WADHURST TOWN IN FOCUS - APRIL 2010

WADHURST TREFOIL GUILD: 10 members gathered at the home of Pamela Coyne for their AGM in March when Officers and the new Committee were elected.  This was followed by tea by candlelight and an excellent selection of mostly chocolate cakes provided by members as part of the Centenary Adventure 100 Badge.
On 7th March 5 members joined over 2500 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and Guiders from East Sussex at the Brighton Centre to celebrate World Thinking Day 1910-2010.  It was a long tiring day but inspirational to see so many young people from Wadhurst Mayfield and throughout East Sussex having fun.
ALMOST half of all women in the UK have been involved in Guiding at some stage in their lives - so where are you hiding in Wadhurst??  Do, in this Centenary Year, consider joining the Trefoil Guild and being able to participate in all there is on offer for this year and beyond.  Do call Mary on 783538 or Pamela on 784675 or come to our next meeting at Carillon Cottage on Monday 12th April at 2.15 when you will receive a warm welcome to rejoin the Guiding Family.

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: 25 April.

WADHURST WINEMAKERS CIRCLE: The next Friday evening meeting at the Recreation Ground is on 2 April. 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  The next talk will take place at the Memorial Hall at 2.00pm on Thursday April 15th 2010. Our speaker is Marian Insley who will tell us about the Cranbrook Artists' Colony. These were a group of artists who during the 19th century, inspired by the small town and its people, painted somewhat idealised scenes of their everyday life. These paintings were much sought after by the new wealthy industrialists who as city dwellers wanted to buy reminders of life in the countryside. Visitors are welcome. We ask for a small donation

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 ring 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.

AFTERNOON FELLOWSHIP: Meets on 23 April in the Commemoration  Hall for the Senior Lunch.

MINI MARKET will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 3 April 9.30-11am. Goods on sale include cakes & home produce, second hand books, good quality used clothing, household goods, bric-a-brac, sometimes plants and anything else that people give us. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available and there is time for a chat in a friendly atmosphere. It is run by members of the Methodist Church on the first Saturday of each month (except January and August) and has no connection at all with any other market. All the proceeds are given to the charity chosen for the month. If you haven’t been to Mini Market do give it a try: you will be most welcome.

TEA WITH TIGGER: Tuesdays 2 - 4pm. Do you have a baby or are you expecting a baby? Do you want to meet for with others in the same position? Does your baby want to meet other babies? If so you should come and try out Tea With Tigger. Every Tuesday afternoon a group of us meet to play and chat. We have made new friends and found support and encouragement from each other. We do not have to be mothers - some are grandparents. We do not have to be women! Come and try it. If you are aware of someone who would like to join us let them know. Please note there is absolutely no charge!
Call Carillon Cottage (01892 785658) and ask for Pauline or Penny to ring you back.

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.

NEW WADHURST RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION:  All welcome.  For more information Tel: 01892 782294

WADHURST INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS meets every second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm, upstairs in The Greyhound Pub, Wadhurst. Wadhurst Independent Photographer & Ticehurst Art Group invite you to their 2010 Spring Show on the 17th April 2010, Commemoration Hall,  10am - 4pm. Refreshments, Admission Free. Everyone Welcome

WADHURST GARDENING ASSOCIATION thoroughly enjoyed an amusing and interesting talk on her travels in Costa Rica, given by Sue Buckingham at the meeting on March 8th.   Sue showed us lovely photographs of flowers, scenery, birds, butterflies and other wildlife.  Costa Rica is on the narrow strip of land joining North and South America, with coasts on both the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, volcanoes up to 12,00 feet and wonderful rainforests with colourful flora and fauna.  Its main export is coffee, followed by bananas and pineapples. The next meeting will be the Spring Show on March 29th in the Primary School at Sparrows Green.  Exhibits should be set up by 7.30pm.  There will be a quiz and a raffle. A schedule covering all this year's shows is available, price 50p., from Jean Marie.

The WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY meeting in March heard the fascinating life story of Elsie Bowerman - Girton graduate, Titanic survivor, suffragette and barrister - told by 'herself [aka Judith Kinnison Bourke].  The April meeting will have a talk from Jeremy Hodgkinson on 'Cast iron firebacks as social documents'.  Many of us have them - and have wondered what they mean - now is your chance to find out from a real expert.  Bring photos - all welcome: members free, visitors for a donation.  The bar opens in the Commemoration Hall at 19:30 on Wednesday April 14 with the meeting starting at 20:00. 

