WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - DECEMBER 2007

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND
The Mullins Christmas Quiz will be published on Saturday 1 December. For only £1 you, your family and friends will be able to have hours of fascinating fun trying to solve it, while at the same time supporting a Wadhurst charity. Why not include some in your Christmas cards or presents? Quiz sheets will be available from Carillon Cottage and the Belmont Surgery and should be returned by Friday 4 January.

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. 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. Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – WADHURST & TIDEBROOK BRANCH
The Wadhurst and Tidebrook Branch of the Royal British Legion would like to thank everyone who helped and supported this years' Poppy Appeal. This year the local collections amounted to £5,347 which is again in itself, another record. This amounts to a good proportion of the overall figure for the area.

As Poppy Appeal Organiser I would like to thank everyone for their continued support.       Maurice H. Wilson

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB CHRISTMAS LIGHTS EVENT
Following last years highly acclaimed evening, the Rotary Club are again organising a Christmas Lights and late night shopping evening on the High Street in Wadhurst. The event will take place on Friday 14 December from 5.30pm.

It is hoped that nearly all the shops and businesses will be lighting up their windows and taking part. Rotary Club will be purchasing more Festive lighting, and events planned include, a Santa’s Grotto and other children’s entertainment, a Hog Roast, Carol Singing, an appearance by Wadhurst Brass Band and lots of food and drink. It is also intended to hold a mini Christmas Craft Fair with stalls selling all sorts of Christmas goodies.

If you would like to book a stall, or feel you would like to take part in the evening in any other way, please ring the organisers, Alan McGee on 01892 784274 or Malcolm Williams on 01892 782427.

Last years event raised enough money to purchase a Defibrillator for the village, which is now in use. As it is intended to make this an annual occasion, and in order to try and brighten up even more our village High Street, Rotary Club have decided to put all the money raised from this year’s event back into the Community by putting the money towards providing bigger and better lights for the future. Further information on the event will be appearing around the village over the next two months.

WADHURST PROBUS CLUB
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 4 December at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club with a talk by Jo Ambrose on Working Horses.

Hospice in the Weald - Wadhurst Link
The coffee morning held by Mrs Audrey Mitchell, on Thursday 18 October, was a tremendous success and raised £130. Thank you very much Audrey and all those who attended.

A lunch and sale of Hospice Christmas Cards and Christmas Goods was recently held at my house, and I am very pleased and grateful to announce that we managed to send in excess of £2,130 to Hospice. I would like to thank all those who supported this event and hope you will bear it in mind for next year!

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas, and I look forward to many occasions during 2008 when we can cheerfully try to raise more money for our marvellous Hospice.

The next coffee morning for Hospice will be at Fieldhaven, Old Station Road, at the home of Val Tunbridge (01892 782498), on Wednesday 12 December - 10.00am to 12 noon. All welcome.
(I would like to reiterate my plea for a little more help and support - if anyone is interested in assisting to raise money, contributing ideas for same, and providing venues for coffee mornings, bridge teas, etc. please do contact me ASAP.)

Hospice in the Weald Wadhurst Link, Linda Kings (01892 783461)

The Cards for Good Causes Shop will be open in The Methodist Church until 13 December.

Wadhurst Primary school will be holding its Christmas Fair on Saturday 1 December between 11.00am and 2.00pm. There will be the usual raffle and tombola as well as a range of craft stalls and refreshments. Plus, bring your little ones alone to see Santa in his Grotto!

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION
The Twinning Winter Social is always an enjoyable and festive occasion during the darker  nights of the year and will be on Saturday 12 January 2008 in the Youth Centre, beginning at 7.30pm. This January, we are hoping that a small group from Aubers will be able to join us. A hot supper, a film about France, a raffle and plenty of good company will guarantee a thoroughly enjoyable and sociable evening together.

Tickets - £12.50 (with £7 for 16 and under) - include a hot meal and a pre-supper drink. They are limited in number and will be on sale at Newingtons from Monday 10 December until Saturday 5 January 2008 only – that way, we can finalise numbers to the outside caterers. Everyone welcome.

