WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - July 2009

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Ten members enjoyed entertaining Wadhurst Rainbows and Brownies from 1st and 2nd Wadhurst Packs and their Guiders at Dene Farm in June, and provided hot sausages in rolls, squash and cakes. The rain held off until just before the end. Everyone enjoyed the venue and grateful thanks are due to the Port family.
There will not be a meeting in Wadhurst in July, but some members will visit their associate member, Sister Lucy, at St. Margaret's Convent, Uckfield, at 2.30, on the 6th.

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: Fullers Follies.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 3rd July. 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 The next meeting on July 16th in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm will be the AGM. In addition to the business of the day, there will be a feature ‘Groups in Action’ for which display material by several of the U3A groups will be on show. The French group will present a short ‘play reading’.
Non-members are also very welcome to come along, ask questions and get to know more about us. As always there is no entrance fee for members but visitors are asked for a small donation. Edward Neafcy

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION  On Monday June 8th Helen Yemm gave members an absorbing account of the development of her large garden in Flimwell and the subsequent move to and transformation of her small one in Wadhurst. She contrasted the development of woodland, water, borders and vegetable patches in both gardens (the veg. patch in Wadhurst being a separate allotment).Rather than moving plants from one to the other she took seeds, memories and experience to create. Her passion for a garden full of plants, her humour and her individual style, together with beautiful photographs taken before, during and after her moves to both Ketleys and Eldenhurst, were all very much appreciated by her audience, who must have felt exhausted just to think about all the work involved.

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 & 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. Our next meeting on 23rd July is entitled ‘On with the Show’ and will be led by Ro McKinnon.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Our next meeting will be the Annual Public Meeting and AGM to be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 9 July 2009 at the Youth Centre, Lower High Street. All are welcome. For details tel: 01892 782294

MINI MARKET  will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 4 July from 9.30-11am. Your support is always very much appreciated.

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

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND. Talking to people in the village it amazes me how many do not know what 'Mullins' is, let alone what it does. So when you are gathered chatting over coffee, over a beer or just with a group of mothers waiting for your child to come out of school, please mention us. We support people living in the parish of Wadhurst. The help provided is usually practical but may come in some different form in order to make someone’s life easier. It is a small local charity able to continue working thanks to the generosity of others and our own fund-raising efforts. If you know of someone who would benefit from our support, please provide information to one of our Office Bearers on 782181, 782835 or 783212.
Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION is holding a Summer BBQ on 11th July 2009 from at Uplands Youth and Children’s centre. Tickets from Heather Woodward 01892 783212 or Jenny Williams 01892 783427 Cost: £10 for adults and £6 for children

THE WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY Thanks 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 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: Mrs Pamela Coyne, President of our local WI attended the recent national WI AGM at the Albert Hall. She reported that this year’s resolution: “Honey bees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment.  In view of the concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honey bee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into bee health” was passed by the vast majority of 99.04%!  She told us it had been a marvellous day, with guest speakers Maureen Lipman, Eve Polland and Richard Stilgoe.  Mr Stilgoe talked about the work done at the Orpheus Centre, Surrey. He was accompanied by some of the handicapped children from the Centre who joined him in performing poems and songs.  We also had music at our June meeting.  We were splendidly entertained by Jane and Howard Spurr who performed a well-balanced programme of music. Howard sang a selection of songs, accompanied by Jane on the piano. She also played several pianoforte solos.  Jane introduced all the items (an entertainment in itself ). Next meeting  (July  9th ):  Mr B Ogley will talk about ‘The Great Storm; please bring a wooden object for the competition and store cupboard goods 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’. A great big thank you to Kath Bishop for the wonderfully entertaining Variety Show she produced of behalf of the local Rotary Club in the Commemoration Hall in aid of local charities. Between the jigs and the reels over £2,000 will be distributed to worthy causes. Over the two nights 300 plus went home happy and contented enthusing at the depth of local Wadhurst talent.
Although the club programme of regular walks and talks continues throughout July it would be foolish not to realise that what the club is concentrating on this month is the organisation of what one local estate agent has called “The Famous Wadhurst Scarecrow Festival”.
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July when it is hoped that over 100+ scarecrows will fill the streets of Wadhurst. Last year over 4,500 spectators attended over the two days giving a great boost both to the village and local traders.
The success of the occasion is very much dependent on an abundance of scarecrows. This year they can either be ‘Freestyle’ or better still follow the nominated theme of ‘Hollywood, Heroes, Humour or Horror’. In the past we have been brilliantly supported by local individuals, businesses etc producing fabulous entries filling the village with truly amazing creations. Hopefully 2009 will be no exception.
For the novices a basic ‘How to’ guide has been produced and can be accessed at Howtomakeascarecrow-2009.rtf  One very helpful source of materials is of course the local tip where in all probability you might have to elbow your way through other locals all on the same mission.
But the ‘Festival’ is not just about scarecrows. This year there is a bumper raffle with a bottle of champagne complimenting every prize curtsey of ‘The Greyhound’. Music with the Wadhurst Brass Band, The Sussex Stompers, Bob Bernard’s Jazz Quartet and much much more including Wine Bar, Refreshments, Sideshows and BBQ. A Farmers Market will take place in St James Square over the weekend complimenting the Craft and produce stands in the Commemoration Hall. In keeping with the Hollywood theme ‘Oscars’ will be awarded to the best and most original entries.
In 2008 over £7,000 was raised which was distributed to local and rotary charities and it is hoped that a similar sum can be achieved this year. Already we have had marvelous support from a number of local businesses and individuals who have provided sponsorship. All that remains is for the weather to play its part and shine on our parade.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy. Next Meeting Wednesday 15th July 2009. This month we have a talk by John Murrell "The Virtual Observatory" The Virtual Observatory is a worldwide initiative to allow access to tools, data storage and power allow the vast amount of data that has been accumulated in observatories worldwide to be accessed seamlessly via the internet.  This presentation will then be followed by a free coffee/tea break followed by "The Night Sky this Month". Meetings are held on the third Wednesday in every month 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 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

