WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - OCTOBER 2006

MAYFIELD AND DISTRICT U3A
Our next general meeting will be on 19 October when Colin Clarkson will speak on 20th Century Artists of the South East, to include such painters as Paul Nash and Gwen Ravilious - Colin helped with the production of the recently published guide on this artist.

On 23 November Pat Mortlock will address us on Tunbridge Castle. Both of these talks will take place in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm. Members free, visitors £1.

Our study/interest groups continue to grow in numbers and now include a Natural History group whose first foray in July identified fifteen species of butterflies, including a rare Clouded Yellow. We also have a second digital camera group starting very shortly, this one is for beginners.

To find out more about us why not come to one of our general meetings as a visitor (cost £1) or contact Ann Scott (Chair) on 01435 872 121, or Hazel Davie, our Membership Secretary, on 01435 873 853.

MAYFIELD FESTIVAL CHOIR
has enjoyed great success in the last couple of years under its new Director, Graham Caldbeck. They will be starting rehearsals for their November Concert on 28 September - the programme will include a rarely performed work, Britten’s The Company of Heaven, together with shorter works by other English composers. MFC now has over 70 members but welcomes new voices - particularly tenors and basses. If you would like to know more about this friendly and ambitious choir, please contact the Secretary, Diana van der Klugt on 01892 782 047.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION
The Wadhurst Twinning Association had a very entertaining week-end in August when a group of Aubersois spent time with us. The Barbecue was a great success and culminated in the boules tournament when Wadhurst was defending its title. To our surprise, the Wadhurst Twinning Association won again thanks to a very expert team.

The Twinning Association would be pleased to hear from anyone from Wadhurst or local villages interested in finding out more about our activities including those of the two language groups, and perhaps in becoming a member of the Association (Individual £7, Family £12, Students up to school leaving age £3, Affiliated Membership for a school £15).

For details, contact the Membership Secretary, Mrs. Janet McFarlan, 2 Pipers Close, Blacksmiths Lane, Wadhurst TN5 6DN. Tel: 01892 783 291.

WADHURST BETWEEN THE YEARS 1936 AND 1946
is going to be the focus of some of the Wadhurst History Society’s work, leading to a publication in due course. We should like to include as many memories as possible from the people of Wadhurst so that we can prepare a definitive history of what Wadhurst was like in these crucial years. “Wadhurst” includes Shovers Green, Churchsettle, Cousley Wood, Sparrows Green, Durgates, Best Beech, and Tidebrook.

Please will you trawl your own memories and think about how your parents, grand-parents, older friends talked about those years. Many of you or members of your family served in the armed forces – would you be willing to share your memories and thoughts with us, please? How did you/ they react to the national and international events of the period:- the death of George V, the Abdication, George VI and his family, Winston Churchill and the national government, the Phoney War, Dunkirk, doodlebugs and flying bombs, the various battles on land, sea and in the air, Peace, the return of the troops, Princess Elizabeth’s wedding……and so much else besides?

At home, the War Effort inspired many to work for charities, to knit, to salvage goods like saucepans etc and, of course, to make do and mend. What did you and your family and friends do? Were you at school? Do you remember the changes caused by the arrival of the evacuees or were you evacuated yourself? Your memories? Was your home requisitioned for use for the war effort in any way or did you have evacuees living with you?

Many groups and societies will have archives from this period. Please could the leaders/secretaries of groups including sports teams who would be willing to lend us their archives for a while, contact 783 212.

Activities on the home front were important in those years and provided much needed diversion from the daily worries and the difficulties caused by rationing, restrictions, the all-too-evident enemy action overhead and the disquieting news from abroad. Entertainment, especially dancing and the cinema, were wonderful sources of relief as was home-made entertainment. What programmes were your favourites on the radio and what memories do they conjure up? Families, businesses, everyone was affected in some way.

Can you help us? If you would be willing to lend us (or even give us) relevant documents or artefacts of the period, we should be delighted to be able to consult them.

Please send your memories to either Heather Woodward, Chequers, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst TN5 6LR (01892 783 212) or to David James, Markwicks, Lamberhurst Road, Cousley Wood, Wadhurst, TN5 6HG (01892 890 330). If you yourself would be willing to be interviewed, please ring Heather and, if necessary, leave a message on her answerphone so that she can arrange for someone to come and talk to you. Perhaps you can think of people who have now left Wadhurst who might be able to supply useful, interesting material. In which case, please would you pass their names on to David or Heather.

