WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2009

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Jane Spurr entertained members at the January Meeting with details of her life in music, and of the various events and opportunities afforded her during her musical career - this was interspersed with the playing of piano pieces.  Monica Jones proposed a vote of thanks.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 2nd February at 2.15 at Carillon Cottage.

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: Best Beech/Pennybridge/Fountain.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 6th February. 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 Our next general meeting will be held on February the 19th in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00PM. Dr John Ray will give a talk on The Battle of Britain.. Dr Ray has written many books on History and his doctoral thesis, taken at the University of Kent after his retirement as Deputy Head of Hugh Christie School, was based on the Battle of Britain. He has since written the Daily Telegraph History of the Second World War.
As always there is no entrance fee for members, visitors are asked for a small donation.          Matthew Scott

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION held its first meeting of 2009 on Monday January 12th, when Members enjoyed a talk by Mr. Glynn Greenfield on "Clouds for Gardeners".  Mr Greenfield is a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society and demonstrated with his slides how important it is to look up when gardening as the clouds can tell us so much about the weather to come, as well as giving us some wonderful and ever-changing images to enjoy.
The next Meeting will be held on Monday February 9th, when Mr Neil Miller will be telling us about the Secrets of Hever Castle and the competition will be 2 leeks and a bowl of bulbs, corms or rhizomes.
This year's schedule covering the spring, summer and autumn shows is now on sale @50p from Jean Marie in the High Street, Wadhurst.

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 01892 785596 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. For information call 01580 200386.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP. The next meeting entitled February Frolics is on February 26 in St George’s Hall at 2.30pm, & will be led by Howard and Jane Spurr.

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

MINI MARKET  will be on Sat.7th Feb 9.30-11am in the Methodist Church & all proceeds will go to the Camphill Community.

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

STRICTLY FOR CHARITY - A SUPPER DANCE .  Women of Wadhurst invite you to relax or dance to The Pete Willson Quartet playing Rat Pack songs, Glen Miller, Ella and other jazz favourites, right up to Mike Bublé and the Beatles, on Sat. 7th March 2009 at 7.30, Uplands College, Wadhurst.  Tickets at £15 per head include a 3 course meal with Wow's spectacular variety of delicious desserts and a bar serving wine, beer and soft drinks.  Book early to avoid disappointment on 01892 783934, in tables of 6.  All proceeds to Action Medical Research and local charities.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND Christmas Quiz proved challenging but the eventual winners were:
1st   Jeremy Oldershaw
Runners-Up   Jenny Tayler and   W.M. Perks (of Bexley)
The quiz answers are displayed at Carillon Cottage, Newingtons and Belmont Surgery.  Over £280 was raised and this amount is much appreciated in this current period of economic difficulties.  Many thanks to everyone who supported our efforts and also to the anonymous quiz compiler.

“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.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION had a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxed evening at the Amusez-Vous Bien! Social recently and members are now looking forward to welcoming a group of our Twinning friends from Aubers to Wadhurst 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 during the year. Twinning members will all receive details about the visit and the plans for the entertaining of our guests but there may well be non-Twinners who would like to be involved, especially as in 2010 we shall be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the Charter.  If you are interested, please contact Heather Woodward on 783212 or e-mail her on handew@waitrose.com

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 or the Membership Secretary, Janet McFarlan, on 783291.

TTSE (The joint Anglican/Methodist Study programme to which everyone is invited). On Sunday 15 February at 6.30pm in the Methodist Church, we begin a new series looking at various aspects of prayer. Beginning with ‘Adoration’ the study will be led by the Rev Jeremy James. The series will continue with Confession (March 15), Thanksgiving, Intercession, Petition, and Meditation. Further details month by month.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY meets on Wednesday 11th February, the speaker will be Martin Lloyd whose talk is entitled ‘Without Let or Hindrance – the story of Passports’.The meeting will be in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8pm and visitors are welcome for a small donation.  On Wednesday 11th March, Lady Teviot will be talking about Being Ill in the 19th Century and on Wednesday 8th April, Don Dray will introduce Sounds and Songs of World War Two.

