WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - September 2009
WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: 12 members met in August at Carillon
Cottage, and were saddened that owing to illness Monica Jones could not continue
as Chairman. All those present agreed to take a share in running the Guild
for the forseeable future.
On Sunday 6th Sept. members will join Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and other Trefoil Guild members from Rother Division at their Centenary Launch Party on Ashdown Forest for a walk and picnic. Guiding began in September 1909 at the Crystal Palace Scout Rally.
Next Meeting Monday Sept. 7th 2.30 - walk and tea in Wilderness Wood.
NOTE: please support the Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy 10.30 - 12 Tuesday 22nd September at Russetts Balaclava Lane Wadhurst. Proceeds to be donated to The Woodland Trust for the purchase of Owl Nesting Boxes for local woodland, as the Guild's contribution towards Girl Guiding UK Change the World Challenge.
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: St Ronan’s, Benenden, Hawkhurst.
WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 7th August. 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. Kent & Sussex Boarder Lions are holding a Grand Autumn Sale on the 26th September 09, in the Commemoration Hall, time 9-30am - 12noon, Entrance by Donation, We will have tables present New & Used Items, Bric-A-Brac, Books & Toys, Refreshments, Tombola & Raffle. The Lions Raise Funds for the local Community. Table Tops for sale £10-00 each. Booking & further information please telephone 01580 200672.
MAYFIELD AND DISTRICT U3A On September 17th we are fortunate to have a talk from Professor Susan Hartley, who will be telling us about her work. She holds the Chair of Ecology at the University of Sussex, is an expert on climate change and biodiversity and will be giving the televised Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution this year. She has made time in a very busy schedule to speak to us and we do hope that as many members as possible will attend.
WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION The next meeting will be on September 14th, when Jacqueline Aviolet will give a talk on Hardy Geraniums and the competition will be the Longest Stinging Nettle!
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 Sept 24 Philippa & Owen will be telling us about the ‘Undergraduate’s Eye View’.
NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Following our AGM on 9 July it was decided to continue to hold our meetings bi-monthly for the time being, although the time and venue may vary. Why not come along to our next meeting which will beheld at 10 am on Thursday, 10 September 2009 at Fazan Court. For more details Tel: 01892 782294
MINI MARKET on SATURDAY 5 SEPT from 9.30-11am in the Methodist Church, this month in aid of Alzheimer’s Research Trust. Tour support is 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 .The Mullins Memorial Fund is busily
preparing for 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 and marmalades 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.
For further details about the Mullins Memorial Fund, 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
the people of Wadhurst can give. 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 in tablets of
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 Wadhurst changed almost beyond recognition. Wadhurst was a rural community but how did it face up to these changes and pressures?
Whereas you yourselves were not around, was your family? Please, could you look out your family archives to see if anything is written or pictured about those eventful years in this area?
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. We are looking at social conditions, buildings and shops, local families, attitudes to events outside Wadhurst as well as within our area, the schools, the role of women, the medical realities, law and order, fashions, financial considerations, transport and so much more besides. “Wadhurst”, incidentally, includes Cousley Wood, Tidebrook, Best Beech and Shovers Green.
So that we can inform future generations, we hope to make this publication as comprehensive as possible and therefore your support would be much appreciated.
To offer material and documents, please contact David James on 01892 783335.
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
Autumn is that season of mellow fruitfulness and a financial reckoning for the 2009 Scarecrow Festival. In spite of rather dismal weather on the Sunday morning it is heartening to report another record year. A smidgen under £7,000 will be distributed to various local and rotary charities including the Sussex Air Ambulance.
Over 100 scarecrows brought Hollywood to Wadhurst for a colourful weekend in July. Coveted Oscars were won by the very appropriate ‘Reservoir Dogs’ entered by ‘The Greyhound’, ‘The Tin Man’ from the scouts and ‘Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory’ from the Damian Hirst of scarecrow construction Graham Brewster.
It will come of no surprise that the raffle contributes robustly to the bottom line profitability of the event as well as providing good fun and a welcome opportunity of dreaming about that star prize. The lucky winner, Ted Dipple is well known to Wadhurst Rotary and until retiring recently was an active member and past-President of the club. Discreet enquiries have ascertained that Ted’s current golf prowess is perhaps best described as a cross between orienteering and marbles. In an attempt to help in what is predicted to be an ‘eventful’ round a Satnav has been installed on his buggy to help him find the way around the many confusing twists and turns of Dale Hill.