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

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

WADHURST TREFOIL
At our September meeting Monica Jones gave a most interesting talk on her work and experiences at Bletchley Park during the war.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 4 October (please note change of date) when we will be visiting Bedgebury Pinetum.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK (F.S.W.)
Mammoth Book Sale - Friday/Saturday 24 and 25 November.
Boxes will be placed at the back of Stonegate, Tidebrook and Wadhurst Churches and at Carillon Cottage from the first week in November. Any books that need a new home can be left there but please make sure larger quantities are of manageable size!!

Greater Hollington Community Project - Hastings - is always in need of good household items, particularly baby equipment and furniture, plus tinned and dried food.
For further details or information please call Carillon Cottage 01892 785658.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH POLICE SURGERY
The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 26 October from 2.00 to 4.00pm and 7.30 to 9.00pm at Wadhurst Fire / Police Station Conference Room.

WOODLAND TRUST WALK
On Saturday 30 September there will be a conducted walk with a Woodland Trust warden round the Trust's Bewl woods. The walk will start from The Old Vine in Cousley Wood, 10.15 for 10.30am start. Arrangements have been made for cars to be parked in a field adjacent to the start of Newbury lane. The walk should take about two hours. The going is quite uneven in places and can be muddy. Queries to Martin Turner (01892 783 803). All welcome.

The Bewl Woods lie along the edge of the reservoir at the point closest to Wadhurst. They are maintained and developed by the Woodland Trust for general access and amenity.

WADHURST INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 10 October. Yearly membership is £12 to cover the cost of the meeting room, etc. WIP is not a social club, anyone can come along to meetings and have a drink and a chat, but should show some interest in photography. We are not a camera club, there will never be any competitions, everyone should be encouraged to bring their work to show the group.

WADHURST 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 29 October, will cover Tidebrook, Pennybridge (Mayfield) and Cinderhill, and is to be led by W Hodder.

Wadhurst Footpaths Society has been instructed to discontinue maintenance work on the local footpaths by East Sussex County Council, because of fears about health and safety, and liability.  A meeting has been arranged to try to resolve this problem but in the meantime the condition of our paths is deteriorating.   We regret this situation and hope that normal service can be resumed shortly.

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

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

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY
A reminder that the coach for the Wadhurst History Society outing to Bletchley Park will leave the Greyhound at 8.00am prompt on Saturday 7 October. Refreshments are available there but you might like to take a picnic lunch. For details, contact Rachel Ring on 783 455.

The Wadhurst History Society holds its next talk on Thursday 12 October 7.30 for 8.00pm in the Commemoration Hall. Carol Griffiths will be talking about the Cinque Ports.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
Sorry there is no report on our September meeting as it is after the deadline date for Focus. We also have no idea what a ‘Ditty Box’ is nor what Mr Roger Paine has in his! More next month.

We meet in October on Thursday 12th and after our Harvest Lunch, Mrs A Vernon will read ‘Pages from my Mother’s Diary’. It’s a 12noon start for 12.30pm.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB
will meet on Tuesday 3 October at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. The speaker will be Harry Collins who will give a talk entitled "My life as a Royal Jeweller".

AWAY FROM IT ALL (AFIA) HOLIDAY SCHEME
The Mothers’ Union AFIA holidays are a practical and important way to help support family life. Each year the MU offers on average 600 families a holiday through the AFIA holiday scheme. The scheme is funded by the members of the MU and enables around 1,000 adults and 1,350 children to get away for a break in the UK each year.

Chichester diocese has a team of MU members who organise the scheme in this area. We have a caravan at Winchelsea Beach on a good site next to the beach with a club-house, launderette and children’s play area. The caravan is available from May to October each year.

The scheme is open to anyone who is under stress. Applicants do not have to be a member of a church or any organisation. It is also possible for people to apply personally or on the behalf of someone else.

