WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Seven Members met in October for their monthly meeting, on the conclusion of the business meeting Jill Acott provided materials and help for the making of Christmas cards. The November Meeting will be a bus journey to Eastbourne for a shopping spree!

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: Rotherfield Circular.
There will be a talk given by Heather Woodward on "Scotney – A Work of Nature and Art" at our annual meeting to be held in St George's Hall, Sparrows Green on Thursday 12th November. Heather's talk will look briefly at the history of the property, will introduce some of the people who lived there. It will be illustrated by slides of the gardens and buildings with a tour of the inside of main house. It will also look at how the property fits into the landscape. The meeting will start at 7.30 pm. The meeting is free of charge and is open to all promises to be a most interesting evening.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 6 November. 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 19th November

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION: On Monday October 12th Ken Turner gave members a very informative and entertaining talk on the propagation and care of House plants. He stressed how important it is to not over-water them("If in doubt, don't!")cuttings in particular need to be kept almost dry during the winter. Many plants do not like direct sunlight, though do appreciate good light and a reasonable temperature - remember plants on window sills on winter nights.
Stand azaleas on a tray containing grit and water almost to the top of the grit - mist regularly. The next meeting will be the AGM, which will be held in St. George's Hall at 7.00 pm on Monday, 9th November. Malcolm Withnell will be talking about growing fruit and vegetables in a changing climate. There will be no competition.

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 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. On 26 Nov, the meeting entitled ‘Decorations Mark II’ will be led by Ann Hookway.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION:  Our next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, 12 November 2009 at Fazan Court, Snape View. In particular we would like to extend an invitation to the new members from Styles Lane who would be most welcome. A representative of the Housing Association will be in attendance. For further details please telephone 01892 782294

MINI MARKET will be held on Saturday 7 November 9.30-11am in the Methodist Church.

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

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND will be publishing its annual CHRISTMAS QUIZ  on Tuesday 1st December and is delighted to announce that it still costs only £1.   It will no doubt again be challenging, entertaining and frustrating  but it is a good way of keeping family and friends working on it, as the days shorten and the evenings lengthen. Please buy one for yourselves and for your friends and thus help this small local charity which is definitely helping people of Wadhurst in these times of straitened needs.  It will be available from the Belmont Surgery, Carillon Cottage, and Durgates Newsagents. For further details about the Mullins Memorial Fund,  please contact 01892 782181 or 783212.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION is hosting a Connoisseurs’ Evening of Wine and Cheese-Tasting at 7.30 pm on Saturday 28th November in the Pavilion, Sparrows Green Recreation Ground.   This is an opportunity to learn about a selection of French wines and to enjoy tasting them.  They will be accompanied by appropriately complementary French cheeses and so this should make up a most entertaining and delectable evening.  Tickets £10 are available from Carillon Cottage and numbers are strictly limited so it might be wise to secure your place early.  For further details, contact Brian Wheeler on 782566. The event following that will be the Winter Social in the Youth Centre on Saturday 9th January 2010.  Further details on that evening will be published  in the December edition of Focus.

THE WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY A new Publication by the Wadhurst History Society is now underway and the Editors would appreciate any help that Wadhurst can give them.  We are researching the years between 1901 and 1936, locally and nationally, and hope that we may be in a position to publish in late 2010, though that date is certainly not fixed.
We need PICTURES and ANECDOTES of Wadhurst.  1901 – 1936.
Please, could you lend us your documents so that we can glean the vital information which we can use for the numerous chapters about life in Wadhurst.  They will be returned to you as soon as they are scanned.  “Wadhurst”, of course,  includes Cousley Wood, Tidebrook, Best Beech and Shovers Green.
To offer material and documents, please contact David James on 01892 890330.

At the Wadhurst History Society meeting on Wednesday 11 November, John Vigar will be talking on “Sussex Churches”. Doors of the Commemoration Hall open at 19:30 - for a glass of wine, tea and coffee; the meeting begins at 20:00 and usually lasts around an hour and a half. Non-members most welcome for a small donation. The November newsletter will be available at the meeting, with full details of the AGM in December and the talks programme for 2010

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 Last month’s Charity Jumble Sale raised nearly £1,000 which was very much on a par with last years result. But whilst the monies collected might have been similar the nature of ‘jumble’ donated saw a subtle change. Could it be that the good people of Wadhurst are looking toward a more sedentary lifestyle? Because apart from the usual mounds of clothing, yards of books and piles of bric-a-brac there were, for the first time, many examples energetic sporting activities being  forsaken with sets of golf clubs, tennis and squash rackets, football boots, roller skates and even a surf board well to the fore. But whilst sport may be taking a back seat in East Sussex, the runaway success of Liz Rosevear’s cake stall, sold out in 90 minutes, indicates that the local penchant for all things sweet is still very much alive.
One of the great features of a good Jumble Sale is that everybody benefits. The buyers, hopefully, get a bargain; the sellers make money for charity and the operators of the local tip have an opportunity of selecting a few choice pieces for their own use. But let us not forget within this virtuous circle the ‘professional’ jumble sale traders. Always first in the queue they rush in to scoop up clothing with ‘good’ labels & those items of china and glass which are deemed as collectable. Hopefully something for everyone. Finally it was amusing to see the following note in a local church magazine, not ‘Focus’ we hasten to add, “Ladies, don’t forget the jumble sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.” A thought for Jumble 2010?

