WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - October 2009

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: Members were saddened by the death of their Chairman, Monica Jones, and there were representatives from Wadhurst, Crowborough and Sussex East County at her Funeral Service. Five from Wadhurst joined over 200 Trefoil Guild, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and their Leaders on Ashdown Forest in September for the launch of the Guiding Centenary Year, where they had a picnic and made a "camp fire" to sing round, renewed their promises and were lined up to form 100 - everyone was then given a pot of "bubble magic" to blow bubbles! Next Meeting - a craft afternoon, card making, in the Methodist Church, Upper Room.

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: Snape Wood Circular.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 2nd October. 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 15th October

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION:  On September 14th the Wadhurst Gardening Association enjoyed an amusing talk by Jacqueline Aviolet on hardy geraniums.  Jacqueline gave us an insight into plant history and how they acquired their Latin names, together with stories of her experiences in becoming a hardy geranium specialist.
The next meeting will be held in St. George's Hall at 7.30 pm on Monday October 12th, when Ken Turner will be talking about House Plants and the competition will be A Pair of Carrots and a Houseplant.
PLEASE NOTE:  The annual Plant Sale will be held in the Commemoration Hall on Saturday 17th October, where there will be all sorts  and sizes of garden and house plants and bulbs for sale.  Also garden accessories, cakes, produce, jams and chutneys, greetings cards, secondhand books and wood carvings.  Come along and find some plants to cheer up your garden in the darker months.

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. On 22 Oct Jackie & Michael Scott will relate ’The Scott Adventures’

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION:  For more details Tel: 01892 782294

MINI MARKET will be held on Saturday 3rd October 9.30-11am in the Methodist Church. All proceed will go to Sussex Air Ambulance.

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

MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND is looking forward to its “Market” which will be held on Friday 23rd  October on the forecourt of the Commemoration Hall.  Join us that morning to buy and enjoy home-made produce including jams, chutneys, piccalillis and marmalades, cakes and sundries and, if the weather holds, home-produced vegetables.  Teas and coffees will also be available.  If you could help by contributing some preserves, cakes, scones, soups, tarts or produce, we should be very grateful   For further information about this local charity or to donate goods for this October fund-raiser, please contact 782181 or 782835.
After October, of course, we shall be looking forward, on Tuesday 1st December, to publishing the annual Mullins Christmas Quiz which should as usual tantalize and exasperate.  AND even more amazing, the cost of all this entertainment has not changed – it will still be £1.
It is thanks to the generosity of the people of Wadhurst that we have been able to respond quickly to requests for help on behalf of other people who live in Wadhurst.  Thank you very much indeed for your support and please help us to continue working for those who have hit hard times for whatever reason. For further details about the Mullins Memorial Fund, please contact 01892 782181 or 783212.

WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION The Association is already making plans for 2010 which will mark the 10th Anniversary of  the official linking of Wadhurst to Aubers though the organization  existed before that.  2010 also will be the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge and our visit to Aubers in May will see us joined by members of the Royal Sussex Regiment.
The Twinning is a friendly group with a wide range of interests among its members.  For further information about the Association and its activities, please contact John McKenzie on 01892 784342 or Heather Woodward on 783212.

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.
The period of 1901 to 1936 was one which saw massive changes in our ways of life, changes caused by many factors – not least the advent of the combustion engine, the conflicts and the alterations in social conditions.  From Victoria to George VI, from the Boer War through the “Great War” to the years just prior to the 2nd World War, Britain and  presumably Wadhurst changed almost beyond recognition.  Wadhurst had been a rural community but how did it face up to these changes and pressures, both national and international?
Do you know about the local breweries and pubs, or buildings which changed their appearance, use or style, or housing developments  in that period?  What about the changing rôle of women?  Was any of your family or friends a suffragette or suffragist?   Were you or members of your family at school in Wadhurst and, anyway, what was life at home like in those days?  What a contrast there must have been between 1901 and 1936!  You yourselves may not have been around but no doubt  you heard all about those changes from your parents and grandparents.   The fashions changed somewhat through the Edwardian period into the 20s and 30s.   Have you any photos of your family à la mode which you would let us copy?
Did the financial crises of the 20s and the General Strike of 1926 affect Wadhurst?   And what about the hospitals, the care and the nursing then?  The treatments must have been very different from today, that is for sure.
There are so many aspects about Wadhurst which would be very interesting for future generations to discover and you are the people who can inform them.  Please, could you look out your family archives to see if anything is written or pictured about those eventful years in this area?
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.

