WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - SEPTEMBER 2006

WADHURST SCARECROW FESTIVAL 2006
Wadhurst Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who supported the recent Scarecrow Festival. We are particularly grateful to all those who made scarecrows, supplied teas and cakes and looked after stalls and especially to the hundreds who followed the Scarecrow Trail.

We were blessed with wonderful weather and, together with enthusiastic support from the local shops, associations, businesses and schools, we had our best year yet – raising just over £5,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and other Rotary charities.

It was good to see so many people of all ages over the weekend patronising the local shops and businesses, and so obviously enjoying themselves amongst the scarecrows.

Once again, thank you all very much for making the Scarecrow Festival such a success.     Peter Clifton, 2006 Scarecrow Festival Organiser

CALLING ALL BRIDGE PLAYERS!
The local Action Medical Research fund raising team is running a bridge afternoon in the Commemoration Hall on Tuesday 26 September starting at 2.00pm. Please make up a table of four - Entrance fee £6 per player (£24 per table) to play Chicago style bridge staying with your own team all afternoon. Please bring a bridge table and cloth, we will supply cards, score sheets and rules. We will also provide a delicious tea and there will be a raffle. For many years this group has raised funds for vital research into unglamorous but very debilitating medical conditions. Do get together with your bridge friends and support us.

For an entry form please contact Janet Goldsmith 01892 783264.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK (F.S.W.)
Back in 2004 an important review of the Association was undertaken by Foster Murphy to draw up an outline five year plan to promote and facilitate the wonderful work done by F.S.W. Ann Ward, in addition to her vitally important social work across the diocese, has been Acting Director, doubling her load. At last she is fully restored to her dedicated field work, including Knowles Tooth and liaison with parishes as Deputy Director. She now has eight enthusiastic workers in various areas. A warm welcome to Nicholette Shoobridge (Rotherfield & Dallington) and Elaine Waight (Storington & Petworth) - both funded by a lottery grant for three years.

Foster Murphy has agreed to cover the organisational development side of the Association, government issues, and the life saving aspect of F.S.W. - fund raising. So things look set for an ever expanding, heart warming future, much of which depends on the support and enthusiasm of everyone involved. It's coming up to a major fund raising time of year so please note the following:-

Knowles Tooth Family Fun/Open Day - Sunday 10 September 2.00 to 5.00pm at Hurstpierpoint - a great afternoon for all the family
Mammmoth Book Sale - Friday 24 November and Saturday 25 November.
More details in October Focus but start sorting your bookshelves now!
Greater Hollington Community Project - Hastings - always in need of good household items, particularly baby equipment and furniture, plus tinned and dried food.

For further details or information please call - Jill Brewster 01580 830008.

WOODLAND TRUST WALK
On Saturday 30 September there will be a conducted walk with a Woodland Trust warden round the's Bewl. The walk will start from The Old Vine in Cousley Wood, 10.15 for 10.30am start. Arrangements have been made for carsbe 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 783803). 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.

THE SEPTEMBER ART EXHIBITION
Celebrating itsyear in the centre of Wadhurst The September Art Exhibition will be showing the work of 33 practising artists, sculptors and makers (many of whom are local). On show will be a wide and impressive variety of style, subject and media. The September Art Exhibition has fast become the most prestigious art event in the area. This year’s exhibition runs fromto 10 September at The Commemoration Hall, High Street, Wadhurst from 10.00am to 8.00pm, (closes 1.00pm on Sunday 10th). Refreshments available. Free entry. Wheelchair access.

STONEGATE PRODUCE MARKET
There is no market in August or September. Contact 01580 200386 for details.  But there will be one at teh Youth and CHildren's Centre, Wadhurst Lower High Street on Saturday 23 Septmewber.

60s, 70s, 80s DISCO
The disco held on 10 June to gather funds for Carillon Cottage resulted in a total of £1,034.50 being raised. It was an excellent evening, and thanks go to all those who supported this event, and helped make it possible.

A TRIBUTE TO HELENE CASTLE
Helene Castle retired from the Headship of the Sacred Heart School (Independent Primary) after being there for 25 years, and as Headmistress for 18 years. She took over from the previous Head, Daphne Bagshawe, who had been in that position for six years and left to have a baby.

Under Helene Castle’s headship, the school has expanded enormously, with the buildings doubling in size, and the school now has a classroom per year, as is present practice in schools. She has managed the school through thick and thin and kept an even keel and a happy atmosphere, producing excellent OFSTED results and many children delighted with their exam results and progressing to the schools of their choice, including scholarships in many cases.

