WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - APRIL 2008

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY
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 April and will be around Bedgebury.

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

CARE FOR THE CARERS
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 - 12 noon. For further details please contact Sarah Burchett (01323 738390).

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening)
In the Methodist Church at 6.30pm on Sunday 20 April, we will be continuing our series on Spirituality in Everyday Life when Ms Sue Schibli will be speaking about her work as a Chaplain at the Kent and Sussex Hospital. At times when we, or our loved ones, are ill we may well feel the need of a ‘shoulder to cry on’, and be grateful for the services of a chaplain. But we may not always be aware of the pressures and stresses under which hospital staff work: they are also part of the chaplain’s care and responsibility. Come and hear about life in a hospital from a different point of view!

Hospice in the Weald
Requests the pleasure of your company at a Gala Fashion Show of the Spring/Summer 2008 Collections, featuring The Full Monte, The Find and The Italian Wardrobe, on Monday 14 April. Doors open at 6.00pm, show starts at 8.00pm, at Tonbridge School. Tickets £20, to include a light buffet supper and a glass of wine. Tickets available from Ruth Fahie, Events Organiser, Hospice in the Weald, Maidstone Road, Pembury, Kent TN2 4TA
Credit card bookings: 01892 820508 (subject to £1.50 admin fee)

A Plant Fair will be held on Saturday 17 May from 10.00am to 2.00pm at the Hospice in Maidstone Road, Pembury. There will be hundreds of plants, herbs, trees and shrubs for sale and many craft stalls at this very popular event. Barbecue, refreshments and cakes available. Admission is free. For further information please call 01892 820508.

CARILLON COTTAGE
A big “thank you” to everyone who helped with the Carillon Cottage Jumble Sale. Once again it was a huge success, and without your help this would not happen. We raised approximately £1,200. Thank you once again.
Dot Smytherman & Sarah Rodgers

OPEN CIRCLE
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 25 April, 10.00 to 11.30am?

JAZZ, SALSA & SUPPER
A spectacular evening of live music, food and dancing in aid of the Sacred Heart Church Annexe Fund will take place on Saturday 12 April at the Commemoration Hall. Featuring Afro-Cuban Jazz group ‘Heads South’ and a guest salsa teacher, tickets at £17.50 each include a two course supper and a half-hour salsa lesson. For tickets and/or more information please contact Toni Buckley on 01580 201057 or Colleen O'Farrell on 784734.

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Lamberhurst Music Festival kicks off in 2008 with a concert on Friday 4 April. It will be held in St Mary’s Church, Lamberhurst at 7.30pm, and features Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper.

Rachel is one of the finest violinists in the world and is the leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Gary is Director of Harpsichord at The Royal Northern School of Music & Drama. They will be performing some of Mozart’s sonatas.
Tickets cost £12.50 – children under 15 free.   Phone: 01892 891115  Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8ET

New Bus Services in Wadhurst
“Wadhurst Primary School is delighted to announce the start of its second bus service. The service will run daily from outside the Hospice in the Weald charity shop, and will transport children to the primary school.”

As you may have gathered, this is no ordinary bus service! The primary school has set up a second “walking bus” scheme, which enables children to walk to school safely with their friends, and provides valuable exercise and reduces traffic congestion all at the same time! The scheme is run by volunteers, and is part of a national drive to encourage children and their parents to walk to school.

The school’s first walking bus was set up in July 2007 and runs from the recreation ground in Sparrows Green, about 20 children use the service with 8 volunteer parents. The second scheme was started at the beginning of February, primarily as a result of the major road works in the high street, which were making getting to school on time difficult for a number of families who come to the school from the Ticehurst-end of the village. This bus has 23 children registered and has 11 parent volunteers. The walking buses enable approximately 40 children to walk to school safely each day, which is more than 10% of the schools population!

Over time it is hoped that more families will join both buses, although it is dependant on having sufficient numbers of volunteers. If you are up and about early in the morning, enjoy a walk and being part of the community, and would like to get involved in either of the schemes maybe once or twice a week, then please contact the school office on 01892 783155 for further information.

Talking Newspapers
Some time ago I was invited to join the National Talking Newspapers and Magazines, a charitable organisation in Heathfield, to read and record newspapers and magazine articles for blind and print disabled people.

The charity needs readers and recordists – of which more below – to produce tapes, CDs and other digital media for thousands of subscribers in the UK and round the world. Volunteers play a crucial part in the charity’s work and, whilst they do get a fair number offering their time, the charity can always do with more.