Nov 4th sees John Mackenzie from Uplands Community College talking on ‘Education in the 21st Century’; Fraser Williamson is hosting a Wine Tasting and Dinner at ‘The Old Vine’ on the 11th  & Brian Hopper is talking on ‘The Beekeepers Year’ on the 25th. The November Pub-o-Centric walk will be organised by David James on 22nd November.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy. This months meeting is on 18th November. The speaker is Phil Berry and his talk is entitled "Iridium Flares". The talk will give a background to this interesting man-made phenomenon that causes predictable intense flashes of light to be seen in our sky. There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by a short presentation on a topic of basic astronomy in turn followed by "The Night Sky this Month". Meetings are on the third 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 east end of Wadhurst opposite Uplands Community College. Members Free, Non-members £2.

Next production: January 29-31 & February 4-6: “Once in a Lifetime” -  a sparkling comedy about the advent of the ‘Talkies’ into the world of silent movies. Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and set in Hollywood, it’s about the arrival of a school of elocution tasked with trying to teach the silent actors how to speak. With director Juliet Potter at the fore, there will be lots of Hollywood glamour and gossip as well as plenty of laughter! If you’d like to be involved in any capacity in this glamorous, funny play, please ring Juliet on 01580 201883 or come along to our next coffee morning in the village……..
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 7th November 10.30am- 12 noon Members and prospective members of all ages are invited to drop in for a free cup of tea or coffee and a chat. Catch up on the latest developments, offer your services, just have a chat or find out more about planned future productions, theatre trips and other social events. We’d love to see you – absolutely all are welcome!

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Twenty-six members, and some guests,  enjoyed our Harvest lunch last month.  We sat down to soup, various salads, and finished off with a mouth-watering selection of puddings (such as only WI ladies can make)!  Thanks are due to all who worked hard to organize everything and produce such a splendid meal.  After pleasure, not quite pain, this month’s meeting will be our AGM.  Competition: Picture of an animal, Trading Stall: Harvest Fare.  Next month we look forward to our Christmas party.
*Cards For Good Causes*run by Social Action Project will be opening  this year on Monday 26th October and running Monday to Saturday until Saturday 12th December.
Opening times are 9.30am to 2pm. Please come and buy your Christmas
cards, wrapping paper and Christmas gifts. Shop Manager: Sarah Rodgers 782455

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.

Jong Gyung Park, a brilliant Korean pianist, who has been playing the piano since she was 3, will be performing at St. Mary's Church Lamberhurst on Saturday November 7th at 7.30 p.m. She has won many awards, and has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Philharmonic.
: £12.50. under 15s free Doors open 6.45 Phone 01892891115
Post to L.M.F. The Down House, Lamberhurst. Kent. TN3 8ET

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK - F.S.W. A very successful Open Day at Knowles Tooth in September raised approx £4000, rounding off a very busy, happy Summer season, including a bright new yellow vehicle!
At a recent deanery meeting we were introduced to Anne Twisleton, Deanery Development Officer for the whole of Sussex. She hopes to be able to all the deanery workers & identify where needs are greatest or areas not covered. This was followed by a talk by Lynne Burraston, a local FSW worker. She spoke of the very extensive & varied work she carries out in our part of the county with families in need of help.
Garton House, Brighton has been successfully let, now that the remaining FSW staff have been relocated.
The Harvest Goods collected from Wadhurst & Tidebrook Churches have been delivered to Knowles Tooth & much appreciated. As mentioned in previous Focus the Mammoth Book Sale has been put off until the Spring.
Finally the Annual Toy Service will take place on Sunday, December 6th - part of the Family Service - so please remember this when buying lovely new gifts for the family & friends.                                                                               Jill Brewster - 01580 830008

ST JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST DIVISION is holding a Table Top Sale on the 28th November, in the Commemoration Hall. time 9-30am 12noon. Entrance by donation. 1 Table Top £10.00, 2 Table Tops £15.00. To book please telephone Marge 01580200378.

1ST WADHURST BROWNIES are holding their annual Jumble Sale in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 7th November. Doors open at 9.30am. Jumble can be delivered to the hall Friday night between 6 -7.30pm.
For collection please contact 01580 200302, 01892 784315, 785879.

RBL Golf Day. Amid glorious sunshine, 16 players had a day at Dale Hill in support of the Poppy Appeal. Prizes donated by Dale Hill, Sussex Gardeners, Barnetts Books, The Old Vine & Shell Garage. A total of £640 was raised. The category prize winners were Kate Metcalfe, Bill Crittle & Sarah Lund.
Brass Band Poppy Concert . We are very grateful to the Wadhurst Brass Band and to all those who helped to give us a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The concert was attended by approx 96 people and raised the splendid sum of £701 towards the Poppy Appeal.
Remembrance Parade and Service on Sunday 8 November . The parade will assemble at 9.50 at Sparrows Green (fish & chip shop)off at 10.00the War Memorial for a wreath laying ceremony10.15 and then on to the Parish Church for the Service at 10.50.
Remembrance Day Wednesday 11 November .There will be a short Service of Remembrance at 11.00 in the Chapel of the Parish Church.

