Hospice in the Weald , Wadhurst 
Hospice in the Weald Coffee Morning, 10.00am to 12 noon, Monday 2 June. By kind invitation of Monica and David Lloyd, ‘Broadacres’, Townlands Road, Wadhurst. Bring & Buy stall, handmade greetings cards. For further information, or if any lifts are required, call Val Tunbridge on 01892 782498.

Sue and Pete Bridges are kindly going to open their lovely garden at Churchsettle Cottage, Churchsettle Lane, Wadhurst on Sunday 8 June from 2.00 to 6.00pm. All welcome - All donations for Hospice.

Thank you to all those who took part in, and all those who helped at, the recent Bridge Afternoon held in the Commemoration Hall. Despite the difficulty of Easter being so early, we did eventually book 19 tables. We raised the magnificent sum of £766 which has been forwarded to Hospice and has kindly been acknowledged by them.

I would also like to thank Mrs. Eileen Hemsley, who has recently sent another £100 to Hospice from the sale of her lovely cards. Her continued support and hard work are very much appreciated.                                                                                                    Linda Kings (01892 783461)

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 May, 10.00 to 11.30am?

June will be a bumper month for the Music Festival, with two very different concerts.

Soloists of the Bavarian State Orchestra will be performing on Friday 13 June at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Lamberhurst. We are indeed fortunate to hear this oboe quartet during their brief tour of England. The orchestra is recognised as one of Europe’s finest. Tickets £12.50 - children under 15 free.

Then in complete contrast the world famous Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band will be giving an open-air performance at Scotney Castle on Friday 27 June at 8.00pm. Gates are open at 6.30pm—please bring a picnic. Tickets for this concert cost £25.

Phone: 01892 891115. Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8ET

THE TRUSTEES OF THE ROSE TRUST announce that there is a vacancy at No.40 Western Road, Wadhurst. This is a three bedroom property, and applications for the tenancy are invited, particularly from people with young families living within the Parish of Wadhurst.

Please write to the Secretary for an application form at Old Chimneys, Cockmount Lane, Wadhurst  TN5 6UG. Tel: 01892 783254. The closing date for applications is Friday 16 May.

Spirituality in Agriculture
Once upon a time farming was seen in terms of the rural idyll – peace and plenty… a land flowing with milk and honey. In fact it never was like that. But it is true to say that in recent years agriculture has had more than its fair share of problems with foot and mouth, salmonella, BSE, fowl pest and blue tongue… the EU Common Agricultural Policy, cheap imports and mountains of constantly changing legislation. Small wonder that the agricultural help organisations such as Farm Crisis Network and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution are kept busy.

On Sunday 25 May, the Rev Dick Dengate, former vicar of Sandhurst and a part-time fruit farmer in Peasmarsh, will be paying a very welcome return visit to Wadhurst and as part of our TTSE programme will be speaking about Spirituality in Agriculture. It will be very interesting to hear what he has to say. As always everyone is welcome – in the Methodist Church at 6.30pm.

Wadhurst Bowls Club is holding its annual Boot Sale on Sunday 11 May at Uplands from 8.30am to 12 noon (Sellers at 7.30am). Hardstanding pitches at £8 for cars and £10 for vans. Bedding plants, homemade cakes, tombola and hot refreshments available. For further information and pitch bookings phone 01892 783152 or 07939 162433.

Bowls is a very competitive game which is played in a most friendly and sociable atmosphere and the Club welcomes new players of either sex and any age and ability. Anyone interested can phone the above numbers or 01892 783484.

Quicken Trust, a local charity that has been working in the village of Kabubbu in Uganda since 2000, is holding a ‘Report Back’ event on Saturday 10 May at the King’s Centre, 27 Edison Road, Eastbourne from 7.00 to 9.00pm. Entry is free.

There will be a Wine & Cheese Reception from 6.00pm to meet with Enoch and Lilian Kagoda, who will have been instrumental in assisting the developments in Kabubbu. Tickets for the Reception are available at £5 per person.

The evening will be suitable for the whole family and will feature the amazing eight year growth of this well known local charity working with AIDS orphans and the community in Kabubbu, Uganda through video, slides, testimony and interactive presentations.

Please contact Quicken Trust on 01323 832361 for tickets and more details.

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 25 May and will be through Little Pigstrood and Scotsford Road.

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

Wadhurst Primary’s Link School
When Steve and Anne Stordy left Tidebrook last year to work in Burundi with Food for the Hungry International, they agreed to establish a link between a school in their locality and Wadhurst Primary School.

Since then, the children at Wadhurst have held a number of fund-raising activities which have enabled them to send several hundred pounds to their link school. Anne and Steve have written this report.

