WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - DECEMBER 2008

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD : was represented at the Annual Remembrance Service, and a wreath was laid by Eileen Hemsley on behalf of the Guild. In November members met at Millbrook Garden Centre, which provided an opportunity for browsing around the plants, bulbs and Christmas displays OR to accomplish some early Christmas Shopping! The afternoon concluded with "afternoon tea". The next Meeting will again involve eating and drinking as it will be time for the annual Christmas Lunch to be held at The Brown Trout, Lamberhurst.

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. No walk in December.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 5th December. Contact Ruth for details on 750674.

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.

MAYFIELD AND DISTRICT U3A: There will be no meeting in December.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION held its AGM on 10th Nov which was well supported. It was then followed by the General Meeting. David March gave an interesting talk &, being the AGM evening, no competitions were organised. It is our Christmas celebration on Mon 8th Dec at 7pm where refreshments will be available. The competitions are 5 Brussel Sprouts & a Christmas Table arrangement approx 10 inches.
The Wadhurst Gardening Association wishes the whole community a very good Christmas.                                                                                               Mary Terry 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 01892 785596 or 07964 347898.

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).

PARENTS AND TODDLERS GROUP SALE: The Wadhurst Parent and Toddler Group will be holding a sale on MONDAY 1st December, 9.00-11.30am at St George's Hall, Wadhurst. Come along and buy nearly new baby/children's clothes, toys, books and equipment. All proceeds will go to the church hall. Any donations of children's ware gratefully received. Please call 01580 201158, or 01892 785314 to arrange collection.
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 toddlersfor a chat over a cup of teabiscuitsTuesdays from 2.00 to 4.00pm at Carillon Cottage. For further information contact Carillon Cottage, Tel 01892 785658.

STONEGATE FARMERS MARKET: Please note the market is held the second Saturday of the month, 10.00 to 12.00. For information call 01580 200386.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on the last Thursday of every month at 2.30pm in St George’s Hall.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: All are welcome.For more information please contact 01892 782294

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 6th Dec 9.30-11am All the proceeds will go to SAM KG Pre-School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where many of the children need to be sponsored as their parents are unable to pay the school fees. More information about the school will be available at the market.

WADHURST INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND CHRISTMAS QUIZ will be published on 1st December and will be available for £1 (no inflation here!) from Carillon Cottage, Newingtons and Belmont Surgery.  Your support would be much appreciated as these difficult financial times are affecting people in Wadhurst and  “Mullins” wants to be able to continue to respond quickly to any appropriate call for help.  The Quiz can be maddening but it provides good entertainment  and a lot more – not to mention the possibility of winning a prize.  That is provided you have returned your completed quiz sheet by Monday 5th January 2009.

“Mullins” supports people living in the parish of Wadhurst.  The help provided is usually practical, but may occasionally come in some different form in order to make someone’s life easier.  Perhaps you know someone who would benefit from our support.   This is a small local charity able to continue working thanks to the generosity of others and our own fund-raising efforts.  Contact one of the Office Bearers on 782181, 782835 or 783212.  
Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION members recently had a very enjoyable visit to Aubers in October and we are now looking forward to welcoming our French friends over here sometime next year. The Association is planning various evenings of entertainment during the year and the first one will be the: Amusez-Vous Bien!  Social Saturday 10th January 2009 7 for 7.30 pm Youth Centre.    

Tickets, £12,  (£8 for youngsters still in full-time education) which include a hot meal and a complimentary drink will go on sale at Newingtons on Monday 8th December and, to help the caterers, you must have purchased them by 4.30 pm on Monday 5th January.   Besides various entertaining activities, there will be a raffle. 
For details about joining the Twinning and its various activities, please contact the Membership Secretary, Janet McFarlan, on 783291, or the Chairman, John McKenzie on 784342.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY holds its AGM on Wednesday 10th December with the business meeting STARTING at 7.30 pm. This is your chance to air your views about what we could be doing and where you would like to go on visits, and to make suggestions about other activities which might interest you. The formal part of the evening over, we are looking forward to enjoying an entertainment and seasonal songs presented by the Mummers, and to our usual convivial mulled wine and finger buffet.

