The first concert of the Music Festival this year takes place on Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Lamberhurst.

Wu Qian, a very talented pianist currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music will perform a Romantic programme including music from Rachmaninov, Liszt, and Bach. Born in Shanghai, she has lived in the UK since the age of 11 and won too many competitions to quote. Now aged 22, she is currently on a full Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. She has played at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room, and in Germany, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Doors open at 6.45pm and there is a bar. Tickets cost £12.50 - under 15s free of charge.

Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent  TN3 8ET
Phone: 01892 891115

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.

Women of Wadhurst
wish to thank all those who attended the School Reunion Murder Mystery night, and for those who dressed for the occasion. WOW especially thank Stonegate and Frant players for their excellent performances. The audience appreciated both their professionalism and enthusiasm. The icing on the cake is that WOW report proceeds of £1,250 which will be forwarded to Headway Charity, the brain injury support group.

Hospice in the Weald - Wadhurst Link
Our next coffee morning, by kind invitation of Tom and Vera Lawson, will be on Tuesday 27 March, 9.30 to 11.30am at Glasbury, Townlands Road. will be the usual bring and buy and everyone will be welcome. Contact for this event is Val Tunbridge, 01892 782498.
We look forward to seeing you!

There is also our annual Charity Bridge Afternoon (last Wednesday in March as usual) on the 28th in the Wadhurst Commemoration Hall; 1.30 for 2.00pm start; £24 per table; bring your own table and cards; and tea; approx. 5.00pm finish. (This is a very relaxed afternoon - the bridge is chicago and you stay in your own four!)contact me a.s.a.p. to book your place.
Linda Kings (01892 783461)
Advance notice of The Annual EASTER WALK for Knowles Tooth along the South Downs on 9 to 12 April. in the form of sponsors will be eagerly sought out, and for those who would like to actively take part information is available for a single day or the whole week.

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

Royal British Legion ~ Wadhurst and Tidebrook
The  Wadhurst and Tidebrook Branch of the Royal British Legion raised a grand total for the 2006 Poppy Appeal of £10,121, and they would like to thank all who helped and supported us to raise this record total.

The next meeting will be held in St George’s Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 15 March. Mrs Pamela Mepham will recall “Memories of Bayham”, so do come along.

Jen Hemsley would like to thank the many friends who so kindly supported her when Bob lost his final battle.

SADS (Stonegate Amateur Dramatic Society)
would like to thank everyone who very generously bought a calendar from us.Also a big thank you to all the models and to Peter Wright (Humberts).We are pleased to announce that we will be handing over a cheque for £4,604.50 to Hospice in the Weald in the near future.

It is with great pleasure that we can report that the East Sussex Footpaths team have observed a Society working party at work and have pronounced us fit people to maintain the footpaths as we have been for many years. This means that normal service can now resume.

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 25 March will be the Cousley Wood Circular and will be led by R Bell.

Country Style is hosting a coffee morning and spring / summer ladies fashion sale supporting  Hospice in the Weald (charity No 208276). It will be held at The Wadhurst Conference Centre, Station Hill, Wadhurst, on Thursday 22 March from 10.00am until 3.00pm.

Admission is £2, to include coffee and biscuits. Delicious hot buffet lunch available at £10. Please book lunch by calling Valerie Garner on 01825 744131.

Treat yourself to a leisurely day at this lovely venue and enjoy the innovative shopping experience for affordable, quality, well known, colour co-ordinated fashions for all occasions in sizes 10 to 20.

There will also be a raffle. Please come and bring your friends and help us support this worthy cause. For further details please telephone Val Garner on 01825 744131.

Wadhurst History Society, as many of you know, is researching various aspects of life in Wadhurst during WW2.  If anyone was connected with a Home Guard unit or ARP and would be willing to talk about those days, please contact Rosemary Pope on 01892 782659 or Rachel Ring on 01892 783455.

Stonegate Farmers Market
Saturday 10 March, 10.00 to 12.30 in Stonegate Village Hall. Over twenty stalls selling wonderful local produce and refreshments. For more information: 01580 200386

Our speaker for February was Mr Tom Maynard, who gave us an insight into fruit growing. WGA’s next meeting is on Monday 12 March in St George’s Hall, Sparrows Green. The speaker will be Mr George Puddefoot, his subject being ‘Fuchsias’. Our competitions are ‘A vegetable’ and a display of floating Hellebore (max 12ins) 30cms.

A CORRECTION FOR OUR ‘SPRING SHOW’. It will be 2 April NOT the 9 April.