She leaves a flourishing school on her retirement, and hands over to her successor – Mrs Hilary Blake – to take up the reins where she has left off, with our best wishes.

We wish Helene every success and happiness in her well-earned retirement. At her farewell, (a large garden party of approximately 300), she was presented with a tree of her choice for her garden, a painting of the School by ex-parent/artist, Jamie Ogilvy, and an album of photos of the school, together with holiday travel vouchers. Helene will be sorely missed by the parents, teachers and pupils, who all wish her well.

WIP PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
The group will be holding their second Exhibition in the memory of a dear friend and tutor, Inga Thrower. This will take place on Saturday 9 September, in the Methodist Church from 10.00am to 4.00pm, entrance by donation. Approximately 20 members will be showing their work, and a wide variety of subjects will be on show, i.e. landscapes, portraits, still life, etc. There will be some photographs for sale.

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 24 September, will be through Wadhurst Deer Park and is to be led by J Bishop.

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, Roberts bridge, Etchingham, Hawkhurst, Hurst Green, Lamberhurst, Mayfield, Stonegate, Ticehurst, Burwash and Burwash Weald.

WADHURST BETWEEN THE YEARS 1936 AND 1946 is going to be the focus of some of the Wadhurst History Society’s work over the next eighteen months. We should like to include as many memories as possible from the people of Wadhurst so that we can prepare a reasonably complete history of what Wadhurst was like in these crucial years.

Many groups and societies will have archives from this period, and individuals will have their own personal reminiscences and the stories which they remember from their parents and grand-parents.

Initially, it would be useful to have written notes or stories which we can follow up, perhaps with interviews and/or group reminiscence sessions. If you would prefer to talk to someone rather than write down your memories that is no problem.

Please will you help?

Please can you write down what you know about what Wadhurst was like, whether from your own memories or from stories you have heard from others? During the war, what entertainments and sports were there in Wadhurst? How did Wadhurst react to the world situation and to the politics of the time? The high points - the low points for Wadhurst? The personalities and special events? And all the other things you can remember……..?

You don’t have to write in elegant prose, just notes or bullet points will give us the necessary information.

“Wadhurst” includes Shovers Green, Churchsettle, Cousley Wood, Sparrows Green, Durgates, Best Beech, and Tidebrook.

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 and then return them in due course, as appropriate.

Please send your memories to either David James, Markwicks, Lamberhurst Road, Cousley Wood, Wadhurst, TN5 6HG (01892 890330) or to Heather Woodward, Chequers, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst TN5 6LR (01892 783212). If you prefer to be interviewed, please ring Heather and, if she is not in, you can leave a message on her answerphone. She will contact you so that someone can come and talk to you.

We thank you in advance for whatever you can tell us. Eventually, we hope you will be able to “READ ALL ABOUT IT!”.

BLETCHLEY PARK
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 783455.

The Wadhurst History Society holds its next talk on Thursday 12 October when Carol Griffiths will be talking about the Cinque Ports.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
A warm summer’s afternoon, tall trees giving plenty of shade, beds of fragrant flowers and the chink of china tea cups; gentle conversation and the ripples of laughter set the scene for a quintessential English afternoon. It was our August Garden Meeting and that is what we had planned, but Mother Nature stepped in and as soon as we were all outside it rained, and everyone made for the stylish comfort of our hostess’ lounge! So the croquet hoops stood forlorn on the lawn and the chairs were stacked in the gazebo.

Undaunted, members tackled the quiz and soon it was time for tea. An array of sandwiches (crustless, of course), some triple layered in a checkerboard pattern. Simply divine cakes and float away meringue,s but what else would we expect as we are the WI!
Ladies you should join us – we always welcome new members.

Next month’s meeting is on Thursday 14 September in St George’s Hall at 2.00pm. Our speaker will be Mr Roger Paine and his talk is titled “Ditty Box”.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB
will meet on Tuesday 5 September at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. The speaker will be Mr Hugh Miller who will give a talk entitled "Four brothers and a friend called Dan".

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 883282.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION
Monday 11 September is our next meeting in St George’s Hall at 7.15pm and the speaker is Mr John Mathias, talking on ‘Organic Gardening at Yalding’. We hope it will be informative for the gardener interested in organic produce and general gardening. Watch this space and advertisement in Focus for the start of our new season of Masterclasses. New members always welcome. Contact Mary Terry 01892 783154.

