Wadhurst United Junior Football Club
Like most clubs Wadhurst United Junior FC is run entirely by 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.  We currently have over 150 children registered in 8 teams, and we are growing every week

At the moment we are in URGENT need of:
.A manager for the under 6’s team (full training and help provided).
.A grounds person, to advise and help with maintaining our pitches.
Someone to mark the pitches on a weekly basis.

We also need: referees, coaches (training provided), helpers (training and events), fundraisers and sponsors!!  If you are able to help please call 01892 785935 or e-mail

Join 100 Club one of the clubs fundraising initiatives open to everyone in the community.  The idea is to raise money for the club with a chance of winning some for yourself!! £150 in prizes - every month and 5 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 e-mail

 The two performances of our 7th Charity Variety Show in the Commemoration Hall are only three weeks away so hope you have the date of 22 or 23 June in your diary. The show is again being directed by Kath Bishop and will feature our much acclaimed local band and a multi-talented cast. Tickets are now on sale at Newingtons in the High Street (phone 01892 782034 after 10.00am.) Price £8 (£5 young people under 14). Table seating for up to eight people ideal for party groups. Please note starting time is 7.30pm on both nights ( not 7.45pm as advertised in May Focus). Waiter service from the bar. Proceeds to Belmont Surgery for new ECG machine and other medical equipment.

Bricklehurst Manor School, Bardown Road, Stonegate, is having its Summer Fair on Saturday 30 June from 12.00 to 3.00pm. Enjoy something from the barbecue and a glass of Pimms whilst listening to the brass band in the beautiful school grounds. Lots of entertaining stalls and activities for children including a Pet Show. Local traders will also be selling a range of good quality crafts. Delicious home made cakes and tea too.

The Rotary Club appeals to everyone who supports or enjoys this ‘fun’ event in our village to MAKE A SCARECROW this year. The 2007 theme is ‘An entertainer’. If any organisation wishes to put up a sideshow please phone Martin Causer on 01580 878068. We can find space for you – the more the merrier!

Money raised this year will go to the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust and to the ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation which helps children with life threatening illnesses. Scarecrows will be opened this year by SPIDERMAN. Come along and join in the fun!     Peter Clifton, Rotary Club of Wadhurst

Wadhurst Astronomical Society
Wadhurst Astronomical Society meets in the Methodist Church Upper Room - doors open at 7.15 for a 7.30pm start. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 20 June. This will be an open Telescope Evening. A number of telescopes will be at the meeting for discussion and demonstration.

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.

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. Our next meeting is on Friday 22 June, 10.00am to 12noon. Do come and join us for a cup of tea / coffee, and a chat in a friendly, comfortable environment at Carillon Cottage. Don’t pass us by, give us a try!

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 June starts at 6.00pm and will pass through Elephants Head, White Magpie, and Forge Farm. It is to be led by W Hodder.

Stonegate Farmers Market
Saturday 9 June, 10.00am to 12.30pm in Stonegate Village Hall. Over twenty stalls selling wonderful local produce and refreshments. For more information call 01580 200386.

Our next meeting 4 June will be at Russetts, Balaclava Lane at 7.00pm

will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 2 June, from 9.30 to 11.00am. All the proceeds this month will go to the Emergency Appeal for Darfur.

Our next meeting is on Monday 11 June in St George’s Hall at 7.00 to 7.15pm tea/coffee and the meeting is at 7.30pm. Harry Townsend will be inspiring us with his talk on ‘Plant hunting around the World’. The competitions are a pair of vegetables and an exhibit to compliment the evenings talk. New members are always welcome, there is such a lot of interesting things to learn, so give us a try!     Mary Terry (01892 783154)

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).

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)

Parkinson’s Society
The Cranbrook Town Band will be playing in aid of the Parkinson's Society from 7.00 to 10.00pm on Thursday 21 June at Foxhole Farmhouse, Foxhole Lane, Wadhurst TN5 6NB. 