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. In the Chambers English Dictionary ‘Jumble Sale’ is defined as ‘a sale of miscellaneous articles, rubbish etc. often for charity’. The annual Rotary Jumble Sale takes place this year on Saturday 10th October in the Commemoration Hall. Whilst the intention is most certainly to raise money for charity (last year nearly £1,000 was collected) what we hope isn’t in evidence is ‘rubbish’. So come along – it’s never too early to start looking for those cheeky little Christmas presents for your favourite friends and relatives.
For any last minute donations, collections and storage please ring either David Goldsmith (01892 783264) or Alan Gibson (01892 783163).
The Jumble Sale is one of the clubs four main regular fund raising events of the year. The others are ‘Scarecrows’, ‘Christmas Lights’ and the very popular brain teasing ‘Quiz’. In addition, last year in June, Kath Bishop directed the 8th (and she swears her last) ‘Charity Variety Show’ which raised a staggering £2,100 and in the process delivered two evenings of pure delight and entertainment. 
In the twelve months to June 2009 a total of £17,000+ was distributed to over 30 local, national and international charities. Locally in addition to major contributions to the ‘Hospice in the Weald’ (£3,000) and the ‘Sussex Air Ambulance’ (£2,500) smaller amounts were donated to a number of specific Wadhurst causes, clubs and institutions including Carillon Cottage, the Brass Band, the Dramatic Club, the Summer Music Festival, Uplands etc. 
A detailed schedule of all donations is posted in the Rotary box in the High Street.
After a rather disaster orientated series of talks in September covering Lifeboats, Air Ambulances and Heart Attacks a sense of calm and wellbeing is surely to be expected when Chris Velten talks on ‘Work, Rest and Play’ (Oct 7th). We will all be on our best behavior for the visit of the District Governor (14th) and await with bated breath news of ‘Recent Developments at Scotney Castle’ on the 21st. The month is rounded off with ‘Ten Pin’ bowling in Tunbridge Wells a welcome opportunity for the more sporting of our members to demonstrate their undoubted but perhaps misdirected prowess.
This months pub-o-centric walk takes place on Sunday 18th October starting from the ‘Kings Arms’ in Rotherfield an 18th Century Inn said to be one of the most haunted pubs in Sussex.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy. This month’s meeting is on 21st October. The speaker is Dr. Bob Seaney and his talk is entitled "Astro Archeology in the British Isles". The talk is based on his research and survey of the ancient astronomical features that are to be found all around the British Isles. We believe it is the first time that a work of this nature has been carried out with regards to astronomy in the British Isles and we are very fortunate to have a early opportunity to see his findings. There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by "The Night Sky this Month". Meetings are the 3rd 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 south end of Wadhurst opposite Uplands Community College. Members Free, Non-members £2.

