The Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgeries will be held on Thursday 30 March and 27 April from 2.00 to 4.00pm and 7.30 to 9.00pm at Wadhurst Fire / Police Station Conference Room.

Wadhurst History Society has organised an outing to Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival which is open to members and non members. The 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. The cost to include the coach and entrance is £18. In the Cathedral grounds will be a craft marquee, food tent and flower sales. To 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 2.30pm. 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 26 March, will cover Buckland Hill, Wickhurst and Beechy Toll. It is to be led by J Corke.

Mr Tom Lawson will be the speaker at the meeting on Thursday 16 March at 7.30pm in St George’s Hall. His subject is ‘Heroes Return to Norway’. There will be a collection for VSO. This meeting is open to all so if you are interested do come along and bring a friend with you.

The sum of £240 was made at the last Coffee Morning to be held at 25 Crittles Court. My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this monthly event over the past six years and helped to raise over £8,000. None of this could have been achieved without the help of my three faithful friends, Beryl, Nel and Ena. Pat Latham

This year we celebrate our 20th Birthday! So our next meeting will be on Friday 10 March and will start at 6.30pm with a short Annual General Meeting, when we shall elect a new Chairman and (hopefully!) a new Secretary, and then we shall continue at 7.00pm with a party. All this will take place at the Wadhurst Tennis Pavilion in Sparrows Green. Please note the change of day, time and venue.

Thirty nine members attended our 85th Birthday Party and it was a good social afternoon. After a quiz on the World War 2, which wasn’t as easy as it looked, we all had a scrumptious tea. There are some very talented cooks in our Wadhurst group and they excelled themselves with egg and cress, pate and salad, and ham sandwiches (crustless of course!) Freshly baked scones, light and lovely with homemade strawberry jam and cream, and a selection of mouth-watering cakes. We sang Happy Birthday to ourselves as the candles were lit on a beautifully iced fruit cake. It could be said we did ourselves proud. There was a buzz of conversation and bursts of laughter throughout. Here’s to our 90th!!

Next month’s meeting will be on Thursday 9 March when Mr James Sutton will tell us about ‘Touring Australia on a Motor Bike’. It will be at 2.00pm in St George’s Hall when the competition will be an Animal Ornament and the trading stall, Tinned Food and Kitchenware. New members are always welcome.

Wadhurst Astronomical Society will meet in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on Wednesday 15 March to listen to Mr Martin Frey who will give a talk on the ‘Great Astronomical Blunders’. Doors open 7.15 for 7.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for your refreshment. However, noting the venue you will appreciate that we are restricted in what we can offer!

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.

THE CAMEO CLUB 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.

CAMEO ANNUAL SALE Saturday 11 March - 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 10 March. Pick up can be arranged. Any queries to Dennis Brewster 01580 830008 or to Joyce Farmer, 01892 782910. Thank you for your support.

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 14 March. 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 next meeting will be held on Thursday 2 March, 1.45 for a 2.00pm start at Stonegate Village Hall. There will be a talk on ‘Beauty at One’s Fingertips’ by Mrs Julie Brownlee.

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. Entry 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 (feature article on front page of Courier 6 January).

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 Sarah Burchett (01323 738390).

The February talk by Jean and Brian Waterman was on The Canadian Rockies, Vancouver and Alaska. It gave us an insight to travelling by boat and train and to the vastness of the scenery. WGA also held their first Master Class/Workshop for beginners and anyone wanting to know more about gardening. We have taken over an Allotment to give an hands on experience to help with the learning of the practical side of gardening. For more information about these Classes please contact Mr Turner, (01892 784325)

Next month’s General Meeting is on 13 March in St George’s Hall at 7.15pm. The speaker will be Sally Cole, talking on ‘Orchid Growing’ and the competitions are a vegetable and a Posy for ‘Mothers’ Day’. 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. 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.

For more info call Ruth on 784117. This month we meet on the 2 March for ‘Thank you for families,’ and on the 16 March for the story of ‘Wise and Foolish Builders.’

"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 )

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church from 9.30 to 11.00am on Saturday 4 March. All the proceeds this month will go to National Talking Newpapers and Magazines which provides high quality recordings for over 9,000 visually impaired people. They urgently need to raise £500,000 in order to maintain this vital service. Your support would be appreciated.

Our next meeting will be at 2.00pm on 16 March at the Mayfield Memorial Hall. Alan Gibbon will speak on War Poetry of the 20th Century. We are particularly pleased to welcome Alan as he is the Chairman of the Battle U3A. For further information contact Ann Scott on 01435 872121 (Chair) or Hazel Davie on 01435 873853 (Membership Secretary).

WORLD LUPUS AWARENESS DAY falls in the week of 8 May. Lesley Phillips is putting on a Coffee Morning with a Talk and Raffle 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. Please put the date on your diaries. Further details will be in next month’s Focus and also where to acquire the tickets for £2.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 23 March, 2.30pm at St George's Hall: Chocolate - An talk by John Turley. As always a warm welcome is extended to all.

THE TWELFTH HOBBIES EXHIBITION 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.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY is looking forward to its next meeting on Thursday 9 March in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8.00pm. This will be a chance to hear Neil Rose explaining more of the history of the Wadhurst Railway in Return Ticket. Last year’s weather was appalling when he was supposed to speak to a crowded hall – so bad, in fact, that the drinks were given free! This does not set a precedent for the future! Here’s hoping that snow does not feature widely in this year’s meteorological welcome to Neil and that he will be able to give his entertaining talk without interruption or fear of being snowed up overnight in the Commemoration Hall. He will briefly outline what he told us last year and then continue the story of our railway. On Thursday 13 April, Peter Jones, a National Trust Volunteer Speaker, will be talking about Chartwell and its most famous resident, Churchill.