As representatives of the community of Wadhurst, Stephen and Anne Stordy were invited on 10 March 2008 by Bishop Sixbert Mucumi of Buye Diocese to Mwumba Primary School in Northern Burundi which is linked to Wadhurst Primary School.

Arriving at the school, we found the children waiting in their class groups in the sunshine with their teachers. A bright new national flag was flying, replacing the old tattered one which we had seen on our previous visit, and the scene was vivid with colour. 

The schoolchildren had prepared songs of welcome, after which the headmaster, Mr Minani, used a loud speaker, hired specially for the occasion, to express their joy in having the link with Wadhurst and appreciation for the gift of money. The bishop then talked to the children, explaining that part of the purpose of the link was that they should pray for the children of Wadhurst and vice versa. The children clapped and cheered when he told them that, from the money sent from Wadhurst, each child was to receive two pieces of soap and a biro; the bishop remarked that they and their families would be able to look clean and smart for Easter.

The school football team ran out next, wearing new blue football kit, also bought with money from Wadhurst, and posed for a team photo. It was noticeable that the boys looked older than a primary school team in UK.* 

Next, the presentation of gifts was made to the Year 5 children, after which all the remaining children returned to their classrooms where their class teachers gave out the soap and pens.

The teachers, headmaster, and local schools inspector also received a small gift of money to supplement their meagre salaries.

* Note – many children missed out on education during past years of political instability in Burundi. Now that the country is peaceful, many young people are continuing their schooling and making up for those lost years. This means that the age of primary school students can range from 5 to 20 years.

As the link continues, the children at Wadhurst are looking forward not only to further fund-raising activities but also to writing to the children at Mwumba to ask them questions about life as young people in Burundi.

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

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB  “The Curious Savage”: Commemoration Hall : 22, 23 & 24 May

The Club has pleasure in announcing that its Spring production will be John Patrick's “The  Curious Savage”. Directed by Wendy Barr and with over a half of the cast comprising young actors who have 'graduated' from WYTKIDZ ( the Club's Wadhurst Youth Theatre), the play is a warm-hearted tale of Mrs Ethel Savage, a slightly eccentric and very wealthy widow. A natural-born philanthropist, she desperately wants to make the best use she can of the substantial fortune left to her by her late husband. Her greedy and selfish stepchildren on the other hand have other ideas...

When she invests her wealth in negotiable bonds in the hope of establishing a fund to help less fortunate people realise their hopes and dreams, the stepchildren decide to commit Ethel to a “sanitorium” in attempt to shock her to her senses. There, she encounters a variety of social misfits who need just the kind of help she can provide and with whom she quickly bonds. With their help, she leads her stepchildren on a merry chase.

The essential mood of the play is comedy with plots and hi-jinx. But, it also conveys the feeling that in what can at times appear to be a wholly wicked world, the virtues of kindness and affection are still not necessarily entirely lost.

Tickets (£8 floor and tiered seating) from Newington's Newsagents from 28 April .

“The Bourbons and Other Crackers” : Commemoration Hall : Saturday 28 June
Please be sure to mark this date and venue in your diary when WYTKIDZ will be back to offer a (markedly different!) perception and interpretation of History. This hilarious play penned by Sue Gordon, has been described as 'a comic stroll through history' or 'a complete history of Monarchy (with all the boring bits left out)! This one-off production is being put together largely by the WYTKIDZ themselves (with only the very littlest of help and encouragement from their older friends!) and promises to be a real hoot. There will be no tickets: entry to the performance will be by donation at the Commem Hall door. Further details will be published in due course.

Club Coffee Morning : Carillon Cottage
The next Club Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 3 May (10.30am – 12.00 noon). Members and prospective Members are warmly invited to drop in for a cup of coffee (tea) for a chat.

Wadhurst Runners is proud to announce that they have been awarded the Kent and Sussex Courier prestigious ‘Team of the Year’ award. Representatives from the club were invited to a glittering awards ceremony, which was attended by sports teams from across Kent and Sussex, as well as key local dignitaries and sports personalities.

Wadhurst Runners is a friendly running club, formed in 1999 to meet the needs of local runners. With over 50 members ranging from elite competitive runners to those just starting out, we pride ourselves as a club for all abilities. We are immensely proud to have won the Couriers ‘Team of the Year’ award and thank all those who voted for us. The club meet at Uplands sports centre reception, every Tuesday at 7.15pm and also every Sunday at 9.00am, and runners of all standards are welcome. For further details please contact Albert Kemp on (01580 200024) or email: albert@barnfieldkemp.demon.co.uk.

THE LIFE OF CHRIST – An Open Air Play in Three Acts
This production is held on the Wintershall Estate near Bramley in Surrey, just off the A281, seven miles south of Guildford. Peter Hutley wrote the play in 1998 to celebrate the new millennium – to help spread the word that the millennium wasn’t just another date on the calendar but actually a celebration of 2000 years of Christianity. It was only intended for the millennium but has been brought back by popular demand every year since.