On Sunday 8th March at 3 pm in the Commemoration Hall, back by popular demand, will be Barry Littlechild with his films of a local flavour.  Details of the programme will be available next month but tickets (£5) will be on sale at Newingtons from Monday 16th February and refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval. For further details, contact 783455 or 783212.

The History Society is now planning to research Wadhurst in the 1950s and 60s.  Would you like to help?  Would you be willing to be interviewed or prefer to write down your memories?  Either way, we would like 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.
please, can you help the team create a full, detailed picture of wadhurst over the years?
If you can help in any way, even lending documents for us to scan, we should be very grateful.  Do contact David James on 01892 890330 or Heather Woodward on 783212 for a chat and to let them know what information you could provide.

‘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 for £12.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE.  Mrs Heather Woodward was our guest speaker at the January meeting.  With the aid of interesting slides, she talked to us about the Sussex Air Ambulance.  It was a fascinating insight into the work of all involved, and the various and difficult places they are called to.  She pointed out how lucky we are to be on the boundary of the Kent Air Ambulance area and able to receive cover from them as well.  Run at a yearly cost of approximately £4.5 million, this could be covered if all Sussex residents contributed £1 each.  There were items for sale, as well as leaflets and forms for donations.  Next week we shall be “Brassed Off” – I hasten to add this is the title of our next talk given by Mr E Hoare.  Competition: A Brass Ornament! Trading stall: Cakes or Pudding

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 Rotary motto is “Service above self” and although much enjoyment is to be had at the regular meetings, there is a serious side to our activities.  Two regular events in the Wadhurst calendar organised by Rotarians are ‘Scarecrows’ in July and ‘Christmas Lights’ which recently also included a successful Fayre in the Commemoration Hall.  Other perennials include a quiz night and a jumble sale.  The first two especially help foster a good community spirit. 
Through events such as these money is raised to help charitable and other good causes.  In the past six months Wadhurst Rotary has distributed over £8,000.  Rotary is a truly international organisation and we have responded positively to a global challenge that $200mn is raised over three years to eradicate polio once and for all: from our autumn jumble sale we gave £850 as our first contribution. 

Scarecrows last July raised over £6,000, from which we have given £1,500 each to ‘Hospice in the Weald’, ‘Lynn’s Bowel Cancer Campaign’ (symptom awareness) and the ‘Jubilee Sailing Trust’ (tall ship sailing for able and disable bodied people). We also funded a shelter box for Chinese earthquake victims.
We support Rotary initiatives at a district level and have donated towards ‘Schools4All in Africa’ and ‘Help for Heroes’.  The club helps financially ‘Bridge2Aid’ a charity in Tanzania, run by the daughter of a member, which provides dental care and community support.
Nor do we forget local needs. Wadhurst Rotary recently contributed towards Christmas activities for older Ticehurst residents and funded a Community prize at Uplands.  In future months we will be donating dictionaries to pupils at local primary schools and have pledged financial assistance towards an infants’ play area at Farthing Hill, Ticehurst.
Thank you to everyone who donated through pennypinchers, bought raffle tickets, participated in the Fayre or just enjoyed the Christmas lights.  Over £2,000 was raised on the day which it is planned to use to support the ‘Cameo Club’ with its activities as well as other local causes. 

During February we have Curling at Fentons Rink to look forward to on the 19th (Rotary on Ice?) and a fascinating talk scheduled for the 25th by Evelyn Le Chene on the ‘Special Operations Executive’ (SOE) aka Churchill’s Special Agents. As a fitting end to the shortest month of the year everyone is invited to dust down their IQ’s at the annual Rotary Quiz held on Saturday 28th February in the Commemoration Hall. Full details elsewhere in the magazine.
No walk is planned for the calendar month but Arthur Dewar will be leading some of us astray on St David’s Day, Sunday 1st March. Venue to be advised.
Finally, our President Neil Rose denies that he bore any similarity to Santa Claus at the Christmas Fayre.

ROTARY QUIZ NIGHT - Saturday 28th February in the Commemoration Hall.  Yes, it's back, so come and pit your wits!  Tables for six people at £48, supper included; profits to charity.  Booking forms from John Northover, 8 Weald View, Wadhurst TN5 6EB  (Tel: 01892 782608; e-mail johncnorthover@googlemail.com).

