WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - MARCH 2009

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD: A coffee morning in aid of Hospice In The Weald is being held at Windwhistle, Faircrouch Road, by the kind invitation of Rosemary Collins on Wednesday 22nd April from 10-12.30pm. There will also be a Bring & Buy stall and sale of handmade greetings cards.
If you need more details or help with transport please ring Val Tunbridge on 01892 782498.

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: 13 Members attended the A.G.M. in February.  Monica Jones took over the Chairmanship from Vera Port, and a new Committee was formed, and the new programme agreed.   The next Meeting will be on Monday 2nd March at the Methodist Church Upper Room at 2.15 when Members will be Pottery Painting with Glazy Daisy.

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: Cousley Wood/ Great Shoesmiths.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 6th March. 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 At our next general meeting to be held on March the 19th in the Mayfield Memorial Hall at 2.00pm. Geoff Mead of the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex will speak to us about Sussex Villages.
As always there is no entrance fee for members but visitors are asked for a small donation.   Matthew Scott

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION enjoyed an informative and amusing talk about Bulbs by Mr Ken Turner on Monday 9th January.  Ken showed slides of different bulbs growing all over the world and explained how to propagate, plant and look after these "promises" which can produce colour at most times of the year and survive all sorts of weather and soil.
The next Meeting will be held on Monday 9th March in St George's Hall, when David Hamer will be telling us about "David's Exotic Plants".  The competition will be a vegetable and a small posy of flowers.

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 Wadhurst Then and Now is on March 26 in St George’s Hall at 2.30pm, & will be led by Michael Harte.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Our next bimonthly meeting will be held at Fazan Court, Snape View at 10 am on Thursday 12 March 2009. All are welcome. For more information please contact 01892 782294.

MINI MARKET  will be on Sat.7th March 9.30-11am in the Methodist Church & we look forward to seeing you there. 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.

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 “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 HISTORY SOCIETY is delighted that, back by popular demand, on Sunday 8th March at 3 pm in the Commemoration Hall,  will be Adventure in the Hop Fields , the film made in Goudhurst during the early 1950s. Barry Littlechild will also be showing supporting films of the period. Tickets (£5) will be available from  Monday 16th February at Newingtons in the High Street or, if you are unable to go there in person, from Heather Woodward on 783212.  Proceeds raised will be shared between Wadhurst History Society and Sherwood Park Primary School Special Needs Department which is Barry’s 2009 charity project. 
Refreshments and cake will be available to purchase (£1) during the Interval.
The History Society then meets again on Wednesday 11th March, when Lady Teviot will be talking about Being Ill in the 19th Century  The meeting will be in the Commemoration Hall, 7.30 for 8pm and visitors are welcome for a small donation.  On Wednesday 8th April, Don Dray will introduce Sounds and Songs of World War Two and on Thursday 14th May, Derek Legg will talk about the History of Bonfire in Sussex.
Thank 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.  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 now on sale at Barnett’s Bookshop and the Post Office for £12.

TTSE (The Joint Anglican/Methodist study programme to which everyone is invited). For the next few months we will be studying various aspects of prayer & on Sunday 15 March at 6.30pm in the Methodist Church the subject will be ‘Confession’. As this is often seen as controversial it may very well spark a lively debate. Do come & join us.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION is looking forward to welcoming to Wadhurst a group of our Twinning friends from Aubers 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, possibly during the same week-end.  Most of the group will have accommodation with local families so if you are not a member of the Twinning Association but would be interested in taking part, please contact  Heather Woodward on 783212 or e-mail her on handew@waitrose.com.  Communal activities are planned for Sunday morning and Sunday lunch and possibly for the Saturday evening.  Sunday lunch at the Primary School will be provided for French guests, host  families and possibly other Twinning members.
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.
The Twinning Barbecue will be held at the Youth Centre on Saturday 11th July.  Tickets at £10 will be available nearer that date.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE.  Due to the brevity of the month, we have not yet met for our February meeting before the Focus deadline, so I am unable to give you details!  However, at April’s meeting Mrs J Kinnison Bourke will be talking about Nella Lasts War and the competition will be Wartime Memorabilia,  the Trading Stall: Something for Easter.  New members are always very welcome. Any ladies considering joining may like to know we meet every second Thursday of the month at 2 pm in St George’s Hall, George Street, Sparrows Green. Come for company, conversation, a good speaker and an excellent tea.

