WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - JANUARY 2009

Wadhurst Trefoil Guild: Fifteen members enjoyed a Christmas Lunch Party at The Brown Trout Lamberhurst in December.The next meeting will be at 2.15 in the Methodist Church Upper Room on Monday 5th January, when Jane Spurr will provide an afternoon of music and fun to start the New Year.

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 25 Jan: Rotherfield Circular.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 2nd January. 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 will hold its January meeting on Thursday 15th Jan at 2.00PM in the Mayfield Memorial Hall. Ann and Matthew Scott will tell us something of the Art and Science of the 18th Century as seen through the eyes of the members of the Lunar Society, a group of inventors,philosophersindustrialists who helped to shape the modern world. The talk will be illustrated with slides and it is hoped toa demonstration. As usual there will be no charge for members but visitors will be asked for aof £2 per head towards our costs.

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION held its Christmas Entertainment and Refreshments evening on Mon 8th Dec. Mr Harry Kemsley on his accordion played a variety of music, from Irish jigs to songs from the shows, old favourites and Christmas carols, which everyone enjoyed.This was followed by Christmas punch and a delicious spread of nibbles provided by Members.
next meeting will be held on January 12th in St. George's Hall at 7.30 pm, when Glynn Greenfield will give a talk entitled "Clouds for Gardeners" and the competition will be 2 parsnips and a spray of shrubs showing winter interest.

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 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 will start its programme for 2009 on 22nd January at 2.30pm in St George’s Hall, when the speaker will be the Rev Ian Hughes. All are welcome.

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

MINI MARKET will not be held in January as it is too close to Christmas. The next Mini Market will be on Sat.7th Feb 9.30-11am in the Methodist Church & will be in aid of the Camphill Community who are appealing for funds to update some of their buildings. Your support for the Mini Market is always appreciated.

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.

WOW QUIZ – WOW would like to thank everyone who supported the quiz.  The evening was a great success and the sum of £1,200 was raised for Headway.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND CHRISTMAS QUIZ should be returned by Monday 5th January 2009 and results will be published in Focus and the answers will be posted at Carillon Cottage, Newingtons and Belmont Surgery. 
Thank you for your support which is very much appreciated as these difficult financial times are affecting people in Wadhurst and  “Mullins” wants to be able to continue to respond quickly to any appropriate call for help.  The Quiz can be maddening but it provides good entertainment  and a lot more – not to mention the possibility of winning a prize.  That is provided you have returned your completed or almost completed quiz sheet by the final date.
“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.  Perhaps you know someone 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.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION  Tickets are on sale at Newingtons only until 4.30 pm on Monday 5th January at 4.30 pm.   Tickets, £12,  (£8 for youngsters still in full-time education) include a hot meal and a complimentary drink, various entertaining activities and there will be a raffle. 
We hope to be welcoming a group of our Twinning friends from Aubers during the month of May, probably 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.
For 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.

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY meets on Thursday, 8th January 2009 when Geoff Mead will talk on The Industrial History of Sussex.  The meeting will be in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8pm and visitors are welcome for a small donation.   On Wednesday 11th February, the speaker will be Martin Lloyd whose talk is entitled ‘Without Let or Hindrance – the story of Passports’.
The Society is now planning to research Wadhurst in the 1950s and 60s.  Could you help?  Would you be willing to be interviewed?  Would you prefer to write down your memories?  Either way, we would like to find out about the social life in Wadhurst, 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?  How did you travel ?  What entertainment did you enjoy and what were your leisure activities?  What were your reactions to international affairs and the Cold War, political changes, the death of George VI, the coronation of Elizabeth II, the death of Churchill, the end of rationing?
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’
Have you bought your copy/copies yet?  They are available at Barnett’s Bookshop for £12.  The ten authors with their colleagues did a great deal of research and many people helped by writing down their memories and chatting to them.  The result is a diverse group of chapters covering a wide arrange of topics, and a sizeable review of life at a critical time on our national and local history.  It also provides an extremely interesting and diverse read.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE.  At the AGM on 13 November Mrs Margaret Scarlett stood down after 17 years as branch secretary, the last four years of which she was president as well. She will stay on as a committee member for a year. Also standing down were Gaye Turley, Colette Martin and Joyce Carter who has been Programme Secretary for 14 years.  Margaret thanked all committee members individually for their support during her time in office. In return she received a vote of thanks from the floor for her leadership and hard work, which was endorsed by all. Gratitude was also expressed to the rest of the committee. Pamela Coyne takes over as President, Vice-President Joan Reed, Treasurer Joan Page, Secretary Shirley Fairchild. February’s speaker will be Mr G Corin giving a talk entitled “Wow! That tasted good”.  Bring your white elephants for the trading stall.  Competition:  Four cup cakes.