New members are very welcome. Our main meeting starts at 7.30pm but coffee/tea and the setting up of the competitions are from 7.00 / 7.15pm.
Mary Terry (01892 783154)

The next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 29 February 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

The Mullins Memorial Fund will be hosting Gardeners’ Question Time on Saturday 31 March in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8.00pm. Four gardening experts will be on the panel to answer questions and to give sound advice and topical tips. Tickets (£8) include a Ploughman’s Supper and will go on sale on Monday 12 March at Newingtons. There will also be a Bar and a raffle in order to raise further funds for this small local charity which supports people in Wadhurst in various ways.

Questions can be introduced on the night but, in order to give the experts some idea of our interests, if you know of something you would like answered, please could you send or give your question to Heather Woodward, Chequers, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst TN5 6LR (01892 783212) as soon as possible and she can pass it one to the panel.

The Club's next production (17, 18 and 19 May) will be Peter Gordon's "Death by Fatal Murder", directed by Richard Bruce. Set in war-time Britain in 1940, this very funny murder mystery comedy takes place at Bagshot House, a stately family seat in the country. The cast is headed by Police Inspector Pratt (this is not only his surname, but an undeniably apt description of the man himself and his general behaviour!). We quickly discover that Inspector Pratt is no stranger to Bagshot House : he has already conducted two previous and disastrous crime investigations there : this, his third investigation at the site, has every sign of being just as chaos-ridden and pathetic as those before...!

Pratt shares the stage amongst others with side-kick Constable Thomkins, a certain Miss Maple (yes - this is the correct spelling!), Blodwyn Morgan, a Welsh busybody and a feisty Italian gigolo, called Enzo Garibaldi (but whom Inspector Pratt insists upon addressing as "Mr Baldi..."!).

This will be Richard Bruce's first outing as Director and we wish him every success and good luck in his new role. Further news in due course...

If you'd like to know more about the Wadhurst Dramatic Club and its activities, why not drop in to Carillon Cottage between 10.30am and 12.00noon on Saturday 3 March? The Club organises regulargets-together at Carillon Cottage, where you'll be guaranteed a very warm welcome and a cheering cup of coffee. See you there...!

Saturday 10 March between 9.30 and 11.30am at The Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst. Donations of books, clothes, cakes, bric-a-brac, antiques or anything we can sell to raise funds will be greatly appreciated.  Contact Joyce Farmer 01892 782910 or Dennis Brewster 01580 830008 for more information or pick up,

Saturday 3 March at the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst from 9.30am. Refreshments will be served. Please bring any donations of jumble to the hall from 6.00pm on Friday 2 March. 01892 782429


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).

Mayfield Festival Choir
The choir is currently rehearsing for its next concert in April when they will be performing Bach's St John Passion. New members are always welcome - further details from Diana van der Klugt Tel. 01892 782047.

will meet on Tuesday 6 March at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. Mrs Enid Aves will speak on “My life with a guide dog”.
will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 3 March when all the proceeds will go to the Children’s Activity Holiday at Carroty Wood in Tonbridge. This annual even provides a good, exciting week’s holiday for children in years 5 and 6 who would benefit from this experience and would not otherwise have the opportunity. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Methodist Church.

Seventeen members braved the wintry weather to attend the February meeting .Others were hemmed in by snowy and icy drives.who were able to get to St. George's Hall were entertained by Mrs Dallas Barnes-Hughes with a talk titled "Stand Up. Speak Up,  Shut Up." She is an experienced speaker and made what could have been rather a dull subject very interesting with her numerous anecdotes and references to the pitfalls of public speaking. She also gave us valuable hints on making a vote of thanks which is sometimes a daunting prospect. She had spoken to us once before on "Making the Most of Yourself" and we were pleased we had invited her back.

Next months meeting is as usual in St. George's Hall at 2.00pm on Thursday 8 March when the speaker will be Mr C Harding speaking on "Churches in Sussex."

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.

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)

St John Ambulance Wadhurst Division
Jumble Sale, Saturday 17 March at the Commemoration Hall, between 9.30am to 12noon.

Clothes, Toys, books, cakes, bric-a-brac, etc and refreshments available. Entrance by donations. Please bring Jumble to the hall the evening before 16th, between 6.00 and 8.00pm. NO LARGE FURNITURE. contact Cindy 01892784714 or Marj 01580200378. Thank You.

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

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.

The Wadhurst History Society thoroughly enjoyed Pat Wright’s talk at their last meeting, a talk which illuminated what is called the Dark Ages. Pat’s beautifully illustrated presentation was greeted with enthusiastic applause and interesting questions.