The latest publication of the History Society -" WADHURST IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR –life in a Wealden market town: 1939 – 1945" could answer some of your Christmas present challenges. It costs £12 and is the result of a great deal of research and hard work which have produced the generously illustrated articles about Wadhurst’s history, written by a number of local authors and making use of the many interviews and material which have been made available to us. Whilst it cannot possibly be a definitive version of everything that happened here during the War years, it gives a broad-ranging overview of life in a crucial period of our history. It can be purchased from Barnett’s Bookshop and various other outlets, or by contacting David James or Heather Woodward whose ‘phone numbers are over the page.

The next major focus of attention for the Society will be Wadhurst in the 1950s and 1960s. That community changed greatly immediately after the War and this was followed by the local, national and international upheavals of the 50s and 60s which had such an impact upon Wadhurst. Buildings and land were lost as development impinged upon Wadhurst; the population changed as jobs, traditional trades and businesses disappeared.  We have to track those changes and their implications on our community now so that future generations will be able to understand when, how and why they happened. 

Memories can be summarised by chatting to someone, or you can write them down, or they can be recorded and transcribed. The important thing is for us to hear them and what a lot the future generations will then learn and understand about their community.  

Please, can you HELP the team CREATE A FULL, DETAILED PICTURE of WADHURST over the years?
If you would be willing to contribute in any way to this on-going research, please would you contact David James on 01892 890330 or Heather Woodward on 783212.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE.  As Focus goes to press before the November AGM you will have to wait till next month for details.  However, I can tell you that at our January meeting Heather Woodward will be talking about the Sussex Air Ambulance.  Details of the competition and trading stall will be given at the Christmas party.

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.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF WADHURST meet every Wednesday at 7.45 for 8.00pm in ‘The Greyhound’ The previous months talk and demonstration by David Goldsmith of his
‘Naughty Puddings’ also included a lavish sampling of the same which had the immediate effect of increasing our membership. Unfortunately this was confined to the waistlines of those present and not to an influx of new members

A talk by David James on 3rd December on his experience of trekking the Singalila Ridge in West Bengal will come as welcome relief from some of the cholesterol laden excesses recently seen at club meetings.

The village will once again be lit up from the middle of December with festive lights and displays both inside and outside of a number of local shops. The majority of the external lights, both supply and erection, are managed by the Wadhurst Rotary Club.

The club’s Christmas Meal and jollifications is scheduled for our meeting on Wednesday 17th December. It is an appropriate precursor to the ‘Rotary Christmas Fayre’ taking place the following Friday 19th December from 5.30pm onwards in the Commemoration Hall where a variety of food and craft stalls will be open. Customary rockets will launch the evening with Santa arriving in a Vintage Coupé. Church Bells will be rung, the primary school choir will be singing carols, the Wadhurst Brass Band playing and a snow machine (cunning sited outside ‘The Greyhound’) will all add to the festive nature of the occasion. Once again Humberts have kindly sponsored a ‘Hog Roast’ and the customary mulled wine will be available. Many village shops will stay open late to allow for the purchase of last minute Christmas gifts.

The post Christmas pubocentric perambulation on Sunday 28th December is being led by Arthur Dewar with a 10.00 am start from Mayfield.  
There will be no meetings on either 24th or 31st December.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Meetings normally 3rd Wednesday every month 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)

Wednesday 10th December 2008. Please note that as it is December, the Society meets on the Second Wednesday instead of the third as in other months.
Paul Treadaway - “How Stars Work”.
Wednesday 21st January 2009 Annual General Meeting - then Phil Berry - “The Further Trials and Tribulations of an Amateur Astronomer”.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK- F.S.W.: The Toy Service- Gifts of Toysof the Family Service at Wadhurst, Sunday 7th December. New, unwrapped gifts, not necessarily expensive (not forgetting teenagers) can be brought to the Service or left at Carillon Cottage.They will be gathered together and passed on to those planning Christmas parties for underprivileged children in our Diocese and also through Smile doing similar work in the Balkans.  Thank you everyone who cleared out their unwanted books for the Mammoth Sale at Knowles Tooth mid November - total funds raised will be in the next Focus.       Jill Brewster 01580 830008.