Tickets cost £6 and can be obtained from Gina Faircloth on 01892782532, or bought at the gate on the day. There will be many stalls, i.e. cake stand, tombola, raffle, etc. Drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs will be for sale, or visitors can bring their own picnic. There is plenty of room for parking, and normally around 300 people attend. If the weather is wet or doubtful please phone as it may be postponed      Gina Faircloth

Are you interested in making wine?
The Wadhurst Winemakers' Circle is looking for new members to join their friendly club. Their main aim is to produce country wine and keep this old hobby going. It is simple and cheap to make and good to drink, so why not join us.

Meetings are held 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 1 June at 7.30pm. If you would like more information please contact Rose on 01580 200504 or Shirley on 01580 201250, or just turn up.

 Next months meeting will be on 14 June when Mr Tony Bristow will talk about "Theatre Reminiscences". It will be in St George's Hall at 2.00 pm. The competition will be  a Theatre Programme and the stall Bring & Buy.

I am looking forward to bringing the London Ripieno Singers to Wadhurst on Saturday 7 July for their concert at 7.30pm in the Parish Church, for two reasons. First, because I feel there is nothing more enjoyable than hearing music in one of our lovely old churches on a Summer’s evening, perhaps only bettered by performing it. Such an occasion will call for English music to be included in the programme and, amongst others, Parry, Elgar and Vaughan Williams are represented. Add to this a little Mozart, Vivaldi, Rossini, Bruckner and Fauré's Requiem and the mix is complete.

My second reason for pleasurable anticipation is that I shall be seeing my friends of long standing, Jane and Howard Spurr, indeed it is to them that I owe thanks for organising the whole event. The three of us were all friends of Charles Proctor, and I am going to include his setting of the Te Deum in the concert. He lived the latter part of his life in East Sussex and was Organist at Rye Parish Church for many years. I will tell you more at the concert and also explain that word Ripieno. Meanwhile you might like to visit our website where all is explained.

Tickets: £7.50 (concessions £5), to include a glass of wine, from Newingtons Newsagents

We hope to extend our scheme to older people in the Wadhurst area.

Do you have an hour or two per week to do something simple but essential?  This could suit young mums with children at school or retired people.  Training and equipment are provided and expenses reimbursed.  For further information please contact:- Jane Froggatt 783484 or Helen Doran 01273 476704

Afternoon Fellowship
Our next meeting will be Tea at Westerleigh on the 28 June with thanks to Mr Toynbee. If you have never ventured into Afternoon Fellowship, it would be lovely to see you: all-comers welcome.

will meet on Tuesday 3 June at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. Sub Lt Mark Dunnings will speak on TS Brilliant.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND invites you to find out about your hand-writing and what it says about you. Come and meet the graphologist, Erik Rees, on Saturday 22 September at Wadhurst Primary School. On Saturday 14 October, the Ashdown Singers will be presenting  a concert of varied music in Wadhurst Parish Church. Details on both these events will be in the next editions of Focus but do enter these two interesting and “different” evenings  in your diary.

A free two hour basic resuscitation class to be held on Wednesday 13 June 6.45 to 8.45pm at Wadhurst Community Base, 3 Davis Place, Sparrows Green. The class is run by a Sussex Ambulance paramedic and covers the basic first aid anyone needs to know to keep someone alive.

To book a place, either pick up a leaflet with a booking form, or telephone 01323 430003 during office hours.

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

Accommodation sought for a 21 year old French girl who will be working in Wadhurst for three weeks in July/August. The reason for her trip is to improve her English so she would like to stay in a family where English will be spoken all the time! She will pay board and lodging expenses. It anyone can help with this, please contact Howard and Jane Spurr 01892 784787.

Wadhurst Neighbourhood Watch Association will hold its AGM at Wadhurst Fire Station Conference room on Wednesday 20 June from 3.00 to 5.00pm

The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 28 June 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.

Normally Evening Surgeries Will Now Be Police Only. Tea and coffee available at afternoon surgeries only. There will be another room available for private one to one consultations

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.