The next planned publication for the Wadhurst History Society will be tackling the years from 1901 to 1936 – a significant period of history for many reasons.  As with our previous books, we are researching as widely as possible in and around Wadhurst to discover what was happening here in those years and what were the reactions of the people to events elsewhere on the national and international stage.
We have been able to talk to quite a number of people and have also been loaned documents and pictures for copying or paraphrasing but we have several areas for which we are finding it hard to fill the gaps.  Could you help?  Do you have old papers, maps, documents in your lofts or desk drawers which would be relevant to that period?  If so, please could we borrow them?
Topics we are hoping to cover include:  women’s work at home and “in service” especially before and during the 1st World War; travelling and transport; opinions about political changes which should include the suffragettes/suffragists – do you know of any in Wadhurst?   the cultural and artistic life of Wadhurst;  the doctors of Wadhurst, the hospitals and the medical developments during those years;  law and order and the police;  the shops and businesses……….about all these things there must be so many facts and anecdotes and  we would love to hear them.
So that future generations can learn about life in the early 20th Century, we should like to make this publication as comprehensive as possible.  If you could help in any way, please contact David James on 01892  890330 or Heather Woodward on 01892 783212.  Thank you.

The MULLINS MEMORIAL FUND “Mullins” 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 or 783212.  
Be assured that whatever we do is done in complete confidentiality.

The WADHURST TWINNING ASSOCIATION Future plans for the year include the week-end we shall spend in Aubers to mark the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Aubers Ridge and the 10th Anniversary  of the formal signing of the Twinning Charter: 7th – 9th May.    The Annual General Meeting of the Twinning Association will be on Monday 24th 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, Jenny Williams on 783427.

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.

WADHURST & DISTRICT ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: This friendly society welcomes beginners or anyone with an interest in astronomy at any level. This month's meeting is on Wednesday 21 April. The main speaker is David Styles talking on "The Ice Giants”. A great opportunity to find out about some of the largest and most distant planets in our solar system.
There will then be a free coffee/tea break followed by a short presentation on a basic topic of practical astronomy and then "The Night Sky this Month" by Brian Mills. 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 & Students Free, Non-members £2.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK - FSW  Unfortunately no date yet for Mammoth Book Sale - will update when I hear. The Easter Walk on Monday 5th April will take the form of a circular route (approx. 7 miles) from Alfriston via Wilmington.   Notices are in Wadhurst, Tidebrook & Stonegate Churches as well as Carillon Cottage.   Further information & sponsor forms available.                              Jill Brewster     01580 830008

WADHURST DRAMATIC CLUB:
WDC Club Coffee morning: Saturday 3rd April 10.30am- 12 noon
Join us for coffee at Carillon Cottage in Wadhurst High Street. It’s a chance for those interested in the club to get together with members and find out more. We have plans for theatre visits, walks, a June barbeque and are working towards our October production. We’d love to meet you and the coffee is free………
October production: Kindly Leave the Stage by John Chapman
Come along to the open audition for this very funny comedy with a clever twist, to be staged October 21-23 2010. Director Barbara Liddle is looking to fill 3 male and 5 female parts of varying ages and everyone’s welcome - members or non-members – to a read through and auditions to see if they’d like to be involved. Of course, we’ll need a backstage crew as well, if you’d rather be involved behind the scenes. Join us at…
Methodist Hall, Lower High Street, Wadhurst
Read through     Tuesday 11th May at 7.30 pm
Auditions          Tuesday 18th May at 7.30 pm
Rehearsals planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday 1st June, with no rehearsals in August.
Any questions or if you’d like to be involved but can’t make it, ring Martin Elson on 01435 884080