The problem with scarecrows is that they appear to breed! From being perhaps one of the only events of its type in the South East of England we are now surrounded by competition at Battle, West Peckham, Groombridge, Tonbridge etc. etc. We do feel however that we have not only the biggest but also the best scarecrow festival. Great fun and great creativity all resulting in a handsome contribution to charity.
One other event of note was the rather grandly titled ‘Club Assembly’. This can perhaps be likened to a grown up version of an Ofsted visit. We are descended on from Rotary on high to present our plans, hopes and ambitions for the coming year. One of our main hopes is an increase in membership to help support the many projects that are planned for the next twelve months. (To that end if anybody is interested in learning a little more about the Wadhurst Rotary club please contact David Wade-Jones 01892 517002 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.) Incidentally the ‘Ofsted Report’ concluded that “Wadhurst is a happy and enthusiastic Club”
The September programme contains much of interest. The visit to the Hastings Lifeboat on the 15th is followed a week (23rd) later by Dr. David Roche asking ‘So what is a Heart Attack?’ a talk on the mechanics, effects and activity needed to survive the problem. Perhaps rather fortunately this has been designated a Ladies evening which will allow the more squeamish amongst us to at least have a comforting hand to hold. Although I wouldn’t mind betting that the recommended dietary regime is less than attractive! The month ends on the 30th with Heather Woodward talking on one of our favorite charities the ‘Sussex Air Ambulance’
WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly
society welcomes anyone with an interest in astronomy. The Next Meeting is
Wednesday 16th September2009 when we have the second talk by Rob Cray on the
Apollo Missions this time dealing with the Apollo Missions 13 to 17.Part one
was a fascinating and carefully researched presentation that focused on many
significant and serious issues not generally known. Part two starts with Apollo
13 - famed for the words: "Houston we've had a problem". This is
a must see, so put it in your diaries.
The presentation will then be followed by a free coffee/tea break followed by "The Night Sky this Month". Meetings are the3rd 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.
CLUB COFFEE MORNING : SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
There will be a Club Coffee Morning at Carillon Cottage on Saturday 5th September from 10.30am till 12.00 noon. Members and prospective members who would like to find out more about the Club's activities are cordially invited to drop in for a cup of coffee or tea and a chat. We look forward to seeing you then!
WADHURST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Trio Goya - fortepiano, flute, cello
Sunday 6 Sept - Parish Church - 15:00 Tickets £10
Tickets will be on sale in Carillon Cottage and through the website www.wadhurstmusicfestival.info Children under 16, accompanying an adult, will be admitted free!
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
The famous Yehudi Menuhin Music School will be providing young musicians to entertain us, on Saturday October 10th at 7.30 p m in St. Mary's Church Lamberhurst. These musically gifted youngsters from all over the world are making a welcome return to the festival.
Tickets: £12.50. Children under 15 free
Phone: 01892 891115
Post: L. M .F. The Down House, Lamberhurst, Kent. TN3 8ET
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.
ST JOHN AMBULANCE WADHURST DIVISION by popular demand will be holding a concert Jokin Apart, Blues Brother Little Brother an excellent Fabulous Rhythm + Blues 14 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.
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.
F.S.W. has continued to expand over the past year with 3 more Deanery workers, which means 16 out of 21 Deaneries are now covered by qualified resource staff. The regular FSW News Sheets & this year's Annual Review 2008/09 can be found in Wadhurst, Stonegate & Tidebrook Churches & at Carillon Cottage - they make interesting reading.
OPEN DAY at KNOWLES TOOTH is SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2pm - 5pm. A great day out for all the family - please call for more info if needed. Jill Brewster - 01580 830008
THE SACRED HEART PARISH FETE takes place on Saturday 12th September at 2pm in the Church grounds. There will be a large range of stalls and sideshows for adults and children. Please do come along and support us.
STONEGATE FLOWER SHOW takes place on Saturday 19th September in Stonegate village hall. This is a fun community event for anyone of any age who can have a stab at growing veg. and flowers, painting, cooking, taking a photograph or arranging some flowers. The Show is open to all persons residing within a 4 mile radius of Stonegate Village Hall, to all pupils and parents of Stonegate C.E.Primary School, pre-school Group and Bricklehurst Manor, and to any groups affiliated to Stonegate. The hall will be open from 8.30am on the day of the show to receive entries up until 10.45am, when the judging takes place. The show will re-open at 2.00pm and the cups will be presented at 3pm. Copies of the schedule are available in the Church porch. For more information call Philippa Evans 01435 883682.