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)

CAMEO CLUB Annual Sale - Saturday 7th March 2009 between 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. at The Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst.   Donations of books, clothes, cakes, bric-a- brac, Antiques or anything we can sell to raise funds to the Hall between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday evening will be greatly appreciated. Contact Joyce Farmer 01892 782910 or Dennis Brewster 01580 830008 for more information.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB: The Club wishes all its Members - and supporters - a very happy and healthy New Year! The Club is really delighted to announce that its opening presentation for 2009 will be Nicholas Corder's A Midsummer Night's Travesty, directed by Wendy Barr and with a cast made up entirely of young actors from the ranks of Wadhurst Youth Theatre (better known as the WYTKidz). Described as "a fun introduction to Shakespeare for a large youth cast", this very funny play centres on Norman and Donna who've eloped to the (Greek?) island paradise of Domestos. But, hot on their heels are Duane - Donna's jilted boyfriend - and Tracey, who's madly in love with Duane. Trouble is already brewing on the island where Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the fairies, are facing domestic problems. Add to this the awful rehearsals which some of the most incompetent amateur actors (not any of the WYTKidz, of course!) are staging to present their version of Pyramus and Thisbe, plus Puck, a mischievous sprite (and tour guide!) who's not only ripping off the tourist punters, but also creating mayhem with his Love-in-Idleness potion, and you have a very amusing scenario against which fun, games and all manner of shenanigans will be played off...!  Advance notice for diaries : the play will run for two nights - Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd May '09 - at the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst. Please keep an eye open for further news and announcements.

CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES: Diana & Sarah would like to thank all those who kindly volunteered to run the Charity Christmas Card shop in the Methodist Hall. Thank you also to those who came to buy their cards at the shop. Our income came to a total of £15,360 of which 80 % (£12,228) will be distributed to the various charities. We appreciate your support and hope to see you all there again next season.      Diana Waters (Manager)   01892 785492

St JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST  DIVISION Blues Brothers Little Brother Tribute Concert. Saturday 21st February. Come along & celebrate the work of St John Ambulance & help raise much needed funds, for the Wadhurst Division. The money raised will help the team keep people safe at events that they attend. We have the pleasure of presenting The Blues Brothers Little Brother, an excellent 14 piece tribute band, who will keep you entertained, thought out the evening. Commemoration Hall, High Street, Wadhurst. Licensed Bar, 7-30pm for 8pm start. Tickets £10 each, buy from Jean Marie, Haberdashery, High Street, Wadhurst.  Telephone Marge 01580-200378
Wadhurst Division of St John Ambulance are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 14th March from 9-30am, Commemoration Hall. Please bring your Jumble to the hall on the Friday evening 6pm-8pm. Sorry No large furniture.  Tele; Marge 01580200378, Paul 01435-883517, Cindy 01892-784714.

ALPHA COURSE: The Alpha course is a great opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a low- key, friendly way.
The course will be held at Carillon Cottage on Tuesday evenings starting on 3rd February and ending on 7th April. The evening will start with a dessert and coffee at 7.45 and end at 9.45 p.m.
Please tell your friends about this and encourage them to come along on 3rd  February if they’re at all interested. There’s no need for them to feel committed to the whole course at this stage. David Payne would like to know of anyone interested: email davidpayne07@googlemail.com or phone 783731.

ST. PATRICK'S NIGHT CEILI: You are invited to join us in an evening of Irish traditional music, dance and song on Saturday 21st March 2009 at 7.30pm, Uplands College, Wadhurst. Tickets at £12 per head (children under 10 years £5) include a 2 course Irish-themed supper, a cash bar serving wine, beer and soft drinks and guest appearance of the Beechwood Irish Dancers from Tunbridge Wells.
To reserve tickets call Toni Buckley (01580 201057) or Colleen O'Farrell (784734). All proceeds to The Sacred Heart Church Annexe Building Fund.

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk

Back in Harness for 2009
Rehearsals are back on and as usual at the first few it is interesting to measure the combined effects of holiday excesses and winter bugs on band members. This year everyone seems to have survived unscathed and we are off to a good start preparing a new programme of music for 2009. Ken has come up with a good mix of old favourites and new stuff for us to get our teeth into in anticipation of another busy year. As you can see we already have a great line up of concerts and other events.