St John Ambulance Wadhurst Division will be having a Christmas Table Top Craft Sale on 8 December at the Commemoration Hall. We hope to have all kinds of crafts. Table Tops are for sale at £10 for one or £15 for two. Doors will be open from 9.30am to 12 noon, and entrance will be by donation. To book table tops please telephone Cindy (01892 784714) or Margery (01580 200378).

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

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY
The Society thoroughly appreciated the talk given in November by Hugh Miller. His presentation was evocative and moving, especially as we approached Remembrance Sunday. On Thursday 13 December, 7.30 for 8.00pm, we review the year and our achievements at the AGM; the business meeting will be followed by a social get-together and an Entertainment. Big hint………..Subscriptions are now due and Ian Adam-Smith would be pleased to receive them as soon as possible.

Work continues on the research for ‘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). 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. 

Afternoon Fellowship
Our next meeting will be a Carol Service at the Methodist Church on 20 December. If you have never ventured into Afternoon Fellowship, it would be lovely to see you: all-comers welcome.

“YOU’VE GOTTA  PICK A TICKET OR TWO…”  (OR EVEN MORE MAYBE?)

Oi, all you Musical lovers - how does
  Lionel Bart’s “Oliver” grab you then?
 It’s coming to Wadhurst pretty soon
Very catchy songs, lovely singers &
    Expert musicians, plus a 63-strong cast
    Really acting & singing their hearts out!

Wadhurst Dramatic Club is pleased and proud to announce that by arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York, it will be presenting a total of 8 performances of Lionel Bart’s smash-hit musical “Oliver!” at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst in January/February 2008.

There will be evening performances (7.30 pm) on Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January as well as on Thursday 31 January, Friday 1 February and Saturday 2 February 2008. There will also be matinée performances (2.30pm) on Saturday 26 January and Saturday 2 February 2008.

Because demand for tickets for this ever-popular musical is likely to be very brisk indeed, it will be possible to make advance bookings by telephone (from 3 to 16 December) by calling 01435 884080. Tickets will then go on sale as usual at Newington’s Newsagents, High Street Wadhurst from Monday 17 December.

The Club’s New Year message to all whose continuing support is greatly appreciated is: Book early to avoid disappointment!

MINI MARKET
will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 1 December from 9.30 to 11.00am. All the proceeds will go to the children’s charity NCH. Your support is very much appreciated.

Murder Mystery "M'Nango Valley"
WOW would like to invite you to "M'Nango Valley" a murder mystery evening on Saturday 9 February. An explorer has returned recently from his adventures and has plans to open a theme park in Wadhurst - he hopes to win the support of the locals (you!) but not surprisingly he encounters some opposition and what with one thing and another this leads to a murder! Would you like to join us for a home cooked three course supper and help solve the crime?
Tickets are £15 per head, available from Janet Goldsmith 01892 783264. It takes place at Uplands Community Technology College, the action starts at 7.30pm and a team of talented local actors will be performing. The bar will sell wine, beer and soft drinks and the seating is arranged in tables of six. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to charity.

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).

Are you interested in making wine?
The Wadhurst Winemakers' Circle meets at the Sports Pavilion, Sparrows Green, on the first Friday of the month where we have regular speakers on various subjects and wine tastings. The next meeting will be on 7 December at 7.30pm. If you would like more information please contact Rose on 01580 200504 or Shirley on 01580 201250, or just turn up.

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. There will be no walk in December, but we will meet again on 27 January when we will walk through Tidebrook, Snape, and the Deer Park. All welcome.

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 bringing 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.

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.

POLYPHONY
Polyphony's Christmas Concert will take place in Wadhurst Parish Church on Thursday 20 December at 8.00pm. Michael Fields will direct the choir in a programme of seasonal music, which will include the popular 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols' by Vaughan Williams. We are delighted to welcome Ansy Boothroyd and Charlie Rice (who comes from Wadhurst and is singing with us for the first time) as our guest soloists and hope that many of you will join us. Tickets are £8 (£5 for children under 16) and will be available from Newingtons and at the door on the night. We look forward to seeing you!

