WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - MAY 2006

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH POLICE SURGERY
The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 25 May from 2.00 to 4.00pm and 7.30 to 9.00pm at Wadhurst Fire / Police Station Conference Room.

CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL FLOWER FESTIVAL
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.

POLICE 999
For most of us almost the only contact we have with the police is when they are on traffic or crowd control. But we all know that there is a lot more to the job than that. Drugs, firearms, robbery, assault, road accidents, domestic violence, murder… can often mean involvement in difficult, dangerous and traumatic situations which can affect their own peace of mind and wellbeing. On Sunday 21 May at 6.30pm in the Methodist Church the Rev Ray Smith, Chaplain to the Sussex Police Force, will be speaking about his work and the support that he and his colleagues are able to provide. It should be a very interesting talk. Do come and join us.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD PLANT AND COUNTRY FAYRE
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.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, WADHURST AND TIDEBROOK BRANCH
The annual Spring Sale will be held on Saturday 13 May in the Commemoration Hall at 9.30am. Entry by donation. Gifts of cakes, books, nearly new, plants and bric-a-brac would be much appreciated and may be brought to the hall on the evening of Friday 12 May between 6.00 and 8.00pm.

At our meeting on 18 May at 7.30pm in St George’s Hall, Mr David Bloom is to give us a further insight into the life of a Queen’s Messenger. If you are interested do come along.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY
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 28 May, will pass through Mayfield, Merriweathers and Batts Wood. It is to be led by V Vane.

BETTY CRAIG-MAIR and family would like to express their sincere thanks for all the kind thoughts, cards, flowers and donations sent to them after the sad loss of their dearly loved husband, father and grandfather, Bill.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
At the end of March a group of members attended the East Sussex Federations Half Yearly Council Meeting in Hove. The morning was taken up with WI business, two short talks and a musical entertainment. The highlight was the afternoon speaker, Ann Widdicome. We had looked forward to her talk and were not disappointed. She was a delight to listen to with her fund of anecdotes and her views on life. There was a spirited question time which she handled with humour and honesty. An impressive speaker who held everyone's attention .

Our speaker at the April meeting held our attention just as easily although he started his talk by saying he didn't mind if some of us did doze off as he would waken us when he came to the important items in his talk! Mr Michael Legat then rapidly regaled us with many anecdotes regarding his life in publishing and stories about the interesting people he had met in his 35 years in the business. The intriguing title of his talk came from the time he first became interested in publishing and asked what exactly it entailed. "They read books and go to cocktail parties," was the answer he was given, although he did say it was most probably different today! He gave a truly theatrical performance and we found out later that his hobby is acting.

We are so fortunate that our speakers are all of such a high quality and he was certainly amongst one of the best we have had. It was yet another good afternoon in St George's Hall.

Next month is the serious topic of the resolutions for the WI AGM and so there is not a speaker. The competition is for an old toy and the trading stall is plants and anything for the garden.

WADHURST ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Wadhurst Astronomical Society will meet in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church on Wednesday 17 May to listen to Dr Robert Smith who will give a talk on ‘Stars that Go Bang in the Night’. Doors will be open 7.15 for 7.30pm.

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL
LMF is entering its fourth year with a series of five very different and exciting concerts. The first one takes place on Saturday 13 May at 7.30pm at Tonbridge School Chapel. This concert is jointly promoted with ‘Music at Tonbridge’. Robert Houssart, formerly organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, and Westminster Cathedral, and now Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral will be performing on the organ in Tonbridge School Chapel. There will be a drinks reception in the school at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £12.50 (children under 15 free)
Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst TN3 8ET
Phone: 01892 891115

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION
is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16 May in the David James Building at Uplands. The AGM provides for the membership the opportunity to review the year’s events, to select the new committee and to make suggestions about future activities. It also reminds everyone that subscriptions are now due! This year, the Association is urgently needing new committee members as several people are stepping down, having served the Twinning Association very actively and generously over the years. The Chairman, John McKenzie (784342) and/or the Secretary, Heather Woodward, (783212) would be delighted to hear from people who would be interested in standing for the committee. Ring one of them and find out what it would involve.

The Twinning Association was delighted to learn that the Wadhurst Brass Band’s recent visit to Aubers was such a great success. Now the Twinners are looking forward to welcoming a party of primary school children from Aubers who will be coming over to spend a day at the Wadhurst Primary School and at the Sacred Heart School on Friday 19 May.

Later in the Summer, the Association will be entertaining the members of the Jumelage d’Aubers for a week-end visit on 19 and 20 August, starting with the Twinning Barbecue at the Youth Centre. Perhaps families who are not members of the Twinning would like to play host to one or two of the party – the ability to speak French is not a necessity. For details, contact Heather on 783212.

After the AGM, the next purely social event on the Twinning calendar will be a Car Treasure Hunt or what has been described as the “Get-Lost Evening” on Thursday 15 June. For details, contact Neil Rose on 782608.