May production: WATCH OUT FOR WYTKIDZ AND  ‘WITCHES...!’
Wadhurst Youth Theatre – or WYTKIDZ – are now hard at work, under the enthusiastic directorship of Wendy Barr, rehearsing “The Witches” to be staged in the Commemoration Hall on Friday 21st May evening and Saturday 22nd May matinée and evening. Based on Roald Dahl’s story adapted for the stage by David Wood, it's a quirky, imaginative story appealing to children and adults regardless of age! Recently orphaned 'Boy' learns from his Norwegian Grandmother about Witches and their wicked ways – particularly the English variety,  the nastiest around! When 'Boy', accompanied by Grandma, returns to England for schooling, he unexpectedly encounters the English Witches holding their AGM at the same hotel. The Grand High Witch demonstrates her formula for transmogrifying children into MICE and lures into her clutches poor unsuspecting Bruno, with a monster appetite for sweets, who she turns into a mouse... 'Boy' and Bruno, mouse-size but undaunted, set about thwarting the Witches' dastardly plans. But do they outwit the wicked Witches so the “goodies” can live happily ever after? You'll need to come along to the show on 21st or 22nd May (or both!) to find out. Look out for details on when and where tickets will be available.

WADHURST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE:  Last month we had a slightly longer than usual time for business. Not having met in January we had two sets of minutes and business to discuss.  However, a well-attended March meeting was rewarded by a very entertaining and enjoyable talk by Mrs Wynne-Jones who showed us what seemed like 101 ways to tie a scarf!  We were each given a square and a long scarf and encouraged to copy the various ways of knotting and using them which she demonstrated.  This included a quick cover-up jacket and a summer top! There was much laughter at some of our attempts.  The appeal for items to be sent to servicemen and women serving in Afghanistan brought in lots of goodies which will be sent off in due course.  We hope to repeat this initiative. Next month Mr F Falbon will  be talking about “The Land that Inspired Sibelius”.  April’s Competition will be ‘Photo of a snow scene’. Trading Stall: CDs and DVDs, and videos – if you still have any.

TTSE (The Third Sunday Evening) The joint Anglican/Methodist study programme. On Sunday 18 April we begin a new series looking at the Church and the Community and the subject for April is ’The Church and Education’; the subject for May is (appropriately with a general election that month) ’Government’; in June we will be looking at Consumerism; and in July at ’The Media’. Do come and join the discussion! Everyone welcome! At 6.30pm in the Methodist Church.

THE WADHURST FARMERS MARKET is held on the 4th Thursday of each month in the Commemoration Hall in Wadhurst High Street 1.30 to 4.30 pm. Locally produced meats, fruit, vegetables, soups, eggs, bread, cakes, apple juice is available. There is also a wide selection of crafts such as animal portraits, jewellery, soaps, upholstery, antique chairs, toys, scaves and much more.  April 22; May 27; June 24; July 22

TICEHURST PARISH COUNCIL—ANNUAL ASSEMBLY 28th April 7.30pm The Village Hall, Ticehurst.
Come & join the Parish Councillors for refreshments in an informal setting. Groups of interest will be represented during the evening, such as Ticehurst News & Views, our website designer, your MP & representatives from many other local organisations. There are no speeches, you just talk to whom you want! Please put the date in your diary. 01580 754090

WADHURST ROTARY CLUB
President                       John Cooper                 01892 782247
Vice-President    Godfrey Wood 01580 200701
Secretary                       David James                  01892 890330
Membership                  David Wade-Jones         01892 517002
Website             www.wadhurstrotary.co.uk
Meet every Wednesday at ‘The Greyhound’, Wadhurst – 7.45 for 8.00pm The annual Rotary Quiz, held at the beginning of March, was a great success with nearly £1,000 being raised to be allocated to local and other Rotary charities. The winners, ‘Megs Marvels’, captained by Meg Schofield, a WOW stalwart, was substantially underpinned intellectually by Gordon Cairns (or so he claims!) a keen Rotarian. They were red hot on questions like ‘The month that Hitler committed suicide’ and ‘The last woman to be hanged in Britain’*. Last month reference was made to ShelterBoxes which had been funded and sent to Haiti and other disaster areas. I have been asked by a number of people what exactly is a ShelterBox? For those of you with access to the internet I would direct you to their website at www.shelterbox.org/ and for the rest of us I hope the following will suffice. At the heart of every ShelterBox is a ten-person tent. In addition, boxes contain a range of survival equipment including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets. Where malaria is prevalent mosquito nets are supplied, as well a life saving means of water purification. Every box contains a children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens. An essential tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters is provided - items to enable people to improve their immediate environment, by chopping firewood or digging a latrine. A key piece of equipment is either a wood burning or multi-fuel (which can burn anything from diesel to old paint) stove. This creates the heart of the temporary home where water can be boiled, food is cooked and families can congregate. Pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers are of course also included. The outer box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used for a variety of purposes in the past - water and food storage and also as a cot for a newly born baby! Our varied April programme commences with an ‘Informal Quiz’ on the 7th (at the instigation of our president who was embarrassed by the Rotarian showing at the recent Charity Quiz. He felt that more practice was in order prior to next year’s event). Gordon Cairns is giving a talk on the 21st, entitled ‘Bombed Out’ and on the 28th we have a talk on ‘A Medical Student’s Life in 2010’. The walkers meet on Sunday 18th April at ‘The Half Way House ‘ Brenchley for their monthly perambulation and lunch.  * ‘April’ and ‘Ruth Ellis’