Stonegate Farmers Market
Saturday 8 December, 10.00am to 12.30pm in Stonegate Village Hall. Over twenty stalls selling wonderful local produce and refreshments. For more information call 01580 200386.

Wadhurst Gardening Association
Wadhurst Gardening Association had the pleasure of being host to the BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time, on Tuesday 30 October. The Commemoration Hall was the venue and all 220 seats were occupied by eager gardeners wishing to learn more from the distinguished and friendly panel – the chairman, Peter Gibbs, who had a great sense of humour, Pippa Greenwood, Mathew Biggs and Chris Beardshaw. We were treated to the mechanics of the BBC’s recording system, and to the patience of the panel and technicians. Jo King, the Assistant Producer for Taylor Made Broadcasts did a splendid job discreetly organising the business side of the production and the Wadhurst Gardening Association Committee did a magnificent job at hosting this once in a lifetime event – the seed being set many years ago, at last our patience was rewarded. Pumpkins and marrows adorned the stage and Angela Goddard in her usual way created two magnificent pedestal arrangements one of which was presented to Weald Hall.

This being the BBC’s 60th year of broadcasting Gardeners’ Question Time, the chairman, Jean Lavender, produced an iced fruit cake for the panel, which they kindly shared with the audience – yes there was enough to go around.

Monies from the raffle will be given to the Royal Horticultural Society Gardeners’ Benevolent Fund, now known as ‘Perennial’.

The first programme will be broadcast on Sunday 13 January 2008 on BBC Radio 4 at 2.00pm, with an edited repeat the following Wednesday. The second programme will be broadcast on Sunday 10 February 2008.

ONLY AFTER the February 2008 recording may a purchase of the CD be made by contacting the production secretary, Yvonne Allan, on 01608 646444, or by email at yallan@tmtv.co.uk

Our next meeting will be the Christmas Celebration on Monday 10 December in St George’s Hall, Sparrows Green at 7.30pm. The competitions will be 5 Brussel Sprouts and a Christmas exhibit (max 12in or 30cm.                                                               Mary Terry (01892 783154)

Stonegate School’s Christmas Fayre
The Fayre is to be held on Friday 7 December in the school hall between 3.00 and 6.00pm. There will be many attractions, including Santa’s Grotto, games and craft stalls, BBQ and mulled wine.

WADHURST SWIMMING POOL
The Wadhurst Swimming pool committee has regrettably had to admit defeat in its plans to build an indoor pool in Wadhurst. Unfortunately the failure to secure funds from Sport England and the lack of public and private funds has meant that the project and campaign has become unsustainable. The committee would like to thank all those who have contributed their efforts to try and keep this project alive and, in particular to Richard Meakin (Chairman of WORD) who so valiantly kept the campaign alive to bring indoor swimming to Wadhurst. Efforts are now are going to be directed to see how local transport networks might be arranged to allow for swimmers to attend local pools.

Una Brockman would like to thank people for their continued support for the Wadhurst Outdoor Recreation Development Swimming Pool Fund. She would also like to express her appreciation to those who attended the fund raising lunch and coffee morning on Tuesday 23 October at The Wadhurst Tennis Club. Una is determined to continue her fight for the completion of this venture and is truly grateful for all the help, support and enthusiasm that she has received from the local community.

STONEGATE AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Stonegate Amateur Dramatic Society's next production will be in May 2008. We are having auditions on Tuesday 4 December 7.30 to 8.30pm at Stonegate Village Hall. Please feel free to come along.

WANTED
Are you getting married on Saturday 17 May 2008 and having your reception in a marquee?
Might CTIW borrow it (the marquee) on the Sunday evening for our annual ‘Songs of Praise’ service with the Wadhurst Brass Band? Telephone 01892 785041.

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 11 December.

