WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - JANUARY 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Fifteen Wadhurst Trefoil Guild members met in December for a Festive Lunch at the Abergavenny Arms, Frant - the weather outside was wet, dark and dreary in complete contrast to the cheerful atmosphere around the two dining tables! The next meeting will be on Monday 11th January at 2.15 in Carillon Cottage, when Ron Lewis will talk about 'Evacuees'.

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. No walk in December. Next meeting: 31 Jan Stonegate/Franchise Manor.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 8 Jan; our talk will be on Ightam Mote. 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 & DISTRICT U3A  meets Thursday 21 January

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.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION:  For further details please telephone 01892 782294

MINI MARKET There will be no Mini Market in January - the next one will be on Saturday 6 February. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported us during 2009 and wish everyone a Happy New Year.

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

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND annual CHRISTMAS QUIZ sheets should be returned to Belmont Surgery by Wednesday 6th January. We hope you found it entertaining.  Thank you very much to everyone who bought the quiz for their support of this vital local charity.  Their contributions will be well-used to help someone in Wadhurst.
For further details about the Mullins Memorial Fund,  please contact 01892 782181 or 783212.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION’s Winter Social will be on Saturday 9th January 2010 in the Youth Centre starting at 7.30 pm.  This year’s Fête Hivernale will include a welcoming drink, a delicious hot supper with a fine selection of French cheeses brought fresh from France.  It will also feature a film about Une Construction Exceptionnelle which should be most interesting.   There will also be a fund-raising raffle.  Tickets are £12 and some may still be available from Carillon Cottage.   They are limited in number because of the size of the Hall.  This promises to be another enjoyable evening.  Contributions for the raffle would be gratefully received by Dot Smytherman on 01892 783208.

THE WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY The Wadhurst History Society AGM on December 9 was brief and to the point: the Society is flourishing, doing plenty of research, some aimed at a book on Wadhurst from 1901 to 1936, which should be ready for Christmas 2010.Funds were healthy and the membership greeted with enthusiasm the idea that a History Room might be developed in the old Institute Library in 2010, if the substantial funds needed could be raised.   The latest publication ‘A Brief History of George Street and St George’s Hall’ by Mary Offord – sold well at £4 and mince pies and mulled wine or cordial got the audience in the right mood for an entertainment ‘Music from the Tudor Courts’ performed with light-hearted vigour by The Queens’ Consort from Hastings.
The first meeting in 2010 will be on Thursday January 7 at 7.30 for 8pm when Fiona Courage will be talking on ‘Mass Observation and the University of Sussex Special Collections’ which will be a good introduction to another History Society project to encourage local residents to keep a diary!

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 ‘The Greyhound’ Wadhurst
The 'Christmas Lights and Late Shopping' event held last month raised over £3,000 for 'Help the Heroes' and other Rotary Charities. This figure was significantly up on the monies raised in 2008.  Much welcome contributions were made by the Parish Council, the Wadhurst Business Association along with a number of generous individual sponsorships.
Fortunately, after a week of almost continual rain, Santa arrived to be greeted by a welcoming peel of the Church Bells and a crisp dry evening. The Commemoration Hall was filled by over 25 Food and Craft stalls, Santa's Grotto with a long line of excited children and adults and a Mulled Wine and Mince Pies Bar which had seriously under-estimated the local population’s capacity to consume alcohol.
Wadhurst Primary School Singing Club and the Wadhurst Brass Band both contributed massively to the Christmas atmosphere and enjoyment of the event with appropriate music and carols.
'Christmas Lights' is very much a village event with the local primary schools all taking part in a poster competition with the theme 'Christmas Around the World' with awards for the 'Best Window Display'.
The poster competition generated over 50 entries from 5 local schools and book tokens were awarded to winners in 7 different age categories from 'Reception' to Year 6. In the window display extravaganza Gold Certificates went to 'Lifestyle Hair Company', Wadhurst Ironmongers and 'Hospice in the Weald'.
January Rotary programme features a talk on 'Toffee Vodka' (6th) which with the help of an opportunity to sample the product promises to be well attended; 'VSO in Ethiopia' is featured on the 20th and a talk on 'Tunbridge Ware' is scheduled for the end of the month (27th).
Finally for those Rotarians (and friends) who still have the energy after the excesses of the festive season the month’s pubocentric walk on Sunday 24th January starts from 'The Crown' in Groombridge to be followed by lunch at the said venue.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy. This month's meeting is on Wednesday 20th January and is also our AGM. This will be followed by the main speaker, member Jan Drozd, and his talk is entitled "Jan and his Astronomical Models". Jan will show us his collection of fascinating models and the stories behind them.
There will then be a free coffee/tea break which will be followed by a short presentation on "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills. Meetings are the 3rd 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 south end of Wadhurst opposite Uplands Community College. Members and students free, Non-members £2.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 9th January 10.30am- 12 noon
Kick off the New Year by enjoying a free cup of tea or coffee and a chat at Carillon Cottage in the High Street - open to both members and prospective members of all ages. Catch up on all the news and find out more about planned future productions. Absolutely everyone is welcome!
Next production: Once in a Lifetime - February 4th, 5th and 6th
Once in a Lifetime is a highly evocative and entertaining comedy written by the very talented Kaufman and Hart, now well into rehearsal.  A sizable cast of all ages are having huge fun conjuring up the world of Hollywood at the time of the arrival of talking movies into the silent motion picture business. A group of out of work actors arrive from New York to teach elocution – and the scene is set for glamour, gossip and laughter! Director Juliet Potter and her helpers are busy masterminding American accents, movie studio and Hollywood hotels sets, plus glamorous costumes and hairstyles. 
To create the right mood, the Commemoration Hall theatre will be set out ‘cabaret style’ with tables seating 8 and nibbles to enjoy.  Tickets are planned to go on sale at Carillon Cottage on Saturday 16th January at £8 (£7 for WDC members).  Any ticket enquiries prior to this, please ring Martin on 01435 884080.  California, here we come!