The Society looks forward to welcoming Ian Beavis to the Commemoration Hall on Thursday 8 March talking about The Renaissance of Tunbridge Wells. Doors open at 7.30pm.

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.

Please will you trawl your own memories as regards life in Wadhurst during the years 1936 – 1946, 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.

We are very grateful to everyone who has provided information so far but we do need much 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.

Mayfield and District U3A
Our next general meeting will take place in the Mayfield Memorial Hall on Thursday 15 March at 2.00pm. A well known local speaker, Heather Woodward, will address the subject  Mrs Ronald Greville, Edwardian Hostess and Collector par Excellence.

Mrs Greville was the chatelaine of Polesden Lacey.

As always, this talk is free to members. Visitors are welcome at £1 per head. Tea will be served after the meeting.

The early part of the year is traditionally a quiet time to consolidate and put in some steady rehearsal after the hectic Christmas period, and this year is no exception. We are enjoying playing under Ken Rich, who has returned as musical director, and experimenting with some music which is either new to us or which we haven’t played for a while.

One of the big events we are looking forward to this year is the Wadhurst Brass Band 50th anniversary concert in the summer. The WBB in its present guise has not been in existence quite that long, but it was 50 years ago that Algy Hoare first picked up his baton and founded an ensemble at the school which would eventually become the WBB as we know it today. We’ll be telling you much more about this in future editions of the Focus.

We are delighted to have welcomed a few new faces at band practice recently, although we are still keen to recruit further players. Band practice is on Thursday nights from 8.00 till 9.45pm 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

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

Day                                            Date                                       Event

Saturday                                28 April                          Spring Concert Commemoration Hall
Sunday                                  03 June                           Songs of Praise, Wadhurst
Saturday                                16 June                           Tidebrook Fete
Friday                                    22 June                           Wadhurst Variety Show
Saturday                                23 June                           Wadhurst Variety Show
Sunday                                  15 July                            Scarecrows Wadhurst
Saturday                                28 July                            WBB 50th Concert Commemoration Hall
Sunday                                  30 September                 Eastbourne Bandstand

Jenny Cooper                       Band Manager                                      01892 782247
Lydia Fuggle                                         Secretary                                                               01892 782308


WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 13 March.

SAP AGM 6th February

The SAP (Social Action Project) AGM was held in the Methodist Church on the  6  February. Over 50 members and guests attended.
The Chairman, John Collins gave a brief resume of the group’s activities for the past year. The main points were: -

The Shop Managers, Sue Burns and Diana Walters, have split their payments (£800) between charities of their choice and the Mullins Trust and Headway (through the WOW donation). Of the additional payment to SAP of £400 a quarter would be passed to the Methodist Church, to whom we are very grateful for the use of the Wesley Room during the Christmas period.

Mobile Phones Whilst Driving : -
Sussex Police will be enforcing the tough new penalties for using hand held mobile phones from midnight on 27 February 2007.

The offences of using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving and failing to have proper control of a vehicle will become endorsable, carrying three penalty points and an increase from £30 to £60 fine. Any cases that reach court could involve discretionary disqualification and a maximum fine of £1,000 or £2,500 in the case of the driver of a bus, coach or goods vehicle.

Seat Belts : - Op Click - Seatbelt Initiative.
Sussex Police Road Policing department will be running a two week campaign aimed at enforcing seatbelt use, and educating those who break the law. The focus will be on education in week one followed by enforcement in week two on the new law regarding child restraints and mobile phones.

In a joint initiative with East Sussex Fire and Rescue, VOSA, East Sussex County Council Road Safety Team and the Highways Agency, Sussex Police will be running static points throughout East Sussex in the two week period starting on Monday 22nd January.

Superintendent Paul Morrison of Sussex Police Road Policing Department said, "The wearing of seatbelts plays a major part in injury reduction when there a collision does occur. It could mean the difference between life and death. Clunk, click every trip really does mean just as much now as it ever did."

Neil Robinson ESFR Risk Reduction Officer said, "East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service take the matter of road safety very seriously. The number of hours the service spend dealing with tragic incidents on the roads far outweighs the time spent tackling fires. We are committed to working alongside our partners to reduce serious casualties and make the roads of Sussex a safer place."

Councillor Matthew Lock, Lead Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at East Sussex County Council said, “It is important that children are provided with the appropriate child car seats or booster seats. Adult seat belts can cause injury to the neck and legs if worn by a child in an accident. If you are driving with a child under 135cm in height who is also under 12 years old you must make sure an appropriate seat is fitted or you could face £30 to £500 fine. Child safety key to the county and this initiative."

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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