Wadhurst Astronomical Society meets in the Methodist Church Upper Room - doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 16 May, when Nik Symanec will be talking about important basic facts in an introduction to CCD imaging. He calls his talk "Pixel Magic".

Our next meeting is on Friday 25 May, 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 will be on 27 May.

Saturday 12 May, 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 Bowls Club is holding its annual Boot Sail; at Uplands on Sunday 13 May, from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Hard standing pitches: cars £6, vans £8 (sellers from 8.00am). We can collect any garage clearance or bric-a-brac -just ring us. Come and find a bargain - plenty of bedding plants, cakes, household items, garden tools, tombola, plus hot refreshments. Further info and pitch booking ring 01892 783934.

Don't forget - you can always join our Bowls Club - just ring 01892 782754 or 01892 783934, or visit our website: www.wadhurst-bc.co.uk

Our April meeting was very well attended; so nice to see everyone. Our speaker was Sue Port who walked up Mount Kilimanjiro with the Countryside Alliance; all members enjoyed it. Our next meeting is on the 14 May which will be a Bluebell Walk.

WGA Spring Show. The Wadhurst Primary School was awash with the glow of daffodils mixed with the colourful display of other spring flowers, a wonderful sight and a sense of promise for the season to come. Our new Show Secretary, Sue Piccioni, did a splendid joh, so did the exhibitors, under such strange weather conditions. It was amazing to see so many different types of daffodils that are available nowadays.

Our next meeting is on Monday 14 May in St George's Hall at 7.30pm. Teaicottee from 7.00 io 7. i rpm. Ann Kneif wiii bespeaking about Leeds Castle. New members are very welcome.     Mary Terry 783 154

Death By Fatal Murder : 17, 18 and 19 May : Commemoration Hall (7.45pm nightly) Don't miss Wadhurst Dramatic Club's next production which will be Peter Gordon's hilarious comedy mystery, 'Death by Fatal Murder', set in war-time Britain in 1940. Richard Bruce, who has already acted in many Club productions, is on this occasion turning his hand for the first time to directing the 8-strong cast of this production. We wish Richard all the very best in this new endeavour and look forward with confidence to seeing an excellently directed and acted production.

Inspector George Pratt (played by Noel Kent) is the main man around whom the action takes place. To say he's a bumbling and incompetent policeman would be a considerable understatement : it might help make things a little clearer if we recall that his Chief Constable, no less, made it his express business to be the first to sign up in support of Pratt's national nomination for the title of "The Inspector Most Unlikely to Succeed, 1939"! Poor George has a track record of unwittingly wreaking confusion and misunderstanding wherever he undertakes criminal investigations - with hilarious results.

A strong supporting cast includes Wendy Barr as Blodwyn Morgan, Merlin Beedell as Squadron Leader Roger (Stiffy) Allwright, Sophy Dembowicz as Ginny Farquhar, Martin Elson as Fnzo Garibaldi, Adam Lewis-Plant as Constable Thomkins, Heather Lewis-Plant as Nancy Allwright and Heather Woodward as Miss Joan Maple (yes, Maple!).

Tickets : from 1st May, from Newington's Newsagents, High Street, Wadhurst. (Seat prices £6, £7, £8* and £9* : * - tiered seating).

Club Coffee Morning : Saturday 5 May
if you're interested in finding out a bit more about Wadhurst Dramatic Club, why not drop into Carillon Cottage on the High Street on 5 May (10.30am to 12.00noon), for a cup of coffee? We'll be delighted to welcome you there and to tell you about the Club's plans for future productions and social activities. If you feel like becoming a Member of the Club, our Membership Secretary will be on hand to assist you. Don't forget that membership automatically entitles you to seat price discounts : for example, for the forthcoming production, "Death by Fatal Murder", a Member's personal discount of £2 applies!

Readers of Focus might he interested to know that Wadhurst has its very own local poet. Barbara l.iddle is well-known for her appearances on stage with the Wadhurst Dramatic Club. being a team leader at Carillon Cottage or singing in the Church Choir. She is also a poet and a recently published book of her poems, entitled Reflections, is on sale at Barnett's Bookshop. With illustrations drawn by her son, and a selection of her poems for each month of the year. this is a beautifully produced book with equally beautiful contents. (Reflections: Barbara Liddle, ISBN 1-84375-250-6, published by UPSO Ltd).

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 Thursda} from I030am - 12noon. For further details please contact Sarah Burchett (01323 738390).

