WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - Feb 2007
BETWEEN THE WARS 1919 to 1939
Research is being done on what life was like in Wadhurst after the Great War and the impact that it had on families who lost a loved one/s and also to hear about those who came home and had to start life again in a changed world.
We are searching for people who were born during WW1 or in the 1920s and 1930s who might have memories of their parents' roles at that time, or have been told about them. Also, a very important aspect of our research is on Wadhurst during the austere decades of the 1920s and 1930s and the impact those years had on families/employment/housing/food/schooling, etc.
Rosemary Pope and Rachel Ring would be very interested to hear from you and may be contacted on; 01892 782569 or 01892 783455.
Living alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. You are warmly invited to join our Open Circle at Carillon Cottage for tea/coffee and a chat in a friendly, supportive environment, with people who understand that life doesn’t always run smoothly. So, if you are suffering from a touch of the post-Christmas blues and the January Sales have lost their appeal, Open Circle may have the answer.
We meet on the fourth Friday of each month from 10.00am to 12noon at Carillon Cottage, so why not come along and find out more about us. Next meeting is on 23 February. Please ring Barbara Liddle (01892 782985) if you would like to know more about this new venture.
HOP PICKING (Hopping)
I am collecting memories of people who went hop picking in Wadhurst or the surrounding areas, and if anyone would be willing to share their experiences and stories with me I would be very grateful so that I get as full a picture as possible of life in the gardens. Please contact me, Rachel Ring, on
WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY
Members and friends meet on the last Sunday of each month in the car park behind One Stop, Washwell Lane, Wadhurst at 2.00pm. The next walk, on 28 January, will pass through Best Beech, Pennybridge and Tidebrook. It is to be led by P Eldridge
CUBS (8 - 10 years) and BEAVERS (6 - 8 years)
Leaders are needed to help with these two Wadhurst based groups. Beavers meet in the Scout Hut on Tuesdays, 5.00 to 6.00pm. Cubs meet in the Scout Hut on Wednesdays 6.00 to 7.30pm.
If you have a little bit of spare time and think you could help with either of these two groups please ring 01892 783029. Leaders may be male or female but must be under 65 years old – no age discrimination intended!
THANK YOU FROM THE ATKINSONS
I should like to express my thanks, along with those of Nestor, Matthew, Catherine and William, for the kindness and help shown to our family during the illness and death of Sandra. There were far more offers of help than we could accommodate, and we certainly felt enormously supported by the thoughts, prayers and good wishes of everybody. The Church and Community helped us through a very difficult time. Robert Atkinson
STONEGATE FARMERS MARKET
Saturday 10 February, 10.00 to 12.30 in Stonegate Village Hall. Over twenty stalls selling wonderful local produce and refreshments. For more information: 01580 200386
STONEGATE AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY (SADS)
will be holding auditions for their forthcoming musical on Tuesday 6 February between 8.00 and 10.00pm at Stonegate Village Hall.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH POLICE SURGERY
The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 22 February from 2.00 to 4.00pm and 7.30 to 9.00pm at Wadhurst Fire / Police Station Conference Room.
CARILLON COTTAGE JUMBLE SALE
Saturday 17 February at the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst, between 9.30 and 11.30am. Clothes, Toys, books, cakes, Bric-a-brac, etc and refreshments available. Donations and information from Carillon Cottage - 01892 785658.
The SAP AGM will be held in the Methodist Church at 12.15pm on Tuesday 6 February. The guest Speaker is Mrs Susan Fisher from ‘Anchor Staying Put’.
SAP's Welcome to Wadhurst Booklet for 2007 has been printed by Uplands and distributed to local estate agents to give to new residents to the area. Some additional copies are held in Carillon Cottage.
WADHURST JUNIOR CRICKET CLUB
Wadhurst Cricket Club is very keen to increase the range of junior cricket that it currently offers. In recent seasons the club has provided cricket for U13s and U15s, but it is ambitious to use its excellent facilities to provide junior cricket for all ages. To do this we need your help.