The ROYAL BRITISH LEGION 'Music of the Night' concert at
The Mount was a great success. A splendid evening was enjoyed by all, with
Rebecca Caine and her accompanist Nathan Martin providing a fantastic entertainment
for us. The event raised just under £1,000 for the Poppy Appeal. Many thanks
to everyone who supported the evening.
The Royal British Legion are holding a Golf Day at Dale Hill on 25 September. If you would like to be involved please let John Collins know as soon as possible.
TIDEBROOK WALK: Saturday 5th September
The annual Tidebrook Parish Walk sets out from 11.00 am from Bensfield Farm Cottages and returns there for a barbeque lunch 12.30 – 1.30 pm
· Soft drinks available
Bring other drinks if you prefer
· Bring folding chairs if you can
· Choice of shorter or longer route
· Parking available at the home of David & Betty Payne, tel. 783731
Suggested donations: £5 adult, £2.50 child; or £12 per family in support of Tidebrook Church
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.
Now in it's 13th year in the centre of Wadhurst THE SEPTEMBER ART EXHIBITION will be showing the work of 37 practicing artists and sculptors. On show will be a wide and impressive variety of style, subject and media. THE SEPTEMBER ART EXHIBITION has fast become the most prestigious art event in the area. This year's exhibition runs from the 4th - 13th September at The Commemoration Hall, High Street, Wadhurst from10.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. daily (10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. on Sunday13th. ) Refreshments available. Free entry; wheelchair access.
COMMUNITY GRANTS Wadhurst Parish Council has a small fund to support organisations whichimprove the village's facilities and quality of life. In recent years the council has helped to improve the Wadhurst Scouts hut, helped with set up costs for the Arts festival and the Bonfire display, supported the Junior Football club and helped fund charities working in the village. The deadline for applications this year is the 30th September. Please contact the Clerk (752111) or visit www.wadhurstpc.info for more information.
1ST WADHURST GUIDES are now returned from their summer camp
at Picketts Wood campsite, near Nutley. Picketts Wood (which belongs to the
Guide Association) is very well equipped, with flush toilets, a shower, and
two huts for wet weather use. It is set in a beautiful wooded area, with a
permanent campfire circle, lots of shade, and several ‘altar fires’ for outdoor
This year we were joined by 1st Hartfield Guides, and altogether 32 guides and 5 leaders enjoyed 5 days camping. Our theme was ‘Treasure Island’ and our activities ranged from making a treasure chest to collecting patrol points in the form of ‘gold’ coins to put in it.
We had two campfires, one being fancy dress – with pirates being prominent – and a ‘pub’ quiz night at the Jolly Roger.
The weather was kind to us, (only raining at night) except on Monday when we went to Utopia at Uckfield for swimming, followed by a picnic in the park – the sun came out for that! – and a visit to the cinema to see the new Harry Potter movie. All the guides have now completed their ‘Walking Challenge’ and will receive their badges at the start of the new term on September 11th.
We think everyone enjoyed themselves and several new friendships were formed with the Hartfield Guides, who we will meet again at the Centenary Picnic in September.
Many thanks go to John Chapman, who once again provided transport for all our equipment in his lorry, and also to all the parents who helped load and unload at Holbeam Wood.
Penny Bones 1st Wadhurst Guides
WADHURST BRASS BAND
Hello everyone, it’s good to be back! The band have just returned from their annual two week August break. Hopefully this will mean everyone is ready to practice hard but somehow I think it will take a little while to get back into the old routine! On a more positive note the band have been asked to play at the “Ha-Ha” in Hawkenbury on 13th September, so if you are in the area why not come and join us for a great afternoon out.
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.
|Sunday||Sept 27||Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells|
|Saturday||Oct 10||Poppy Concert|
|Saturday||Dec 5||Christmas Concert|
Contacts: Jenny Cooper Band Manager 01892 782247 Lydia Fuggle Secretary 01892 782308
WADHURST WEBSITES: coverage includes Ticehurst, Flimwell and Stonegate. The site can be found at www.wadhurst.info, www.ticehurst.info, www.flimwell.info and www.stonegatevillage.info. Note that www.wadhurst.org.uk has ceased to be a working link - so change your Favorites link now! Webmaster: Michael Harte (783 292)
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