WADHURST AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB
The next meeting will be on 7 September titled “September Splendour’ by Mr Alan Smith.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION would be pleased to hear from anyone from Wadhurst or local villages interested in finding out more, and perhaps 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 783291.

MINI MARKET
will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 2 September from 9.30 to 11.00am. All the proceeds this month will go to Water Aid, a charity working to provide a safe water supply to communities around the world.

MAYFIELD AND DISTRICT U3A
Our next meeting will be on 21 September when John Caperon will speak on Matthew Arnold, Victorian and Modern Man. This will take place in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm. Members free, visitors £1.

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

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB
Holding a Jumble Sale in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 7 October9.30 to 11.30am. Clothes, White Elephant, cakes and refreshments. Collection or information 01580 200302 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 28 September in St George’s Hall at 2.30pm and is titled, ‘Welcome to the Salvation Army’. As always a warm welcome is extended to all.
TTSE
The Third Sunday Evening programme has been such a success over the last eighteen months that another series has been planned for this coming Autumn and Winter.

On Sunday 17 September we shall be looking at Global Warming, Climate Change and the Environment. We are constantly being urged by government and the conservationists to “do our bit” but does that really make a difference? What effect is global warming really having, or likely to have, on climate change and the world environment? Is there more that we could, or should, be doing? Come and hear from the experts. Come and have your say! In the Methodist Church on Sunday 17 September from 6.30pm. Everyone welcome!

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND
The Mullins Memorial Fund is celebrating its 90th Birthday this year.

The Fund was set up originally by Mr and Miss Mullins to contribute towards “the provision of a Cottage Hospital for Wadhurst as a memorial for those who had died or who would die” in the Great War. Years later, after much research and abortive planning, it was realised that the idea of a hospital was a nostalgic and out-of-date vision. A large donation was, therefore, given to provide half the cost of building three almshouse bungalows in the Marlpit, as is recorded on their gable end.

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 if someone who would benefit financially or emotionally from their support. Please inform one of the Office Bearers on 01892 782181, 782835 or 783212. Whatever is done is done in complete confidentiality.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, WADHURST & TIDEBROOK BRANCH
The next meeting is on Thursday 21 September at 7.30pm in St George’s Hall. Mrs Heather Woodward is to be our speaker and her subject is ‘The Life of Beatrix Potter’. This is a meeting open to al so do come along if you are interested. There will be a collection for The National Trust.

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.

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Well, here we are in the middle of August, the sun has stopped shining, and the rain has decided to arrive. We do need it though, desperately. Yes, it was flaming June and flaming July, so we were very lucky with our summer events. Our final event of the summer was playing at Alexander Park, Hastings where, yes, the sun did shine. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, as did the people wandering around or sitting comfortably in the Park. The Band now has a two week break then it will be all action in September getting ‘in tune’ for the Poppy Concert on the 8.

Yes, I did make it for the Scarecrow Weekend albeit playing a cornet, as Jenny mentioned in last month’s Focus, rather than my baritone. My aim is to be playing my baritone at the Poppy Concert but I’m not so sure about that one. We will see. Have to take it in stages I guess. Trouble is I’m no good at patience and that is what I keep being told – Be Patient! Anyway, that’s enough about me.

I am sure somewhere out there in the locality of Wadhurst are some eager brass players itching to join a Band or wanting to learn to play a brass instrument but not brave enough to come forward – well, the saying goes: ‘Don’t be shy, give it a try!!!!’ So come on, Thursday evenings, main Band from 8.00 to 9.45pm and training Band is from 7.00 to 7.45pm. A great time would be had. All ages welcome, you are never too old to learn. Go on, I’ve given you just that extra bit of encouragement to come along and give it a go. Even if your playing is a bit rusty or that instrument up in the loft is looking a bit sorry for itself, come along and give it a try. Darker evenings are beginning to set in now and as was said last month, the Band provides the instruments free and the sessions are free as well.

That’s about it for this month, we look forward to seeing you all at the Poppy Concert on Saturday 8 October at 8.00pm and you never know, we might have some new faces there too.
Lydia Fuggle

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 782247
Lydia Fuggle Secretary and Training Band 01892 782308

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.

