WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - October 2008

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD , WADHURST
If anyone would like to host a coffee morning in the future, please contact Val Tunbridge (01892-782498). We have our own coffee cups and saucers, and it is always enjoyable to have new venues.

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? Why not come along to Open Circle? We meet on the fourth Friday of each month at Carillon Cottage, 10.00 to 11.30am.

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 26th Oct - Mark Cross Circular.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE
The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 3rd October. 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
Mayfield & District U3A will meet on Thursday 16th October, in Mayfield Memorial Hall, at 2pm, when Harry Townsend will talk on ‘Plant Hunting Round the World’. New members are welcome.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION
There will be a PLANT PRODUCE SALE on Saturday 11th October in the Commemmoration Hall at 9.15am when there will be Plants, Cakes, Preserves and many other ‘things’ for sale - please come along and support our association.
The next meeting will be on Monday 13th October in St. George’s Hall 7 for 7.30pm. The speakers will be Jean and Brian Waterman talking about ‘Autumn Glory’. The competitions will be A Squash/Pumpkin or A Gourd and An Hydrangea Head. New members are always welcome to our meetings.                   Mary Terry (01892 783154)

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
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
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 23rd October - Adventures in Nepal with Michael Scott.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Following our AGM in July it was decided to hold our meetings every 2 months alternating with an evening meeting and a morning meeting. We look forward to seeing some new faces- why not come along!  For more information contact 01892 782294.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday October 4th from 9.30-11am when all the proceeds will got to the emmaus - an organization building communities and rebuilding the lives of homeless people across the UK. Your support is always much appreciated.

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

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK  -  F.S.W.
Mammoth Book Sale  -  Friday 14th/Saturday 15th November at Knowles Tooth, Hurstpierpoint.   Boxes for books have been placed at Wadhurst, Stonegate and Tidebrook Churches and at Carillon Cottage.   All categories welcome but please leave bags or boxes in manageable loads for your sake as well as mine!                        Jill Brewster  01580 830008

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 next major fund-raising activity is the Farmers Market on Friday 24th October from 8.30 am on the forecourt of the Commemoration Hall  Any contributions to the market of home-made or home-grown products would be gratefully received so that we can have enough funds to be able to respond immediately to someone’s call for help.  Also, please put the date in your diary so that you can come and buy and have warming refreshments.  That is followed by the ever-popular, sometimes maddening  annual Christmas Quiz published on 1st December.  Your support of these two initiatives would be gratefully accepted.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION
The Association is planning various evenings of entertainment during the year especially the Winter Social on Saturday 10th January 2009 in the Youth Centre.
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 Thursday 9th October, 7.30 for 8pm in the Commemoration Hall. Robin Hodgkinson and Trisha McLaughlin have entitled their talk The Roman Administration of the Wealden Iron Industry.  The meeting which follows on Wednesday 12th November, will have as the speaker, Heather Woodward, talking about Scotney – a Work of Art and Nature.  Visitors are always welcome for a small donation.

At that November meeting, it is hoped that we shall be able to unveil and sell the latest publication of the History Society WADHURST IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR – life in a Wealden town.  A great deal of research and hard work has gone into the creation of this series of articles about our history, written by a number of local authors.  Whilst it cannot possibly be a definitive version of everything that happened in Wadhurst during the War years, it will certainly give a broad-ranging overview of life in a crucial period of our history.

The next 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 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 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 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 learn and understand.  
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
A well attended meeting last month enjoyed a very entertaining talk by our guest speaker, Mrs Ann Chance.  If laughter is the best medicine, members went home feeling very much better after hearing her talk ‘Saddle sore in Montana’ than when they arrived.  Mrs Chance described for us how she fulfilled a life-long ambition to become a wrangler when she took part in a cattle drive in Montana.  Already a Senior Citizen, she took an intensive riding course before setting off on her adventure.  Her descriptions of camp life in all its aspects, the pleasures and privations, were fascinating and delivered with humour and wit.  Next month’s meeting will be devoted to our AGM.  Trading Stall: Christmas Goods.  Competition: A Pretty Plate.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB
‘DEATHTRAP’ BY IRA LEVIN
23rd, 24th, 25th October
Commemoration Hall at 7.45pm
Sidney Bruhl is a thriller playwright, without a single success to his credit for some years. Out of the blue, an unknown dramatist - Clifford Anderson - sends him a new thriller entitled ‘Deathtrap’ asking for his professional opinion. Sidney is so bowled over by the play that he plots with the (reluctant) assistance of Myra, his wife, about how best to plagiarise ‘Deathtrap’. When Clifford is invited to call and subsequently turns up at Sidney and Myra’s isolated New England home, events take a sinister turn… Two particularly gruesome murders ensue, - or do they? - leading to a third death by a fatal heart attack. Even so, Sidney seems confident of being able to keep control of things, until, that is a Dutch clairvoyant, Helga ten Dorp, starts experiencing disquieting vibrations which make Sidney’s plans take a wholly unexpected twist…
Afraid we can’t give away any more than this, folks! But all will be revealed if you’d care to buy a ticket for any of the 3 performances (£8 floor seating/ £9 tiered seating). Tickets will be on sale at Newington’s Newsagents, High St, Wadhurst from MONDAY 6TH OCTOBER. But be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible - this play looks like being a best—seller. (PS please DON’T spoil things by telling anyone how this thriller ends!)
CLUB COFFEE MORNING: SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Please drop in at Carillon Cottage, High St, Wadhurst (10.30am-12noon) for a coffee (or tea) and a chat. Potential new members will be particularly welcome.