The WADHURST CHORALE  is presenting Greater Love Hath No Man,  a Concert of Music and Words in the Parish Church on SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER at 7.30 pm.
The theme for the Concert is Remembrance, starting from the peaceful countryside, albeit a peace which is under threat, then considers the fighting and sacrifice before reflecting on war.  It includes a wide range of authors and music from Brahms via John Ireland to Rutter.  It also features another World Première, as Noel Bannister has composed for the Chorale, its penultimate number:  Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep.   
Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served after the Concert.  There will be a retiring collection and the proceeds will be supporting the work of the British Legion. 
On behalf of everyone who lives, works in or travels through the county each day, the Sussex Air Ambulance Service would like to thank most sincerely the Wadhurst Rotary Club for their wonderfully generous cheque for £3,000 which they presented  recently.

St Ronan’s School, Hawkhurst. Friday 20th Nov 9.30am-3.30pm Entrance £5. Stalls, include toys, jewellery, clothes for all ages, stationery, books, linen, china and more! Lunches, refreshments, raffle, please bring your own bag.

"Joyeux Noël", POLYPHONY's annual Christmas concert, has a subtle French flavour this year. The main work will be the "Midnight Mass" by Charpentier, a tuneful, joyful piece, which is being revisited by popular demand. The choir will be directed by Michael Fields and accompanied by an orchestra playing Baroque instruments for this unique masterpiece. Alongside this, there will be the usual selection of familiar Christmas carols from near and far, including another popular French item, Berlioz' "Shepherd's Farewell". The concert will be held in Wadhurst Parish Church on Thursday, 17th December at 8.00 pm and tickets will be on sale at Carillon Cottage in advance or at the door before the concert, priced at £10 (or £5 for children under 16). A donation from the proceeds will be made to Hospice in the Weald. Do put this date in your diaries and come along and join us - we look forward to seeing you!
Wadhurst United Junior FC will be holding a Wadhurst Winter Ball on Saturday 28th November in the Wadhurst Commemoration Hall.19:30 - 23:30hrs.Including music, canapes, bar and rafffle. Free glass of champagne upon arrival.£15.00 per ticket - available from Saturday morning training at Sparrows Green. Alternatively contact Louise Jones on 07748 061206 or.jns1@googlemail.com.welcome!

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Solve all your Christmas shopping problems at our craft & gift stalls, try your luck on the tombolas & games, visit Santa in his grotto, enjoy superb food & hear carols sung by the school’s Singing Club ~ Come & join in the festive fun!

WOW is holding its annual Wits and Wisdom Quiz evening on the above date in the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst, commencing at 7.45 p.m.  The bar will open at 7.15 p.m. selling wine, beer and soft drinks.  All proceeds from the evening will go to charity including a donation to the St George’s Hall children’s play area fund.
If you would like to make up a table of six people, or if you do not have a full table but would like to participate, please contact Alison Rose on 01892 782608. The cost is £8.00 per person (or £48.00 per table) including a ploughman’s supper. The closing date for entries is the 7th November

CRANBROOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT Sat 28 Nov, St Dunstan’s Church, Cranbrook 7.30pm. The programme is Sibelius Karelia Suite, Elgar Cello Concerto ( soloist Alice McVeigh), Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E Minor From the New World. Tickets £10 (no concessions) available on the door on the night of the concert or in advance from Jane Spurr 01892-784787.

HO HO HO.  Yes, the Christmas season is fast approaching; carols, mulled wine, mince pies and lots more.   Come and join us, along with many others, on Friday, 4 December at the Switch-On of the Christmas lights.  It sounds as though its going to be a great evening.  Then, what many say is their start to the Christmas run-up is our Christmas Concert on Saturday, 5 December.

For the Band, rehearsals of festive music, mainly for our Concert, began in October. It promises, once again, to be a lively “cheerful” evening with much audience participation.  The Training Band, as ever, will be a highlight with ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ being their finale with Main Band joining in.  There’ll be the ever-popular audience participation.   We’re printing words for the carol singing etc, so that we can involve you, our audience in as much “Christmas Spirit” as possible.  To whet your appetite, some of the items we’ll (hopefully!) be playing our The Schneewaltzer, Christmas Tryptich, O Holy Night,  to name but a few.  Refreshments (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic) will be served in the interval and, of course, mince pies, can’t have a Christmas Band Concert without mince pies.  So come along and have the chance to sing your heart out with your local Brass Band, the best way to start your Christmas here in Wadhurst.  A full hall is anticipated, so we encourage you to buy your tickets early from Jean Marie, in the village, to save any of you from standing at the back. 

The Band will be out and about in the run-up to Christmas Day, finishing up by entertaining the village folk on Saturday, 19 December outside the Commemoration Hall.

The Band wishes you all an enjoyable Christmas and Happy New Year and we take this opportunity to thank you all for your support that you have given to the Band over the past year.

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

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