So what qualifications do you need? Well, the first is a little spare time during a week. Once established you may be asked to attend regularly for the same publication, say every Thursday from 11.30am. to about 1.30pm. It’s really up to you as to what structure you wish to follow. Some volunteers do, for example, all Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Others do just afternoons, 2pm to 3.30pm or so. It depends upon the publication. If it is a monthly magazine, some volunteers just do it once per month on an agreed day and time. There are some volunteers who do nothing regularly but are willing to do any work when regulars are on holiday or ill.

And the next qualification? Can you read out loud? Silly question! But that’s all there is to it. You will be given all the technical help and advice that you need to use the microphone and understand what the recording is all about.

How do you get on the list? Below is a telephone number that you will need, after which a short, introductory audition will be conducted. If you are interested in sailing (Sailing Monthly), politics (The Spectator, New Statesman), horses (Your Horse), computing (PC Advisor), children (Mother and Baby), celebrity (OK magazine), countryside (Country Life, Farmers Weekly) and many, many more subjects, there will be a publication that you will enjoy reading. Talking Newspapers records over 200 publications.

What else is needed? If reading or recording isn’t for you then the charity has a variety of other roles for volunteers, from helping to pack and send out tapes and CDs to distributing materials to information centres.

And the recordists? All publications are first recorded onto a computer and some awareness of the simple processes of recording software and handling files in Windows is needed, although training is given (and not much is required). Similarly the basics of sound recording are taught when necessary. Try reading for a while and then go behind the technical desk. This is what I did.

If you are interested and wish to talk to me to explain further, then ring me on 01580 200701. To talk directly to Talking Newspapers ring 01435 866102. Their web page is on www.tnauk.org.uk where you can see much more detail.                           Godfrey Wood

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

Tea with Tigger
Bring your babies and toddlers for a chat over a cup of tea and biscuits on Tuesdays from 2.00 to 4.00pm at Carillon Cottage. For further information contact Carillon Cottage, Tel 01892 785658.

Stonegate Farmers Market
Saturday 12 April, 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 WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
Our February talk (too late to catch last month’s Focus) was “Elsie Bowerman, Survivor of the Titanic”. Our speaker, Mrs Kinnes-Bourke gave her talk in character, dressed appropriately and speaking in the first person. She created an authentic atmosphere which included a description of the ship’s sinking. With her widowed mother, Mrs Bowerman was travelling on the Titanic to visit her father’s relations in Ohio. They were on board as no other passages were available. She was remarkable for more than surviving the sinking of the Titanic: a Suffragette, and Christabel Pankhurst’s agent when she stood for Smethwick; Elsie went to Girton College, Cambridge, was the first women to defend a client at the Old Bailey, co-founded the WVS, and worked for the BBC Overseas Service during World War II! She was invited to join the UN to work for women’s rights, ending her life in Sussex.

In March Mrs B Cornwell, a farmer’s wife, showed slides and talked of the excitement, hard work and pleasures of working in the Sussex countryside. Cows, and firemen to extract them from tricky situations, tractors, Morris dancers, old barns, old implements and artefacts were described with good humour and insight. Our next meeting will be ‘Wellies on the Levels’ on April 10. Competition: Flower arrangement in an Eggcup. Trading Stall: Store cupboard Goods, as well as the usual second-hand book stall.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – WADHURST & TIDEBROOK BRANCH
Our Annual Spring Sale will be held on Saturday 26 April in the Commemoration Hall at 9.30am. Gifts of cakes, plants, books, nearly new clothes, bric-a-brac, and prizes for the tombola and raffle would be much appreciated. Items may be brought to the hall on Friday evening, 25 April, after 6.00pm.

THE LATE MR H G MEECH
Doreen and family wish to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, messages of sympathy, donations to SAP, and to all who attended Harold’s service. Special thanks go to friends and SAP volunteers for their numerous lifts enabling me to regularly visit Harold in hospital.

BLOOD PRESSURE TESTS
Wadhurst Rotary Club supported by Belmont Surgery will provide a small team of nurses to carry out blood pressure tests between 9.00am and 12 noon at Carillon Cottage on Saturday 26 April - National Stroke Awareness Day. Anyone is welcome to drop in for a free test and a cup of tea. Rotary is grateful to Belmont Surgery for their support in this joint Rotary and Stroke Association initiative.

