Arrangements for Remembrance Sunday, 11 November

10.00am  The Parade will assemble at Gloucester Place and proceed to the War Memorial.
10.15am  Wreath-laying Service at the War Memorial. (Please use the hardstanding at the War Memorial and keep the pavement clear.)
10.50am  United Service in the Parish Church.

will be having a Bumper Jumble Sale on 10 November at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst. To arrange collection of jumble for this event please phone Michael and Jackie Tompsett on 01892 782208.

There will also be an Antiques & Collectors Fair on Saturday 15 December at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst. Doors will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm for you to buy your last minute Christmas gifts.

Sticky Fingers & Oasties
are holding a Christmas Shopping evening on Wednesday 28 November from 8.00 to 10.00pm at the Youth & Children's Centre, Lower High Street, Wadhurst (Sticky Fingers & Oasties building). Entrance is £1.00 - payable on the night - which includes a complimentary glass of wine. We are planning a wide range of stallholders which we hope will include children's books, jewellery, cards/wrapping paper and ceramics. If you would like more details please call Denise (01892 784484) or Nicky (01892 783294).

Wadhurst Scouts are holding a Jumble Sale in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 24 November at 9.30am. Anyone wishing to donate jumble please contact Peter Sabine (01892 783303) or bring it along to the hall from 6.30pm on Friday 23rd.

The annual Christmas Quiz will be on sale from 1st December 2007 and will be available from Newingtons, Carillon Cottage and the Surgery.

Requests come in regularly to the Mullins Memorial Fund, and the Trustees are glad to be able to help people of Wadhurst in whatever way is the most appropriate to needs and circumstances. If you know someone who you feel might benefit financially, practically or emotionally from our support, please pass the information on to one of the Office Bearers on 782181, 782835 or 783212. Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality

1st Wadhurst Brownies are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 3 November, in the Commemoration Hall, from 9.30am to 11.30am. Jumble can be delivered on Friday night or ring 01580 200302, 01892 784315 or 01892 785879 for collection.

A most successful Open Day was held at Knowles Tooth in September, and £3,900 was raised. Our contribution to the Children's Centre of Harvest Festival Goods has been delivered and warmly welcomed.

Next is The Annual Mammoth Book Sale at K.T. on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Thank you to all those who have already left books at Wadhurst, Tidebrook and Stonegate Churches, and Carillon Cottage. Please contin ue to do so, but note that the last date for collection is the weekend of 10 and 11 November.

Gifts Of Toys this year will be part of the Family Service on Sunday 18 November. They will be distributed at Christmas Parties organized by F.S.W. for disadvantaged youngsters and needy families, and also for similar situations abroad through Smile International. We have a special plea for NEW toys, but please do not wrap them, and there is a particular need for young teenagers.

Thank you for your help in all these events .
For further information please call Jill Brewster (01580 830008).

Mayfield Festival Choir Concert - Sunday 11 November
The choir, conducted by Graham Caldbeck, with London Primavera and Andrew Benians (organ) will perform the Mozart Requiem, and works by Elgar and Part in St Dunstan's Church, Mayfield at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £18, £12 and £6 are available over the counter from Libra Bookshop in Mayfield or by post, enclosing a cheque made payable to 'Mayfield Festival Choir Society' and a SAE, from The Box Office, PO Box 324, Mayfield TN20 6WA

Following the launch of the New Wadhurst Residents Association in July 2007, we are pleased to announce that progress has been made by our residents association on some of the issues which were of concern to local residents.

Pathways - Courthope Avenue & Snape View, and pt Washwell Lane: Concerns that the pathways were becoming dangerous were reported to the Highways Dept. of ESCC. Repairs have now been carried out including relaying nearly all footpaths and installation of drop kerbs making access easier. Thank you ESCC for acting so promptly.

Royal Mail Post Bus The Post Bus was being discontinued at the end of the year due to cut backs. We approached Don Benn, Transport Procurement, ESCC who looked into alternatives and how to obtain funding for a replacement community bus. We are pleased to say these negotiations are going well and with Mayfield and Wadhurst Parishes sharing the cost with ESCC we hope this service will start in the New Year. At the moment it will run from Wadhurst – Mayfield and then on to Crowborough twice a day, three days per week. Final details to be agreed.

Do you wish to have your road join the NWRA? Do you have local concerns? For Further details please ring Tim Page on 01892 783313 or John McIvor on 01892 783843. Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 6 November at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club with a talk by Brigadier Frank Steer on The Night The Berlin Wall Came Down.

