WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - August 2009

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: In July a most enjoyable afternoon was spent at St. Margaret's Convent, Uckfield. The Guild's associate member, Sister Lucy, gave members a tour of the Convent and provided a delicious tea. One member from Uckfield Guild was also there.  The August meeting will be at Carillon Cottage when it is hoped the new Trefoil Guild County Chairman will be present.

WADHURST FOOTPATHS SOCIETY: Members and friends meet on the last Sunday of each month in the car park behind One Stop, Washwell Lane, Wadhurst usually at 2.00pm. Next meeting: Hareholt/Wadhurst Park/Sharnden.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 7th August. 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. Kent & Sussex Border Lions are holding a Grand Autumn Sale on the 26th September 09, in the Commemoration Hall, time 9-30am - 12noon, Entrance by Donation. We will have tables present New & Used Items, Bric-A-Brac, Books & Toys, Refreshments, Tombola & Raffle. The Lions Raise Funds for the local Community. Table Tops for sale £10-00 each. Booking & further information please telephone 01580 200672.

MAYFIELD AND DISTRICT U3A On September 17th we are fortunate to have a talk from Professor Susan Hartley, who will be telling us about her work. She holds the Chair of Ecology at the University of Sussex, is an expert on climate change and biodiversity and will be giving the televised Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution this year. She has made time in a very busy schedule to speak to us and we do hope that as many members as possible will attend.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION  The Wadhurst Gardening Association held its Summer Show at the Primary School on Monday, July 13th. The quality of the entries was very good, but numbers were down on last year, probably due to the weather. The Sharp Cup for Sweet Peas was won by David Forward, The Courthope Cup for Roses by Madelyn Meredith and the Drummond Cup for an Exhibit by Jean Lavender. The next meeting will be on September 14th, when Jacqueline Aviolet will give a talk on Hardy Geraniums and the competition will be the Longest Stinging Nettle!

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. 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. For information call 01580 200386.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP. On 27 August Anthony & Ruth Dunnett will be talking to us about their work for their charity IHP.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION:  All are welcome. For details tel: 01892 782294

MINI MARKET  in the Methodist Church will NOT take place in August but this does give us an opportunity to thank all our customers for their support which is much appreciated. Since last September we have raised £1527 to support ten different charities namely Tearfund Ethiopia, Emmaus (Homelessness), Traidcraft, SAM KG Pre-School in Ethiopia, The Camphill Community, Practical Action, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team, Wateraid and Biblelands. The NEXT MINI MARKET will be on SATURDAY 5 SEPT and we look forward to seeing you there.

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

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND would like to thank the many people of Wadhurst who support their activities to raise money for local residents.  Their next major fundraiser will be on Friday 23rd  October when they will hold a one-morning “market” on the forecourt of the Commemoration Hall.  Any contributions of home-made preserves, cakes, scones or produce would be very gratefully received. 

After that, of course, comes the Christmas Quiz to tantalize and exasperate.

For further information about this local charity or to donate goods for the October fund-raiser, please contact 782181 or 782835.

Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION held its barbecue at the Youth Centre recently and for the very first time, had to eat inside.  It still proved to be a very enjoyable afternoon with plenty of chat, noise and laughter, not to mention good food and drink, to entertain everyone.

The Association is already making plans for 2010 which will mark the 10th Anniversary of  the official linking of Wadhurst to Aubers though the organization  existed before that.  2010 also will be the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge and our visit to Aubers in May will see us joined by members of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

The Twinning is a friendly group with a wide range of interests among its members.  For further information about the Association and its activities, please contact John McKenzie on 01892 784342 or Heather Woodward on 783212.

THE WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY The History Society is now researching Wadhurst in the 1950s and 60s and through to the 1990s.  This means we would like to have input from all age groups so perhaps some of the students at Uplands and the Primary Schools would like to tell us of their contemporary impressions of Wadhurst and Wadhurst life. 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 on sale at Barnett’s Bookshop and the Post Office for £12.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: July’s meeting was well attended.  After the reading and passing of last month’s Minutes, Pamela Coyne, Chairwoman, asked members to consider entering the competition for the design of a new programme card.  We are looking for a decorated, innovative format to replace the somewhat dated one currently in use.  Members are talented and resourceful so the Committee is looking forward to a good response.  Our speaker was Mr Bob Ogley, who eloquently recounted to us his experiences on the night of the of the great storm in 1987 and his subsequent battle to get his book about the event published.   The book was a great success and led to his leaving his job as a journalist to set up his own publishing company.  His talk brought back vivid memories  for all of us.  This month’s meeting will be, as usual for August, our Garden Party.  It will be held on the 13th of the month at “Marlow”, Station Road, by the kind invitation of Rhonda Oldershaw.

