spent a fascinating evening hearing the maire of Marquillies, monsieur Eric Bocquet, explaining, in immaculate English, the French local government system. The audience included quite a number of our councillors, parish and district, and they were clearly envious of the range of influence, the autonomy and the financial and planning independence held by local councils in France. “If only” was probably the collective thought! Eric Bocquet, a headmaster in the village about three kilometres from Aubers, proved to be a delightful speaker and we thank him (and Joss Leclercq who recommended him) for being willing to give up his time and for the effort he had put into preparing his speech to explain the system so clearly. It was an enlightening and very enjoyable evening and social gathering.

For details about the Twinning in general, contact John McKenzie on 784342 or Heather Woodward on 783212. For membership, contact Janet Mcfarlan on 783291.

The Gardeners again surprised everyone as to their displays despite the unusual weather. The Extraordinary Meeting was well attended, the Motion was unanimously agreed upon. NO MEETING in AUGUST. The next meeting is 10 September when the speaker will be Mr Hilary Newman, speaking on ‘Water Gardening’ in the UK and France. The competitions are 5 Beans and a photograph that includes water.

The ‘Autumn Show’ is on Saturday 22 September in the Commemoration Hall; see Schedule – 50p from the shop Jean Marie.
Mary Terry (01892 783154)

There will be no Mini Market in August due to holidays, but this gives us an opportunity to thank everybody for their loyal support. The next Mini Market will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 1 September, from 9.30 to 11.00am. We look forward to seeing you there.

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).

We meet every third Wednesday at Hurst Green Village Hall, all are welcome. Ring David Francis on 01580 200672 for more information.

Lesley Phillips would like to thank everyone who supported the raffle that she ran at the show for St Thomas’ Lupus Trust. The amazing result was £490!

In a small, but world-renowned unit, a donation such as this makes a huge difference.

Our next meeting will be at 2.30pm on Thursday 23 August at St George’s Hall with a talk on Sussex Air Ambulance by Heather Woodward. If you have never ventured into Afternoon Fellowship, it would be lovely to see you: all-comers welcome.

BEDGEBURY PINETUM - Right on Your Doorstep
The National Pinetum is a world class collection of dramatic conifers and a beautiful setting for country walks in all seasons. The 2,000 acre Bedgebury Forest offers miles of family cycling, mountain-biking, riding, walking, Go Ape and adventure play area for all ages and abilities.

The Visitor Centre has cycle hire, refreshments and showers. As a location for healthy outdoor activity in a beautiful setting, Bedgebury is in a class of its own.

Saturday 4 August – Bedgebury’s Summer Birds. 10.00am-12 noon. £8.00. Would you like to find out more about the resident birds and summer visitors we have at Bedgebury? Join our expert, Geoff Orton for an informative morning. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Monday 6 August –Wednesday 8 August. British Cycling Go Ride Programme. For 11-16 year olds. £5. Brush up your mountain-biking skills with the experts. Book Via John Scripps on 07843549106 or on email: johnscripps@britishcycling.org.uk

Tuesday 7 August – Green Man Children’s Event. 10.00am - 12 noon (4-6 years); 2.00pm-4.00pm (7-12 years). £5.00. An arty encounter with that elusive figure of woodland mythology.

Wednesday 15 August – Summer Sensations Children’s Event. 10.00am-12noon (4-6 years); 2.00pm-4.00pm (7-12 years). £5.00. We will help you to use all your senses and create your own sensational adventure in a world of trees.

Wednesday 15 August – Batty in the Pinetum.8.00pm-10.00pm. £8.00.

Thursday 23 August – Summer Mapsticks Trail Children’s Event. 11.00am-12noon and 1.00pm-2.00pm (4-6 years); 2.30pm-3.30pm (7-12 years). £2.00. From Giant Redwoods to Grand Firs, this event will take you on a trail through the National Pinetum to discover trees using the native North American mapstick.

Saturday 8 September – Marie Curie Great Forest Run. 10.00am start. Entry forms can be obtained from the Marie Curie website or details from Mia Patterson, 01883 832665. Measured 10K run through the beautiful Bedgebury Forest.

The booklet "Walks around Wadhurst" published by the society describing a range of circular walks in the area around the village, has been completely revised and updated, with two additional walks bring the total to 17, and with suggestions for linking the walks to make longer outings.

The revised booklet is now on sale at Barnett's bookshop, price £3.

Members and friends meet on the last Sunday of each month in the car park behind One Stop, Washwell Lane, Wadhurst at 2.00pm. The next walk, on 26 August will be a Jarvis Brook Circular, and will be led by the Rotherfield group.

Saturday 11 August, 10.00am to 12.30pm in Stonegate Village Hall. Over twenty stalls selling wonderful local produce and refreshments. For more information call 01580 200386.

