WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - APRIL 2009

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: A coffee morning in aid of Hospice In The Weald is being held at Windwhistle, Faircrouch Road, by the kind invitation of Rosemary Collins on Wednesday 22nd April from 10-12.30pm. There will also be a Bring & Buy stall and sale of handmade greetings cards.  If you need more details or help with transport please ring Val Tunbridge on 01892 782498.

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: The March meeting was held in the Methodist Church Upper Room, when members had an opportunity to Pottery Paint with help and instruction from "Glazy Daisy", a decorated pig, duck, mugs, jugs, plates and pots are now being fired and members await the result!
The next meeting will be on the 6th April at 2.15 at Carillon Cottage, when Paula Bull will give a talk on sheep, their wool and weaving.

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. Next meeting: Mark Cross/Sandyden/Highfield Farm.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 3rd April. 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 At our next general meeting to be held on April  16th in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00PM. Our speaker will be John Caperon and his subject will be Mid Victorian Poetry and Theology. John is at present the non-stipendiary curate at Saint Dunstan’s parish church in Mayfield and an educationalist and  English scholar. At his last talk to the U3A, about two years ago, he gave an excellent account of the poet Matthew Arnold. As always there is no entrance fee for members but visitors are asked for a small donation.   Matthew Scott

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION Wadhurst Gardeners enjoyed a talk by Mr David Hamer from "David's Exotic Plants"Broad Oak, near Canterbury, when he came to speak to members on Monday March 9th.Some seemingly tender plants such as olive trees can survive below-zero temperatures though most need a steady warmth to make them thrive in this country. He showed slides of the many lovely tropical flowers and plants that he sells from his nursery, gave us some helpful advice on how to look after them andthat visitors are very welcome.
On April 6th the WGA will be holding its Spring Show at the Primary School in Sparrows Green.Judging will take place at 7.30 pm.

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 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. For information call 01580 200386.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP. For the next meeting entitled Out to Lunch on April 24th, we shall be meeting in the Commemoration Hall at 12.15pm for lunch & a speaker.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: All are welcome.more information please contact 01892 782294.

MINI MARKET  will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 4th April from 9.30-11am. We are grateful for all the support you give us and we look forward to seeing you again this month. If you have not already sampled our hospitality, do give it a try; you can be assured of a warm welcome, a friendly ‘cuppa’ and some real bargains.

WADHURST INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst.
Spring Show Exhibition. On the 25th April 09, at the Methodist Church, Admission FREE every one welcome to come & see a great arrangement of different photographs taken by our members, we are hoping to not just show photos, but give people the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with taking & manipulating photos with help from one of our members. Telephone: Cindy/Ron 01892784714 for more information.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND “Mullins” 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.  This is a small local charity able to continue working thanks to the generosity of others and our own fund-raising efforts.  Perhaps you know someone who would benefit from our support.  To provide information, please contact one of the Office Bearers on 782181, 782835 or 783212.  
Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

THE WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY will meet on Wednesday 8th April, when Don Dray will introduce Sounds and Songs of World War Two.  The meeting will be in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8pm and visitors are welcome for a small donation.  On Thursday 14th May, Derek Legg will talk about the History of Bonfire in Sussex.
Thank to the generosity of Mr and Mrs William de Salis, the History Society Barbecue will be held at Combe Manor on Sunday 19th July at noon.

The History Society is now researching Wadhurst in the 1950s and 60s.  Would you be willing to be interviewed or prefer to write down your memories?  We are trying to find out as much as possible about life in Wadhurst, about the changes as regards buildings and work, the personalities, the significant incidents or events, yearly celebrations………there is such a lot we should like to discover and record for future generations to understand how Wadhurst developed and moved on during the second half of the 20th Century.
Were you at school?  What work did you do in Wadhurst or were you a commuter – before the name was invented?  How did you travel?  What entertainment did you enjoy and what were your leisure activities?  What were your reactions to international affairs such as the Berlin Airlift and the Cold War, political changes, the death of George VI, the coronation of Elizabeth II, the death of Churchill, the end of rationing?  In more recent years what do you feel about the world today, internationally, nationally and locally?
There’s a great deal we need to learn before it is too late. If you can help in any way, even by lending documents for us to scan, we should be very grateful.  Do contact David James on 01892 890330.