As this year’s performance will be the tenth production, there is the possibility that the performers will thereafter take a sabbatical, so this could be your last chance to experience this wonderful event. It is being performed every day from Tuesday 24 June to Sunday 29 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Churches Together in Wadhurst are hoping to get a group together to go on Thursday 26 June, possibly hiring a coach or minibus should numbers warrant it.

If you have school-going children, why not consider taking them as a family outing on the Saturday or the Sunday?

It is an open air production and takes place regardless of weather. We have usually been blessed with the most wonderful weather, but on the odd occasion that it has rained this has in no way detracted from the enjoyment of the day!

The three acts are performed at different locations on the estate so there is a little walking between the acts. Bring blankets to sit on (or small fold-up chairs), and a packed lunch, although there is a stall where you can buy snacks and drinks.

It is a wonderful experience of Christ’s life, from His birth to His resurrection, an opportunity not to be missed. If you would like to join us, or if you would like any further information, please contact Colleen O’Farrell (01892 784734), or Toni Buckley (01580 201057).

This year's Festival has four concerts in the Parish Church:

Sunday 1 June: Estonian vocal ensemble "Heinevanker" presents Renaissance music from East and West Europe. 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£6 for children).

Saturday, June 21: Polyphony's Midsummer Concert, including Poulenc's Gloria (with soprano Ansy Boothroyd and organist Andrew Benians) and a selection of popular songs and spirituals. 7.30pm. Tickets £8 (£6 for children).

Saturday 28 June: 8.00pm, Jane Austen & Colette: Writers and Musicians, Tickets £10 (£6 for children).

Saturday 12 July:  6.45pm, London Ripieno Singers

As well as two choirs who are familiar to our local audience, we are pleased to offer concerts by two visiting professional ensembles. The excellent young eight-voice ensemble "Heinevanker" from Estonia brings us a unique programme of Renaissance music, contrasting Western European sacred music with Baltic folk hymns. This year for the first time, the Festival has a literary element, as Jane Austen & Colette brings together words on music and love by these two exceptional writers with music by Haydn, Gluck, Storace, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, and Lerner and Loewe. Maggie Henderson (actor), Jane Streeton (soprano) and Maggie Cole (piano) present what promises to be a delightful evening.
Tickets for all events will be on sale at Newingtons.

Mayfield and District U3A
Mayfield & District U3A’s May meeting will hear Martin Phillips speak on the Lifeboat Service. Martin coxes the crew of the Hastings boat. We meet at 2.00pm on Thursday 15 May in the Memorial Hall, Mayfield.

WGA Spring Show. The Wadhurst Primary School was awash with the glow of daffodils, mixed with the colourful display of other spring flowers, a wonderful sight and a sense of promise for the season to come even though the weather was abysmal - WELL DONE ALL. It always amazes one at the different types of daffodils that are available nowadays. Our next meeting is on Monday 12 May when Sarah Oldridge will be taking us through the seasons of Kew & Wakehurst Place. The competitions are Two sticks of Rhubarb and a port plant.        Mary Terry (01892 783154)

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.

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).

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

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. On Wednesday 21 May, our own Brian Mills is giving a talk about "Occultations".

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)

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets every month at 2.30pm in St George’s Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 22 May, and will hear a talk from Barbara Liddell on ‘Poetry Please’. Recently we have been delighted to welcome some new members and it would be great to see even more. Give us a try!

Our next meeting is on Thursday 8 May at Fazan Court, Snape View from 10.00 to 12 noon. There are many issues concerning our community such as traffic, development, anti-social behaviour - why not come along! If you would like further details 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.

will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 3 May from 9.30 to 11.00am in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

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

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.

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

As we were unable to persuade anyone to take part in the Annual South Downs Walk on Easter Monday, I am planning to do a walk in several stages in the countryside around and between our three churches. The walks will take place during May and early June and I am hoping people will join me - any volunteers??

Ultimately I am looking for sponsors to make up for our usual vital contribution towards the running of Knowles Tooth Children's Centre. Please call me to participate or donate.     Jill Brewster (01580 830008)

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk
Ready for Action(?)
Preparations for the coming season of events are well under way. We are all working hard in rehearsals practicing all the music that we will need to fulfil a variety of engagements this year. This month is typical with us playing to shoppers in the Pantiles and then hymns at Songs of Praise. Later it is the Crowborough Beer Festival which will no doubt have its own unique atmosphere and musical requirements! Ah, the joys of brass banding.

Interested in Joining the Band?
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) or euphonium then that is even better.
Learn to Play
We have an enthusiastic group of beginners (young and not so) who meet at 7pm on Thursdays before main band, and we have instruments available for you to try.