STONEGATE PRODUCE MARKET
10.00am to 12.30pm at Stonegate Village Hall, the second Saturday of every month. Next market 13 May, 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.

WADHURST INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS. (W.I.P.)
WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 9 May. 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.

THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS to the kind team of young volunteers who did a wonderful job of cleaning up litter, between the hedge and fence of the Primary School, and also both sides of the fence by the Castle. Their work was appreciated.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD - GARDENS OPEN
Four gardens are opening for Hospice in the Weald on 4 June from 1.00 to 5.00pm. The gardens are all in Battenhurst Road, Stonegate: Battenhurst, Little Battenhurst, Old Battenhurst, and Battenhurst Gardens. Refreshments will be available and there will be plants for sale. The entrance will be £5 for all of the gardens. Please contact Jane Littlejohn on 01435883243 for more information.

WADHURST AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB
The next meeting will be on Thursday 4 May at 12noon for lunch at the Commemoration Hall. There will be a talk on ‘Doing what comes Naturally’ by national demonstrator, Mrs Susie Edwards.

MRS DAGMAR MYNORS lived in Wadhurst for 50 years, mostly in Moseham House, then in Stone Cross Road, and finally for three years in Weald Hall, until the end of November last, when she moved to a nursing home near her daughter in Wiltshire. Aged 89, she died on 10 April, and was cremated on 20 April.

There will be a simple graveside service for Dagmar at St Peter and St Paul’s on Monday 15 May at 12noon, when her ashes will be buried in the family grave, and the family warmly invite all Wadhurst friends to attend.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
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)

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 - 12 noon. For further details please contact Sarah Burchett (01323 738390).

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION
Our March meeting gave us an insight into growing and keeping Orchids. It was most enlightening. Their life history was presented in a very amusing way by Sally Cole, an authority on this subject for many years.

The 10 April saw our ‘Spring Show’ arrive, with concerns about the availability of Spring flowers; with the weather being so unhelpful to exhibitors. It proved to be a great success, everyone did splendidly.

For our 8 May meeting our subject is ‘Setting-Up for Chelsea’ and our speakers are Tony and Vera Osbourne. The Competitions are two sticks of Rhubarb and an exhibit ‘Chelsea’ (two feet allowed for each display).

Come and learn more about gardening from out ‘Masterclasses’.  Details and more information here    Mary Terry (01892 783154)

MAYFIELD AND DISTRICT U3A
Our next general meeting will take place on Thursday 18 May when Ian Currie will speak on the subject Droughts, Deluges and Dust Devils. 300 Years of South East Weather, ~a very appropriate topic in view of the recent snowstorm! The venue, as usual, will be the Mayfield Memorial Hall, the meeting will start at 2.00pm and will be free to members. Guests are welcome at £1 per head

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

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB  1946-2006  - 60 Years of Entertainment

2006 represents a major milestone in the Club's history for it was 60 years ago this year that the Club was formed and presented its first-ever production. This was a light comedy - Ivor Novello's "Fresh Fields" - so it's perhaps only fitting that the forthcoming Spring production in this 60th Anniversary year should also be a light comedy, "Waiting in the Wings" by Noël Coward, coincidentally a contemporary and some-time collaborator of Novello's.

WAITING IN THE WINGS ~ 18, 19 and 20 May

"The Wings" is a charitable home for retired actresses where the ladies grow older decidedly UNgracefully. Enter Lotta Bainbridge, once an acclaimed star, previously married to the ex-husband of another resident, May, and a bitter feud is unleashed. Lotta and May are able to resolve their differences and live out the rest of their lives only when a deranged old lady tragically sets fire to her room...

Performances at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst (7.45 pm nightly) on 18, 19 and 20 May. Tickets on sale from Newington's Newsagents, High Street, Wadhurst : £7 each (Personal discounts for Club Members)

NOTES FOR DIARIES...

OCTOBER PRODUCTION
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".

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)

SATURDAY 6 MAY
Informal Club Coffee Morning from 10.30am to 12noon at Carillon Cottage, High Street, Wadhurst. Why not pop in for a coffee and a chat with Club and Committee members about the Club's activities? We're always on the look-out for new Members, whether your forte is acting,directing, lighting, set design and building or paint sloshing and general backstage help. You'll be given a warm welcome!

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

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

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

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

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD
We had a very enjoyable evening meeting in April when Dr Roche showed us slides of his trip around the world when participating in the Global Challenge Race. Our next meeting is on 8 May when we will have members reading poetry and prose. We meet in Carillon Cottage at 12.15pm for a 12.30 start.

BABIES AND UNDER FIVES
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 4 May with the story of The Lost Sheep, and on the 18 May with Pentecost as our topic.

"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 6 May. All the proceeds this month will go to NCH the children’s charity. Your support is always much appreciated..