Thank you to our host at  Courthope Avenue.

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 14 August.

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

An exhilarating evening of sight, sound and musical entertainment!

‘Opera in the Open’ returns to Bayham Abbey on Saturday 4 August, at 7.30pm. Opera Frizzante will again be performing a selection of favourite moments from much loved operas, as well as items from popular 20th century composers.

Gates open at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £25 on the night, but £20 if bought in advance (children under 15 are free). Bring a party, a picnic and chairs and enjoy the ambience.

Phone: 01892 891115
Post: Lamberhurst Music Festival, The Down House, Lamberhurst TN3 8ET

On Saturday 25 August the Wadhurst Astronomical Society will be having it’s "Star Party". Michael Harte has again kindly offered the use of his farm for the annual "Summer Star Party".

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.

There will be no general meeting in August, though some of our study/interest groups will continue during this month.

In September Dr Christopher Wheatley will present an illustrated talk on The Golden Age of Dutch Art. This will take place in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm on the 20th of the month. Visitors welcome at £1 per head, members free.

The Mullins Memorial Fund is holding one fund-raising event in September and two in October before a jumble sale is held in November and the annual Christmas Quiz hits the streets on Saturday 1 December.

On Saturday 22 September the graphologist, Erik Rees, will be giving a talk in Wadhurst Primary School at 7.30 for 8.00pm. This will be an opportunity to find out how hand-writing indicates character and personality. The evening will be divided in two with the first part an illustrated explanation of graphology and, after the break, a chance to see analyses of the writing of people present, perhaps even your own.

Erik Rees began his interest in graphology at a very young age, being the son of a professional graphologist in his native Czechoslovakia. After arriving in Britain with his parents during the Second World War, young Erik began his education in this country, finally gaining a diploma in textiles from Salford University. Being a born linguist with five languages to his credit, including English and Czech, Erik successfully held several senior positions in the textile industry, his father having advised him against a career in graphology. His love for the subject never left him, however, and every now and then an opportunity would present itself to demonstrate his skills. His decision to give up a well-paid career to pursue his love of graphology has been more than justified and, as he plans for the future, he has time for everything except retirement.

Tickets for what should be a fascinating evening go on sale at Newingtons on Monday 3 September. The £5 includes a ploughman’s supper and there will be a limited bar. Seating will be at tables of six so do make up a table and enjoy an entertaining evening while helping this worthwhile local charity.

On Saturday 13 October, the Ashdown Singers will be presenting a programme which will celebrate their broad repertoire in the Parish Church at 7.30 for 8.00pm. They sing a wide variety of music including great classics, spirituals, madrigals and rousing choruses. The tickets are £8 and will include wine or soft drinks and nibbles. They will go on sale at Newingtons on Monday 17 September.

The third fund-raiser is The Mullins Autumn Produce Market will be held on Friday 19 October on the forecourt of the Commemoration Hall from 8.30am. Any contributions to this market would be very gratefully received.

If you have any goods for the November stall or potential raffle prizes, they also would be much appreciated.

Requests come in regularly to the Mullins Memorial Fund and the Trustees are glad to be able to help people of Wadhurst in whatever way is the most appropriate to needs and circumstances. Hence the drive to raise as much money as possible so that we can respond to requests as promptly as possible. Your support of these fund-raising activities and the generous financial donations we have been given are extremely valuable. You can be certain that whatever you give is used entirely for people of Wadhurst.

If you know someone who you feel might benefit financially, practically or emotionally from our support, please pass the information on to one of the Office Bearers on 782181, 782835 or 783212 their name. Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

Celebrating it’s 11th year in the centre of Wadhurst The September Art Exhibition will be showing the work of 35 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 from 7 to 16 September at The Commemoration Hall, High Street, Wadhurst from 10.00am – 8.00pm (closes 4.00pm on Sunday 16th  Refreshments available. Free entry - wheelchair access.

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Wadhurst  and Ticehurst, our street collection in the two places last May raised £500 and generous donations raised the final total for our flag day to £900. Some of this will go Head Office funds at Eastbourne and the rest will be used to support our members in Wadhurst, Stonegate, Ticehurst and Frant.

On the second Wednesday of each month, we take our members out to tea, either to private houses or to places of interest nearby. Birthdays and Christmas are always celebrated. If you think you might like to join our group, or you know anyone who might be interested, please contact Jackie Scott on 782683. We are a very friendly group.

We could also do with more drivers, so if you think you could help on the second Wednesday of the month, (it does not have to be every month), please again contact Jackie.

The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 30 August from 2.00 to 4.00pm and 7.30 to 9.00pm at Wadhurst Fire / Police Station Conference Room. Please come along and meet Wadhurst's PCSO Marc Simmonds and Wadhurst's Community Area N.W.Co-ordinator - Tim Page. There will be another room available for private one to one consultations.