Ideally the club is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help coach and manage its colts. So, if you would like to get involved in the development of youth cricket in Wadhurst please contact Tim Tunbridge on 01892 782498.
MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND
The Mullins Memorial Fund thanks everyone who took part in their Christmas Quiz, Where in the World? Over £275 was raised and this will be used within Wadhurst for someone who needs help. The winner of the Quiz was Jane Dean and the runners-up were Joan Grace and Mrs V Howse.
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).
DAVID FORWARD AND FAMILY
wish to express most sincerely their thanks and appreciation to all who extended sympathy by presence or in writing on the occasion of the death and cremation of Margaret Forward.
The next Mini Market will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 3 February, from 9.30 to 11.00am. All the proceeds this month will go to the Alzheimers Research Trust.
WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
January’s meeting got off to a resoundingly good start with a most interesting and informative meeting when Heather Woodward captured our attention speaking about “Life Upstairs and Downstairs” at Ightham Mote. What a fascinating building it is and the talk was beautifully illustrated with slides. The rest of our speakers have a high standard to follow.
Twenty eight members and three guests braved the blustery and wet weather and it was good to see so many at the meeting. During teatime there was a continual buzz of conversation and we have started the year in good form.
Our next speaker is Mrs D Barnes-Hughes, with a talk titled, “Stand Up. Speak Up and Shut Up.” It will be on Thursday 8 February at 2.00pm in St George’s Hall as usual.
MAYFIELD AND DISTRICT U3A
We chose the worst day of the year for our last meeting (19 January) with gale force winds, all sorts of disruption and mayhem on the roads. Despite all that we had an excellent turn-out for a most intriguing talk from Professor Charles Cockell of the Open University, on microbes and Mars!
We look forward to an equally intriguing talk Richard III and the Greatest Mystery on 19 February at 2.00pm in the Mayfield Memorial Hall
BABIES AND UNDER FIVES
Babies and under fives bring your parent or carer to St George's Hall at 2.00pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for Son Spot. Come and enjoy an hour of fun activities, Bible story, singing, craft and ‘tea’. (All finished in time for school pick-up) Very friendly, lots of fun, relaxed and welcoming. Tell the grown-ups that there is no charge, you can just turn up.
For more info call Ruth on 01892 784117.
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)
WADHURST UNITED JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB
If you enjoy football and having fun then join Wadhurst United Junior Football Club. Whatever your level of football you will have lots of fun with skills training and matches in the Crowborough and District League. The club benefits from a number of FA qualified coaches, plus all the best facilities, including equipment, insurance and our club house at Sparrows Green Pavilion. To join call 01892 785935 or email email@example.com.
The club is run entirely by unpaid volunteers who want to see the children of Wadhurst and the surrounding area have a safe and successful facility to play this much loved sport.
...now we need help to keep the club going and growing. We need: referees,
coaches (training provided), helpers (training and events), fundraisers and
If you are able to help please call 01892 785935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join 100 Club, one of the clubs fundraising initiatives open to everyone in
The idea is to raise money for the club with a chance of winning some for yourself!!
£150 in prizes - every month and five chances to win. The cost to enter is only £3 per month, (£36 per year), with the draw taking place at the Clubhouse at 10.00am on the last Saturday of the month (winners will be notified). All proceeds go towards improving our club, both on and off the field.
For further details contact Trudi O'Neill on 01892 783573 or email email@example.com.
ST GEORGE’S HALL
For over a year the Hall Committee have been without a secretary. It is not a demanding post as there are only three or four meetings a year. If you can take minutes and have keyboard skills your services would be warmly welcomed.
It was as a result of a similar request to this that I came forward and offered myself for the position of secretary so, if you could spare a few hours a year it would be much appreciated. Please telephone Michael Godden on 01892 783168.
WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION
The Wadhurst Twinning Association held a very enjoyable Soirée in Alsace to bring in the New Year. Everyone enjoyed the deliciously appetising supper created and co-ordinated by Anna Monaghan and the wonderful regional cheeses and wines brought over from France by John and Lyn Harris. It was pleasing also to be able to find out more about Alsace by examining the extensive display created by Gloria Morris, and by viewing a fascinating and beautiful film about the region and its capital, Strasbourg. The Twinning Association thanks everyone who helped in any way with the organisation and preparation, and also all those who joined us for yet another successful social event.
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.
WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY
On Thursday 8 February, the Wadhurst History Society looks forward to welcoming back Pat Wright, talking about Marauders and Missionaries in the Commemoration Hall at 8.00pm with the Bar opening at 7.30pm.
Wadhurst History Society’s work in the next few months will be very varied. One group is focusing on Wadhurst between the years 1936 and 1946. “Wadhurst” includes Shovers Green, Churchsettle, Cousley Wood, Sparrows Green, Durgates, Best Beech, and Tidebrook. Another is looking at Hop-Picking, and another on Life in Wadhurst between the Wars 1919 to 1939.
As regards life in Wadhurst during the years 1936 – 1946, please will you trawl your own memories and think about how your parents, grand-parents, older friends talked about those years and how they reacted to the events which punctuated their lives. Those of you who live in large houses in Wadhurst may have records as to how they were used during the war years. Please could you lend them to us or write down for us the important details?
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? It would also be very helpful for us to study the archives of local groups and societies if you would be willing to lend us them for a while.
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 or Heather Woodward, Chequers, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst TN5 6LR (01892 783212).
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. 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.
WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION
The Christmas Meeting and Celebration were great. Mrs Jane Spurr entertained us all and caused much laughter in describing her CV and her very active life.
Our next meeting is on 12 February at 7.00pm in St George’s Hall, Sparrows
Green when Mr Tom Maynard will be giving us an insight into growing Fuchsias.
Why don’t you come along and see what you can glean from this talk? Non-members
are always welcome. Our Masterclasses have now started. See the advert in this
Mary Terry 01892 783154
WADHURST FLOWER CLUB
The Wadhurst Flower Club AGM will take place on Thursday 1 February.
WADHURST BRASS BAND
After the hectic Christmas period, January has been a relaxing and enjoyable start to the year. We were sad to see the departure of Paul Gardiner as our musical director at the end of 2006, but delighted when we managed to persuade Ken Rich back out of retirement to take up the baton.
Ken is fast earning the title of the ‘comeback king’, as he became our musical director back in 1998 after he had retired from Mayfield Brass Band, and it was six years before he managed to shake us off in 2004. Now the band is delighted that he’s back again. After all, Ken has won prizes for his conducting and has appeared at famous venues such as the Royal Albert Hall for the National Brass Band finals. Welcome back, Ken!
In recent months we have had to wave goodbye to a number of players who have left the area, so are particularly keen to recruit solo cornet players, a euphonium player, a bass player and a percussionist, although players from any section will be given a warm welcome. We have a number of spare instruments to loan to regular players, and can usually rustle up an instrument if a lapsed player wants to have a quick tootle in the privacy of their home before coming along to band practice.
We are a non-contesting band who aim to have fun while improving our musicianship and entertaining our audiences. As well as supporting many local events, every year we get several opportunities to perform further afield.
Band practice is on Thursday nights from 8 till 9.45 in the music room at Uplands Community College in Wadhurst. If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining the band, please ask them to contact Jenny or Lydia or to visit our website, www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk
Our diary for 2007 is just beginning to fill up, and we’ll keep you posted as dates are confirmed. In the meantime here are some of the local events where we’ll be playing:
Saturday 28/04/2007 Spring Concert Commemoration
Sunday 03/06/2007 Songs of Praise, Wadhurst
Saturday 16/06/2007 Tidebrook Fete
Friday 22/06/2007 Wadhurst Variety Show
Saturday 23/06/2007 Wadhurst Variety Show
Sunday 15/07/2007 Scarecrows Wadhurst
Saturday 28/07/2007 WBB 50th Concert Commemoration Hall
Sunday 30/09/2007 Eastbourne Bandstand
Jenny Cooper Band Manager and Training Band 01892 782247
Lydia Fuggle Secretary and Training Band 01892 782308
WADHURST PROBUS CLUB
will meet on Tuesday 6 February at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. A speaker from Sussex County Cricket will give the talk.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH E-MAIL
is a fast free two-way service for anyone online in Wealden. The scheme has been pioneered with Sussex Police in Hastings and Rother where it is entering its sixth year, and there are over 5000 homes and businesses participating. It has received a RESPECT award from the Government.