‘WADHURST IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR – life in a Wealden market town:  1939 – 1945’ – the latest publication from the Society is now on sale at Barnett’s Bookshop and the Post Office for £12.

TTSE The study programme looking at Aspects of Prayer will continue on Sunday 19 April in the Methodist Church at 6.30pm when the Rev Jeremy James will lead a session on the subject of ‘Thanksgiving’. Everyone is welcome whether a regular churchgoer or not. Do come and join us: you have nothing to lose.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION is looking forward to welcoming to Wadhurst a group of our Twinning friends from Aubers during the week-end of 16th and 17th May.  We also hope that the junior footballers and the two primary schools will have contact with their counterparts, possibly during the same week-end.  Most of the group will have accommodation with local families so if you are not a member of the Twinning Association but would be interested in taking part, please contact  Heather Woodward on 783212 or e-mail her on handew@waitrose.com.  Communal activities are planned for Sunday morning and Sunday lunch and possibly for the Saturday evening.  Sunday lunch at the Primary School will be provided for French guests, host  families and possibly other Twinning members.
The Annual General Meeting of the Twinning Association will be on Monday 11th May at 7.45 pm in the David James Building at Uplands.  For further details about joining the Twinning and its various activities, or to suggest other potential interest links with Aubers, please contact the Chairman, John McKenzie on 784342, the Secretary, Heather Woodward on 783212.
The Twinning Barbecue will be held at the Youth Centre on Saturday 11th July.  Tickets at £10 will be available nearer that date.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE.  As our advertised speaker was unable to come to last month’s meeting one of our members, Gwen Tuck, nobly stepped in at short notice.  She gave us a most interesting talk on the history of corn dollies and then taught us to make one – much easier said than done!!  There will be no speaker at next month’s meeting (May) as we shall be discussing resolutions for the AGM later in the year.  Please bring a ‘recycled item’ for the competition and plants for the Trading Stall.