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 are on sale in Carillon Cottage and through the website www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info. Children under 16, accompanying an adult, will be admitted free on July 11 and Sept 6!

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme to which everyone is invited.  On Sunday 19 July the last in our series looking at ‘Aspects of Prayer’ will be ‘Meditation’ and will be led by Mr Henry Edwards. 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.

The ROYAL BRITISH LEGION SUMMER CONCERT takes place at The Mount on Thursday 16 July @ 7.30pm .The international soprano Rebecca Caine , who entertained us so superbly two years ago, is returning to sing for us in a concert entitled 'Music of the Night' . Tickets are priced at £10 to include interval refreshments. The concert is to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal and no concessions will be available. There is a limit of 100 tickets so don't leave it too late! We look forward to seeing you there.

COMPANION DOG SHOW
Come along and enjoy a fun day out at our Companion Dog Show on Sunday 5th July at Old Battenhurst, Stonegate, TN5 7DU. Registration from 10.30, judging from 12 noon. In aid of St Michaels Hospice.
Telephone 01435 883243 for more details.

8TH ROTARY CHARITY SHOW
Lesley Phillips would like to thank everyone who supported the raffle that she ran at this show in aid of St Thomas' Lupus Trust. An amazing £362.25 was collected. For a small but world-renowned unit a donation such as this makes a huge difference.

GARDEN OPEN for charity at OAKOVER, Church Street, Ticehurst, TN5 7DL on Sunday 12th July.2 - 5.30pm.£3.00 entry. First time opened to the public. Homemade cakes & teas. All proceeds in aid of Kipling County Carriage Driving for Disabled. Reg. Charity No. 1074198. Bring and Buy plant sale.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2009
Thank you to everyone; collectors, donors and counters, who all contributed to making a grand total of £4,455.92 this year.

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.

OPEN GARDENS 2009
Thank you Wadhurst for making this truly community event such a great success. Our appreciation must go first to our 'Open Gardeners' who put on a great show. To the 'Old Hands' who continue to improve and shape their gardens and to the 'New Kids' who were brave enough to open for the first time.
So many people within the village and outskirts gave freely of their time, helped in advertising, loaned furniture as well as urns, teapots and crockery.
As a result of all this effort we raised in the region of £2,400 for the continued work of Carillon Cottage.
Congratulations and Thank you.  Jan Dwyer

WADHURST BRASS BAND

Summer’s Here
The band are having a great time this summer! We have already played successful concerts at the Pantiles and we all had a wonderful time at the Variety show in the village. I’m sure I speak for the rest of the band when I say how good it is to hear such positive comments from our audiences, we’re glad you enjoy our performances as much as we do. In July you will again find the band providing a musical backdrop to the Annual Scarecrows competition- we hope to see you all 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
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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