However, each application needs the support of one of the following professionals such as a clergyperson, doctor, head teacher or social worker. Other basic information such as when the family last had a holiday and the reason why they would like a break should also be included. For further details please phone 01424 883 282.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION
Our next meeting is on 9 October in St George’s Hall at 7.15pm and David Dixon will be speaking on ‘Garden Photography’ and the competitions are a pair of potatoes, a pair of carrots and a photo of flowers or trees.

Our AGM is on 13 November at 7.00pm, St George’s Hall, and the speaker is Heather Fook and the competitions are a pair of onions and an exhibit of Cones and Berries in a basket.

Master Classes are starting again on 25 November, see the advertisement. You do not have to be a member of WGA to join.
Mary Terry (01892 783 154)

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 (782 985)

WADHURST AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB
The next meeting will be on 5 October with a talk by Mrs Jeannette Lane on “Thanks for the Memory”.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 7 October from 9.30 to 11.00am. All the proceeds this month will go to Mission Aviation Fellowship, a Christian charity based in folkstone using light aircraft to take doctors, nurses and essential supplies to remote parts of Africa inaccessible to other forms of transport. “Flying for Life!”

LITTLE BLACKPOOL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ILLUMINATIONS
This now annual even will take place on Saturday 2 December at 2 Courthope Avenue, also Watt Close.

The church bells will start ringing from 6.00 to 6.45pm. You can go and see the bell ringers at work. Wadhurst Brass Band will be playing in Courthope Avenue from 6.15 to 7.15pm, and a firework display starts at 7.20pm.

All donations will go to the Wadhurst Surgery equipment. The Surgery needs your support so please come along to this event and support this cause. Collection tins will be in the local shops.     Stan Cosham (01892 783 765)

CARE FOR THE CARERS
Are you caring for a relative or friend? Would you like to meet other carers for a coffee and a chat? Then come along to our monthly meeting at Carillon Cottage, every third Thursday from 10.30am - 12noon. For further details please contact Sarah Burchett (01323 738 390).

WITS & WISDOM QUIZ - SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER
WOW is holding its annual Wits and Wisdom Quiz evening on Saturday 18 November in the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst, commencing at 7.45pm. The bar will open at 7.15pm selling wine, beer and soft drinks. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Special Care Baby Unit at Pembury Hospital. The cost is £42 per table (£7 per head) which includes a ploughmans supper; a deposit is required with the reservation. Anyone who would like to make up a table of six (only) people should telephone Alison Rose on 01892 782 608 or pick up an entry form from Newingtons Newsagents. The closing date for entries is 11 November. If you cannot make up a complete table but would like to participate please contact Alison.

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB is holding a Jumble Sale in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 7 October 9.30 to 11.30am. Clothes, White Elephant, cakes and refreshments. Collection or information 01580 200 302 or jumble can be delivered to the hall on Friday 6th October between 6pm and 7.30pm. Proceeds to Wadhurst Rotary Charities.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP
The next meeting is on 26 October in St George’s Hall at 2.30pm and is titled, ‘Help from the Fire Brigade’ by Steve Hodson. As always a warm welcome is extended to all.

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND
The Mullins Memorial Fund, set up originally by Mr and Miss Mullins, is celebrating its 90th Birthday this year.

Their intention had been to provide a “Cottage Hospital for Wadhurst as a memorial for those who had died or who would die” in the Great War. Nowadays the funds are used to support local institutions and schools, and to give discrete individual assistance to those who need help. Such help is usually practical though often the members of the Mullins Memorial Fund Committee are able to provide much needed emotional support at a difficult time.

The Committee actively continues to raise money for its projects, including the ever-popular Christmas Quiz, and it consults as widely as possible to seek those who would benefit from support and help.

The Mullins Memorial Fund would be very grateful to be told of anyone who would benefit financially or emotionally from their support. Please inform one of the Office Bearers on 782 181, 782 835 or 783 212. Whatever is done is done in complete confidentiality.

The Mullins Memorial Fund tries to help the people of Wadhurst when they need support – sometimes we give emotional help, at other times we can help practically or financially. To be able to respond quickly to people’s needs, we regularly raise money in various ways.

On Friday 20 October, we are holding the MULLINS AUTUMN MARKET of home-made, home-grown produce. We would be very grateful for any contributions of jams, honey and conserves, chutneys and preserves, excess crops, home-baked items, home-brewed wines, beers, liqueurs and apéritifs, plants and cut flowers or anything else you could donate. To offer such help, please would you contact Iris Glover on 01892 782 181.