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES are on sale in the Methodist Church from Monday to Saturday 0930 - 2.00pm from 27th October to 13th December. The shop is run by SAP Volunteers and gives everyone an opportunity to buy their favourite charity cards ensuring that 80p in the pound goes to.note that the shop is closing on 13th December - don't delay buying your Christmas Cards this year!

WADHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL: Nursery Open Day Friday 5th December
We warmly invite you to our Open Day 10-11.30am & 2-3.15pm. Come along & see us in action! Experience for yourself the ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted) qualified teacher-led provision we offer. Enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere & a chat over a cup of tea/coffee whilst your children discover the fun, excitement & stimulation offered by the Nursery.
We look forward to seeing you but if you are unable to make it, we would be happy to arrange a time more convenient for you. Tel: Mrs Thorn & Mrs Russell  01892-783155

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB: “Deathtrap” : a thriller that really thrilled – but where were absent friends?
The Club's Autumn production (23rd - 25th October) was Ira Levin's classic thriller - “Deathtrap”. Set in an isolated Colonial house in Fairfield County, USA, the play portrays suspense and menace, along with the worst traits of human nature, including jealousy, plagiarism  - and even murder...
Under Martin Elson's skilled direction, the 5-strong, hard-working cast of Richard Bruce, Babara Liddle, Adam Lewis-Plant, Catherine Whitehead and newcomer Trevor Seemann, did full justice to what is nowadays acknowledged tp be Levin's best-known and most exciting play.
A really excellent production, with a splendid Set, furnished with an array of weapons of all periods which would have done justice to, or even possibly have outstripped, New Scotland Yard's Black Museum! But, regretttably,one thing was conspicuously missing throughout... bottoms on seats! Total seat occupancy over the three nights which the play ran was barely 42 per cent of the available capacity. A very disappointing turn-out particularly for the cast who, after putting in so much hard work to develop their rôles, played to half-empty houses each night.
The Club tries to present a varied, annual programme to cater for all viewing tastes. But, “Deathtrap” doesn't seem to have 'clicked' for some reason... Please tell us why you feel it failed to attract good audiences. Is it perhaps  that people don't like 'thrillers'? If so, what do people/you prefer to see? Any feedback you can give will be greatly appreciated and acted upon, where feasible. Please either email John Northover (johnnorthover@yperite.f2s.com) with your views – or better still, why not come along to our next Coffee Morning gathering (see below) and give us your thoughts face-to-face over a cup of coffee or tea? Thank you!
Coffee Morning : Saturday 6th December: Everyone (non-Members as well as Members) is welcome to drop in at Carillon Cottage between 10.00am and 12 noon on Saturday 6th December for a coffee (tea) and a chat.  A selection of Club Committee Members is usually in attendance and will be happy to welcome you and to receive any feedback you have to offer, not least on the Club's latest production (see above).
Plans for 2009: Rehearsals are now underway for the Club's next presentation which will be “The Rose and the Ring”,  a musical pantomime, once described as “boisterously adapted from a comic fairy tale by William Thackeray, with music by Michael Jeffrey and book and lyrics by Peter Charles Morris”. By way of a foretaste of what's in store, it may be of interest that anyone who gets possession of the Rose and the Ring immediately becomes seriously attractive to any member of the opposite sex – Cor....! Performances at the Commemoration Hall  will be from 28th to 31st January and 5th to 8th February 2009. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR WHEN TICKETS GO ON SALE (AT NEWINGTON's NEWSAGENTS)...