Forthcoming Dates  –  see you there!






May 11th

Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells



May 18th

Songs of Praise, Wadhurst



May 26th

Crowborough Beer Festival



June 14th

Tidebrook Fete



June 22nd

Eastbourne Bandstand



June 28th

Sevenoaks Bandstand



July 6th

Bewl Run, Wadhurst



July 12th

Scarecrows Charity, Wadhurst



Sept 6th

Eastbourne Bandstand


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

Andrew Scarborough

Cameo Club Annual Sale
Many thanks to everyone who supported this Sale which raised in excess of £600.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 15 May in St George’s Hall at 7.30pm. Mrs Pat Wright will be the speaker and her subject will be ‘Buckingham Palace’. Do come along if you are interested.

The Mullins Memorial Fund, our own local Wadhurst charity which helps people who are resident in the parish of Wadhurst, would like to thank most sincerely the Rotary Club for the very generous cheque which was handed over recently. This was as a result of the Open Shops Christmas evening held in December. Mullins is also most grateful for a generous anonymous donation given by a local resident. Thanks to such thoughtful generosity, Mullins is now able to support quite ambitious  practical projects which can really make a difference to people’s lives. Thank you very much indeed.

For the rest of the year, the current plans of the Mullins trustees and their friends are a Concert at the Mount with professional visiting performers in July, the Farmers Market in October, two dramatic performances in the Parish Church in November and, of course, and the annual Christmas Quiz published on 1 December. More details of each of these events will be published in Focus in the coming months and your support would be gratefully accepted.

If you know someone who you feel might need our support in any way and could benefit from the efforts of the trustees and the generosity of others, 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.

Four members attended the County AGM in April in Herstmonceux; after the formal business meeting, members heard a fascinating talk on handkerchiefs, both from this country and abroad, and their designs over the years.

The April monthly meeting was held in Carillon Cottage, and following the business meeting and coffee, TG member, Nora Manktelow gave a most interesting and enjoyable talk on her seven week stay with her daughter and family in Montana. She showed many superb photographs. A walk in the bluebell woods is on the agenda for the end of April. ‘Once a Guide Always a Guide’ - new members most warmly welcomed.

The Wadhurst Twinning Association  thoroughly enjoyed the enlightening talk given by the Minister Counsellor of the French Embassy about his views on the Future of European Defence. Besides being an entertaining speaker, M. Audibert gave a thought-provoking presentation which included the differences which may or may not be forthcoming following the change of President. M. Jacques Audibert had, the previous week, been very much involved with the State Visit of M. and Mme. Sarkozy so we were privileged to welcome him in Wadhurst, remarkably not too exhausted after all the work he had had to do to make that visit the success that it undoubtedly was. 

The Annual General Meeting of the Twinning Association 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 Twinning Association, 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. As always the business meeting is followed by a convivial social gathering. Non-members would be very welcome. For details about any of these events, contact Heather Woodward on 01892 783212. For general details about the Association or to join, please contact the Membership Secretary, Janet McFarlan, on 01892 783291 or the Chairman, John McKenzie on 01892 784342

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY welcomes Chris Butler on Thursday 15 May talking about the Archæology of the Defences of East Sussex from the Tudors to the Present Day. On Wednesday 11 June, Professor Jack Langton has entitled his talk The Clearing of the Woods or the Running of the Deer. On Wednesday 9 July, Judith Kinnison-Burke will talk about Tenterden Union Workhouse 1905 – 1926. All meetings are in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8.00pm.

The Society has a coach visiting Winchester on Saturday 7 June. There will be a conducted tour of the cathedral in the morning followed by a tour of the mediæval almshouses of St Cross in the afternoon. The cost of the day is £24 per person and booking can be made through Rachel Ring on 783455.

Besides the interest of the meetings and the wide range of speakers talking about such diverse subjects every month, a number of the Society’s members are busy discovering as much as they can about Wadhurst itself. As quickly as possible and certainly before it is too late, they 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. The task-groups are also about to start research about Wadhurst in the 1950s and 1960s. That community changed greatly immediately after the war as we are all very well aware but then there came the international upheavals of the 1960s which must have had an impact upon the population of Wadhurst.  Buildings and land were lost as development impinged upon Wadhurst; the population changed also as jobs and businesses disappeared.

It is important 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 future generations will learn and understand. Please don’t be shy!

There is so much to learn, however, that the members of the History Society would appreciate some practical help. Would you, therefore, be interested in helping? Would you be willing to write down your memories, or dictate them to someone, or have them recorded for typing up later?

If you would not be particularly interested in all that social history research, perhaps other areas catch your attention. Could you perhaps 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.

If you could contribute in any way to this on-going research, please would you contact David James on 01892 890330 or Heather Woodward on 783212.

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