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Awareness Week is from 3rd to 10th April 2010. My mother suffered from this terrorible disease before she passed away in November 2008. It is a disease of the brain which affects the body, slowly taking away eyesight, speach and eventually the body shuts down. It also is extremely difficult to diagnose as it often mistaken for parkinsons. At the moment there is no cure for this, but research is taking place in developing more efficient treatment and hopefully a cure. As it is the awareness week I am holding a Jumble sale in the Commemoration Hall, Wadhurst on Saturday 3rd April to raise funds for this much needed research. The doors are open from 09:30 to 12:00. Please come along and support this much needed cause. Kind Regards Linda White-Hide 01892 783906

The CAMEO CLUB  Help!!  The CAMEO Club is urgently seeking a volunteer to look after the book-keeping and accounts.  This is not a demanding task and does not require weekly attention.  It would, however, enable our current Treasurer to take a well-deserved retirement!!  Please contact Helen, tel. 784340.  Thank you.

GARDEN & PLANT FAIR Tuesday 4th May 10.am – 3.30pm at Buston Manor, Hunton, Maidstone Kent  ME15 0QR with speaker Tom Hart-Dyke and sit down lunch at 12.30pm Entrance, lunch & speaker £30 by booked ticket, entrance only £5. Stalls will be selling plants, baskets, pots & garden equipment. In aid of Gardening for Disabled Trust contact 07810 457948 www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk  Charity No. 255066

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION SPRING SALE on Saturday 24 April starting at 9-30 am in the Commemoration Hall, Contributions of cakes, books, raffle prizes, nearly new clothes, jumble, & bric-a-brac will be gratefully received at the Hall from 4pm on Friday 23 April 2010 or ring Maurice on 783246.

A MARATHON CHALLENGE - Local mum Jenny Williams will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday 25th April. She is raising funds for the East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People (Charity No. 209535).
If you would like to sponsor Jenny visit www.virginmoneygiving/jennywilliams or contact her on 783427 for a sponsor form.

WADHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR Saturday 26th June. Come & enjoy all the fun of the fair in our school grounds at Sparrows Green. Also WADHURST NURSERY OPEN DAY - a chance to look around the Nursery. All welcome!

ANOTHER COFFEE MORNING & CAKE STALL will be held in the Methodist Church on Saturday 17 April 10am-12pm in order to raise funds for the redecorating work on the Methodist Church building. Your support would be very much appreciated. Our grateful thanks to all who supported the Coffee Morning in February which raised £136.50.

WADHURST BRASS BAND

The End of an Era!

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you this month. I have to announce that after many years loyal service as Band Manager, Jenny Cooper has decided to stand down to concentrate on family matters- the first of which is the imminent arrival of a grandchild! I know I speak for the whole band when I wish Jenny well with her commitments, and thank her for everything she’s done for the band over the years. In the same vein it gives me pleasure to announce that taking over from Jenny will be John Whitehead, who many of you will know.

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 John a call. Remember it’s not just for the youngsters, everyone is welcome regardless of age or ability.

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 John a call, his number is 01892 783384

Contacts:      John Whitehead      Band Manager  01892 783384
                         Lydia Fuggle                    Secretary                    01892 782308                                                                                                       Jane Fairweather

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)

Wadhurst Parish Council can also be found here; our parish church here, Neighbourhood Watch here and you can see what rubbish is collected in our streets here

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