We are delighted to announce that the March meeting of the Club on Tuesday 4 March will be a special event. Dame Kelly Holmes - our local double gold Olympic medallist - will be talking to the club in the Commemoration Hall at 11.00am in aid of Hospice in the Weald. Probus is offering the event to the whole community and tickets will be available from the Hospice shop in St James' Square from the middle of February.

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 30 March and will be a Cousley Wood circular.

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.

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 - 12 noon. For further details please contact Sarah Burchett (01323 738390).

Hospice in the Weald - Wadhurst Link
On Wednesday 26 March the usual afternoon of Chicago Bridge with a fabulous tea and small raffle will be held in the Commemoration Hall at 1.30 for 2.00pm. Tickets are available - £25 per table - please contact me to book early and avoid disappointment!
Linda Kings (01892 783461)

The Easter Sponsored Walk has had to be reduced this year to just the Easter Monday, 24 March, due to the change of holidays.

Is there anyone out there willing to do the walk ideally with a friend? We will take care of rallying sponsors and/or donations. Knowles Tooth relies heavily on the money raised through this event to finance the Children's Centre (£10,000 plus last year). Full details available so please give me a call if you can help.             Jill Brewster (01580 830008)

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 28 March, 10.00 to 11.30am?

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.

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

Mayfield and District U3A
Mayfield and District U3A will meet on Thursday 20 March, in Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm and Harry Summerton will talk on ‘Life in Roman Britain’. Visitors are welcome.

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

Stonegate Farmers Market
Saturday 8 March, 10.00am to 12.30pm in Stonegate Village Hall. Over twenty stalls selling wonderful local produce and refreshments. For more information call 01580 200386.

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.

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.

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).

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 1 March and on Saturday 5 April from 9.30 to 11.00am. Charities to be supported will be announced later but we look forward to your usual support which is much appreciated.

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 7 March at 7.30pm. If you would like more information please contact Rose on 01580 200504 or Shirley on 01580 201250, or just turn up.

The next meeting of our Group is on Thursday 13 March at Fazan Court from 10.00 to 12 noon. If you would like to be involved please come long or for any further information contact Tel: 01892 782294 or 783843. 
The question of affordable housing and development in our area will be high on our agenda in the coming months. Our aim has always been to improve the lives and the environment in which our members live and we hope to achieve this by co-operation and discussion with developers, our councils, housing associations, etc. and of course the residents involved.

1st Wadhurst Rainbows and Guides are holding a Jumble sale from 9.00 to 11.00am on Saturday 15 March at the Commemoration Hall. We would be very grateful for donations of jumble, cakes or items for the tombola. If you have any of these items you wish to donate please call Sarah (01892 784717) or Denise (01892 784484) or bring your items to the Commemoration Hall on Friday 14 March between 6.30 and 8.30pm.

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! St George’s Hall, 2.30pm, every fourth Thursday. The next meeting will be on 27 March when the talk will be on Bibles for the World, by Roy Wisdom.

Sparrow's Green Recreation Ground
The Parish Council is investigating how best to use the land donated to it by the Voelcker family. Any facility should benefit a wide range of people and we’re particularly interested in providing more facilities for teenagers. Our working plan is to build a multi-purpose all-weather pitch, however we’re happy to consider any serious suggestion as to how best the land could benefit you. If you have any suggestions or advice please contact the Clerk, or use the feedback form at www.wadhurstpc.info where can also find more information on our plans.

Sticky Fingers and Oasties are having a Jumble Sale from 9.00 to 11.00am on Saturday 1 March at the Commemoration Hall. Jumble, cakes and items for the tombola very welcome. If you have any of these items you wish to donate, please call Denise (01892 784484) or Sophie (01892 784234). Alternatively bring your items to the Commemoration Hall on Friday 29 February from 6.00 to 8.00pm.

WOW would like to thank everyone who attended the "M'Nango Valley" murder mystery on 9 February, the evening was great fun and we raised £1,300 to donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

WIP meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. The next meeting is on 11 March.