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 annual Rotary Quiz is always a popular event and this year’s has been no exception with every table sold.  By the time these notes are read the winners will be known.  Thank you everyone for taking part.  Because of your support we will be providing illustrated dictionaries to nearly 150 children in our local primary schools, as well as contributing towards community transport for Ticehurst and Stonegate.  Our next entertainments will be a variety show in the Commemoration Hall on 5th-6th June and then the Scarecrows will be back in mid-July.  See details in coming issues.
We wrote last month that we had given £850 towards polio eradication.  Over the past two decades polio has been completely eliminated from much of the world with the number of polio cases reducing by 99%, from more than 350,000 in 1988 to an estimated 1,600 last year.  However, the wild polio virus persists in four countries and imported cases from them threaten other developing nations.  These countries present serious challenges: vaccine effectiveness (India), low vaccination coverage rate (Nigeria) and access problems due to conflict (Afghanistan and Pakistan). 
A major part of Rotary’s international work is spearheading a Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  It has the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which has promised $355 million.  This is part of one of the largest challenge grants ever given by the Gates Foundation and the largest received by Rotary in its 103-year history.  Rotary is committed to raise a further $200 million over the next three years.  It will provide direct financial support of immunization activities by the WHO and UNICEF.  It is worth noting that the UK government is giving £100 million and Germany €100 million towards the eradication initiative, yet despite these and other contributions, there is still a funding shortfall this year.
Since November 2007, Rotary clubs across the world, and there are over 32,000 of them, have already raised $80 million.  Against this sum our contribution may seem very modest but Wadhurst Rotary Club is committed to raising more.  Our Rotary challenge is to Make Dreams Real - getting rid of the polio scourge is steadily becoming a reality.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy. Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday in every month and begin at 7:30pm. Members are invited to arrive any time after 7:00pm. This is a good time to exchange ideas and discuss astronomical matters. The venue is in the Upper Room of the Methodist Church at the east end of Wadhurst Lower High Street opposite Uplands Community College.
The next meeting is:
Wednesday 18th March 2009 - Speaker: Rob Cray will give a talk entitled "The Apollo Programme - Missions 1 to 12". This will then be followed by a coffee/tea break, there will then be two mini-talks one on an Astronomical Topic for Beginners  followed by "The Sky this Month".

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.

St JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST  DIVISION 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.

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 7pm, Uplands College, Wadhurst. Tickets at £12 per head (children under 10 years £5) include a 2 course supper, a cash bar serving wine, beer and soft drinks and guest appearance of the Beechwood Irish Dancers from Tunbridge Wells.
Tickets can be purchased at Carillon Cottage or contact Toni Buckley(01580 201057) or Colleen O'Farrell (784734) All proceeds to the Sacred Heart Church Annexe Building Fund.

WADHURST BOWLS CLUB is holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 21st March in the Commemoration Hall from 9.30-12 noon. Donations of Jumble welcome—please phone 782108.

WADHURST & TIDEBROOK BRANCH: ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The Branch were runners up in the Royal British Legion, Sussex County 'Dacra Branch Membership Tankard', awarded to the the Branch, without a Club, that has shown the greatest improvement in membership over the previous year. We recruited 18 new members in 2007, 16 in 2008 and 5 so far this year.  We have a Branch membership of 102, with additional support from over 25 house and street collectors - who are non-members.

Royal British Legion Members' Open Meeting on Thursday 19 March at 7.30pm in St George's Hall.  Heather Woodward will speak to us about 'Churchill of Chartwell'.  A thoroughly enjoyable and very interesting evening. There will be a collection for the National Trust and a raffle.  Everyone welcome.

The proposed outings to the Houses of Parliament and the Arboretum have been cancelled. Very few members expressed any interest. Thank you to those who responded.

STONEGATE OPEN GARDENS will take place this year on Sunday 14th June. There will be the usual teas, stalls and a raffle with some familiar and new gardens to explore. Tickets and parking will be located at the church. As usual, all proceeds in aid of St Peter's Church. Put it in your diary now and we look forward to seeing you on the day.

NEW TEA ROOM TO OPEN AT SCOTNEY CASTLE
If you have visited us at Scotney Castle during the last two years you will know that visitors brave enough to sit outside were able to have a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the Walled Garden.  This year we’re very excited that our new tea room will be opening and our visitors will be able to enjoy a National Trust tea sitting in attractive surroundings, in comfort, inside.  The old stable block here is being converted into a visitor centre, with a smart reception area, a new shop, and the tea room.  Our visitor centre will be opening sometime this Spring.
At Scotney Castle, just outside Lamberhurst, you can visit the Victorian country house, the 14th century ruined castle and the romantic garden.  There are lovely walks, long and short, around the estate.  Shake off those winter blues, stretch your legs, and explore Scotney in Springtime.
Scotney Castle House and Garden opens to visitors again on Saturday 28th February.  The property is open Wednesdays to Sundays and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.  The house and garden are open from 11 am to 5 pm, with last admission to the house at 4 pm.  There are timed tickets to the house. 
If you are the organiser of a village group, perhaps you would like to arrange a group visit, or even get involved in a joint project.  Contact me: Jessica Cooke, Community Engagement Officer, on 01892 893858 or email me: jessica.cooke@nationaltrust.org.uk

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday 28th March sees the first concert this year, when Red Priest will be performing.
The group, founded in 1997 with four members including Pier ‘ Adams, the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today’, is  named after Antonio Vivaldi.
This flamboyant group makes use of props, lighting, costumes and other effects to create a really special evening.
Venue:  St Mary’s Church, Lamberhurst
Time:                7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)
Tickets: £15.00 (children under 15 free)
Lamberhurst Music Festival, The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8ET
Phone: 01892-891115

WADHURST BRASS BAND
Spring Concert Coming Up
As you can see we have a great programme of events lines up for this year. The first is our Spring Concert on March 28th. If you haven’t heard this local bunch of “brassed off” music makers before you don’t know what you are missing. Not only do you get a variety of entertaining tunes but also the benefit of Musical Director Ken Rich’s knowledge on the origins and inspiration behind each one. Now if we can only find some decent jokes for him to use……….!

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
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

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