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’
After the shock of discovering that Santa Claus at the Rotary Christmas Fair was not the real one but our revered President Neil Rose in disguise members sadly but enthusiastically turned their attention to the January club programme of talks and walks.
In an attempt to appeal to the few remaining Luddites amongst the membership Godfrey Wood is talking  on ‘Care of the Home Computer’ (7th January); Bob Burge discusses ‘Rotary Foundation’ on 21st January and John-David Biggs is covering ‘Photograhic Portraiture’ on 28th January.
The pubocentric walk in January is scheduled for Sunday 25th January and will be led by David ‘Naughty Puddings’ Goldsmith (as a penance for the pounds put on as a result of David’s November talk and demonstration?)
The club’s main aim is to improve the quality of life of in our own Wadhurst community and beyond that communities borders. Individual members get involved as much or as little as their time will allow. If you are interested in seeing what we do and how we operate please talk to our membership chairman Richard Daniels on 0143588 3380 or richarddaniels@uk2.net 
The Wadhurst club meets every Wednesday at ‘The Greyhound’ allowing members to build firm friendships. Every Rotarian has a right to attend any Club meeting anywhere in the world, so there is always somewhere to go, and people to meet, wherever travel may take you.

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)
Wednesday 21st January 2009 Annual General Meeting - then Phil Berry - “The Further Trials and Tribulations of an Amateur Astronomer”.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK- Thank you so much for all the wonderful toys and gifts brought to the Family Service early in December.were warmly welcomed and distributed with care for all the youngsters and families under the F.S.W. umbrella.special parties and events are real highlights for those existing in such difficult circumstances.
As promised, the amount raised through the Mammoth Book Sale in November was over £5000. Thank you again for all the support you have given in 2008 towards the work of
F.S.W.Jill Brewster 01580 830008.

Thank You Wadhurst!!
Poppy Appeal Raises - £13000
Wadhurst & Tidebrook Branch of The Royal British Legion wish to thank all our House and Street collectors for all their hard work in collecting for this's Poppy Appeal. With almost all the collections inare heading for another successful year.
house and street collection raised an impressive £7,265 and this together with money raised through our Spring Sale, Sponsored London Walk, Summer Concert, Golf Day and The Wadhurst Brass Band Concert will again make a total in excess of £13000.
Our thanks and congratulations to the good folk of the Wadhurst, Frant, Bells Yew Green and Mark Cross who have again been so generous with their donations and general support.

CARILLON COTTAGE will be holding their annual jumble sale on Saturday 14th February at the Commemoration Hall. Please start looking out jumble, bric-a-brac, books, toys etc.
Offers of help, raffle prizes, jumble would be very welcome. Please contact Sarah Rodgers or Dot Smytherman at Carillon Cottage Tel:785658

SLIM FOR HEALTH: small friendly and supportive class run by professional nutritional therapist starting Tuesday 27 January in Stonegate Village Hall. Fed-up with
"yo-yo" dieting? Learn how good nutrition can help you to lose weight safely
and effectively with all round health benefits.Six-week course. For more
information call Jenny on:01580 200739

MULTI USE GAMES AREA (MUGA): following a public consultation, Uplands School Governors have made the decision to submit a planning application with East Sussex County Council for the installation of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) on the existing playground next to the Sports Centre. the first instance the application proposes only its installation but anticipates a further application to add lighting facilities at a future date.

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.

WADHURST BRASS BAND - www.wadhurstbrassband.co.uk

More Concert Mayhem
I know you are reading this in January and Christmas is but a hazy memory but at the time of writing we have just enjoyed our Christmas concert. In fact we have done two concerts in the last few weeks, not only the regular seasonal bash here in Wadhurst but also an event in Frant to help with fund raising for their Memorial Hall and church funds. This was a great opportunity to spread the WBB word further afield and everyone had a good evening.

The Christmas concert is always a lively affair and this year was no different. Our training band got in on the act and it is terrific to see more of the youngsters graduating to the main band. As ever we are indebted to a whole army of supporters who make things happen – many thanks to you all for all your efforts in 2008..

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
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

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