is holding a coffee morning and autumn/winter ladies fashion sale in aid of Wadhurst Outdoor Recreation Development Swimming Pool Fund.

It will be held at The Wadhurst Tennis Club Room, Sparrows Green Recreation Ground, on Tuesday 23 October, from 10.00am until 3.00pm. Admission £1.00, to include coffee and biscuits. Delicious smoked salmon sandwiches and cake available at £5.00. Please book lunch by ringing Una Brockman on 01892 782827. Please do come and join us and enjoy this innovative shopping experience for affordable, colour co-ordinated, quality clothes for all occasions in sizes 10-20, plus a lovely selection of scarves and jewellery and help us raise money for this worthy local cause. For further information please ring Val Garner on 01825 744131.

By popular  request the Doric String Quartet will be performing again at St Mary’s Church Lamberhurst on Saturday 13 October at 7.30pm. (Bar open at 6.30pm)
These four talented players gave an outstanding concert last year; the quality of their playing was exceptional with superb musicianship. Do take the opportunity to hear this innovative group who are set to become an international success.

Tickets cost: £12.50 (under 15s free)
Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent  TN3 8ET
Phone: 01892 891115 or e- mail

Afternoon Fellowship
Our next meeting will be at 2.30pm on Thursday 25 October at St George’s Hall with a talk by Arthur Brooks entitled, ‘A World without Leprosy?. If you have never ventured into Afternoon Fellowship, it would be lovely to see you: all-comers welcome.

The annual Poppy Concert is to be held on Saturday 6 October at 8.00pm in the Commemoration Hall. Tickets (£5) are on sale at Newingtons or at the door.

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.

Desperately seeking Detectives to solve a "foul" murder...!
In his heyday, Bob Baxter was a football star and Captain of the England team which won the under-21 World Cup Final of 1950. But, in the intervening years, he's seriously fallen from grace and is now working as a PE teacher in a boarding school. Things aren't going too well for him, however, and his seedy past is about to catch up with him - with terminally fatal results!

The story leading up to Bob Baxter's murder and the unmasking of the murderer is cleverly woven in Chris Martin's "Who Killed the Football Manager?", a comedy Murder Mystery play in three Acts which the Club will be presenting in rehearsed reading format  for two nights on FRIDAY 19 and SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER (7.45pm at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst). The play is set in the late 1960's and the aim is therefore that the cast will be decked out in the 'colourful' clothes and 'interesting' hairstyles of that period! So, if you're a youngster who missed out on the '60's, why not come along to learn a little history and to marvel - or to reminisce or snigger with embarrassment, if you happened to have been part of that era?? A Ploughman's Platter will be served at the end of Act 2 in order to fortify audiences and to help boost their brainpower for solving this very amusing "who dunnit". Tickets will cost £9 (£8 with Member's discount) and will be on sale at Newington's Newsagents, High Street, Wadhurst from TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER.

Club Committee News
Following their election at the Club's Annual General Meeting on 4 September, the Committee now boasts three new Members: Sophy Dembowicz, Heather Lewis-Plant and Catherine Whitehead. They are a very welcome addition to the Committee's ranks and we look forward to them making a valuable contribution towards the Club's current and future activities.

Club Coffee Mornings
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 two gatherings will be on Saturday 6 October and Saturday 3 November. Do try and come - it's bound to be fun!!

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.
NB. The date is Saturday 17 November, not Sunday as printed previously in Focus.

will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 6 October from 9.30 to 11.00am, when the proceeds will go to the Asia Floods Appeal.

Wadhurst Gardening Association
‘Water Gardening in the UK and France’ was a talk given by Mr Hilary, accompanied by some interesting and very amusing slides. Our next meeting is on Monday 8 October in St George’s Hall, Sparrows Green at 7.30pm, when the talk will be ‘Weather Lore – Fact or Fiction’.

Great preparations are in hand for our ‘Autumn Show’ on Saturday 22 September at 2.00pm in The Commemoration Hall and considering the weather it could prove to be an interesting time for the exhibitors of the Vegetable, Fruit and Flower Classes. There will be much more to offer such as Handicraft, Art and other Crafts, and of course there is the inevitable cup of tea or coffee.                                                                                                                   Mary Terry (01892 783154)

Wadhurst Centre for The Fitness League
The new term for exercise classes for the Fitness League (formerly Women's League of Health and Beauty) resumed on 15 September at St. Georges Hall. Classes concentrate on muscle and joint mobility/strength and balance, with the use of core stability, all combined with a good helping of fun. Contact Lesley Gerrard on 01323504998 or email: lesley.gerrard@sky.com for more details.

Are you interested in making wine?
The Wadhurst Winemakers' Circle is looking for new members to join their friendly club. Our 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 5 October 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. The next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting and will be on Thursday 18 October at 7.30pm in St George’s Hall.

Wadhurst Social Action Project (SAP) Volunteers
are reminded that Rotas for activities for next year will be prepared in October. Any member wishing to change or add to their voluntary tasks are requested to contact John Collins (01892 782243).

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).

On Thursday 11 October, the Society is looking forward to having an Apple Orientated Evening with a talk and perhaps some consumption. The meeting is in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8.00pm and a Bar and refreshments are available.