The second of our five concerts for 2007 takes place at Matfield Village Hall on Saturday 19 May at 7.30pm.

Operantics is an innovative group of singers, presenting pieces from opera, operetta and musicals in a light-hearted way. Composers will include Mozart, Verdi, Bizet and Rossini, Lehar and Strauss, Gilbert & Sullivan, and there will be excerpts from popular musicals such as West Side Story and Guys & Dolls.
Tickets cost £ 12.50 (children under 15 free)

Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst, TN3 8ET Phone: 01892 891 1 15

will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 5 May, from 9.30 to I I .00am. All the proceeds this month will go to The National Society for Epilepsy.

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 I fall at 7.30pm.     David and Pam Francis (0/580 20067')

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 'I 'N5 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  

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 arc 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.

Saturday 7 July:  Since the mention of this concert in last months Focus, a number of people have asked "Why Ripieno?" When the Society was founded in 1962 the original aim was to supplement the London musical scene with interesting and unexplored repertoire, performed by smaller forces than was customary in the 1960s. Hence the term "Ripieno" in the title, meaning 'supplementary forces'. It was still the fashion in that era for Baroque and Renaissance music to be given in large scale performances. Original instrument groups and small scale performances, more truly reflecting the composers' intentions, were yet to come. The London Ripieno Society was to play its part in this movement. The Society gave the first London performance of Telernann's St Matthew Passion of 1732 as part of the Camden Festival in 1968. A concert of mainly Baroque music followed in the Wigmore Hall in 1969 and this included a performance of Alan Rawsthorne's Lament for a Sparrow. This was the shape of things to come - a reliance on both old and new music in the group's programmes. The group frequently performs works by its founder and conductor, Geoffrey Hanson. The programme on 7 July will include very well-known choral works.

For further information: www.londonripieno.co.uk

AGE CONCERN EAST SUSSEX - VOLUNTEER TOE NAIL CUTTERS. We hope to extend our Scheme for older people in the Wadhurst area.
Do you have an hour or two to do some thing simple but essential ?  Training and equipment are provided and expenses reimbursed.
For further information please contact:- Helen Doran 01273 476704 Age Concern, Lewes, (or Jane Froggatt 01892 783484)

Mrs J Laycock, our speaker for April, followed the tradition we seem to have for exceptionally good speakers. Her talk titled "My Friends the American Indians" enthrilled us all. The enthusiasm with which she spoke and her immense knowledge of the numerous tribes and their history was remarkable. We soon realised we knew so little of these first inhabitants of North America and their struggles even in today's world. Her 45 minute talk just flew and inspired questions from members. We felt that we had indeed been fortunate to have listened to such a good speaker.

Next month's meeting is on Thursday 10 May and we do not have a speaker as we will discuss the resolution to be put forward at the Albert Hall in June.

Apologies that there has not been any mention of Afternoon Fellowship in Focus this year. Our first meeting in January was cancelled because of snow but since then have met as usual on the fourth Thursday of the month. In March we very much enjoyed a visit from Mark and Rosie Pearson who spoke to us about "Our family today" and shared the delights and difficulties of being parents and Christian parents in the Twenty-first Century. In May, on Thursday 24th, we look forward to welcoming Revd Chris Lawrence as our speaker.

If you have never ventured into Afternoon Fellowship, it would be lovely to see you: allcorners welcome.

will meet on Tuesday I May at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club. Philip Lawrence will speak on Arms & Armour..

The work of this organisation which reaches out to so many families and individuals in the Diocese is constantly expanding - which is good, but stretches financial resources to the limit. Much of the wonderful compassionate work has been guided and carried out by Ann Ward, who has been involved for many, many years. Gradually she has increased the number of workers assisting her. The latest is David Dixon, a Volunteer Coordinator based at Know les Tooth. She has developed projects and events, all with one goal in mind - to support and help children and families in dire need. Unfortunately the time has come for Ann to retire - a very hard post to fill - but she has agreed to continue with one particular project close to home. She has been an inspiration and 'life saver' to many - we thank her for so much.