Training Band
Our famous training band which dazzled us all at last years concerts is set for more progress this year. Playing a brass instrument is not only great fun but it is also an excellent aid to getting fit after Christmas and New Year have taken their inevitable toll. It’s all that blowing you know!! Everyone is welcome – any age, it’s not just for the young ‘uns. We have instruments for you to use so no excuses. 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 752247.

2009 Engagements

DayDateEvent
Time
SaturdayMarch 28Spring Concert, Commemoration Hall
8pm
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

                                                Andrew Scarborough

UPLANDS NEWSLETTER

Presentations
Students in the main school were presented with certificates, prizes and awards by Richard Karn, a former student at Uplands and now a Managing Director with the Courier Newspaper Group.  He spoke eloquently around the strength of our mission statement ‘Preparing for a future you cannot imagine’, encouraging students to grasp the opportunities available at Uplands to be flexible, determined, open minded, and to give to others, in addition to academic achievement.
Sixth form students received awards and exam certificates from Former High Sheriff of East Sussex, Caroline Mayhew.  We celebrated an outstanding set of exam results achieved in the summer, with 73% of GCSE students achieving 5 A*-C and 40% of A-Level students achieving B or higher.  Other awards included certificates of service and excellence, a Performing Arts Award, a Design Award, and an award for contributions towards the Uplands Support programme, recognizing the achievements of students beyond their academic subjects.

Performing Arts Events
A wide range of opportunities have been open to students to participate in performance events.  In August, we ran a two-week summer school to develop students’ skills in creating, writing and performing Drama.  In October this year, we held an Arts Awards Evening. Kate Golledge, West End director, gave an inspiring speech and presented the trophies to 22 delighted students.  The Arts Showcase took place in November this year and included over 106 students acting, singing, dancing and playing music. It was an eclectic evening including everything from a Blackadder sketch to Oscar Wilde, ballet to hip-hop and student rock bands to Mamma Mia and Leonard Cohen. The new art exhibited in the main hall also looked excellent. We have made visits to see London plays and shows, galleries and dance performances as this is one of the most inspiring activities for students.
Many guests and judges commented that this year’s Palmer Trophy, our public speaking competition, was the best yet by our increasing the formality and encouraging students to use a wide range of rhetorical devices. Students tackled some very hard-hitting contemporary subjects in a very mature fashion.  The winner was Josie Wilson and the joint runners up were Daisy Carnegie and Callum Saker.

Workshops
As well as the Arts Awards Evening and the Summer School, we have a series of workshops this year. A practitioner from Frantic Assembly, worked with drama students, teaching them how to create physical theatre sequences for their upcoming exams, and another group had advice and guidance on studying Drama post-18
Extended school activities
4 students have been awarded their Duke of Edinburgh silver medal at a ceremony at the Council offices in Crowborough. We have a full complement of Bronze participants this year as well.

The progress and development of Sticky fingers and OASTies continues with growing numbers and increasing support from parents across the whole day. 
The Sports centre continues to offer excellent value for money to its members and it is really encouraging to see so many past students using the fitness suite.

Design and Technology Exhibition
We have held our first exhibition of student examination work in Design and Technology.  Students' work was displayed in the main hall over a period of three days.  Students were inspired by looking at the excellent standard of work on display.  On Friday evening a hundred parents and others visited the display. 

Fund Raising
Students have raised the following amounts for charity recently:-
·               A sponsored walk around Bewl Water raised over £1500 for Henry Marsh’s neurosurgery work in Kiev, Ukraine.
·               Sixth formers raised £250 in aid of the Macmillan Nurses
·               The Sixth Form in fancy dress raised £250 for Children in Need
·               £567.00 raised by Non Uniform Day for Children In Need
·               £181.26 raised by the Fun Run held at the end of the Summer Term to support Hayleys Hope Progeria Research
·               £600.00 raised by Teachers Strictly Come Dancing for Great Ormond Street Hospital                                                           Jayne Edmonds, Principal

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