Mayfield and District U3A
Our next general meeting will take place in the Mayfield Memorial Hall on 21 June at 2.00pm. We look forward to welcoming John Hursey for our first meeting with a musical theme. John will speak on Music and Wellbeing. As ever the talk is free to members, we are always pleased to welcome visitors at £1 per head.

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 12 June.

Hello again everyone! May is here, spring is in the air and the band is really getting into its stride for the summer. I know you are reading this in June but I explained all about publishing deadlines last month!

Spring Concert - our concert at the end of April went well. We in the band had a great time and the audience seemed to enjoy it too. A great big thank you to everyone who helped make it happen  - a lot of work goes into organising these events, from the band itself and behind the scenes by a very loyal group of supporters. We would especially like to thank the ladies at Jean Marie for once again acting as our Box Office.

Training Band - more excellent news as our Training Band gets back into full swing after a period that has seen many members graduating to the full band. A good supply of new blood is vital so this is terrific. Rehearsals are at 7pm in the music room at Uplands College so why not get in touch with Jenny if you fancy a go! Her number is below, or go to our website.

Aubers Trip - we are full speed ahead getting ready for the return trip to Aubers and Richevourg on 2 and 3 June. Our rehearsals have taken on a very Anglo-French flavour as we prepare a mixture of music that will be familiar to our hosts and also some very “British” stuff to give them a taste of good old Blighty. After all we need to hold our end up, especially considering our pathetic performance in Eurovision!

Some members of the Twinning Association are joining us, and there will be two concerts. One to open the new Sports Hall in Aubers, and a second joint event in nearby Richevourg with the Richevourg band. This is going to include the two bands playing together which might be interesting given the potential language and cultural differences! Does anyone know the French for “Is it you or me playing the wrong notes?”

Here are our confirmed performances for June and beyond – hope to see you there!

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

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY was entertained right royally when the inimitable Geoff Hutchinson brought Rudyard Kipling – his life and work – fully to life at the last meeting. A full house sat rapt as the poet, novelist and imperialist was conveyed in such an appropriate, original and captivating way.

On Thursday 14 June, Brion Purdey will be speaking about Sussex Cures and Customs and on Thursday 12 July, Brian Short will talk about the Historical Perspective of the Ashdown Forest.  Doors open at 7.30 pm and non-members are welcome for a donation. You can join the Wadhurst History Society at the meetings or by contacting Ian Adam-Smith on 01892 782835.

On Saturday 9 June, a full-day coach trip by the History Society has been organised to the Romney Marsh churches. With the coach leaving the Greyhound at 8.45am and returning about 5.30pm, the tickets at £26 include visits to four churches with a guide, morning tea/coffee, a ploughman’s lunch with tea/coffee and a WI afternoon tea. To book a place, contact Rachel Ring on 783455.

On Saturday 29 September, we shall be staging our first ever 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. Put the date in your diaries and come along for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening. More details later.

On Tuesday 16 October, Rachel has organised a full day-trip to visit the Houses of Parliament and then Eltham Palace near Bromley on the way home.  The seat of government needs little introduction but the site of the important 14th to 16th Eltham Palace may be less well-known.  Only the magnificent Great Hall survives today, with its soaring hammer beam roof and oriel windows.  Stephen Courtauld in the 1930s constructed a modern house incorporating the Great Hall, and lavishly decorated it in a variety of style, reflecting the influence of Art Deco and contemporary ocean liners.  Explore the house and the delightful gardens in marked contrast to Pugin’s Westminster. For details, contact Rachel Ring on 01892 783455

Work continues on researching Wadhurst between the years 1936 and 1946. “Wadhurst” includes Shovers Green, Churchsettle, Cousley Wood, Sparrows Green, Durgates, Best Beech, and Tidebrook, and on Hop-Picking, and 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 but we do need even more if we are to be able to give future generations a complete picture of Wadhurst during the critical periods of its nation’s history. These major projects 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.