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 every Wednesday at 7.45 for 8.00pm in ‘The Greyhound’.
The collective little grey cells went into overdrive for the annual Rotary Quiz held in the Commemoration Hall. A full house mused over fiendish questions set by Godfrey Wood. Realistically who cares which arm of the military was disbanded in 1993? Obviously Arthur Dewar and colleagues masquerading as the ‘Wadhurst Pippins’ did and knew the correct answer to that , the WREN’s, and the majority of other questions. For the rest of us mere mortals the resultant aching brains and bruised egos were helped back into shape by medicinal quantities of fine wines from the bar. Nearly £1,200 was raised on the night from which  £300 (making £500 in all) has been given to assist Community Transport in Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate.
In February the Club was able to respond immediately to an appeal to help the victims of the forest fires in SE Australia; people lost everything as their houses were burnt to the ground and needed funds to buy basics such as clothes and food. the club gave £500 to this cause.
In addition we have been able to support President Neil Rose's preferred charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, with another £1,000, making a total of £2,500. The Trust provides sailing experience for able bodied and disabled bodied people and has two large sailing ships, the Lord Nelson and Tenacious. Our donation is towards an appeal to pay off the building costs of Tenacious. Both ships are designed for people with disabilities and operate on a buddy system of able hands helping those less able. crew in wheelchairs get up the masts and blind people can steer using an audio compass. If you are the slightest bit interested in going to sea on a tall-ship then look at the Trust's website for details www.jst.org.uk.
On 15th April, Ann Blight the founder of the ‘Starfish Project’ is talking on an effective and maintainable solution to stammering and stuttering. The 22nd sees members of the Anchor Home Improvement Agency presenting on a service which provides older and disabled homeowners with help on with repairs adaptations and improvements so that they can remain in the safety, security and warmth of their own homes and Len Bishop rounds off the month on Wednesday 29th with a talk on his Ethiopian Expedition.
In many ways the month of April is the calm before the storm with two big labour intensive events well into the planning stage. Kath Bishop is producing her 8th Charity Variety Show in the Commemoration Hall on the evenings of 5th and 6th June with the Rotary Club supplying front of house expertise. Whilst what has been described elsewhere as the ‘Famous Wadhurst Scarecrows Weekend’ is now firmly fixed in diaries for 18th and 19th July. Last year this event resulted in over £7,000 being raised for various charities. The current economic climate will present a real challenge to match this figure.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy. Meetings are on the third Wednesday in every month and begin at 7:30pm. Members are invited to arrive any time after 7:00pm. This is a good time to exchange ideas and discuss astronomical matters. The venue is the Upper Room of the Methodist Church at the east end of Wadhurst Lower High Street opposite Uplands Community College.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB: The Club would like to remind all “Focus” readers that its next presentation at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on 22nd & 23rd May  will be Nicholas Corder's hilarious send-up, “A Midsummer Night's Travesty”. Extremely loosely based on the Bard of Avon's original play with almost the same name (!), it will feature the varied talents of 26 young actors drawn from the ranks of Wadhurst Youth Theatre (better known as WYTKIDZ), under the direction of Wendy Barr. The play has been described as “a fun introduction to Shakespeare for a large youth cast” as well as “a romantic comedy without the slushy bits” and promises to be even more entertaining than the KIDZ brilliant presentation last Summer of Sue Gordon's comedy “The Bourbons and Other Crackers”. So, please circle 22nd & 23rd May in your diaries to ensure that you turn out to support and encourage each and every one of the KIDZ who have worked so hard to produce what will in all certainty be a most enjoyable and successful show – and please also keep an eye open for further details, including when tickets will go on sale, which will appear in “Focus” , the local Press and elsewhere.
There will be a  Club Coffee Morning gathering at Carillon Cottage, Wadhurst High Street, on Saturday 4th April (10.30am to 12 noon). If you're interested in finding out a bit more about Wadhurst Dramatic Club and its activities, please drop in for a coffee (or tea) and you'll be given a warm welcome.

STONEGATE OPEN GARDENS will take place this year on Sunday 14th June. There will be the usual, stalls and a raffle with some familiar and new gardens to explore. Tickets and parking will be located at the church. As usual, all proceeds in aid of St Peter's Church. Putin your diary now and weforward to seeing you on the day.

CAMEO ANNUAL SALE - A very sincere thank you to those who contributed goods for the Sale and also to everyone who helped .It was an excellent result as we raised in excess of £700.

CHARITY VARIETY SHOW Plans and rehearsals for the 8th Charity Variety Show produced by Kath Bishop are now well under way. Front of House expertise is being supplied by the Wadhurst Rotary Club. Tickets for the shows, scheduled for Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June in the Commemoration Hall will go on sale at Newingtons Newsagents after the May Bank Holiday. All proceeds will go towards the cost of the new Wadhurst Library and other Rotary Charities.

WADHURST GUIDE & RAINBOW Units are having a fund raising Jumble Sale on 18 April 9.30-11.30 at the Commemoration Hall. Please drop off any contributions on Friday 17th after 6pm. If you would like to donate any home baking orcollection of items ring Sarah: 784539 or Jayne 783390. If you would like to put your daughter on the Rainbow waiting list - please contact Jayne: 783390

WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Wadhurst Summer Music Festival 2009 will consist of the following concerts:
‘Entente Cordiale’ for flute and harp - Lianna Jeffery & Anna Wynne
Saturday 16 May - Parish Church - 19:30 Tickets £8

Polyphony Concert - Michael Fields - Midsummer Mass
Saturday 13 June - Parish Church - 19:30 Tickets £10

