Hospice in the Weald , Wadhurst
The July coffee morning, held courtesy of Eileen Hemsley, raised a total of £172.50. Many thanks to everyone who supported the morning. 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.
Very special congratulations are due to Eileen Hemsley who has raised over £1000 for Hospice in the Weald in the last two years through the sale of her handmade greetings cards. The cards are beautifully made and have brought much pleasure to many people.

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.

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 28th Sept - Witherenden Hill Circular.

The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 5th September. Contact Ruth for details on 750674.

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 18th September at 2pm, in Mayfield Memorial Hall, when Pat Wright will talk about Buckingham Palace.

Next meeting 8th September in St. George’s Hall
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.

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
Please note the new time for July and September onwards is 10.00 to 12.00 (not 12.30) For information call 01580 200386.

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)

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

Following our AGM in July it was decided to hold our meetings every 2 months alternating with an evening meeting and a morning meeting.  The first evening meeting will therefore be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 11 September at St. Georges Hall, Sparrows Green. We look forward to seeing some new faces- why not come along!  For more information contact 01892 782294.

MINI MARKET in the Methodist Church will be held on Saturday 6th September from 9.30-11am. All the proceeds will got to the Tearfund appeal for Ethiopia to relieve famine at a time when we are thinking about harvest thanksgiving.

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

Knowles tooth Open Day  -  Sunday 7th September 2 - 5 p.m.
Service of Thanksgiving & Celebration  -  Tuesday 30th September at Chichester Cathedral for the work of F.S.W.
Mammoth Book Sale   -   Friday 14th/Saturday 15th November at Knowles Tooth.   Boxes will be placed in Wadhurst/Stonegate/Tidebrook Churches and at Carillon Cottage by mid September, please start sorting now and give as generously as you can.

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.

The next get-together will be on 8th September for a fish & chip lunch in Hastings. At the August meeting, members were enthralled and entertained by Barbara Liddle, who read and talked about poetry.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION has a group travelling over to Aubers on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September.  Besides the enjoyable social events, the Boules championship will have an extra edge as Wadhurst is the current holder of the cup and  the Aubersois will no doubt be seeking revenge.
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 is looking forward to its coach outing to St Mary’s, Bramber on Saturday September 27, leaving the Greyhound at noon.  The cost of £23 includes a conducted tour of this very special fascinating mediæval house, followed by a farmhouse tea and a tour of the garden. At the time of writing, seats do remain.   For details and to purchase tickets, contact Rachel Ring on 01892 783455.
The next talk will be on Thursday 18th September, 7.30 for 8pm in the Commemoration Hall. There has been a change of programme; for September, Richard Filmer will talk on ‘Traditional Crafts, Trades and Industries of Kent and Sussex’. The talk on Roman Iron will be given at the October meeting

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 trying to build a picture of Wadhurst over the years as quickly as possible and certainly before it is too late.   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. 
Some of the task-groups, having worked hard recently on the period between 1936 and 1946, are exploring more specific interests while others are soon 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 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 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 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.

Members met for their annual garden party on Thursday, 14 August.  It was not a bright sunny day as hoped, but we managed to dodge the showers.  As usual a splendid tea was provided, and the quiz was enjoyed by all.  Our thanks to Joyce Carter for inviting us to use her lovely garden.  A reminder: next month’s meeting is on October 9h,  12 noon for 12.30pm Harvest Lunch.  Our speaker will be Mr G Albon with a talk entitled ‘Iceland – Land of Ice and Fire’.  There will be no trading stall. 

The Club is delighted to announce that its Autumn production, to be staged at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on 23rd, 24th and 25th October, will be Ira Levin's intriguing thriller 'Deathtrap'. This play is a witty portrayal of greed, murder, infidelity, deception and treachery. When renowned playwright Sidney Bruhl is sent  a young playwright's brilliant, unsolicited manuscript for feedback, he plans a plot to steal it and pass it off as his own. He and his wife Myra invite the playwright, Clifford Anderson, to their home to discuss the play. Add to the mixture a Dutch pyschic (Helga Ten Dorp) and a dull lawyer (Porter Milgrim), and events begin to spiral grotesquely out of control - and not everyone ends up walking away... 'Deathtrap' is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and original thrillers to have hit the world stage for many years and should therefore definitely NOT be missed!  Keep your eyes peeled for Billboards, giving further details, including when tickets will be going on sale. 