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Once again we go to press before the date of our Christmas meeting, but let me say all members are looking forward to it.  After a traditional Christmas tea of goodies including homemade mince pies and Christmas cake the Committee is going to put on a musical entertainment for our delectation!  Last month we had no speaker as we held our Annual General Meeting.  Mrs Rosemary Hockney was welcomed on to the committee, all other members staying in post.  Among various subjects discussed, we were told our WI is financially secure, a welcome situation.

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. In January, February & March we will be looking at some controversial Bible passages. On Sunday 17 January the service will be led by Rev Dominic Grant. Do Come: the subject souls lead to an interesting discussion!

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK - F.S.W.  A very warm thank you to all those who contributed gifts of toys and other items at the time of the December Family Toy Service.  These were delivered to Family Support Workers in the Diocese within a few days, ready for them to select and wrap individually.  There will be many youngsters excitedly opening them over the Christmas period - your generosity is much appreciated.
From time to time there are special events or fundraising, which I try to bring to your attention but of course the needs are on-going throughout the year.  So thank you for all your support and enquiries.     Jill Brewster 01580 830008

THE WADHURST & TIDEBROOK BRANCH ROYAL BRITISH LEGION would like to thank all who helped and donated to the 2009 poppy appeal. A total £5,875 was raised in Wadhurst, in £1,601 in Frant/Bells Yew Green and Mark Cross, and other fund raising efforts will take us over the £10,000 mark. An excellent result. Thank you once again to everyone.   
Maurice Wilson, Hon. Organiser.

CHERNOBYL CHILDREN’S LIFELINE
On April 26th, 1986, many of us woke to the news of an explosion, when a nuclear power plant blew up in Chernobyl.  Seventy percent of the resulting radioactive substances fell on Belarus.  The Nation still faces chronic exposure to low radiation doses.  The ingested radiation weakens the children’s immune systems.  Every year, the Charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline aims to bring 3,000 children to the UK for respite care.  Next summer, Wadhurst is hosting 26 girls, aged between 14 and 16.  They are all members of a superb choir, and will be singing in several concerts in Kent and Sussex.  Looking after them and giving them a holiday can be a very rewarding experience.  If you think you would like to host two girls and welcome them into your home to live as family, between 2nd July and 26th July, please contact me for further information.  I would be so pleased to hear from you.  Patricia Hall, Project Co-ordinator, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.01892 783388.pjh@southwraxall.co.uk

*Carillon Cottage Jumble Sale* will be held on Saturday 13th February 9.30-11.30am at the Commemoration Hall. Please contact Sarah Rodgers or  Dot Smytherman at the Cottage (785658) if you are able to help. Please start saving your jumble.

SACRED HEART PARISH QUIZ NIGHT will take place on Saturday 20th February in the Commemoration Hall. 7pm for a 7.30 start. Tickets at £10 each will include a hot supper. Book as a team of 6-8 people or join a team on the night. For information and/or tickets please contact Toni Buckley (01580 201057) or John Whelan (01892 852386)

Stonegate School Tops the SE league for Sats results

When the government published its Key Stage 2 Sats results just before Christmas, Stonegate Cof E primary school was top of the league of all primary schools in the South East.  Head teacher, Mrs Barbara Godden-Wood was of course delighted and had this to say about their success "While we recognise that we are a small, rural school - without the issues of some more deprived inner city schools - we are of course very proud to find ourselves in the coveted number one slot.  It is a huge achievement and a reflection on the quality of the teaching we are able to offer.  However, academic excellence is just one part of the education we offer at Stonegate.  We are equally passionate about producing good citizens and pay huge attention to expanding the children’s imagination and horizons through a very active extra curricular programme run by the teachers, parents, governors and local residents.  In recent years pupils have had the opportunity to run a business, go farming, create their own vegetable plot, produce a school newspaper and find out how a church works..

St John Ambulance, Wadhurst will be holding an Emergency Life Support course for all ages in February 2010 1pm- 5pm. Date to be advised.  For further information please phone 01892783178 or 01580200378

WADHURST BRASS BAND

New Year, New Challenges.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all out loyal supporters a very Happy New Year. The Christmas period was extremely busy for the band,as always, and saw us perform at a variety of venues. This coming year promises to be very exciting with plans for our trip to Belgium well in hand. I hope to have all our confirmed performance dates ready for you in next months issue, in the meantime it’s back to practice

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.

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.

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

WADHURST WEBSITES
coverage includes Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate. The site can be found at www.wadhurst.info, www.ticehurst.info, www.flimwell.info and www.stonegatevillage.info Note that www.wadhurst.org.uk has ceased to be a working link - so change your Favorites link now!    Webmaster: Michael Harte (783 292)

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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