On Thursday 8 November, Hugh Miller’s subject will be “Four Brothers – and a Friend called Dan”. On Thursday 13 December, we review the year at the AGM and the business will be followed by a Social with Entertainment.

Work continues its research on Wadhurst between the years 1936 and 1946 which includes Shovers Green, Churchsettle, Cousley Wood, Sparrows Green, Durgates, Best Beech, and Tidebrook. Others in the group are working 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). Major projects like our current ones will be significant as our researches in other areas continue. Eventually all this work is for the benefit of the people of Wadhurst.

Now all we need to do is find some premises to store everything we are gathering and eventually we would like to be able to put on displays and provide space for people to do their own research of our archives. Does anyone have a centrally-sited Museum or barn to rent or for sale?

The New Wadhurst Residents Association
Next meetings will be at Fazan Court, Snape View, on Thursdays, 4 October, 1 November and 6 December at 10.00am to 12 noon. Our last well attended meeting was at St George's Hall on 7 September from 2.30 to 4.00pm. The development of the 17 new houses in Courthope Ave, new houses in Queens Cottages and the further application for the O2 phone mast in Durgates were all on the agenda.

Do you wish to have your road join the NWRA? For further details please ring Tim Page on 01892 783313 or John McIvor on 01892 783843. Thank you.

Sparrow's Green Recreation Ground—Reliable local person required to lock up recreation ground in the evenings. Small time commitment and suitable remuneration. Apply in writing to the clerk Mrs Philippa Hewes, 1, Rushlye Cottage, Bells Yew Green, East Sussex TN3 9AP. Informal enquiries to Tom Doyle 782001 (evenings).

Stonegate Farmers Market
Saturday 13 October, 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 Rotary Club
will be holding its annual jumble sale in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 6 October at 9.30am. Anyone wishing to donate jumble please contact Alan Gibson (01892 783163) or Arthur Dewar (01892 783935). The proceeds will go to local charities.

Free Safety Checks
for electric blankets will be offered at the Commemoration Hall on Wednesday 17 October from 10.00am to 12 noon. There will also be information available on energy efficiency in the home, etc.

On Saturday 13 October, the Mullins Memorial Fund will welcome to the Parish Church at 7.30 for 8.00pm, the Ashdown Singers who will be presenting a programme which will celebrate their broad repertoire. They sing a wide variety of music including great classics, spirituals, madrigals and rousing choruses. The tickets on sale at Newingtons are £8 and include wine or soft drinks and nibbles. For details, contact 01892 782181.

The Mullins Autumn Produce Market will be on Friday 19 October on the forecourt of the Commemoration Hall from 8.30am. If you would like to contribute home-made or home-grown goods to support this market, they would be very gratefully received. To offer goods, please would you contact 01892 782181 or 782835.

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.

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 28 October, will cover Earlye Farm, Lightlands and Riverhall, and be led by W Hodder.

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 25 October 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? Why not come along to Open Circle at Carillon Cottage on Friday 26 October, 10.00 to 11.30am?

Marauding Sussex Band Invades Historical Kent Site

Our appearance at the Pantiles was a good day out for the band. Good weather really helped and we were please to welcome back some old friends. Not only that but we also managed to recruit a couple of new players for our training band (amazingly enough this was despite hearing us play). If you would like to join in the fun the details are below.

We have two important events coming up that are really good examples what we are all about. Playing at Eastbourne Bandstand on 30 September will be a classic English scene, while the Poppy Concert on 6 October, in aid of the British Legion, has real significance for the band and the audience. They demonstrate how we try to combine enjoying ourselves with being part of the Wadhurst community. We look forward to seeing you at either concert.

Do you play an instrument or know anyone who does? Everyone is really welcome and if you happen to play cornet (maybe trumpet), euphonium, bass (tuba), or percussion then that is even better.

Training Band eets:            Thursday 7.00pm in the music room at Uplands Community College

Contact:         Jenny on 01892 782247 or via our website at www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk.

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

Sunday30 SeptemberEastbourne Bandstand 3.00pm
Saturday6 OctoberPoppy Concert, Commemoration Hall 8.00pm
Saturday8 DecemberChristmas Concert, Commemoration Hall 8.00pm
Sunday11 NovemberRemembrance Day Service, Wadhurst Parish Church

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

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

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 2 October at 10.00am in the Wadhurst Social Club with a talk by Anthony Lloyd on Bewl Water.

Knowles Tooth Children's Centre,Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Please sort out as many books as you can - boxes will be placed in Wadhurst, Tidebrook and Stonegate Churches, and Carillon Cottage early in October - but please do not overload bags and boxes for your own sake as well as mine!

For further information please call Jill Brewster 01580 830008.

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 9 October.

Hospice in the Weald
Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm, Voices for Hospices

A Mexican Wave of simultaneous concerts around the globe, on the same day, at the same time. School choirs, Church choirs and musical groups are invited to organise an event. Or, why not be part of the amazing Hospice in the Weald Voices Choir and sing Vivaldi's Gloria at St. Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks.

For further information, please call Tanyia Ingham on 01892 820533.

The Village Diary is available in Carillon Cottage. Please call in to check dates or to record Village events. The Cottage is open every morning from Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 12noon and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

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