It will be only Wadhurst people who will benefit from your generosity. Thank you very much indeed for anything you can do to help us.

1ST WADHURST BROWNIES are holding a Jumble sale on Saturday 4 November, in the Commemoration Hall, 9.30 to 11.30am. Jumble can be delivered to the hall on Friday 6.00 to 8.00pm, or ring 01580 200 302, 01892 784 315 or 01892 785 879 for collection

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - WADHURST & TIDEBROOK BRANCH
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 19 October at 7.30pm. in St George’s Hall.

The annual Poppy concert, thanks to the generosity of Wadhurst Brass Band with Jane and Howard Spurr, is on Saturday 7 October at 8.00pm in the Commemoration Hall. Tickets at £5 each are on sale at Newingtons or at the door.

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.

The next meeting will be on 5 October when the story will be ‘Moses and the burning bush’, and then again on 19 October when the story will be ’Moses and the Red Sea’. Half term is 23 to 30 October. For more info call Ruth on 01892 784 117.

"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)

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Rehearsals are well under way for the Poppy Concert at the Commemoration Hall on 7 October. I’m sure the audience will be delighted to know that Jane and Howard Spurr will be joining us once more.

Our principal cornet player, Ian, has moved to Ireland so our conductor Paul Gardiner will be playing his position at the concert and Ken Rich will be conducting.

His programme will ensure you will have a great evening, at the start of the British Legion Poppy Appeal and a chance to support the wonderful work that the Legion continues to do.

September sees us back in full swing and ready to accept new members: beginners or proficient. (or even perhaps a little rusty with an instrument lurking in a loft?) Just come along & have a ‘blow’ one Thursday evening. We are currently advertising for solo cornet players, a bass player and percussionist. For details contact Jenny or Lydia or visit our website, www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk     Jenny Cooper

Brass Band dates for your diary
Saturday 7 October Poppy Concert 8.00pm
Saturday 9 December Christmas Concert 8.00pm

Contacts:
Jenny Cooper Band Manager and Training Band 01892 782 247
Lydia Fuggle Secretary and Training Band 01892 782 308

FAMILY HISTORY REQUEST
I am researching my family history.Great Great Grandmother was Maria Akehurst (born 1883 in Frant), the daughter of James and Mary Akehurst (nee Rabbitt) who lived at Rushlye Cottages, Frant. Maria had 11 siblings, Sarah Ann, Kate, Rose, James, Alice, Ernest, Charles, Sidney Edward, John, Julia, and finally Thomas.

Maria married William Rogers in 1877 at St Albans.Maria and William moved out of Frant and had four children, Emma, Thomas, Alice (my Great Grandmother) and William. In1891 Maria and her family were living in Hever and her two brothers, Charles, a gamekeeper and Sidney lodged with them. Maria and William then moved to Tunbridge Wells to Spencer Mews and later Varney Street.

I would be grateful for any contact with either Akehurst or Rogers descendants who might have any information to help me in my search.contact me via email lisa.degarston@virgin.net or by phone 01892 535594. Lisa de Garston

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 201 158.

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

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

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

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

Here’s what some of our volunteers have to say about working at the CAB:

“Meeting all types of people, always learning new things, a sense of achievement and contribution to society and of helping others, and above all flexible working times, make volunteering for the Citizens Advice Bureau very worthwhile.”

“Advisers have a very thorough grounding and potential volunteers can be reassured that they will receive a lot of support to prepare them for whatever they are likely to meet. Being a CAB Adviser involves intellectual challenge, as well as training to empathise with people and to understand their problems without being judgemental, patronizing or controlling. You develop a wider social awareness and have input into promoting change through the social policy strand of CAB work.”

“I enjoy meeting the public and often see a change in the body language of people coming in to when they leave, feeling better for having explained their problem and perhaps found a way to resolve it.”

95% of the population has heard of Citizens Advice and nearly half of us have been to a CAB for advice, yet few people realise that it is an independent charity reliant on funds raised locally and the commitment of trained volunteers from the local community. At Wealden Citizens Advice we have to work very hard to secure funding and are extremely fortunate to have the support of district, town and parish councils as well as donations from the general public. Without this support we could not continue to provide this vital local service and many people would have no-one to turn to.