The Club will be presenting a new Murder Mystery play at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst for two evenings on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October. Written by Chris Martin, a college drama teacher and budding playwright who already has a half dozen plays of this genre to his credit, "Who Killed the Football Manager?" takes place in a boarding school for young gentlemen in 1974 (when of course flared pants, mini skirts, hot pants and 'interesting' hairstyles were much in evidence!). It soon emerges that some staff members - and parents - have axes to grind. When the school's Football Tutor, Bob Baxter, a very fit man in his middle 40s, is found dead in suspicious circumstances, the hunt begins to track down the perpetrator...

The play requires four females and four males (one of the latter roles is written as a 14-15 year old schoolboy but it could just as easily be played for even more laughs by a more "mature" male actor in school uniform!). A Narrator is also needed (male of female) - and this person could also double up as either of two Police Inspectors also required(and who equally could be played by males or females, or a combination of each).

The play will be presented in Rehearsed Reading format, SO IT WILL BE NOT BE NECESSARY TO LEARN ANY LINES!

READTHROUGH on Wednesday 1 August at Carillon Cottage, High Street, Wadhurst (7.30pm start). AUDITIONS at same venue and starting time on Wednesday 8 August. Further information and expressions of interest in taking part: Martin Elson - 01435 884080; email martinelson@onetel.net

The Club is delighted to announce that WYTKIDZ - aka Wadhurst Youth Theatre - will be starting up again this coming Autumn at Uplands Youth Centre, Wadhurst. A 10-week course of activities has been organised and sessions will be held weekly (from 7.00 to 9.00 pm), beginning on WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER. So, if you're rising 11 years old (or thereabouts), and want to learn about all aspects of the theatre by taking part in special workshops, readings, performances and other learning actitivities designed principally for fun, why don't you join WYTKIDZ? Further information from Wendy Barr 01892 784212.

The Club would like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who came to our Charity Variety Show at the end of June; especially to Kath Bishop, the producer, to all the artistes, the musicians and the back stage team. Thanks to your support and participation, the Show was a great success raising over £1,750,which has enabled us to fund the full cost of a new ECG machine for Belmont Surgery.

There will be no meeting for August.

The next meeting will be a talk on ‘Osteopathy in Practice’ by Tim Fermor on Tuesday 7 August at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club

On Saturday 29 September, the Association will stage its first History Quiz Night in the Commemoration Hall. Do not be put off by the title – think about it – everything is History once it’s passed so virtually all topics could be included – sport, geography, politics, science and Arts – you name it, it’s all History. Tables will be of six people at £8 per head to include a ploughman’s supper supplied by the Lemon Tree. There will be a cash bar and a raffle. Make up a table of your friends or to represent your society/group and come and enjoy a fun evening. Tickets are available from 01892 783455. Individuals are also welcome.

There is no Lecture meeting in August or September. On Thursday 11 October, the Society welcomes Marian Betterby talking about The Apple: from Eve to Today.  On Thursday 8 November, Hugh Miller’s subject will be Four Brothers – and a Friend called Dan.

Work continues its research on Wadhurst between the years 1936 and 1946 which includes Shovers Green, Churchsettle, Cousley Wood, Sparrows Green, Durgates, Best Beech, and Tidebrook,. Others in the group are working on Life in Wadhurst between the Wars 1919 to 1939. 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 contact David James, Markwicks, Lamberhurst Road, Cousley Wood, Wadhurst, TN5 6HG (01892 890330).

We are very grateful to everyone who has provided information so far and to those who have given material to be catalogued and kept in the archives. In dream cuckoo-land maybe one day Wadhurst will have a Museum and everyone will be able to research and explore those archives. We can never have enough if we are to be able to give future generations a complete picture of Wadhurst during the critical periods of its history.

Major projects like our current ones will be significant as our researches in other areas continue. Eventually all this work is for the benefit of the people of Wadhurst.

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

Do you have office and admin skills, or are you looking to brush up on your skills? The National Trust Admin team based in the South East Region Area Office at Scotney Castle are desperately in need of help for the Curatorial Department - archiving, researching and filing all things old, interesting and fascinating to do with the Historic Properties owned by the National Trust in Kent and East Sussex. IT Skills would be a bonus. In return for helping out for one day or even a half-day once a week you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping in some way to conserve part of our heritage. If you can help at all please call Teresa Kent on 01892 893 842.

Open Day at Knowles Tooth Children,s Centre is Sunday 9 September from 2.00 to 5.00pm. Always plenty of fun for the family and a chance to see what it's all about .

The Annual Mammoth Book Sale will be at the end of October / early November. Further details in the next Focus but start sorting your bookshelves now please.
Jill Brewster (01580 830008)
Hospice in the Weald
Sunday 23 September, 10.00am, Hospice in the Weald's 10km, 5km and 1km Run, Lower Cricket Ground, Tunbridge Wells.