The scheme, which is complementary to any existing Neighbourhood Watch schemes,
issues email information to your computer from:
Sussex Police re: crime, crime prevention, traffic accident appeals, etc.
The Sussex Police Authority re: news, meetings, surveys, etc.
Trading Standards re: Scams, rogue traders, etc.
Community Safety messages from The Safer Wealden Partnership, Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Fire and Rescue.
The scheme is two-way and allows members to respond quickly with information that could help Sussex Police. All messages are sent out as BCC (blind copy) so your e-mail address remains confidential. To join the Wealden scheme please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (Please advise your postcode and a contact phone number).
If you would like reassurance about the scheme please contact: Dave Smith, Wealden Crime Prevention Officer, Hailsham Police Station. Tel: 01323 414008 or 07796 312676
WOW MURDER MYSTERY
On 3 February WOW are organising an "Old School Reunion" - a murder mystery evening at Uplands Community College. This will be performed by a number of keen, very talented local actors. A delicious home cooked three course supper will be served while you investigate and solve the crime.
Tickets at £15.00 per head are available from Lynne Dewar 01892 783935. The seating is arranged in tables of six, the action starts at 7.30pm. and there will be a bar selling wine, beer and soft drinks. All proceeds from the evening will go to the local branch of "Headway" a charity which helps with the rehabilitation of people with head injuries.
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 13 February. 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.
UPLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The College terms 1 and 2 have been characterised by some dramatic weather and a vast range of exciting and challenging opportunities for students. We mention a few of the major events here yet there have been many others. I am very grateful for the energy and commitment of staff and the support of parents.
As we now have two specialisms, Technology and Performing Arts with English, Governors have agreed to revert to Uplands Community College. Our specialisms will be included on our headed paper and in publicity, however to include both specialisms in our title would be too cumbersome.
Parent Forum: Although the Parent Forum was attended by relatively few parents [approximately 20], it was a very worthwhile session led by Allie Denholm. Allie gave a presentation on 21st Century Science and engaged parents in a valuable discussion on the impact of these changes on the KS4 curriculum.
Learning to Learn: The L2L [Learning to Learn] programme was launched with years 7, 8 and 9 from September 2006. The aim of the programme is to help students become leaders of their own learning and hence more independent as learners. A team of staff has been trained to deliver the L2L and S2L [Skills to Learn] techniques which are delivered in special lessons once per fortnight. Students are then supported in applying the new learning techniques to their other lessons. We have collected feedback from students on the L2L programme through both our Leadership Team review and work scrutiny programme. Whilst it is early days the feedback from both staff and students has been positive with the motivational and active lesson content and excellent resources being especially acclaimed. The L2L programme is also being developed this year so that it forms a three year programme from years 7 to 9. In addition, by request from year 11, we are planning to run a Skills 2 Learn workshop to support then with their revision.
Palmer Trophy: Now a long-standing tradition the Palmer Trophy, organised by Chris Round, was a great success this year. The standard of the finalists was exceedingly high. Under the guidance of Chris, powerpoint had been removed as an option and students were given focused teaching on the use of language and the power of engaging the audience. The judges’ panel had a difficult decision and eventually gave the trophy to Sophie Heath with Sam Watcham as runner-up.