Knowles Tooth Children's Centre at Hurstpierpoint is gearing up to a busy year ahead and although the record £4,700 from the Book Sale is a major sum towards the running of the Centre, it needs the other big fund raiser - The Easter Sponsored Walk - to come up trumps. Tom Lawson has been nobly collecting sponsors. and I did the easy part of walking on the Monday, Eastbourne to Alfriston, in glorious sunshine along with about 80 FSW friends and just about every man and his dog or golf clubs had had the same idea too!! What better way of spending Easter week up on the Downs in the unprecedented continuous sun raising money for such a good cause. Thank you to all who supported this event - donations are still warmly weicouied - total will be reported next lime.     Jill Brewster (01580 830008)

CONCERT, Wadhurst Church, Sunday 3 June at 7.30pm
Vox Animae, a professional vocal ensemble directed by Michael Fields, will present I lildegard of Bingen's music drama, "Ordo Virtutem". This is a fascinating work - really the earliest "opera" - composed by the medieval visionary mystic, whose music has enchanted many people since its rediscovery 30 years ago. The story is an allegorical tale of the battle between virtue and vice, played out as a dramatic encounter between the Devil (John Hancorn) and the Soul (Ansy Boothroyd), assisted by a choir of Virtues, led by Evelyn Tubb. Michael's group has performed this work in festivals around Europe, on the BBC and have made highly acclaimed DVD and CD recordings of it. It is a captivating 75 minutes of beautiful music and dramatic action - an event not to be missed! There will be a retiring collection.

POLYPHONY CONCERT, 23 June, Wadhurst Church
Polyphony will perform John Rutter's popular cycle of spirituals, "Feel the Spirit", and will give the world première of Michael Fields' "Midsummer Mass". Regular supporters of Polyphony will have heard previews of sections of Michael's new composition over the last two years and have eagerly awaited the whole work. This 45-minute tour de force for choir, soloists and orchestra is recognisably modem, yet completely appealing and approachable. Influences on Michael's composing style range from Monteverdi to Simon and Garfunkel and have led to a work which finds a unique place in the sacred music repertoire. Soloists Ansy Boothroyd, Elizabeth Sterling and Nigel Richards join the choir and a chamber orchestra of local musicians for a very special event. More details next month!

The Good Friday performance of Stainer's Crucifixion, given by the church choir and friends, was very much appreciated, both as a performance and as a Good Friday meditation. Many have asked if this could become an annual event.
Thanks must go to the parish organist, Robert Fuller, for all his hard work behind the scenes, as well as directing the rehearsals and the performance. Many of us take for granted the enormous amount of work that has to be done, of which the actual performance is but the tip of the iceberg. Wadhurst is indeed lucky to have in its midst such an excellent musician who uses his gifts in the service of the church. To have the benefit of both his musicianship and his dedication to his art is something that is greatly valued by the choir and the wider community. especially after a performance such as we were privileged to hear on Good Friday. This Easter season is a good time to put on record the appreciation and thanks of many of us for all that Robert adds to Wadhurst life.

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

Here is your update on all you need to know to book seats for the 7th Summer Charity Variety show promoted by the WRC and which is again being devised and directed by Kath Bishop. The Show will feature the Wadhurst Brass Band and a cast of talented local players.  Performances are on Friday and Saturday, 22 and 23 June at 19:45.  Tickets are very reasonably priced (@ £8 (£5 for young people under 14). Why not come and join in this Fun Show by making up a party - traditional table format for up to eight people. Waiter service from the licensed bar to look after your every need. Proceeds to go to Wadhurst Surgery towards a new ECG machine and other medical equipment.
Tickets will be on sale at Newingtons in the High Street from Monday 21 May (phone 01892 782034 after 10.00am)

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.

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub. Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 8 May.

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk
When you read this our Spring Concert will have passed, but I am writing two weeks before the great event so it is no wonder I'm getting confused!! If you were there I hope you enjoyed it very much, if you weren't you probably missed a fantastic show. Let me apologise if there were any wrong notes from the general direction of the bass trombone (who said "what's new?") - I'm sorry everyone, especially to you Ken.

Anyway, onwards and upwards. As you can see our summer season is looking busy with a return trip to Aubers now confirmed to help open their new sports hall, a special concert to celebrate our 50th anniversary in July, and plenty of other opportunities for us to inflict our particular brand of musical mayhem on the unsuspecting public. If you join us at any of these events please come and say hello. You can buy a round if you like but there are lots of us and brass players are renowned for their drinking abilities so save up first! It's all that blowing you know.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the band, we rehearse on Thursday evenings at Uplands school. Even if you've never played before but fancy giving it a go get in touch with Jenny our Marvellous Manager on the number below, or contact us via our website (above). We would be especially happy to hear from any Bass (Tuba) and Euphonium players out there. So go on - you know you want to.