CAMEO ANNUAL SALE
Cameo’s Annual Sale will be held on Saturday 12 April between 9.30am and 11.30am at the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst. Donations of books, clothes, bric-a-brac, antiques or anything we can sell including cakes and jams will be greatly appreciated. Contact Joyce Farmer 01892 782910 or Dennis Brewster 01580 830008 for more information or pick up.

Scotney Castle opens for the season
The National Trust house and garden at Scotney Castle were set to open fully for the new season on Wednesday 12 March. But the weather was against us. High winds meant that the garden and estate had to be closed; one tree was blown over, and another was left at such an angle that it had to be taken down. Visitors were still able to enjoy the house.

There will be an Easter Trail for children on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March. The theme will be ‘birds on the estate’ and every child who completes the trail will receive an Easter egg. It will be fun.

We hope that many of you will come to Scotney this season to enjoy the changing colours in the garden and the new rooms in the house. More rooms will be opened in the house sometime during the summer. This is an exciting time at Scotney. Starting in April, we will be embarking on the building of new visitor facilities, including a tearoom, shop and additional toilets. This will significantly enhance what we can offer our visitors, and we hope that they will be ready by the end of the season.

We would like local people to be involved in what is happening. Perhaps you might like to be part of a group engaged in a constructive dialogue concerning activities and developments at Scotney Castle. Or perhaps you would like to be involved in creating the interpretation of the house, gardens and estate. What are the stories we should be telling? Do you know anyone who used to work in the house or on the estate? If you would like to contact me, please email me: jessica.cooke@nationaltrust.org.uk, or phone me on 01892 893858. I shall look forward to hearing from you.      Jessica Cooke, Community Engagement Officer

Mayfield and District U3A
The Mayfield & District U3A April meeting will be a talk by Jackie Marsh-Hobbs on the Royal Pavilion, Brighton and it will be in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm Thursday 17th. Jackie is a tour guide at the pavilion and knows what goes on behind the scenes.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION
Our colourful ‘Spring Show’ is on Monday 7 April in the Wadhurst Primary School. Judging starts at 7.45pm. WGA took part in the ‘Come and Meet Us’ open morning at the Uplands School, when Wadhurst showed new inhabitants what is available for them to do in Wadhurst. During the morning new members joined the Association so why don’t you join too. We are a very friendly bunch and have much to offer.                                                     Mary Terry (01892 783154)

WADHURST BRIDGE CLUB
New Members are most welcome to join a group of friendly players of varying standards.
Help and some tuition is given. Friday afternoons 2.00 to 5.00pm at Sparrows Green Pavilion.
Telephone Margaret McAuley on 01435 867824 or 07964 347898.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE
meets 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 4 April at 7.30pm. If you would like more information please contact Rose on 01580 200504 or Shirley on 01580 201250, or just turn up.

NCT Nearly New Sale
There will be a sale of good condition second-hand baby and children’s clothes, maternity clothes, baby equipment, toys, books, dvds, etc in aid of the NCT on Saturday 19 April from 10.30 to 11.30am at Uplands Community College, Wadhurst. Admission £1 (in aid of the NCT) Seller registration is required – see www.tunbridgewellsanddistrictnct.co.uk for details or call 07005 964029

Wadhurst Gardening Association MASTER CLASSES
Wadhurst Gardening Association has been holding more Gardening Master Classes. The remaining class will be held on Saturday 12 April, lasting approximately two hours. Numbers are limited to 12 per session and the class may include practical involvement.

This class will look at Lawns and Ground Cover - establishing and maintaining a lawn and the role of ground cover in the garden. Tuition is free for members and will cost £10 for non members. For further details contact Ken Turner on 784325 or e-mail Kenfairview@aol.com

St John Ambulance Wadhurst Division is holding a Jumble sale on the 19 April, in the Commemoration Hall. Doors open at 9.30am to 12 noon, entrance by Donation. We would be grateful for donations of jumble, bric-a-brac, books, etc. Please bring all donations to the hall on the evening of the 18th, between 6.00 and 8.00pm. No large furniture. Enquires to Marge (01580 200378), Paul (01435 883517) or Cindy (01892 784714).