Summer Uniform: Roger Denholm and Tim Smith are leading a consultation on the introduction of a polo shirt with the college logo. This would be particularly for younger students and optional in years 10 and 11. It is intended that all students would wear the polo shirts in term 6 as they move through the College. Parents’ views on this would be welcome.
Daily Breakfast Club, TOASTies: Uplands Youth and Children’s Centre has been
opening its door early from the start of 2007 for a daily breakfast club –
TOASTies, which is open to
children aged 2 – 14 years and includes childcare and a breakfast. Wadhurst Primary School children are taken to school by minibus. To book a place, or simply to request more information, please contact Vicky or Janet on  784342 or e-mail
Italian Exchange: During the latter part of last year, as part of her investigations into Commenius as a means of gaining sponsorship for foreign exchanges, Ghislaine Cornfield encountered a very enthusiastic response from an Italian school who were looking to form a link with a school in the UK. Due to their links with an adjoining Music school it seemed a good idea to investigate the possibility of an arts rather than languages exchange. Initially the contacts were made between Ghislaine and a teacher at the Istituto Vescoville G. Marconi in Portogruaro in the Veneto region of Italy, and last summer two of their teachers visited Uplands in order to discuss further details. The final decision to carry out the exchange was made during the summer holidays, by which time Heta Lumsden and John James were the ones responsible for the organisation. There was just a fortnight to find almost 20 Uplands students who would like to host the Italian students who were due to fly over at the beginning of October! The first leg of the exchange happened very successfully, with the Italians taking trips to London [Sightseeing Bus, National Gallery, London Eye], Leeds Castle in Maidstone, and Brighton [The Pavilion, Pier and Lanes], as well as spending a weekend with their host families. Despite the haste with which some of the arrangements had to take place, together with some truly appalling autumnal weather, all the students [Italian and English] had a really enjoyable time. Friendships were established, and our students are really eager for the second part of the exchange – they travel to Venice at the start of February.
School Production: ‘Fame’: Sam Long [Head Boy] writes: The school musical ‘Fame’ was produced this term with performances between the 16th – 18th November. The highly talented Mrs Lumsden, who gave the show its slick and professional qualities as the action moved seamlessly from scene to scene, directed the show. Actors and audiences alike keenly felt the influence and dedication in Mrs Lumsden’s final major production before her retirement. The acting skills shown by all cast members made the audiences laugh and cry with songs such as ‘Can’t keep it down’ and ‘Out in L.A.’ providing a sharp contrast between humour and tragedy. Sarah Dormady, a local choreographer, helped to put together the fine-tuned dance numbers in the production. In her first rehearsal with the cast she commented how Harry Heron’s animated approach to dance made him a natural performer! The cast also benefited from the one-off workshop with a West End director, which gave the musical a professional quality. In particular the voices of Lydia Coggins as Ms Bell the dance teacher, Amy Butcher as Carmen, and Charlie Whitehead as Mabel were highlights of the performances with sell-out audiences being impressed night after night. The show was a great success and all the cast members really enjoyed the production. A cd of photos from the production is available price £3.00 from Student Services.
Sport: Following the successful Sports Presentation Evening last July, attendance
and sports clubs has risen considerably. To date the year 11 Basketball team are top of their pool in the West Kent Basketball League after victories over Tunbridge Wells High School, Angley and Bennett Memorial. A Sussex Rugby Coach supported by volunteers from Crowborough Rugby Club has provided coaching sessions enjoyed by 48 students including 15 girls. A new Golf club has begun successfully every Monday night after college. Students are transported to Dale Hill Golf Club where they receive coaching and tuition from the Club Professional. Uplands hosted a Partnership Primary Football and Netball Festival. Many students from Uplands were involved in leading the festival, refereeing, scorekeeping and coaching. Lucy Wortley and Stephanie Haywood have been invited to attend the Satellite Netball Academy. Year 9 A and B teams came first and the year 8 and year 7 A teams came second in the Ouse Valley Netball Tournament. Jayne Edmonds, Principal
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.
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