Fulham & Hammersmith Choral Society - Rossini 'Petite Messe Solennelle'
Saturday 20 Jun - Parish Church - 18:30 Tickets £10

‘Violet’- The Scandalous Story of Violet Gordon Woodhouse
Saturday 27 June - Parish Church - 19:30 Tickets £10

Organ recital - Alistair Curtis
Saturday 11 July - Parish Church - 19:30 Tickets £8
Royal British Legion Summer Concert - Rebecca Caine, soprano
Thursday 16 July - The Mount Tickets £10

Jazzmatazz: Michael Fields & friends
Sunday 16 August - Greyhound - 20:00 Tickets £8

Trio Goya - fortepiano, flute, cello
Sunday 6 Sept - Parish Church - 15:00 Tickets £10

Put the dates in your diaries - tickets will be on sale in Newingtons and through the website www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info five weeks before each concert. Children under 16, accompanying an adult, will be admitted free!

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION JUMBLE SALE. Commemoration Hall, 9.30 - 11.30 on Saturday 25 April.  Jumble, toys, books, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola, cakes, teas etc.  No large furniture please. Please bring any items for sale to the hall on Friday 24th between 4pm and 6pm.  If you would like items collected please call one of the following numbers:- 782243; 782013; 783107; 783995; 784702; 782957; 785097; 782967; 783246. Please help us raise much needed funds for the Legion. Thank you very much.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK - FSW
The Annual Easter Walk - Monday, 13th April - will take place along the South Downs Way between Eastbourne & Alfriston ( 7.5 miles ). The funds raised through sponsorship go towards the running of the Children's Centre at Knowles Tooth. Why not make this a family outing or an individual pleasurable workout after Easter - you won't be alone! Further details can be found at Wadhurst, Stonegate & Tidebrook Churches & at Carillon Cottage.                Jill Brewster 01580 830008

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Spring Concert a Great Success
As a band we were all thrilled with the audience turnout at our recent Spring Concert. Those of you who attended would have noticed a change to our usual line-up as sadly we were without our Musical Director, Ken Rich who has resigned to enjoy a well earned retirement.  Ken’s dedication to Wadhurst Brass Band since 1998 has been remarkable and has added enormously to the reputation that we enjoy in the local community.
On a more positive note we were able to call on the services of our founder Algy Hoare, who will continue to conduct us until a replacement can be found, so it’s onwards and upwards to the Pantiles on 31st May. Hope to see you there.

Training Band
The Training Band gets together every Thursday evening under Jenny’s expert leadership.  Everyone is welcome – any age, it’s not just for the young ‘uns and we have instruments for you to use. So if you fancy a go, give Jenny a call.

More Players Needed – Especially Cornets
Do you play the cornet, or the trumpet and fancy giving it a try? We are looking for players to help out on our “front bench”. For the uninitiated, this is the lead section of the band, equivalent to the 1st violins in the orchestra and very important. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy playing a wide variety of musical styles and an active schedule of concerts and other events. Please contact Jenny our manager if you are interested, her number is 01892 782247.

DayDateEvent
Time
SundayMay 31Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
12pm
FridayJune 5Variety Show
8pm
SaturdayJune 6Variety Show
8pm
SundayJune 7Songs of Praise
6.30pm
SaturdayJune 20Tidebrook Fete
2pm

Sat or Sun

June 27 or 28 Sevenoaks Bandstand (tbc)
2.30pm
SundayJuly 5Bewl Water Run
11.45am
SaturdayJuly 18Rotary Club Scarecrows
2pm
SundaySept 27Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
12pm
SaturdayOct 10Poppy Concert
8pm
SaturdayDec 5Christmas Concert
7.30pm

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

WADHURST WEBSITES
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The Wadhurst Summer Music Festival website is here, Wadhurst Parish Council can also be found here; our parish church here, Neighbourhood Watch here and you can see what rubbish is collected in our streets here

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