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

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

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

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

Hospice in the WealdChristmas Fair: Monday 5 November, 11.00am to 4.00pm
Hospice in the Weald, Maidstone Road, Pembury.

Our own Christmas Fair, full of wonderful and unique stalls for all your Christmas shopping - food, toys, jewellery, gifts for home and garden, silk scarves, fashion items, etc. Come and have refreshments and cake in the morning, yummy lunch and afternoon tea.

For further information please contact Ruth Fahie (01892 820508)

Hospice in the Weald - Wadhurst Link
A rather belated 'thank you' to Eileen Hemsley who held a coffee morning at her home at the beginning of September when her garden was looking absolutely beautiful. The weather was not too kind to us, but the wonderful sum of just over £100 was raised on the morning, together with further monies from the sale of Eileen's hand made cards. May I say a special thank you to all those people who have held a coffee morning this year for Hospice. If anyone would like to hold a coffee morning or an afternoon tea to raise funds for this marvellous cause, please let either Val Tunbridge or myself know - we are both very willing to help and I do have "the" cups and saucers.

Also if anyone would like to join the Wadhurst Link I would be very grateful to hear from you - nothing too onerous, but sharing of ideas and a little moral support would be very welcome!

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

The Cards for Good Causes Shop will be open in The Methodist Church from 29 October to 13 December.

Starting the 2007/08 season, the Society held a highly successful Quiz Night ‘1253 and All That’ on Sept 29 in the Commem; twelve tables battled for victory over eight rounds and two table quizzes – and a ploughman’s supper. The winners – with a total score of 85.5% were The Rosebuds, closely followed by 1066 and All That with 82.3% and The Ironmasters with 81.9%. On 11 October Peter Griffiths from Brogdale took a comfortably full Commem through the History of the Apple with plenty of examples of apple types and examples of other fruits in the collection at Faversham; also available were cider from Michael Kent and freshly pressed apple juice from the Turners.

On 8 November Hugh Miller will take us through the World War I story of ‘Four Brothers and a Friend called Dan’ – a moving story to set the atmosphere for the run up to Remembrance Day. Doors open at 7.30pm and the talk starts at 8.00pm – visitors most welcome.

The November meeting of the Society – in the Methodist Upper Room at 7:30pm on Wednesday 21 November – trials a new concept: the video lecture. We will be watching a couple of talks - 'The Intrinsic Brightness of Stars' and 'The Structure of the Milky Way' – with a coffee break in between. Visitors most welcome.

Mayfield and District U3A
Our November meeting will take place at the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm on Thursday the 15th; Ian Funnell will be our speaker. Ian is our Area Representative and Member of the NEC. However he will not be speaking about his role in the U3A, instead, his subject will be “Energy for the Future”, a topic which has interest and importance for us all. As always the talk is free to members and £1 per head for visitors.

New groups are always being formed within our U3A, the latest being “Singing for Fun”. Why not come along to one of our general meetings and find out about us?

Afternoon Fellowship
Our next meeting will be at 2.30pm on Thursday 22 November at St George’s Hall with a talk by  Sister Fiona entitled, ‘Sister’s eye view’. If you have never ventured into Afternoon Fellowship, it would be lovely to see you: all-comers welcome.

The local Action Medical Research fund raising team is running a bridge afternoon in the Commemoration Hall on Tuesday 6 November starting at 2.00pm. Please make up a table of four - Entrance fee £7 per player (£28 per table) to play Chicago style bridge staying with your own team all afternoon. Please bring a bridge table and cloth, we will supply cards, score sheets and rules. We will also provide a delicious tea and there will be a raffle. For many years this group has raised funds for vital research into unglamorous but very debilitating medical conditions. Do get together with your bridge friends and support us. For an entry form please contact Janet Goldsmith 01892 783264.

will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 3 November from 9.30 to 11.00am. There will be an extensive Traidcraft Stall - an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping.

JUST DESSERTS and just a little bit more!
‘Normally I never eat puddings but I would love just a little bit more.’ Sounds familiar?

