WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - November 2008

THE VILLAGE DIARY
Diary of events: for those who do not use the Internet, the monthly calendar of events is now on display in the window at Carillon Cottage and next to The Sandwich Shop on the Wadhurst and District Business Association noticeboard.The list covers events in Wadhurst, Ticehurst, Frant and the surrounding area – if your event is not listed, it may be because you have not told the webmaster, Michael Harte, on 01892 783 292 or through www.wadhurst.info! This does NOT replace the Village Diary in Carillon Cottage, which should continue to be used to book future events – and avoid clashes. The Cottage is open every morning from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Nine  members met on 6th Oct. at Carillon Cottage. Following a short business meeting, those present enjoyed a quiz which was won by Nestor Facey. The next meeting will be an outing to Millbrook Garden Centre on 3rd November.

OPEN CIRCLE: Open? Or Closed? When the original Bereavement Support Group evolved into Open Circle, an opportunity was created for people on their own to come together at Carillon Cottage to enjoy company and conversation over a friendly cup of coffee. It was thought there would be a good response to a meeting once a month on a Friday morning, but the take-up has been disappointingly low. Therefore the phrase ‘Use it or lose it’ has never been truer and, reluctantly, the meetings of Open Circle in November and December will be the last ones.                 Rosalie Alford & Barbara Liddle

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY - AGM 20th Nov. 2008, St George's Hall, 7.30pm
The society's AGM will be brief and followed by film and a talk by Nancy Mandera about her STAY IN LADAKH. Ladakh is a wild mountainous region in the West Himalayas bordered by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tibet.  Villages are isolated with no electricity, no cars and no mobile phones.  Nancy went to live with a family in one of these villages for a month in 2007 and found that even in extreme conditions and with no advanced technology Ladakhis have built strong communities with a self sustaining culture. Nancy's talk will describe her experiences and the lifestyle in this small state known as "Little Tibet". This is a fascinating talk with insights into what, to us, is a primitive way of life but which Nancy found very moving and humbling.   Everyone is welcome.  There is no charge.
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 30th Nov - Wadhurst Station/Buckhurst.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 7th November. 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: will meet on Thursday 20th November in Mayfield Village Hall, at 2pm, when our speaker will be Mark Perry-Nash on ‘Pastimes with Good Company’ VIII. Visitors are welcome. There will be no meeting in December.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: Our AGM is on 10th November at 7pm followed by our GENERAL MEETING at 7.30pm. Do come along as we need your input and ideas for the Year ahead. Mr Derek March will be talking about ‘The Secrets of the Walled Garden’ and there are no competitions this evening.
ALL THOSE MEMBERS who have not enjoyed good health, we wish you well and look forward to seeing you soon.                                                        Mary Terry (01892 783154)

For Sale from Wadhurst Gardening Association: Wooden Trestle Tables measuring 8ft x 2ft 7ins.£10 for non-WGA members and £6 for members. Please telephone Jean Lavender on 01892 783352.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST DIVISION will be having a Christmas Craft Sale on 29th November at Commemoration Hall. Table Tops are for sale at £10 for one or £15 for two. We hope to have all kinds of crafts. Doors open 9-30am to 12noon, entrance by donation. to book telephone Cindy 01892784714 or Marge 01580200378.

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.

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 (not 12.30) For information call 01580 200386.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP meets on the last Thursday of every month at 2.30pm in St George’s Hall. The next meeting is Thursday, 27th November: Anne Hookway on Christmas Decorations.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Our next bimonthly meeting will be held at Fazan Court, Snape View at 10am on Thursday 13 November 2008. All are welcome. For more information please contact 01892 782294

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 1st November from 9.30-11am when, as usual at this time of year, there will be an extensive Traidcraft stall. Come and do some early Christmas shopping.

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

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND 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 are the person who could do with help or you know someone else 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.
The Mullins Christmas Quiz will be published on 1st December and will be available for £1 (no inflation here!) from Carillon Cottage, Newingtons and Jean Marie.  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.