Wealden Citizens Advice would be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in training to become a volunteer adviser or providing admin or IT help. Please phone Pauline, Ann or Judy on 01323 440 323 for an informal chat.
For more information and advice please log on to www.wealdencita.org.uk

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
In liaison with Crowborough CAB, Carillon Cottage now offers a fully trained CAB adviser every Wednesday morning, 9.00am to 12 noon. Please feel free to call in and ask to speak to the CAB person or else ring 01892 785 658 to make an appointment.

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 200 672)

COFFEE MORNING, LUNCH & SALE OF LADIES AUTUMN FASHIONS on behalf of Wadhurst Outdoor Recreation Development Swimming Pool Fund at The Wadhurst Tennis Club Room, The Recreation Ground, Sparrows Green, Wadhurst on Thursday 26 October, 10.00am until 3.00pm.  Reduced rails of affordable quality colour co-ordinated fashions for all occasions by Country Style.  Admission £1.00 to include coffee and biscuits.  Delicious sandwiches and cakes £5.00.  Please book on 01892 782827. Please come and support this worth while cause and bring your friends

THOUSANDS MORE DAFFODILS AND CROCUSES
are going to be planted in and around Wadhurst during the month of October. Using the money accumulated from the four separate Celebrations organised for Wadhurst over the previous five years, teams of people planted some four thousand bulbs last year. In 2006, the project is going to be even more ambitious and over six thousand bulbs will be planted so that almost all approaches to Wadhurst will be enhanced by the Spring flowerings.

Masterminded by Ken Turner, groups of volunteers are needed to do the actual planting during the last two weeks of October in areas from Fairglen Lane to Pell Green, via Jonas Lane, Gloucester Place and many other spots. Please could you help?
To offer two or three hours of time to realise this project, please ring Ken on 784 325.

Allied to the bulbs, Ken is hoping to be able to have some trees planted at strategic points in Wadhurst and this work will be done on 2 December, provided planning permission is received. Various organisations, including the Celebrations’ group, will finance the tree-planting and it is hoped that youth groups will be among those in the plantings themselves. Thanks to the initiative of the Woodland Trust, a grove of trees will also be planted at the Primary School.

The Celebrations from the Millennium to 60/90 were for the community of Wadhurst and the community is still benefiting. Any help, therefore, that members of the community can give in order to add even more beauty and brightness to Wadhurst would be much appreciated.

Some individuals and establishments might also like to plant more groups of daffodils and crocuses outside their own properties on grass verges and banking. For advice from Ken about species and methods of planting, contact Ken on 784 325.

Bearing all the above in mind, it behoves us all to thank publicly and very sincerely Ken Turner for all his commitment, sound advice and hard work.

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 442 781.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB  60 YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT : 1946 - 2006

“How the Other Half Loves” a Comedy by Alan Ayckbourn: 19, 20 and 21 October (7.45pm nightly) : Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst
Asits third and final presentation this year - a year in which it has been celebrating its 60th Anniversary - the Club will be staging this well-known comedy which was Alan Ayckbourn's second play, written in 1969.

In spite of being written almost 30 years ago now, the play remains totally timeless and is probably best described as a comedy of errors, filled to the brim with hilarious dialogue. Directed by Martin Elson, the cast numbers six characters in all : Frank (played by Richard Bruce) and his wife, Fiona (played by Ro Mackinnon), both long-established Members of the Club - and Teresa, wife of Bob (played by Heather Lewis-Plant, also a well-known face on the Wadhurst stage circuit). The Club is delighted that the remaining three cast members are all newcomers : in the shape of Merlin Beedell who plays Bob, Teresa's husband, Adam Lewis-Plant, Mary's husband and Catherine Whitehead who plays Mary.