On Saturday 17 November at 7.30pm in the Commemoration Hall, Women of Wadhurst are holding a ‘PUDDING EVENING’, when they will be tempting everyone with their usual variety of wonderful home cooked desserts. Fraser Williamson, a local wine importer, will be talking about dessert wines and will suggest which wine is best for different types of puddings. Pianist Iain Rae will be playing a wide selection of classical music, jazz standards and songs from musicals and films. Tickets at £10 will include three vouchers to sample three wines. Many more wines will be available on the night. Proceeds will be in aid of Mullins Memorial Fund – a local charity which supports people in the community of Wadhurst. For tickets please contact Janet Goldsmith on 01892 783264.

Coffee Morning gatherings, where both Club Members and prospective joiners are very welcome indeed to come along and have an informal chat about the Club over a cup of coffee (or tea), are now a regular feature in the Club's monthly activities calendar. They are held at Carillon Cottage, High Street, Wadhurst, usually on the first Saturday of each month (10.30am to 12 noon). The next gathering will be on Saturday 3 November. Do try and come - it's bound to be fun!!

Wadhurst Gardening Association
The AGM and General Meeting is on Monday 12 November in St George’s Hall, Sparrows Green at 7.00pm. This will be followed by Claudine Cecil giving us a talk on the History and the making of Mediaeval Tiles.

New members are always welcome at £5 per annum membership, what could you lose, but you could gain an awful lot of knowledge, friendship and visits to some interesting gardens which, of course, are an additional cost.
Mary Terry (01892 783154)

Are you interested in making wine?
The Wadhurst Winemakers' Circle is looking for new members to join their friendly club. The 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 2 November at 7.30pm. If you would like more information please contact Rose on 01580 200504 or Shirley on 01580 201250, or just turn up.

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

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

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).

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

The booklet "Walks around Wadhurst" published by the society describing a range of circular walks in the area around the village, has been completely revised and updated, with two additional walks bringing the total to 17, and with suggestions for linking the walks to make longer outings. The revised booklet is now on sale at Barnett's bookshop, price £3.

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 November, will be a Frant circular and be led by the Rotherfield Group.

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

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 next Wadhurst and Sussex Police Surgery will be held on Thursday 29 November 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. There will be another room available for private one to one consultations.

Too old for Sticky Fingers and OASTies? Too young at heart for Cameo Club? But in need of a bit of cheerful company, coffee and a chat? We meet on the fourth Friday of each month . Why not come along to Open Circle at Carillon Cottage on Friday 23 November, 10.00 to 11.30am?

So November is here, and the hot sunny days of summer are but a distant memory (very distant indeed this year). It’s time to get out the gloves and thermals ready for the Christmas season. As you can see we will soon be very busy, starting with Remembrance Day this month, and then in December it’s carols, carols and more carols.

Christmas Concert
This year’s seasonal extravaganza is on Saturday 8 December. Our sights are firmly set on entertaining you with plenty more than carols, and it promises to be a merry evening with new seasonal music as well as old favourites. The Training Band’s performance will be a highlight with their own special Christmas Medley and there will be hand-bell ringers to add to the festivities.

We are starting the concert at 7.30pm to give extra time for everyone to enjoy the free refreshments. In addition to the usual tea, coffee and mince pies we are offering a glass of wine to really get you in the mood! A full hall is expected so please buy your tickets early from Jean Marie.

New Players Welcome
If you play an instrument please get in touch. Jenny’s number is below or you can contact us through our website. Our rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 8 o’clock. Everyone is really welcome and if you happen to play cornet (maybe trumpet), bass (tuba), or percussion then that is even better.

Training Band
Maybe you fancy learning to play. There is an enthusiastic group of learners who meet at 7.00pm on Thursdays before main band, and we have instruments available for you to try.

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

Day Date Event Time
Sunday11 NovRemembrance Service, Wadhurst Parish Church10.45am
Wednesday5 DecCarol Service, All Saints Crowborough7.30pm
Saturday8 DecChristmas Concert, Commemoration Hall7.30pm
Wednesday12 DecCarols, Weald Hall7.00pm
Wednesday12 DecCarols, Crittles Court7.45pm
Friday14 DecWadhurst Rotary Christmas Lights6.30pm
Sunday16 DecCarols, Cross Lane, Ticehurst6.30pm
Sunday16 DecCarols, Stonegate Green7.15pm
Thursday20 DecSchool Carol Service, Stonegate Church6.45pm
Saturday22 DecCarols, outside Commemoration Hall10.00am
Sunday23 DecCarols, Crowborough Rugby Club2.15pm
Saturday15 MarSpring Concert, Commemoration Hall8.00pm

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

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