Forthcoming events include:
Sunday 3 June, 8.30am, “The Hospice Challenge” - Classic Car Rally
Scenic Route Through The Garden of England, starting at the Hospice with a coffee stop at Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden, then on to Godinton House and Garden for lunch. The afternoon drive explores the Darling Buds of May villages before returning to the Hospice for tea.

This is a wonderfully scenic event - not only due to the beautiful Kent countryside but also the fab classic cars that make up this Rally. Open to all motoring enthusiasts but we hope that as many "classic" car owners as possible will enter. This is an all day event open to the whole family.
The entry fee is £70 per car with two occupants. For each additional occupant, a fee of £25 is required. (Children under 18, free of charge).
For further information contact Tanyia Ingham on 01892 820533.

Saturday 9 June, 8.00pm, Pirates of Penzance, Groombridge Place
Gala Black Tie Performance - in the beautiful setting of Groombridge Place.  Champagne reception during interval and Firework Finale.  Picnic beforehand in the park from 6.00pm.
Tickets £50 per person available from Tanyia Ingham on 01892 820533.

Hospice in the Weald, Wadhurst Link
Please make a note in your diaries for Monday the 9 July when Ena Tincombe is very kindly holding a coffee morning to raise monies for Hospice. This will be in the form of a bring and buy and will be between 10.00am. and 12 noon at 2 Crittles Court. If there are any queries please contact Ena on 782444, Val Tunbridge on 782498 or myself. We look forward to welcoming you.                                    Linda Kings, Link Coordinator (01892 783461)

Companion Dog Show
On Sunday 24 June at Old Battenhurst, Stonegate.

Come and join us for a day out with both pedigree classes (AV sporting, non sporting, puppy, open) and fun, novelty classes such as waggiest tail, Irish brace and best young handler. We will also have displays, a scurry, stands, a BBQ and homemade teas.  Judging commences from 12.00noon, entries £1 - £ 1.50 per class from 10.30am.
Telephone 01435 883243 or 01892 784079.

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

On Wednesday 11 July, the maire of Marquillies, monsieur Bocquet, is coming over to give a talk in English about French Local Government. This will be in the Sports Pavilion at the Recreation Ground in Sparrows Green  and tickets will therefore be limited in number. Tickets, £5, will be available from Brian Wheeler on 01892 782566 from Wednesday 20 June and cheques should be made out to the Wadhurst Twinning Association. Non-members of the Twinning Association would be very welcome. 7.45 for 8.00pm.

We hope to be entertaining a group of friends from Aubers to the Rotary Scarecrow festival on 14 and 15 July along with their “épouvantail” and are then looking forward to our own major visit to Lille and Aubers on 1 and 2 September.

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

Emergency Services 999 Display
The Emergency Services 999 Display is taking place on the Western Lawns in Eastbourne on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July. Now in its 20th year, this event is organised by all the major emergency services, together with the RNLI and Coastguard. It is believed to be the largest emergency services display in the country. The 999 display is a free event, with its main target audience being families with children under 12. Last year we saw our highest attendance and we expect at least 30,000 visitors this year.

Throughout the two days a number of events take place in the arena, including a Police Dog demonstration, extinguishing kitchen fires and mock road crash scenes demonstrating the emergency response. There are seaborne displays from the RNLI and Coastguard and it is anticipated helicopters from the Police, Air Ambulance, Coastguard search & rescue, and a fixed wing Coast Guard search plane will fly by.

The event is supported by Eastbourne Borough Council and static displays are provided by the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Ambulance, Sussex Police, Royal National Lifeboat Institute, Coast Guard, East Sussex Road Safety, Search and Rescue, Lifeguards and a variety of supporting agencies including the Beachy Head Chaplains and lowland search and rescue.

A key aim of the event is the promotion of the strong partnerships between agencies, both locally and internationally. It also provides the opportunity to promote, educate and raise awareness about the Emergency Services, Community Safety and the services provided to the community. I therefore hope you will take the opportunity to visit what I am sure you will agree is a positive event for those agencies providing and supporting the Emergency Services in East Sussex.

If you would like further information please visit the website www.eastbourne999display.co.uk which has up to date news and pictures of last year's event.

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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