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 especially the Winter Social on Saturday 10th January 2009 in the Youth Centre.  The theme for the evening has not yet been decided but the caterers are looking forward to whatever challenge is put to them.
For details about joining the Twinning and its various acitivities, please contact the Membership Secretary, Janet McFarlan, on 783291 or  the Chairman, John McKenzie on 784342. 

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY holds its next talk on Wednesday 12th November, when Heather Woodward will talk about Scotney – a Work of Art and Nature which looks at the way in which the mansion fits so beautifully into its landscape.  Visitors are always welcome for a small donation.

At that November meeting, we shall unveil and begin to sell the latest publication of the History Society:

WADHURST IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR – life in a Wealden market town:  1939 – 1945.

A great deal of research and hard work has gone into the creation of this series of 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 in here during the War years, it will certainly give a broad-ranging overview of life in a crucial period of our history.

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 as we are all very well aware but then there came the local, national and international upheavals of the 50s and 60s which had an impact upon the population of Wadhurst.  Buildings and land were lost as development impinged upon Wadhurst; the population changed as jobs, traditional trades 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 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: We had a busy meeting in October.  Members sat down to a splendid Harvest lunch at 12.30, and after an interval clearing the tables, at 2.00 we welcomed our speaker Mr G Albon.  His talk, accompanied by slides, was on ‘Iceland – Land of Ice and Fire’.  Currently, the country is in the news for all the wrong reasons, but he spoke about a warm, friendly people and the dramatic landscape they inhabit, certainly a holiday destination with a difference. The talk was followed by tea, and a brief discussion of branch  business, mainly nominations for committee members.  Our next meeting on December 11th is our Christmas Party.  There will be no competition but the Trading Stall will have a selection of Christmas Gifts.

1ST WADHURST BROWNIES are holding their annual Jumble Sale on Saturday 8th November in the Commemoration Hallfrom 9.30am to 11.30am.Jumble may be brought to the hall on Friday night between 6-7.30 pm or ring 01580 200302, 01892 784315 or 785879 for collection.

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 8.00pm every Wednesday at ‘The Greyhound’. November is very much the calm before the storm. Local Rotarians are girding their loins and starting to plan one of the most visible and enjoyable of village events – the annual ‘Christmas Lights’. It’s never too early to be making a note of this date. Friday 12th December is planned for the big ‘switch on’ and should be underlined in red in every village diary.
We recently welcomed into our midst John Northover as the latest convert to the Wadhurst Rotary Club. John, a retired diplomat, speaks fluent Bulgarian; a skill much admired and envied by the majority of club members who feel that in the current economic climate Bulgaria is fast becoming a more and more attractive holiday option.
On Wednesday 5th November David Goldsmith is talking and demonstrating (?) ‘Naughty Puddings’ which somehow seems rather an appropriate subject for Guy Fawkes Night. The club decamps to ‘The Wheel’ at Burwash on 19th November for a ‘Games’ evening and the month’s activities will be rounded off on 26th November by an illustrated talk from Chris Wates on his recent ‘Round the World’ trip.
The November (30th) pubocentric walk organised by Martin Causer starts at 10.00am from ‘The Bull’ at Three Leg Cross followed by a quick light ale and a sustaining Sunday lunch at the said establishment.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Meetings 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 19th November 2008 Details to follow.
Wednesday 10th December 2008 As this is December this is the second Wednesday of the month instead of the third as in other months.
Paul Treadaway, who is a member of the Society gives a talk about the birth of stars.
Wednesday 21st January 2008This is the Annual General Meeting.by a fascinating talk about the impressive progress Phil Berry achieved with his observatory.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK- F.S.W.
Mammoth Book Sale-Friday 14th/Saturday 15th November at Knowles Tooth, Hurstpierpoint.are coming in in great quantities, so hurry with yours- the cut off date is Sunday 9th Novembercan be left at Wadhurst, Stonegate or Tidebrook Churches and Carillon Cottage.
Harvest Goods have been delivered and warmly welcomed prior to distribution to needy families or used to help young mothers learn to make nutritious meals on a very tight budget.dried and tinned goods are needed throughout the year not just at harvest time and I'm always happy to pass them on.
The Toy Service:part of the Family Service at Wadhurst, Sunday 7th Dec.at this particularly difficult financial time, we all need to share a little happiness.New, unwrapped gifts, not necessarily expensive (not forgetting the teenagers) will be greatly appreciated.further details please call Jill Brewster 01580 830008.