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)

UPLANDS
To mark 150 years in the life of what is now the Uplands Youth Centre, two special events will take place at the end of September. On Friday 22 there will be an all day event at Uplands, focussing on youth achievement

On Saturday 23 at the Youth Centre, there will be a programme of activity in the building and outside. The history of the building will be explained; members of the Wadhurst Dramatic Club, photos from Stan Cosham’s amazing collection – and others recently found in the East Sussex Record Office by the Wadhurst History Society – will provide additional interest. Displays will explain what the Centre does for our young people – and what they do for Wadhurst: the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and other activities will all be on show. Charles Hendry MP will unveil a commemorative plaque and the Wadhurst Brass Band will make a special appearance.

There will also be a Farmers’ Market at the Youth Centre with local produce on sale from businesses in the area, organised by the Stonegate Farmers’ Market for our benefit.

The event on Friday is open to anyone with a child at Uplands – or about to have a child at the school. On Saturday, ALL ARE WELCOME – so come along and enjoy a memorable experience.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB ~ 1946-2006 - 60 YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT -

“How the Other Half Loves” by Alan Ayckbourn: 19 - 21 October
Rehearsals are now in full swing.comedy (aka "farce") is always tricky to produce on stage. The hard work begins once the cast have stopped finding rehearsals extremely funny and have embarked on the serious business of learning lines and getting the moves right. But, they are rising admirably to the challenge before them and looking set to pull off a huge box office success.

Alan Ayckbourn brings to the theatre his own unique brand of farce. "How the Other Half Loves" is no exception: it's a really funny play and we can all recognise someone we know in the six characters who make up the cast. In the best traditions of farce, we see a bumbling husband with a philandering wife, a rather "hippy" couple whose baby enjoys peanut butter and a very earnest young accountant with a timid, nail-biting wife who thoroughly enjoys cleaning someone else's house!

Tickets will go on sale at Newington's Newsagents, High Street, Wadhurst from Monday 2 October. Performances on 19, 20 and 21 October at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst (curtain-up at 8.00 pm). Turn out, or risk missing out on an excellent evening's entertainment with a surfeit-splitting laughs!

COFFEE MORNING - Saturday 2 September
Wadhurst Dramatic Club Coffee Mornings are normally held at Carillon House, High Street, Wadhurst on the first Saturday of each month from 10.30 till 12noon. Club and Committee members are always pleased to meet existing and potential new members at these gatherings which are very friendly and informal and where all-comers are welcome to drop in for a coffee/tea and a chat about any aspect of the Club's activities. We hope we may look forward to seeing you at Carillon Cottage in thenear future!

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.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.

The next meeting will be on 7 September when we will have a ‘Teddies Picnic’, and then again on 21 September when the story will be ’Moses in the bulrushes’. For more info call Ruth on 01892 784117.
"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)

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 12noon and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

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.

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.

IndependentAge 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 17.07.06 to 15.08.06.
10 - 06. Mayfield Lane. Sussex Police now report that there was no theft from staff bag at residential home, theft happened elsewhere.
This message 20.06 is repeated, because of the seriousness of the following incidents reported below.
20 - 06. Sparrows Green Rd. @18.40pm, Very suspicious male, 30 to 50 yrs, England cap, driving blue Vauxhall Corsa, which had England Flags on it, following young girls over several days, possibly taking photos of these young girls on his mobile phone, he drove off towards Ticehurst when girl's father turned up to collect the girls.