WADHURST ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Meetings begin at 7.30pm although members are invited to arrive any time after 7.00pm. This is a good time to exchange ideas and discuss problems. The venue as always is in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church at the east end of Wadhurst Lower High Street, opposite Uplands College. (For those with SatNav – the Post code is TN5 6AX)

Future Meetings and Events
Magellanic Clouds". This takes us just outside our own galaxy to two of the Milky Way's closest neighbours in space.
Wednesday 16 April. Greg Smye-Rumsby gives a talk he has entitled "Bits and Bobs".
Wednesday 21 May. Our own Brian Mills is giving a talk about "Occultations".
During June.: A visit is being arranged to visit the Great Transit Circle at Greenwich Observatory. This will be either Friday 13 or 20 of June.
Wednesday 18 June. Because this is one of the shortest nights of the year, in recent years this has become a members’ evening when we can bring telescopes, binoculars and other aids to amateur astronomy to chat about their use and discuss problems. There will also be a short video on an astronomical subject.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP
has made a good start this year and has a full programme to look forward to. Recently we have been delighted to welcome some new members and it would be great to see even more. Give us a try! This month the Afternoon Fellowship will be ‘Out to Lunch’ at the Commemoration Hall on 24 April.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
The next meeting of our Group is on Thursday 10 April at Fazan Court from 10.00 to 12 noon. If you would like to be involved please come along or if you would like more information please contact 01892 782294 or 783843.

Important information for anyone who has registered for the new community bus. The stop for Durgates is now in Mayfield Lane, just past the entrance to Little Park. The bus does not now go to Wadhurst Station but turns into Mayfield Lane.

MINI MARKET
will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 5 April from 9.30 to 11.00am. All the proceeds this month will be shared between supporting Dr Cathy Offord and Mrs Claire Roche in their bid to complete the London Marathon.

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

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk
Teddy Bears and Fish at Spring Concert??
Where could you go to see a band playing everything from marches to Broadway hits, trombone players doing a Square Dance, a fish emerging from the end of a tuba, euphonium players in love (perhaps), the future stars of the brass band world with their teddies, AND get a free glass of wine? The answer – Wadhurst Commemoration Hall on Saturday 15th March.

Our 2008 season got off to an excellent start with a great audience at the Spring Concert. The band was on form thanks to Ken’s leadership and everyone’s hard work, especially Claude who took over on Solo Cornet at short notice a few weeks before. The Training Band showed off the progress they are making - well done to them, Jenny and Lydia! Once again we are extremely grateful to everyone who helps out to make these events happen.

Our engagement list for this year is fuller than ever so we look forward to seeing you at one or more of these venues. 

Day

Date

Event

Time

Saturday

April 19th

Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst, St George’s Day

1.00pm

Sunday

May 11th

Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

12.00pm

Sunday

May 18th

Songs of Praise, Wadhurst

6.30pm

Monday

May 26th

Crowborough Beer Festival

2.00pm

Saturday

June 14th

Tidebrook Fete

2.00pm

Sunday

June 22nd

Eastbourne Bandstand

3.00pm

Saturday

June 28th

Sevenoaks Bandstand

2.30pm

Sunday

July 6th

Bewl Run, Wadhurst

11.45am

Saturday

July 12th

Scarecrows Charity, Wadhurst

2.00pm

Sunday

Sept 6th

Eastbourne Bandstand

3.00pm

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), euphonium, or percussion then that is even better.

Training Band Maybe you fancy learning to play. There is an enthusiastic group of learners (young and not so) who meet at 7pm on Thursdays before main band, and we have instruments available for you to try.

Dates for 2008 – see you there!
Contacts:       Jenny Cooper               Band Manager  01892 782247
Lydia Fuggle                 Secretary                01892 782308
Andrew Scarborough

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB
'The Curious Savage'  The Director, Wendy Barr, reports that she is very happy with how  rehearsals of this light comedy by John Patrick (of inter alia "Tea House of the August Moon" fame) are progressing. The play will be the Club's Spring production and will be presented at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on 22, 23 and 24 May.

WYTKIDZ to portray history (but with a difference!)
A 'must'nt forget' note for your diaries... WYTKIDZ (Wadhurst Youth Theatre) will be presenting - for one day only on 28 June at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst - Sue Gordon's hilarious play "The Bourbons and other Crackers". Described as 'a comic stroll through History' or 'a complete history of Monarchy (with all the boring bits left out!)', this production looks like being a real scream, so keep your eyes peeled  for further announcements!