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL: Finchcocks at Goudhurst is the venue for the next LMF concert. Anthony Zerp-Falcon will be playing on their collection of period pianos on Saturday 8th November at 7.30pm. A child prodigy, he went on to win all the major prizes at the Guildhall School of Music, and was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. He has performed widely abroad.
Tickets (to include drinks and canapes) cost £12.50. Phone:  01892 891115
Post:  L.M.F. The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent  TN3 8ET

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!

SON ET LUMIERE AT CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL: Our cathedral was consecrated in 1108, and amongst the events being held to celebrate its 900th anniversary is a spectacular Son et Lumière entitled “A Story Set in Stone.”  This uses state of the art audiovisual technology to tell the story of the cathedral’s 900years.  Surround sound and lasers will project the cathedral’s story onto its very own architecture.  An epic journey through 900 years of history, including the Romans, the Normans, the Reformation, the Civil War, 20th century wars, and ending up in the present day.
Twelve performances will take place in the cathedral between 8th and 22nd November.  For details visit www.chichestercathedral.org.uk or phone 01243 782595.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, WADHURST & TIDEBROOK BRANCH
Remembrance Sunday 9th November 2008: The Parade will assemble at Gloucester Place at 10am & proceed to the War Memorial for a wreath-laying Service at 10.15am. (Please use the hard-standing there & leave the pavement clear). At 10.50am a United Service will be held in the Parish Church.
11.11.11: There will be a short service in the Chapel at the Parish Church on 11th November at 11am. Please be seated by 10.50am.

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk

As you can see from our events diary below, Christmas is approaching quickly once more. Time to get out the warm undies and the hip flask! Before that though we have an extra concert this year. On 21st November we are appearing at Frant Memorial Hall as part of their fund raising efforts. I hope Frant is prepared for our particular brand of entertainment – especially as I have to live there!! Tickets for this event are available from Frant Post Office or by telephone on 01892 750665.

Players Wanted
We are always on the lookout for additional players to join Ken’s Merry Men/Women. At the moment we particularly need cornet players to help out on our front row, so if you like playing the tune please get in touch with Jenny on her phone number below. Maybe there are some trumpet players out there who want to try it, we have instruments available.

Learn to Play
Our Training Band meets at 7pm on Thursdays and we would be really pleased to see you if you fancy giving it a go. They are an enthusiastic bunch of all ages so don’t be shy. Again we have instruments for you to use so there really is no excuse.

Dates for 2008 – see you there!

Sunday  Nov 9th  Remembrance Service, Wadhurst Church       10.45am
Friday    Nov 21st   Concert, Frant Memorial Hall   8pm
Wednesday Dec 3rd  Carol Service, All Saints Crowborough     7.30pm
Saturday    Dec 6th  Christmas Concert, Commemoration Hall   7.30pm
Friday    Dec 12th    Wadhurst Rotary Christmas Lights 6.30pm
Sunday  Dec 14th   Carols, Cross Lane Ticehurst      6.30pm
Sunday  Dec 14th     Carols, Stonegate Green     7.15pm
Thursday    Dec 18th     Carol Service, Stonegate School      6.45pm
Saturday     Dec 20th    Carols, outside Commemoration Hall    10.30am

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

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