BEDGEBURY PINETUM Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be performing at Bedgebury Pinetum & 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

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.

Our next meeting is on Monday 10 March at 7.30pm in St George’s Hall, Sparrows Green, when Mr Hilary Newman will be taking on ‘Pests, Diseases and Weed Control’. The Competitions will be a vegetable and a stem of a hellebore. The Spring Show will be held on Monday 7 April at Wadhurst Primary School.

We are the organisations, clubs and businesses that make Wadhurst the best place in the county in which to live and work. We will be at Uplands on Saturday 1 March from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Refreshments available.

Our February meeting went very well, and our next meeting is on 3 March at Heather Woodward’s house - Chequers, Stone Cross Road, Wadhurst.

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.

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk
Spring is here and that means its time for our first concert of the year. Saturday 15 March at 8.00pm is the date for your diary. Rehearsals are going well and we have just about shaken off the after effects of Christmas. I think they call this the brass player’s detox! Regular readers of this Focus article will know that our esteemed leader’s witty repartee at these events has sometimes been called into question by the author. This has cost me a few beers I can tell you. So I thought we might try to help him out with some new material found on that hyperspaceinternetweb thingy. As you can see the brass band player’s reputation for extremely corny jokes is well deserved! See you on the 15th at the Commemoration Hall. Tickets are available from Jean Marie in the High Street as usual.

Mum, I want to be a Soprano Cornet player when I grow up. Well I'm sorry but you can't do both!!

What is a gentleman? Somebody who knows how to play the trombone, but doesn't.

How do you fix a broken tuba? With a tuba glue.

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 8.00pm. 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.

Dates for 2008 – see you there!

Saturday15 MarSpring Concert, Commemoration Hall8.00pm
Sunday11 MayPantiles, Tunbridge WellsTBC
Sunday18 MaySongs of PraiseTBC
Monday26 MayCrowborough Beer Festival2.00pm
Saturday14 JuneTidebrook Fete2.00pm
Sunday22 JuneEastbourne Bandstand3.00pm
Saturday12 JulyScarecrows2.00pm
Sunday6 SeptEastbourne Bandstand3.00pm
Sunday14 SeptPantiles, Tunbridge WellsTBC
Saturday11 OctPoppy Concert8.00pm
Saturday6 DecChristmas Concert, Commemoration Hall7.30pm

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

Club Coffee Morning
  The next Coffee Morning gathering at Carillon Cottage will be on Saturday 1 March (10.30am to 12 noon). Allcomers welcome : Come and join us!

Theatre Outing
  A group of Club Members travelled down to Eastbourne on Saturday 23 February to see the evening performance of Alan Ayckbourn's play "A Trip to Scarborough" at the Devonshire Park Theatre. It proved a very entertaining evening out and for those Members present, who are frequently involved at the sharp end of Wadhurst Dramatic Club productions, a rare opportunity to sit back and enjoy a relaxing and carefree evening's entertainment! The Club hopes to organise more excursions of this sort during the coming year. 

"The Curious Savage"
  Rehearsals have now begun on John Patrick's light comedy which will be the Club's Spring production (22-24 May), directed by Wendy Barr.

  The Club is delighted to note that membership of this section of Wadhurst Youth Theatre (WYT) is increasing apace and is now in excess of 20 youngsters. A major objective for Wytkidz this year will be mounting its own production in the Commemoration Hall in June. But, more about that later....

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY looks forward to hearing Michael Pratt talking about Winchelsea in the 18th Century. on Wednesday 12 March prior to their visit in April. The meeting is in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8.00pm. And visitors are very welcome. Leonie Seliger will be the speaker on Wednesday 9 April, talking about the Restoration and Conservation of Historic Glass.

Besides the interest of the meetings and the wide range of speakers who capture our attention 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 much more 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 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 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, 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.

For details please contact the Membership Secretary, Janet McFarlan, on 01892 783291 or the Chairman, John McKenzie on 01892 784342.

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