If you' d like to know more about our award-winning Club (see below) - or perhaps to offer your services as e.g. an assisatnt set builder, painter, backstage crew member etc etc for our next presentation, "Deathtrap" - why not come along to Carillon Cottage, Wadhurst High Street on 6th September (10.30am to Noon) for a complimentary cup of coffee or tea and a chat with a Club or Committee Member? We'd love to see you!

The Club is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a Musical Accolade Certificate by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, for its production of "Oliver!" in January/February this year. John Barnes, our NODA Regional Representative, will formally present the Certificate to the Director of "Oliver!", Rosemary Mackinnon and her Production Team, Gill Gordon-Williams, Jane Spurr and Jeanne Clarke , at the Club's Annual General Meeting to be held at the Commemoration hall on Wednesday 17th September (8.00pm). Congratulations to these four, the brilliant cast and everybody else involved with this bumper production who contributed towards the earning this prestigious award!

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.

Wadhurst Bowls Club will be holding another Boot sale on Sunday 21st of September at Uplands C. C. Pitches -Cars £8 and Vans £10 - can be booked on 01892 783152..Start times are sellers at 7.30 am and public 8.30 till 12.00 noon.

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.

Meets every Wednesday at 8.00pm in ‘The Greyhound’

The 2008 Wadhurst Scarecrow Festival organised by the Rotary Club was the best yet. Over the two days an estimated 4,500 people came to admire, marvel at and be amused at the record 112 scarecrows that had been produced by various local schools, organisations and individuals.
£6,200 was raised over the two days through the sale of raffle tickets, memorabilia and contributions from participants at the Farmers Market and Craft Stalls. Music was provided by The Sussex Stompers, The Wadhurst Brass Band and Bob Bernard’s Jazz Quintet.
From the money raised donations of £1,500 are being made to Hospice in the Weald, www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk, Lynn’s Bowel Cancer Campaign, www.bowelcancer.tv and the Jubilee Sailing Trust, www.jst.org.uk which brings together able-bodied and physically disabled people in two purpose designed and built tall ships.
Earlier this year the Rotary Club honoured Graham Brewster the village barber with a life time achievement award for his services to the annual scarecrow festival. Every year Graham had managed to create stunning scarecrows which have included ‘The Mad Hatters Tea Party’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and Superman embedded in the wall of the Commemoration Hall. This year was no different with his masterful creation ‘Tom and Gerries Jazz Band’ being ‘discovered’ by the Trinity Theatre and having been carefully put away will feature in the Christmas production of ‘Worzel Gummidge’.
In addition to raising money for good causes and a variety of rotary charities the annual festival, now in its eighth year, has helped to generate a good community spirit and allows everyone the opportunity of contributing to what has become a most entertaining and popular local event.

Sunday 14th September at Old Battenhurst, Battenhurst Road, Stonegate.
Registration from 10.30, judging from 12 noon, refreshments, bar, BBQ & sideshows.
Proceeds to local hospices. Further information 01435-883243.

On 23rd July, the Wealden & East Sussex VSO Committee had a much enjoyed lunch in the garden of Hammerden, Stonegate the home of the Vander family. There were a good many friends & supporters of VSO present & we enjoyed a happy & sociable time. Mark Sidey, our volunteer in Ethiopia & sponsored by the local group, was present. Mark was on two-month leave from his work where he is involved in training primary school teachers. It must be pretty hot in Ethiopia at this time of year & I’m sure Mark would enjoy a well-earned rest. The event raised a total of £530 for VSO funds. We are most grateful for the hospitality of the Vanders.

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk

I want to dedicate this Focus article to a man without whom the band would not be what it is today. We celebrated Ken’s 80th birthday last week at the last rehearsal before our summer break. Ken has been our Musical Director since 1998 when he first took over from the retiring Algy Hoare, a hard act to follow in itself. This followed Ken’s own first attempt to retire as he had recently left the MD position at Mayfield Band and was looking forward to taking it easy in our tenor horn section. I say first attempt because in 2005 he passed the baton on to Paul Gardiner, only to answer our cry for help two years later when Paul was unable to continue.
Ken has carried on from where Algy left off making Wadhurst Brass Band an organisation that prides itself on musical quality, a fantastic friendly atmosphere, and a determination to remain firmly embedded as part of the local community. Ken we salute you (and don’t even think about trying to retire “again” any time soon).

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) then that is even better.

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. We have instruments for you to use so there really is no excuse. The new term starts on September 11th an ideal time to begin a new hobby. 

Dates for 2008 – see you there!

Saturday  Sept 6th              Eastbourne Bandstand    3pm
Saturday   Sept 13th          Sevenoaks Bandstand     2.30pm
Sunday  Sept 14th              Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells   12 noon
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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