OPEN CIRCLE
Too old for Sticky Fingers and OASTies? Too young at heart for Cameo Club? But in need of a bit of cheerful company, coffee and a chat? We meet on the fourth Friday of each month . Why not come along to Open Circle at Carillon Cottage on Friday 28 December, 10.00 to 11.30am?

WADHURST BRIDGE CLUB
New Members are most welcome to join a group of friendly players of varying standards. Help and some tuition is given. Friday afternoons 2.00 to 5.00pm at Sparrows Green Pavilion.
Telephone Margaret McAuley on 01435 867824 or 07964 347898.

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 WOMEN'S INSTITUTE
The AGM in November was very well attended and we were pleased to see so many members at the business meeting. Our president gave a review of the year and it had been a good one with a variety of excellent speakers. Several members are busy making craft items for the St John's Ambulance tabletop sale in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 8 December, and arrangements were also made for the cake stall we will be manning there. Next months meeting is in St George's Hall on Thursday 13 December at 2.00pm. The Christmas Party again!! More goodies and games.

1st TICEHURST SCOUT GROUP ~ Tom Avery - Saturday 1 December, 5.30 to 7.00pm
World famous Polar explorer, mountaineer and local hero, Tom Avery will be sharing his experiences for our young people on Saturday 1 December. Tom is famed for being one of the youngest Britons to reach the South Pole on foot (well, skis with kites anyway). For more information on Tom look to his website www.tomavery.net or read his book Pole Dance. We are looking for inspired adventurers to join our Explorer unit based in the Ticehurst, Wadhurst and Mayfield area, so if you are between 14 and 18, want to meet Tom and fancy challenges greater than finding the TV remote, join us between 5.30 and 7.00pm at the Ticehurst Scout Hut, Pickforde Lane, Ticehurst. We are sure you will not be disappointed. For further information please visit our website www.ticehurstscouts.co.uk or contact Rob Burdon on 07713 634656.

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.

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk
First we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an excellent Christmas and an even better New Year. What would really make us happy is to be able to do so in person at our Christmas Concert on Saturday 8 December.

This promises to be an outstanding event with a variety of seasonal music from the band. Our Training Band is getting in on the act with their debut public performance. Judging by what we have heard from the rehearsal room, the rest of us will need to be at our best to avoid being upstaged! As an extra special treat we also have the Udimore Handbell Ringers joining us this year. They will no doubt provide some welcome quality and sophistication as a contrast to our more “robust” style (I think that’s the word). All this, and free refreshments for everyone including a glass of wine (or a beer if you prefer).

So, it’s going to be an evening of all-round entertainment not to be missed. You can get tickets from Jean Marie’s Wool Shop in advance or come along on the night - 7.30pm on Saturday 8 December at the Commemoration Hall.

Of course this is only one of our many engagements over the Christmas period as the list shows. We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t be shy, come and say hello.
Contacts:           Jenny Cooper               Band Manager  01892 782247
                            Lydia Fuggle                 Secretary                01892 782308                                                         Andrew Scarborough

DayDateEventTime
Wednesday5 DecCarol Service, All Saints Crowborough7.30pm
Saturday8 DecChristmas Concert, Commemoration Hall7.30pm
Wednesday12 DecCarols, Weald Hall7.00pm
Wednesday12 DecCarols, Crittles Court7.45pm
Friday14 DecWadhurst Rotary Christmas Lights6.30pm
Sunday16 DecCarols, Cross Lane, Ticehurst6.30pm
Sunday16 DecCarols, Stonegate Green7.15pm
Thursday20 DecSchool Carol Service, Stonegate Church6.45pm
Saturday22 DecCarols, outside Commemoration Hall10.00am
Sunday23 DecCarols, Crowborough Rugby Club2.15pm
Saturday15 Mar ‘08Spring Concert, Commemoration Hall8.00pm

WADHURST WEBSITES
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Wadhurst Parish Council can also be found here; our parish church here, Neighbourhood Watch here and you can see what rubbish is collected in our streets here

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