Desperately seeking a little "treasure"...
Wadhurst Dramatic Club is still continuing to look for a new Hon Treasurer to fill the gap which will arise when Neil Rose vacates the post this coming September. The lady or gent we are looking for doesn't need to be a financial wizard - only sensible, friendly and numerate. The job is not too pre-occupying and requires attendance only at monthly Committee meetings. If you would like to know more - or would be interested in taking on this rôle, please contact John Northover (Tel: 01892 782908, or via  johnnorthover@yperite.f2s.com ).

Club Coffee Morning : Saturday 5 April: Whether you're a Member already or you're thinking about joining the Club, please feel free to come along to Carillon Cottage, Wadhurst High Street on 5 April (10.30 to 12.00 noon) for a cup of coffee/tea and a chat. Everyone welcome!

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND is a local charity which can help people who are resident in the parish of Wadhurst. If you know someone who you feel might need our support in any way, please pass the information on to one of the Office Bearers on 01892 782181, 782835 or 783212. Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

BEDGEBURY PINETUM
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be performing at Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest, Nr Goudhurst, Kent, on Saturday 7 June. Tickets are £30 (subject to booking fee) and go on general sale from ticket hotline: 01842 814612 or on line from www.forestry.gov.uk/music

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
Crowborough CAB runs a confidential advice service in Carillon Cottage every Wednesday from 9.00am to 12 noon. No appointment necessary. Just drop in or call 01892 785658.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION
For details about the Wadhurst Twinning Association please contact the Membership Secretary, Janet McFarlan, on 01892 783291 or the Chairman, John McKenzie on 784342.

The Association is looking forward to a visit from the Minister Counsellor from the French Embassy, Monsieur Audibert, on Friday 4 April. He will talk about The Future of European Defence. The Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.45pm on Tuesday 20 May in the New Library upstairs in the David James Building at Uplands. This will provide an opportunity to find out the future plans of the two Twinning Associations, which include a meal in a French restaurant toward the end of May, the barbecue on Saturday 26 July and, we hope, a visit to Aubers in the Autumn. For details about any of these events, contact Heather Woodward on 01892 783212.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY looks forward to hearing Leonie Seliger talking about The Restoration and Conservation of Historic Glass on Wednesday 9 April. The meeting is in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8pm. and visitors are very welcome. On Thursday 15 May, Chris Butler will talk on Archæology of the Defences of East Sussex from the Tudors to the Present Day.

Besides the interest of the meetings and the wide range of speakers talk about such interesting subjects every month, a number of the Society’s members are busy discovering as much as possible about Wadhurst itself. There is so much to learn, however, that they would appreciate some practical help. As quickly as possible and certainly before it is too late, we hope to accumulate a full picture of Wadhurst over the years. People in their 80s now will have their own memories plus what they heard from their parents and grand-parents about life in the early 20th Century and even in the 19th Century when Wadhurst was still a farming community. That community has now changed greatly as we are all very well aware.

We need to track those changes and their implications on our community so that future generations can understand when, how and why they happened. Memories can be recorded by chatting to someone or they can be written down. The important thing is to hear them and what a lot the younger generations will learn and understand. Please don’t be shy! Would you, therefore, be interested in helping? Would you write down your memories, or dictate them to someone, or have them recorded for typing up later?

Would you like to contribute to the research which is going on about the Industries and Agriculture of Wadhurst, or the Development that has so altered Wadhurst especially over the last 50 years, or the big Estates and the important Buildings and Houses of the environs of Wadhurst, or the History of the Families of Wadhurst, or would you like to interview members of  “old Wadhurst” families and long- standing residents ?

If so, please would you contact David James on 01892 890330 or Heather Woodward on 01892 783212.

THE VILLAGE DIARY
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 12 noon and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

POUNDING THE PAVEMENTS
The 25th Annual Unlock London Walk will take place on Saturday 19 April and will include Chelsea and East Fulham on the north side of the Thames, and Battersea on the south. There will be between seven and eight hundred walkers, including Peter Dwyer and myself, and we hope a contingent from Wadhurst. During the circular walk you will have the chance to visit a small number of churches, right across denominational boundaries, which act as check points and welcome centres. Light refreshments are usually available.

The sponsored walk provides massive support for the admirable work of Unlock. It provides Bible study material, which is particularly designed to meet the needs of ordinary working class people and does this in many areas of urban deprivation. Peter and I find this event a truly joyful one and a first-class opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow Christians from all over the country. For further information why not give me a call: Tom Lawson 01892 782975, we would be glad to hear from you.

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