1ST WADHURST BROWNIES
1st Wadhurst Brownies are holding their annual Jumble Sale on Saturday 8th November in the Commemoration Hall  from 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’
Apart from the regular weekly meetings of which more anon the month’s major event is the Jumble Sale to be held in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 18th October starting at 9.30am. All monies raised going towards the Worldwide Eradication of Polio. This is an ideal opportunity to clear out lofts, garages, spare rooms etc and at the same time contribute to a really worthwhile cause. To donate jumble contact David Goldsmith 01892 783264 or Brian Tuck 01892 785285. Collections can be arranged or alternatively deliver all offerings to the Commemoration Hall from 5.30pm onwards on Friday 17th October. In addition to the Jumble there will be a cake stall and a grand raffle.
A number of varied events are scheduled for October with Tim Wates talking on ‘Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan’ (15th), Ann Scott extolling the virtues of ‘The University of the Third Age’ (22nd) and Brian Portway  from ‘The Jubilee Sailing Trust’ coming on the 29th to receive a cheque for £1,500 and to talk on the trusts work. (The JST, www.jst.org.uk, was one of the three local charities to benefit from monies raised at the annual ‘Scarecrows’ festival)
On a less cerebral note the club is taking advantage of one of its member’s passion for rugby and his support of London Irish in particular, to arrange a visit on 1st October to the Madejski Stadium in Reading to see the match v Sale Sharks.
For the more energetic members Neil Rose is organising this month’s pubocentric perambulation from the ‘Rose and Crown’ at Burwash on Sunday 26th October.
Finally in the September issue of ‘Focus’ we reported that a total of £6,200 had been raised at the 2008 Scarecrow Festival. Fortunately this proved to be a very conservative estimate and after all of the barrels had been scraped and the last few pennies counted the final amount will be close to £6,500. Many thanks to all of those who contributed so generously.

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 15th October 2008  The meeting includes two video lectures from Alex Filippenko’s astronomy series.  Alex Filippenko is a professor at the University of California
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 2008  This is the Annual General Meeting.  followed by a fascinating talk about the impressive progress Phil Berry has achieved with his observatory.

WADHURST & TICEHURST BRANCH, ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The Annual Poppy Appeal Brass Band Concert - Commemoration Hall
Saturday 11 October at 8pm. Cost £5
Wadhurst & Tidebrook Branch of the Royal British Legion are delighted that the Wadhurst Brass Band have, once again, agreed to entertain us. The proceeds will go to the Poppy Appeal.  Please join us for what, we are sure, will be another thoroughly enjoyable evening.  Tickets will be on sale from Newingtons from the end of September.

Thursday 16th October -The Annual General Meeting in St Georges Hall at 7.30pm.

Summer Show - Over £850.00 will go to the Royal British Legion 2008 Poppy Appeal after two very successful performances of A Clown's Story" performed during July at The Mount and at Uplands Community College . Gifting their act free to the Appeal, Arthur V Pedlar accompanied by Alan Whiteley on the piano gave a facinating account of the development of silent clowning followed by a hilarious act demonstrating great skill on his unicycle and making music from a collection of rare circus instuments including a six inch violin!A very generous donation from Uplands towards expenses and  free use of The Mount is much appreciated.

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk
After our August break September has seen us back into the swing of things with concerts at Eastbourne, Sevenoaks, and the Pantiles. Eastbourne was a bit chilly but the second weekend of the month turned out to be sunny which always makes life on the bandstand that much more enjoyable. We have been featuring a number of soloists at these events – some, like Tim Fermor on tuba, and Algy Hoare on Euphonium are old hands, but it has been especially good to see two of our younger members making their debuts and living up to these high standards. Well done David Healy (bass trombone) and Christabel Seall (flugel horn), two young players with very bright futures.

As you can see we have three major concerts coming up. We are especially pleased to be appearing at a brand new venue this year – Frant Memorial Hall on 21st November. This will help us to spread the brass band gospel to an even wider audience.

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!
Saturday Oct 11th   Poppy Concert, Commemoration Hall             8pm
Friday     Nov 21st   Concert, Frant Memorial Hall           8pm
Saturday    Dec 6th    Christmas Concert, Commemoration Hall       8pm

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

 

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