a response to our school visits we shall be receiving many enquiries about joining our Training Band. For further details 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

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 1.30pm
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

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.

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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.

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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.

Updates 19.04.06 to 21.05.06.
20 - 04.Wadhurst Station. Between 12.00 and 19.05.light blue Rover 75, N/S/F window smashed, stereo stolen, car was at rear of car park.
03 - 05.Church St .At 18.30, suspicious male hanging around churchyard, 5ft 11ins, olive skin, wearing cream top, brown trousers claimed he was from Portugal, here studying, asked for food parcel as his caravan had been broken into card stolen. He claimed he had called at vicarage earlier, also spoke good English drove off in a small red car.
08 - 05.Ward Close. Between 17.00 and 19.30 Garage burglary, golf clubs stolen, no sign of forced entry.
11 - 05.Station Rd. Both no-plates unscrewed and stolen from burgundy Fiesta.
12 - 05.Bewl Water. Between 11.00 and 14.00, silver Peugeot rear windscreen smashed, handbag stolen from under rug in boot.
13 - 05.Wadhurst Castle. Overnight 04.00 to 09.30,silver VW Golf1.9 tdi stolen, after break in to residence and all keys stolen.
17 - 05.Balaclava Lane. Theft of N/S window from Jubilee Diplomat caravan on drive, value £200, size 4' 0 x 2 ' 6.
18 - 05.Tapsells Lane. Between 07.30 and 18.50, Opportunist thief, broke into a secluded garden shed, stole bike.
21 - 05.Darbys Lane. A 9 month old Taishan Sport Scooter stolen

Message from PCSO Marc Simmonds and N.W. "Please make sure you leave your garage, shed or outbuilding doors shut, locked and secure. Mowers and other expensive garden equipment are easily stolen from premises left open and unsecured. Please do not buy wares (unless from Kleeneze, Betterware or Avon ) at the door, or sign and give your bank details on forms claiming to be from charities. Also please do not sell antiques or other valuable items to door step callers. If you see anyone you do not know, acting suspiciously, or hanging around someone's premises (especially in vans ) or parked close by, please observe and call the police, taking the registration number of the vehicle and description, and details of occupants if you can.


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 Email: wadhurstnwatch@btinternet.com
Please note: Tim’s email address has changed, there is now no “.” in wadhurstnwatch.

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
Community Police Constable: Steve Etherington, where possible by email at: stephen.etherington@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Alternatively available on 0845 60 70 999 ext 34225.

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