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP
The next meeting is "Out to Lunch" in the Commemoration Hall at 12.30pm on 25 May, with speaker Mrs Margaret Killingray. As always a warm welcome is extended to all.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB
will meet on Tuesday 9 May at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. The speaker will be Tim McDonald of National Talking Newspapers and Magazines.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY
at its meeting on May 11, the Society will be publishing "The Day Wadhurst Changed" - a comprehensive study of the tragic Meteor crash on two bungalows in Townlands Road and then on the High Street on 20 January 1956. The book has been written as a reaction to the commemoration evening last January at which over 340 people were taken through the events of fifty years ago and the subsequent rebuilding of the High Street. The book will contain a lot of material never seen before, including photos from the East Sussex Fire Brigade, the RAF and the Courier; and the history of the final years of the Queen's Head. It will be the same size as the successful 'Victorian Wadhurst' and is likely to be over 150 pages long with 60 or more illustrations; it is certainly a 'study in depth' of the events of the day and subsequent developments in the High Street. The price has yet to be determined!

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

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

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Brass Band dates for your diary

Date Event Time
Sunday 21 May Eastbourne Bandstand 3.00pm
Sunday 4 June Songs of Praise, Tidebrook 5.30pm
Saturday 17 June Tidebrook fete 2.00pm
Sunday 25 June Chartwell 2.00pm
Sunday 2 July Bewl Water Run, Wadhurst 12.00pm
Saturday 8 July Stonegate School Fete 2.00pm
Sunday 9 July Hospice In The Weald fete Chevening 2.00pm
Saturday 15 July Scarecrow Event Wadhurst 2.00pm
Sunday 23 July Hever Castle 12.30pm
Sunday 6 August Hastings Bandstand 3.00pm

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)

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.

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.

INDEPENDENT AGE
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

WEALDEN INDEPENDENT MEDIATION SERVICE
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.

WADHURST NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - Crime Bulletin

Update 14.03.06. to 18.04.06.
17 - 03. Tidebrook. Suspicious male, white Vauxhall pick up truck, V992 GD*, any sightings please call police immediately.
21 - 03. South View Road. Between 19.00 and 2012,suspicious white male, had learning difficulties, in late 20s, with chin length wavy hair, claimed to be collecting for sick children.
25 - 03. Station Rd. Between 17.00 and 8.00am, damage total and theft of lead £1500, two suspicious male callers to site in Black Mitsibishi Shogun, both average height, one thin and pale, other olive skinned with goatie beard, possibly travellers.
25 - 03. Station Rd. Between 15.30 and 18.30, More Lead taken from building site,£2000 or 200 kilos stolen, damaged new roof.
28 - 03. High Street. Fake Amex caller to shops, slim white male, aged 45ish, in suit, carrying laptop / case, checking equipment.
03 - 04. Old Station Road. 10.45am, two males, one was 5ft10ins, ginger hair leafleting for antiques, "Brighton Antiques Knocker Boys".
04 - 04. Balaclava Lane. Two suspicious callers, one dark skinned and dark haired, wearing raincoats,1dark,1buff coloured, Anglian folder.
05 - 04. George Street. As the 3rd above, 40yr male,5ft 9ins, short grey thinning hair / glasses, suited, other male in fleece jacket.
05 - 04. Glouster Road. As the 04th above, 6ft white male caller with scruffy long dark hair in pony tail and face stubble.
05 - 04. High Street. Two 17yr males, dark hair, walked out without paying, with 20 Stella lager bottles from shop.
07 - 04. Mayfield Lane. 8.20am, Two suspicious males hanging around the entrance to driveway, did not want their faces seen.
11 - 04. Riseden. Male caller for Antiques, "Eastbourne Antiques Knocker Boy", id checked, ok, please do not sell to callers.
12 - 04. Whitegates Lane. Theft overnight of 13 horse saddles and other tack room equipment
15 - 04. Churchsettle Lane. Theft over night of Quad Bike, two bicycles and trailer.
16 - 04. Station Rd. Green / White Cromega Alphine Stars USA cycle frame found in woods by Station, less wheels.

The Neighbourhood Watch has: Collected over 110 full sacks of rubbish from Station Hill/ Fire Station / Playing Field and Washwell Lane / High Steet / Tapsells Lane / The Marlpit areas of Wadhurst. There is much more rubbish to clear up,in Tapsells Lane / Marlpit areas and volunteers would be most welcome. There were four empty charity boxes found in this rubbish, one belonged to the Fire Brigade.
There have been two arrests for the graffiti around the village. More Graffiti Tags have now appeared on the freshly painted building at Wadhurst Station. Please report to the Police immediately anyone you see doing graffiti, this is criminal damage. Thank You.
Please do not sign any Direct Debits sheets giving your personal / banking details to callers for charities at the door.

Appeal for information: Between 08:00 Saturday 15th - 10:00 Tuesday 18th April a trailer was stolen from a property in Pell Lane Wadhurst. This Trailer was loaded with various types of furniture, if this trailer was seen please call Crowborough Police Station quoting Serial number 429 18/04/06 or Contact your local PCSO Marc Simmonds or Officer in charge PC CW859 Wright.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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
marc.simmonds@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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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