The Club is delighted to announce that plans are now at an advanced stage for Wadhurst Youth Theatre, the Club's Junior arm (and also known as the WYTKIDZ), to present their first ever full-scale production at the Commemoration Hall (21st, 22nd and 23rd May 2009) They and the Club are very excited about this! Further news will follow in due course...

Consideration is also already being given to the Club's  Autumn 2009 (October) presentation. A number of finer details still need to be resolved, so it's not yet possible fully to divulge the Club's ideas. Suffice it to say that  we have already established that the Perfomance Rights will be available (for a former TVcomedy) we hope to present. But, more about this as matters develop...

And, finally ...! In last month's edition of “Focus”, under the heading of THE ROTARY CLUB OF WADHURST, there was a kind and much-appreciated mention that John Northover (a recently-retired Chairman of Wadhurst Dramatic Club) had joined the ranks of Wadhurst Rotary Club. It was also mentioned that John “speaks fluent Bulgarian”.  If only! So, before the Bulgarian Embassy in London tries to recruit him as an Official Interpreter and whisk him back to Sofia, John would like to point out that while he is certainly fluent in French and reasonably so in German, he is certainly and regrettably not fluent in Bulgarian! Also, that while in the current economic climate it may indeed be the case that the majority of Rotary Club members are looking increasingly at Bulgaria as a “more and more attractive holiday option..”, John would just remind them that he spent the better part of  3½ years trying to escape from that country..!!

WADHURST SCOUTS are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 13th Dec from 9.30am, Commemoration Hall.  Jumble may be brought to the hall on Friday evening 6.30-7.30pm

OPEN CIRCLE: Please note that the December meeting of Open Circle will be held on Friday 19th December 10-11.30am. Unfortunately this will be the last meeting of Open Circle. We hope that people will find other groups to provide coffee & companionship.

CHRISTMAS AT SCOTNEY: Scotney Castle at Lamberhurst is still open on the weekends up until Christmas.  In the house we will be hosting viewings of 'hidden' parts of the collection including watercolours, drawings, plans and letters. Also, in December we are holding our very first Christmas Carols event!
Carols at Scotney with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society
Sunday 7th December 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Welcome Christmas in with traditional carols in a beautiful setting in front of the house.  Listen and sing along with the choir, then warm up with mulled wine and mince pies!  Enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping in our National Trust shop. Please note that this event takes place outside, and that there is no seating. Wrap up warm and bring an umbrella. £12 per adult, £8 per child (includes mulled wine and a mince pie). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential on 01892 893860.

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL: CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
A selection of choral pieces around a Christmas theme takes place on Saturday 13th December in St Mary’s Church, Lamberhurst at 7.30pm.
The Choral Scholars from Trinity College, Cambridge, who are some of the most talented young singers in the country, will lead us into the Christmas season.
Tickets: £12.50 - under 15s free. Contact LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst TN3 8ET Tel: 01892 891115.

Wassail - POLYPHONY'S Christmas Concert - will take place in Wadhurst Parish Church on Wednesday, 17th December at 8 pm.Michael Fields will direct the choir in a selection on seasonal music and our guest soloist will be Ansy Boothroyd.Tickets are£8 (£6 for children under 16) and can be purchased in advance from Newingtons the newsagent or on the door before the concert. A donation from the proceeds will be made to Hospice in the Weald. Please do come and join us- we look forward to seeing you!

WADHURST CHRISTMAS BALL: Get your tickets now for the Wadhurst Christmas Ball on Saturday 13 Dec 7.30-11.30pm at the Commemoration Hall. black tie event is sure to be a fun evening, with music from Mark Chase and the Birthday Band, magician, buffet… & the first drink free – what more could you ask for! Just your company – tickets are available from Louise Jones on louise.jns1@googlemail.com for just £20 each – so please come along & join in the festive fun & support WUJFC (Wadhurst United Junior Football Club) at the same time!

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