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:
Next production : 22nd, 23rd & 24th October : TWO Comedies for the Price of ONE!
The Club's next production from 22nd to 24th October will be a double-bill of two hilarious (and, some might say, slightly risqué!) comedies written by David Tristram. The opening play – Last Tango in Little Grimley – focuses on the misfortunes of the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society where membership has plummeted to 4  in the shape of just Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard), and audiences aren't much bigger. On top of this, the Society faces eviction  from its performance premises if it doesn't  come up with some rent money pretty soon... At a get-together to discuss this crisis, Gordon, the Chairman of the Society, boldly and unashamedly concludes that there's only one thing that successfully sells tickets nowadays and that's a 3-letter word beginning with the letter “S” and ending with the letter “X” (readers are invited to supply the missng middle letter themselves : please note that NO prizes will be awarded for coming up with the correct solution!). So begins the chaotic and hilarious build-up to an evening of extraordinary home-grown drama – and an evening the locals of Little Grimley will never forget...
During the ensuing Interval, audiences, who will be seated throughout at tables, cabaret-style, will be served a tasty meal which will then be followed by the second play, The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley. Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard are back, this time  to fend off yet another threat to their Society's survival – this time in the shape of another Am-Dram group in the village, who are  determined to upstage them with an award-winning musical. The Querulous Quartet devise a cunning plan that doesn't in fact go quite to plan and the rival Society's pyschopathic Front of House Manager is less than amused when he discovers their subterfuge. Add in a few emotional complications for Gordon and things look a little grim for Little Grimley. Could this finally be the end of their Society?? Don't hold you breath – after all, it's never over until the Fat Lady Sings, is it?
Please look out for further announcements, including details of ticket prices and Box Office sales arrangements.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Last month members enjoyed a talk by Mr R Harris A Year with Nature, accompanied with slides showing flowers and other plants growing around the Darwell Reservoir. This month there will be no speaker, competition or trading stall as we will be having our Harvest Lunch.  Please note the time: 12 noon for 12.30 pm.  November’s meeting will be the AGM. Competition: ‘Picture of an animal’.  Trading stall: Christmas Fare.

*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.

LAMBERHURST MUSIC FESTIVAL
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.
Tickets: £12.50. under 15s free Doors open 6.45 Phone 01892891115
Post     L.M.F. The Down House, Lamberhurst. Kent. TN3 8ET

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.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK - F.S.W. It has been decided to hold the MAMMOTH BOOK SALE early in the New Year instead of Oct/Nov.  Knowles Tooth becomes overwhelmed with Harvest Goods followed by the early Gifts of Toys for Christmas from across the diocese. All very warmly welcomed but it does entail much storing, sorting and distributing , therefore the Book Sale which has indeed grown to mammoth proportions will now be held in the SPRING - more details later on.      Jill Brewster - 01580 830008

ROTARY CHARITY JUMBLE SALE: A CALL FOR JUMBLE!
This year’s Rotary Jumble Sale will take place early in October. At this stage we are looking to start collecting for the grand event. All donations will be gratefully accepted. Please contact either David Goldsmith 01892 783264 or Alan Gibson 01892 783163 who will be delighted to arrange collection and storage.  

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.

SALE IN AID OF M.E. Stonegate Village Hall Saturday 31st October  2-5pm.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY CONCERT on Saturday 10 October in the Commemoration Hall at 8pm. The Wadhurst Brass Band have, once again, very kindly agreed to play in support of the Poppy Appeal.  All tickets are £5 and may be obtained from Carillon Cottage.
The Royal British Legion AGM will take place in St George's Hall on Thursday 29 October at 7.30. Following the formalities we will have the opportunity to chat over Cheese and Wine .

WOMEN OF WADHURST WITS AND WISDOM QUIZ
SATURDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2009
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.

WADHURST BRASS BAND

Getting Closer
As summer seems a distant memory now, the band are looking forward to one of the highlights of the year- the Christmas concert. Before that however, we are looking forward to once again joining forces with the British Legion to bring you the annual Poppy Concert on 10th October at the Commemoration Hall. This event is always well supported by the village and the themes of remembrance are as valid today as they ever were. I look forward to seeing you there.

Training Band
The training band takes place every Thursday before the main band practice. If you’ve ever thought of playing a brass instrument or would like to know more, why not give our band manager Jenny a call. Remember it’s not just for the youngsters, everyone is welcome regardless of age or ability.SSSS

More Players Needed – Especially Cornets
Do you play the cornet? 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 music and have an active schedule of concerts and other events. If you’re interested, why not give Jenny a call, her number is 01892 782247.

 

DayDateEvent
Time
SaturdayOct 10Poppy Concert
20:00
SaturdayDec 5Christmas Concert 19:30

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

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