Following the success of our first 10km in 2006, we are repeating this event and including a 5km run with a 1km run for Juniors/Mums/Dads/Grandparents etc. The runs will start and end at the Lower Cricket Ground and the 10 and 5km runs will be a challenging course through Broadwater Forest - the 5km run will be a lot less challenging than the 10km!

Entry fees: £8 for affiliated club members, £10 for pre-registered individuals, £12 for registration on the day and £3 for juniors etc on the 1km.

For further information contact Fiona Parry on 01892 820508.

Despite the most awful weather on Sunday the 24 June, Jane Littlejohn and her friends made over £600 for the Hospice by putting on an excellent Dog Show in Stonegate. It was just such a shame that all those who would have supported this marvellous endeavour, had the weather been good, just did not have the heart to do so in all that rain. Thank you all very much indeed for all your hard work. (The dogs were, of course, oblivious to the conditions and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, but the appreciative crowds were just not there!)

Further thanks must go to Ena Tincombe who held a coffee morning at her home in Crittles Court on Monday the 9 July. Thank you to all who attended - such a worthwhile morning making over £350, and thanks again to Eileen Hemsley who sold her cards and raised a further £31 on the day. If anyone feels able to offer their home for such an event in the future please let either Val Tunbridge (782498) or myself know.

I must also thank all those around the village who have boxes - I have recently emptied most of these and have sent a further £100 to Hospice.
Linda Kings, Link Coordinator (01892 783461)

WADHURST BRASS BAND -50th Anniversary Well and Truly Celebrated!!
Were you there? Will you be able to tell your descendents that you were present at this famous historical event, remembered forever in the annals of village lore? The occasion also marked the inauguration of the WBB Founder’s Award. This was presented to Algy Hoare in recognition of his unique role in the band’s history. More names will be added to it in the future as a way of marking the contributions of other people to the continuing success of the band.

Onwards and Upwards

Meanwhile our summer season continues and so far we have managed to defy the vagaries of the weather gods. The two nights at the Variety Show were excellent shows which we hugely enjoyed. Fetes at Tidebrook and Stonegate went well, as did the Bewl Water run. None of the band were mistaken for Scarecrows (not even Ken) which is always a bonus.

Training Band: this is doing very well under the careful (and patient) guidance of Jenny and Lydia. It is open to anyone who wants to try their hand at playing and instruments are available. Perhaps you used to play or once started to learn but gave up for some reason. We meet at 7.00pm in the music room at Uplands Community College, so don’t be shy, give Jenny a call on 01892 782247 or contact us via our website at www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk.

Vacancies: Do you play an instrument? Do you know anyone who does? Maybe you/they play in an orchestra or another type of group and want to find out about this strange world of Brass Banding? We guarantee you a warm welcome and the chance to make music and new friends. If you happen to play cornet (maybe trumpet), tenor horn, euphonium or bass (tuba) then that is even better.

Here are some of our confirmed performances for the rest of  2007 – hope to see you there!

Saturday8 SeptemberPantiles Bandstand, Tunbridge Wells ,12noon
Sunday30 SeptemberEastbourne Bandstand, 3.00pm
Saturday6 OctoberPoppy Concert, 8.00pm
Saturday8 DecemberChristmas Concert, 8.00pm

Contacts:           Jenny Cooper               Band Manager  01892 782247
Lydia Fuggle                 Secretary                01892 782308
Andrew Scarborough

held its Annual General Meeting recently and is well on the way to planning its next year’s activities.

The Biennial Visit of the Association to Aubers will take place on 1 and 2 September. We are hoping that people who have not yet been over to Aubers will want to take this opportunity of travelling with us. That said, we are aware that some people are a little nervous at the thought of staying with a French family and perhaps not being able to converse with them in French.
If you would like to come over with the coach and join in any group activities but would like to stay overnight in a hotel, please would you contact Heather Woodward on 783212. There would be a slight extra cost for staying in a hotel but hotel prices are not excessive in France.
Everyone wishing to travel is asked to send a cheque, made out to the Wadhurst Twinning Association, for a deposit of £20 per head to reserve a place on the coach. This should be sent or delivered to Chequers, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst, TN5 6LR.

For details about the Twinning in general, contact John McKenzie on 784342 or Heather Woodward on 783212.  For membership, contact Janet Mcfarlan on 783291.
Phone 0845 6070999 or email at marc.simmonds@sussex.pnn.police.uk

In liaison with Crowborough CAB, Carillon Cottage now offers a fully trained CAB adviser every Wednesday morning, 9.00am to 12 noon. Please feel free to call in and ask to speak to the CAB person or else ring 01892 785658 to make an appointment.

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