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 meets every Wednesday at ‘The Greyhound’ Wadhurst.

By the time you are reading this our main fundraising event, ‘The Wadhurst Scarecrow Festival’ will have taken place. Fingers crossed for the weather, which has such a vital influence not just on the general enjoyment of the event but also the monies raised.

This year in addition to Rotary charities our principal fundraising is for the Sussex Air Ambulance. At the time of writing the air ambulance has flown 354 missions. It costs £1.6 million per annum, to provide an emergency helicopter to the people of Sussex. With no Government, National Lottery or NHS support, this life saving service is entirely dependant upon the community, particularly the groups, clubs, organisations and individuals who fundraise on behalf or the Sussex Air Ambulance. The Wadhurst Rotary Club is proud to be numbered amongst their supporters.

With the Scarecrow Weekend’s weather forecast almost improving by the hour this year’s event hangs in the balance. Fingers firmly crossed as a record number of stalls for the Farmers Market and Commemoration Hall craft fair have been booked. This year’s theme of ‘Hollywood, Humour, Heroes or Horror’ has certainly got the collective ‘little grey cells’ buzzing. By the time this is read all will be known – the winners, the losers and most importantly the monies raised from the stalls, raffle and side shows. But of that I’m afraid more anon next month.

August is a bit of a quiet month socially but David Harrison is talking on ‘The role of Carillon Cottage’ on the 5th. With an increasingly broad mandate, Carillon Cottage continues to play an increasingly important part in village life. Last year the club and their ladies were taken on a guided walk through Bedgebury. So successful was it that on the 19th the visit is to be repeated.

The 2009/2010 club year has just started with a new president, John Cooper and officers. The current economic climate promises to provide them with a challenging environment to maintain the traditional and well-known face of Rotary that of Community Service.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy. There is no meeting in August due to summer holidays. The Next Meeting is Wednesday 16th September when we have the second talk by Rob Cray on the Apollo Missions -  this time dealing with Apollo Missions 13 to 17.  The previous one was a fascinating and carefully researched presentation that focused on many significant and serious issues not generally known.  Part two starts with Apollo 13 - famed for the words: "Houston we've had a problem". This is a must see, so put it in your diaries. The presentation will then be followed by a free coffee/tea break followed by "The Night Sky this Month".  Meetings are on the third Wednesday in every month (except August) and begin at 7:30pm. Members and visitors are invited to arrive any time after 7:00pm.The venue is the Upper Room of the Methodist Church at the east end of Wadhurst High Street, opposite Uplands Community College. Members Free, Non-members £2.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:

October Production The Club's next production (22nd, 23rd & 25th October) will be two hilarious One Act comedies by David Tristram. Entitled 'Last Tango in Little Grimley' and 'The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley' they will be directed by Richard Bruce. If you're still feeling glum about the 'squeeze or sleaze(!) by October, make sure you book places for this show which as well as being guaranteed to give you a good, long laugh, will also include a tasty hot supper during the interval between each play. More on all this later....

WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Jazzmatazz: Michael Fields & friends Sunday 16 August - Greyhound - 20:00 Tickets £10

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

Put the dates in your diaries - tickets are on sale through the website www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info or Carillon Cottage adan Brittens in Tunbridge Wells. Children under 16, accompanying an adult, will be admitted free on Sept 6!

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme to which everyone is invited.  Everyone is welcome in the Methodist Church at 6.30pm.

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL The highlight of this year's programme is a treat for all the family. Opera in the Open takes place on Saturday 1st August at Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst. Opera Glorioso will present a mixture of scenes and arias from some of the most loved operas. These experienced young singers, with international careers beckoning, will entrance you with their beautiful singing in the romantic setting of Bayham Abbey.