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

Contacts: Jenny Cooper Band Manager 01892 782247
Lydia Fuggle Secretary 01892 782 308

Our next meeting takes place on 17 May, at 2.00pm in the Mayfield Memorial I fall, when Geoff Mead will be speaking about the Sussex Coastline. The talk will be illustrated by slides. As always the talk is free to members, visitors at £1 per head. Several new study groups have been established including poetry, gardening and church visiting. Why not come along to one of our general meetings and see what we do'?

The Wadhurst History Society was delighted to welcome Sarah Oldridge talking about the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and illustrating her descriptions with magnificent slides. Their meeting on 10 May will host the inimitable Geoff Hutchinson talking about Rudyard Kipling - his life and work. Kipling lived at Bateman's and is a much-loved poet but there is so much more to learn about him. Doors open at 7.30pm and non-members are welcome for a donation. 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.

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 01892 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.

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.

Our Annual Spring Sale will be held on Saturday 12 May in the Commemoration Hall. Doors open at 9.30am. Items for the sale may be brought to the Hall on Friday 1th from 6.00 to 7.30pm.
The next meeting will be in St George's Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 May. Our speaker will be Alison Finlay who will tell us of her 'experiences as a Blue Badge Guide'. This is a meeting open to all. so do come along and bring a friend with you. You will be most welcome.

Wadhurst Twinning Association is holding its Annual General Meeting in the New Library Resources Room in the David James Building on Tuesday 22 May starting at 7.45pm and finishing with its usual convivial social gathering. This is an opportunity to review the contacts with Aubers and the Association's activities over the past year and to put forward suggestions as to what the Association might do in the years to come.

The Committee would welcome new recruits to its ranks and also new members to the Association. For further information and details about the Association and its wide-ranging interests, contact Neil Rose on 01892 782608 or John McKenzie on 01892 784342.

During the week-end of 2 and 3 June, the Wadhurst Brass Band will be playing again in Aubers to celebrate the opening of the new Sports Centre. Their previous visit had been for a Concert and they were such a success that everyone wanted to hear them again.

On Sunday I July, we are looking forward to a Dejeuner du Dimanche at the Youth Centre when we shall all get together to enjoy a French lunch.

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 Pavilion at the Recreation Ground and tickets will be limited in number. Further details on this event will be announced nearer the time.

We are hoping that a small group of friends from Aubers will join us over the weekend of 14/15 July for the Scarecrow Festival and then our own visit to Aubers takes place on I and 2 September when we shall enjoy the famous Braderie of Lille and festivities in Aubers itself.

The Twinning Association therefore is obviously enjoying a vigorous social life but it also supports education and the learning of French.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD Forthcoming events include:
It's A Knockout on Sunday 13 May, 10.00am, at The Angel Football Ground, Tonbridgc. A fantastic day out for all, with lots of sideshows, a spit roast, barbeque, bar - entertainment for all the family. Enter a team (your family, work colleagues, friends) or be spectator.

If you would like to enter a team (six to ten people), at a cost of £195 per team, please contact Tanyia Ingham on 01892 820533 as soon as possible as this popular event is always oversubscribed. Organise it NOW!

Plant Fair on Saturday 19 May, from 10.00am to 2.00prn, at Hospice in the Weald, Maidstone Road, Pembury.

Hundreds of shrubs, plants and trees are for sale, donated by many local (and not so local) Plant, Specialist, Tree and Garden Centres. The variety is amazing and so are the prices!
Early morning barbeque, refreshments, cakes - the atmosphere is wonderful, even in the pouring rain - we know, it's happened to us! Come anyway - you'll love it! Put the date firmly in your diary and bring the children too - they can have a yummy bacon buttie whilst you browse!!

We hope to have a surprise local guest celebrity open the Fair for us but this is to be confirmed. For further info call, Fiona Parry on 01892 820508.

Hospice in the Weald, Wadhurst Link
A coffee morning was held on the 27 March at the home of Vera and Tom Lawson. Many thanks go to them, Val Tunbridge and her helpers, and to all who attended. An amount of just over £60 was raised. We will let you know the date, time and place for our next one when this has been arranged.

On the Wednesday that week we held our fourth annual Bridge Tea in the Commemoration Hall. This was very well supported and thanks must go to everyone who came and also to all those who did all the work. I am glad to say that we again raised over £750 from this event.

Eileen Hemsley continues to make her marvellous greetings cards, selling them to support Hospice. Recently I know she raised a further £100 this way; again, many thanks to her.

Please let me know if you are thinking of supporting Hospice in any way - it is encouraging to know what Wadhurst is doing for this wonderful organisation.
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.

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.

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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