Without wishing to reveal too much about the plot, well-off Frank and Fiona are having marriage problems - so are Bob and Teresa. Bob is on his way up in the world and works for the same firm as Frank. So does William who is (seemingly) happily married to Mary. It quickly emerges that Bob and Fiona are having an affair... but lies and deception culminate in the usual madness for which Ayckbourn is renowned with the result that no-one's really sure who's having a fling with whom...!! Add to this an ingenious staging arrangement which simultaneously includes displays of both Frank and Bob's front rooms with half the sofa in one colour (Frank's) and the other in another colour (Bob's), you'll begin to get a feel for just how accomplished and brilliant a writer of comedy, bordering on farce, Alan Ayckbourn really is.

Tickets (£7 each - concessions for Club Members) are on sale at Newington's Newsagents, High Street, Wadhurst . Performances nightly at 7.45pm on Thursday 19th, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst (Doors and Bar open at 7.15pm). This production could well prove to be a Box Office sell-out, so please be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible!

INDEPENDENT AGE is a charity which champions independence for older people. Its 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.

Independent Age has a network of over 1,100 volunteer visitors who offer friendship and practical support. Most 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; www.independentage.co.uk

WADHURST NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - Crime Bulletin
Updates 15.08.06 to 12.09.06.
15 - 08. High St. Youths entering premises above shop after hours, lights left on, youths seen running off, nothing known stolen.
16 - 08. Blacksmiths Lane. Between 18.00 and 07.30, 4 allotment sheds entered, one shed badly damaged and mower and strimmer stolen.
16 - 08. Osmers Hill. After 9am,susp male caller, plump, average height, mid age, thinning hair, trying to buy books and valuables.
17 - 08. Claphatch Lane. Between 15.30 and 16.30 sliver Toyota Yaris window smashed, letters taken from dashboard of car.
19 - 08. Lower High St. After 9.15am power box for electric gates ripped off and stolen, no one seen.
19 - 08. Bewl Water. Between 14.00 and 17.00 on 17 / 08, a £1000 silver charm bracelet stolen from a parked Ford KA.
19 - 08. Bewl Water. Between 11.30 and 15.00, mobile phone stolen from bag on locked minibus.
21 - 08. Wallcrouch at 01.10am, premises window smashed, clocks stolen from display, vehicle seen driving away at high speed.
22 - 08. Station Hill. Rock Robin Row, After 19.30 Burglary, rear window smashed, laptops, hi-fi systems and other items stolen.
22 - 08. Watergate. Chain to gate cut, lock damaged front and back.
23 - 08. St James Sq. Before 8.45.2-3 suspicious white males, watching Nat West Bank, from purple Vauxhall Vectra and other car.
25 - 08. High St. Between 14.30 and 16.30,theft of £185 and handbag, entered through rear of shop, to upstairs kitchen.
27 - 08. Queens Cotts. Again ball bearing, catapult or air gun fired at window breaking glass.
27 - 08. Jonas Lane. Overnight red graffiti tag sprayed on house and wall of another building.
31 - 08. Lower Church Street. Between 18.30 and 07.55 Black Toyota Yaris was damaged and had both windscreen wipers stolen.
01 - 09. Durgates. Overnight wing mirrors, wipers and hub caps stolen from transit vans in works car park.
01 - 09. Church St. Between 14.00 and 15.00 Over £300 of cash and cheques stolen from cash tin behind shop counter.
02 - 09. Western Rd. House broken into several times, clothes, jewellery and shoes taken, bottles and takeaway found, key poss used.
05 - 09. Jonas Drive. Prowler at 3.00am, tried to gain entry to rear of bungalow, occupant frightened intruder off.
06 - 09. The Warren, High Street, Ticehurst. Overnight Peugeot 305, boot lock and windscreen damaged.
06 - 09.Washwell Lane. Newly painted Football Pavilion from graffiti, sustained fresh graffiti.
08 - 09. Gloucester Rd / Jonas Dr. White van, with "ATEX" written in blue paint on front, and on rear " Free Quotes ", female with red jumper, with long blond hair tied back in plait, male driver, collecting charity donations for Orellana Ltd, not a charity.
10 - 09. Vineyard Lane / Ticehurst. Between 15.30 & 09.30 Overnight, large metal container broken into and electrical tools stolen.
11 - 09. High St / Ticehurst. Between 19.00 & 11.00.Overnight, shed broken into and rotary mower stolen.

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

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

Community Police Constable: Steve Etherington, where possible by e-mail. Alternatively available on 0845 60 70 999 ext 34225.

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

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

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