Gates open at 5.30.p.m., and with a 7.30 start there will be plenty of time for your picnic beforehand.  £20.£25 on the night. Under 15 free

Post: LMF, The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8ET

Telephone: 01892 891115  Details: www.lamberhurstmusic.co.uk

ADVANCE NOTICE of a Ladies Breakfast to be held on Sat 3rd October at The Mark Cross Inn 8.30 – 10.30am. Speaker Pam Vale-Taylor, Chaplain to Hospice in the Weald. Tickets £10 (profits to Hospice).  Further information 01892 782931.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST DIVISION by popular demand will be holding a concert Jokin Apart, Blues Brother Little Brother an excellent Fabulous Rhythm + Blues14 piece band that will keep your feet tapping through out the evening in the Commemoration Hall, 26th September @7-30pm for 8pm start. Licensed Bar. Tickets available £8 each these can be obtained from Jean Marie Haberdashery High Street Wadhurst, or from Members of the Division. Telephone Marge 01580200378/Cindy 01892784714 for further information.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK - F.S.W. It has been decided to hold the MAMMOTH BOOK SALE early in the New Year instead of Oct/Nov. Knowles Tooth becomes overwhelmed with Harvest Goods followed by the early Gifts of Toys for Christmas from across the diocese. All very warmly welcomed but it does entail much storing, sorting and distributing , therefore the Book Sale which has indeed grown to mammoth proportions will now be held in the SPRING - more details later on.

F.S.W. has continued to expand over the past year with 3 more Deanery workers, which means 16 out of 21 Deaneries are now covered by qualified resource staff. The regular FSW News Sheets & this year's Annual Review 2008/09 can be found in Wadhurst, Stonegate & Tidebrook Churches & at Carillon Cottage - they make interesting reading.

OPEN DAY at KNOWLES TOOTH is SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2pm - 5pm. A great day out for all the family - please call for more info if needed.         Jill Brewster - 01580 830008

THE SACRED HEART PARISH FETE takes place on Saturday 12th September at 2pm in the Church grounds. There will be a large range of stalls and sideshows for adults and children. Please do come along and support us.

STONEGATE FLOWER SHOW takes place on Saturday 19th September in Stonegate village hall. is a fun community event for anyone of any age who can have a stab at growing veg. and flowers, painting, cooking, taking a photograph or arranging some flowers. The Show is open to all persons residing within a 4 mile radius of Stonegate Village Hall, to all pupils and parents of Stonegate C.E.Primary School, pre-school Group and Bricklehurst Manor, and to any groups affiliated to Stonegate. The hall will be open from 8.30am on the day of the show to receive entries up until 10.45am, when the judging takes place. The show will re-open at 2.00pm and the cups will be presented at 3pm. Copies of the schedule are available in the Church porch. more information call Philippa Evans 01435 883682.

SUMMER FOOTBALL COURSE - Wadhurst United Junior Football Club will be holding a 3-day football course at Sparrows Green Recreation Ground on 26th, 27th & 28th August, 10am - 3pm. Cost is £45.00 (£40 for WUJFC members). Further details and a booking form are available from either Tim Anstee: tim@starmediaservices.co.uk or Trudi O'Neill (783573) trudi.oneill@homecall.co.uk

WADHURST BRASS BAND

Scarecrows and Cornets.

If there has been one job that the band have been looking forward to, it was the annual Scarecrow Festival in the village. On a purely personal level I had never been involved with the festival before, and I have to say the whole weekend was wonderful. To be part of something that really involves the whole village was a truly magical experience and I would like to thank all the people behind the scenes who made it possible. Back to band matters, our next performance will be on the Pantiles on 27th September so we have plenty of time to practice! I look forward to seeing many of you then.

Training Band
The training band takes place every Thursday before the main band practice. If you’ve ever thought of playing a brass instrument or would like to know more, why not give our band manager Jenny a call. Remember it’s not just for the youngsters, everyone is welcome regardless of age or ability.SSSS

More Players Needed – Especially Cornets
Do you play the cornet? 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 music and have an active schedule of concerts and other events. If you’re interested, why not give Jenny a call, her number is 01892 782247.

 

DayDateEvent
Time
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

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