17.07. Wadhurst Stn. Between 07.45 & 19.45. Crowbar used on silver Mini Cooper, vehicle searched for sat nav?
18.07. Little Park. Between 23.00 & 07.00,rear door of vehicle drilled,2 nail / 1framing / 1finishing guns, 2 drills, all stolen, value £1000 +
21.07. High Street. Suspicious male (as @ 20.06 ) @ 19.30pm, harassed and gave abuse to young lady, sounded car horn.
23.07. High Street. Suspicious male (as @ 20.06 ) @ 12.45pm taking pictures of waste ground behind Kebab van site.
24.07. Wallcrouch High St. Suspicious male (as @ 20.06 ) @ 19.00pm spotted in car near to young lady @ incident 21.07.
24.07. High Street. Suspicious male (as @ 20.06) @ 20.30pm following 2 young girls, police called, male stopped and questioned.
24 - 07. Sparrows Green Rd. The suspicious male, blue Vauxhall Corsa, previously reported 7 times, seen in Wallcrouch, then Wadhurst High Street, stopped and searched, no camera or pictures of pupils found at this time.
24 - 07. Sparrows Green Rd.@ 15.45, young female reported following day, outside Chip shop, slim, white male, clean shaven, short spiky black hair, around 30 yrs old, wearing green jumper, taking photos of her from white van, with "TIY" on the side.
28 - 07. Turners Green Lne.@16.08, Polish male, slim, dark hair, 5ft10ins, clean shaven, crooked teeth, wearing jeans/grey sleeveless top trying to sell pictures, householder unable to understand caller.
30 - 07. Mayfield Lane. Between 2100 & 23.00, shed entered, door left open, shed was alarmed, nothing removed that is known of.
31 - 07. Mayfield Lane. Between 20.30 & 22.30 Break in, residents in house, work bag /laptop/Cd player/ Cds, handbag, purse & cheque book stolen, thieves entered through rear door.
01 - 08. Dewhurst Lane. White Irish male, late 20s, dark shaven hair, high visibility jacket, driving blue/green Ford Mondeo / orange light strip on roof of car, became abusive when caller was not interested in Tarmac he was trying to sell.
04 - 08. Bewl Water. Orange Janneau Commando 3.6m motorboat, value £8000, with launch trolley & wheelbase attached, lifted over 4m fence, no forced entry to yard buildings.
06 - 08. Wadhurst High St. Between 12.20 & 13.15, Vehicle had both rear tyres slashed & obscene word scratched on boot lid.
06 - 08. Jonas Lane. A broken down vehicle, left parked in road, then was vandalised.
07 - 08. Faircrouch Lane. Between 12.00 & 07.50 mower stolen from garden.
12 - 08. Southview Rd. Between 18.00 & 16.30 Rear No Plate stolen from dark blue Peugeot 307.
12 - 08. Mayfield Lane. Bellerbys College, 2 males, early 30s, large build, one dark brown hair, grey T shirt, tried to steal lawn mower

Wadhurst Assault. 22 / 23 July 2006. Information leading police are seeking to the identification of a suspect / offender responsible for an assault in Washwell Lane, Wadhurst, East Sussex, close to the junction with the High Street on Saturday 22 July 2006.The victim sustained injuries to the face & legs during the assault and the following day attended hospital for treatment for his injuries. The suspect is described as a white pale skinned male, short straight black hair, medium build & height. If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to contact PC Cope CC728 @ Crowborough Police on : - 0845 60 70 999, quoting serial 705 of 24/07/06 or please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Incident at Wadhurst Social Club. 4 / 5 August 2006. Sussex Police are investigating an incident which took place at Wadhurst Social Club just before midnight on Friday 4 August / early hours of Saturday 5 August. As a result of this incident a 45yr old man from Wadhurst was taken to K & S Hospital Intensive Treatment Unit, with life threatening injuries. On the afternoon, Tuesday 8 August the man died. A post mortem is expected to take place on Thursday 10 August. The investigation is in its early stages and police are trying to establish the exact circumstances of this incident. Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information is asked to contact police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting operation TAXI or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

ID and tribute ref Wadhurst Social Club incident (Op Taxi) Sussex Police can confirm the identity of the man who died in the K & S Hospital Intensive Treatment Unit on Tuesday 8 August. He was John Michael Pitts, 45 years, of Bassetts Forge, Durgates, Wadhurst. A post mortem carried out on Thursday 10 August revealed Mr John Pitts died of a severe head injury. police are still trying to establish the exact cause of this injury.

Family Tribute To Mr John Pitts:
" John was a loving husband, father to his son (8yrs) and his daughter (12yrs), a brother and son-in-law. He was a very kind person who would do anything for anyone, especially when it came to DIY. He loved fishing and playing pool. John will be greatly missed by all of us".

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind love and support over the past few days. We would now kindly ask for people to respect our wishes for some time on our own to come to terms with the sad and tragic loss of John."
From John’s wife Sarah & family

Trading Standards.
09 -08. This service has received information that itinerant fishmongers were seen in the Wadhurst area yesterday. The food sold door-to-door by these persons is usually of poor quality, often misdescribed, short weight and overpriced. Should any of your community receive information concerning these people or their identity or the identity of their vehicle(s) we would be pleased to hear from you and would endeavour to despatch an officer to apprehend and deal with them with police assistance should they be seen operating in your area. Please contact Peter Deacon on 01323 418203, (or email to peter.deacon@eastsussex.gov.uk), or if not available contact 01323 418200.

Having recently issued a summons in respect of thirty offences against such a trader this service is keen to apprehend any others causing consumer detriment to vulnerable East Sussex residents.

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.
Tim Page, Wadhurst Representative to Wealden District Council for WRF - Wealden Residents Forum for Wadhurst residents and tenants.
Tel: 01892 783313Mobile: 07956 932354 E-mail

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
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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