Following the enormous response to the 50th Anniversary Evening commemorating the Meteor Crash on 20 January 1956, the Wadhurst History Society has decided to publish as fully detailed an account of the whole event as possible in book form – provisional title: The Day Wadhurst Changed.

Many people have already shared their memories, thoughts and feelings with us but we know there are many more in Wadhurst and beyond who remember the terrible crash and what happened thereafter, all too well. Many have photographs, letters, cuttings and other artefacts which record the day of the crash and its aftermath – going right on till the early 60s when the new parade of modern shops was eventually completed.

Please could you help in any way?

We are trying to find out fully about the three properties: the International Stores, the greengrocers and the Queen’s Head. What were they like before the crash? Did you use them regularly? Who owned the greengrocers which was called Keens? Are you related to any of the owners or managers and do you have any relevant information? Who rebuilt these buildings? Were you involved?

A memorial service was held about ten days after the crash. Do you have a copy of the Order of Service or notes on what the Rev. Nick Roscamp said on that occasion? Have you any memories or records of Parish Council or Uckfield Rural District Council deliberations about the proposed developments on the devastated sites?

You will appreciate that we hope to be able to present as definitive and accurate a version of what happened as we can and to do that we would be grateful for any help you can offer on the above details and any other areas of information. Anything you lend us will be returned to you as soon as we have finished recording the information.

If you have anything at all which you think might be important, please would you ring either Heather Woodward on 01892 783212 or Rachel Ring on 01892 783455.

We need any information on or before Friday 17 March. Any envelopes or packages can be sent to Heather Woodward, Chequers, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6LR. Thank you very much indeed.

The Wadhurst History Society event, looking into the Meteor crash on 1956, has shown that many people have items of historic local interest - in their lofts, in old photo albums or folders of old newspapers. The Society would like to encourage everyone to give thought to what will happen to that material over time - and make arrangements to ensure it stays in Wadhurst! There are at least three sensible repositories - the Bocking Collection [owned by the Parish Council], Stan Cosham's collection, or the History Society itself, which is steadily accumulating an archive collection. Michael Harte 01892 783292

As we get ready for Half Term holiday, we can sit back and reflect on a busy few weeks with visits from the Fun Van, our Story Week and Duncan’s Woodwork. The children were allowed to knock, saw and slice to their heart’s content – and how we managed to hang on to our fingers remains a mystery! We had Deputy Fiona’s Train Day – a chance to cover our large floor with all the favourite Thomas the Tanks, and also a huge remote controlled train set too, which was a lot of fun – thank you to Ollie and Tracey Jones. And, of course, our end of term finale –The Stonegate Winter Olympics! The children picked four countries, made their own skis and had a morning of curling, ice-hockey and figure-skating watched by an audience of proud parents. Everyone got an Olympic certificate too – and in case you were wondering, the winning team was China.

After half-term we have some exciting plans, including a visit from Leon’s Mummy, Nathalie to teach us a musical version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar – in French. We will repeat last year’s successful Sponsored Nature Walk – getting friends and family to sponsor the children finding a list of things on a walk either at Bedgebury or Bewl. Duncan has offered to come back again to help us make a giant wooden Bus for outside in the garden. We will also visit a local farm to watch some lambing, make some Easter cakes and of course the Easter Bunny will be visiting towards the end of term for an Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Competition, not forgetting of course learning about the real meaning of Easter. On Monday 13 March we will have another Fiona Day – this one will be Babies and Dollies Day (and can, of course, include Power Rangers and Action Figures). Prams, buggies, real babies all welcome… We will be running another of our very popular Activity Mornings in the Holidays – probably in the first week of April – more next month.

We are bursting at the seams at the moment and are fully booked until September 2006; we have a limited number of spaces after that and are running a wait list. Please do contact us on 01580 200960 but we must remind you that attending Stonegate Pre-School will not in any way guarantee you a place at the Primary School. You are welcome to drop in any time as we have an “open door” policy which means no appointment is necessary; we want you to see us as we really are (but to be sure we are in, a call first may be advisable). Of course you could check out our new website – www.stonegatepreschool.org and see what we look like (and my picture is not the most flattering!)

Once again thank you to the Editors of this wonderful magazine for letting us pass on our news. We get people commenting positively on these little articles and we do hope you enjoy hearing what our little ones get up to. Kate (Supervisor)

will meet on Tuesday 7 March at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. Tom Hart Dyke will be speaking on "Plant Hunting in Columbia."

The days are at long last beginning to lengthen and summer is now not too far away. There are not many weekends this summer that the band will not be travelling here there and everywhere bringing musical pleasure to the general public and to band members themselves.

Jenny mentioned in last month’s Focus that we are off to France at the beginning of April. We will be based in Lille and performing various concerts including one in Aubers church on Sunday 9 April, 4.00pm. It is great to know we shall have some English support on our first trip to France and look forward to entertaining full audiences. Then it will be back for final preparations for our concert on 29 April at the Commemoration Hall.

As always we look forward to seeing you at any of our events listed below.

If you want further details of when we are playing or about our Training Band do not hesitate to contact Jenny or myself on the telephone numbers below.
Lydia Fuggle

Brass Band dates for your diary

Date Event Time
April 6 to April 10 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
Saturday 17 June Tidebrook fete 2.00pm
Sunday 25 June Chartwell 2.00pm
Sunday 2 July Bewl Water Run, Wadhurst 12.00pm
Sunday 9 July Hospice In The Weald fete, Chevening 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

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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.

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

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.

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.

Volunteer Recruitment
We are interested in recruiting new volunteers to train as mediators. Our next training courses are starting in March 2006. For more information please telephone 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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